Feb. 2, 2005
2005 Washington State University football National Letter of Intent signees announced Wednesday:
Name - Pos, Hgt, Wgt, Yr, Hometown (High School)
AHMU, Fevaea'i - DT , 6-1, 290, Fr., San Diego, Calif. (Serra)
ALFRED, Kenny - OL, 6-3, 285, Fr., Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor)
BRADLEY, James - CB, 5-9, 185, Fr., Garland, Texas (South Garland)
BRUMFIELD, Lamar - LB, 6-3, 215, Fr., Carson, Calif. (Carson)
BURSEY, Lorenzo - RB, 5-9, 180, Jr., Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly/West LA College)
DANZY, Shelton - CB, 5-9, 185, Fr., Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach)
EPPELE, Joe - OL, 6-8, 270, Fr., Vancouver, British Columbia (Vancouver College)
EVANS, Cory - DB, 6-2, 215, Fr., Lena, La. (Northwood)
GIBSON, Brandon - WR, 6-2, 190, Fr., Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers)
HALL, Arkelon - QB, 6-1 , 210, Fr., Fresno, Calif. (Edison)
HICKS, Xavier, DB - 6-2, 195, Fr., Fullerton, Calif. (Fullerton)
HUNTER, Derek, OL - 6-4, 285, So., La Habra, Calif. (La Habra/Fullerton College)
PATTERSON, Dewayne - DB, 6-1, 190, Jr., , Redlands, Calif. (Redlands/Chaffey College)
STRIPLING, Jason, LB - 5-11, 215, Fr., Tyler, Texas (Robert E. Lee)
TARDY, Dwight, RB - 5-11, 210, Fr., Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (St. Paul)
TARKINGTON, Bryan - DT, 6-3, 290, Jr., Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft/Moorpark College)
TOWNSEND, Joseph - DT, 6-4, 265, Fr., San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian)
TRENT, Greg - LB, 5-11, 215, Fr., Keller, Texas (Keller)
WILLIAMS, Courtney - LB, 6-1, 210, Fr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey)
WOOLRIDGE, DeMaundray - RB, 5-9, 215, Fr., Keller, Texas (Keller)
MAJOR HONORS RECEIVED BY WSU RECRUITS
SUPERPREP MAGAZINE - CALIFORNIA RANKINGS
#29 Fevaea'i AhMu, dt
#35 Arkelon Hall, qb
#81 Lamar Brumfield, lb
#85 Dwight Tardy, rb
#91 Xavier Hicks, db
SUPERPREP MAGAZINE - WASHINGTON RANKINGS
#7 Kenny Alfred, ol
#9 Shelton Danzy, db
#11 Brandon Gibson, wr
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE ALL-AREA
Kenny Alfred, ol
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE WESTERN 100
Fevaea'i AhMu, dt
Kenny Alfred, ol
Shelton Danzy, db
Arkelon Hall, qb
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE NORTHWEST NUGGETS
Kenny Alfred, ol (Honorable Mention)
Shelton Danzy, db (Honorable Mention)
Brandon Gibson, wr (Honorable Mention)
SEATTLE TIMES ALL-AREA
Shelton Danzy, db
SEATTLE TIMES ALL-STATE
Kenny Alfred, ol
Shelton Danzy, db
SEATTLE TIMES BLUE CHIP
Kenny Alfred, ol
SEATTLE TIMES RED CHIP
Shelton Danzy, db
Brandon Gibson, wr
ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-STATE
Kenny Alfred, ol (4A first team)
Kenny Alfred, dl (4A honorable mention)
Shelton Danzy, db (3A first team)
LB PRESS-TELEGRAM BEST IN THE WEST
Feveaea'i AhMu, dt
Xavier Hicks, db
WASHINGTON PREP.COM ALL-STATE
Kenny Alfred, ol (4A first team)
Kenny Alfred, dl (4A honorable mention)
Shelton Danzy, db (3A first team)
Shelton Danzy, rb (3A honorable mention)
Brandon Gibson, wr (4A second team)
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SIGNEES - BIOS
1. FEVEAE'I AHMU
San Diego, Calif. (Serra)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Brian Basteyns at Serra High School, lettering three times in football and twice in track & field...SOPHOMORE season earned second team All-Western League honors on offense and was Serra's defensive player of the year...earned San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic honors...JUNIOR season racked up 100 tackles and 10 sacks, helping the Conquistadors to a 6-4-1 record...piled up double-digit tackles in five games, including a season-high 18 against Point Loma...season-high three sacks against Mission Bay...scored a pair of touchdowns and also intercepted a pass...Western League defensive most valuable player...earned first team All-CIF San Diego Section honors, first team All-State underclassmen, and also served as