2015 SIGNING DAY: Eagles Sign 21 to Letters of Intent, Featuring Large Group of Large Offensive Linemen

2015 SIGNING DAY: Eagles Sign 21 to Letters of Intent, Featuring Large Group of Large Offensive Linemen

FCS powerhouse Eastern Washington continues to re-load with familiar names, with signees including Cheney's own Keenan Williams and Yakima's Ketner Kupp, the brother of two-time All-American Cooper Kupp

Familiarity – and success and tradition – helped the Eastern Washington University football team in the 2015 recruiting season.

Featuring six offensive linemen, a home-grown defensive player and the brother of a two-time Eastern All-American, head football coach Beau Baldwin announced the signing of 21 high school players on Wednesday (Feb. 4) to letters of intent to attend EWU and play for the Eagles.

Eastern, which has compiled a 34-9 record overall and 22-2 league mark in the last three years, lost 20 seniors to graduation from its 2014 team. But the next class includes 13 players from the state of Washington, including a dozen All-State selections.

Highly-recruited hometown product Keenan Williams (pictured) joins the Eagles as a defensive lineman out of Cheney, Wash., High School, where several former EWU players helped coach him. His signing continues a long, long association that he and his family have had with Cheney and Eastern Football dating back to his days as a youngster.

All-State linebacker Ketner Kupp out of Davis High School in Yakima, Wash., was among the signees. He will join his brother, Cooper Kupp, who has been an All-America wide receiver for the Eagles the past two seasons. Their great-uncle, Jeff Kupp, played for Eastern from 1982-84.

 "The bloodlines are there, but his family will be the first to admit that he and Cooper are different," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin of the Kupp connection. "Ketner will come in with his own personality and be his own type of player.

"Keenan has great size and strength to go with his athletic ability," he said of Williams. "It's great to have a local player with that type of talent sign with us."

And Dre' Sonte Dorton, whose uncle played for the Eagles, signed as a cornerback out of Pasco, Wash., powerhouse Chiawana High School, whose head coach is also a former Eagle. Other local products signed by the Eagles include safety/linebacker Roy Hyatt (Mt. Spokane HS) and defensive lineman Jim Townsend (Okanogan, Wash., HS) and offensive lineman Will Gram (Troy, Idaho, HS).

"It is always great to have that familiarity," said Baldwin, who will enter his eighth season in 2015 as head coach of the Eagles. "In Washington we do end up with a lot of ties. A lot of former players are related to our recruits, and many of them are coaches now at the high school level. It all helps grow our program."

Eastern's recruiting priority in 2015 was along the offensive line, where Eastern will have seven seniors on its 2015 roster. Eastern signed six players, with an average size of 285 pounds and a height of nearly 6-foot-5 per player.

"Like any year, we have holes to fill at every position," Baldwin said. "But with most of those positions you are talking about one to three recruits at the very most. Offensive line was the one area we set out to sign a large number of student-athletes. We have to be prepared for the future, and we know in 2016 we will be playing with a decent amount of young offensive linemen within our mix of 10 on the travel squad. Coach Aaron Best did a great job of evaluating, and our entire staff did a great job of recruiting an offensive line group that is very versatile and impressive."

Baldwin was also pleased with the high degree of speed and skill the Eagles signed. Included were several players – like Dorton – who could play on either side of the ball.

"We signed several players who are multi-dimensional, and can fit into a defensive back or wide receiver mold, or a tight end or linebacker mode," he added.

 

More about the 2014 & 2015 Eagles . . .

The Eagles are expected to return 50 letter winners from last year's team, including eight starters on offense and six on defense.

With the highest-scoring offense in Big Sky Conference and school history, the Eagles rolled to an 11-3 record in the 2014 season, including a 7-1 record for the school's third-straight Big Sky Conference title. It was the sixth season in school history with 11 or more wins (joining the 2013, 2012, 2010, 1997 and 1967 squads), and the 34 victories in back-to-back-to-back seasons were the most in school history (by seven wins).

The Eagles have now won the league title eight times in school history and have made 11 appearances in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

Eastern ranked fourth in the final regular season and season-ending polls, and was seeded fourth in the playoffs. Eastern beat league rival Montana 37-20 in the second round of the FCS Playoffs, then lost to eventual runner-up Illinois State in the quarterfinals by a 59-46 score.

The Eagles broke school and Big Sky records for scoring, finishing the season with 618 points to break the previous record of 592 points scored set in 2013 in 15 games by the Eagles. Eastern scored 84 touchdowns to break school and Big Sky single season records of 83 set in 2013 by EWU. The Eagles established a school record for average points per game, with a mark of 44.1 (first in FCS) that broke the record of 41.9 set in 2001. The Big Sky record is 47.5 set by Idaho in 1993. Eastern's 1,079 total plays in 2014 broke the EWU record of 1,036 set in 2013 and the Big Sky record of 1,077 set by Montana in 2009

Still with two seasons to play, Cooper Kupp already ranks sixth in school history with 197 career catches, and his 3,122 yards are already fourth. His 37 touchdowns – a TD for every 5.3 catches – ranks second all-time in school history behind the record of 46 held by Eric Kimble (2002-05), who also holds EWU career records for receptions (253) and yards (4,140).

 

Eastern Washington University 2015 Recruiting Class  

For more information, corrections or questions, contact Dave Cook (dcook@ewu.edu)

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown (High School)

Trevor Davis Jr.

