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UTEP unveiled its 2005 football recruiting class on Wednesday, the second group of signees under head coach Mike Price.

Included on the list are 21 prep standouts and nine junior college transfers.

Of the 21 high school players, 12 hail from the state of Texas, eight from California and one from Arizona. The list features five Texas Top-300 players, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, as well as two players who participated in the Cal-Florida Bowl.

The list of preps includes 14 defensive players and seven offensive players. The group is composed of eight defensive linemen, four linebackers, three offensive linemen, two defensive backs, one quarterback, one running back, one tight end and one wide receiver.

Of the nine junior college players, eight are California products and one hails from New Jersey. There are seven defensive players, one offensive player and a punter. The breakdown is as follows: three defensive backs, three defensive linemen, one linebacker, one wide receiver and one punter.

Defensive back Josh Ferguson (Hayward, Calif./Chabot College) signed a financial aid agreement to attend UTEP. He was not included in UTEP’s list of junior college additions released in December.

Overall UTEP signed 21 defensive players, eight offensive players and a punter. A total of 11 defensive linemen, five defensive backs, five linebackers, three offensive linemen, two wide receivers, one quarterback, one running back, one punter and one tight end signed with the Miners.

2005 Prep Signees

Mike Aguayo
DL, 6-4, 275, Lakewood, Calif. (Los Alamitos)

First team All-League and All-CIF defensive player as a senior at Los Alamitos High School...also a member of the Long Beach Press Telegram’s Dream Team and chosen All-OC Region by The Los Angeles Times...helped Los Alamitos to a 12-2 record and berth in the state title game in 2004...played offensive tackle as a junior, and split time at three positions (offensive tackle, defensive tackle, defensive end) as a senior...two-year varsity letterwinner for coach John Barnes...also recruited by Arizona, California, Clemson, Fresno State, Illinois, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, UNLV, Washington, Washington State and Wyoming...played baseball his freshman year at Los Alamitos (first baseman/pitcher)...honor roll student as a prep...parents are Javier and Lisa Aguayo...has three sisters...full name is Michael Anthony Aguayo...nickname is “Big Mike”...born 10/15/87 (La Palma, Calif.).

Don Brooks
RB, 6-2, 200, Houston, Texas (Waller)

Texas Top 300 player by Dave Campbell’s magazine...honorable mention All-State selection by the Texas Sports Writers as a senior at Waller High School...also District 18-4A MVP and first team All-Greater Houston...first team All-District as a junior as well...rushed for 1,493 yards on 150 carries (10.0 avg.) with 22 touchdowns as a senior...also reeled in eight catches for 184 yards (23.0 avg.)...played in the inaugural High School All-American Bowl Classic in Shreveport, La. in January 2005...junior totals were 188 carries for 1,491 yards (7.9 avg.) and 19 scores...runs the 40 in 4.34 seconds...played some corner his sophomore year...member of an 8-5 squad that reached the third round of the state playoffs in 2003...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Jim Phillips...also recruited by Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska...competed in the 100, 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay for the Waller track team...father is Don Brooks, Sr...mother is Glenda Brooks and stepmother is Charlene McKee...has two brothers and three sisters...has one brother, Courtney, who plays at Houston and another brother, Eddrick, who played at Baylor...cousin, Keenan McCardell, plays for the San Diego Chargers...full name is Don Edward Brooks, Jr...born 1/11/86 (Houston, Texas).

Clayton Byrd
DL, 6-4, 245, El Paso, Texas (Franklin)

First team All-District 15A defensive end as a senior at Franklin High School...honorable mention All-District as a junior...posted 77 tackles, 18 tackles for losses, 12 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior...had 56 tackles as a junior...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Tony Grijalva...member of a 9-2 team that reached the second round of the playoffs last season...spent his freshman year at Lockhart High School in Austin, Texas, playing some varsity ball...also recruited by New Mexico State and Texas Tech...threw the shot put as a member of Franklin’s track team for four years...also spent one year on the baseball team (center fielder) and one year on the basketball squad (center)...received an Optimist Award as a junior, and Youth Leadership Awards as a junior and senior...mother is Rebecca Byrd...has one brother and two sisters...grandfather, Rufus Franklin Byrd, played football at LSU...grandmother, Mary J. Byrd, and aunt, Margaret McDevitt, both attended UTEP...full name is Clayton Franklin Byrd...nickname is “Big Bird”...born 2/16/87 (El Paso, Texas).

