Month: February 2016

National Signing Day – 2016

On February 3rd, Aggie football head coach Doug Martin announced the signatures of 24 new student-athletes for the program. The class includes three grayshirt freshmen who originally signed in the Class of 2015, five mid-year enrollees who will participate in spring practice, and 16 other signees who will enroll over the summer.

“We need some guys with some maturity to come in and play right away and that is asking a lot of high school kids,” Martin said. “We have had to do that a lot the past couple years, but getting some defensive linemen gives us some guys who are physically and emotionally ready to play.”

LIST OF RECRUITS

Josh Aganon, WR

  • 5’10”
  • 180
  • Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Arizona)
  • Mesa Community College (Mesa, Arizona)

Early enrollee junior college transfer who has two years of eligibility left….recorded 62 catches for 633 yards and seven touchdowns….named second team all-conference….played running back and wide receiver at the prep level, recording 265 rushing yards and 241 receiving yards in his senior year, scoring a combined eight touchdowns….has been timed at 4.4 in the 40 and has a 35-inch vertical leap…chose NMSU after de-committing from Georgia Southern and was also offered by New Mexico and Buffalo….majoring in individualized studies….recruited by Cory Martin.

Darius Anderson, DT

  • 6’1”
  • 310
  • Hightower High School (Missouri City, Texas)

Three-time first team all-district selection…named the Hurricanes’ Defensive Line MVP in his senior season, as well as receiving first team all-Greater Houston honors en route to helping them to a 10-1 season and an undefeated district record…collected 94 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, and one interception in his prep career, including 24 tackles, six tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks as a senior…chose the Aggies over East Carolina and New Mexico…recruited by Zane Vance.

Brandon Bell, CB

  • 5’9”
  • 170
  • Manvel High School (Manvel, Texas)

Three-year starter…first team all-district pick in 2015 and second team in 2014…recorded 74 tackles and two interceptions in his senior year, as well as seven pass breakups…made 97 tackles, five interceptions, and 14 pass breakups as a junior, as well as 34 tackles, three INTs, and nine pass breakups in his sophomore campaign…named academic all-district with a 3.5 GPA in his senior season…recruited by Zane Vance.

Johnathan Boone, WR

  • 6’3”
  • 180
  • Freedom High School (Orlando, Florida)
  • The University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida)
  • Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls, Iowa)

Early enrollee junior college transfer with three seasons of eligibility left….redshirt sophomore who walked on at UCF in 2014 and then transferred to ECC the following spring….first team all-conference pick who recorded 45 receptions for 774 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015, averaging 17.2 yards per catch…also returned kicks, averaging 18.7 yards per return on only 14 returns…helped the Panthers to an undefeated regular season….played with fellow Aggie recruit Jaleel Scott…runs a 4.4 in the 40 and has a 41-inch vertical leap…maintained a 3.4 GPA in junior college and intends to major in communication studies at NMSU….recruited by Cory Martin.

Conner Cramer, QB

  • 6’3”
  • 200
  • Alma Bryant High School (Grand Bay, Alabama)
  • The University of West Alabama (Livingston, Alabama)
  • The College of the Sequoias (Visalia, California)
  • New Mexico Military Institute (Roswell, New Mexico)

Early enrollee junior college transfer with two seasons of eligibility remaining….first team all-league pick who threw for 2,682 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a sophomore at NMMI in 2015…had a 51% completion percentage and also ran for 381 yards and five scores….threw for 870 yards, seven TDs and two INTs as a redshirt freshman at the College of the Sequoias in 2014…also ran for 226 yards and five scores….redshirted at Division II West Alabama in the fall of 2013 before transferring the following spring….runs a 4.57 in the 40 and has a 32-inch vertical…can squat 405 pounds and bench press 290 pounds…recruited by Oliver Soukup…majoring in finance.

Drew Dan, WR

  • 6’2”
  • 180
  • Checotah High School (Checotah, Oklahoma)

Two-year starter who was afirst team all-state pick as both a wide receiver and a kick returner…recorded 54 catches for 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 21.3 yards per catch…also averaged 26.9 yards per kick return…named the #28 recruit in the state by The Oklahoman….has a 35-inch vertical and runs a 4.4 in the 40…honor-roll student with a 4.0 GPA who is a member of the National Honor Society and will graduate in the top 10 of his class…recruited by Matt Christian…chose the Aggies over Army, Navy, Air Force, and Wyoming.

Sage Doxtater, OT

  • 6’7”
  • 320
  • Canada Prep Football Academy (Glencoe, Ontario, Canada)

Early enrollee who graduated high school early and will go through spring practice…can bench press 300 pounds and squat 500…coached by former NFL player Geoff MacArthur…recruited by Andy Richman.