LB

6-1

210

Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS '15)

Dre' Sonte Dorton

CB

5-10

170

Pasco, Wash. (Chiawana HS '15)

Will Gram­­

OL

6-3

275

Troy, Idaho (Troy HS '15)

Dehonta Hayes

DB

5-11

195

Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln HS '15)

Roy Hyatt

S/LB

6-2

200

Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS '15)

Sam Inos

DB

5-11

175

Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS '15)

Ketner Kupp

LB

6-0

210

Yakima, Wash. (Davis HS '15)

Dylan Ledbetter

DL

6-4

250

West Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea HS '15)

Levi Long

OL

6-7

280

Salem, Ore. (Sprague HS '15)

Codi McGuire

OL

6-3

260

Riverside, Calif. (Kelseyville HS '15)

Sam McPherson

RB

5-10

190

Bothell, Wash. (Bothell 'HS '15)

Ben PuaPuaga

OL

6-4

310

Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln HS '15)

Tysen Prunty

S

6-2

190

Beaverton, Ore. (Tigard HS '15)

Chris Schlichting 

OL

6-5

275

North Bend, Wash. (Mount Si HS '15)

Jack Sendelbach

LB

6-3

215

Seattle, Wash. (Blanchet HS '15)

Savion Simms

CB

5-7

150

Fresno, Calif. (Central HS '15)

Tristen Taylor

OL

6-7

310

Stockton, Calif. (Stagg HS '15)

Jim Townsend

DL

6-4

230

Okanogan, Wash. (Okanogan HS '15)

Jayson Williams

WR

6-1

190

Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln HS '15)

Keenan Williams

DL

6-3

260

Cheney, Wash. (Cheney HS '15)

Malcolm Williams Jr.

RB

5-10

175

Fresno, Calif. (Sunnyside HS '15)

 

Pronunciations
Dehonta Hayes – day-hawn-tay
Sam Inos – ee-noss (long "o sound)
Ben Puapuaga – pooh-ah-pu-ah-guh
Savion Simms – say-vee-on

 
 

TREVOR DAVIS JR.

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Trevor Davis Jr.: "I love that he was a team captain and the leadership he brings to Eastern. And he's doing that at a great high school program. That adds to his demeanor and what he brings to our locker room from a character standpoint. He can run, he can hit and he has great length. We saw him at our summer football camp so we got to see his talents firsthand. To go along with his great character and leadership skills, he has all the tools to blossom into a great linebacker at our level. We couldn't be more excited about signing Trevor. He was recruited by some other schools and we were able to win in a situation where he had some other options."

HS: Will graduate from Tumwater HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Davis was selected to The Associated Press 2A All-State first team at linebacker. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Davis was named Most Valuable Player and was a first team linebacker on The Olympian All-Area football team. He was also selected to The Tacoma News Tribune All-Area second team defense as a linebacker. Davis was named as the Evergreen Conference co-defensive MVP and was a first team all-league selection at linebacker. Prior to their  semifinal loss to eventual state champion Sedro Woolley in the State 2A Playoffs, Davis had 85 total tackles, five sacks and scored two defensive touchdowns. He also had 120 yards and three TD rushing prior to the semis. Prior to the season, Davis was named to Ron Siegel's Preseason Senior All-State second team as a linebacker.

As a junior in 2013, Davis totaled 84 tackles with seven sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, five passes broken up and two blocked punts. He was a first team All-Evergreen Conference selection at linebacker and was also named to The Olympian All-Area team. On offense, he had 42 carries for 262 yards rushing and scored nine touchdowns. He had a season-high 98 yards and two touchdowns in Tumwater's 45-40 win over Prosser in the State 2A Playoffs. In the state championship game versus Lynden, Davis had eight carries for 70 yards and a 47-yard TD rushing, and also contributed five tackles on defense in the 38-28 loss.

As a sophomore in 2012, Davis was a second team All-Evergreen Conference selection at linebacker.

Davis was a three-year starter for legendary Tumwater coach Sid Otten, who also coached current Eagles Zach Wimberly ('12) and Nick Foerstel ('14) at THS.

Will letter for the fourth season in track and field in 2015, and finished eighth in the triple jump at the 2014 State 2A Championships with a jump of 43-3 1/4. Earlier in the season, he had a best of 43-6, and as a junior had his best in the long jump with a leap of 19-8 1/2.

Personal: Considering majoring in business. Born 12/4/96 in Fort Lewis, Wash. Parents are Trevor Davis Sr. and Sandra Davis.


DRE' SONTE DORTON

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Dre' Sonte Dorton: "He's a great athlete and a multi-sport performer. We felt like recruiting him was a great situation because we feel like he can play offense or defense. We have him listed as cornerback, but he can play on either side of the ball. I like those types of players. He comes from a great program playing for Coach Graff, and understands what it takes to win and prepare year-around. Not only does he show speed on the football field, but he also has great times on the track to validate his quickness. Dre' is going to be a great addition to our program."

HS: Will graduate from Chiawana HS in 2015. Dorton was a first team 4A All-State selection by the Associated Press as a defensive back and was also on the Tacoma News Tribune All-State team. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. The Tri-City Herald selected him to its All-Area first team as a defensive back and second team as a wide receiver. He was a two-way starter and was selected to the All-Mid-Columbia Conference (MCC) first team as a wide receiver and cornerback, and was a second team selection at punter as a senior in 2014. On the season, Dorton caught 23 passes for 398 yards and seven touchdowns, plus he had 29 carries for 226 yards rushing with two TDs and even completed 4-6 passes for 102 yards. Defensively, he had six interceptions, returning one for a TD. He also led the team in kickoff returns and averaged 34.2 yards per punt during the 10-game regular season, with a long of 66 yards. Chiawana finished the year with a 12-2 record and advanced to the championship game of the State 4A Playoffs for the second-straight season, losing to Bothell 24-14. Prior to the season, Dorton was named to Ron Siegel's Preseason Senior All-State first team as a multi-purpose player.

As a junior in 2013, Dorton was named to the All-MCC first team as a wide receiver and kick returner. Chiawana won the 2013 State 4A championship as they defeated Camas (and future Eagle teammates Reilly Hennessey and Zach Eagle) 27-26 in the title game. In the title game, Dorton caught a 57-yard touchdown pass with 55 seconds to play that pulled Chiawana to within 26-20. The Riverhawks recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored as time expired, then kicked the point after touchdown to win by a point. He had 28 receptions for 463 yards and five touchdowns during the regular season. He also averaged 32.2 yards on 10 kickoff returns and intercepted five passes on defense. 

As a sophomore in 2012, Dorton was seventh in the MCC in scoring with eight touchdowns and one two-point conversion (50 points), and was 10th in all-purpose yardage and averaged 26.7 yards on 10 kickoff returns.

