Taggart Welcomes First Recruiting Class

Oregon football head coach Willie Taggart and his staff made the most of a short recruiting window, adding 24 new Ducks to the roster on signing day.

Finding fertile ground in his old stomping grounds of Florida, Taggart’s haul includes seven signees from the Sunshine State, 11 from California, two each from Hawaii and Oregon and one each from Tennessee and Arizona.

It is a balanced class with 11 of the newcomers seen as offensive players, 9 as defenders and three who could play on either – or both – sides of the ball. Three players are currently enrolled and Taggart indicated another three would enroll in time to participate in spring camp.

“I felt like there was a need at every position,” Taggart said.

While a couple of hoped for last minute signings didn’t materialize, Taggart and his staff saw the ranking of his first incoming class of recruits climb into the top 20 nationally as reported by most recruiting services after being stuck in the low thirties in the wake of the Mark Helfrich firing. The class is seen to rank fourth in the conference behind USC, Stanford and UCLA.

Courtesy of the University of Oregon media services office, here are the new Ducks along with their biographies.

 

DEFENSE

Austin Faoliu, DL, 6-3, 285, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)

The fourth-ranked defensive tackle in the state of California and 45th in the country by Scout.com … Rated the 58th overall prospect in California and 52nd in the nation at his position by ESPN … Ranked 65th in the state by Rivals.com … A consensus three-star recruit … Played in the 2017 Polynesian Bowl … Named to the Orange County Register’s All-County team as a senior … Recorded 32 tackles and nine tackles for loss along with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble to help lead Mater Dei to a CIF Southern Section Division 1 runner-up finish … Made five tackles with three for loss and a sack and forced fumble in a win over Servite … Attended JSerra Catholic High School as a sophomore and junior … Ran for 351 yards on 48 carries for four touchdowns as a sophomore … Also received offers from Arizona, Arizona, State, Baylor, Colorado State, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan State, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, UTSA, Virginia and Washington State.

 

Billy Gibson, S, 6-1, 185, Hialeah, Fla. (Miami Southridge HS)

The 42nd-ranked safety in the country and the 115th overall recruit in the state of Florida by ESPN … Ranked ninth among safeties in Florida by Scout.com … Rated the 64th best safety in the nation by 247Sports.com … A consensus three-star recruit … Named honorable mention All-Miami-Dade County by the Miami Herald after helping lead Miami Southridge to an 8A state title as a senior … Came up with a big fumble recovery to set up a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of a 14-10 win in the state final over Dr. Phillips … One of the leaders on a defense that pitched eight shutouts during the season, including a stretch of seven consecutive shutouts … Earned honorable mention All-Miami-Dade County recognition from the Miami Herald as a junior … Made 64 tackles with one interception return for a touchdown and two sacks … Also received offers from Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina State, South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia.

 

Thomas Graham Jr., CB, 6-0, 175, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS)

The sixth-ranked cornerback in the country and 49th-ranked overall recruit by ESPN … Also 10th overall cornerback and the 82nd overall recruit by 247Sports.com … A consensus four-star recruit … Ranked 10th in the country at his position and 10th overall in the state of California … Invited to play in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Selected to the Los Angeles Times’ All-Star team as a senior … Intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, while making 45 tackles and breaking up seven passes as a senior … Also caught 39 passes for 490 yards and six touchdowns while helping lead Rancho Cucamonga to a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 semifinal appearance … Racked up 890 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns in 2016 … Voted the SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week after catching a touchdown pass, returning an interception for a touchdown and making five tackles in a 42-26 win over Mission Viejo in the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals …. Named to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s All-Area second-team as a junior after recording 103 tackles while intercepting one pass and returning it 82 yards for a touchdown … Also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Alabama, Boise State, BYU, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisville, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

 

Deommodore Lenoir, S , 5-11, 183, Los Angeles, Calif. (Salesian HS)