team captain...again named to San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic team...as a SENIOR recorded 75 tackles and 12 sacks...also recovered a fumble...had seven or more tackles in eight of 10 games and at least one sack in seven of 10 games...also contributed on the offensive side of the ball as a lineman...helped Conquistadors to a 6-4 team record and the Western League title...named second team All-State...SuperPrep All-American...rated the No. 22 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com and Rivals.com...listed as the No. 25 player in the state of California by Scout.com...participated in the CaliFlorida Bowl, recording six tackles and a sack against a team of Florida All-Stars...finished high school career with 235 tackles, 104 tackles for loss, and 27 sacks.
PERSONAL: Fevaea'i Fa'asiu AhMu...born February 6, 1987 in San Diego, Calif...parents Sauia and Sally AhMu...has two brothers, Owen and Mathew, and one sister, Adeile...interested in pursuing sports medicine or athletic training.
2. JAMES BRADLEY
Garland, Texas (South Garland)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Mickey Moss at South Garland High School...as a SENIOR recorded 58 tackles, intercepted five passes and broke up eight others, recovered two fumbles, and blocked seven field goals and extra-point attempts...also contributed as a punt and kick returner...helped Colonels to a 9-2 overall record and a trip to the 5A state playoffs...earned first team all-district honors by Garland Online...
3. JOE EPPELE
Vancouver, British Columbia (Vancouver College)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Tod Bernett at Vancouver College Prep...is a standout hammer thrower and shot putter...is No. 1 in Canada in his age group in the hammer throw and placed fourth the 2004 Canadian Junior Nationals...won the shot put and placed third in the hammer throw at the 2004 Provincial High School Championships...also placed eighth in the discus...as a JUNIOR on the gridiron, earned Northern Conference All-Star honors for British Columbia's AAA Division...as a SENIOR helped pave the way for a running back that approached 1,500 yards in 12 games...defensively, recorded 28 tackles and a sack...Vancouver College also produced current Cougar defensive lineman Jon Conlin...Eppele is the third British Columbia native to sign with the Cougars the past four years, joining Conlin and Adam Braidwood.
PERSONAL: Joseph Eppele...born December 8, 1987 at Squamish, British Columbia...parents Thomas and Carol-Ann Eppele...has one brother, Josh, and one sister, Carlin...enjoys music and outdoor activities...interested in a science-related major at Washington State...a member of the Kajaks Track & Field Club, based in Richmond, British Columbia
4. CORY EVANS
Boyce, La. (Northwood)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Tom O'Kelly at Northwood High School...earned 10 varsity letters, including four in football, four in basketball, and two in track & field...as a FRESHMAN, contributed to the varsity football team, rushing for 460 yards...earned second team all-district...SOPHOMORE season limited by broken bone in foot...as a JUNIOR rushed for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also racking up 88 tackles and seven interceptions on defense...first team all-district on offense and defense...first team All-State defense...first team All-Central Louisiana...SENIOR season rushed for 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns...scored on eight two-point conversions...defensively, recorded 125 tackles...repeat first team all-district selection on both sides of the ball...selected first team All-State on defense...played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and free safety during his four years with the Gators...also a standout on the hardwood, earning all-district honors as a freshman, sophomore, and junior, and All-State honors as a junior...served as team captain for football and basketball at Northwood as a senior.