A three-sport athlete, Dorton also played basketball at Chiawana and was a standout sprinter on the track team. He finished sixth in the 100-meter dash as a junior at the 2014 State 4A Championships. He has personal-best times of 10.82 seconds in the 100 meters, 22.30 in the 200 and 21-11 in the long jump.

His football coach at Chiawana was former Eagle Steve Graff (1981-82), who previously coached at Pasco High School. Eastern linebacker Miquiyah Zamora ('12) also attended Chiawana.

Personal: Considering majoring in exercise science. Born 6/18/97 in Pasco, Wash. Parents are Reggie Calhoun and Anna Mae Dorton. His uncle, Doug Dorton, was a defensive back for the Eagles and lettered in 1994.


WILL GRAM

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Will Gram: "He was a man among boys at the eight-man level. He also stood out after watching him at our summer football game. He's still a raw football player coming from a smaller school. We love when players come to us with raw talent and have an incredible upside, and that's Will. He's versatile in what he can do like all of our offensive linemen. He's already shown some great things, but from the time he gets here to two or three years later, we'll see amazing growth. He has an incredible attitude, character and demeanor that we want in our locker room."

HS: Will graduate from Troy HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Gram was a first team 1A All-State selection in Idaho as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He was also an All-Whitepine League first team selection as an offensive and defensive lineman. His high school team played eight-man football, and his blocking helped clear the way for running back Kellen Hoskins to rush for nearly 2,000 yards on the season. On defense, Gram was credited with 62 tackles and 11 sacks.

As a junior in 2013, Gram was a first team 1A All-State selection as an offensive lineman and was a second team pick as a defensive lineman. He lettered three years in football and in 2015 will earn his fourth varsity letter in baseball.

Personal: Considering majoring in biology. Born 8/23/97 in Moscow, Idaho. Parents are Walter and Jena Gram.


DEHONTA HAYES

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Dehonta Hayes: "Dehonta is very physical, runs well and is a multi-year captain. He had multiple recruiting offers from Mountain West and Big Sky schools, and we're excited about the fact he decided to be an Eagle. He has all the tools to be a big-time safety here. He doesn't just have the physical skills, but his leadership skills are impressive as well. He has a 40-inch vertical jump, and that explosion shows up on the field. He has good size and strength to go along with his athleticism. He also works a full-time job and coaches his younger brother's team – he conducts himself like an adult right now with all the things he's involved with. He's handled that really well. He comes from a great program under Coach Kitna, and what he was able to do with that team was very special. We're excited to sign Dehonta out of Lincoln."

HS: Will graduate from Lincoln HS in 2015. Listed as a three-star recruit and was rated as the second-best safety and 16th-best prospect in the state of Washington by Scout.com. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. In his career, he had 15 interceptions, 240 tackles, five special teams touchdowns and three times was a team captain. As a senior in 2014, Hayes was a first team All-3A Narrows League selection as a defensive back and a second team selection at wide receiver and kick returner. He was also a second team selection at defensive back on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area team. On the season, Hayes had 62 total tackles, two interceptions, 11 passes broken up, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Offensively, he totaled 11 carries for 127 yards and four touchdowns, caught 25 passes for 437 yards and two TDs, and also had three kick returns (two punts and one kickoff) for touchdowns. Hayes was a two-way starter at wide receiver and defensive back. Lincoln would finish the season with an 11-1 record, losing only to eventual State 3A champion Eastside Catholic in the quarterfinals. In that game, Hayes scored on a 74-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Abes a 7-0 lead. He then added a 32-yard receiving TD in the second quarter that extended the lead to 14-0. He also had a 58-yard kick return in the eventual 28-21 loss. In Lincoln's district playoff win against Nathan Hale, Hayes scored touchdowns three ways -- receiving, on a 60-yard interception return and on a 56-yard punt return. He also returned the game's opening kickoff 50 yards and forced a fumble after chasing a running back on a 61-yard gain. Prior to the season, Hayes was named as a defensive back to the Ultimate Northwest Team, made up of players from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia by Scout.com. He was also named as a defensive back on the Tacoma News Tribune preseason All-State team.

As a junior in 2013, Hayes was a starter at defensive back for the Abes and lettered a total of four seasons. He has a 40-inch vertical jump, a 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash, a time of 4.14 in the short shuttle and a jump of 10-1 in the standing broad jump. He also competed in track and field and has a 3.6 grade point average.

His Lincoln teammates Ben PuaPuaga ('15) and Jayson Williams ('15) also signed with Eastern. They were coached at Lincoln by Jon Kitna, who was a college teammate of Beau Baldwin's at Central Washington.

Personal: Considering majoring in communications. Born 6/11/97 in Tacoma, Wash. Parents are Bryan Hayes and Jeannette Morales. Nickname is "Jet."


ROY HYATT

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Roy Hyatt: "We thought he might go somewhere else, but we were fortunate to have the opportunity to sign him. We evaluated him a long time ago and re-evaluated his game video in his senior year. He's long, he's fast and he's built with not a lot of body fat, but still carries good size. He's built very well and takes work in the weight room seriously. He was maybe a bit under-recruited when all was said and done, so we're excited to have him in our program. When you can get a future linebacker who is running 11-flat in the 100 meters, that's true speed to go along with size and talent. We're excited to sign a local player in Roy Hyatt."

HS: Will graduate from Mt. Spokane HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Hyatt was rated as a two-star recruit and the 39th-best prospect (eighth-best wide receiver) in the state of Washington by Scout.com. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was a first team All-Greater Spokane League (GSL) 3A selection as an all-purpose player. He had 93 carries for 530 yards rushing as well as 29 receptions for 410 yards and two TDs. Hyatt scored touchdowns four different ways during the season. Besides rushing and receiving TDs, he also had a punt return touchdown and an interception return for a score. Hyatt was a two-way starter at slotback and safety for Mt. Spokane. The Wildcats advanced to the semifinals of the State 3A Playoffs, where they lost to eventual state champion Eastside Catholic 42-24. Prior to the season, he was listed as a first team defensive back on the American Family Insurance All-USA Inland Northwest team.

