Eastern Signs 33 Players to Letters of Intent

Feb. 4, 2009

There is obviously strength in numbers.

Eastern Washington University football coach Beau Baldwin has announced the signing of 33 high school players to letters of intent to attend EWU and play football for the Eagles this fall. Of the total in Baldwin’s second recruiting class as EWU’s head coach, 21 of them are high school players from within the state of Washington to help continue the approximately 85 percent rate of in-state players Eastern annually has on its roster.

"We’re going to improve on our overall depth with a class like this," said Baldwin, a 1990 graduate of Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash. "From player 1-to-90 on our roster, we want to feel very good about our entire team, and a class like this will help us do that.

"Every recruiting class has to prove itself a year or two from now," he continued. "You can always talk about how good they are now, but the players themselves have to prove it later. I believe we have created incredible depth and competition with this class."

The large group of signees includes seven signed as defensive backs and another 7-8 expected to start their careers on the defensive line. Among the highly-touted backs are Chandler Gayton from O’Dea High School in Seattle, Greg Herd from Steilacoom High School in Tacoma, Billy Lechtenberg from Mountlake Terrace, Wash., High School and Bo Schuetzle from Spokane’s Shadle Park High School.

The linemen are headlined by Jerry Ceja from Aurora, Colo., Will Katoa from Salt Lake City and Ashton Miller from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash. Evergreen is the same school to produce 2008 Buck Buchanan Award winner Greg Peach, who was one of four seniors who started on Eastern’s offensive line last season.

"They were definitely priorities," said Baldwin of the backs and linemen on the defensive side. "We felt it was necessary to bring in a good number of defensive backs, especially since we are moving Taiwan Jones from cornerback to running back. As far as defensive linemen, you can never have enough. We graduated four great seniors, so that and defensive backs were definitely areas we were going after."

Two recruits with familiar names signed with the Eagles -- Zack Gehring and Paul Ena. Zack’s father, Mark, played for the Eagles; his mother, the former Kristy Cochran, played basketball at EWU; and his brother, Aaron, plays football at Washington State University.

Ena’s father, Tali, was a WSU running back in the late 70’s and went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks. Gayton’s father, Carter Gayton, played football at Washington and played in the 1960 Rose Bowl.

In addition, James Lautogia from Washington High School in Tacoma, Wash., is the cousin of out-going Eagle senior defensive end Jason Belford.

"There are definitely some ties with past eras," said Baldwin. "It’s always fun when you can recruit players with a family connection to the program."

Last year’s recruiting class -- Baldwin’s first as head coach at EWU -- totaled 21. Eastern’s loses 18 seniors from last year’s team and several other roster spots are available.

"We had 18 seniors graduate, which is a pretty big number," he explained. "We felt like it was very important to have a strong class. I feel very strongly about last year’s class, but at the same time it wasn’t quite as big because we started recruiting late. We felt like we needed to come back this year and do everything we could to have a very deep class."

Thanks to a three-game winning streak to end the 2008 season -- including a season-ending victory over eighth-ranked and Big Sky Conference champion Weber State -- the Eagles salvaged the 2008 season with its 11th winning season in the last 13 years.

As a result, the off-season will again be filled with high expectations for the 2009 season. The Eagles expect to return 39 letter winners, including nine starters on offense and seven on defense. Among the 18 seniors Eastern had on its 2008 roster, six were starters in addition to the team’s kicker, punter and long snapper.

The Eagles ended the regular season with a victory for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons. Eastern opened November with a 15-13 home loss to Sacramento State to fall to 3-5 for the season, but rallied for wins at Northern Colorado (31-16), at home versus Northern Arizona (28-13) and Weber State.

The Eagles had entered the year as the seventh-ranked team in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision and had hopes of qualifying for the FCS Playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. But three losses in a four-game stretch from Oct. 4 to Nov. 1 spoiled those hopes.

Eastern’s 2009 schedule has yet to be released, but the Eagles are expected to open at home with a non-conference game on Sept. 5. Big Sky Conference home games include Northern Colorado, Weber State, Montana State and Portland State, and BSC road games are at Sacramento State, Idaho State, Montana and Northern Arizona.