Gamar Girdy, WR

  • 5’9”
  • 185
  • Victoria West High School (Victoria, Texas)

Three-year starter who played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and defensive back…scored a total of 117 touchdowns in his prep career….made 46 career receptions for 781 yards and three touchdowns…threw for 2,305 yards, 25 TDs and seven INTs as a QB…returned five kicks for scores…scored 59 TDs as a junior, earning honorable mention all-state honors…named the South Texas Showcase Offensive POY as a junior…rushed for 1,704 yards and 31 TDs as a senior at running back…named a team captain and first team all-region as a utility player…named All-Area Offensive POY by the Victoria Advocate…recruited by Cory Martin and Brian Bell…chose NMSU over Nevada.

Bobby Hill, DT

  • 6’2”
  • 285
  • Woodrow Wilson High School (Long Beach, California)
  • Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, California)

Junior college transfer with three years of eligibility left…collected 35 tackles and three sacks in 2015….recruited by Oliver Soukup.

Jason Huntley, RB

  • 5’9”
  • 165
  • James Martin High School (Arlington, Texas)

First team all-district performer who rushed for 938 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior year, averaging 14 yards per carry…also returned kicks, averaging 33.5 yards per return on eight returns as a senior…rushed for 118 yards as a junior, averaging nine yards per carry….never fumbled in 13 games as a senior, while helping the Warriors finish with a 10-3 overall record and a 7-0 district record…runs a 4.38 in the 40 and has a 33-inch vertical…played with fellow Aggie recruit Jared Phipps…also ran track…recruited by Kerry Locklin.

Deshawnte Lloyd, DT

  • 6’1”
  • 325
  • City College High School (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • The College of the Sequoias (Visalia, California)

Junior college transfer with two seasons of eligibility remaining…ranked #11 in the conference in tackles and was named first team all-conference….recruited by Kevin McKeethan and Zane Vance.

Shamad Lomax, CB

  • 5’10”
  • 185
  • Copperas Cove High School (Copperas Cove, Texas)

Two-year starter…first team all-conference pick as a cornerback and second team as a kick returner…first team all-Central Texas and a honorable mention academic all-state pick…named his team’s Defensive MVP and Special Teams MVP after recording 68 tackles in two years, as well as one sack, three tackles for loss, five interceptions, one fumble recovery, and 37 pass breakups…averaged 30.9 yards per kick return…chose the Aggies over Air Force…recruited by Brian Bell.

Cameron Loos, TE

  • 6’3”
  • 235
  • Hockinson High School (Brush Prairie, Washington)

Played tight end, linebacker, and punter…named District Defensive MVP in 2015 and was also named first team all-region and all-state…recorded 28 catches for 713 yards and 10 TDs in his senior year, in addition to 57 tackles, one sack, and six tackles for loss…first team all-conference as a junior and second team as a sophomore…participated in the Northwest Elite Football Camp in June 2015…also competed in wrestling…can bench press 345 pounds and squat 455…recruited by Cory Martin.

Noah Lopez, OG

  • 6’4”
  • 285
  • Katy High School (Katy, Texas)

Two-year starter who started 24 games and played in 32 in his prep career…first team all-district pick who led his team to the Class 6A state championship in back-to-back seasons…recruited by Oliver Soukup.

Roy Lopez III, DT

  • 6’2”
  • 290
  • Mesquite High School (Gilbert, Arizona)

Two-year starter who played in 19 career games….was ranked one of the top 25 players in the state by the Arizona Football Coaches’ Association…two-time first team all-state pick who was also named the District Defensive Lineman of the Year…named a top 25 offensive lineman in Arizona by the East Valley Tribune…earned a Top 10 Defensive Lineman ranking as well…invited to the Nike Football Training Camp in Oakland and the Rivals Camp Series in Las Vegas…also participated in the Blue-Gray All-American Combine, the Nike SPARQ Combine, and the National Underclassman Combine, where he was named the Outstanding Defensive Lineman twice…recorded 53 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks, and five forced fumbles as a senior…made 21 stops as a junior….can bench-press 370 pounds and squat 605 pounds and was also a four-year letter winner in wrestling…was involved in student council for two years, as well as Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes….recruited by Cory Martin and Andy Richman…chose the Aggies over Idaho.

Cameron Matthews, QB

  • 6’4”
  • 200
  • Trinity Valley High School (Fort Worth, Texas)

Two-time Conference POY and two-year starter…passed for 1,940 yards and 13 scores in his senior season, completing 54 percent of his passes….threw for 1,948 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior campaign, as well as 1,319 yards and nine scores as a sophomore….threw for over 5,200 yards and 33 TDs in his prep career, with a 57.5 completion percentage…brother Tyler played for TCU and Southern Miss and will enroll at NMSU in the fall of 2016 as a graduate transfer….recruited by Matt Christian.

