LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced the Aggies 2012 signing class Wednesday afternoon. Twenty-three student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent with the Aggies to attend New Mexico State University and play football beginning in 2012.
The Aggies 2012 class includes six defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, three defensive backs, two quarterbacks, two tight ends, one running back, one linebacker, one wide receiver, one long snapper and one punter. Twelve of the signees are from junior college programs, and nine from high schools. Two are "gray shirts" who signed in 2011 but did not join the program last season. Twelve players are from California, and three each are from Colorado and Texas.
In this particular class we wanted to get some big bodies and we accomplished that by signing 11 linemen between the defensive and offensive lines, Walker said. We felt like we have players that will come in and contribute right away and with half of our class already on campus for the spring semester there will be some key players that will come in and improve our football team right away. We think this is our best class since we have been at NM State and when you look at the vision and how we have mapped out where we are headed, I think this is the class that will get us over the hump. Im extremely excited and were going to get ready to go to work.
TraShaun Nixon, OLB, 6-1, 225, Oxnard, Calif. (Ventura CollegeHueneme HS).
In 2011, Nixon tallied 21 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks, two pass break-ups, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. As a freshman in 2010, Nixon recorded 54 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and five pass break-ups.
Cameron Fuller, DB, 5-11, 160, Berkeley, Calif. (Contra Costa CollegeBerkeley HS)
Fuller had 21 tackles on the season, 10 pass break-ups, 13 passes defended and three interceptions.
Nicholas Oliva, DE, 6-6, 252, Saugas, Calif. (College of the CanyonsValencia HS)
Oliva was named a first team all-Northern Conference by the Southern California Football Association in 2011. He recorded 32 tackles, a team-leading eight tackles for a loss and three-and-a-half sacks.
Andrew McDonald, QB, 6-2, 215, Newport Beach, Calif. (Santa Ana CollegeNewport Harbor HS)
In 2011, McDonald threw for 2,033 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 123 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 61.9 percent of his pass attempts and was named a first team All-East Conference selection last season. As a freshman, McDonald finished the season 167 for 242 passing for 2,196 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for six touchdowns. His 28 TD passes and 69.0 completion percentage were school records.
Alfred Sharp, OT, 6-5, 285, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Iowa Western CCCleveland Heights HS)
Sharp helped Iowa Western to a 9-2 overall record in 2011 and a win in the Graphic Edge Bowl. He was named an honorable mention all-Midwest Football Conference selection and an honorable mention all-Region XI player
Kalvin Cruz, DL, 6-2, 275, Littleton, Colo. (Ventura CollegeColumbine HS)
In 2011, Cruz tallied 40 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He earned second team all-conference and an academic achievement award. Cruz also earned Venturas defensive lineman of the year and most inspirational player awards. He helped his team to a 7-4 record and a second-place conference finish, including a Beach Bowl Championship.
Kevin Laudermill, DT, 6-3, 300, Los Angeles, Calif. (West Los AngelesManual Arts Senior HS)
Laudermill was named a second team all-conference pick after recording 40 tackles, 20 solo efforts, five tackles for a loss and four sacks in 2011, helping West Los Angeles to a 7-3 overall record and second-place in the conference.
Perris Scoggins, TE, 6-4, 238, Fontana, Calif. (Mt. San Jacinto CollegeSummit HS)
In 2011, Scoggins caught 21 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns. He was a unanimous all-conference selection and an all-state pick, helping his team to a second-place finish in conference and a 6-4 record. As a freshman, Scoggins recorded 16 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown.
Akeelie Mustafa, RB, 5-10, 183, Compton, Calif. (Santa Ana CollegeCypress HS)
Mustafa led Santa Ana College with 1,055 yards and 10 touchdowns, while ranking second on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 456 yards and five touchdowns. Mustafa also returned kickoffs and punts and was named a first team all-league selection. He was named MVP of the Beach Bowl.
Dele Junaid, DB, 6-3, 195, Fresno, Texas (Eastern ArizonaHightower HS)
Junaid played one season at Eastern Arizona, where he tallied 11 tackles in four games. He spent two years at Ole Miss, redshirting for one season and playing primarily on special teams in his second.
Zach Jones, TE, 6-4, 245, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Thunder Ridge HS)
Jones was a three-year letter winner and earned first team all-League and honorable mention all-State honors as a senior. He also earned all-League honors in basketball.