Name - Pos. - Ht. - Wt. - Hometown (High School)
Allen Brown - DB - 5-10 - 160 - Tacoma, Wash. (Foss HS ’09)
Chandler Gayton - DB - 6-0 - 180 - Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea HS ’09)
Greg Herd - DB/WR - 6-3 - 200 - Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ’09)
T.J. Lee - DB - 5-9 - 170 - Seattle, Wash. (West Seattle HS ’09)
James Monk - DB - 5-9 - 170 - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’09)
Billy Lechtenberg - DB - 6-0 - 190 - Brier, Wash. (Mountlake Terrace HS ’09)
Bo Schuetzle - DB - 5-11 - 190 - Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park HS ’09)
Paul Ena - LB - 6-2 - 210 - Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor HS ’09)
Ronnie Hamlin - LB - 6-2 - 200 - Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS ’09)
Spencer Hessler - LB - 6-2 - 215 - Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla HS ’09)
John Asplund - DL - 6-4 - 250 - Bellingham, Wash. (Bellingham HS ’09)
Jerry Ceja - DL - 6-3 - 230 - Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS ’09)
David Gaylord - DL - 6-3 - 230 - Lynden, Wash. (Lynden HS ’09)
Will Katoa - DL - 6-0 - 285 - Salt Lake City, Utah (Judge Memorial HS ’09)
Anthony Larry - DL - 6-3 - 225 - Sacramento, Calif. (Luther Burbank HS ’09)
Ashton Miller - DL - 6-2 - 240 - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’09)
Jakob Scott - DL - 6-4 - 210 - Othello, Wash. (Othello HS ’09)
Anthony Vitto - QB - 6-1 - 195 - Simi Valley, Calif. (Chaminade College Prep ’09)
Ron Baines - RB - 5-10 - 185 - Tacoma, Wash. (Mt. Tahoma HS ’09)
Taylor Cox - RB - 6-0 - 190 - Bothell, Wash. (Jackson HS ’09)
Artise Gauldin - RB - 5-10 - 175 - Kent, Wash. (Kent-Meridian HS ’09)
Daniel Johnson - RB - 5-10 - 190 - San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian HS ’09)
Ashton Clark - WR - 5-11 - 170 - Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage HS ’09)
Brandon Kaufman - WR - 6-5 - 205 - Denver, Colo. (Heritage HS ’09)
Alante Wright - WR - 6-3 - 200 - Phoenix, Ariz. (Hamilton HS ’09)
Zack Gehring - TE/DE - 6-3 - 220 - Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock HS ’09)
Cody Humphrey - TE - 6-5 - 240 - Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’09)
Steven Forgette - OL - 6-4 - 250 - Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage HS ’09)
James Lautogia - OL/DL - 6-3 - 280 - Tacoma, Wash. (Washington HS ’09)
Brandon Murphy - OL - 6-4 - 290 - Albany, Ore. (West Albany HS ’09)
Caleb Worthington - OL - 6-7 - 280 - Boise, Idaho (Mountain View HS ’09)
Cameron Homan - P - 6-2 - 180 - Eatonville, Wash. (Eatonville HS ’09)
Kevin Miller - K - 6-2 - 195 - Portland, Ore. (Centennial HS ’09)

Pronunciations
Schuetzle - Shoot-zul
Lechtenberg - Lack-tin-burg
Ena - Eh-nuh
Katoa - Kuh-toe-uh
Ceja - Say-ah
Gehring - Gare-ing
Vitto - Vee-toe
Forgette - For-zhay
Lautogia - Lah-mee-uh

 

-- John Asplund

Earned first team 2A All-State honors as a defensive lineman. He also earned first team All-Northwest Conference honors. Bellingham finished the 2008 season with a 5-4 record as he had 15 1/2 sacks as a senior and 14 1/2 as a junior. Personal: Born 2/23/90 in Bellingham, Wash.

  

-- Ron Baines

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Was selected by the Tacoma News Tribune to its All-Area team as a running back. Baines also earned first team All-Narrows League honors as a senior. In addition, he was a member of Ron Siegel’s 31-member preseason All-State squad.

He started the 2008 season against Shelton with 421 rushing yards -- the sixth-highest single game total in state history -- and five touchdowns. He finished the year with 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns on 199 carries (7.2 per carry). As a junior, he accounted for 2,600 yards and 25 touchdowns and was named the Narrows League Bay Division Offensive MVP. Mt. Tahoma was 4-6 his senior season and 3-7 in 2007.

