Gary Andersen signs 9 local players to Utah State on Signing Day


LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen dipped into the local talent pool to round out his 2019 recruiting class.

Andersen signed nine local players on Wednesday, including Orem High’s Cooper Legas and Hunter Hill, along with Highland’s Bronson Olevao, Davis High’s Garrett Larsen, Timpview’s Sonny Lakasini and Kaleo Neves, and former East High running back Jaylen Warren.

Former BYU running back Riley Burt also committed to Utah State as a graduate transfer, and will be able to play right away.

In all, Utah State’s 2019 recruiting class is ranked as the second-best in the Mountain West by 247Sports Composite and ESPN.

“This staff worked their tails off,” Andersen said. “They were grinders for a very quick period of time to turn around and get the amount of young men we have is impressive from a coaching staff. They did a great job of team recruiting. You don’t area recruit at this time of the year, you simply get yourselves to where kids are available and you recruit individuals wherever they are. It was a fantastic job by this staff and they’re an experienced staff.”

Of the 30 players, 14 signed with Utah State in December and 16 more signed in February.

Overall, six of the players are currently enrolled at Utah State for the spring 2019 semester, while three others will serve two-year LDS Church Missions before beginning their collegiate careers.

The state of Utah produced the most signees with 12, followed by seven players from California, four from Washington, two each from Oregon and Texas, and one player each from Idaho, Maryland and Ohio.

The greatest emphasis in Andersen’s first recruiting class was on defense with five players each at defensive back and linebacker. USU also signed five players on the offensive line, and three players each at quarterback, wide receiver and on the defensive line. Rounding out the class is one running back, one tight end, one long snapper and one kicker/punter, while one player is currently listed as an athlete and another is listed as either a tight end or linebacker.

In all, Utah State’s 2019 class includes 13 recruits on defense, 13 recruits on offense, and two specialists, to go along with two athletes who could play on either side of the ball.

This national letter-of-intent signing period for football began on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and concludes on Friday, March 29.


NamePositionHeightWeightYearExperienceHometown (High School/Last School)
Ashton Adams+OL6-4300Fr.HSSalem, Ore. (South Salem HS)
Aaron Bredsguard+DL6-3225Fr.HSBountiful, Utah (Viewmont HS)
Pierce Callister+K/P6-0170Fr.HSOgden, Utah (Weber HS)
Josh Calvin+QB6-3190Fr.   HSBellflower, Calif. (Mayfair HS)
Ajani CarterWR6-1185Fr.HSHouston, Texas (North Shore HS)
Aric Davison +^OL6-3305Fr.HSRichland Washington (Richland HS)
Jack DrewsTE/LB6-3230Fr.HSRamona, Calif. (Ramona HS)
Kanen EatonWR6-4180Fr.HSVancouver, Wash. (Columbia River HS)
Cash Gilliam^DB6-0195Jr.JCDayton, Ohio (Wayne HS/Arizona Western JC)
Keith Harris+S5-11170Fr.HSLawndale, Calif. (Leuzinger HS)
Hunter Hill    OL6-5285Fr.HSOrem, Utah (Orem HS)
Oakley HusseyATH6-3200Fr.HSIdaho Falls, Idaho (Hillcrest HS)
Cam Lampkin+WR5-11165Fr.HSMesquite, Texas (Poteet HS)
Garrett LarsonQB6-4185Fr.HSKaysville, Utah (Davis HS)
Christian LaVelle+^LB6-0230Fr.HSMission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)
Troy Lefeged Jr.^DB6-0185Jr.JCMontgomery, Village, Md. (Avalon HS/Fullerton JC)
Cooper LegasQB6-2210Fr.HSOrem, Utah (Orem HS)
Sonny Makasini Jr.*OL6-3315Fr.HSProvo, Utah (Timpview HS)
Mosese Manu+^TE6-4260Jr.JCWest Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful HS/Mt. San Antonio JC)
Sione Moa+*LB6-1210Fr.HSNorth Ogden, Utah (Weber HS)
Kaleo NevesLB6-2215Fr.HSProvo, Utah (Timpview HS)
Bronson Olevao*DB6-1185Fr.HSSalt Lake City, Utah (Highland HS)
Jackson Owens+OL6-5290Fr.HSSandy, Utah (East HS)
Dean Rice+DL6-4280Fr.HSYuba City, Calif. (River Valley HS)
Dominic Tatum^DB6-2180Fr.HSCulver City, Calif. (Culver City HS)
Simon Thompson+LB6-2210Fr.HSSalem, Ore. (West Salem HS)
Jesse James Vasquez+LS6-1225Fr.HSThousand Oaks, Calif. (Oaks Christian School)
AJ VongphachanhDL6-3230Fr.HSPasco, Wash. (Chiawana HS)
Jaylen WarrenRB5-8225Jr.JCSalt Lake City, Utah (East HS/Snow JC)
Jaymason Willingham+LB6-3215Fr. HSLacey, Wash. (Steilacoom HS)

+ – Announced during early signing period.
^ – Enrolled at Utah State for the 2019 spring semester.
* – Will serve two-year LDS Church Mission before enrolling at Utah State.

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