PERSONAL: Cory Derrell Evans...born February 26, 1986 at Pineville, Louisiana...parents Leroy Robinson and Jeanetta Johnson...has four brothers, Freddrick, Harold, Michael, and Ronald, and five sisters, Caroline, Melissa, Sharlene, Cynthia, and Sharon...enjoys music, watching television, and basketball...undecided on academic area of interest at WSU.
5. ARKELON HALL
Fresno, Calif. (Edison)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Tim McDonald at Edison High School...lettered twice in football and twice in baseball for the Tigers...stepped into starting quarterback role as a JUNIOR...threw for 2,604 yards and 34 touchdowns while completing over 60 percent of his passes...intercepted just five times...first team All-County/Metro League and first team All-State underclass...CIF Central Section Junior of the Year...Edison's most valuable player in 2003...SENIOR...led Tigers to an 8-4 record and a trip to the CIF Central Section quarterfinals...threw for 2,326 yards and 22 touchdowns...again named Edison's most valuable player...first team All-County/Metro League quarterback and the offensive player of the year...Washington State's first signee from the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp...ranked the eighth-best quarterback in the nation by Tom Lemming...ESPN's No. 81 player overall in the nation...U.S. Army preseason All-America nominee...PrepStar/CBS Sportsline postseason All-America nominee...rated the No. 8 pro-style quarterback nationally by Rivals.com...rated the No. 16 quarterback nationally by Scout.com...rated the No. 28 player in the West by Scout.com...named to the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100"...is the first quarterback in Edison High School's history to earn a Pac-10 scholarship at quarterback...4,930 passing yards and 56 touchdown passes both Edison High career records.
PERSONAL: Arkelon Faran Hall...born October 28, 1986 at San Diego, California...parents Sylvesta and Vanessa Hall...has one brother, William King...lived in Atlanta, Ga. for five years before moving the Fresno area...earned the nickname "The Big Back" at eight years old while playing tailback and carrying defenders on his back...enjoys chess, snowboarding, video games, and going to the movies...interested in pursuing a business-related field at WSU
6. XAVIER HICKS
Fullerton, Calif. (Fullerton)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Julian Smilowitz at Fullerton High School...earned letters in four different sports...as a FRESHMAN was named the most valuable player of Fullerton's football and basketball teams, leading both to league titles...SOPHOMORE season earned first team all-league at All-State underclass at defensive back...as a JUNIOR threw for 1,922 yards and 19 touchdowns at quarterback and rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns...doubled as a safety, recording eight interceptions...earned first team all-league honors at safety...named second team All-CIF underclass as a utility player...SENIOR season completed 117 of 203 passes for 1,661 yards and 16 touchdowns...added 809 yards on the ground and three touchdowns...averaged over eight yards per carry...also recorded five interceptions on defense, including three in season-opener against La Mirada, and served as Fullerton's punter...threw for a season-high 284 yards and four touchdowns against Troy...named Freeway League's most valuable player and earned All-Orange County honors on defense from the Orange County Register...Los Angeles Times Orange County All-Region first team at defensive back...went over the 150-yard rushing mark twice in 2004...rated the No. 43 safety nationally by Rivals.com...named the CIF Division IX defensive player of the year...named to the All-State team as a utility player.
PERSONAL: Xavier Alphonso Hicks, Jr...born December 26, 1986...parents Xavier Hicks, Sr., and Marcie Cortez...has two brothers, Michael and Randall...nephew of former Washington State running back Kevin Hicks, a Cougar letterwinner in 1993 and 1994...enjoys video games, shopping, and sports...volunteered time to Special Olympics and the Fullerton Pop Warner program while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average...earned a Speech and Debate Degree of Merit...undecided on academic area of interest.
7. DEREK HUNTER
La Habra, Calif. (La Habra/Fullerton College)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by Gene Murphy at Fullerton College...will have four years to play three seasons at WSU...SOPHOMORE helped Hornets to a 7-4 record and a win over Bakersfield in the Golden Empire Bowl...