 

-- Allen Brown -

Earned honorable mention All-Narrows League honors as a defensive back. He caught 28 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns to help his team to a 5-5 record. He also had an interception and nine passes broken up. As a junior, in just his first season playing high school football, he caught 17 passes for 291 yards and five scores. He also had an interception on defense as Foss finished 3-7. He also played basketball and competed in track at Foss. Personal: Born 9/21/90 in Anchorage, Alaska. Is considering business as his major.

 

-- Jerry Ceja -

Was a first team 5A All-State selection in the state of Colorado as a defensive lineman in 2008. Earned first team All-Centennial League honors as a senior defensive lineman. He had 87 tackles (17 for loss) with nine sacks as a senior, helping Grandview to an 11-1 record. As a junior, he helped Grandview win the Colorado Class 5A state football championship with a 20-14 overtime win. The Wolves finished 12-2. Personal: Born 6/22/91 in Denver, Colo. Intends to major in regional planning.

-- Beau Baldwin on Ceja: "He is what we look for in a defensive end -- he’s a great pass rusher and has the size to play right away. With his frame, the sky is the limit with how big he will be to go along with his speed and agility. He came on his visit and knew he wanted to be here, and we knew we were getting a talented football player with great character."

 

-- Ashton Clark

Earned honorable mention 4A All-State honors as a wide receiver from the Associated Press. Was selected by the Vancouver Columbian to its All-Area team and earned first team All-Greater St. Helens League 4A honors as a wide receiver. He had seven interceptions as a senior, as well as 67 catches for 1,181 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 10 catches for 285 yards and a pair of scores in a game against Union. He averaged 22.5 yards per kickoff return and 10.7 yards per punt return, and had 10 total touchdowns. Heritage finished the 2008 season 5-5. As a junior, he caught 50 passes for 600 yards and three scores as he helped lead the team to a 7-3 record. He also rushed 36 times for 245 yards and five TDs, and had four interceptions. As a sophomore he had 13 catches for 183 yards and an interception. He had career totals of 12 interceptions and 130 catches for 1,964 yards. Also a three-year letterwinner in basketball, averaging 16 points as a senior with a high game of 32. Personal: Born 4/22/91 in Vancouver, Wash.

 

-- Taylor Cox -

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He earned Everett Herald second team All-Area honors as a running back. In addition, he was listed as "others to watch" on Ron Siegel’s preseason All-State squad. He earned first team All-WesCo South Division honors as a senior. He helped Jackson finish 9-2, including a 24-7 loss to Ferris in the first round of the State 4A Playoffs. Jackson won the Western Conference 4A South Division title. He rushed 194 times for 1,324 yards (6.0 per carry) with 13 touchdowns, and also caught 10 passes for 191 yards and a score. As a junior, he rushed for 925 yards and five touchdowns as Jackson finished 4-6.

 

-- Paul Ena -

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington.

He was the KingCo 4A Crown Division Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team all-league selection as a linebacker. He finished his senior season with 162 total tackles (65 solo, 97 assisted) and two sacks. He also rushed 100 times for 348 yards and three touchdowns, and caught 11 passes for another 82 yards and a score. He helped Inglemoor to a 6-4 record after a 7-5 mark his junior season. He was a first team All-KingCo 4A selection at linebacker as a junior, and was also a standout on Inglemoor’s track team and competed in basketball. Inglemoor’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays both placed fourth at the State 4A Championships. Ena was a 3.8 student in high school. Personal: Born 7/24/91 in Seattle, Wash. Intends to major in education. His father, Tali Ena, was a standout running back at Washington State University (1976-79) and went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks.

-- Beau Baldwin on Ena: "When he came on his trip, we knew we wanted this young man to be a part of our program. He showed incredible ability in his high school video to move at linebacker. He has the athletic ability to play linebacker, but he may gain the size to put his hand down and be a tremendous defensive end. Wherever Paul plays he’s going to be a huge asset to our team."

 

-- Steven Forgette -

Earned first team All-Greater St. Helens League 4A honors as an offensive lineman. Heritage finished the 2008 season 5-5 after going 7-3 his junior season when he also earned all-league honors. Earned three letters in football and twice served as captain. Also an outstanding wrestler at Heritage, lettering three years and earning all-league honors twice. He has won a pair of district titles and has advanced to the State 4A Championships. Also earned all-league honors in track and field. Also won a variety of academic awards as well. Personal: Born 3/31/91 in Portland, Ore. Intends to major in business administration.