The top-ranked athlete in the nation, seventh overall prospect in the state of California and 54th-ranked recruit in the country by Rivals.com … The seventh-ranked cornerback in the country and 66th overall prospect by 247Sports.com … Rated the seventh best at his position in the nation and 59th overall by Scout.com … A consensus four-star recruit … Invited to play in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune Selected to be a part of USA Football’s Under-19 team following senior season … Named to the Los Angeles Times’ all-star team as a senior … Also named the 2016 Angelus League co-Player of the Year … Offensively, carried the ball 108 times for 1,172 yards and 17 touchdowns while racking up 663 receiving yards and seven touchdowns … Also threw for 595 yards and six touchdowns to put up 2,430 yards of total offense … Defensively, made 52 tackles while intercepting one pass and forcing two fumbles … As a junior, ran for 563 yards on 56 carries, averaging 10.1 yards per rush with five touchdowns … Also caught 19 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns … Recorded 48 tackles while intercepting one pass and forcing one fumble … Ran for 763 yards and seven touchdowns on just 71 carries while also catching two touchdown passes as a sophomore … Made 50 tackles with seven pass breakups and one forced fumble … Also received offers from Alabama, Boise State, Boston College, BYU, California, Colorado, Florida, Fresno State, Illinois, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, TCU, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Washington and Washington State.

 

Sampson Niu, ILB, 6-1, 217, San Diego, Calif. (Madison HS)

The 12th-ranked inside linebacker in the country and 39th overall prospect in the state of California by Rivals.com … Ranked 16th in the nation at his position and 39th in the state by 247Sports.com … Rated the 18th best inside linebacker by ESPN … A Rivals.com four-star recruit … Selected to play in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Played in the 2017 Polynesian Bowl … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Named first-team All-CIF San Diego Section as a senior … Helped lead Madison to a CIF Division 2-AA state championship after recording 160 tackles, 16 for loss, eight sacks and one interception … Recorded 14 tackles in the Warhawks’ 21-17 state championship victory over Valley Christian … Earned first-team All-CIF San Diego Section honors as a junior … Made 90 tackles, eight for loss, 1.5 sacks and forced a fumble … Made 90 stops along with two sacks, four tackles for loss and two interceptions as a sophomore … Helped Madison to a CIF San Diego Section semifinal appearance in 2014 … Also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Nevada, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon State, San Diego State, South Carolina, UCF, UNLV, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin.

 

Nick Pickett, S, 6-1, 187, Los Angeles, Calif. (Salesian HS)

The 66th-ranked athlete in the country and 93rd overall prospect in the state of California by 247Sports.com … Also rated the 66th-best safety in the nation, eighth-best safety in the state and 12th best in the west region by Scout.com … Ranked the 89th-overall prospect in California and 80th-best athlete in the country by ESPN … A consensus three-star recruit … Named to USA Football’s Under-19 team following senior year … Recorded 64 tackles, five for loss, and six pass breakups as a senior … Also intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown and recovered one fumble … Made a team-high nine tackles with one interception in Salesian’s 58-20 win over Bishop San Diego in a CIF Southern Section Playoffs first round win … Also saw time at receiver while at Salesian, catching 17 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns throughout his career … Also received offers from Fresno State, Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah and Washington State.

 

Rutger Reitmaier, DT, 6-3, 270, Nashville, Tenn. (Lipscomb Academy)

The top-ranked defensive tackle in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com … Ranked the 21st best at his position and 12th best in Tennessee by Rivals.com … The 11th ranked recruit in Tennessee and 23rd best defensive tackle by 247Sports.com … Rated the 25th best defensive tackle by ESPN … An ESPN and Rivals.com four-star recruit … Selected to play in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Selected first-team 4A all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association as a senior … Named the Region 6-4A league MVP … Also named a semifinalist for the 2016 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football 4A Lineman of the Year … Made 56 tackles along with seven sacks and 24 tackles for loss to help lead Lipscomb to a Tennessee 4A State Tournament first round appearance … Received first-team 4A all-state honors as a junior … Made 66 tackles, 17 for loss, along with seven sacks to go with one rushing touchdown on the way to being named the Region 6-4A Defensive MVP … Recorded 37 tackles, 11 for loss, and two sacks as a sophomore … Also received offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

 

Jordon Scott, DT, 6-1, 350, Largo, Fla. (Pinellas Park Senior HS)

The 51st-ranked defensive tackle in the country and 106th overall prospect in the state of Florida by ESPN … The fifth-highest ranked defensive tackle in Florida and 44th overall at his position in the country by Scout.com … Ranked 59th in the country at defensive tackle and 116th overall in the state by 247Sports.com … A consensus three-star recruit … Named first-team All-Pinellas County as a senior … Recorded 40 tackles with three sacks and nine tackles for loss while forcing one fumble … Selected to the first-team Florida 7A All-State team as a junior … Also named first-team All-Pinellas County … Made 84 tackles with nine sacks, a Pinellas County leading 28 tackles for loss while forcing three fumbles … As a sophomore, recorded 49 tackles, six for loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery to help lead Pinellas Park to a 7A state tournament appearance … Also received offers from Arizona, Boston College, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Navy, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, Toledo, USC and West Virginia.