Lance Castleberry
DB, 5-8, 180, Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff)

District 4A-13 Defensive MVP as a senior at South Oak Cliff High School...posted 122 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, seven sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two blocked punts (including one for a 60-yard touchdown) in 2004...had 95 stops as a junior despite missing a portion of the season due to a concussion...first team All-District defensive back as a sophomore and senior, and second team as a junior...played strong safety and cornerback as a prep...helped South Oak Cliff High School to a 9-3 record last season, including the second round of the playoffs...runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach J.B. Wallace...spent two years on the track team, competing in the quarter mile and three relays (4x100, 4x200, 4x400)...member of the district champion track team as a freshman...spent all four years in high school on the B honor roll...mother is Shirley Carr and stepfather is David Carr...has one brother...former UTEP standout David Terrell is the nephew of his uncle’s wife...full name is Lance V. Castleberry...nickname is “Caz”...born 3/6/87 (Dallas, Texas).

Brandis Dew
QB, 6-5, 245, Hemet, Calif. (Hemet)

One of the most decorated signees in UTEP history...rated the 24th-best quarterback in the nation by ESPN.com...PrepStar All-American quarterback as a senior at Hemet High School...also All-State Utility Player (Rivals.com), All-League MVP, All-County and team MVP after putting up monster numbers in 2004...completed 171 of 294 passes (58 percent) for 2,909 yards with 42 touchdowns and 10 interceptions...the 42 touchdowns were a Riverside County record...threw for eight touchdowns in one game, the third-best total in state history...had the highest quarterback rating in the state (146.0)...also rushed for 370 yards and five scores...received a CIF Southern Section Champion for Character Award this past season...selected to play in the Cal-Florida Bowl...completed 123 of 224 passes (55 percent) for 1,930 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a junior, while also rushing for 140 yards and five TDs...All-League MVP as a junior, as well as honorable mention All-County and first team All-State underclassman utility player...owns Hemet High School career records for passing yards (5,918), passing touchdowns (68), passing attempts (675) and completions (355)...also the school season record-holder for passing yards, completion percentage, passing touchdowns, completions and quarterback rating...owns Hemet single-game marks for passing yards (455), passing touchdowns (eight), attempts (47), completions (22), consecutive completions (nine) and all-purpose yards (533)...the 533 all-purpose yards came in the playoffs versus Norco High School his junior year...helped Hemet to an 8-3 record in 2003, and a 9-2 mark in 2004...two-time recipient of a Lion’s Club scholar-athlete award...received an Exchange Club Scholar-Athlete Award as a junior...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Andy Boynton...played one game on the varsity squad late in his freshman year...teammate of UTEP signee Tevita Stevens at Hemet High School...also recruited by Colorado, Duke, LSU, UCLA and USC...four-year member of the Hemet track team, throwing the shot put and discus...reached the CIF finals in both events in 2004...ranked eighth in the state in the shot put, and first in his division entering the 2005 season...father is Richard Dew...full name is Brandis Christian Dew...born 10/2/86 (Hemet, Calif.).

