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McElwain announces third recruiting class
This morning, the first fax came in at 6:18 a.m. MT from Dr. Phillips High School athlete Deionte Gaines. The last to submit their National Letter of Intent was Denver South product Shun Johnson, arriving through the fax machine at 9:15 a.m MT. The Rams received all faxes that they were expecting. read more
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2014 SIGNING DAY RELEASE | PRESS CONFERENCE: VIDEO  TRANSCRIPT2013 SEASON REVIEW | FUTURE SCHEDULES | LOOK BACK: 2013 SIGNING DAY

Today is National Signing Day 2014! CSURams.com is your up-to-the-minute source for all the news on Colorado State's Class of 2014. The Rams welcomed 26 newcomers to the program today. Keep this page on refresh and be sure to follow @CSUFootball on Twitter.
*Scroll down this page for newcomers' bios and complete highlight videos of each newcomer.

12:30 p.m. (MT)--Head coach Jim McElwain's press conference is underway!

12:15 p.m.--We're 15 minutes from press conference time, and have one more update. In addition to today's 19 signees and the four December Junior College signees, we welcome three more new members to the Ram Football Family: K Wyatt Bryan from Larkspur, Colo. (Douglas County HS), LS Nathan Lucas from Colorado Springs (Pine Creek HS) and RB Jalen Williams from Parker, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)!

9:15 a.m.--Today's 19 signees join the four December junior college signees, bringing today's number to 23 new members of the Ram Family. The December group includes OL Jordan Finley, athlete Preston Hodges and TEs Christian Montes and Steven Walker. See the roster below for more!

9:14 a.m.--It has been a whirlwind, but we've received the final National Letter of Intent we have extended, from Denver (Colo.) South High School's Shun Johnson, a DB! He is the sixth signee in our Class of 2014 from the great state of Colorado! 

8:45 a.m.--We're not slowing down yet. Want three more? Please welcome DB Kevin Nutt from Edison HS in Fresno, Calif., and a pair of teammates from South Oak Cliff HS in Dallas: DE Silvester Hayes and DB Jyaz Jones. Welcome to the Ram Family!

8:36 a.m.--We're back in action with the 19th member of our family in this Class of 2014! Welcome LB Demaurier Blackwell from  San Jose, Calif., Valley Christian High School.

8:08 a.m.--Two more new members of the Ram Family, both from California! Please welcome CB Devin Jones from Woodland (Calif.) High School and DL Colton Foster from Frontier High School in Bakersfield, Calif.!

8:01 a.m.--State of Colorado continues to be well represented in our Class of 2014...we now welcome three-time state champion Marcus Wilson, DB from Aurora, Colo., who starred at Valor Christian HS!

7:55 a.m.--We've received a Letter of Intent from DB Demontrie Taylor from Guyer High School in Denton, Texas! Welcome, Demontrie!

7:43 a.m.--Welcome to the Ram Family, Tre Thomas! The linebacker from Denver starred at Overland HS, and is the fourth new Ram from the state of Colorado! 

7:31 a.m.--Our third Colorado signee is in the family...athlete John Freismuth from Loveland (Colo.) HS! They're coming in fast now...

7:21 a.m.--We're proud to welcome our second Colorado addition and 12th overall member of the Ram Family Class of 2014, OL Zach Stefo out of Pomona HS!

7:09 a.m.--Speedy RB Deron Thompson from Northwest High School in Wichita, Kan., has returned his official Letter of Intent to join the Ram Family! He is the seventh of the day, bringing the new class to 11, including the four junior college signees from December.

7:05 a.m.--Two more new members of the Ram Family, and our first Colorado signee as we pass 7 a.m. MT! First, QB Coleman Key from Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS is in the fold, followed by athlete Trey Smith from Douglas County (Colo.) HS!

6:43 a.m.--New Ram #4 on Signing Day is La Porte (Texas) HS RB Johnathan Lewis! See below for the full bio on Lewis, a three-time all-district honoree whose cousin is Indiana Pacer Paul George.

6:29 a.m.--Our next two faxes come in from Blue Springs, Mo...we welcome OL Jordan Benson (Blue Springs HS) and LB Josh Watson (Blue Spring South HS) to the Ram Family!

6:18 a.m.--The first fax is in...we welcome a new member of the Ram Family, WR Deionte Gaines from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla.! He is ranked as a four-star recruit by ESPN and three-star by Rivals.com.

UPCOMING DATES:
March 25--Spring practice begins
April 11--Open Practice at Infinity Park of Glendale
April 19--Green & Gold Spring Game 
Aug. 30--Season Opener vs. Colorado at Sports Authority Field at Mile High 

