Idaho Vandals announce football recruiting class, heavy on junior college players

February 5, 2014 

High school players

DB Dorian Clark 6-0, 176 Baldwin High School (Baldwin, Fla.)

During his three seasons as a starting cornerback for Baldwin, Clark never gave up a touchdown to a receiver he was covering, which earned him a reputation as one of the best defenders in the state.

Clark earned first-team All-Gateway Conference honors as a junior and as a senior – the first time in school history for a Baldwin player. As a senior, he had 33 total tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. As a junior, he was credited with 27 total tackles along with one interception and four pass breakups.

QB Gunnar Amos 6-1, 185 Coeur d’Alene High School (Coeur d’Alene)

Amos was a standout quarterback at Coeur d’Alene High School, where he started for two seasons after the graduation of current Vandal Chad Chalich. He led the Vikings to the 2012 state championship game and into the playoffs in 2013. The son of Shawn Amos, his signing brings the total to six of sons of former Vandals now playing at Idaho (Matt Linehan, Zack Cable, Tom Hennessey, Nolan Hoiness and Isaiah Saunders).

During his senior season (which was cut short because of a broken ankle), he completed 151 of 240 passes for 2,284 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 52 times for 214 yards and 10 touchdowns to bring his senior season total offense total to 2,498 yards. As a junior, he was 191 of 339 passing for 2,851 yards and 25 touchdowns to go with 130 carries for 708 yards and 12 TDs for 3,559 yards total offense. As a backup to Chalich in 2011, he completed five of 17 passes for 36 yards and had 53 yards on 29 carries. His career total offense was 6,146 yards, which earned him recognition by Northwest Preps as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation.

QB Jake Luton 6-6, 219 Marysville-Pilchuck High School (Lake Stevens, Wash.)

Luton thrived at Marysville-Pilchuck, a school with a history of running the ball, with both his passing and running capabilities. He led his team to the Wesco 3A league championship as a senior. He completed seven of nine passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game in becoming the school’s best passer ever.

As a junior, he threw form more than 1,300 yards while gaining an addition 450 on the ground. He was responsible for 12 touchdowns.

In a review in Northwest Prep report, he was described this way: “His vision is excellent, rarely missing a receiver opening up. The long arms and height that his is delivering the ball from keeps it well above out-reaching hands of defenders. And his trajectory and spin on his passes is spot-on text book.”

RB Aaron Duckworth 5-8, 216 Oakleaf High School (Orange Park, Fla.)

As a senior at Oakleaf, Duckworth had five games of more than 100 yards en route to 1,075 yards on 121 carries, seven of which were touchdowns. Of those five games, four were for more than 150 yards with his career-best a 169-yard outing on 14 carries vs. Buchholz. He also had 10 receptions for 149 yards. As a junior, he had 892 yards rushing on 99 carries with 10 touchdowns, and 15 receptions for 166 yards and one touchdown. He had four games of more than 100 yards as a junior with his best that season, 159 on 21 carries vs. Fernandina Beach.

WR David Ungerer 5-8, 162 Pullman (Wash.) High School

Ungerer was a standout at Pullman, where he played football and basketball. As a senior in football, he was one of the state’s most prolific scorers with 24 touchdowns, which was fifth among all classifications in 2013. He scored 11 of those rushing and 12 in receptions after gaining 1,092 yards on the ground and covering another 1,013 yards catching the ball. The 24th was on a kickoff return. He was a second team Associated Press Class 2-A All-State selection as a senior. During his junior season, he had 1,334 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. Additionally, he played in the secondary and had a team-best four interceptions. Ungerer also excels in basketball where, as a junior point guard, he helped Pullman to its first Class 2-A state title.

WR Michael Garner 5-11, 171 Madison High School (San Diego)

Garner had laid the foundation for his senior season with strong, versatile performances during his junior and sophomore seasons but his season ended early with a broken ankle in Madison’s opener. He, however, proved his versatile and effectiveness after playing five positions as well as returning kicks as a junior and sophomore. He was a second-team all-conference honoree as a junior and also earned scholar-athlete recognition from the Union Tribune.

As a junior, Garner had 19 receptions for 407 yards (six touchdowns) and carred the ball 22 times for 153 yards (three touchdowns). He added six kickoff returns for 253 yards for 813 all-purpose yards. As a sophomore, he had 19 receptions for 489 yards (four touchdowns) to go with 181 yards on 24 carries (three touchdowns). He added another 52 yards on four kickoff returns and 44 yards on five punt returns for 766 all-purpose yards.

OL Jordan Rose 6-6, 315 Freedom High School (Rockland, Wash.)

Rose played offensive and defensive line at Freedom High School and was an integral member of its winning its first 1A football championship in school history. He was a three-year starter and was mentioned by the Seattle Times as one of Washington’s Top 100 players. As a junior, he was honored as his teams’ Defensive Most Valuable Player in addition to earning first-team all-conference honors offensively and defensively. He earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore.