 

Isaac Slade-Matautia, ILB, 6-1, 206, Honolulu, Hawaii (St. Louis)

The 11th-ranked inside linebacker in the nation and second overall prospect in the state of Hawaii by Rivals.com … Rated 18th in the country at his position and second overall recruit in the state by 247Sports.com … Also ranked second in the state and 24th in the nation at outside linebacker by ESPN … A consensus four-star recruit … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Selected second-team all-state by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser as a senior after helping lead the Crusaders to an Open Division state title … Also named honorable mention All-Hawaii by ScoringLive.com … Made four tackles with two sacks in a state semifinal win over Waianae … Recorded six tackles in St. Louis’ 30-14 win over Kahuku in the state championship game … Named the KHON Cover2 Defensive Player of the Year following junior season … Also earned first-team All-Hawaii honors from ScoringLive.com … Named second-team all-state by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser after playing a key role on St. Louis’ state runner-up team … Made seven tackles while forcing and recovering a fumble in a state semifinal win over Mililani … Also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, UCF, Washington and Washington State.

 

OFFENSE

Popo Aumavae, OL, 6-4, 315, Stockton, Calif. (St. Mary’s HS)

The 45th-ranked prospect in the state of California and 35th-ranked offensive guard in the country by ESPN …Also rated the number three offensive guard prospect in California …  Ranked the 52nd best offensive tackle in the country and 53rd overall prospect in California by Rivals.com … The 43rd-ranked prospect in California and 28th-ranked defensive tackle in the country by 247Sports.com … A Scout.com four-star recruit … Played in the 2017 Polynesian Bowl … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Named the Tri-City Athletic League’s Defensive Lineman of the Year … Also selected first-team all-area as a defensive lineman by the Stockton Record … Defensively, made 39 tackles while recording five sacks and a forced fumble … Helped lead the St. Mary’s offense to 486.1 yards of offense per game and 232 yards per game on the ground on the way to a CIF Division 1-AA second-place finish … Named the 2015 Tri-City Athletic League MVP as a junior … Recorded 48 tackles, four for loss, 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to help lead St. Mary’s to a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal appearance … Also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

 

Braxton Burmeister, QB, 6-1, 196, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla Country Day)

Named a first-team Parade All-American and “Rising Star” following senior season … The seventh-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country and 27th overall prospect in the state of California by Rivals.com … Ranked 10th among dual threat quarterbacks and 31st among all recruits in the state by 247Sports.com … Also ranked 18th at his position and 46th in the state by ESPN … A 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com four-star recruit … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Set CIF San Diego Section career records in total yards (14,972), passing yards (11,512), passing touchdowns (127) and pass completions (853) in four varsity seasons … Also selected first-team All-CIF San Diego Section … Threw for 4,461 yards and 53 touchdowns with just eight interceptions while also rushing for 1,470 yards and 27 touchdowns … Racked up 5,937 yards of total offense for an average of 371.1 per game while accounting for 80 total touchdowns, leading La Jolla Country Day to a CIF Division 5-A runner-up finish … As a junior, threw for 2,771 yards and 31 touchdowns with just seven interceptions while rushing for 868 yards and 20 touchdowns … Racked up 3,112 yards through the air with 30 touchdowns while picking up 553 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore … As a freshman, threw for 1,168 yards and 13 touchdowns while picking up 568 yards on the ground and rushing for eight touchdowns … Also received offers from Arizona, Boston College, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon State, San Diego State, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

 

Daewood Davis, WR, 6-2, 175, Hollywood, Fla. (Deerfield Beach HS)

Ranked 136th in the country among wide receivers and 129th overall in the state of Florida by 247Sports.com … The 23rd-ranked wide receiver in Florida and 167th overall at his position by Scout.com … The 97th-overall recruit in the state by Rivals.com … A consensus three-star recruit … Named third-team All-Broward County after helping lead Deerfield Beach to an 8A state semifinal appearance as a senior … Showed big-play capability as a senior, averaging 25.8 yards per reception … Played junior season at Stranahan High School after spending first two years of high school at Somerset Academy … Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds … Also received offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ohio, Penn State, South Florida, Syracuse, Tulane, Utah and West Virginia.