Name Pos Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Jordan Benson OL 6'3" 275 Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs HS)
Demaurier Blackwell LB 6'3" 230 San Jose, Calif. (Dublin Valley Christian HS)
Wyatt Bryan K 6'0" 170 Larkspur, Colo. (Douglas County HS)
Jordan Finley OL 6'3" 265 Roseville, Calif. (Sierra College/River Valley HS)
Colton Foster DL 6'3" 280 Bakersfield, Calif. (Frontier HS)
John Freismuth ATH 6'4" 201 Loveland, Colo. (Loveland HS)
Deionte Gaines WR 5'8" 170 Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips HS)
Silvester Hayes DE 6'3" 210 Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff HS)
Preston Hodges ATH 5'11" 196 Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield CC/Independence HS)
Shun Johnson DB 5'11" 160 Denver, Colo. (South HS)
Devin Jones DB 5'10" 160 Woodland, Calif. (Woodland HS)
Jyaz Jones DB 6'1" 180 Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff HS)
Coleman Key QB 6'4" 215 Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS)
Johnathan Lewis RB 5'11" 175 La Porte, Texas (La Porte HS)
Nathan Lucas LS 6'2" 195 Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek HS)
Christian Montes TE 6'4" 255 Garden Grove, Calif. (Golden West College/Santiago HS)
Kevin Nutt DB 5'10" 186 Fresno, Calif. (Edison HS)
Trey Smith ATH 6'0" 176 Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County HS)
Zach Stefo OL 6'5" 260 Arvada, Colo. (Pomona HS)
Demontrie Taylor DB 5'11" 185 Denton, Texas (Guyer HS)
Tre Thomas LB 6'1" 210 Denver, Colo. (Overland HS)
Deron Thompson RB 5'10" 170 Wichita, Kan. (Northwest HS)
Steven Walker TE 6'2" 240 Wichita, Kan. (Butler County CC/Heights)
Josh Watson LB 6'2" 231 Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South HS)
Jalen Williams RB 6'0" 200 Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit HS)
Marcus Wilson DB 5'10" 180 Aurora, Colo. (Valor Christian HS)

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Jordan Benson
OL | 6'3" | 275 | Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs HS)

Benson

High School:

  • Two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.Earned varsity letters in football and track and field for the Wildcats.
  • As a senior in 2013 earned first-team All-Missouri, first-team All-Suburban-Gold and first-team All-Metro while serving as captain of the Wildcats' football team. 
  • Blocked for a 2,000-yard running back and passer in 2013 and a ground attack that averaged 208.8 rushing yards per game.
  • Class 6 State champion as a senior (14-0) after defeating Rock Bridge 35-14 in the Missouri state championship.
  • Wildcats also won the Suburban-Gold Conference in 2013, outscoring opponents by 29.2 points in those five games.
  • Leader on an offensive line that helped rack up an average of 40.5 points per game.
  • 18th ranked team in the nation by MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings in 2013.
  • Coaching staff and teammates named him Offensive Lineman of the Year and he was awarded the Wayne Dean "Wildcat Pride" Award. 
  • In 2012 led Blue Springs to a 13-1 record on its way to the first of two state championships, defeating Howell 42-3, and Suburban-Gold Conference championships.
  • As a junior, Wildcats outscored their opponents on average by 44.7 points and rushed for 62 touchdowns.
  • Chose Colorado State over offers from Illinois State, Kentucky, Toledo, South Dakota and Southern Illinois.
  • Head football coach was Kelly Donohoe
  • Played against 2014 CSU commit Josh Watson (Blue Springs South). 

Personal: Given name Jordan DaMon Benson...born Jan. 23, 1996 in Kansas City, Mo. ...parents are Consuela Benson and Kevin McAlester Sr. ...has one brother, Kevin McAlester Jr., and a sister, Kionna Dickerson...cousin, Jason Young, currently plays football at Washburn...cousin, Isaac Miles, played basketball for Murray State...plans on majoring in mechanical engineering at Colorado State...Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo. 

Demaurier Blackwell
LB | 6'3" | 230 | San Jose, Calif. (Dublin Valley Christian HS)

High School:

  • Earned six varsity letters at Valley Christian HS in Dublin, Calif. (football - 4, basketball - 2).
  • Captain of the Vikings football team as a senior.
  • Voted by coaching staff and teammates as Defensive Most Valuable Player as both a junior (2012) and senior (2013).
  • As a senior in 2013 named first-team All-Tri-County-Rock, playing tight end and linebacker for the Vikings. 
  • Offensively in 2013 hauled in seven receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown while on the other side of the ball he registered 100 tackles, including two sacks, blocked five field goals and picked off two passes.
  • Reached California Division 5 championship game as a senior before falling 19-13 to Salesian High School. 
  • In 2012 named first-team All-Tri-County-Rock, tallying 58 tackles and one interception while leading the Vikings to an 8-4 record. 
  • As a sophomore recorded 25 tackles, including one sack, in nine games and earned his first all-conference honorable mention.
  • Honor roll student from 2011-2013. 
  • Head football coach was Jim Heal. 
  • Also attended Millennium High School in Tracy, Calif. 

Personal: Given name Demaurier Blackwell...first name pronounced "de-MAWR-ee-ay"...born Oct. 5, 1996 in Santa Clara, Calif. ...parents are Kenneth Blackwell and Tylene Leslie...has two brothers, Jamel and Brijon, and four sisters, Tiana, Amaya, Kaelyn and Adrienne...grandfather, Terrence Blackwell, Sr., played football at San Francisco State...plans on majoring in criminal justice at Colorado State...Hometown: San Jose, Calif. 