-- Beau Baldwin on Forgette: "He was one of our early offers and one of the top players in the State. He’s a wrestler and he’s lean compared to most offensive linemen, which is a good thing. He has great athletic ability and the right type of body to put the right weight on. He’s going to be a fixture on our offensive line. He’s a great student with great character and work ethic -- he brings to our offensive line what we need."

 

-- Artise Gauldin -

Earned first team All-South Puget Sound League North Division honors as a running back and second team accolades as a defensive back. He rushed 155 times for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, and also caught eight passes for 145 yards for a team that won just once. As a junior, he earned All-SPSL North Division honors as a defensive back when he had 34 tackles and three interceptions. He also rushed for 259 yards (7.2 per carry) and four touchdowns as Kent-Meridian finished 5-5. His nickname is "junior."

-- Beau Baldwin on Gauldin: "He’s an exciting young man and brings so much energy to our program. We have him listed at running back, but he could possibly be a slot receiver or defensive back. He has the natural ability to lead and have people follow him. He has a love for the game that is special and is a fun young man to be around. On top of his talent we are getting a player who is going to go 100 percent all the time."

 

-- David Gaylord -

Played three seasons for a Lynden team that was a collective 35-6 and won a pair of State 2A titles and advanced to the semifinals the other season. As a senior, he was selected by Associated Press as a 2A All-State first team selection as a defensive lineman. Named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 22 prospects in the state of Washington. In addition, he was a member of Ron Siegel’s 31-member preseason All-State squad. A first team All-Northwest Conference selection as a defensive lineman, he helped Lynden win the State 2A title with a 35-34 victory over Prosser. In the title game, Gaylord rushed for 76 yards and scored twice as the Lions rallied from a 15-point deficit to win their 10th-straight game after a 2-2 start. For his efforts, he was selected as the WIAA/SeattleTimes 2A Athlete of the Week. In a 21-12 victory in the semifinals over previously undefeated Archbishop Murphy, he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and threw for an 80-yard score on the game’s first play. Lynden finished the season 12-2, including four playoff wins. He finished the season with 885 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 167 carries as he finished his three-year career with 1,259 yards. He also caught 23 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns as a senior, and completed 2-of-3 passes for 86 yards. As a junior, Lynden was 10-3 and advanced to the semifinals, and as a sophomore the Lions were 13-1 and won the state title. He was the team’s backup quarterback all three seasons, while also playing as a running back, wide receiver, defensive end and outside linebacker. He had 53 tackles (11 for loss), six sacks and seven passes broken up as a junior. He also rushed for 252 yards and 11 touchdowns, caught 14 passes for 114 yards and three scores and completed 8-of-9 passes for 111 yards and three TDs in 2007. Personal: Born 6/18/91 in Puyallup, Wash. Intends to major in business.

 

-- Chandler Gayton -

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. In addition, he was listed as "others to watch" on Ron Siegel’s preseason All-State squad. Earned first team All-Metro League Mountain Division honors as a senior. He helped lead O’Dea to an 8-3 record, including a 21-16 loss to Lakes in the first round of the State 3A Playoffs. Gayton missed all but three games for O’Dea in 2008 because of a nagging hamstring injury. He had three interceptions and broke-up four passes in those three games. As a junior, he earned first team Metro League Mountain Division honors as a defensive back and second team accolades as a wide receiver. He finished his junior season with four interceptions and nine passes broken up, and also returned eight punts for 265 yards (33 yards per return) and three touchdowns. O’Dea was 13-0 in 2007 before losing 42-35 to Skyline in the championship game of the State 3A Playoffs. Personal: Born 12/5/90 in Seattle, Wash. Intends to major in business. His father Carter Gayton lettered three seasons at Washington, including 1959 when the Huskies were 10-1 and played in the 1960 Rose Bowl.

-- Beau Baldwin on Gayton: "We see him as a difference maker at the cornerback position, and he has the possibility to play right away. Not only is he a great player on the field, but he is a mature person off the field as well. He does a great job of balancing a demanding academic schedule with athletics."

