The following is an official press release from the University of Idaho Athletics Department highlighting the 2011 Vandal football recruiting class.
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This morning the University of Idaho received signed Letters of Intent from 22 athletes from around the West. Below is a summary of all signees:
A.J. Annelus, Cornerback
Santa Monica College, Grandview High School, Grandview, Mo.
5-11, 190, Coached by Gifford Lineheim.
As a redshirt freshman at Santa Monica College in 2009, had 40 solo stops and 10 assists in 12 games … also recorded four tackles-for-loss, 12 pass breakups, three interceptions and forced one fumble … as a sophomore in 2010, had 28 solo stops and 11 assists in addition to three tackles-for-loss, four interceptions (one of which was returned 46 yards for a TD), four pass breakups and one forced fumble … is a 2007 graduate of Grandview (Mo.) High School … joined the Vandals in January.
Dion Bass, Cornerback
Centennial High School, Corona, Calif.
5-9, 175, Coached by Matt Logan.
As a senior at Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.), he averaged four tackles per game (totaled 56) in addition to grabbing two interceptions in his first season at cornerback after playing at running back … started on a team that had 39 wins in three years, two CIF championships and one state championship … one of five brothers to play at Centennial … a "shutdown" corner … "I have an aggressive mentality and I have a good nose for the ball. I love to just go 1-1, be on an island with a receiver, and see who comes out on top," Bass said in an interview in Cali High Sports … his brother Ryan redshirted at Idaho last fall after transferring from Arizona State.
Dominique Blackman, Quarterback
Old Dominion/Los Angeles Harbor College/Carson High School, Carson, Calif.
6-5, 250, Coached by Brett Peabody
Redshirted at Old Dominion in the fall of 2010 before transferring to Idaho for spring 2011 … initially signed with Washington but attended Los Angeles Harbor in 2009 … at LA Harbor, completed 63 percent of his passes (264 of 417) for 3,711 yards and 35 TDs ... averaged 337.4 yards passing per contest and ran the ball into the end zone six times averaging 13.8 yards per game on carries... at Carson High School, led team to an 11-3 overall record and a 5-0 Marine League record as a senior...team made it to the CIF Los Angeles City Section championship game before falling to Birmingham...earned second-team All-City as a senior... named to PrepStar's "Dream Team" as the nation's No. 112 overall prospect... the No. 80 recruit in the Far West region by Superprep...rated the No. 70 recruit in California by Scout.com, which also ranked him the No. 58 quarterback in the country...Rivals.com rated him the No. 95 recruit in California and the No. 27 "pro-style" QB in the nation...as a junior, completed 123-of-215 attempts for 1,673 yards and 14 touchdowns...also ran for eight TDs as a junior in 2006...led Colts to a 9-4 overall record and helped them advance to the City Section semifinals as a junior...named second-team All-City as a junior...transferred to Carson from Gardena High prior to his junior year...also played basketball at Carson ... joined the Vandals in January.
Quinton Bradley, Defensive End
Roosevelt High School, San Antonio, Texas
6-4, 240, Coached by Neal LaHue
As a senior, had 79 tackles for an average of 7.2 per game … also averaged 0.5 sacks per game and had one interception … a first-team all-District 26-5A choice and a Class 5A all-state honorable mention honoree … as a junior, was injured but still had 28 total tackles with averages of 3.8 tackles per game and 0.3 sacks per game and earned first team all-District 26-5A … as a sophomore, had 46 tackles and eight passes defensed … averaged 4.2 tackles and 0.3 sacks per game … was Dave Campbell's fifth-ranked defensive lineman in the state of Texas … defensive captain as a junior and senior … member of the National Honor Society … was third as a junior in the discus in District 26-5A.
Solomon Dixon, Cornerback
McKinley High School, Honolulu, Hawai`i
5 -9½, 175, Coached by Bobby Grey
A 2011 graduate of McKinley High School …One of the top recruits of the Hawai`i class of 2011 … As a senior, earned recognition as the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Offensive Player of the Year, the OIA White first-team utility, the OIA White first-team defensive back and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State utility … as a junior was a second-team all-state player by the Honolulu Star Bulletin and an honorable mention choice of the Honolulu Advertiser … he also was on the 2009 all-Katoosh team, which recognizes the hardest hitters … also competes in track and was the 2009 state 400-meter champion and was third in the state in the 200 meters as a sophomore, and as a junior finished third in the 400 and fifth in the 200.
Ryan Edwards, Defensive Tackle
Long Beach Poly High School, Long Beach, Calif.
6-3, 300, Coached by Raul Lara
Graduated in 2010 from high school powerhouse Long Beach Poly and attended prep school last fall … currently is enrolled at the University of Idaho … at Long Beach Poly, played on the offensive and defensive lines … was a two-time all-California Interscholastic Federation player as a two-year starter … benches 425, squats 455 and power cleans 315 ... joined the Vandals in January.