As a junior in 2013, Hyatt was a second team All-GSL selection at running back. He had 106 carries for 605 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, plus he added 28 receptions for 450 yards and three TDs receiving. He also returned two kickoffs for scores. Defensively, he had 53 total tackles, one interception, six passes broken up, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in helping Mt. Spokane to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the State 3A Playoffs. He was a two-way starter for the Wildcats at slot back and safety.

Hyatt was also a sprinter and long jumper on Mt. Spokane's track team. He had a best time of 22.85 in the 200 meters as a sophomore and finished third in the GSL in 2014. His best 100 time of 11.33 came as a sophomore as well. He also anchored the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams for the Wildcats. The 4x400 relay team qualified for the State 3A Championships in Tacoma, where they finished 10th.

Eastern wide receiver Stu Stiles ('14) also attended Mt. Spokane.

Personal: Considering majoring in business. Born 8/9/96 in Spokane, Wash. Parents are Denis and Mary Hyatt.


SAM INOS

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Sam Inos: "Oregon player of the year says a lot right there. He played tough through some injuries. He is a great player with outstanding talent and is a physical safety. He can come down and fill the run, but can also cover opponents in man-to-man and make plays on the ball. He was also huge in big games, and that was something we notice. He was highly-recruited and our staff did a great job beating some other great programs in order to get Sam here. That speaks volumes to the talent he has and what he will add to our program. He's another of our recruits that will add great things and leadership to the locker room. He comes from a great program which year-in and year-out is doing great things and has success. We're very excited to sign Sam."

HS: Will graduate from Tigard HS in 2015. Named as the Oregon 6A Defensive Player of the Year by The Oregonian as a senior in 2014. He was also named to the 6A All-State first team as a defensive back and was an honorable mention selection as a running back. He was also the Defensive Player of the Year in the Three Rivers League and was a first team all-league selection as a defensive back, kick returner and as a running back. Inos had 98 tackles on the season, plus two passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception. He also rushed for 910 yards and 14 touchdowns, and caught 17 passes for 265 yards and two scores. Inos helped lead Tigard to a 13-0 record, but he broke his fibula and sprained his lateral collateral ligament in their semifinal win over West Salem in the 6A State Playoffs and missed the Tigers championship game loss to Central Catholic.

As a junior in 2013, Inos had 36 tackles, including two for loss. He also had five interceptions, six passes broken up and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown. On offense, he caught 11 passes for 287 yards and five TDs. He also had two rushing touchdowns and averaged 23.4 yards on 14 kickoff returns. He was named to the All-Pacific League second team as a wide receiver and was an honorable mention selection at defensive back.

As a sophomore in 2012, Inos totaled 12 tackles, had an interception and three passes broken up. He also scored one touchdown rushing in limited playing time.

His Tigard teammate Tysen Prunty ('15) also attended Tigard.

Personal: Considering majoring in business. Born 2/19/97 in Tualatin, Ore. Parents are Reichy Inos and Semme John.


KETNER KUPP

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Ketner Kupp: "Ketner was a team captain and is a tough, old-school type of player. He is one of those players who love the game, and it's special what he brings to the table. He's a natural leader and doesn't shy away from anything. I also see him contributing and being a big part of our special teams early in his career no matter what his role is on defense. He has that attitude and tenacity to both run and hit at a high level."

HS: Will graduate from Davis HS in 2015. As a senior, Kupp was named to the Associated Press 4A All-State first team as a linebacker. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Was the Columbia Basin/Big 9 (CBBN) Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team All-CBBN linebacker. As a senior in 2014, Kupp had 91 total tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, two other tackles for loss, five passes broken up, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and he blocked three field goals on the season. Offensively, he had 17 receptions for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Kupp helped lead Davis to a 9-2 record and the school's first ever berth in the State 4A Playoffs. Prior to the season, Kupp was named to Ron Siegel's Preseason Senior All-State second team as a defensive back.

He was a team co-captain as a junior in 2013. Kupp had 51 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, two passes broken up and one fumble recovery. On offense, he contributed 33 receptions for 333 yards and two TDs. Kupp was named as a first team All-CBBN pick as a linebacker. Kupp was a three-year starter for the Pirates and coach Rick Clark, playing the 2012 season alongside his brother and future EWU teammate, Cooper Kupp.

Ketner Kupp was also on the track and field team at Davis, where he ran the 100 meters as well as a leg on the 4x100 relay team. He also competed in the discus and shot put. In addition, he played baseball one season.

Personal: Considering majoring in business. Born 11/15/96 in Yakima, Wash. Will turn 19 one day after Eastern plays at Montana. His brother, Cooper, was an All-America wide receiver for the Eagles in each of the past two years, and in 2013 won the Jerry Rice Award given to the top freshman in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Their parents are Craig and Karin Kupp, who were both inducted into the Pacific Lutheran University Hall of Fame in 2003. Karin (formerly Karin Gilmer) was a soccer player and Craig played football. Craig, who graduated from Selah (Wash.) High School, was a fifth-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 1990 and played in 1991 for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. Ketner's great-uncle, Jeff Kupp, lettered as an offensive lineman at Eastern from 1982-84 during EWU's transition from NAIA to the FCS (then known as I-AA). Ketner's grandfather, Jake Kupp, was an offensive lineman for the University of Washington and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1964 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played from 1964-75 as a guard with Dallas, the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team, he later was a five-time captain for the Saints. He was named to the franchise's 25-year All-Time Team and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1991, the same year that Craig played in the NFL. And Karin's father, Tom Gilmer, is also a member of the PLU Hall of Fame as a Lute quarterback and record-setting punter in the late 1950's. He is also in the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame after also serving as the long-time football coach for Washington High School in Tacoma.


