USU Names 2006 Recruiting Class Staff Writer
Posted Feb 1, 2006

USU stocks up on tallent from Texas as well as Utah's Mr. Football and Hawaii's Defensive Player of the Year.

OFFICIAL UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY SIGNEES Jacob Actkinson RB, 6-0, 205, Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS) Played safety and running back for Grapevine High School. Was a two-year letter-winner and an all-district running back who rushed for 930 yards in seven games. Averages 7.1 yards per game and had 11 rushing touchdowns. Jacob also returned kickoffs. Grapevine won second place in Texas’s strong District 5A.

Sidney Allen CB, 6-1, 175, Merced, Calif. (Merced HS) Recorded 16 tackles and had one interception in five games as a senior. Had nine receptions for 151 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior he recorded 40 tackles and on offense had eight receptions for 90 yards.

Jerome "Doug" Barbour TE, 6-4, 220, La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada HS) Played linebacker, defensive end and tight end and was named first team all-Suburban league, as well as earned all-area honors. Jerome had 39 receptions for 590 yards and 11 touchdowns and averaged 15.3 yards per catch his senior year. Lettered two years.

Maurice Bates CB, 6-1, 180, San Mateo, Calif. (Aragon HS) Played cornerback and wide receiver in high school. Was an all-CIF Central Coast Section, all-county and all-Peninsula Bay league, as well as the league's defensive back of the year. Had 33 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior... Offensively he had 12 receptions for 221 yards and one touchdown.

Xavier Bowman WR, 6-3, 190, Houston, Texas (Pasadena Dobie HS) Was a unanimous all-district wide receiver and ranked fourth in the Houston area for receptions made. Also returned five punts for 65 yards as a senior. As a junior he had 20 receptions for 329 yards and one touchdown... Also competes in track in hurdling.

James Brindley S, 5-10, 170, Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS) Was a second-team all-state selection by Earned second-team all-CIF Norcal honors as well. Was a first-team all-section and all-Sacramento honoree and was named the Metro Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player Recorded 95 tackles with three interceptions, two sacks, two and fumble recoveries as a senior. Returned 18 punts for 330 yards and two touchdowns, while also returning eight kickoffs for 214 yards and another score. Offensively he had 22 rushes for 160 yards and two touchdowns and 10 receptions for 189 yards and a score... Team was 12-1 and won its sectional championship.

Marcus Cross RB, 5-11, 210, Houston, Texas (Worthing HS/Garden City JC) Signed in December of 2005. Was a first-team all-Jayhawk Conference and honorable mention JC Gridwire Was named an all-America selection this past fall. Rushed for 1,163 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games, and averaged 116.3 yards per game and 6.0 yards per carry. Was recruited by USU head coach Brent Guy out of high school, when Guy was at Arizona State.

Maxim Dinka FS/LB, 6-0, 210, Plano, Texas (Plano HS) Was a first-team all-county free safety as a senior. Earned second-team all-district honors as well. Recorded 132 tackles and six interceptions on the season. Team went 13-1 and lost to the eventual Texas State champions. Competed in track in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles.

Tony Harkey WR, 6-2, 185, Chino Hills, Calif. (Chino Hills HS) Was an all-CIF Southern Section honoree as a senior... Also earned all-Sierra League honors as well... Was a three-year varsity starter... Had 29 receptions for 524 yards and six touchdowns... Averaged 18.1 yards per reception as a senior... Had 52 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

Jake Hutton LB, 6-0, 225, Pocatello, Idaho (Highland HS) Spent the 2005 season at USU as a freshman walk-on and is being awarded a scholarship this spring. Earned third-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. Was the third-leading freshman tackler in the NCAA at 7.9 per game. Became the first freshman in school history to lead USU in tackles as he recorded 87.

Paul Igboeli LB, 6-0, 197, Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS) Played linebacker and on special teams. Earned first-team all-district honors as a linebacker and had 115 tackles as a senior. Also added five sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception... Earned all-district honors as a junior as well... Team was 10-2 and were the district and Bi-District champions. Has high jumped 6-4

Spencer Johnson OL, 6-5, 250, Lancaster, Calif. (Antelope Valley HS) Was a first-team all-CIF selection. Also earned first-team all-Golden League honors and was named the league's offensive lineman of the year and earned academic all-Golden League honors as well.