Cody Elenz, Offensive Line
Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove, Texas
6-5, 290, Coached by Jack Welch
As a junior and senior, was a first-team all-District 5A-12 choice … was second team all-state 5A … as a senior was an honorable mention APSE (all players in Texas) team member … was the 11th ranked high school linemen by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … as a senior, was a preseason all-Academic team member by the Rodgers Recruiting Report and wound up second-team all-state all-academic … "a key cog in leading the area's top offense and a ground game that featured two 1,000-yard rushers." … District 5A-12 powerlifting champion ... TexasHighSchoolFootball.com top 200 ... 2010 all-CenTex team ... first team all-Central Texas by all-smoaky.com.
Ryan Ena, Defensive End
El Camino High School, Oceanside, Calif.
6-5, 238, Coached by Pulu Poumele
Played in first all-Polynesian All-American Classic last month … first-team selection as a defensive end to the Avocado West all-conference team … nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … as a sophomore was chosen to the ESPN-Rise all-state football team … also a standout basketball player.
Todd Handley, Running Back
King High School, Riverside, Calif.
5-9, 180, Coached by Ken Mushinskie
As a senior, carried the ball 185 times for 1,337 yards and 18 TDs … also had 16 receptions for 239 yards, six punt returns for 102 yards and nine kickoff returns for 198 yards … As a junior, carried the ball 177 times for 1,323 yards (average of 7.59 per carry) and caught four passes for 137 yards … also had 16 solo tackles and 36 assists for a total 52 … returned punts (17 for 195) and kickoffs (eight for 239) … Prior to senior season was one of 25 players chosen to the 15th all-Nike Combine Team … 44-inch vertical jump … 4.54 40 … "fastest man" at rivals.com Ultimate 100 Camp … was a first team all-Big VIII selection as a junior and senior … said high school coach Ken Mushinskie in a recent interview: "… he can play a multitude of positions. In addition, he is an excellent punt returner and kick returner, so not only are they getting an excellent running back, they're getting a kid that can block well out of the backfield, and a kid that can catch well out of the backfield too. … But obviously Todd is a great runner, the best runner I've ever coached in my years of coaching."
Camryn Harris, Receiver
Valley Christian High School, Dublin, Calif.
6-0, 180, Coached by John Parrella
Started at receiver and in the secondary … had 40 receptions for 582 yards as a senior … said coach John Parrella in an internet interview: "He's a special receiver, and the beauty of him is he's got untapped talent. He just turned seventeen. He's young, and the sky's the limit with him." … in a game against Millennium, he scored on a pass reception, a 75-yard punt return and a 48-yard interception return … first team all-Bay Football League selection … preseason Best Offensive Player … varsity special teams MVP … also leading scorer on basketball team … as a junior started at corner, receiver and as a returner on special teams … all-BFL first team "athlete" … Valley Christian special teams Player of the Year … led team in all-purpose rushing … first-team all-conference choice in basketball.
A.J. Jones, Offensive Line
Butte College/Chico High School, Chico, Calif.
6-1, 285, Coached by Jeff Jordan
Teammate of fellow OL recruit Brady Lisoski … Butte College won the 2010 ASBG Bowl and the 2009 Premier West Bank Bowl … part of a unit that in 2009 enabled Jordan Rogers to set school single-season passing yards and total offense records … team captain.
Jared Klingenberg, Tight End
Cedarcrest High School, Carnation, Wash.
6-4, 240, Coached by Jason Frederick
Played running back at Duvall High School and helped team to the Washington 2A playoffs … was a first-team all-Cascade Conference running back and earned honorable mention recognition as a defensive end as a senior … carried the ball 137 times for 1,367 yards for an average of 10 yards per carry … scored 19 rushing touchdowns … as a senior was recognized twice by the Seattle Times as the Player of the Week and twice as a Difference Maker … he was an all-state nominee as a senior and a second-team all-area choice by the Everett Herald … was an honorable mention all-conference defensive lineman as a junior as well … also played baseball and had a .483 batting average and a .586 slugging percentage as a junior.
Aaron Lazaro, Defensive Tackle
Southwestern College/Otay Ranch High School, Chula Vista, Calif.
6-4, 300, Coached by Ed Carberry
As a sophomore at Southwestern, had 28 tackles, 7½ tackles for loss and three sacks … as a freshman, he had 16 tackles and five tackles for loss … described as a high motor player who can cause trouble up front … at Otay Ranch High School, earned second-team all-Mesa League recognition as a senior.
Brady Lisoski, Offensive Line
Butte College/Redmond High School, Redmond, Wash.
6-4, 345, Coached by Jeff Jordan.