Wyatt Bryan
K | 6'0" | 170 | Larkspur, Colo. (Douglas County HS)

High School:

  • Earned three varsity football letters and one in lacrosse at Douglas County High School.
  • Was the kicker and played wide receiver for the Huskies.
  • In three-year varsity career at Douglas County scored 140 points and connected on an impressive 77-of-82 (.939) point-after attempts.
  • Twice named outstanding student-athlete at Douglas County (2012 and 2013).
  • As a senior in 2013 caught 21 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns while helping the Huskies to a 7-4 record.
  • Named second-team All-Continental League as a wide receiver and first-team All-Continental for his performance as a kicker.
  • As a junior in 2012 earned all-conference honorable mention
  • Head football coach was Jeff Ketron.
  • Played with 2014 CSU signee Trey Smith and current Rams offensive lineman Blake Nowland, and played against CSU wide receiver Joe Hansley.
  • Also played golf in high school.

Personal: Given name is Wyatt James Bryan...born July, 6, 1995 in Colorado Springs, Colo. ...parents are Scott and Theresa Bryan...has one brother, Eric...both parents graduated from Colorado State...plans on majoring in mechanical engineering at Colorado State...Hometown: Larkspur, Colo. 

Jordan Finley
OL | 6'3" | 265 | Roseville, Calif. (Sierra College/River Valley HS)

Junior College:

  • Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.
  • Attended Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif., where he was named to the Dean's List as a freshman.
  • Earned first-team All-Valley honors as a sophomore while leading Sierra College to a 6-5 record, before losing in the San Francisco Community College Bowl against City College of San Francisco.
  • Head football coach was Ben Noonan.

High School:

  • Attended River Valley High School in Yuba City, Calif., where he lettered in football.
  • As a senior defensive lineman, registered 15 tackles and two sacks.
  • In his first season of varsity football, recorded six tackles for the Falcons.
  • Also played basketball and wrestled at River Valley.
  • Head football coach was Brandon Asher.
  • Also attended Roseville (Calif.) High School in 2007-08.

Personal: Given name is Jordan Finley...born Sept. 10, 1993 in Honolulu, Hawaii...parents are Sharon and Leo Finley...has four brothers, Dixon, Joshua, Gabriel and Kevin and two sisters, Shonnell and Maryjane...brother Gabriel played basketball at Northern Montana...plans on majoring in business administration at Colorado State...Hometown: Roseville, Calif.

Colton Foster
DL | 6'3" | 280 | Bakersfield, Calif. (Frontier HS)

Foster

High School:

  • Ranked as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned letters in football and track & field for the Titans.
  • Captain of the Frontier football program as a junior and senior.
  • Earned first-team All-Southwest Yosemite League in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Two-time Bakersfield Jockey Club Outstanding Athlete Award winner (2012 and 2013).
  • First-team B-Varsity all-area in 2012 and 2013 and second-team B-Varsity all-area as a sophomore.
  • In 2013, as a senior, recorded 48 tackles, including 4.5 sacks and two tackles for loss, while forcing one fumble and blocking one field goal.
  • Named Frontier High School Titans Varsity Outstanding Defensive Lineman as a senior.
  • Selected to play in the U.S. Army Bakersfield Arena Bowl, an annual all-star game for seniors in the Bakersfield area.
  • In 2012, registered 36 tackles, including a single-season career high seven tackles for loss and one sack as he helped the Titans become Southwest Yosemite League Champions.
  • In his sophomore season had 45 tackles, including six tackles for loss and five sacks, a single-season career best.
  • As a freshman saw significant playing time, recording 32 tackles, including two tackles for loss, on his way to earning All-Southwest Yosemite honorable mention.
  • As a junior placed in the top four in the shot put in the 2012 CIF State Championships with a school-record distance of 60-7.6. 
  • Holds the discuss school record set in the 2012 CIF State Championships, a throw of 172-1.
  • Selected Colorado State over offers from Cal Poly, Portland State, UC Davis and UTEP.
  • Head football coach was Richard Cornford.


Personal: Given name is Colton Edward Foster...born Nov. 23, 1995 in Bakersfield, Calif. ...parents are Blake and Robin Foster...has an older brother, Jacob and one younger sister, Madison...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.

John Freismuth
ATH | 6'4" | 201 | Loveland, Colo. (Loveland HS)

High School:

  • Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned seven varsity letters for the Indians, three in football and four with track and field team.
  • Played wide receiver, cornerback and safety for the Indians
  • Named all-area for the Indians football team in 2011, as a sophomore, and again in 2013, as a senior.
  • An All-Colorado selection by the Denver Post after his senior campaign.
  • Named team Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2013 and served as team captain for the Indians.
  • As a senior hauled in 26 receptions for 675 yards and 11 TDs while recording 85 tackles, two tackles for loss and one interception.
  • The Indians advanced to the second round of the Colorado 4A state championships before falling to Monarch, and finished the year with a 9-2 record.
  • As a junior in 2012 caught 22 passes for 425 yards and scored four touchdowns. Defensively, recorded 46 tackles and one interception.
  • Earned Academic All-Colorado honorable mention in 2012 and 2013.
  • Head football coach was Wayne McGinn.
  • Played with current CSU defensive lineman Callen Hecker.

Personal: Given name is John Patrick Freismuth...born Nov. 16, 1995 in Loveland, Colo. ...parents are Patrick and Jean Freismuth...has one brother, Dan...cousin Justin Frick played football at North Dakota State...plans on majoring in business administration at Colorado State...Hometown: Loveland, Colo.