8. JASON STRIPLING
Tyler, Texas (Robert E. Lee)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Mike Owens at Robert E. Lee High School...named the District 12-5A defensive most valuable player as a SENIOR...helped lead the Red Raiders to a 12-3 record and the Texas Class 5A Division I State title, defeating Spring Westfield 28-21 in the final played at the Alamodome...picked off a pass in the state title game, returning it 69 yards for a touchdown...also reached the end zone on an interception return in the state semifinal against Euless Trinity
9. DWIGHT TARDY
Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (St. Paul)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Marijon Ancich at St. Paul High School...Anchich is the winningest high school football coach in the state of California...as a JUNIOR rushed for 837 yards and nine touchdowns while missing part of the season with injuries...helped Swordsmen to a 10-3 overall record and a 5-0 Mission League record...schedule included Southern California powers Long Beach Poly, Banning, and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame...eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark as a SENIOR, totaling 2,272 yards on the ground with 34 touchdowns...during the regular season, eclipsed the 100-yard mark in eight of 10 games...topped the 200-yard mark three times during the regular season, including 309 yards against Alemany, 272 against St. Francis, and 225 against Chaminade...also caught 14 passes for 153 yards and had 154 return yards...racked up nine touchdowns in first round of the playoffs in 77-35 win over Crescenta Valley...in that game scored on runs of five, six, seven, nine, 15, 41, 46, and 62 yards...also chipped in on defense, recording 33 tackles, two interceptions, and recovering two fumbles...Swordsmen finished with 8-4 record and reached the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs...Los Angeles Times Southeast/South Coast All-Region first team at running back
10. BRYAN TARKINGTON
Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft/Moorpark College)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by Jim Bittner at Moorpark College...SOPHOMORE season helped Raiders to a 7-4 record and a 27-23 win over College of the Desert in the U.S. Bank Beach Bowl....
11. GREG TRENT
Keller, Texas (Keller)
12. COURTNEY WILLIAMS
Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Paul Knox at Dorsey High School...SENIOR season racked up a school record 27 sacks...reached the end zone on an 81-yard fumble recovery...helped Dons to a 12-2 record, reaching the Los Angeles City Section finals before losing to Birmingham 36-13...named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Star team and the All-Central City team...third team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports...also a standout sprinter on the Dorsey track team.
13. DeMAUNDRAY WOOLRIDGE
Keller, Texas (Keller)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Kevin Atkinson at Keller High School...
14. DEWAYNE PATTERSON
Redlands, Calif. (Redlands/Chaffey College)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by Carl Beach at Chaffey College...as FRESHMAN helped Chaffey to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Verizon Southern California Bowl...recorded 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and two interceptions...as a SOPHOMORE tabbed first team All-Foothill Conference after being a preseason All-American...tacked up 90 tackles and three interceptions...helped Chaffey to a 9-2 record and a repeat trip to the Verizon Southern California Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Jim Walker at Redlands High School...lettered three times in football, three times in track, and once in basketball...as a SOPHOMORE earned second team all-league and was named the team's best defensive back...JUNIOR year again named second team all-league and all-county...helped team reach the playoffs...as a SENIOR earned first team all-league and all-county honors...led Terriers to an 11-1 record, the league title, and a No. 2 state ranking...recorded 85 tackles and two interceptions...captained the football team, as well as the track & field squad...captured the league title in the long jump.
PERSONAL: Dewayne Patterson...born April 20, 1984 at Redlands, California...mother Roxie Hollins...enjoys cooking and skateboarding...undecided on academic area of interest at WSU.
15. LAMAR BRUMFIELD
Lynnwood, Calif. (Carson)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Rowen Tupuivao at Carson High School......did not play football until sophomore year in high school...also competed in track & field...JUNIOR year racked up 98 tackles, four interceptions, three sacks, and recovered a fumble...helped Colts to an 11-3 overall record, the Marine League title, and the Los Angeles City Section championship...earned All-Marine League and All-City Section honors...as a SENIOR led Colts with 103 tackles...recovered four fumbles, forced two others another, and recorded four sacks...helped lead Carson to a 7-5 overall record and a trip to the second round of the Los Angeles City Section playoffs...returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Taft...was the starting linebacker in the 40th Annual Lions All-Star Game...again earned All-Marine League honors.
