Arizona State University Football Signs 22 to Letters of Intent
Feb. 2, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz.-- Arizona State University Head Football Coach Dirk Koetter signed 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to study and play football, ASU announced Wednesday. The class is comprised of 15 freshmen and seven junior college transfers, including the nation's top-rated high school quarterback. Three of the transfers are currently enrolled in school and will participate in spring drills.
The signature of Koetter's first four ASU classes was speed and this group is perhaps even more impressive. 'This is a really well-balanced class,' says Koetter. 'It is a talented class with student-athletes who are good people who want to be students at Arizona State University.'
'We have added instant maturity on defense,' says Koetter, referring to the addition of seven junior college transfers all on the defensive side of the football. 'The breakdown of this class allows us to have balance across all five classes. For the first time, we will have between 15 and 19 players in each of the five classes.'
All seven of the transfers are rated among the National Top 150 by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Four of the signees in this class hail from the state of Arizona, including the best wide receiver (Chris McGaha), offensive lineman (Richard Tuitu'u), defensive end (Dexter Davis) and tailback (Keegan Herring), in the state. In fact, spanning five classes at ASU, Koetter and staff have signed 37 student-athletes from the state of Arizona to Letters Of Intent.
|2005 ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SIGNEES|
|Name||Pos.||Yr.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (Last School)|
|Thomas Altieri||OL||Fr.||6-2||280||Vista, CA (Vista HS)|
|Chris Baloney||CB||Jr.||6-0||196||Houston, TX (College of the Sequoias)|
|Zach Catanese||S||Jr.||6-3||215||Redding, CA (Shasta College)|
|Grant Crunkleton||CB||Fr.||5-11||180||Denver, CO (Mullen HS)|
|Dexter Davis||DE||Fr.||6-2||230||Phoenix, AZ (Thunderbird HS)|
|Shaun DeWitty||TB||Fr.||6-2||200||Colorado Springs, CO (Doherty HS)|
|Jameon Hardeman||DL||Fr.||6-2||246||Dallas, TX (Kimball HS)|
|Keegan Herring||TB||Fr.||5-9||190||Peoria, AZ (Peoria HS)|
|Shannon Jones||DL||Jr.||6-2||300||Antelope, CA (Sierra College)|
|Will Kofe||DL||Jr.||6-2||280||Long Beach, CA (Dixie College)|
|Shawn Lauvao||OL||Fr.||6-3||315||Honolulu, HI (Farrington HS)|
|Chad Lindsey||LB||Fr.||6-0||210||Houston, TX (Cypress Ridge HS)|
|Beau Manutai||LB||Jr.||6-1||260||Rialto, CA (Dixie College)|
|Chris McGaha||WR||Fr.||6-1||190||Phoenix, AZ (Moon Valley HS)|
|Derek Shaw||QB||Fr.||6-3||215||Oceanside, CA (Oceanside HS)|
|Brandon Smith||WR||Fr.||6-1||185||Bakersfield, CA (West HS)|
|Travis Smith||CB||Fr.||6-0||165||Los Angeles, CA (Jefferson HS)|
|Richard Tuitu'u||OL||Fr.||6-4||310||Gilbert, AZ (Gilbert Highland HS)|
|Keno Walter-White||CB||Jr.||5-11||175||San Diego, CA (Mesa College)|
|J.D. Walton||OL||Fr.||6-3||295||Allen, TX (Allen HS)|
|Derron Ware||S||Jr.||6-3||230||Los Angeles, CA (Michigan State)|
|Jovon Williams||TE||Fr.||6-3||225||Covina, CA (Charter Oak HS)|
2005 ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SIGNEES
Played in the Cali-Florida High School All-Star game ... rated as the No. 8 center in the nation by Rivals.com ... member of The Tacoma News Tribune's 'Western 100' list ... named first-team offensive lineman on The North County Times' All-North County Team and was a first-team All-C.I.F. selection ... named first-team all-state offense by Cal-Hi Sports.com ... All-Region selection by PrepStar Magazine in the 2004 preseason and postseason ... rated as the No. 80 player in the FarWest by Scout.com ... was the all-state offensive lineman of the year ... helped lead the Panther's to a C.I.F. Division I co-championship ... posted 25 solo tackles, 47 assists, seven tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks as a junior defensive lineman ... named first-team all-league, first-team All-North County and second-team All-C.I.F as a junior ... made second-team All-San Diego Union Tribune as a junior ... named honorable mention all-league as a sophomore ... 'I just always felt comfortable with the coaches. I decided on ASU because I get to play on the West Coast and in the Pac-10 and that way my family can see me play.' ... captained the football team as a senior ... brother Tony played defensive line for Ted Monachino at Boise State ... brother Mike is currently at Boise State ... coached by Dan Williams.