Landon Goodwell
LB, 6-2, 230, West Covina, Calif. (Rio Hondo Prep)

Chosen All-League MVP as a senior at Rio Hondo Prep School...also All-CIF, All-Southern Section, All-Area and team defensive player of the year as a senior...second team All-League and honorable mention All-Area as a junior...played linebacker and tailback as a four-year member of the varsity team...posted 131 tackles and an interception on defense as a senior...offensive totals were 2,156 yards rushing (30 touchdowns) and 2,744 all-purpose yards...scored six touchdowns on special teams as a senior...registered 95 tackles, two interceptions, 1,149 yards rushing and 15 TDs as a junior...high school coach was Ken Drain...also recruited by Idaho State and Oregon...four-year member of the baseball team (first baseman) and spent three years on the basketball squad (center)...earned All-League honors in both sports as a junior, and All-CIF in basketball...headed a student council committee during his prep career...parents are Tim Goodwell and Barbara Price...has one brother, Tim Jr., who plays football at Memphis...full name is Landon Eugene Goodwell...nickname is “Goody”...born 12/30/86 (Pasadena, Calif.).

Justin Halas
LB, 6-2, 240, Phelan, Calif. (Serrano)

CIF Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Serrano High School...also All-League, All-Area, All-County, All-Region and second team All-Southern California in 2004...registered 85 tackles, eight sacks and five forced fumbles this past season, despite missing three games with an ankle injury...posted 134 stops as a junior en route to earning All-League, All-Area and All-County recognition...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Ray Maholchic, playing middle linebacker and fullback...helped Serrano High School to a 38-3 record over three years, including a CIF championship his senior campaign...also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State and Oregon...two-year letterwinner in track, throwing the shot put and running the 100 meters...earned All-League honors in the shot put...parents are John and Lisa Halas...has one brother and one sister...full name is Justin Joseph Halas...born 10/7/86 (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

Aaron King
DL, 6-4, 235, Houston, Texas (Elsik)

First team All-District 5A defensive player as a senior at Elsik High School in Houston...also chosen Elsik’s defensive line MVP this past season...began playing football in tenth grade...played tight end as a sophomore and junior, then started his senior year at tight end before moving to defensive end...two-year varsity letterwinner for coach Bill Barron...also recruited by Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas Tech...played basketball his freshman year (center/power forward), and competed on the track team as a sophomore (300 hurdles, 2x400 relay)...mother is Victoria Brown...has one brother and two sisters...full name is Aaron Lee King...nickname is “A.K.”...born 4/9/86 (Sacramento, Calif.).

Alan Kirkland
LB, 6-1, 225, Cedar Park, Texas (Leander)

Two-time first team All-District 15-5A selection (2003, 2004)...also two-time All-Central Texas pick...named Leander High School’s defensive MVP as a senior, and linebacker of the year as a junior and senior...played linebacker for three years, and tight end for two years...had 93 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries his senior year...tallied 130 stops, three blocked kicks and a fumble recovery as a junior...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Steve Gideon...also recruited by SMU, Texas State and Utah...also competes in power-lifting, finishing fifth in the state as a junior and picked to finish first as a senior...put up some amazing numbers at the Nike combine, doing 26 reps on a 350-pound bench press and squatting 600 pounds...two-time Academic All-District honoree...mother is Edye Kirkland...grandparents are Carl and Pauline Harper...has one brother...full name is Alan Ryan Kirkland...born 10/1/86 (Houston, Texas).

Colby Meek
OL, 6-4, 290, Keller, Texas (Keller)

Earned second team All-District 5-5A honors last season while playing right tackle and right guard for Keller High School...did not allow a sack while playing in a predominantly passing offense...also served as the team’s deep snapper...helped Keller High School to an 8-3 record...high school coach was Kevin Atkinson...also recruited by Arkansas State, Colorado State and Louisiana Tech...lettered twice in power-lifting and track and field (throwing the shot put)...parents are Jason and Dena Meek...has one sister...full name is Colby Wayne Meek...born 6/30/87 (Fort Worth, Texas).