 

-- Zack Gehring -

The son of a pair of former Eastern student-athletes, he was the MVP of the 1A Trico League as a senior. He was also the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team All-Trico selection as a tight end. He had 125 tackles with six sacks on defense, and scored 17 touchdowns on offense with 550 receiving yards and 250 rushing. Gehring helped lead Castle Rock to a 10-2 record, including a 34-21 victory over Orting in the first round of the State 1A Playoffs. Castle Rock fell 35-12 to eventual 1A runner-up Cascade Christian in the quarterfinals. As a junior, he earned first team All-Area honors as a wide receiver from the Longview Daily News. He had 42 receptions for 631 yards and three touchdowns in 2007 and also earned all-league honors as a sophomore receiver. He played basketball as well, and as a junior earned first team All-Trico honors and was MVP of the Seaside Holiday Classic. He also played baseball as his Castle Rock teams appeared at the State 1A tournaments in all three sports he competed in, including four appearances in football. His father, Mark Gehring, was a backup tight end at Eastern (1984-85) and went on to play in the NFL with San Francisco, Minnesota, Washington and Houston (Oilers). Personal: Born 10/23/90 in Longview, Wash. Intends to major in physical therapy. His mother, Kristy King (formerly Cristy Cochran when she played basketball at EWU from 1983-86) was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection (Mountain West Conference at the time) in 1986. A 6-foot-1 post player, Cochran had 706 rebounds to currently rank eighth in school history. Zach’s brother Aaron is currently a tight end at Washington State.

-- Beau Baldwin on Gehring: "Zack was one of the first players we offered and from the get-go he was one of the top players we wanted to sign. Whether he plays tight end or defensive end, he’s going to be a serious impact player. You can also throw linebacker into that equation -- he can be a great player at a lot of different positions. That says a lot about his athletic ability and the size that he has. Along with being an incredible football player, Zack is a great student and brings solid character to our program. He is going to be a tremendous Eagle."

 

-- Ronnie Hamlin -

Selected by Associated Press as a 3A All-State first team selection as a defensive back. He earned the same honor from the Tacoma News Tribune and was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. The TNT and The Olympian also honored him on their All-Area squads, with the Olympian also selecting him as its player of the year. In addition, he was a member of Ron Siegel’s 31-member preseason All-State squad. He was the Olympic Western League MVP after finishing with 156 tackles and 10 interceptions. He also finished with 16 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, six passes broken up and a sack. He also had 1,778 all-purpose yards, including 1,018 yards and eight touchdowns on 63 receptions as a receiver. He also had 19 punt returns for 405 yards and rushed for another 150. He helped lead the Blazers to the State 3A Playoffs as they finished 8-3. As a junior, he earned first team All-Western Cascade Conference honors as a defensive back. He caught 31 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns, and on defense he had 89 total tackles (10 for loss) with six interceptions and six passes broken up. Timberline finished the 2007 season with a 4-6 record. Has a 3.86 grade point average. Personal: Born 4/15/90 in Fort Riley, Kan.

 

-- Greg Herd -

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. The Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian selected him to their All-Area teams. In addition, he was listed as "others to watch" on Ron Siegel’s preseason All-State squad. He helped the Sentinels go unbeaten in the regular season and win the Nisqually Olympic League title. He had more than 2,500 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,151 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging more than 13 yards per carry. He also completed 36-of-80 passes for 706 yards and seven touchdowns. He was the league’s unanimous offensive MVP, a first team all-league defensive back and a second team all-league kick returner. He led the Sentinels to a perfect 10-0 record before they lost 38-21 to Burlington-Edison in the first round of the State 2A Playoffs. He also earned first team All-Nisqually 2A League honors as a defensive back and quarterback as a junior, and as a defensive back as a sophomore. He averaged over 10 yards per rush as a junior when he finished with 883 yards on 83 carries with 13 touchdowns. He completed 30-of-71 passes for 462 yards and six scores for a team that finished 5-4. He finished his career with 3,680 rushing yards, 7,100 all-purpose yards, 66 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Personal: Born 2/15/91 in Tacoma, Wash. Intends on majoring in physical education.

-- Beau Baldwin on Herd: "We see him as possibly a defensive back or wide receiver, but we’re probably going to start him at defensive back because we’re younger there. He was one of our first offers way back when and was a player we feel has the size, length and explosion to be something really special here. On top of that, he has great character and is great in the classroom. I think he’s going to be a great player here who may play early in his career."

