SDSU Football Announces 2014 Recruiting Class
Feb. 5, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long announced the signing Wednesday of 21 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Coupled with the four student-athletes who enrolled at SDSU this semester, the total class is comprised of 25 individuals. The class is broken up with 15 on offense (including the three "athletes" in the group), eight on defense and two on special teams. The class features athletes from six different states, with 17 from California, three from Texas, two from Arizona, and one each from Georgia, Mississippi and Nevada.
Long and the entire coaching staff remained intact following the 2013 season in which the Aztecs finished 8-5 with a trip to a school-record fourth consecutive bowl game, where San Diego State defeated Buffalo, 49-24, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise. SDSU is one of just 29 teams to play in a bowl game in four straight years.
"We had good success (on the field) last year and that led right into recruiting," Long said. "Our coaches did a fantastic job. They've evaluated (the recruits) really well and found out what guys can help our program continue to get better. Overall this recruiting class fits what we need."
Out of the group of 25 signees, eight were junior college or transfers, the program's most since the 2002 class had 10 junior college guys. San Diego State, however, lost 11 starters from last year's team and Long made it a point to get help right away.
"We have several junior college players (in the class) and that's because we lost a lot of seniors at certain positions that we thought we needed to bring in a little bit of a more mature guy," Long said. "It doesn't mean we are upset with our freshmen, they're just not really ready to play yet. They're going to be good players in their time. The junior college players that transferred in will make a huge difference next year. We're recruiting taller, longer-type players now and it's up to (strength & conditioning coach) Adam Hall to get them big and strong."
Out of the 15 offensive players, the Aztecs inked four on the offensive line - Alex Anderson (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro HS), Caleb Brady (Fort Worth, Texas/Tyler College), Joe Salcedo (Santa Barbara, Calif./Bishop Diego HS) and Pearce Slater (Los Angeles, Calif./El Camino College) - three quarterbacks - Nick Bawden (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos HS), Christian Chapman (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) and Brad Odeman (Napa, Calif./Ventura College) - three running backs - Daryl Dunlap (LaGrange, Ga./Troup HS), Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif./Norwalk HS) and William Walker (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill HS) - three athletes - Kameron Kelly (Murphy, Texas/Wylie HS), Dionte Sykes (Phoenix, Ariz./Chandler HS) and Fred Trevillion (Brookhaven, Miss./Brookhaven HS) - and two wide receivers - Jabril Clewis (San Diego/Patrick Henry HS) and Mikah Holder (Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside HS).
On the defensive side of the ball, four out of the eight signees are junior college or transfers and should be able to contribute right away. SDSU, which lost all three safety starters and two important reserve players on the backside of Long's 3-3-5 defense from a year ago, inked three defensive backs, including two junior college transfers - Na'im McGee (Oakland, Calif./Diablo Valley College) and Davontae Merriweather (Palmdale, Calif./Saddleback College) - along with Davaughn Murray (San Diego/Mount Miguel HS). Another three student-athletes coming in are linebackers - Donavin Buck (Brawley, Calif./Brawley Union HS), Devante Davis (Dallas, Texas/Tyler College) and Jay Henderson (Phelan, Calif./Serrano HS) - with two on the defensive line in Noble Hall (Las Vegas, Nev./Valley HS) and Christian Heyward (San Diego/USC).
Rounding out the 25 signees are kicker John Baron II (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral HS) and Donald Hageman (Covina, Calif./Mt. San Antonio College).
San Diego State begins its 2014 season on Aug. 30 at home against Northern Arizona.