Last name is pronounced BAL-uh-nay ... listed by College Football News as the No. 9 junior college cornerback in the nation ...can play all four secondary positions ... runs a 4.43 40 ... attended Langham Creek High School ... from the same high school as current Sun Devil senior linebacker Jamar Williams ... coached at the College of the Sequoias by Roger Kelly ...a two-sport letterman at College of the Sequoias ... collected six interceptions and 140 tackles in his career at College of the Sequoias and made all-conference during his second campaign ... was named all-Houston as a senior in high school ... named to the all-district team ... had 11 interceptions and five touchdowns (two defensive) as a senior ... had a 98-yard return as a junior and a 53 yarder as a senior ... a four-sport letterman (football, basketball, baseball and track and field) ... as a junior, ran track in the Junior Olympics ... coached by Dennis Demel at Langham Creek High School..
Rated as the No. 66 junior college player in the nation by Scout.com ... won preseason All-American at Shasta College ... made all-state, all-NorCal Region and all-conference ... named Most Valuable Player of Shasta College, including MVP of the defense and MVP of the defensive backfield ... captained the football team ... lettered twice in football and once in track and field at Shasta ... as a sophomore at Shasta, collected 90 tackles, 39 assisted, 51 solos, two quarterback sacks, five interceptions, two blocked punts and 12 pass deflections ... best game came against Contra Costa College with three interceptions, 11 tackles and one blocked punt ... averaged 28.7 yards per kick return ... registered 77 tackles, 40 assisted, 37 solos, two quarterback sacks, five interceptions and one blocked kick two years ago as a freshman ... was all-conference honorable mention and Most Valuable Defensive Back as a freshman ... older brother, Brandon, played safety at Oregon State and father, Paul, played quarterback at Tulane ... will enroll at ASU in the Spring of 2005 ... 'He's one of the top kids we've had here in a long time,' says Shasta Head Coach Craig Thompson ... also coached there by Matt Diskin ... has three years to play two ... earned varsity letters in football (2), basketball (1) and baseball (3) at Trinity High School in Weaverville, Calif. ... played quarterback and safety as a senior and passed for 633 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 592 yards ... won the Mike Polka Award, presented annually to the Most Valuable Player of the team ... also won the Jesse Murdock Award, given annually to the most versatile athlete in school ... earned all-conference honors and played in the Lions all-star game ... best game came versus Quincy High when he completed nine of 15 passes for 167 yards, had 10 rushes for 71 yards and scored three touchdowns ... played shortstop and pitched for the baseball team ... won the Most Valuable Player award for the baseball team and won the Wolfman Award ... was Most Valuable Player of the Shasta Cascade League ... best baseball game performance came against Fall River High with a 16-strikeout no-hitter, and went two-for-three and a home run and three RBIs at the plate ... played point guard on basketball team and won the coach's award ... coached by Mike Flint.
Rated as the No. 19 player in the Midlands Hot 100 by Scout.com ... a member of the All-Midlands Defense first-team at cornerback ... that publication calls Crunkleton the top corner in the Midlands region ... collected over 120 tackles, seven interceptions and one quarterback sack on defense ... had seven receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown on offense ... also returned a punt for a score ... was the Most Valuable Player at the University of Colorado football camp ... all-Region selection in the 2004 pre- and postseason by PrepStar Magazine ... played on the 2004 Mullen High state championship team that went 13-1 ... had two interceptions in the state title game ... returned a punt 70 yards untouched for a touchdown in the semifinal game and caught four passes for 128 yards in the quarterfinal contest ... all-state defensive back ... earned second-team all-state and first-team all-conference accolades as a junior ... had 108 tackles and nine interceptions as a junior ... has the skills to be a cover cornerback ... ran track (100 and 200 meters and relays) ... coached by Dave Logan, who played for the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns ... says Logan, 'He is a great press corner. The kid can really play. He is a skilled guy with excellent hands. He has exceptional ability to change direction and excellent ball-catching skills. He has a chance to be a great, great player.'