 

-- Spencer Hessler -

Hessler was a first team All-Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference selection as a running back. The Tri-City Herald selected him to its All-Area team. He led the league in rushing and scoring with 1,256 yards, 20 touchdowns and 124 points. He had a total of 1,465 all-purpose yards and was the team’s captain and offensive MVP. He had 232 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-6 victory over West Valley (Yakima) as Walla Walla finished the season 4-4. He also earned all-league honors as a junior. Personal: Born 7/16/90 in San Jose, Calif. Intends to major in either business or education.

  

-- Cameron Homan

Earned first team All-State honors (all classifications) as a punter from the Tacoma News Tribune and the Seattle Times. He was also earned 2A All-State accolades from the Associated Press. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Twice he earned All-Nisqually Olympic League honors, including first team accolades as both a punter and kicker as a senior. He averaged 41.9 yards per punt with 10 downed inside the opponent’s 10-yard line (14 inside the 20) as Eatonville finished 5-5. Homan also made eight of 15 field goals, including a game-winner versus Fife, as well as 18 point after touchdown conversions and a 50.7 average on kickoffs. In the off-season, he was rated as the top punter from Washington at the Ray Guy Kicking Camp where he had marks of 42.80 for average punt, 54 for longest punt, 3.65 seconds for average hang time and 4.21 for best hang time. As a junior, he averaged 36.1 yards per punt with a long of 53 and three downed inside the 20. He also averaged 45.9 yards per kickoff, and added a three field goals and 21 conversions. He was also a part-time kicker as a sophomore, averaging 24.9 per punt, 42.8 on kickoffs and making six field goals and 23 extra points. Eatonville was 5-5 his junior season and 5-6 in 2006. In three seasons, he averaged 37.6 yards per punt and made 17-of-27 field goals and 62-of-65 extra points. He was also a soccer letter winner since his freshman season. Has a 3.87 grade point average and earned a variety of academic honors while serving as his class vice president. Personal: Born 6/5/90 in Tacoma, Wash. Intends on majoring in business or education.

 

-- Cody Humphrey

Earned second team All-Intermountain Conference honors as a senior. Hermiston finished 7-4 in 2008. Personal: Born 2/23/91 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

 

-- Daniel Johnson

Earned second team all-league honors as he helped lead his team to a 10-3 record in 2008, a 7-3-1 mark in 2007 and 3-7 record in 2006. He had just 68 yards and one touchdown as a senior, but rushed 97 times for 718 yards (7.4 per carry) as a junior with seven touchdowns. He rushed 55 times for 401 yards (7.3 per carry) and six touchdowns in his sophomore season. He earned team offensive player of the year accolades and also competed in track and field. Personal: Born 1/8/91 in San Jose, Calif.

 

-- Will Katoa -

Earned second team All-State honors from the Deseret News on both the offensive and defensive line. He helped lead Judge Memorial to a 6-6 record and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the State 3A Playoffs in Utah. He finished the season with 78 total tackles and six sacks.

-- Beau Baldwin on Katoa: "He’s a true nose guard -- and he’ll tell you that. He doesn’t even want to be called a defensive tackle. He’s big, physical and tough to move. On top of that, he has the ability to get off the ball and make plays. He showed up on video making a lot of plays, and that’s not easy from the nose guard position. When we met him on his official visit, our staff knew without a doubt we wanted this young man to be a part of our program."

 

-- Brandon Kaufman -

He missed his senior season with a knee injury suffered before the 2008 season even began. He earned honorable mention All-State honors as a junior and twice was selected to the All-Continental League team. He caught a total of 97 passes for 1,918 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior. Just six months after his injury, he returned to play basketball as a senior. Personal: Born 10/26/90 in Denver, Colo.

-- Beau Baldwin on Kaufman: "He was a player who was injured before his senior year began. We went back and really evaluated his video from his junior year, watched him play basketball and spent some time with him. Based on those three things, we knew the sky would be the limit for him. He already has a big frame, big hands and is long. Whenever the ball came his way he went and got it. He will definitely be a factor as an outside receiver, and we’ll be excited to see his growth. He showed a lot of toughness by coming back from his knee injury in six months to play basketball."