Deionte Gaines
WR| 5'8" | 170 | Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips HS)

Gaines

High School:

  • Ranked as a four-star recruit by ESPN and three-star by Rivals.com.
  • Earned four varsity letters in both football and track and field.
  • Ranked as the No. 33 athlete in the nation and received third-team All-Florida honors by the Miami Herald as a senior.
  • As a senior led the Panthers to an undefeated regular season before falling 24-23 to Plant High School in the regional semifinals of the Florida state championships to finish 11-1.
  • Helped lead Dr. Phillips to the 2013 8A District 5 title, finishing with an undefeated 4-0 record while outscoring district opponents 52.3 to 13.0.
  • In his 12-game senior campaign Gaines rushed for 462 yards and 11 touchdowns on 55 carries (8.4 avg.); caught 28 passes for 564 yards (20.1 avg.) and five touchdowns and averaged an impressive 19 yards on 14 punt returns, with two returned for touchdowns. He also led the Panthers in total yardage (1,292).
  • As a junior in 2012 racked up 1,048 total yardage and 11 touchdowns. 
  • Holds the school record in the 4x100 relay, set in 2012 as a junior. 
  • Selected Colorado State over 12 other offers, including Arizona, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Mountain West foe Utah State.
  • Consulted Alabama defensive back HaHa Clinton-Dix during recruitment...Clinton-Dix spoke highly of CSU Head Coach and former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, helping Gaines make his decision.
  • Head football coach at Dr. Phillips was Rodney Wells.

Personal: Given name is Deionte A. Gaines...born Oct. 9, 1995 in Orlando, Fla. ...parents are Caronda Adams and Sedrick Gaines...has one brother, Jamari, and two sisters Mia and Emani...plans on majoring in communication studies at Colorado State...Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Silvester Hayes
DL| 6'3" | 210 | Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff HS)

Hayes

High School:

  • Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Rated as the No. 97 prospect in the state of Texas by Rivals.com.
  • Did not play organized football until junior year of high school. 
  • Played in six games as a senior, dealing with a nagging injury, recording 38 tackles, including four sacks, as the Bears finished the year 11-2.
  • In his first season of organized football in 2012, registered 25 tackles, including eight sacks, and returned a fumble for a touchdown. 
  • In 2012 earned All-Texas honorable mention while helping the Bears win the 4A Division II District 11 championship. 
  • Chose to attend Colorado State over offers from Houston, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, SMU, Texas Tech, Toledo and Utah. 
  • Head football coach was Emmett Jones.
  • Also attended Roosevelt High School during the 2010-11 academic year.
  • Played alongside fellow signee Jyaz Jones at South Oak Cliff.

Personal: Given name is Silvester Hayes III...born Feb. 23, 1996 in Dallas, Texas...mother is Miranda Lewis...has two brothers, Caster and Carter and one sister, Ashaunti...plans on majoring in business management at Colorado State...Hometown: Dallas, Texas.

Preston Hodges
ATH | 5'11" | 196 | Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield Community College/Independence HS)

Junior College:

  • Ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com
  • Played one season at Bakersfield Community College, rushing for 888 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • Earned first-team All-National Northern Conference honors.
  • Head football coach was Jeff Chudy.

High School:

  • Attended Independence High School in Bakersfield, Calif., where he lettered in football and track and field.
  • Quarterback for the Falcons, passing for 1,187 yards and rushing for 1,154 as a senior in 2012.
  • As a senior earned first-team all-area, was named Offensive Player of the Year by teammates and coaches and earned the Bakersfield Jockey Club Award.
  • As a junior, played in 10 games, passing for 955 yards and rushing for 644 and three touchdowns.
  • Demonstrated his versatility, registering 19 tackles and two interceptions in 2011
  • Also excelled in the classroom by earning a place on the honor roll as a junior and senior.
  • Head football coach was Sean McKeown.
  • Also played basketball for the Falcons.

Personal: Given name is Preston Du'Breal Hodges...born Dec. 16, 1994 in Bakersfield, Calif. ...parents are Marlo and Eddie Jones...has four older brothers, Jason, Brandon, Bryson and Emmett...plans on majoring in child development and minoring in sociology...Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.

Shun Johnson
DB | 5'11" | 160 | Denver, Colo. (South HS)

Shun Johnson

High School:

  • Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.
  • Earned multiple varsity letters in basketball, football and track and field.
  • All-Plains League defensive back as a junior and senior.
  • Won back-to-back Plains League championships in 2012 and 2013, compiling a 10-0 record in league play. 
  • Team captain of the Gargoyles football team as a senior in 2013.
  • As a senior ran the ball 49 times for 403 yards and scored four touchdowns, while hauling in seven receptions for 105 yards and a score...defensively, registered 33 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions.
  • Led the Gargoyles to a 9-3 record in 2013, and was a leader of a defensive unit that allowed just under 10 points per game in league play.
  • As a junior in 2012, registered 41 tackles and two interceptions while leading the Gargoyles to a 12-2 record before eventually losing in the 4A Colorado state championship to Monarch. 
  • In 2012, Denver South's defense limited opponents to only 15.4 points per game.
  • Also exceled in the classroom, earning Denver South academic honor athlete as a junior and senior.
  • Chose Colorado State over New Mexico State.
  • Head football coach was Tony Lindsay.