An all-region selection in the preseason and postseason by PrepStar Magazine ... earned first-team all-state twice (as a junior and senior) and was an all-Arizona selection by The Arizona Republic ... named Super All-State 2004 on defense by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine and won the Curley Culp Award, presented by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame to the state's best defensive lineman ... ... collected over 120 tackles and six quarterback sacks as a senior ... collected 105 tackles, including 54 solo stops, 30 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior ... three-time varsity letterman and captain of the football team as a senior ... voted defensive lineman of the year twice and defensive player of the year by his teammates at Thunderbird High ... collected 200 tackles, 26 quarterback sacks and 11 forced fumbles over two seasons ... captained the track and field and wrestling teams ... was the state of Arizona 4A wrestling champion at 215 pounds as a junior ... school record holder for pinfalls in a season with 27 ... placed third at the state track meet in the discus ... maintains a 3.5 grade-point average ... coached by Gary Mauldin.
Listed as the No. 25 player in the Midlands Hot 100 by Scout.com ... a pre- and postseason All-American selection by PrepStar Magazine ... listed in SuperPrep's All-American team and the No. 15 running back ... listed as the No. 9 player in the Midlands by SuperPrep ... received votes in The Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best In The West squad ... was the Colorado Springs Player of the Year in 2004 by The Gazette ... earned Most Valuable Player honors from his conference ... made first-team all-state in 2004 ... rushed for 2,225 yards (second in the state) and scored 39 touchdowns (led state) ... ran for 200 yards or more in five games in 2004 ... had a season-best 287 yards against Douglas County ... ran for 1,438 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior ... finished his state of Colorado rushing career with 3,388 yards ... named all-Colorado first-team 5A ... named first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state selection as a junior ... one service says, 'he has electrifying speed and once he gets into the open field, he's not going to be brought down' ... an impressive overall athlete ... runs a 10.7 100-meters and long jumps 23-9 (state best for the year) ... only track and field athlete in Colorado to qualify in four events in the state meet (triple jump, long jump, 100-meters and 4 x 100-meter relay) ... qualified for the state meet in the triple jump on the first attempt he ever made in the event ... 'I have good vision and speed,' says DeWitty. 'I have quick feet and I keep moving. I can also read blocks well. I want to get stronger. I want to be more physical and powerful and just be better all-around. I liked the warm weather in Tempe. I felt comfortable around the players there.' ... coached by Mike Sirko who says, 'In the 29 years I have been in coaching, he is one of the best players I have ever been around. He is just a fantastic player.' ... Coach Sirko coached current Sun Devil tight end Jamaal Lewis ... moved to Colorado Springs from St. Louis following his sophomore season.
Selected to The Dallas Morning News second-team All-Area squad ... named to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Top 100 in the state of Texas (all positions) ... named to the Top 50 Defensive Linemen by Fab 50 Recruiting (nationally) ... named first-team all district in 2004 ... was second-team all-district in 2003 ... collected 70 tackles, six quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a senior ... played in the Coca-Cola Bowl All-Star game with fellow ASU signee J.D. Walton ... named honorable mention all-state in Texas ... Kimball High won the 2004 district championship ... Kimball lost to eventual state champion Ennis High ... 'I like the ASU coaches and progress they made this year. They've gotten some guys to the league (NFL). When I visited, I liked how well they worked together.' ... coached by Darrell Jordan.
The first state of Arizona commitment ASU received in the 2005 class ... pre- and postseason All-American selection by PrepStar Magazine ... listed as the top running back prospect in the state of Arizona by PrepStar Magazine ... member of The Tacoma News Tribune's 'Western 100' list ... No. 100 on the Southwest Hot 100 by Scout.com ... named Super All-State 2004 on offense by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine ... injured and missed four games as a senior ... rushed for over 900 yards and led the team to the state playoffs ... the first junior to be named as the Whizzer White Player of the Year in Arizona since 1995 ... great athlete with tremendous speed ... one of the fastest players in the nation ... was the state 5A 100 and 200-meter champion as a sophomore ... was a first-team all-state selection following his junior campaign ... career rushing totals are 3,614 yards and 54 touchdowns in two seasons at Peoria High and one year at Trevor Browne High ... collected 1,712 yards rushing and scored 29 touchdowns as a junior ... Peoria High reached the state semifinals that year ... wrestled on Peoria High's team this Spring, the first time he had participated, and compiled a 21-7 record despite wrestling in the 215 pound class at 186 pounds ... attended Trevor Browne High School, where he started on the varsity football team as a freshman and sophomore ... was a middle linebacker and running back, gaining 937 yards during his sophomore season ... runs a 4.3 40 ... best track times are 10.5 in the 100-meters and 21.4 in the 200-meters ... coached by Doug Clapp.