Dashan Miller
WR, 6-1, 180, Corona, Calif. (Centennial)

First team All-League wideout as a senior at Centennial High School...also tabbed team MVP and received a scholar-athlete award after tallying 70 catches for 1,184 yards and 11 touchdowns...rushed 21 times for 180 yards with four TDs, and completed four of five passes for 70 yards and two scores last season...top receiving game was a 189-yard, two-touchdown effort versus Corona High School...member of a 13-1 team that was division V champions in 2004...played defensive back as well during his two years on the varsity squad...first team All-League and Centennial’s Offensive Player of the Year as a junior...high school coach was Matt Logan...also recruited by Boise State, California, North Carolina, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Washington State and Wyoming...parents are Michael Miller and Lisa Williams...has one brother and two sisters...full name is Dashan Lavonne Miller...pronounced Day-shawn...born 12/21/86 (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Chris Moore
DL, 6-2, 250, Houston, Texas (Jersey Village)

Texas Top 300 player by Dave Campbell’s magazine...first team All-District 17-5A defensive end as a senior at Jersey Village High School...ended the year with 65 tackles, nine tackles for losses, four sacks, one pass break-up and two fumble recoveries...registered 2.5 sacks his senior year versus Cy-Creek High School...honorable mention All-District as a junior, totaling 30 tackles, five tackles for losses, one sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery...member of an 8-3 team that lost in the second round of the state playoffs his senior year, and part of a 7-4 squad as a junior...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach David Snokhous...also recruited by Baylor, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas Southern and Texas State...played power forward and center on the Jersey Village basketball team as a sophomore and junior...parents are Archie and Dismas Moore...full name is Christopher Lee Moore...born 12/21/86 (Houston, Texas).

James Olalekan
DL, 6-3, 280, Texas City, Texas (Texas City)

First team All-County and All-District 23-4A choice as a senior at Texas City High School...also selected the team defensive lineman of the year after totaling 65 tackles, five sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, 17 tackles for losses, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pass break-up in 2004...first team All-District and second team All-County tight end in 2003...registered three catches for 24 yards and a touchdown, primarily in a blocking role...helped Texas City High School to 8-3 records each of the last two years...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Tim Finn...also recruited by Arkansas State and Texas State...also competed in power-lifting and track, throwing the shot put and discus...chosen the Outstanding Student of the Year by the Optimist Club...mother is Sonia Moses...has one brother...cousin, Marcel Moses, plays football at Midwestern State...full name is James Ola Olalekan...pronounced Ola-la-khan...nickname is “King James”...born 5/31/87 (Galveston, Texas).

Dane O’Neill
DL, 6-2, 235, Chino Hills, Calif. (Chino Hills)

First team All-League and second team All-Inland Empire as a senior at Chino Hills High School...two-time Chino Hills Defensive Player of the Year...first team All-League as a junior as well...played defensive end as a junior, and linebacker as a senior...registered 79 tackles, six sacks, five pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior...had 75 tackles with seven sacks as a junior...helped Chino Hills High to a 9-3 mark and second round of the playoffs in 2004...two-year varsity letterwinner for coach Terry Roche...also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, Hawaii, Oregon, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington State...played basketball for one year (forward), and baseball for two years (catcher) as a prep...four-year member of the honor roll and four-time Academic All-League selection...parents are Tom and Joann O’Neill...has one brother and one sister...full name is Dane Thomas O’Neill...born 4/21/87 (Orange, Calif.).

Fred Patton
DB, 5-9, 175, Houston, Texas (North Shore)

Texas Top 300 player by Dave Campbell’s magazine...first team All-District 23-5A choice as a senior at North Shore High School...other 2004 honors included second team All-Greater Houston and team defensive MVP...senior statistics included 71 tackles, one interception, six pass break-ups, one sack, a forced fumble and fumble recovery...first team All-District as a junior for a 15-0, Division I state championship team...posted 52 stops and six picks as a junior...played cornerback as a sophomore and junior, and three positions (cornerback, free safety, strong safety) as a senior...runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach David Aymond, helping North Shore to a combined record of 37-2...also recruited by Arkansas, Arkansas State, Central Michigan, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi and Wisconsin...four-year letterwinner in basketball (shooting guard/small forward) and track (4x100 and 4x200 relays, 110 and 300 hurdles)...two-year member of the AB honor roll...father is Freddie Patton and stepfather is Anthony Bass...mother is Sandra Bass...has one brother, two stepbrothers and one sister...brother, Mark played basketball at Prairie View A&M...uncle, Aaron McClelland, attended UTEP...full name is Fredric Marquell Patton...born 1/15/87 (Houston, Texas).

