Feb 3, 2010 10:57 PM

Thunderwolves excited about third recruiting class

The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team has added 40 high school and junior college signees to its roster for the 2010 season, CSU-Pueblo head coach John Wristen announced Wednesday on "National Signing Day."

The Pack's signing class, its third since the program's rebirth in 2008, is one of the ThunderWolves' best yet. So far, it includes 45 new signees, including five prospects ranked as Division I-caliber prospects by national football recruiting websites - defensive end Beau Martin (Littleton, Colo./Mullen HS), quarterback Jake Johnson (Longmont, Colo./Longmont HS), quarterback Ross Dausin (San Antonio, Tex./Butler County (KS) Community College), wide receiver Deontrae Cooper (Riverside, Calif./Citrus Hill HS), and defensive back Blake Johnson (Bremerton, Wash./Olympic HS).

CSU-Pueblo, which went 7-4 in 2009 following a 4-6 campaign during its inaugural season 2008, finished third in the 10-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season. The Pack's new signees will be relied upon to lift the ThunderWolves to future RMAC titles and hopefully a national playoff berth.

"We are looking to take our next step toward a championship in 2010, and this group should help us reach that goal," CSU-Pueblo head coach John Wristen said. "Several of these guys may see immediate playing time as we look to fill holes left by our seniors, while others will provide much-needed depth."

"We're thrilled about what this class offers and the potential upside we get from this great group of guys," he added.

The student-athletes featured in the ThunderWolves' Class of 2010 will be presented Friday, Feb. 5 at the third annual CSU-Pueblo Signing Day Luncheon at the Pueblo Convention Center.

The following players have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at CSU-Pueblo. For more information on each athlete, visit the CSU-Pueblo Football National Signing Day Central web site at

Ross Dausin, 6'5", 200, San Antonio, Tex. (Warren High School/Butler County (KS) Comm. College)
Jake Johnson, 6'2", 215, Longmont, Colo. (Longmont High School)
Brent Montandon, 6'4", 190, Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill High School)
Garrett Pape, 6'2", 175, Fort Morgan, Colo. (Fort Morgan High School)

Nic Johnson, 6'1", 195, Evergreen, Colo. (Evergreen High School)
Lukas Lockett, 6'0", 195, Denver, Colo. (Bear Creek High School)
Marquis McNeal, 5'8", 230, Commerce City, Colo. (Prairie View High School)

Zach Albrecht, 6'3", 200, Kearney, Neb. (Kearney High School)
Paul Browning, 6'3", 205, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Widefield High School)
Deontrae Cooper, 6'2", 180, Riverside, Calif. (Citrus Hill High School)
Zack Cowan, 6'3", 168, Aurora, Colo. (Grandview High School)
Rob Galena, 6'1", 185, La Junta, Colo. (La Junta High School)
Noah Gaumer, 5'10", 175, Littleton, Colo. (Littleton High School)
Michael Miller, 6'5", 200, Parker, Colo. (Valor Christian High School)
Jonathan Owens, 6'0", 180, Topeka, Kan. (Shawnee Heights High School/Butler County (KS) Comm. College)
Josh Sandoval, 5'11", 155, Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo East High School)
Jared Sperber, 6'3", 190, Oakley, Kan. (Oakley High School/Garden City (KS) Comm. College)

Trent Thompson, 6'4", 205, Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo Central High School)

Chandler Cannon, 6'2", 245, Austin, Tex. (Westwood High School)
Scotland Coyle, 6'2", 245, Longmont, Colo. (Longmont High School)
Austin Payne, 6'6", 215, Pueblo West, Colo. (Pueblo West High School)
Danny Ramirez, 6'3", 265, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian High School)

Jervoise Hollins, 6'1", 228, Aurora, Colo. (Overland High School)
Beau Martin, 6'2", 245, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen High School)
Matt Miller, 6'0", 235, Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West High School)
Ethan Ward, 6'3", 230, Pueblo West, Colo. (Pueblo West High School)
Garrett Wright, 6'3", 230, Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West High School)

Isaiah Churchwell, 6'1", 230, Burlington, Colo. (Burlington High School)
Enrique Gonzalez, 6'0", 190, Aurora, Colo. (Rangeview High School)
Jacob Kraft, 5'10", 185, Novato, Calif. (Novato High School)
Earl Love, 6'2", 170, Los Angeles, Calif. (Panorama High School)
Jay-Qwan Redmond, 6'2", 202, Los Angeles, Calif. (Panorama High School)
Jon Rossi, 6'0", 230, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Cheyenne Mountain High School)
Evan Ruppert, 6'0", 225, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Cheyenne Mountain High School)
Blake Sylvester, 5'10", 200, San Antonio, Tex. (Smithson Valley High School)

Ryan DeLay, 6'0", 175, Brighton, Colo. (Brighton High School)
Stephan Dickens, 5'8", 160, Aurora, Colo. (Cherokee Trail High School)
Alec Hernandez, 6'1", 175, Pueblo, Colo. (Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School)
Aldon Hyder, 5'10", 177, Austin, Tex. (Lyndon B. Johnson High School)
Blake Johnson, 5'11", 185, Bremerton, Wash. (Olympic High School)
Jarrod Lacy, 5'10", 180, Boynton Beach, Fla. (Santaluces Community High School)
Earnest "C.J." Roberts, 6'0", 180, Boynton Beach, Fla. (Santaluces Community High School)
Ryan Solomon, 5'11", 180, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Citrus Hill High School)

Spencer Torrez, 5'9, 160, Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo East High School)

Andre Brown, 6'4", 200, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Palmer High School)




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