Personal: Given name is Shun Cordell Johnson...first name is pronounced "SHAWN"...born March 21, 1996 in Denver, Colo. ...parents are Desha Banks and Shun Johnson...has an older brother, Leshun Veasley, two older sisters, Courtney and Tawatha and a younger brother Michael Jones...plans on majoring in construction management at Colorado State...Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Devin Jones
CB | 5'10" | 160 | Woodland, Calif. (Woodland HS)

Devin Jones

High School:

  • Ranked a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned three varsity football letters and two varsity track and field letter for the Wolves.
  • Earned three-consecutive All-Tri-County honors beginning in 2011, as a sophomore.
  • Named second-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee in 2013.
  • Captain of Woodland's football and track teams as a senior in 2013.
  • As a senior carried the ball 16 times for 96 yards while scoring two touchdowns...also caught 21 passes for 286 yards and one touchdown.
  • Defensively, in 2013, registered 49 tackles (32 solo) and two interceptions.
  • In 2012 recorded 32 tackles and two interceptions and in his first varsity season in 2011, had a single-season career-best 57 tackles and one pick.
  • Chose Colorado State over an offer from North Dakota.
  • Head football coach was Umberto Salinas.

Personal: Given name is Devin Maurice Jones...born May 22, 1996 in Vallejo, Calif. ...parents are David and Rosalyn Jones...has two brothers Dalen and Ryan...brother, Dalen, is a defensive back at Fresno State...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Vallejo, Calif.

Jyaz Jones
DB | 6'1" | 180 | Dallas, Texas (South Oakl Cliff HS)

Jyaz Jones

High School:

High School:

  • Ranked as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.
  • Earned two varsity football letters and three in track and field for the Bears.
  • Returned from a knee injury suffered during spring drills to play in the final two games of the 2013 season for South Oak Cliff football team, registering nine tackles.
  • As a junior in 2012 finished with 53 tackles, including five sacks, and three interceptions while leading the Bears to a 9-2 record.
  • South Oak Cliff won the 4A Region II District 11 championship in 2012 to reach the 4A Texas state championship bracket.
  • As a sophomore led a Bears defense that allowed just 13.9 points per game and finished 10-1, with their first of two 4A Region II District 11 championships.
  • Chose Colorado State over offers from Baylor, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico State and Texas Tech.
  • Head football coach was Emmett Jones.
  • Also attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas during the 2010-11 school year.
  • Played alongside fellow signee Silvester Hayes at South Oak Cliff.

Personal: Given name is Jyaz Cain Jones...born April 19, 1996 in Dallas, Texas...parents are Herbert Jones and Krashawn Cloud...has one brother, Anjeus, who currently plays football at Iowa...cousin, Jacquies Smith, played football at Missouri before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2012...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Dallas, Texas.

Coleman Key
QB | 6'4" | 215 | Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS)

High School:

  • Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Scout.com ranks him as the 15th best player in Oklahoma.
  • Earned nine varsity letters at Broken Arrow, in baseball (4), football (3) and basketball (2).
  • Finished career at Broken Arrow holding school records for career completions (357) and passing yards (3,535).
  • Captain in 2013 of the Tigers football and baseball teams.
  • Had a record-setting season as a senior in 2013, completing 336 passes for 2,628 yards and 29 touchdowns, all single-season records.
  • In a 70-21 victory over Edison High School on Oct. 25, threw for a single-game Broken Arrow record 333 yards and 7 touchdowns on 12-of-15 passing.
  • On Oct. 11, in a losing effort against Jenks High School, completed a school-record 26 passes.
  • In 2013 the Tigers went 10-3 to reach the semifinals of the 6A Oklahoma state championships.
  • Finished the season by earning Oklahoma Coaches first-team All-Oklahoma, All-Vype first-team, first-team all-district and Tulsa World first-team all-metro.
  • Invited to the 2013 Blue-Grey All-Star Classic held in Dallas in January.
  • Also excelled in the classroom earning Academic all-district honors as a senior.
  • Chose Colorado State over offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Illinois, North Texas, Toledo and Western Michigan.
  • Head football coach was Steve Spavital.
  • Played against current Rams defensive lineman Terry Jackson, when Jackson was at Owasso High School.

Personal: Given name is Coleman Allen Key...born Feb. 9, 1995 in Tulsa, Okla. ...parents are Scott and Julie Key...has one older brother, Kason, and a younger brother Carder...father, Scott, played football at the University of Central Oklahoma and his brother, Kason, played quarterback at Missouri University of Science and Technology...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Broken Arrow, Okla.

Johnathan Lewis
RB | 5'11" | 175 | La Porte, Texas (La Porte HS)

High School:

  • Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned three varsity football letters and four track and field varsity letters for the Bulldogs.
  • Three-time football captain at La Porte High School.
  • As a senior ranked second on the team with 918 rushing yards and led the team with 12 rushing touchdowns.
  • 2013 senior performance earned him All-District 21-5A honors for the third-consecutive season.
  • Had his best season as a junior in 2012, earning District 21-5A honors and leading the conference in scoring and all-purpose yards.
  • In 2012 the Bulldogs finished the season 11-2 and were 5A Region III District 21 champions for the second consecutive year.
  • Saw his first varsity action as a sophomore and helped lead the Bulldogs (12-2) to the quarterfinals of the 5A Texas state championship where they ultimately fell to Port Arthur Memorial.
  • Earned All-District 21-5A honors in 2011 when he helped La Porte to an undefeated run through 5A Region III District 21 scoring an average of nearly 30 points per contest.
  • Member of the National Honor Society in his sophomore year.
  • In track and field was a three-time regional high jump qualifier and set the school freshman record with a high jump of 6-foot-2.
  • Chose Colorado State over an offer from Georgia Tech.
  • Head football coach was Jeff Lareau.