Junior-college transfers

DB Chris Edwards 6-2, 217 Butte College/Grand Rapids Junior College/Southfield (Mich.) HS

As a sophomore at Butte, Edwards had 55 total tackles (34 solo and 21 assists) in a season during which Butte was undefeated and earned co-National Junior College Association championships with a 12-0 mark. He also had one interception and one fumble recovery. He was a North Division Nor-Cal Conference honoree. During his freshman season at Grand Rapids, Edwards played in four games and had five tackles, two interceptions and one pass defensed. Grand Rapids dropped its football program after its 11-0 2011 season.

DE Kaylyn Ayers 6-2, 242 West Los Angeles Junior College/Fremont (Calif.) HS

As a sophomore at West LA, Ayers had 61 total tackles with 17 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 21 hurries, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. During his freshman season at West LA, he led the state in sacks with 14, while accounting for 53 total tackles (31 solo and 22 assists) with 17 tackles for loss, and one interceptions. During his senior season at Fremont High School, Ayers was a first-team all-state and first-team all-conference selection as well as being chosen team captain.

LB Ron Perry 6-1, 223 Mesa College/Baker HS (Baker, La.)

As a sophomore at Mesa, Perry had 72 total tackles (37 solo and 35 assists). He also had two tackles for loss, two passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble during the 2013 season. His high game was 10 total tackles (eight solo and two assists) and an interception vs. Eastern Arizona. During his freshman season at Mesa, he had 46 tackles with three sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. He had two games of 11 tackles and one of 10.

Perry earned all-conference honors at Baker High School.

At Idaho, he will be re-united with Mesa teammate and fellow linebacker Daniel Peterson.

WR Jermaine Johnson 6-4, 192 New Mexico Military Institute/Ellender Memorial High School (Houma, La.)

In the 2013 season, Johnson played in 10 games and had 377 yards on 19 receptions, four of which were touchdowns. His career-best game was 166 yards on five receptions with a 78-yard scoring catch.

As a senior at Ellender Memorial High School, Johnson had 34 receptions for 649 yards and eight touchdowns. He had three 100-yard-plus games with his top outing 160 yards on five receptions vs. Lutcher. He scored three touchdowns on seven receptions for 143 yards vs. Assumption and had 106 yards on four catches against South Terrebonne.

As a junior, he started the season with a 214-yard game (seven receptions) en route to an 891-yard season (36 catches). He also had games of 164, 148 and 142 yards and scored eight touchdowns on the season.

As a sophomore, he played in four games and had four catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

He also returned kickoffs with 27 career returns for 371 yards.

OL Jerret Olson 6-4, 290 College of the Siskiyous/Amity High School (McMinnville, Ore.)

Olson earned first-team all-California Region II honors as well as first-team Mid-Empire recognition after his sophomore season at Siskiyous. He also earned first-team Mid-Empire honors as a freshman.

Olson played offensively and defensively at Amity High School, where he was selected to play in the Shrine All-Star game after his senior season. As a senior, he earned first-team 3A West Valley honors as a defensive lineman and second-team recognition as an offensive lineman. As a junior, he earned second-team all-state honors as a defensive lineman.

DB Dennis Rufus 6-2, 205 Mt. San Antonio College/Charter Oak High School (Glendora, Calif.)

As a sophomore at Mt. SAC, Rufus was the team leader in interceptions with six and earned first-team All-American honors as well as All-California Region IV first-team defense. He also had 30 total tackles (18 solo and 12 assists) with three tackles for loss and 13 passes defensed. As a freshman, he had three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, to go with 14 tackles (11 solo and three assists) with one a sack.

At Charter Oak High School, he played a dual role at receiver and defensive back. As a senior, he caught 65 passes for 1,166 yards and 15 touchdowns, while contributing on defense with 32 total tackles (24 solo and eight assists). During his junior season, he had 41 receptions for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns in addition to 15 total tackles (12 solo and three assists). He also played as a sophomore and had 17 receptions for 294 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career high school totals to 123 receptions for 2, 269 yards and 28 touchdowns. He began his dual role as a sophomore with 29 total tackles (15 solo and 14 assists). He had a career total nine interceptions.

WR Kenny Torrence 5-9, 149 Riverside City College/Rancho Verde High School (Moreno Valley, Calif.)

Earned first-team All-Region IV honors after helping Riverside to a 10-2 record. As a sophomore, Torrence had 47 receptions for 938 yards and 10 TDs. He had five games of 100 or more yards with a high of 157. He also returned kicks and had 388 yards on 13 returns.

As a senior at Rancho Verde, Torrence earned all-CIF Central honors as a receiver after the team’s undefeated season.

RB Elijhaa Penny 6-2, 248 Cerritos College/Norwalk High School (Norwalk, Calif.)

Penny was a standout running back at Cerritos College where he gained 1,338 yards on 199 carries as a sophomore. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored a Cerritos single-season record 20 touchdowns, with a career-high four vs. Ventura. He also caught 16 passes for 94 yards to total 1,432 all-purpose yards for 7-4 Cerritos. He had seven games of 100 or more yards and a career high of 262 on 34 carries vs. Palomar. Those efforts led to his being honored as a first-team All-American as well as a first-team All-California Region IV and the Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Prior to playing at Cerritos, he spent one season at College of the Sequoias (2011) where he played in eight games and totaled 102 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He also caught three passes for 27 yards.