PERSONAL: Lamar Tyree Brumfield...born February 3, 1987 at Bellflower, Calif...parents Donnie and Lillianita Brumfield...has one sister, Doniesha...posted a 3.2 prep grade point average...interested in pursuing communication.
16. LORENZO BURSEY
RB 5-9 180
Los Angeles, Calif. (Long Beach Poly/West Los Angeles College)
JUNIR COLLEGE: Coached by Darryl Holmes at West Los Angeles College...as a FRESHMAN was among the top 20 in California junior college football in rushing and all-purpose yards...compiled 1,025 yards and five touchdowns on the ground...averaged 5.9 yards per carry...chipped in 260 receiving yards and 248 return yards for a total of 1,533 all-purpose yards on the season...earned first team All-Western States honors at running back as West Los Angeles finished 6-3...also picked off a pass on defense.
HIGH SCHOOL: Prior to senior season, transferred to Long Beach Poly, where he was coached by Raul Lara...as a as a SOPHOMORE at Beverly Hills, rushed for over 1,110 yards and had over 250 receiving yards...accounted for 12 touchdowns...co-offensive most valuable player in the Ocean League...JUNIOR at Beverly Hills, rushed for a school record 1,591 yards and 24 touchdowns, earning league co-most valuable player honors...served as the Normans' team captain and led them to a 7-3 record and a trip to the playoffs...SENIOR season at Long Beach Poly ran for 880 yards and 17 touchdowns...also had 300 receiving yards...racked up 20 all-purpose touchdowns and was named first team All-Moore League and All-CIF...helped Jackrabbits to an 11-2 record and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals...team also featured UCLA defensive tackle Kevin Brown...traveled to Hawaii and defeated powerhouse Kahuku 42-16...reached the end zone three times in that game, twice on the ground and on a 22-yard touchdown reception...Long Beach Poly program has churned out more NFL players than any other high school in America, as well as baseball legend Tony Gwynn, tennis great Billy Jean King, and actor Cameron Diaz...finished with 61 rushing touchdowns in his high school career.
PERSONAL: Lorenzo Lamon Bursey, Jr...born May 24, 1985 in Los Angeles...parents Lorenzo Bursey, Sr., and Sherry Tigner...has four brothers, David, Bryan, Laronzo, and LeeAndre, and a sister LaToya...enjoys playing video games, working out, and playing basketball...brother Bryan played football at Iowa State.
17. KENNY ALFRED
Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Darren McKay at Gig Harbor High School...has lettered nine times during high school career, four times in football, three times in track & field, and twice in wrestling...team captain for both football and track & field as a senior...as a SOPHOMORE was an All-Narrows League selection on the defensive line...regional participant in both wrestling and track & field...as a JUNIOR earned first team Narrows League Bridge Division honors on both offense and defense...named first team All-Area by both the Tacoma News Tribune and Bremerton Sun...honorable mention All-State...took third place at the Class AAAA track & field meet in the shot put...SENIOR...helped Gig Harbor to an 8-2 record...again named first team Narrows League Bridge Division on both sides of the ball...first team All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune...also selected to the TNT's "Northwest Nuggets" and "Western 100"...earned first team All-State honors on offense by the Tacoma News Tribune and the Associated Press...also received AP honorable mention recognition on defense...rated the No. 8 player in the state of Washington by Scout.com...rated the No. 56 player in the West (California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington) by Scout.com...projected as a defensive tackle by Rivals.com, where he was rated No. 38 at that position nationally...named to the Seattle Times' All-State team...named to the Washington Prep all-league first team on offense and defense...selected to play in the East-West All-Star game...Pierce County Scholar-Athlete nominee.