Isaiah McIntyre, WR

  • 5’11”
  • 175
  • Las Cruces High School (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

Early enrollee who grayshirted after originally signing in the Class of 2015….two-year starter who runs a 4.4 in the 40…played wide receiver and safety…caught 11 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown in his senior season before going down with a knee injury….ranked the #3 prospect in New Mexico by 247Sports and #6 by Rivals….participated in the NMPreps Elite Combine twice….was also a standout return specialist, returning four punts for touchdowns as a junior…also ran track, winning the state championship in the high jump as a junior and was runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore…has a 34-inch vertical leap…can bench press 300 pounds and squat 360….majoring in wildlife science…recruited by Kevin McKeethan.

Jared Phipps, CB

  • 5’8”
  • 151
  • James Martin High School (Arlington, Texas)

Early enrollee freshman who grayshirted in 2015 and will join the team for spring practice….played wide receiver and defensive back…recorded 27 tackles in his sophomore season, in addition to two tackles for loss, two interceptions and four pass breakups…made 48 tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks, seven pass breakups, one INT and one fumble recovery in his junior season…in his senior campaign, collected 33 tackles, two sacks, one interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a blocked punt, and seven pass breakups…also returned kicks, averaging 44.7 yards as a senior and 23 yards as a junior….named first team all-state as a defensive back and as a kick returner….played with fellow Aggie recruit Jason Huntley….also ran track, recording an 11.01 in the 100-meter dash….has been timed at 4.46 in the 40 and has a 38-inch vertical leap….majoring in geography…recruited by Kerry Locklin.

Bryce Roberts, TE

  • 6’4”
  • 240
  • Mustang High School (Mustang, Oklahoma)

Ranked the #41 recruit in Oklahoma by 247Sports…named all-district and honorable mention all-city as part of a Broncos team that finished 8-4 and #18 in the state…was also a state champion in basketball…runs a 4.69 in the 40, has a 31-inch vertical leap, and can bench press 365 pounds…recruited by Matt Christian.

Jaleel Scott, WR

  • 6’5”
  • 210
  • Rock Hill High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina)
  • Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls, Iowa)

Early enrollee junior college transfer with two seasons of eligibility left….first team all-conference selection who made 45 receptions for 668 yards and nine scores in 2015, averaging 14.8 yards per catch…registered nine catches for 90 yards in five games as a freshman….played with fellow NMSU recruit Johnathan Boone…majoring in individualized studies….recruited by Cory Martin.

Austin Shaw, CB

  • 6’0”
  • 160
  • Frisco High School (Frisco, Texas)

Early enrollee who grayshirted after originally signing in the Class of 2015…versatile athlete who played running back, wide receiver, cornerback, and punt/kick returner in his prep career….named all-district twice and 2012 District Defensive MVP….collected 35 tackles, three interceptions, and 12 pass breakups as a senior….recorded 379 rushing yards and five touchdowns as a tailback….made nine receptions for 105 yards and one TD….made 43 tackles, four interceptions, and 16 pass breakups and averaged 28.4 yards per kick return as a senior….runs a 4.4 in the 40 and has a 34-inch vertical….majoring in marketing…recruited by Kerry Locklin.

Kurt Shughart, S

  • 5’10”
  • 205
  • Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Three-year starter who was named to the “Super 25” list by the Arizona Football Coaches’ Association, in addition to receiving Section 7 POY honors…also named the Arizona Two-Way State POY as a senior…made 58 tackles and three tackles for loss as a sophomore, as well as 43 tackles and two tackles for loss as a junior…combined for 10 interceptions and 14 pass breakups in those two seasons…also named an all-state running back and punt/kick returner….runs a 4.63 in the 40 and has a 29-inch vertical leap….invited to the Nike Football Training Camp in Oakland.…recruited by Cory Martin.

Payton Theisler, P

  • 5’10”
  • 165
  • Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, Arizona)

Three-year starter who averaged 40 yards per punt in his senior year, with a long of 55…pinned six punts inside the 20…two-time all-conference pick who was rated the #41 punter in the nation by Kohl’s Kicking…also ranked the 10th-best punter nationally by MaxPreps…attended the Western Spring Showcase Camp in 2014 and 2015…recruited by Cory Martin.

Myles Vigne, DT

  • 6’1”
  • 285
  • Warren Easton Senior High School (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Three-year starter and two-time district champion who helped the Eagles to a 12-2 record in 2015 and a #12 ranking in the state of Louisiana…named his team’s defensive MVP as a senior after recording 56 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and one interception…recruited by Kerry Locklin….chose the Aggies after decommitting from UCF.

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