Cameron Raschke
OL, 6-4, 320, Kerrville, Texas (Tivy)

Texas Top 300 player by Dave Campbell’s magazine...honorable mention All-State selection by the Texas Sports Writers as a senior at Tivy High School...also first team All-District 28-4A, first team All-Area and first team All-Hill Country...first team All-District, first team All-Area and first team All-Hill Country his junior year...honorable mention All-District as a sophomore...played offensive and defensive tackle during a three-year varsity career at Tivy High School...part of a 13-1 team that was a regional finalist in 2002...high school coach was Mark Smith...also recruited by New Mexico and Texas Tech...parents are Donnie and Louada Raschke...has one sister...full name is Cameron Layne Raschke...pronounced Rosh-kee...born 6/19/87 (Kerrville, Texas).

Jacob Robinson
DL, 6-6, 225, Peoria, Ariz. (Peoria)

First team All-State and All-Region defensive end as a senior at Peoria High School...picked up 48 tackles and seven sacks last season...first team All-Region selection as a junior...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Doug Clapp...helped Peoria High to a 11-2 record in 2003, and 9-2 mark in 2004...also recruited by Oregon and Texas Tech...played baseball (pitcher) and ran track (110/300 hurdles) for one year each...parents are Robin and Julie Robinson...has one brother and three sisters...full name is Jacob James Robinson...born 8/26/86 (Glendale, Ariz.).

Tevita Stevens
OL, 6-2, 295, Hemet, Calif. (Hemet)

Will serve a Mormon mission beginning in 2006 before joining the UTEP football team for the 2008 season...All-League (offense and defense) and All-Region pick, as well as captain’s award recipient as a senior...played in the Cal-Florida Bowl his senior year...teammate of UTEP signee Brandis Dew at Hemet High School...named Hemet’s offensive line MVP as a junior and senior...All-League selection as a junior...played center, defensive tackle and defensive end his senior year...spent time at offensive tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end as a junior after playing guard as a sophomore...registered five sacks this past season...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Andy Boynton...helped Hemet to an 8-3 record in 2003 and 9-2 mark in 2004...also recruited by BYU, Hawaii, Idaho and Portland State, as well as numerous Pac-10 schools...member of the Hemet wrestling team for one year, and the track team for four years...threw the shot put and discus...reached the CIF finals in the shot put in 2004, earning All-League and All-CIF honors in the shot put and discus...three-year member of the honor roll...has had perfect attendance since elementary school...expected to graduate with high honors and currently has a 4.0 grade point average...received a pair of academic awards (history, president’s award) from Hemet High School...parents are Ron and Telekali Stevens...has four brothers...brother Chris, first cousin Sefa O’Reilly and uncle Pouha Finau played football at BYU, Oregon State and Utah respectively...full name is R. Tevita Stevens...born 7/4/87 (Inglewood, Calif.).

Brian Wilkins
LB, 6-3, 230, Tustin, Calif. (Tustin)

All-League defensive player and Orange County Top 25 selection after registering 100+ tackles as a senior at Tustin High School...played safety and quarterback his sophomore year, safety his junior year and four positions (running back, tight end, linebacker, quarterback) as a senior...attended the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Berkeley, Calif. and the Nike Combine in San Diego, Calif. in the summer of 2004...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Myron Miller...helped Tustin reach the semifinals of the CIF playoffs in 2002, and quarterfinals in 2004...also recruited by Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon State, Villanova and Washington State...spent three years on the Tustin basketball team (small forward) and two on the track squad (shot put)...received a scholar-athlete award from Tustin High School, as well as an NAACP award for youth development as a senior...two-year honor roll student...parents are Mahlon and Lottye Wilkins...has one sister...father played basketball at Fresno State...full name is Brian Austin Wilkins...born 6/23/87 (Tustin, Calif.).