DYLAN LEDBETTER

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Dylan Ledbetter: "The things that jump out to us are his motor and how tough he is. He set a tackle for loss record at O'Dea, which says a lot because so many great football players have come through that program. Not only is he a great player, but he is a great fit in our program. When we had him on his visit and when he came to a game, he was a great fit with our other players and in the locker room. He's very versatile too – there are multiple spots he is capable of playing. He has the toughness and strength to play on the interior, but he also has the athletic ability and skill to be on the edge too. It's exciting to sign a player like Dylan Ledbetter."

HS: Will graduate from O'Dea HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Ledbetter was named to the Associated Press 3A All-State team as a first team offensive lineman and second team defensive lineman. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was also named to The Seattle Times Star-Times team as a defensive lineman. Ledbetter was the 3A Metro Mountain Conference co-Lineman of the Year and a two-way all-league first team selection as an offensive and defensive lineman. He had 71 total tackles, a school-record 12 tackles for loss, 4 1/2 sacks, two passes broken up and one fumble recovery for O'Dea's 10-game regular season. O'Dea's only regular season loss came against eventual State 3A champion Eastside Catholic, 26-20. Despite their 9-1 record, the third-ranked Fighting Irish lost in the first round of the State 3A Playoffs in a tough matchup against sixth-ranked Lincoln.

As a junior in 2013, Ledbetter was named to the 3A All-Metro Conference first team as a defensive lineman. As a sophomore in 2012, Ledbetter was a second team All-Metro Mountain pick as an offensive lineman. He was a three-year starter for coach Monte Kohler at O'Dea.

Ledbetter was also an outstanding performer in track and field, where he finished second at the State 3A Championships as a junior in the shot put.

Personal: Considering majoring in physical therapy. Born 10/2/96 in Seattle, Wash. Will turn 19 during Eastern's bye week. Nickname is "Led." Parents are Mark Ledbetter and Cheryl Orint. His father played as a linebacker at Washington State and lettered from 1986-89. He won the Frank Butler award for "Cougar Spirit" in 1989. He played in the Aloha Bowl on Dec. 25, 1988 and had eight tackles with a sack. He went on the play in the World League after signing a free agent contract with New Orleans in the NFL, and then played in the Canadian Football League for Sacramento, Birmingham and Calgary.


LEVI LONG

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Levi Long: "He's one of those offensive tackles, similar to the ones we've signed in the past, who have that raw talent and an amazing upside. We've had many of them here under coaches Larry Hattemer and Paul Wulff, and Coach Aaron Best has continued that recruiting philosophy for the last 15 years. Levi fits into the mold of some of the best tackles we've had here with athletic ability and the opportunity to add size once he's here. He has an impressive skillset to go along with his 6-7 frame, which excites us to have him in the mix with this incredible offensive line crew."

HS: Will graduate from Sprague HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Long was an honorable mention 6A All-State selection in Oregon as an offensive lineman. He was selected to the American Family Insurance All-USA Oregon football team as an offensive lineman. Long was a first team All-Greater Valley Conference selection as an offensive lineman and second team pick as a defensive lineman.

As a junior in 2013, Long started on the offensive line and was a second team All-GVC pick as an offensive lineman. Prior to the season, he was named to the Oregon Nike Football Tour Camp (NFTC) all-camp team as an offensive lineman. Other players selected to the all-camp team included current Eagle players Asan Neil-Evergin and Alek Kacmarcik.

Will letter for the fourth time in track and field in 2014, and was the 2014 GVC champion in the shot put and discus. He went on to finish eighth in the shot put at the State 6A Championships. He had career bests of 53-11 in the shot put and 142-11 in the discus as a junior.

Personal: Considering majoring in education. Born 4/28/97 in Salem, Ore. Parents are Gerald and Jill Long.


CODI McGUIRE

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Codi McGuire: "He's a very talented offensive lineman and can play a number of different spots. He comes from a coaching family – his father is great coach – and it was great getting to meet them on their visit. Codi brings character and talent to our program, plus an understanding of the game. That's big. To illustrate his versatility, he was in the backfield a lot during his senior season as a fullback and tight end. He reminds me of Steven Forgette, who had an amazing career here as a four-year starter and All-American. We're excited for what Codi can bring to the table and we're pleased to sign him."

HS: Will graduate from Kelseyville HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, was selected as a first team offensive lineman on the All-North Central League team. He was also a first team selection as an offensive lineman on the All-Lake County team chosen by the Lake County Record Bee. A two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines, McGuire's blocking helped lead the way for Kelseyville running back Robert McLean to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in both 2013 and 2014.

As a junior in 2013, McGuire was a first team All-North Central League I selection as an offensive lineman. He was also a first team selection as an offensive lineman on the All-Empire Small School football team selected by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Defensively, he had 69 total tackles (50 solo), one sack, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries on the season as a two-way starter.

Was a four-year starter in football, and finished his career with over 200 pancake blocks (school-record 18 in one game) and 11 blocked kicks. He also lettered in basketball and track and field at Kelseyville where he was honored as a scholar-athlete.

Personal: Born 1/7/96 in Riverside, Calif. Parents are Michael and Deondra McGuire.


SAM McPHERSON

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Sam McPherson: "He's another team captain coming from a great Bothell program who won the state championship. He was injured this year, so his senior season didn't go like he wanted it to. But the video he showed us from before his injury was impressive. Now go back to his junior season, for him to be voted the offensive and defensive player of the year in such a great conference like the KingCo is unheard of. It speaks volumes of his ability, not just as a running back, but as an all-around, amazing football player. He's gritty and physical, but he also has immense talent carrying the football or on defense and special teams. He's a leader and a quality, high-character player with a lot of drive. He puts academics first, and our engineering program did an amazing job in the presentation they made to him. One of the big reasons he chose to come to Eastern over other schools was the knowledge he gained of our engineering program. He'll be a great student-athlete and addition to our program."