The first verbal commitment in the 2005 Sun Devil class ... the younger brother of former Sun Devil defensive tackle Shane Jones ... Shannon is bigger at 6-3, 300 pounds ... tallied 88 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks as a senior at Foothill High School in Sacramento ... named Defensive Lineman Player of the Game five times ... named Player of the Game twice ... named first-team all-league as a senior ... was honorable mention all-metro as a senior ... was Defensive Most Valuable Player of his high school squad ... selected to play in the Optimist North-South All-Star game ... also exceled as a fullback, rushing for 456 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ... gained 473 yards and scored seven touchdowns as a senior ... collected 98 tackles and five quarterback sacks as a junior ... earned all-league honors as a junior ... Sierra went 11-0 in 2004 when Shannon was a sophomore ... was a two-year starter and recorded 61 tackles, nine quarterback sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a freshman ... earned all-league honors as a freshman ... tallied 71 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, 20 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles as a sophomore at Sierra ... named all-league honorable mention ... 'I just felt like I was part of the family there in Tempe so it would have been a little strange to choose one of the other schools recruiting me. I'm just excited about the situation in Tempe and I think they're getting ready to roll down there. I want to be a part of that.' ... coached by Jeff Tisdale at Sierra and by Frank Negri at Foothill High School.
Selected to the All-Western States First-Team ... collected 32.5 tackles, five tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks in 10 games ... was third in tackles ... teammate at Dixie of fellow ASU signee Beau Manutai ... has three years of eligibility to play two seasons ... has served a mission ... coached at Dixie College by Greg Croshaw ... three-year starter at Long Beach Poly High in Long Beach, Calif. ... started two years at offensive tackle ... senior year started both ways at center and defensive end ... was Moore League first-team and All-C.I.F. Division I first-team as a senior ... made The Long Beach Press-Telegram's Dream Team ... named to The Los Angeles Times Dream Team and was SoCal first-team ... Long Beach Poly was ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today during sophomore and senior seasons ... only lost one game while at Long Beach Poly over four years ... Poly was C.I.F. Division I Champions as a sophomore and they lost to Mater Dei High in the C.I.F. Championship as a junior ... C.I.F. Co-Champions as a senior ... Poly was Moore League Champions all four years he played ... graduated with honors and a 3.5 grade-point average ... served two-year LDS mission to Micronesia Guam ... became an Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts of America ... attended Montana State University and, as a true freshman, started at nose guard ... coached by Jerry Jaso at Long Beach Poly High School..
Rated as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Hawaii, regardless of position, by Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 35 offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... as a senior, made first-team all-state as an offensive lineman by the OIA ... named second-team all-state by The Honolulu Advertiser and The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ... was a two-time team captain at Farrington High ... placed second in the Hawaii Strong Man Competition when he was 16 (16-18-year-old age bracket) ... just turned 17 years of age on Oct. 26, 2004 ... bench presses 420 pounds, squats 500 and power cleans 300 ... will throw the shot put and discus this spring for the first time ... two-time Farrington High Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... selected to play in the Hawaii Classic All-Star football game last December ... as a junior, made first-team all-state OIA and was honorable mention all-state by The Honolulu Advertiser and The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ... sports a 3.8 grade-point average ... hosted by ASU offensive lineman Brandon Rodd who is also from Hawaii ... coached by Randall Okimoto.
A preseason all-region selection in the Midlands area by PrepStar Magazine ... named first-team all-District 17 5A at linebacker (unanimous choice) ... was Cypress Ridge's Defensive Most Valuable Player ... registered 75 tackles, including 41 assists, one quarterback sack, nine tackles for loss and two pass breakups as a senior ... also added three hurries, one caused fumble, one interception and seven Big Hits ... was selected the Player of the Week (11/5/04) against Cy-Fair High with 10 tackles, four assists, one tackle for loss, two Big Hits and scored the tying touchdown on a fake punt (46 yards) ... aggressive, hard-nosed linebacker ... also plays basketball where he is a defensive stopper ... named second-team All-District 17 5A in basketball in 2004 ... coached by Gary Thiebaud, the same coach who coached Chris Baloney and Jamar Williams.