Personal: Given name is Johnathan Lewis...born Feb. 5, 1996 in Pasadena, Texas...parents are William and Gianni Lewis...cousin Rocky Bernard played football at Texas A&M before behind drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft...cousin Michael Thomas played football at Stanford and signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2012 before ultimately ending up with the Miami Dolphins...cousin Al Woods played football at LSU and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft...cousin Paul George played basketball at Fresno State and was the 10th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers...cousin Kendrick Perkins plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder...uncle Tommy Marks was on the track and field team at McNeese State...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: La Porte, Texas. 

Nathan Lucas
LS | 6'2" | 195 | Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek HS)

High School:

  • Earned three varsity football letters with the Eagles.
  • As a senior in 2013 blocked for a rushing attack that ran for more than 3,500 yards and a 1,700-yard passer, while also handling long-snapping duties for the Eagles.
  • Pikes Peak League champions in 2013, going 7-0 and defeating opponents on average 45.0-11.1.
  • Won 11 consecutive games, capped by a 49-14 defeat of Montrose to capture the 2013 4A Colorado state championship, overcoming a 1-2 start to the season.
  • As a sophomore, in his first varsity high school season, helped the Eagles become Pikes Peak League champions.
  • Pine Creek finished 2011 as 4A Colorado state runner up, falling in the championship game to powerhouse Valor Christian.
  • Excelled in the classroom, earning All-Pikes Peak Academic honors as a senior.
  • Head football coach was Todd Miller.
  • Also wrestled at Pine Creek.

 Personal: Given name is Nathan James Lucas...born April 11, 1996 in Hays, Kan. ...parents are Jim and Jennifer Lucas...has one younger sister, Camille...plans on majoring in animal science at Colorado State...Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Christian Montes
TE | 6'4" | 250 | Garden Grove, Calif. (Golden West College/Santiago HS)

Junior College:

  • Rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com.
  • Spent two-and-a-half years at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., earning an associates of arts degree.
  • Played offensive tackle and tight end for the Rustlers.
  • In his time at tight end caught 13 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown.
  • Led the Rustlers to a 9-2 record in 2013 before losing in the Southern California Bowl (semifinal game) to Riverside City College.
  • Committed to Colorado State over offers from Fresno State, Memphis, New Mexico and South Dakota.
  • Head football coach was Nick Mitchell.

High School:

  • Attended Santiago High School in Garden Grove, Calif., where he earned varsity letters in basketball, football and track and field.
  • As a senior for the Cavaliers named Athlete of the Year by coaching staff and teammates.
  • In 2010, as a senior, was captain of the Cavaliers' football team.
  • In 2009, his first varsity season, registered 58 tackles, including two sacks, while leading Santiago to a 9-3 record and the second round of the state playoffs. • Head football coach was Aaron Shahrestani.

Personal: Given name is Christian Rene Montes...born Sept. 11, 1994 in Garden Grove, Calif. ...parents are Rene and Leticia Montes...has two younger brothers, Adrian and Aaron...plans on majoring in communication studies at Colorado State...Hometown: Garden Grove, Calif.

Kevin Nutt
DB | 5'10" | 186 | Fresno, Calif. (Edison HS)

High School:

  • Rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and a two-star by Rivals.com.
  • Earned two varsity football letters and two in track and field.
  • Captain of the Tigers football team as a senior in 2013.
  • In 2013, was a member of the 400-meter relay that placed fifth at the California state championships and in the same meet recorded a 21.93 in the 200.
  • On the football field, as a senior, helped the Tigers to a 9-2 record.
  • As a junior, led Edison to a 9-4 record and to the semifinals of the California football championships before losing to eventual champions Clovis North. 
  • Named first-team All-County/Metro honors in 2012 as a standout running back. 
  • Named Student-athlete of the Year at Edison for his performance in the classroom and on the field. 
  • Selected Colorado State over offers from Boise State, Fresno State, Houston, Eastern Washington and San Jose State.
  • Head football coaches were Matt Johnson and Ricky Manning Jr.
  • Played against current Rams defensive end Josh Lovingood.
  • Also played baseball and basketball at Edison.

Personal: Given name is Kevin Nutt Jr. ...born on Sept. 1, 1996 in Fresno, Calif. ...parents are Katharyn and Kevin Nutt Sr. ... father Kevin, played football for Fresno State...has one older sister, Keonna...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Trey Smith
ATH | 6'0" | 176 | Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County HS)

Smith

High School:

  • Ranked as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned three varsity football letters with the Huskies and one each in baseball and track and field.
  • Three-time first-team All-Continental League selection (2011, 2012 and 2013).
  • Captain of the Huskies' football team in 2013.
  • In his final high school season rushed for 1,381 yards and 18 touchdowns while hauling in 21 receptions for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns.
  • Named Athlete of the Season by his teammates and coaching staff at Douglas County.
  • As a junior in 2012 was the second-leading rusher in Colorado Class 5A, scampering for 1,732 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.
  • Named All-Colorado honorable mention in 2012 and an All-Colorado offensive selection by 60 Strength and Fitness. 
  • Holds the Douglas County single-game record, rushing for 448 yards on 26 carries (17.2 avg.) and scoring four touchdowns in a 38-14 victory over Highlands Ranch on Oct. 18, 2012.
  • As a sophomore in 2011 rushed for 389 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 228 yards. 
  • Chose to attend Colorado State over offers from New Mexico and Wyoming.
  • Head football coach was Jeff Ketron.
  • Played against current CSU offensive lineman Blake Nowland and wide receiver Joe Hansley.