HS: Will graduate from Bothell HS in 2015. McPherson was a first-team 4A All-State selection by the Associated Press as both a running back and defensive back.  He was named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 18 prospects in the state of Washington.  Rated as a two-star recruit and was also ranked as the 40th best prospect (fourth among running backs) in the state of Washington by Scout.com.  He was also named to the Seattle Times Star-Times team as an athlete.  As a senior in 2014, he had 1,079 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns before suffering a knee injury that ended his season.  He also caught 15 passes for 252 yards and three TDs, returned nine punts and averaged 20.4 yards per return and returned three kickoffs for a 50.7 yard average with one score.  McPherson was named the 4A KingCo Crest Division Offensive Player of the Year and was the co-Defensive Player of the Year.  Bothell won the State 4A championship, defeating Chiawana 24-14 and ended the season with a 14-0 record.  Prior to the season, he was named to Ron Siegel's Pre-Season Senior All-State first-team as a defensive back and the Seattle Times pre-season all-state football team.

As a junior in 2013, McPherson was named the KingCo 4A Crest Division Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.  He was also named to The Seattle Times Star-Times team as an athlete. In his first year as a starter, he had 159 carries for 1,317 yards rushing (8.3 yards per carry) with 22 touchdowns.  He also had two receiving touchdowns and returned five kickoffs for TDs.  Defensively, he intercepted seven passes. He was selected for the All-KingCo Crest Division first team as a running back, safety and return specialist. He also led the league in all-purpose yards and interceptions.

Also played baseball at Bothell, hitting .324 with four doubles, five triples and nine stolen bases as a junior in 2014.  He also hit .341 as a sophomore.

Personal: Intends on majoring in engineering with hopes to go into the aerospace industry. Born 2/2/97 in Kirkland, Wash. His parents are Isaac and Lisa McPherson.


TYSEN PRUNTY

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Tysen Prunty: "He changed high schools going into his senior year, so he was late in getting recruited. But once schools started seeing him on the football field, it became a little bit of a fight because he's that good a player. In the second half of the year he was one of the best players in Oregon. We talked to other coaches about him, then we saw it when we watched video. You could see he was a talented safety with ball skills, and was playing like a quarterback back there. What sold me the most was looking him in the eye and being around him. We like how he carries himself, and love his attitude and character. He comes from a great family and is going to add to a very deep and young secondary that we're excited about."

HS: Will graduate from Tigard HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Prunty was an honorable mention All-Three Rivers League selection at safety. For the season, he had 107 total tackles, five interceptions and eight passes broken up in helping the Tigers to the State 6A championship game in Oregon. He played his best football late in the season. He had two interceptions -- one in the last minute of the game -- plus a fourth-quarter sack in Tigard's 17-14 semifinal win in the State 6A Playoffs versus West Salem. Prunty also had two interceptions in a second-round playoff win over Sunset. He was the Oregon Sports Awards High School Athlete of the Month for November. He was also selected as his team's most inspirational player and was a team captain.

Prunty didn't play football as a junior. He attended Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton, Ore., where he played basketball on the State 3A championship team and ran on the track and field team. He placed fourth in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles in the State 3A Championships. He also played extensively in AAU basketball.

He was a 3.75 honors student in high school, and his community service includes volunteering with the Brian Grant Foundation assisting people stricken with Parkinson's disease. His Tigard teammate Sam Inos ('15) also attended Tigard.

Personal: Considering majoring in criminal justice. Born 11/27/96 in Portland, Ore. Will turn 19 six days after Eastern ends the regular season versus Portland State. Parents are Craig and Carrie Prunty.


BEN PUAPUAGA

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Ben PuaPuaga: "He's young, big, athletic and versatile. Age-wise he should be a junior, so the upside he has at his age is incredible. The success Lincoln High School under Coach Kitna has had the last couple of seasons has taught him a lot about what it takes to work year-around. He has an infectious personality, and is one of those players you want to be around and have in your locker room. He's a great, nice guy off the field, but when he gets on the field he plays nasty. A lot of times big high school players develop nastiness later, but he has it right now. He plays light on his feet for being 300-plus pounds – he really bounces around. He's going to be a great addition and I think the sky is the limit."

HS: Will graduate from Lincoln HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, PuaPuaga was selected to the Associated Press 3A All-State team as a first team offensive lineman. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked for the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area first team as an offensive lineman. Was named the 3A Narrows League Offensive Lineman of the Year. Of the 300 dropback passing attempts by the Abes, PuaPuaga gave up just three sacks. He also had more than 50 "pancake" blocks. Lincoln would finish the season with an 11-1 record, losing only to eventual State 3A champion Eastside Catholic in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

His Lincoln teammates Dehonta Hayes ('15) and Jayson Williams ('15) also signed with Eastern. They were coached at Lincoln by Jon Kitna, who was a college teammate of Beau Baldwin's at Central Washington.

Personal: Considering majoring in nutrition. Born 11/16/97 in Tacoma, Wash. Will turn 18 two days after Eastern plays at Montana. Parents are Benjamin PuaPuanga and Susan Vaovasa-Fa'auaa. Nickname is "Big Pua."

 
 

CHRIS SCHLICHTING

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Chris Schlichting: "We saw him at our summer camps and we loved the things he was doing. He was offered by other schools, but we became the best fit. He's versatile, very talented and can play a lot of spots. He has great feet, great toughness and has the ability to be a great blocker in the run game and to pass protect. He has incredible leadership skills to go along with all his football talent. When you spend time with him, you see a type of personality you want in your offensive line group and program in general. Academics at Eastern were a big selling point for him as well. He's going to be a great addition."

HS: Will graduate from Mount Si HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Schlichting was a second team All-4A KingCo selection as an offensive lineman. He was nominated to play in the Washington All-State game. Rated as a two-star recruit and was ranked as the #25 recruit (second-best offensive guard) in the state of Washington by Scout.com. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Was also a senior team captain.

As a junior in 2013, Schlichting was a second team All-3A KingCo selection as an offensive lineman. He helped protect quarterback Nick Mitchell, an Oregon State recruit who had over 2,000 yards passing and was the KingCo Offensive Player of the Year. He was a starter on the offensive line for Mount Si since mid-way through his sophomore season.

Personal: Considering majoring in business administration. Born 10/26/96 in Bellevue, Wash. Will turn 19 two days after EWU plays at Northern Colorado. Parents are Daniel and Michelle Schlichting.