 

Darrian Felix, RB, 5-11, 194, Fort Myers, Fla. (Fort Myers HS)

The 11th-ranked all-purpose back and 88th overall prospect in the state of Florida by 247Sports.com … Ranked eighth at his position by Rivals.com … The 57th-ranked athlete in the country by ESPN and 108th recruit in the state … A consensus three-star recruit … Named first-team News-Press All-Area as a senior … Ran for 1,477 yards and 20 touchdowns on 190 carries to help lead Fort Myers to a Florida 6A state playoff regional final appearance … Also caught three touchdown passes and racked up 1,808 all-purpose yards … Went over the century-mark in rushing seven times in 2016 … Selected third-team 6A all-state as a junior … Carried the ball 138 times for 1,029 yards and 14 touchdowns while also catching two more touchdown passes … Ran for 253 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 21.1 yards per carry in a state tournament first round win over Palmetto Ridge … Also received offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers, South Florida, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF and West Virginia.

 

Alex Forsyth, OL, 6-5, 310, West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS)

The second-ranked overall recruit in the state of Oregon and 21st-ranked offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com … Ranked third overall in the state and 49th in the nation at his position by 247Sports.com … Rated the fourth best prospect in the state and 24th overall offensive tackle by ESPN … An ESPN and Rivals.com four-star recruit … Named first-team 6A all-state as a senior … Helped lead West Linn to an Oregon 6A state title and an undefeated season … A key contributor to a West Linn offense that averaged 507.7 yards per game … Opened holes for a West Linn ground attack that averaged 203.1 yards rushing per game … Also contributed defensively, making 20 tackles, four sacks and forcing one fumble … Selected first-team 6A All-State as a junior … Also named first-team All-Three Rivers League after helping West Linn to a 6A state runner-up finish … Led the way for a West Linn offense that averaged 466.6 total yards per game and 324.7 yards per game through the air … Named honorable mention All-Three Rivers League as a sophomore … Also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Memphis, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon State, Purdue, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State and Wyoming.

 

Johnny Johnson III, WR, 6-0, 194, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS)

The second-ranked wide receiver prospect in the state of Arizona and 119th-ranked recruit in the nation at his position by Scout.com … The 30th-ranked overall recruit in Arizona by 247Sports.com … Rated the 11th best overall prospect in Arizona by ESPN … A consensus three-star recruit … Selected to be a part of USA Football’s Under-19 team following senior season … Caught 77 passes for 1,274 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 16.5 yards per reception for Chandler’s Arizona 6A state championship team … Went over the 100-yard mark in receiving five times in 2016 … Biggest game of the year came in a win over Pinnacle after catching 10 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns … As a junior, caught 37 passes for 552 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Wolves to a state semifinal appearance … Also received offers from Idaho, Michigan State, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming.

 

Darrian McNeal, WR, 5-9, 160, Seffner, Fla. (Armwood HS)

The 49th-highest ranked athlete in the country and 96th overall recruit in the state of Florida by ESPN … The 67th-ranked athlete and 138th overall prospect by 247Sports.com … Rated the 31st best wide receiver in Florida by Scout.com … A consensus three-star recruit … Caught 29 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another to help lead Armwood to a Florida 6A state tournament regional semifinal appearance as a senior … Named second-team 6A all-state as a quarterback his junior year … Also selected first-team All-Western Conference  … Threw for 1,697 yards and 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions while leading Armwood to a 6A state runner-up finish … Also ran for 1,238 yards and 21 touchdowns on 163 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per rush … Threw for 228 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 146 yards and three scores in a regional final win over Gainesville … As a sophomore, caught 28 passes for 357 yards and one touchdown while rushing for three more to help lead the Hawks to a 6A state runner-up finish … Also received offers from Arizona, Boston College, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, Marshall, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF and Virginia Tech.

