Feb 3, 2011 1:06 AM
PUEBLO, Colo. - The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team is announcing its high school and junior college signees to its roster for the 2011 season, CSU-Pueblo head coach John Wristen announced Wednesday on "National Signing Day."
The Pack's signing class includes many of the top high school football players from the state of Colorado as well as the region. It currently includes over 30 new signees, and includes several ranked as Division I-caliber prospects by national recruiting websites - Rangeview tailback J.B. Mathews (Aurora, Colo.) and one-time University of Wyoming product Corey Orth (Buena Vista, Colo.). The Pack also added Corey Ayers (Broomfield, Colo.), a highly touted linebacker who received a "two-star" rating by Scout.com.
CSU-Pueblo improved its record for the third consecutive season in 2009, weighing in at 9-2 and finishing in third place in the 10-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings for the second consecutive year. The ThunderWolves made one appearance in the Division II Top 25 this season, and were regularly ranked as "receiving votes" in the national poll throughout the season.
CSU-Pueblo, returning a strong senior class that was with the program since the team's re-birth as a collegiate sport in 2008, will be relying on the Class of 2011 signees to help reload the loss of these seniors as well as fill some immediate holes on both offense and defense as the Pack looks for its second RMAC title and national playoff berth in school history in 2011.
"Coming off a 9-2 season creates new opportunities for recruiting," Wristen said. "We have built a solid foundation for the football program based on integrity, respect, tradition, hard work and commitment. Now we have the luxury of recruiting some exceptional talent into our system, teaching them what it takes to be a Pack football player and coaching them to play Pack football."
"Each one of these guys come from an outstanding pedigree and their success will undoubtedly continue at CSU-Pueblo. This is very rewarding for the seniors who bought into the program four years ago, who have kept the drive and determination to build one of the finest Division II teams in the country, and who will ultimately continue our quest for excellence."
The following players have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at CSU-Pueblo.
Brode McDonald (6'0", 200), Fort Collins, Colo. (Rocky Mountain HS)
Jarred Radebaugh (6'0", 185), Thornton, Colo. (Northglenn HS)
Bryson Souza (5'11", 180), Maui, Hawaii (Kamehameha Maui HS)
Chris Ashe (6'1", 190), Colorado Springs, Colo. (Widefield HS)
Wes Bennett (6'2", 185), Longmont, Colo. (Longmont Christian HS)
Alex Fenlon (6'0", 200), Woodland Park, Colo. (Woodland Park HS)
J.B. Mathews (5'11", 178), Aurora, Colo. (Rangeview HS)
Joe Rosenbrock (5'10", 185), Brush, Colo. (Brush HS)
John Vela (5'7", 160), Pueblo, Colo. (Centennial HS)
Austin Huff (6'1", 170), Aurora, Colo. (Cherokee Trail HS)
Malcolm Whye (5'11", 160), Aurora, Colo. (Mullen HS)
Treyben Letlow (6'4", 225), Hayden, Colo. (Hayden HS)
Patrick Barnes (6'3", 286), San Diego, Calif. (Torrey Pines HS)
Mario Kinoshita (6'0", 230), San Antonio, Tex. (Brandeis HS)
Geno Lucero (6'3", 315), Pueblo, Colo. (Centennial HS)
Zack Martinez (6'4", 254), Redlands, Calif. (Redlands East Valley HS)
Pat Smith (6'3", 275), Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo East HS)
Darius Allen (6'0", 200), Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo East HS)
Tony Campton (6'0", 270), Littleton, Colo. (Columbine HS)
Corey Orth (6'5", 255), Buena Vista, Colo. (Buena Vista HS/U. of Wyoming/Eastern Arizona)
Austin Warren (6'2", 225), Lubbock, Tex. (Monterey HS)
Corey Ayers (6'0", 200), Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy HS)
Josiah Cannon (5'10", 230), Denver, Colo. (Prairie View HS)
Ben Estica (6'1", 196), Palm Beach, Fla. (Santaluces HS)
Tuff Gibson (6'0", 195), Merino, Colo. (Merino HS)
Justin LaBorde (6'0", 215), Pueblo West, Colo. (Pueblo West HS)
Tiva Maikalanimai Tatofi (6'0", 205), Kaneohe, Hawaii (Kamehameha HS)
Daniel Winegardner (5'11", 210), Pueblo, Colo. (Centennial HS)
Tomas Zepeda (6'1", 225), Denver, Colo. (George Washington HS)
Matt Biery (6'2", 185), Kiowa, Colo. (Elizabeth HS)
Dominique Grimes (5'8", 165), Nashville, Tenn. (East Literature HS)
Ronell McNeal (5'9", 165), Aurora, Colo. (Prairie View HS)
Jorden St. Louis (5'11", 175), Lantuna, Fla. (Santaluces HS)
Jarred Thompson (5'10", 165), Brighton, Colo. (Brighton HS)
Greg O'Donnell (6'0", 158), Monument, Colo. (St. Mary's HS)