 
 

JACK SENDELBACH

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Jack Sendelbach: "He was a team captain and out of a program that has turned an incredible corner under Coach Aaron Maul. Jack was a part of that and understands what it takes. Earning the defensive player of the year in the Metro Conference is not easy. He's tough, he's strong and he has length to go along with that. To describe Jack best is to say he is a great football player. We expect all of our players to have a role on our special teams, but certain players just jump out at you. He's one of those players who we think will make an impact early on special teams because of the intangibles he brings to the table. We're excited to have him – he comes from a great family and has great character."

HS: Will graduate from Blanchet HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Sendelbach was a second team selection at tight end and linebacker on The Associated Press 3A All-State team. He was the 3A Metro Mountain Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year and was a two-way first team all-conference player at tight end and linebacker. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Sendelbach had 136 tackles, five sacks, 14 total tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in 2014. He had three games with 20 or more tackles, including a school-record 22.

As a junior in 2013, Sendelbach totaled 128 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and six sacks, plus one blocked punt. He was a second team All-3A Metro Mountain selection as a tight end and linebacker. He was the team's MVP (2014) and defensive MVP (2013 and 2014). In 2012, he was given the "Mr. Sophomore" award at Blanchet, which goes to the top sophomore in the football program. He also wrestled in high school and has had a 335-pound clean lift.

Eastern defensive lineman Andre Lino ('13) also attended Blanchet.

Personal: Born 1/13/97 in Seattle, Wash. Parents are Michael and Kristine Sendelbach.

 
 

SAVION SIMMS

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Savion Simms: "He's athletic and he's quick with 10.8 speed in the 100 meters. He plays bigger than his size – a lot bigger. We've had a couple of great All-America cornerbacks like him before who played bigger and with amazing confidence. That confidence is needed when you are out on an island. He's excited to do all the little things on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom. He knows that's a part of the process. He has that desire and chip on his shoulder to do great things at Eastern. Savion is not afraid of any situation. We love that about him, along with his great talent, athleticism and ball skills."

HS: Will graduate from Central HS in 2015. Simms was rated as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was on the CalHiSports.com preseason All-Central Section first team as an athlete. ESPN's football recruiting website reports Simms' 4.40 40-yard dash time is the fastest in the nation for all cornerbacks listed on their website.

As a junior in 2013, Simms was a second team All-Tri River Athletic League selection.

Simms is also an outstanding sprinter, with best times of 10.89 in the 100 meters and 22.37 in the 200 meters. He also ran a leg on Central's 4x100 meter relay team, which had a best time of 42.91 in 2014.

Personal: Considering majoring in kinesiology. Born 1/23/97 in Fresno, Calif. Mother is Ayanna Simms. Nickname is "Savii."


TRISTEN TAYLOR

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Tristen Taylor: "He was highly-recruited, with offers from the Mountain West and other Big Sky schools. He's a big play who is very light on his feet, in the mold of All-American Jake Rodgers. Tristen has great feet and great balance at his size, and that's a hard combination to find. He's a versatile player and adds to our strong, strong group of offensive linemen who will have a major impact in the future. He's a great signee for us, and we see a high ceiling he can reach based on the tools he possesses."

HS: Will graduate from Stagg HS in 2015. Listed as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. As a senior in 2014, Taylor was named the San Joaquin Athletic Association Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was also a first team selection as an offensive lineman on the MaxPreps All-Sac-Joaquin Central Section team. He was named to the first team as an offensive lineman on the All-Area team selected by the Stockton Record. Prior to the season, Taylor was honored as a first team preseason offensive lineman in the Sac-Joaquin Section by Cal-Hi Sports. Taylor helped block for a Stagg offense that amassed close to 4,000 yards and scored over 60 touchdowns. On defense, he totaled 20 tackles, had one sack and one blocked field goal on the season.

As a junior in 2013, Taylor was a first team All-Tri City Athletic League selection as an offensive lineman.

Personal: Considering majoring in sports medicine. Born 4/9/97 in Stockton, Calif. Parents are Shawn and Wendi Taylor.

 

 

JIM TOWNSEND

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Jim Townsend: "He's another player we've had in our football camps and comes from a smaller school. He comes from a state championship program that did great things, so he understands how to win. He was a three-sport athlete in high school and I love to see that, but once he starts to focus on football in college you'll see him start to explode. He'll be able to add lots of muscle and size to an already great frame. He's a raw football player, but he's long, tough and explosive. I think a year or two down the road we'll see an amazing jump in terms of where he is now."

HS: Will graduate from Okanogan HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Townsend was a two-way selection on the Associated Press 2B All-State first team as a receiver and a linebacker. He was selected to the All-Central Washington 2B All-League team as Defensive MVP and a first team selection as a tight end. He was a two-way starter for the State 2B champions, who defeated unbeaten and top-ranked Napavine in the title game. Townsend caught a touchdown pass in the 17-14 victory.

As a junior in 2013, he was a first team All-Caribou Trail League selection as a linebacker and led the team in tackles. He was also a first team All-Caribou League pick at linebacker and a honorable mention selection on the offensive line after his sophomore season in 2012. He was selected three times as his team's defensive MVP.

Townsend is a three-sport athlete at Okanogan. He was an honorable mention selection to The Associated Press 1A All-State basketball team as a junior, and was also a first team All-Caribou League pick. Okanogan lost to Kings in the State 1A championship game. Earlier in the 2014-15 season, he became Okanogan's all-time leading scorer, breaking a school record (1,438 points) that stood for more than 50 years. He also has been an All-Caribou League baseball player each season since his freshman year.

Personal: Born 5/2/96 in Omak, Wash. Parents are Nathan and Janell Townsend.


JAYSON WILLIAMS

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Jayson Williams: "He is athletic and one of the smoothest route runners I've seen coming out of high school. He is a true, pure receiver, and he understands the passing game. And he comes from Lincoln and a program that knows how to throw it. Statistically, he was one of the most productive wide receivers in Washington. In this day and age everybody is throwing it, so that says a lot. All of this demonstrates the consistency and toughness needed to play a high number of snaps in every game. He brings a lot to the table with his athletic ability, toughness and production. He'll be a great addition to our receiving corp, which has had a great tradition of all-league and All-America receivers."