  

-- Anthony Larry -

As a senior, he was one of just 26 players named to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro (all-area) team. He was also selected to the All-Metro Conference team as a wide receiver. He finished the year with 55 tackles, 13 sacks and an interception. Burbank High School finished 6-6 his senior season and played for a section title for the first time in school history. Personal: Born 9/20/91 in Crookston, Minn. Intends to major in recreation management.

  

-- James Lautogia -

Was a first team All-Nisqually Olympic League selection as an offensive tackle. He had 30 tackles with six sacks as a senior for a 2-8 team. His cousin is former Eagle Jason Belford (2005-08).

-- Beau Baldwin on Lautogia: "Whether he’s an offensive lineman or defensive lineman, I’m not too worried. He’s going to be a factor either way and he has the ability to play on either side. He showed incredible ability at our summer camp. We’ll see where it all shakes out. We’re excited about James and his attitude, effort and energy he’s going to bring to our team."

  

-- Billy Lechtenberg -

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Earned honorable mention All-WesCo North Division honors as a senior after playing in just two games because of a broken fibula. As a junior, he earned second team All-WesCo honors as a defensive back and honorable mention as a running back. He had 51 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also rushed 109 times for 671 yards (6.2 per carry) and seven touchdowns, and caught six passes for 66 yards to earn his team’s offensive player of the year honor. He also earned all-league accolades as a sophomore, and also competed in baseball, basketball and track and field. He also won a variety of academic honors as well. Personal: Born 12/6/90 in Laguna Hills, Calif. Intends to major in engineering.

-- Beau Baldwin on Lechtenburg: "He was our top recruit at safety from the get-go. He’s brings it every snap and reminds me of great EWU safeties we’ve had in the past who will not only make plays on the ball, but they’ll hit you. He’s tough, athletic and does everything well off of the field. He’s going to do all the right things for us, and lead by example on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom."

 

-- T.J. Lee -

Selected by Associated Press as a 3A All-State honorable mention selection as a running back. Was selected to the Seattle Times "Star Times" All-Area team. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He rushed for 1,413 yards and 21 touchdowns to help lead West Seattle to the Metro League Sound Division title. He scored all three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 21-6 win over O’Dea -- West Seattle’s first victory over the Irish. His team finished 9-2, losing 42-3 to Ferndale in the first round of the State 3A Playoffs. As a junior, he was the Metro League Special Teams MVP and was a first team all-league defensive back. West Seattle was 5-5 his junior season. He also competed in basketball and track at West Seattle. Personal: Born 3/20/91 in Houston, Texas. Intends to major in business.

  

-- Ashton Miller -

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Was selected by the Vancouver Columbian to its All-Area team as a defensive lineman. Evergreen finished 5-5 his senior season and 8-2 in his junior season. He earned all-league honors all three seasons at Evergreen, including first team honors as a defensive lineman and offensive lineman. Also plays basketball at Evergreen and is an outstanding student with numerous academic honors. Personal: Born 7/12/91 in Portland, Ore. Intends to major in business.

-- Beau Baldwin on Miller: "We’re going to start him at defensive tackle, but he also has the ability to play center for us. He’s incredible in the classroom and is a young man with great character. Watching him play basketball, we were impressed with how light on his feet he is. He’s an all-around great fit for our program."

  

-- Kevin Miller

Earned second team Class 6A All-State honors as a kicker as selected by high school coaches in the state of Oregon. He also earned first team All-Mt. Hood League honors as both a senior and junior. His high school team was 3-8 his senior season after going 8-3 in 2007. As a senior he made 7-of-12 field goals with a long of 45, and 27-of-33 point after touchdown attempts. He also averaged 38.3 yards per punt and 33 of his 54 kickoffs were touchbacks. As a junior, he made 8-of-14 field goals with a school-record 50-yarder, and made 34-of-53 extra points. Also, 35 of his 72 kickoffs were touchbacks. As a sophomore, he had seven touchbacks and made 2-of-3 field goals and 25-of-27 extra points. Miller stood out at the Kohl's Kicking and Punting Camp in Bothell, Wash., in July 2008. He won the placekicking competition with a 65-yard field goal, was No. 1 in kickoffs (63.67 yards) and received a 4.5-star rating on a 5-star scale. Also a soccer player at Centennial, he played soccer in the fall while also kicking for the football team. As a senior in 2008, his team advanced to the quarterfinals of the State 6A Playoffs in Oregon as he earned second team all-league honors. His brother, Mike, is a goalkeeper on Oregon State's soccer team. Personal: Born 1/3/91.