Monte "Junior" Keiaho DE, 6-4, 220, Logan, Utah (Logan HS) Was a first-team all-state selection by the Deseret Morning News. Earned all-Valley honors by the Logan Herald Journal. Recorded 67 tackles as a senior, and also had 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one safety. Team won the state 3A championship.

Brian Mason DE, 6-0, 220, West Covina, Calif. (West Covina HS) Was named an all-San Antonio league defensive end, and was a two-year starter. West Covina won the San Antonia League Championship and posted a 7-4 record.

Walter McClenton S, 5-11, 185, Arlington, Texas (Bowie HS) Earned first-team all-district honors as a free safety. Named a first-team all-area selection for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Was a four-year starter, and as a senior he had 123 tackles, five interceptions and two touchdowns. Also played basketball and competed in track.

Ryan Montague RB, 5-8, 205, Houston, Texas (The Woodlands HS) Was a Hurricane Katrina evacuee while living in New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine HS). Played just five games at The Woodlands, starting the last three. Rushed 81 times for 762 yards and nine touchdowns in half the season. Averaged 9.4 yards per carry.

Kejon Murphy DB, 5-9, 160, Fresno, Calif. (Edison HS) Was a first-team all-County/Metro League selection. Was also named County Metro League's Special Teams Player of the Year. Played cornerback and wide receiver, while also returning punts and kickoffs. Selected to play in the Fresno County All-Star game. As a junior he rushed for 980 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively he had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Riley Nelson QB, 6-1, 195, Logan, Utah (Logan HS) Was named a Parade All-American. Named Mr. Football in the state of Utah by the Deseret Morning News. Was the Gatorade Utah Football Player of the Year as well. Was an all-state selection. Set a national record accounting for 84 touchdowns (53 passing and 31 rushing) as a senior. Also set national record for six touchdowns per game. Finished his high school career with nine Utah state records, including career total touchdowns (130), career passing touchdowns (79), season completions (277), season passing yards (4,041), season passing touchdowns (53), season total touchdowns (84), season total yards (5,815), single-game completions (38) and single-game touchdown passes (seven) Riley led Logan to the 3A state championship, and beat the eventual 5A State Champ.

David Nafe DE, 6-2, 220, Salt Lake City, Utah (Highland HS) Was a first-team all-state selection as a senior. Recorded 65 tackles and 10 sacks in his final year. Team finished second in the state. Was team captain of a 2005 national champion rugby team.

Eno-obong "Geno" Odong CB, 5-10, 180, Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS) Was a second-team 2005 all-state selection. Was a first-team all-league selection as a defensive back and earned second-team all-division honors as a running back as he rushed for 770 yards and nine touchdowns. Led team in interceptions and was the 2005 100-meter state runner-up. Broke the national power clean record for his weight class.

Jon Overton DE, 6-3, 235, Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou HS) Defensive lineman was named the Star Bulletin's Hawai’i State defensive player of the year. Was a first-team all-state selection by the Honolulu Advertiser and Star Bulletin. Selected to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu all-star team. Earned all-conference honors and had 75 tackles with 14 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Jon was a three-year starter and team captain his senior year. Punahou finished second in the State as a senior. His high school's athletics program was recently ranked fourth in the nation by Sports Illustrated magazine. Jon was also being recruited by the University of Hawai’i, who had also offered him a scholarship.

Jonathon Prock DT, 6-1, 275, Clovis, Calif. (Clovis HS) Was named a first-team all-city defensive lineman. Was also named to the county all star team. Had 94 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks while playing in nine games. Was an all-conference selection as a tight end as a junior and was an academic all-Tri-River League honoree as well.

Ty Rogers OL, 6-3, 280, Littleton, Colo. (Columbine HS) Played right tackle on the offensive line. Was a first-team all-conference choice as a senior. Lettered as a junior and a senior and started for one and one-half years His High School team was 10-2 and lost in the second round of the state playoffs to the eventual state champions.

Derrvin Speight RB, 5-9, 195, Irving, Texas (MacArthur HS) Was a second-team all-district selection as both a junior and senior, and a three-year starter. Rushed for 1,252 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, and was named team captain.

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