 

George Moore, OL, 6-7, 308, Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS/College of San Mateo)

The third-ranked junior college offensive tackle in the country and 20th overall by 247Sports.com …. Ranked sixth at his position and 41st in the nation by ESPN …. Ranked 24th in the country among junior college prospects by Rivals.com … A Scout.com four-star recruit … Selected first-team All-California Community College Region I as a freshman in 2016 … Also named first-team All-Bay 6 League … Helped lead a San Mateo offense that averaged 32.4 points per game, 408.8 total yards per game and 192.8 rushing yards per contest … Redshirted in 2015 … Helped lead Deer Valley to a 2013 CIF North Coast Section semifinal appearance as a junior … Led the way for a Deer Valley offense that put up 42.1 points per game and averaged 386.3 yards per game …  Also received offers from Arizona State, Auburn, California, Fresno State, Missouri, Oregon State, Purdue, San Diego State, Syracuse, TCU, Utah, Utah State and Washington State.

 

Jaylon Redd, WR, 5-9, 180, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS)

Rated the eighth-best athlete and 148th overall prospect by Rivals.com … The 14th-ranked athlete in the country and 214th overall prospect by ESPN … Ranked the 26th best cornerback in the country and 21st overall prospect in the state of California by 247Sports.com … A consensus four-star recruit … Invited to play in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Named to the Los Angeles Times’ All-Star team as a senior … Ran for 1,693 yards and 25 touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns in 2016 … Recorded 2,101 all-purpose yards while returning two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns … Named the SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week after scoring five total touchdowns, two rushing, one receiving, one kickoff return and one punt return, and racking up 366 all-purpose yards in a 47-10 win over Upland … Selected first-team All-West Valley Division as a junior … Ran for 671 yards and nine touchdowns while finishing with 232 receiving yards and three touchdowns … Made 63 tackles and intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown, while totaling 1,430 all-purpose yards … Also named first-team All-West Valley Division as a sophomore after rushing for two touchdowns and returning one kick for a touchdown while intercepting two passes and racking up 691 all-purpose yards …  Also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

 

Cody Shear, OL, 6-4, 285, Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS)

The 44th-ranked offensive guard in the country and 10th-ranked overall prospect in the state of Oregon by 247Sports.com … Ranked ninth-overall in the state and 81st in the nation at his position by Rivals.com … Rated 70th nationally among all offensive guards and 10th-overall in Oregon by ESPN … A consensus three-star recruit … Selected second-team 6A all-state as a senior … Helped lead the way for a Sheldon offense that averaged 405 total yards per game and put up 38.3 points per game … Defensively, made 58 tackles, 9.5 for loss, with five sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked punt … Earned first-team All-Southwest Conference as a junior … Opened holes for a Sheldon offense that averaged 253.7 yards per game on the ground and scored 48.1 points per game … Also recorded one sack while making 20 total tackles defensively … Earned honorable mention All-Southwest Conference recognition after helping Sheldon to a 6A state semifinal appearance as a sophomore … Also received offers from Arizona, Akron, Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon State, Purdue and Washington State.

 

CJ Verdell, RB, 5-9, 195, Chula Vista, Calif. (Mater Dei Catholic HS)

The 26th-ranked running back in the country and 48th-ranked prospect in the state of California by 247Sports.com … Ranked 32nd at his position and 36th in the state by ESPN … The third-ranked running back in California and 20th in the country by Scout.com … An ESPN and Scout.com four-star recruit … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Named the 2016 CIF San Diego Section Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … Awarded the 2016 Silver Pigskin … Ran for 2,399 yards and 36 touchdowns on 262 carries, averaging 9.2 yards per carry to help lead Mater Dei Catholic to a CIF San Diego Section Division II Championship … Also caught three touchdown passes and returned one kickoff for a touchdown while accumulating 2,605 yards of total offense … Scored five rushing touchdowns in a game three times in 2016 … Selected first-team All-CIF San Diego Section as a junior … Carried the ball 169 times for 2,135 yards averaging an impressive 12.6 yards per carry while rushing for 28 touchdowns … Also caught five touchdown passes, returned a kick for a touchdown and intercepted two passes to lead Mater Dei Catholic to a Division V-AA state title … Scored three total touchdowns and ran for 153 yards in the Crusaders’ 56-21 win over Immanuel in the state championship game … Also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, California, Colorado, Eastern Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana State, Nebraska, Oregon State, San Jose State, Southern Utah, UCLA, Utah, Washington State and Wisconsin.