A National Junior College Athletic Association Preseason All-American ... led No. 4-ranked Dixie College with 40.5 tackles despite missing four of the 12 games due to an ankle injury ... teammate at Dixie of fellow ASU signee Will Kofe ... already served a mission ... 'I love the Arizona area,' says Manutai ... has three years to play two ... was the Dixie team captain ... was a preseason All-American at linebacker ... led the team in tackles as a freshman ... Dixie played in the National Championship game, but lost by four points ... as a sophomore, led the team in tackles despite missing four games .... Dixie ended the year ranked third in the nation in 2004 and 2003 ... coached at Dixie College by Greg Croshaw ... graduated from Etiwanda High School in June, 1999 ... started playing football during junior year of high school as a fullback and defensive end ... earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior ... also wrestled for two years ... won second-place in the C.I.F. in wrestling ... an Eagle Scout, served two-year LDS Mission in Ecuador (2000-2002) ... married to the former Klorissa Enser and has a daughter, Kenadee.
Was The Arizona Republic's Big School Player of the Year in 2004 ... member of The Tacoma News Tribune's 'Western 100' list ... a pre- and postseason all-region selection by PrepStar Magazine ... listed as the No. 86 player on the Southwest Hot 100 by Scout.com ... ... first-team all-state by The Arizona Republic ... also made first-team 4A All-State at wide receiver and first-team All-Northwest Valley at receiver by The Arizona Republic ... was first-team All-State return specialist by The Arizona Republic ... Arizona Cardinals High School Football Player of the Year ... Student Sports Magazine 4A Player of the Year ... Student Sports Magazine named him 4A first-team all-state at wideout ... Old Spice Red Zone Top 50 National Players of the Year ... Arizona Red Zone Player of the Year in USA Today (Feb. 3) ... was Channel 12 (KPNX-TV) Friday Night Fever 4A football Player of the Year ... made first-team Friday Night Fever team at wide receiver, defensive back and return specialist ... was 4A first-team All-State at wideout and return specialist by the Arizona Football Coaches Association ... made first-team 4A All-State at wide receiver by Varsity Sports.com ... was first-team All-Arizona and first-team All- Playoffs by Az.Preps.com ... saved one of his best games for the Class 4A state championship game at Sun Devil Stadium in December, when he helped lead a second-half comeback victory over Glendale Cactus High ... he made seven catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns and added an interception in that game ... as a junior, was first-team All-Arizona Super Elite by The Arizona Republic ... made first-team All-State by The Arizona Republic ... first-team All-Northwest Valley by The Arizona Republic ... KPNX Friday Night Fever first-team as a junior ... Friday Night Fever Defensive Player of the Year ... made first-team All-Region Skyline Division on offense, defense and special teams ... finalist for the Ed Doherty Award and was only the second junior in the history of the award to receive this honor ... made the Super All-State 2004 team on offense by Phoenix Metro Football ... won the Henry Stanton Award from Phoenix Metro Football Magazine, presented annually to the state's top receiver ... led the state in receiving with 82 receptions for 1,593 yards and 22 touchdowns ... added 278 yards rushing on 15 carries and collected 1,089 yards in returns ... collected 2,968 total yards and averaged 21.5 yards every time he touched the ball ... on defense, he tallied 74 tackles, two quarterback sacks, two interceptions, 12 tackles for loss, 18 pass deflections, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles ... Moon Valley High went 14-0 in 2004 ... as a junior, he caught 37 passes for 750 yards and eight touchdowns ... on defense he made 55 solo tackles, 10 assists, two quarterback sacks and seven interceptions ... career stats include 133 catches for 2,621 yards and 34 touchdowns ... 22 rushes for 436 yards and seven touchdowns ... had 48 punt returns for 1,143 yards and four touchdowns ... posted 52 kickoff returns for 1,712 yards and 10 touchdowns ... registered 5,912 total yards on offense in his career ... scored 55 career touchdowns and 348 points ... on defense for his career: 213 tackles, three quarterback sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 13 interceptions, 42 pass deflections, eight fumble recoveries, seven forced fumbles and four blocked kicks ... also a three-year starter in basketball with a career 12.3 points-per-game average ... named all-region twice in basketball ... won the Glendale High School City Dunk contest as a junior ... anchored Moon Valley's state qualifying 4 x 100-meter relay team ... 'I felt at home,' says McGaha of ASU ... hails from same high school as current Sun Devil tight end Andrew Pettes ... coached by Roger Britson.