Matthew Williams
DL, 6-3, 210, Austin, Texas (McNeil)

Honorable mention All-State selection by the Texas Sports Writers as a senior at McNeil High School...first team All-District 15-5A and first team All-Centex defensive end this past season...recorded 98 tackles, 13 tackles for losses and five sacks last season...played defensive end, nose guard, outside linebacker and fullback during his prep career...recipient of McNeil High School’s Maverick Award, presented to the player who best represents the team on and off the field...runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds...high school coach was Robert Wilcox...also recruited by Baylor, SMU and Texas State...competed in power-lifting and track and field (high jump, long jump, triple jump) in high school...mother is Vanessa Williams Walker...has one sister...full name is Matthew Brandon Williams...nickname is “Big Cat”...born 4/23/87 (Austin, Texas).

Rayford Wright
TE, 6-4, 255, Odessa, Texas (Permian)

Texas Top 300 player by Dave Campbell’s magazine...All-District 3-5A tight end as a senior at Permian High School...second team All-District tight end as a junior...played tight end for three years, and defensive tackle his senior campaign...recorded 43 tackles, six tackles for losses, three sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 2004...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Scott Smith...also recruited by Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Tulsa...four-year member of the Permian basketball team, playing center...rookie of the year winner as a freshman, and team MVP as a junior...parents are Rayford Wright, Sr. and Vickie Hunter...has five sisters...full name is Rayford Wright...nickname is Ray...born 9/25/86 (Odessa, Texas).

2005 Junior College Signees

Alfonso Auelua
DL, 6-1, 250, Garden Grove, Calif. (Pacifica/Cerritos JC)

First Team All-Mission Conference linebacker as a sophomore at Cerritos Junior College...second team All-Mission Conference as a freshman...member of an 8-3 team that won the Potato Bowl in 2003...led the team with 120 tackles in 2004, while adding three sacks...Cerritos JC’s second-leading tackler in 2003 with 85 stops, as well as three sacks...junior college coach was Frank Mazzotta...three-year varsity letterwinner at Pacifica High School, missing his senior year with a knee injury...two-time All-County linebacker...also chosen defensive MVP for his team and league...saw action at running back and tight end during his prep career as well...high school coach was Bill Craven...four-year letterwinner in baseball as a prep, playing first base...two-time first team All-League choice in baseball...full name is Upuese Alfonso Auelua, Jr...last name is pronounced Awe-ay-luah...mother is Virginia Auelua...has two sisters and two brothers..his late father played football at Long Beach State....born 8/8/83 (Anaheim, Calif.).

Josh Ferguson
DB, 5-7, 175, Hayward, Calif. (Hayward/Chabot College)

Will have three years of eligibility at UTEP...played cornerback last season at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif...also returned punts and kickoffs...earned first team All-Conference honors in 2004...led the state of California in punt return average (21.0 ypr) and kickoff return average (33.0 ypr) this past season...also registered 41 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass break-ups...set a Chabot College single-game record with 221 yards on returns...also recruited by California, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Tulsa out of junior college...junior college coach was Danny Calcagno...position coach throughout high school and junior college was Anthony Jackson...played numerous positions (option quarterback, running back, wideout, outside linebacker, middle linebacker, safety, cornerback) during a two-year varsity career at Hayward High School...earned first team All-League and second team All-Bay Area honors his senior year...named cornerback MVP at the Cal Defensive Camp as a prep senior...high school coach was Casey Marino...also competed in basketball (point guard), baseball (left fielder) and track (100 meters, 200 meters, high jump, long jump, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay) in high school...All-League honoree in basketball and baseball...parents are David and Lori Ferguson...cousin, Charles Cope, was a former quarterback at San Diego State...full name is Joshua David Ferguson...nickname is “Ferg”...born 6/14/85 (Hayward, Calif.).