HS: Will graduate from Lincoln HS in 2015. Named to The Associated Press 3A All-State first team as a wide receiver. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Williams was rated as a two-star recruit and the 17th best prospect (#3 wide receiver) in the state of Washington by Scout.com. He was named to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area first team as a wide receiver. He was a first team 3A All-Narrows League selection as a wide receiver. Williams had 66 receptions for 1,266 yards (second-most in Washington), an average of 19.2 yards per reception and 11 touchdowns for Lincoln, which finished the season 11-1.

As a junior in 2013, Williams played at Curtis High School. Named to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area first team as a punter. He was a two-way starter for the Vikings, totaling 23 receptions for 544 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, while also accounting for 26 total tackles, two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and 29 passes broken up. He also played basketball for Curtis, earning all-league  honors and helping lead his team to the 2013 State 4A championship with a 60-56 win over Jackson in the title game.

His Lincoln teammates Dehonta Hayes ('15) and Ben PuaPuaga ('15) also signed with Eastern. They were coached at Lincoln by Jon Kitna, who was a college teammate of Beau Baldwin's at Central Washington.

Personal: Considering majoring in criminal justice. Born 1/12/97 in Columbia, S.C. Full name is Jason Williams II. Parents are Clarence Baxley and Dayna Williams. Nickname is "J-Dub."

 

 

KEENAN WILLIAMS

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Keenan Williams: "Keenan had been around our team and team camps forever, back to when he was a young buck. His father is a coach and played, so Keenan has a great football background. He was highly-recruited and received multiple offers. Coach (Ryan) Sawyer did a great job in the recruiting aspects, and Keenan was highly sought after for a reason. He has an upside that is incredible. He has great size, but with that he is very light on his feet. He's very athletic for a player that big. One play that stands out to me was a catch he made as a tight end at a home game. He went 65 yards for a touchdown after hurdling a guy – you don't see defensive linemen doing that. He wears size 17 shoes, so the sky is the limit on how big he will be to go with the talent and strength he already has."

HS: Will graduate from Cheney HS in 2015. Listed as a two-star recruit and the #27 prospect (fifth-best defensive end) in the state of Washington by Scout.com. He was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. As a senior in 2014, Williams was a first team All-Great Northern League selection as both a tight end and defensive lineman. Prior to the season, he was listed as a first team defensive lineman on the American Family Insurance All-USA Inland Northwest Team. Williams was also listed on Ron Siegel's Preseason Senior All-State second team as a defensive lineman.

As a junior in 2013, Williams was a two-way starter and a first team All-GNL selection on the defensive line and second team pick at tight end. He was credited with 20 sacks on the season. Prior to the season, Williams was named to Ron Siegel's Preseason Junior All-State team as a defensive lineman.

As a sophomore in 2012, Williams was a first team All-GNL performer on the defensive line and an honorable mention selection on offense. 

His head coach at Cheney High School from 2011-13 was Jason Williams (no relation), who was an Eagle defensive back from 1993-94. His head coach in 2014 was former Washington State University offensive lineman Bobby Byrd ('03-07). Keenan's father, Bryan, is also on the coaching staff, and former Eagles Jay Day ('92-95) and Lee Brown ('93-94) also served as CHS coaches, as well as former Eastern assistant coach Rick Olson.

At the 2014 EWU summer football camp – his sixth year at the camp – Keenan was the defensive lineman MVP. He also earned MVP honors in 2013 at Football University (FBU) Camp in Seattle. From 2011-2013 he also attended various camps including Top Gun, Northwest Elite and the Nike Combine. Williams had offers from Eastern, Idaho and Wyoming, and was approved for admission to Harvard. Other schools showing interest were Washington, Montana State, Montana, Portland State, Colorado, Boise State, BYU, Army, Yale, Cornell, Air Force, Puget Sound, Whitworth, Arizona and North Texas. He also played basketball for the Blackhawks and competed in track and field as a sprinter and high jumper. Has a 4.68 time in the 40-yard dash, a vertical jump of 34 inches, bench press of 365 pounds, clean lift of 295 and squat of 450. Earned a variety of academic honors in high school where he has a 3.45 grade point average.

Personal: Considering majoring in business. Born 4/8/97 in Longview, Wash. Parents are Bryan and Lynell Williams. Both parents and his sister, Kieona, all attended Eastern.


MALCOLM WILLIAMS JR.

Head Coach Beau Baldwin on Malcolm Williams: "When you see a young man run for over 2,000 yards as a senior, that speaks for itself. Malcolm is explosive and can hit the home run, but he will also get you the tough yards. To be a Fresno Bee Fab 50 selection and rush for as many yards as he did, says a lot about his ability, the big runs he is able to break, his toughness and his durability. He is going to add to our running back corp and bring a lot to the table. He's a confident and very humble young man, and will be a great addition to our locker room."

HS: Will graduate from Sunnyside HS in 2015. As a senior in 2014, Williams was named to the Fresno Bee Fab 50, a list of the top prospects in Central California. Williams was nominated for consideration for the 36th annual CalHiSports All-State football team.

Williams rushed for 2,112 yards (8.7 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns on the season. He rushed for over 100 yards in each game in 2014, with a high of 360 yards on 24 carries with five touchdowns (on runs of 5, 31, 47, 62 and 65 yards) in a win over Mt. Whitney. He also ran for 278 yards and three touchdowns in a victory against Whitney. He also caught 10 passes for 63 yards. As a junior in 2013, Williams carried 75 times for 696 yards (9.3 yard average) and 11 TDs. He also caught eight passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. As a track and field sprinter, he had top times of 49.2 in the 400 and 21.7 in the 200.

Personal: Considering majoring in kinesiology. Born 8/11/97 in Fresno, Calif. Parents are Malcolm Williams Sr. and Rochelle Williams. Nickname is "Smash."

 
 
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