Rated as the No. 10 player in the nation by PrepStar Magazine on its 'Dream 100' listing and a first-team All-American ... rated as the No. 1 signal caller in the nation by PrepStar Magazine ... featured on the cover by himself of that magazine with the headline, 'Derek Shaw: The Nation's Top Gunslinger' ... named to ESPN's All-American team ... member of The Tacoma News Tribune's 'Western 100' list ... named to first-team of The Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best In The West squad ... named all-state by Cal Hi Sports ... ranked fourth nationally among pro-style quarterbacks by Rivals.com ... Scout.com lists him as the No. 11 quarterback in the nation ... rated by Rivals.com as the 12th-best player in the state of California, including the second-best quarterback ... listed as the No. 25 prospect in the West Hot 100 by Scout.com ... rated as the No. 22 player in the FarWest by Scout.com ... was the 2004 San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego Section Offensive Player of the Year ... named Player of the Year in San Diego ... played in the Cali-Florida high school all-star game ... won a C.I.F. San Diego Section Division II Championship as a senior, leading his team to a 13-0 record ... nicknamed 'The Comeback Kid' after bringing his team back four times for victories ... named Player of the Year in the Avocado League ... was first-team All-Avocado League and a first-team All-C.I.F. selection as a senior ... named Most Valuable Player of Oceanside High School football team ... the classic drop-back passer completed 139 pass of 256 attempts for 2,813 yards and 30 touchdowns in a season ... it was the 10th-highest number of touchdown passes in a season in section history ... two-year passing totals include 5,000 yards and 52 touchdown passes ... as a junior at Murietta Valley High, passed for 2,200 yards with 24 touchdowns ... was All-Avocado League and second-team all-North County ... ran an offense at Oceanside High similar to Dirk Koetter's ... grandfather is Dick Enright, former head football coach at the University of Oregon as well as an offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers ... Enright tutored Dan Fouts at Oregon and Todd Marinovich in high school at Capistrano Valley High ... coached by John Carroll ... 'They (ASU) fit a quarterback's criteria,' says Shaw.
Pre- and postseason all-region selection by PrepStar Magazine ... listed as the No. 72 player in the FarWest by SuperPrep ... rated the No. 60 wide receiver prospect in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 65 player in the state of California by Rivals.com, regardless of position ... listed as the No. 93 player in the West Hot 100 by Scout.com ... member of The Tacoma News Tribune's 'Western 100' list ... named first-team all-area and second-team all-league ... as a senior, had 41 receptions for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns ... also had two kickoff returns and one punt return for touchdowns ... very fast and athletic, a deep ball threat and projected by some as a kick return specialist ... runs a 10.6 100-meters and sports a 36-inch vertical jump ... visited ASU the same weekend as quarterback Derek Shaw and wide receiver Chris McGaha ... coached by Rich Cornford ... says Cornford, 'He's got the most potential of any kid we've ever had.'
All-Region selection in the postseason by PrepStar Magazine ... Rated as the No. 89 player in the FarWest by Scout.com ... rated as the No. 2 defensive back in the city by The Los Angeles Times ... earned all-city section and first-team All-Coliseum League as a senior ... named to Cal Hi Sports Preseason California Top 100 for 2005 (No. 85) ... was first-team on defense for the 2004 Wave All-Area football team ... registered 36 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior and also played wide receiver, catching 24 passes for 612 yards and nine touchdowns ... named the Jefferson High Best Defensive Back and Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior ... captained the football team as a senior ... made all-league as a junior ... 'I took my visit (to ASU) and had a great time. I liked the whole environment and felt real comfortable there. I feel it is the best decision for me. My parents are real excited.' ... won perfect attendance awards as a freshman and senior ... coached by Doi Johnson.