Personal: Given name is Trey Carter Smith...born Aug. 23, 1995 in Laguna Hills, Calif. ...parents are Jeff and Amy Smith...has one younger brother, Caid...father, Jeff, played baseball at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. ...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Castle Rock, Colo.

Zach Stefo
OL | 6'5" | 260 | Arvada, Colo. (Pomona HS)

Stefo

High School:

  • Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned two varsity football letters and three more in track and field for the Panthers.
  • As a senior in 2013 led Pomona to a 9-3 record and to the quarterfinals of the 5A state championships.
  • Played tackle for an offensive line that blocked for a 2,400-yard rusher in 2013.
  • Named to the Go Cleanse All-Colorado State team and earned first-team All-North Metro honors in 2013.
  • Voted by teammates and coaches as 2013 Hog of the Year, given to Pomona's top offensive lineman.
  • Chose Colorado State over an offer from New Mexico State.
  • Head football coach was Jay Madden.
  • Played against current Rams Jakob Buys and Blake Nowland.

Personal: Given name is Zachary J. Stefo...last name is pronounced "STEFF-oh"...born May 11, 1996 in Denver, Colo. ...mother is Charity Stefo...cousin, Christian Steffo, played football for Colorado State in 2010...has an older sister, Sam...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Arvada, Colo. 

Demontrie Taylor
DB | 5'11" | 185 | Denton, Texas (Guyer HS)

Taylor

High School:

  • Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned varsity letters in football and powerlifting at Guyer High School.
  • As a senior in 2013 registered 84 total tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and six sacks, along with two interceptions. 
  • Named 2013 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A All-Texas honorable mention, as he led the Wildcats to a 14-2 record and their second-consecutive 4A Region I District 5 championship and state championship.
  • First-team All-Region I District 5 honors for the second time in his career, as a senior.
  • As a junior recorded a single-season career high 150 tackles, four fumble recoveries and one interception.
  • Named first-team All-Region I District 5 honors, as the Wildcats went 15-2 and defeated Georgetown 48-37 in the 2012 Texas state championship. 
  • Holds Guyer High School records for power cleaning 315 pounds and squatting 495 pounds.
  • Member of the National Honor Society at Guyer High School.
  • Head football coach was John Walsh.

Personal: Given name Demontrie Taylor...first name pronounced "duh-MON-tray"...born Sept. 18, 1995 in Lubbock, Texas...parents are Melda and Mathias Bruner...has three younger brothers, J.B., Noel and Malik...uncle, B.J. Banks, played basketball at Stephen F. Austin...plans on majoring in kinesiology at Colorado State...Hometown: Lubbock, Texas. 

Tre Thomas
LB | 6'1" | 210 | Denver, Colo. (Overland HS)

Thomas

  • Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned eight varsity letters at Overland, three in football and basketball and two in track and field.
  • In three varsity seasons posted a school-record 322 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, and five blocked kicks.
  • As a senior set the Overland record with 219 total tackles, an average of 19.9 per game, which led the state of Colorado.
  • Holds the school record for most tackles in a game, recording 27 tackles in three games as a senior (Oct. 18 vs. Smoky Hill; Oct. 25 vs. Cherokee Trail; Nov. 8 vs. Cherry Creek).
  • In 2013, 189 of his 219 tackles were solo stops, and he recorded seven tackles for loss and four sacks.
  • Captain of the Trailblazers football team in 2013.
  • In 2013 earned first-team All-Centennial and first-team All-Colorado honors.
  • Named Player of the Year by his teammates and coaching staff.
  • Chose Colorado State over offers from New Mexico, Northern Colorado, San Jose State, UTEP and Wyoming.
  • Head football coach was Seth Replogle.

Personal: Given name is Tre Thomas...born on Sept. 3, 1995 in Denver, Colo. ...parents are Ricky Thomas and Monique Humes...has an older brother, Robert Holland, and sister Renita Lewis...brother, Robert, played football at Northern Colorado...plans on majoring in business administration at Colorado State...Hometown: Denver, Colo. 

Deron Thompson
RB | 5'10" | 170 | Wichita, Kan. (Northwest HS)

Thompson

  • Ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals.com.
  • Rivals.com ranked Thompson as the No. 9 player in Kansas.
  • Earned four varsity football letters and will earn his fourth track and field letter this semester for the Grizzlies.
  • Two-time captain of the Grizzlies football team (2012 and 2013).
  • First-team All-Metro selection in 2012 and 2013.
  • As a senior rushed for 988 yards and 17 touchdowns.
  • As a junior ran the ball 190 times for 1,482 yards (7.8 avg.) and scored 15 touchdowns.
  • In 2012 had three games with at least 220 rushing yards. 
  • Excelled on the track, setting the school record in the 100 (10.58) and 200 (21.86)
  • Chose Colorado State over Minnesota. Also had offers from Kansas State, Idaho, Army and Western Michigan.
  • Head football coach was Steve Martin.