PERSONAL: Kenneth David Alfred...born July 29, 1986 at Bellevue, Washington...parents David and Claudia Alfred...has one brother, Matt...father David played football at Western Washington University, while brother Matt currently plays for Eastern Washington...enjoys weight training, video games, reading, writing, and filmmaking...compiled a 3.3 prep grade point average...Gig Harbor's 2004 homecoming king...interested in Washington State's veterinary school.
18. BRANDON GIBSON
Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Gene Bowen at Rogers High School...earned eight varsity letters, including three in basketball and three in football...as a JUNIOR earned All-South Puget Sound League honorable mention at wide receiver...also earned league accolades on special teams as a punt and kick returner...second team All-South Puget Sound League in basketball...as a SENIOR earned first team All-South Puget Sound League honors after compiling 946 all-purpose yards... rated the No. 17 player in the state of Washington by Scout.com...rated No. 38 nationally as an athlete by Rivals.com...named to the Washington Prep all-league first team as a receiver and second team as a defensive back...Tacoma News Tribune "Northwest Nuggets" honorable mention.
PERSONAL: Brandon Lewis Gibson...born August 13, 1987 in Germany...parents Steve Gibson and Marlene Williams...has two sisters, Sherelle and Nicole Wade, and one brother, Steven...uncle Vaughn Williams played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts...interested in pursuing education or communication at WSU.
19. SHELTON DANZY
Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Mark Haley at Rainier Beach High School...four-year letterwinner, including one year at Franklin High School in Seattle...as a FRESHMAN played at Franklin, starting 10 games at cornerback and earning All-KingCo honors...played on offense in just five games, rushing for 200 yards and two touchdowns...recorded 39 tackles...SOPHOMORE season played primarily on defense, racking up 44 tackles and four interceptions...offensively totaled 492 rushing and receiving yards with six touchdowns...earned All-Metro honors as a free safety and running back, helping Rainier Beach win Metro League Sound Division title...became a dangerous two-way threat as a JUNIOR, rushing for 920 yards and seven touchdowns and recording 58 tackles and three interceptions on defense...also added 205 receiving yards on just 12 receptions...earned All-Metro honors at both running back and defensive back, helping the Vikings repeat as Metro League Sound Division champions...as a SENIOR topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark with 1,017 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground...also had 88 tackles and four interceptions on defense...helped Vikings to a 9-2 overall record, including a third-straight Metro League Sound Division title...earned first team All-State honors as a defensive back by the Tacoma News Tribune and by Associated Press...named to Seattle Times' All-Area team as a defensive back...first team All-State by the Seattle Times...named first team All-Metro League at cornerback and running back...finished Rainier Beach career with 2,461 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns, 460 yards receiving and four touchdowns, and 229 tackles...also reached the end zone six times on interception returns and fumble returns...rated the No. 49 cornerback nationally by Scout.com...rated the No. 15 player in the state of Washington by Scout.com...rated the No. 97 player in the West by Scout.com...rated the No. 22 cornerback nationally by Rivals.com...named to the Washington Prep all-league first team as a running back and defensive back...named to the "Western 100" by the Tacoma News Tribune.
PERSONAL: Shelton LaVelle Danzy...born April 20, 1987 in Tampa, Florida...mother Demetrice Danzy...has two sisters, Traiyaune and Lexi, and a brother, Reshaud...enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and going to the beach...was a peer tutor for the Union Gospel Mission...participated in community little league football camps, teaching technique and instructing drills...interested in pursuing sport management at WSU.
20. JOSEPH TOWNSEND
San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Mike Machado at Valley Christian...earned two varsity letters playing on the offensive and defensive line...JUNIOR season earned first team All-West Catholic League honors on offense and defense...helped lead the Warriors to an 11-2 record, the West Catholic League title and Central Coast Section Division IV championship...as a SENIOR repeated as a first team all-league selection on both sides of the ball...guided Valley Christian to a 12-1 record, another West Catholic League title, and the Central Coast Section Open Division championship...recognized as one the top 30 players in Northern California by School Sports Magazine...named one of the top 22 players in Northern California by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report.