 

ATHLETES

Demetri Burch, ATH, 5-11, 181, Apopka, Fla. (Apopka HS)

The 57th-ranked athlete in the country and 93rd-overall prospect in the state of Florida by Rivals.com … Rated the 65th-best athlete in the nation and 136th overall recruit in the state by 247Sports.com … Also ranked 27th among wide receivers in Florida by Scout.com … A consensus three-star recruit … Selected to the All-Metro Conference West team as a senior … Ran for 762 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 71 carries for an average of 10.7 yards per rush … Named second-team 8A all-state as a junior … Also named to the second-team All-State Elite Team by FloridaHSFootball.com … Ran for 1,117 yards and 10 touchdowns to help lead Apopka to an 8A state playoffs regional semifinal appearance … Earned 8A honorable mention recognition after helping lead Apopka to an 8A state title as a sophomore … Also received offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Ohio, South Florida, Toledo and West Virginia.

 

Cyrus Habibi-Likio, ATH, 6-1, 211, Mountain View, Calif. (St. Francis HS)

The 25th-ranked athlete and 47th-overall prospect in the state of California by 247Sports.com … Rated the 42nd-overall running back in the country and 63rd-best prospect in California by Rivals.com … The fourth-highest ranked running back in California and 23rd overall at his position by Scout.com … A Scout.com four-star recruit … Played in the 2017 Polynesian Bowl … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Selected first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League as a senior … Ran for 805 yards and 11 touchdowns on 161 carries helping lead St. Francis to a CIF Central Coast Section Division 2 semifinal appearance as a senior … Named the WCAL Junior Player of the Year after rushing for 1,438 yards and 17 touchdowns, going over the 100-yard mark five times … Racked up 2,202 all-purpose yards while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns … Rushed for 258 yards and four touchdowns for an average of 12.9 yards per carry in a CIF Central Coast Section Division 2 semifinal win over Wilcox … Also received offers from Army, Boise State, BYU, California, Eastern Washington, Hawaii, Iowa State, UCF, UNLV, USC, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.

 

Bruce Judson, ATH, 5-9, 203, Cocoa, Fla. (Cocoa HS)

Ranked the 22nd-overall athlete in the country and 45th prospect in the state of Florida by ESPN … Also ranked 24th at his position and 46th in the state by Rivals.com … The 30th-ranked athlete and 61st overall recruit in Florida by 247Sports.com … An ESPN and Rivals.com four-star recruit … Selected first-team 4A all-state as a senior … Ran for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns on 130 carries to lead Cocoa to a Florida 6A state title … Also threw for 1,163 yards and 16 touchdowns with just four interceptions, completing 66 percent of his passes … Named first-team 4A all-state at quarterback as a junior … Racked up 1,425 yards on the ground with 17 touchdowns on 144 carries for an average of 9.9 yards per rush … Also threw for 679 yards and 11 touchdown passes with six interceptions … Ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries in a 4A state quarterfinal win over Avon Park … Earned second-team 4A all-state honors as a sophomore … Threw for 2,051 yards and 33 touchdowns with only five interceptions while rushing for 892 yards and 10 touchdowns … Threw six touchdown passes with 245 yards through the air on just 11 pass attempts in a state 4A playoffs first round win over Avon Park … Also received offers from Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Temple, Tennessee, UCF and West Virginia.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Adam Stack, K, 6-2, 175, Honolulu, Hawaii (Kamehameha)

The 12th-ranked kicker in the country and 13th overall recruit in the state of Hawaii by 247Sports.com … Ranked eighth in the state and 17th at his position by ESPN … Ranked the ninth-best kicker and fourth-best punter in the nation by ChrisSailerKicking.com … An ESPN, Scout.com and 247Sports.com three-star recruit … Invited to play in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Named one of the top 100 recruits on the West Coast by the Tacoma News Tribune … Named first-team all-state as a punter by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser as a senior … Also selected first-team All-Hawaii by ScoringLive.com as a punter … Made three field goals while going 11-for-11 on extra points … Earned first-team All-Hawaii honors as a kicker following junior season … Named third-team all-state by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser … Selected to participate in Chris Sailer Kicking’s Top 12 and Event Elite kicking camps in 2016 … Also received offers from Army, Miami, Oregon State and Wisconsin.