Thomas Shepard, DE, 6-4, 225, Denver, Colo. (Denver South HS)
Shepard played defensive end, wide receiver and tight end for Denver South High School. As a senior, Shepard tallied 60 tackles and 10 pass break ups. At the wide receiver and tight end positions, Shepard caught 35 passes for 637 yards and seven touchdowns. He was named an all-League and all-City pick as a tight end. He also played basketball for Denver South and was named Best of AAU in 2011.
King Davis III, QB, 6-1, 175, Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
As a senior, Davis threw for 1,255 yards and eight touchdowns and was an academic all-state selection. As a junior, Davis threw for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping his team to a 6-4 overall record. He also rushed for 163 yards and five touchdowns.
Dada Richards, OL, 6-3, 319, Oakland, Calif. (Diablo Valley CollegePittsburg HS)
Richards helped his team to an 8-3 record in 2011 while earning all-Golden Gate first team honors. Richards was part of an offense that tallied 458.3 yards of total offense per game.
Peter Foreman, OL, 6-4, 310, Houston, Texas (St. Thomas HS)
Foreman helped his team to an 8-6 record and a second-place finish in district play. HForeman was named a first team all-State selection and a first team all-District pick. As a junior, Foreman was named a second team all-State pick and first team all-District selection.
Dominique Love, DB, 6-1, 180, San Diego, Calif. (Bishops HS)
Love was a starting defensive back and wide receiver and a kick returner for Bishops High School. As a senior, Love recorded 52 tackles and five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. On the offensive side of the ball, Love recorded 58 catches for over 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. Love earned all-Conference honors as a defensive back and was second in the voting for defensive player of the year. He was also an all-Conference pick as a junior, when he recorded 46 tackles and five interceptions and helped his team to a 14-0 record and a state championship.
Inuka Rhaheed, OL, 6-2, 305, Ft. Pierre, Fla. (Westwood HS)
Rhaheed was a three-year letter winner on the offensive and defensive line for Westwood High School. He helped the Panthers reach the state playoffs three out of four years, including undefeated regular season as a junior. As a senior, Rhaheed was named a team MVP and an all-Area selection on defense, while earning third team all-State honors as an offensive lineman. He was also picked to participate in the North vs South State All-Star game as a nose tackle.
Cayle Chapman-Brown, P, 6-5, 230, Sydney, Australia (Marist College KogarahSnow College)
Chapman-Brown played one season at Snow College, booting 53 punts for an average of 43.3 yards. He was first team all-Western States Football League and an honorable mention NJCAA All-American. He ranks as the No. 4 punter in the county by Chris Sailer Kicking.
Isaiah Folasa, OL, 6-3, 335, Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS)
Folasa was three-year letter winner on the offensive line for Santiago High School. As a senior, Folasa helped his team to a 7-4 overall record and a third-place finish in league play. Folasa was a team captain his senior season and was named the teams Trench Warrior Award winner three times. Folasa garnered first team all-League honors as junior and senior.
2012 Gray Shirt Signees:
Abram Holland, DT, 6-2, 260, Rio Rancho, N.M. (V. Sue Cleveland HS)
Holland was a three-year starter for V. Sue Cleveland High School at defensive tackle. As a senior, he recorded 32 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, 21 quarterback hurries and a team-leading four sacks. Holland was a first team All-Metro, all-district and all-state selection. He was also selected for the New Mexico North-South All-Star game.
Gary Issacson, WR, 6-0, 188, San Diego, Calif. (West Hills HS)
Issacson was a three-year starter for West Hills High School at the quarterback position. As a junior, he threw for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 500 yards and five scores. He also helped his team to a second-place finish in league play. Issacson was named a first team all-league selection and earned All-East County player of the week twice and was the Wolfpacks team MVP. Issacson tore his ACL in the first game of his senior year and missed the remainder of the season. He also played on the basketball and golf teams at West Hills and was named Academic All-San Diego as a junior and senior.
Awarded Scholarships after 2011 season - Counts towards 2012 Signing Class
Mark Brown, DT, 6-0 292, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Gardens HS)
Brown played in six games for the Aggies as a freshman in 2011 at the defensive tackle position. He recorded four tackles on the season.
Mike Kaiser, LS, 6-1, 220, Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon HS)
Kaiser was the Aggies long snapper during the 2011 season on the punt and field goal teams. He also recorded three tackles during punt coverage.