Personal: Given name is Deron Orlando Thompson...born March 24, 1996 in Wichita, Kan. ...parents are John Thompson and Loretta and Kevin Williams...has two older brothers, Dwayne Scales and John Thompson III, and one younger brother, Gabriel Williams...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Wichita, Kan.

Steven Walker
TE | 6'2" | 240 | Wichita, Kan. (Butler County Community College/Heights HS)

Junior College:

  • Attended Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., where he earned his associates of arts degree in one-and-a-half years.
  • As a sophomore in 2013, caught 12 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, which earned him All-Jayhawk Conference honors and second-team NJCAA All-American.
  • As a freshman in 2012 his Grizzlies reached the NJCAA National Championship game before falling to Iowa Western.
  • In the classroom earned All-Jayhawk Conference academic honors in 2013.
  • Head football coach was Troy Morrell.

High School:

  • Earned six varsity letters at Heights High School in Wichita, Kan., including three with the Falcons' football program.
  • Compiled a 33-6 record in his three varsity seasons, advancing to the 6A Kansas championship game all three years and winning it in 2010.
  • Named first-team All-Kansas as a senior.
  • A leader on the Falcons' offensive line that produced three 1,000-yard rushers in 2011, and averaged 348.7 rushing yards per game.
  • Posted an undefeated 7-0 record in Greater Wichita City district play in 2010 and 2011. 
  • Also wrestled and ran track at Heights.
  • Head football coach was Rick Wheeler.

Personal: Given name is Steven Sebastian Walker...born Sept. 4, 1993 in Fort Walton, Kan. ...mother is Bethal Walker, a track athlete at Garden City Community College and Wichita State...has an older brother, Max...interested in majoring in criminal justice at Colorado State...Hometown: Wichita State.

Josh Watson
LB | 6'2" | 231 | Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South HS)

High School:

  • Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned nine varsity letters at Blue Springs South High School--four each in football and track, and one in wrestling.
  • Captain of the Jaguar's football team as a junior and senior.
  • As a senior in 2013 named first-team All-Missouri for his performance at linebacker, voted upon by statewide media.
  • Earned the Mike Jones Award, given annually to the top Missouri linebacker among all Class 6 participants.
  • Holds the Blue Springs South school record for tackles in a season (177) as a senior, and tackles in a game (31 vs. Fort Osage on Sept. 6, 2013).
  • In 2013, earned first-team All-Suburban Gold honors after earning second-team honors in 2012.
  • As a sophomore in 2011 helped lead the Jaguars to their first state championship since 2006 with a 40-37 victory over Christian Brothers.
  • Chose Colorado State over offers from Army, Navy and South Dakota State.
  • Head football coach was Greg Oder.
  • Played with current Colorado State running back Donnell Alexander at Blue Springs South.

Personal: Given name is Joshua Jack Watson...born May 20, 1996 in Kansas City, Mo. ...parents are Steven and Stephanie Watson and Mona Smith...father, Steven, played football at Arkansas-Pine Bluff...has one older sister, Erin, and two younger sisters, Joy and Zoe...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo. 

Jalen Williams
RB | 6'0" | 200 | Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit HS)

High School:

  • Earned two varsity football letters and four in track and field at Regis Jesuit High School.
  • In 2013, as a senior, ran for 1,220 yards and 10 touchdowns while catching six passes for 75 yards and two scores.
  • Earned All-Continental League honors and was named Regis Most Valuable Player, voted on by teammates and coaching staff.
  • Helped lead the Raiders to a 9-2 record and a Continental League championship in 2013.
  • Standout member of the Raiders track team, clocking a 10.9 in the 100 in 2012.
  • Head football coach was Mark Nolan.
  • Played against 2014 CSU signees Trey Smith (Douglas County) and Marcus Wilson (Valor Christian).

Personal: Given name is Jalen Trenton Williams...born March 5, 1996 in Aurora, Colo. ...parents are Leroy and Kristi Williams...has one younger brother, Trevor and an older sister, Breanne...cousin Andre Woolfolk played football at Oklahoma before being selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Parker, Colo.

Marcus Wilson
DB | 5'10" | 180 | Aurora, Colo. (Valor Christian HS)

Wilson

High School:

  • Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
  • Earned seven letters--four in basketball and three in football--at Valor Christian.
  • Played cornerback, safety and wide receiver for the Eagles in his three varsity seasons.
  • Three-time 5A Colorado state champion with Valor Christian, compiling a 39-3 record, losing just once to in-state competition.
  • As a senior in 2013, the Eagles were ranked 24th nationally by MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings and outscored opponents on average by 35.6 points per game.
  • In 2013 recorded 47 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack, and nine pass deflections.
  • As a junior hauled in 13 receptions for 135 yards and defensively tallied 40 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception.
  • Committed to Colorado State over offers from Northern Colorado and South Dakota State.
  • Head football coach was Rod Sherman.
  • Played with current CSU defensive lineman George Maumau at Valor Christian and against Rams wide receiver Cole Anderson.

Personal: Given name is Marcus Wilson...born Nov. 13, 1995 in Aurora, Colo. ...parents are Marcus and Amber Wilson...has an older brother, Javonte and a younger brother, Isaac...undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Aurora, Colo.