  

-- James Monk

Earned second team All-Greater St. Helens League 4A honors as a defensive back. Evergreen finished 5-5 his senior season and 8-2 in his junior season when he also earned all-league honors. Also a talented track and field athlete who has participated at the State 4A Championships since his sophomore season. He was seventh in the long jump as a sophomore and was a member of Evergreen’s state championship 4x100-meter relay team. His best long jump entering his senior season is 22-5 3/4 and his best 100-meter dash time is 10.89. Personal: Born 10/21/90 in Tacloban, Phillipines. Intends on majoring in exercise science or sports medicine.

 

-- Brandon Murphy -

Earned first team Class 5A All-State honors as an offensive guard as selected by high school coaches in the state of Oregon. Earned first team All-Mid-Willamette League honors as an offensive guard. He helped West Albany win the State 5A title in Oregon for the second-straight season with perfect 14-0 records. He was also a third team all-league wrestler and qualifier for the State 5A Championships in Oregon. Personal: Born 10/9/89 in Baker, Ore. Intends on majoring in education.

  

-- Jakob Scott

Earned first team 2A All-State honors from Associated Press as a defensive lineman. He had 16 sacks, 15 other tackles for loss and broke-up 16 passes to go along with five forced fumbles. He earned All-Central Washington Athletic Conference honors as a junior and senior, including Defensive MVP honors in 2008. He helped lead Othello to a 10-2 record, falling 33-28 to eventual State 2A runner-up Prosser in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Othello defeated Colville 28-21 in the first round. Personal: Born 5/16/91 in Othello, Wash.

 

-- Bo Schuetzle -

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Schuetzle was a second team All-Greater Spokane League selection as both a wide receiver and defensive back for Shadle and was a three-sport standout for the Highlanders. He also earned team captain and MVP awards as Shadle Park won three games in both his junior and senior seasons. He also was an All-Greater Spokane League performer and state participant in track and field and wrestling. Personal: Born 1/4/91 in Louisville, Ky. Intends on majoring in physical therapy.

-- Beau Baldwin on Schuetzle: "We’re very lucky to sign a player from the area like Bo. I’m not too concerned about what position we will start him at because he has the cover skills to play corner and the size and physical ability to play safety. He’s another great, quality individual in this recruiting class. When he was on campus, we just knew we wanted him in our program. We are all very excited to keep him close to home."

 

-- Alante Wright

Earned honorable mention All-State honors as a wide receiver in Arizona in the 5A1 classification. He led his team to the State 5A1 title, catching five passes in the championship game as Hamilton finished 13-1 while out-scoring opponents 513-163. He finished his senior season with 45 catches for 700 yards and four touchdowns. As a junior, Hamilton was 12-1. Personal: Born 9/14/90 in Phoenix, Ariz. Intends on majoring in economics.

-- Beau Baldwin on Wright: "He is the total package with size, hands and great feet. Along with his physical talent, we are getting a high-quality young man who is a true student-athlete. He played high school at a high level against great competition, and week-after-week put up great numbers. He is a true receiver with great hands and route-running skills that a lot of players coming out of high school don’t have. We’re getting an incredible player and a quality student-athlete from Arizona, and we’re excited about that."

  

-- Anthony Vitto

Earned second team All-Mission League honors in California for a 2-9 Chaminade Prep team. As a senior, he completed 149-of-297 passes (50.2 percent) for 2,048 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 54 net yards. Played previously at Oaks Christian. Personal: Born 1/11/90 in Simi Valley, Calif. Intends on majoring in business.

-- Beau Baldwin on Vitto: "Coming out of high school, he has a lot of the same characteristics as Erik Meyer. He has athletic ability and toughness on top of his ability to throw the football. His numbers in the 40 (4.65) and in agility tests are comparable to highly-recruited wide receivers and defensive backs. He is the type of quarterback who can make plays on the run and put added pressure on any defense. When you are around him you just know he has that special something you want in your quarterback. We’re excited to sign him."

 

-- Caleb Worthington

Played for a Mountain View team that finished the 2008 season 8-3. Personal: Born 9/23/90 in Boise, Idaho. Intends on majoring in business.

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