Considered by PrepStar Magazine as one of the three top overall prospects to come out of the state of Arizona in 2005 ... rated as the No. 22 offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... ranked as the No. 44 offensive lineman in the country by College Football News ... an all-region selection in the preseason by PrepStar Magazine ... member of The Tacoma News Tribune's 'Western 100' list ... rated as the No. 7 player in the state of Arizona by Scout.com ... named to the All-Arizona first-team by The Arizona Republic in 2004 ... won the Frank Kush Award, presented annually by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, to the state's top offensive lineman ... named Super All-State 2004 on offense by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine ... played as a senior at just 17 years of age ... had almost 50 pancake blocks as a senior ... has outstanding feet ... 'ASU was just the right fit, in the end. I was very comfortable with the coaches and players and it was close to home so I could be around family. It really came down to ASU and Cal in the end, but I've been around the program at ASU a lot more and I had a real comfort level there that wasn't matched by the other schools'... coached by Preston Jones at Gilbert Highland High School.
Listed as the No. 4 junior college cornerback in the nation by College Football News ... in 2002, he was inducted into the San Diego Track Hall of Champions ... was the Rancho Bernardo High School Athlete of the Year in 2002 ... named as the Rancho Bernardo High School Track Athlete of the Year in 2001 ... holds the Rancho Bernardo High track and field record in the high jump (seven feet) and the triple jump (49-9) ... as a senior, won league titles in the high jump, the triple jump and the long jump ... named a first-team all-American in track in 2002 ... won the Ernie Robinson Award in 2002 ... was The San Diego Union Tribune Athlete of the Month in March of 2002 ... trained at the Olympic Training Center in 2002 ... won a Parent-Teacher Association Humanitarian Award in March of 2002 ... high jumped seven feet in 2003 and triple jumped 51 feet, 10 inches in high school ... named first-team All-Foothill Conference in track in 2003 ... named Top Defensive Back at Rancho Bernardo in 2003 ... named first-team All-American as a kick returner ... named All-Foothill Conference as a defensive back in 2003 and 2004 ... coached at Mesa (San Diego) College by Martin Moss ... coached at Rancho Bernardo High School by Ron Hamamoto.
Rated as the No. 56 player in The Dallas Morning News area by Rivals.com ... named to The Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 and State Top 100 ... received 14 Division-I scholarship offers ... named first-team all-district and first-team all-county ... named Player of the Week/Offensive Line Most Valuable Player six times at Allen High ... recorded 79 pancake blocks to lead District 9-5A ... Allen High was Bi-District Champions ... on the Allen High weightlifting Wall of Honor (bench, squat, hang clean and incline) ... coached by Tom Westerberg ... 'He's a great kid. He's very strong and has very good feet. I see him helping out right away. He's that far along physically and mentally,' says Westerberg ... invited to play in the All-American Bowl in Shreveport, La. ... played in Coca-Cola All-Star game on January 29, 2005 ... member of The National Honor Society ... as a junior, was Player of the Week four times ... second-team all-district ... recorded 59 pancake blocks ... Allen High was District Champions and Bi-District Champions and 5-A State Semi-Finalist as well ... won an Academic Achievement Award in 2002 and 2003 ... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... a peer tutor ... member of Reading With Eagles and Allen Community Church.
Transfer from Michigan State University who is eligible immediately ... as a sophomore at MSU in 2003, Ware collected 28 tackles, including 11 solos and 17 assists ... also registered one quarterback sack for a seven yard loss ... saw action in 10 games as a true freshman in 2002 for the Spartans ... a former PrepStar All-American at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles ... named to SuperPrep's All-FarWest Team ... ranked among the region's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 50) and the Prep Football Report (No. 93) ... rated among the West's top defensive backs by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 14) ... made first-team All-Central City by The Los Angeles Times as a senior ... registered 90 tackles and eight interceptions in 2001 while helping Dorsey to a 12-3 overall record, including the Dons' first City Section championship since 1995 ... his eight picks led the Coliseum League ... had three interceptions in the 2001 league opener versus Crenshaw High ... played for coach Paul Knox at Dorsey ... comes from the same high school that produced three current NFL players, including Keyshawn Johnson, Naiil Diggs and Dennis Northcutt.
Rated as the No. 107 player in the FarWest by Scout.com ... as a senior caught 18 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns ... named All-Miramonte League first-team on offense and second-team on defense as a senior ... tremendous athlete who loves to play tight end ... starter on the Charter Oak High basketball team ... 'I loved that everybody was close. Coaches were always around and they answered any question that you had.' ... coached by Lou Farrar.