A graduate of Norwalk (Calif.) High School, Penny was a three-year letterman after playing at defensive end and linebacker as well as running back. He was honored throughout his high school career as an all-area selection as a junior and senior, and an all-state medium school division choice as a senior. He was the Suburban League MVP twice and an all-CIF selection. He was the Wave Newspaper East Region Player of the Year after gaining 2,005 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns as a senior. He gained 335 yards and scored six touchdowns vs. Westminster High. Defensively during his senior season, he had 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a junior, he rushed for 1,569 yards and 22 touchdowns, while totaling 62 tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions.

ALREADY ENROLLED DT Glen Antoine 6-3½, 325 Highland Community College/Round Rock High School (Round Rock, Texas)

Antoine was an honorable mention Kansas Jayhawk Community College All-Conference selection as Highland advanced to the playoffs for the first time in school history. He had 32 total tackles and two tackles for loss in earning mention by 24/7 as the 26th rated defensive tackle in the nation in 2013. He played at Navarro Junior College in 2012.

A graduate of Round Rock High School, Antoine was ranked ninth among defensive tackles in the Lone Star Region and was 11th in the Centex Sweet 16.

OL Kato Fawkes 6-4, 305 Iowa Western Community College/Bishop Michael Eldon School (Freeport, Bahamas)

Fawkes started every game for 11-1 Western Iowa and was a second-team Iowa Community College Athletic Conference selection. Iowa Western was the league leader in total offense (522.5 yards per game), passing offense (257.5 yards per game), completions (274), pass attempts (441) and touchdowns (28).

DL Max Martial 6-4, 305 Iowa Western Community College/Palm Beach Central High School (Wellington, Fla.)

Martial started every game as a senior for 11-1 Western Iowa and was a member of the 2012 NJCAA National Championship team. In the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, he was ranked 35th in total tackles among all players, which was ninth among defensive linemen. Iowa Western led the league in almost every defensive category – points allowed, total yards allowed, yards allowed rushing, yards allowed passing, interceptions and fumble recoveries.

LB Daniel Peterson 6-0, 175 Mesa Community College/Millennium High School (Litchfield Park, Ariz.)

As a sophomore, he was Mesa’s tackle leader with 106 total tackles, which tied for first in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. He also had six tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. He had a career-high 14 tackles against Snow College and twice had 13-tackle games. As a freshman, he had 35 total tackles and six sacks. He had a season high of 11 tackles one in addition to one 10-tackle outing.

He was a first-team All-Region defensive back as a senior in high school as well as earning second team All-Arizona honors. He was Millennium’s MVP and its Outstanding Defensive Player. As a senior, he had 77 total tackles, two interceptions (one of which he returned 99 yards for a touchdown), eight tackles for loss, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

LB Irving Steele 6-1, 220 Ellsworth Community College/Stranahan High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Steele was a team captain as a freshman and sophomore at Ellsworth as well as earning first-team All-Midwest Football Conference honors both seasons. He climbed the NJCAA rankings and finished eighth in total tackles (110), seventh in solo tackles (64) and 11th in tackles for loss (16) in addition to totaling five pass breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and a half sack. During his freshman season, Ellsworth was 19th in the NJCAA poll.

At Stranahan High School, he played running back and linebacker as a junior, and split time between linebacker and defensive end as a senior. He was a second-team All-Broward County defensive end, and was chosen to play in two all-star games – Broward North vs. South and Dade All-Stars.

DB Doyin Sule 6-2, 190 Santa Ana College/Fullerton High School (Fullerton, Calif.)

Sule was a second-team All-Southern California Conference choice after tallying 48 total tackles (31 solo and 17 assists) as well as four pass breakups, two tackles for loss, two force fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also had four games of eight tackles.

A graduate of Fullerton High School, he was a three-year letterman in both football and track. He was a first-team all-conference choice as a senior after earning second-team recognition as a junior.

OL Jeff Travillion 6-3, 300 Highland Community College/Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, Texas)

In 2013, Travillion was a second-team Kansas Jayhawk Community College All-Conference choice as Highland advanced to the playoffs for the first time in school history.. He was part of an offense that led the conference in total offense (428 yards per game) and passing offense (305.6 yards per game), and was second in pass efficiency (146.1).

In high school, he was a four-year starter at offensive and defensive tackle. As a senior, he was a first-team 4A-25 All-District choice at offensive tackle. He also was recognized his junior year as a second-team choice on the 4A-25 All-District Team and the All-CenTex team.

CB Marquis Wallace-Hatcher 5-11, 195 Diablo Valley College/Las Lomas High School (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

Wallace-Hatcher recorded six tackles for loss and had 33 total tackles for Diablo Valley in 2012. He also had two interceptions and five pass breakups.

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