Teammate of fellow OL recruit Anthony (A.J.) Jones … as a freshman at Butte College, earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors … as a senior, member of ASBG Bowl Championship team … at Redmond High School, was chosen first-team KingCo 4A Crest Division.
Marquan Major Receiver
Las Vegas High School, Las Vegas, Nev.
6-3, 175, Coached by Chris Faircloth.
As a senior, caught 43 passes for 545 yards and two TDs … considered one of the top skill players coming out of Nevada this year … was injured as a junior but had 16 receptions for 208 yards and two TDs in four games … as a sophomore, he pulled in 59 passes for 742 yards and six TDs for career totals of 1,495 yards on 118 receptions and 10 TDs … said his high school coach, Chris Faircloth in an earlier article, "From our standpoint, he's a receiver that we can line up at any of the (receiver) positions on the field. … Whether he faces double coverage or not, he always puts us in good shape." … was on Las Vegas Sun preseason team prior to his junior season and was an all-Sunrise preseason choice of the NevadaPrepReport.com prior to his senior season … he finished his senior season all Northeast League first team.
Cameron McKernan, Running Back
Kentridge High School, Kent, Wash.
5-11, 205, Coached by Marty Osborn.
Played running back and linebacker … as a sophomore averaged 8.86 yards on seven carries in addition to averaging 15 receiving yards per game … as a junior, missed part of the season because of injury yet still received honorable mention all-South Puget Sound League recognition … as a senior, a "red chip player" (one of the top 10 in the state of Washington) by the Seattle Times … described as a tough back with speed, size and athleticism … missed 2½ games with ankle injury and wound up second team all-SPSL 4A North … In a game against Thomas Jefferson High School, he tallied 289 yards on 23 carries and scored four TDs.
Bradley Njoku, Safety
Leander High School, Leander,Texas
6-2, 200, Coached by Steve Gideon
As a senior, had 84 solo stops and 33 assists for 117 total in addition to two interceptions, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt … 4.5 40 … as a junior, had 78 tackles (57 solo and 21 assists) for an average of 6.5 per game … also had two interceptions, three passes defensed, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and three blocked field goals … was a second team all-District 16-5A selection as a senior and junior … as a sophomore had 12 total tackles in a backup role … as a top 30 defensive back by Dave Campbell's Texas Football ... team captain as a junior and as a senior ... Dazzling Dozen Defensive Newcomer of the Year.
Elan Richard, Linebacker
Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Wash.
6-1, 205, Coached by Butch Goncharoff
Key contributor on Bellevue's three successive state championship teams … a "white chip" player (one of the top 105 in Washington) by the Seattle Times …. Honorable mention all-conference as a junior … also a standout basketball player.
Dontae Scott, Defensive Tackle
Golden West College/Leilehua High School (Waianae, Hawai`i), Kileen, Texas
6-4, 295, Coached by Nick Mitchell
As a sophomore, played in eight games and had 31 total tackles (11 solo and 20 assists) … also had 5.0 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in addition to forcing two fumbles … earned first team Central Division East Conference honors … Golden West advanced to post-season play during his freshman season and won the Orange County Rooster Bowl … was an honorable mention player on the 2007 Hawai`i Dream Team.
Ian Silbernagel Receiver
McKay High School, Salem, Ore.
6-2, 190, Coached by Jay Minyard
As a senior, a dual threat as a passer and runner with 856 passing yards while completing 60 of 105 passes (.571 percent) with five TD passes in addition to carrying the ball 92 times for 623 yards and 11 TDs (one of which was a 75-yarder) … defensively, had 31 total tackles (27 solo and four assists) in addition to one interception … called the "best athlete in the Central Valley Conference" … second-team Central Valley all-conference quarterback … as a junior at McKay, had 990 yards passing after completing 77 of 140 passes (threw for seven TDs) … also carried the ball 93 times for 638 yards and another seven TDs … was a second-team all-conference choice … also played basketball and was a sprinter on the tack team … started at quarterback as a sophomore and accumulated 957 yards passing and 207 yards rushing.
Sua (Sam) Tuala, Linebacker
City College of San Francisco/Sacred Heart, San Francisco, Calif.
6-0, 230, Coached by George Rush
As a freshman, was on the first-team all-California defense … had 78 tackles, one sack and one interception … as a sophomore, was a first-team JC Gridwire preseason all-American … CCSF won NorCal Championship both years Tuala played there … NorCal Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Jeremiah Walters, Linebacker
McClymonds High School, Manteca, Calif.
6-3, 210, Coached by Curtis McCully.
As a senior, was first-team all-Oakland Athletic League and second team all-East Bay for conference championship McClymonds … also Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Week (at running back) and is a 2010 Scholar Athlete award winner … as a senior, had 70 total tackles, four sacks and recovered four fumbles … carried the ball 20 times for 180 yards in addition to pulling in 15 receptions for 210 yards and six touchdowns.