Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014 National Signing Day: Links and a look at incoming Aggies

First off, some links to stories written for the Sun-News online and print editions that pertained to National Signing Day in Las Cruces.

We obviously took a look at Aggie football, which put a heavy emphasis on quarterback, high-school student athletes and the state of Texas.

On the prep level, four local football players signed with college programs.

And in high school soccer, NMSU signed a local player, while two others will in respective college programs as well.

Below, we listed the entire 2014 Aggie football signing class, along with short bios for each player:

Malik Demby, SS, 6-2, 185, Chino, Calif. (Chino HS)
High School: As a high school senior, Demby recorded 74 tackles, 52 solo efforts, 16 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, an interception and a pass break up. He also played on the offensive side of the ball, recording 307 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while tallying 281 receiving yards and two scores.

Josh Gibbs, DL, 6-5, 255, Madera, Calif. (Fresno City College)
Fresno City College: Gibbs played defensive line for Fresno City College for two seasons. In 2013, he helped his team to a 7-4 overall record and a 4-1 conference record, as his team competed in the Gridiron Classic Bowl. Gibbs recorded 34 tackles, five sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss.

Stody Bradley, DL, 6-2, 240, Arlington, Texas (Bowie HS)
High School: Bradley, a defensive end, was a first team All-District selection and a second team All-Area pick. Bradley recorded 71 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and three sacks that season, helping his team to a 7-4 record and the first round of the state playoffs.

Nick Jeanty, QB, 6-2, 185, Miramar, Fla. (Miramar HS)
High School: In the 2013, Jeanty helped his team to a 12-1 overall record and a 6-0 league mark, as his team was ranked the No. 13 team in Florida. In 10 games, Jeanty threw for 1,340 yards and 21 touchdowns, including six touchdowns in one game.

Andrew Allen, QB, 6-1, 200, Texas City, Texas (Texas City HS)
High School: As a senior, Allen was named a unanimous first-team All-District selection, Galveston County Daily News All-County and The Post Newspaper first team All-Area. He threw for 1,307 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 294 yards and six scores. He was a three-year starter at Texas City.

Jalen Jones, QB, 6-3, 215, Edgewater, Md. (South River HS)
High School: Jones threw for 2,461 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior. He completed 59 percent of his passes (148-252) and averaged 16.6 yards per completion. Jones also recorded 437 rushing yards on 80 carries, along with seven rushing touchdowns.

Brandon Agomuo, DL, 6-3, 247, Houston, Texas (Lamar HS)
High School: During his senior season, Agomuo - who played defensive tackle - recorded 54 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks, earning first team All-District honors.

Nate Grimm, QB, 6-4, 195, Cedar Park, Texas (Cedar Park HS)
High School: Grimm tallied 2,367 yards passing and 22 passing touchdowns in his senior season. He completed 58 percent of his passes (144-248) last season. Grimm was a dual-threat quarterback as he also rushed for 1,314 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Roman Pellum, LB, 6-4, 235, Palm Springs, Calif. (Desert Chapel HS)
High School: Pellum helped his team go undefeated in the regular season and 10-1 overall his senior year. He tallied 100 total tackles including 55 solo tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Jaden Wright, CB, 6-0, 175, Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)
High School: Wright played both cornerback and wide receiver. In his three seasons as a starter, Wright intercepted three passes and forced five fumbles.

Austin Davenport, LB, 6-3, 220, Saugus, Calif. (Saugus HS)
High School: Davenport helped his team earn a 7-6 record his senior year, including a trip to the CIF Playoffs. He totaled 104 tackles including 75 solo tackles. He recorded 10.0 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks. Davenport also made his presence felt on special teams.

Tyler Rogers, QB, 6-3, 200, Peoria, Ariz. (Arizona Western/Liberty HS)
Arizona Western: Rogers played one season with Arizona Western as the team’s starting quarterback. He threw for 1,832 yards and 14 touchdowns along with seven interceptions. Rogers also ran for 364 yards and a team-best 10 touchdowns. Rogers missed two and a half games down the final stretch of the season.

Larry Rose, RB, 5-11, 180, Fairfield, Texas (Fairfield HS)
High School: As a senior, Rose was named the Associated Press Sports Editors Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year and a first team All-State selection. He rushed for 2,924 yards on 237 carries and 49 touchdowns as a senior. He also caught nine passes for 114 yards and three scores. He helped his team to the state championship game, a 15-1 record and a No. 19 state ranking.

Kortland Busby, DL, 6-3, 235, Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS)
High School: As a senior, Busby, a defensive end, was named a first-team All-District selection and an academic All-District pick as he recorded 38 tackles, five tackles for a loss and two sacks.

Jamin Smith, OL, 6-3, 275, Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County HS)
High School: Smith played offensive tackle and defensive end. As a senior, he helped his team to a 7-4 record and the second round of the state playoffs.

Jacob Nwangwa, FS, 6-0, 177, Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)
High School: Nwangwa totaled 120 tackles in his senior season. He grabbed six interceptions while breaking up 11 passes and forcing three fumbles. Nwangwa was named first team All-State.

Travis Parnell, LB/LS, 6-3, 195, Rio Rancho, N.M. (Rio Rancho HS)
High School: A linebacker Parnell registered 44 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, two sacks and an interception and a touchdown last season.

Adaryan Jones, DB, 6-1, 170, Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll HS)
High School: As a senior, Jones was a first-team All-District selection, recording 45 tackles, 14 pass break ups, two interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble.

Dalton Herrington, S, 6-2, 195, Halletsville, Texas (Halletsville HS)
High School: Herrington was named an All-District selection and the All-District MVP, as well as a first team All-State member. As a senior, he tallied 185 tackles and four interceptions.

Derek Ibekwe, LB, 6-0, 214, Rosenberg, Texas (Lamar Consolidated HS)
High School: Ibekwe total 79 tackles and five sacks last year.

JB Copeland, LB, 6-2, 205, Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll HS)
High School: A two-year starting linebacker. As a senior, Copeland played in just three games, recording 41 tackles, an interception and a pass break up. During his junior season, Copeland tallied 72 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Cassius Corley, QB, 6-1, 185, Grants, N.M. (Grants HS)
High School: Corley was a starting quarterback, throwing for 1,358 yards, rushing for 829 yards, and scoring a combined 21 touchdowns last year.

Royce Caldwell, RB, 5-7, 170, Columbus, Texas (Columbus HS)
High School: Caldwell played running back and defensive back. As a senior, he rushed for 356 yards and a touchdown, while catching 10 passes for 353 yards and five scores. He also returned kicks.

Dezmand Candelaria, OT, 6-3, 295, Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
High School: A two-year starter, Candelaria was an All-District selection as a senior. Candelaria helped his team average 419.7 yards per game.

Will Clement, LB, 6-3, 195, Houston, Texas (Kinkaid HS)
High School: As a senior, Clement recorded 57 tackles, four sacks, five quarterback hurries and two pass break ups, helping his team to an 11-0 record and the SPC Championship. A three-year high school starter.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

According to, the Aggies Recruiting class ties at #123 out of 124 teams. And the other team tied at #123 is UTEP. Remember when Jim Hess was coach and the center of recruiting was Texas? Maybe we could change the helmets again.