PERSONAL: Joseph Townsend...born December 16, 1987 in San Jose, Calif...parents Larry and Alice Townsend...has two brothers, Nick and Larry, Jr...Larry played football at Nebraska...enjoys poetry, fishing, and camping...interested in pursuing engineering at WSU.
SIGNING DAY PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
HEAD COACH Bill Doba
Class of 2005...
"We improved the speed of our team with some very athletic guys. We got a group of kids that want to be here. They play hard and they are good character people. They will be a big asset to our program."
"Lorenzo Bursey can come in and play right away. We are excited about Courtney Williams from Dorsey High School. He plays outside linebacker and had 26 sacks last year. I don't care what league you are in, that's a bunch of sacks. We have two running backs that will run hard. DeMaundray Woolridge is quick and might be able to help us. Dwight Tardy is a very intense, tough kid.
"All of the defensive backs could play right away. Bursey could play receiver or corner. We would like to play him at receiver. Gibson played corner, safety and receiver and could have the ability to play other spots if somebody went down and we needed him."
Grading the class...
"We have recruited under the radar for a long time. As far as what we wanted, this class is an A or a B in terms of number of kids. We only had one kid who de-committed. They are good character kids. They gave us their word and they followed through."
Advantages and disadvantages of not making bowl game...
"I was in the homes of most of these kids before Christmas break, and that was a big advantage. After the break, we had seven assistant coaches out on the road to keep turning over those rocks and looking behind bushes for players."
Holiday Bowl still paying off...
"We signed four kids from Texas. I don't think we would have if we hadn't beat Texas a year ago. I think that carried over to some degree."
Lack of in-state signees...
"We offered more than three kids from the state of Washington, but some of them chose to go to other schools. We had a lot of tough decisions to make. There were some good kids in this state, and in California and Texas, that were very close to being offered. We think we offered the right ones and got the group that we needed."
Under the radar signees...
"Courtney Williams is a kid that we stumbled on late that has great potential. Lorenzo Bursey has a chance to be an excellent football player and wasn't highly recruited. He will have three years to play. We may grayshirt Joe Eppele, but he is about 6-8 and 275 pounds. He is one of the top hammer throwers up in Canada and just turned 17. He is just a puppy. He is athletic and can run. Brandon Gibson is an excellent receiver that was at our camp and I think has a chance to be a very good player."
"He is a great leader and a good kid. Last spring we looked at quarterbacks throughout the country and decided to offer four kids. One in Indiana, one in Chicago, and two in California. He (Arkelon) called right before our camp and decided this was where he wanted to be. I encouraged him to wait, take a look around, and see if he wants to be here. He said that he was a man of his words and he would be here. We are excited about his leadership. He is a good one. Not only can he throw the football around, but he is a great leader and a good kid."
"Fevaea'i AhMu was a really good find. He will develop and could play next year. He is a great kid and comes from a great family."
"Derek Hunter played one season in junior college. He is a good student, is interested in engineering, and I think he can help us this year."
"He was in our camp this summer. He is a good hitter and a good athlete. He can play running back, wide receiver, a-back, or cornerback. We fell in love with him at camp."
RECRUITING COORDINATOR Robin Pflugrad
Leon Burtnett in Texas...
"Leon Burtnett has a great reputation in the state of Texas, and also Louisiana. He lost a player that had made a verbal commitment and I think that it motivated him shift into fourth gear and do a great job. He has more miles than just about any recruiter in the country this year. He did a great job and was really motivated to get some linebackers. I think we outworked some people and I think that's what we need to continue to do here."
"He will be able to play linebacker or safety. We are really looking at him as a linebacker first. He is a great looking player. He can come up and really force the run. It will be fun to show his highlight tape to people because he can really come up and hit."
"He is excited about being a Cougar. He was a big asset in helping put together this class and he should be able to do some things on the field for us when he gets his opportunity."
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