Arthur Giddens
DB, 6-1, 193, Inglewood, Calif. (Manual Arts/Compton CC)

Played quarterback and defensive back for two years (2002-03) at Compton Community College...rated a preseason All-American quarterback entering his sophomore season (2003)...two-time first team all-league defensive player...threw for 2,200 yards with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2003...also picked off seven passes, returning two for touchdowns...member of a 7-3 team in 2002 that lost in the conference championship game...coached by Cornell Ward and Angelo Jackson in junior college...played quarterback and defensive back at Manual Arts High School...two-time All-City quarterback...also rated the No. 2 athlete in California and No. 20 athlete in the nation during a distinguished prep career...senior totals included 2,700 yards passing, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions...registered three interceptions on defense, including a 96-yard return for a score...three-year varsity letterwinner...coached by Glenn Bell and Charles Collins in high school...also recruited by USC, Nebraska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon State and Idaho...also a standout basketball and volleyball player in high school...three-time All-City selection in volleyball, receiving scholarship offers to Cal State Northridge and Cal Santa Barbara...two-time All-City point guard in basketball...spent one year on the Dean's List as a prep...full name is Arthur James Washington Giddens III...parents are Arthur Giddens, Sr. and Denise Simpson...has two sisters...born 1/2/84 (Inglewood, Calif.).

Ryan Hotchkiss
P, 6-2, 205, Newport Beach, Calif. (Woodbridge/Palomar JC)

Preseason second team All-American heading into the 2004 season at Palomar Junior College...ended the year as an honorable mention All-American by JC Gridwire...two-time first team All-Mission Conference punter at Palomar JC...averaged 40.5 yards on 56 punts as a freshman, and 40.9 yards on 58 punts as a sophomore...longest punt at the JC level traveled 79 yards...recommended as an All-State candidate as a freshman...junior college coach was Joe Early...didn't start kicking until his sophomore year in high school...spent ninth grade at Mount Carmel High School in San Diego before transferring to Woodbridge High School in Irvine...played safety and wide receiver as a junior and senior, while also punting and handling kickoffs...also served as Woodbridge's backup field goal kicker during this time..punting average was 39.5 yards his senior year....high school coach was Rick Gibson...four-year letterwinner in golf as a prep, including being selected MVP as a freshman...also recruited by Utah, Virginia Tech, Louisville, TCU, San Diego State and Duke...full name is Ryan James Hotchkiss...parents are Doug Hotchkiss and Sherri Barnes...father lettered in football, wrestling and baseball at Southern Illinois...born 3/26/84 (Newport Beach, Calif.).

Tim McCullouch
DB, 6-0, 170, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Jordan/Cerritos JC)

First team All-Mission Conference choice in 2004 at Cerritos Junior College...second team All-Mission Conference pick in 2003...registered 36 tackles and five interceptions this past season...junior college coaches were Pat Callahan and Frank Mazzotta...All-League selection as a senior at Long Beach Jordan High School...three-year varsity letterwinner...played free safety for two years, and outside linebacker his senior season...high school coach was John Kane...also recruited by Tennessee, Oklahoma State, UNLV and Idaho...competed in track and basketball in high school...finished eighth in the state in the 110 hurdles...honor roll student as a prep...full name is Timothy Keith McCullouch, Jr...parents are Timothy McCullouch, Sr. and Juanita Bryant...has one brother and three sisters..uncle, Gary, ran track at Oregon State and other uncle, Earl, was a football and track standout at USC and also played for the Detroit Lions...born 4/26/85 (Rancho Dominguez, Calif.).

Jason McQuay
LB, 6-2, 220, Eatontown, N.J. (Monmouth Regional/Victor Valley JC)

Second Team All-Foothill Conference in 2004 at Victor Valley Junior College...totaled 115 tackles (27 for losses) and eight sacks this past season despite missing three games with a pulled groin...had 96 tackles, three sacks and an interception in 2003 at Victor Valley...played safety his first semester in junior college before shifting to linebacker...junior college coach was David Hoover...two-time All-State, three-time All-Conference, three-time All-County and three-time All-District selection at Monmouth Regional High School...played defensive end his sophomore year, and linebacker as a junior and senior...had 135 tackles as a senior, 121 as a junior and 101 as a sophomore...sack totals were 12 as a sophomore and 10 each as a junior and senior...also had 1,012 yards rushing (nine TDs) and 406 yards receiving on the offensive side of the ball his senior year...three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Bob Merola...also lettered in basketball and track as a prep...three-time All-State, All-County and All-Conference athlete in track, competing in the high jump and long jump...also recruited by Notre Dame, California, Utah, Iowa, Maryland, Colorado State, Massachusetts, Rutgers and Montana...full name is Jason Nicholas McQuay...parents are Willie and Diane McQuay...has one brother and one sister...born 12/20/82 (Tampa, Fla.).

Humberto Padilla
DL, 6-6, 318, Union City, Calif. (James Logan/San Francisco City College)

Played for two years (2002-03) at San Francisco City College...part of the nation’s top-ranked defense in 2003...registered two sacks in 2002 and seven sacks in 2003...pulled from the lineup at halftime of six games in 2003 with his team enjoying a big lead..San Francisco City College was 12-0 in 2003 (national champions) and 9-2 in 2002....junior college coach was George Rush...played one year of varsity ball at James Logan High School, earning All-League honors as a senior...recorded 11 sacks for a 9-1 team...played five positions in high school -- defensive tackle, defensive end, tight end, offensive tackle and offensive guard...high school coach was Neil Fromson...also recruited by Oklahoma, Tennessee, Colorado, South Carolina, Arizona State, Michigan State, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona and Marshall...full name is Humberto Padilla...first name is pronounced Um-bert-o...has a three-year-old son, Jordan...mother is Oselia Ortiz...has three brothers and two sisters...born 12/26/83 (San Francisco, Calif.).

David Sutton
WR, 6-6, 225, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly/Compton CC)

Spent one year at Lincoln (Mo.) University and another at Compton CC after graduating from Long Beach Poly High School...did not play football until he arrived at Lincoln University...set a freshman record with an 89-yard pass reception at Lincoln...ended the 2003 season with 16 catches for 445 yards and six touchdowns...totaled 15 catches for 400 yards with two scores last season at Compton...member of the most explosive offensive team in California in 2004...coached by Cornell Ward at Compton CC...also recruited by Ohio State, Nebraska, Kansas State, Colorado, Michigan State, Oregon State, Arizona and Kansas...two-year letterwinner in track as a prep, competing in the high jump and long jump...also competed in volleyball in high school, earning team MVP his junior year and most-improved player his sophomore season ...runs the 40 in 4.35 seconds...full name is David Deion Sutton...mother is Debra Smith...has two sisters...cousin, Tyus Edny, is a former basketball standout at UCLA...born 5/30/84 (Westminster, Calif.).

Ricky Van
DL, 6-3, 260, San Bernardino, Calif. (Eisenhower/San Bernardino Valley College)

First team All-Foothill Conference and team MVP as a sophomore at San Bernardino Valley College...All-State nominee...played offensive guard (2003) and defensive end (2004) in junior college under coaches Ken Blumenthal and Pat Meech...totaled 55 tackles, 15 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries this past season...doubled as a defensive end and fullback in high school...All-Conference honoree his senior year...rushed for 100 yards twice while being primarily used as a blocking fullback...had 45 tackles and 13 sacks his senior year...spent three and a half years at Colton High School before graduating from Eisenhower High School...two-year varsity letterwinner for coach Carl Gaytan...also recruited by Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Hawaii, Kentucky and Central Florida...played basketball in high school as well...scored 23 points with 15 rebounds, eight blocks and five assists against Fontana High School his junior year...parents are Ricky Van, Sr. and Sabrina Denmon...has two brothers and two sisters...born 12/7/81 (Riverside, Calif.).

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