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McElwain announces third recruiting class

Feb. 5, 2014

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NO DUMERVIL: 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.

WINNING PERCENTAGE: The 19 high school signees compiled a 165-63 (.724) record during their senior year. During their junior seasons the figure was 165-64 (.721). As sophomores, their records combined to 88-48 (.647).

CAPTAINS: Overall, 15 student-athletes in this year's class were chosen to be captains for their teams. Running back Johnathan Lewis (La Porte, Texas) was a three-time captain and running back Deron Thompson (Wichita, Kan.) and linebacker Demaurier Blackwell (San Jose, Calif.) were two-time captains.

Lewis and defensive back Devin Jones (Woodland, Calif.) were also captains of their track and field teams and quarterback Coleman Key (Broken Arrow) was captain of the Tigers baseball team.

Jordan Benson
Demaurier Blackwell
Colton Foster
John Freismuth
Shun Johnson
Devin Jones
Coleman Key
Johnathan Lewis
Nathan Lucas
Christian Montes
Kevin Nutt
Trey Smith
Tre Thomas
Deron Thompson
Josh Watson

WHERE THEY'RE FROM: The 2014 class hails from seven different states, with Colorado (9) being the most plentiful, followed by California (7) and Texas (4).

Colorado (9)
California (7)
Texas (4)
Kansas (2)
Missouri (2)
Florida (1)
Oklahoma (1)

BASKETBALL FAMILY: Running back Johnathan Lewis, from La Porte, Texas, comes from an athletic family. He had three cousins who played college football for major programs before going on to NFL careers. But Lewis is now the second Ram with a relative starting in the NBA.

Paul George, the 10th overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft to the Indiana Pacers, is Lewis' cousin. The other Ram with a relative playing professional basketball is defensive lineman Brett Jordan, whose brother is the Los Angeles Clippers starting center, DeAndre Jordan.

BIRTHDAY BOY: La Porte High School product Johnathan Lewis has multiple reasons to celebrate today. Not only did he sign a National Letter of Intent to play for the Rams, but he is celebrating his 18th birthday.

HIGH SCHOOL RIVALS: Head Coach Jim McElwain and his coaching staff inked two players from Blue Springs, Mo., Jordan Benson, an offensive lineman from Blue Springs High School and Josh Watson, a linebacker from Blue Springs South High School.

Benson and Watson met three times in high school, with Benson's Wildcats winning all three meetings.

LATE START: Silvester Hayes, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end from South Oak Cliff High School, did not start playing organized football until his junior year of high school. In his first season he registered 25 tackles, including eight sacks, and earned an All-Texas honorable mention nod. Just two years later, Hayes received offers from Colorado State, Houston, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, SMU, Texas Tech, Toledo and Utah. Not bad for only having two years of experience.

PLENTY OF CHAMPIONSHIPS: Four signees won a total of eight state championships during their high school career -- Jordan Benson (2012, `13), Demontrie Taylor (2012, `13), Josh Watson (2011) and Marcus Wilson (2011, `12, ` 13).

 • During Marcus Wilson's three-peat at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colo., the Eagles won by an average of 43.7 to 8.7.
 • Butler Community College transfer Steven Walker led his Grizzlies to the 2012 NJCAA National Championship before falling to Iowa Western.

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Wednesday's high school signees come to Fort Collins with a combined 46 high school playoff appearances. Below is a breakdown of appearances per year:

Senior - 16
Junior - 18
Sophomore - 9
Freshman - 3

TEAMMATES: Several times the Rams have signed players from schools in the same city, but this year McElwain and his staff brought in two sets of teammates. South Oak Cliff High School products Silvester Hayes (defensive end) and Jyaz Jones (defensive back) and Douglas County's Wyatt Bryan (kicker) and Trey Smith (running back) will continue their football careers together at Colorado State.

The last time Colorado State signed a pair of teammates in the same class was in 2011 when former coach Steve Fairchild signed safety Kevin Pierre-Louis and linebacker Cory James out of Del Rio (Texas) High School.

The Rams have now brought in 10 sets of teammates since 2004:

Year Teammates
2014 Silvester Hayes, Jyaz Jones South Oak Cliff; Dallas, Texas
2014 Wyatt Bryan, Trey Smith Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colo.
2011 Cory James, Kevin Pierre-Louis Del Rio (Texas)
2010 Charles Favors, Marquis Hood, Marvin Ford Dr. Phillips; Orlando, Fla.
2008 Justin Becker, Chris Nwoke ThunderRidge; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
2007 Matt Yemm, Zach Donaldson Fort Collins (Colo.)
2006 Ricky Brwer, Josh Dorsey Mullen; Denver, Colo.
2004 Robert Herbert, Cleodis Floyd Compton (Calif.) Community College
2004 Damon Morton, Dion Morton Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North

Top 50: Dr. Phillips' Deionte Gaines is listed as the No. 37 athlete by Rivals.com and No. 49 by ESPN. Gaines is the only Top-50 athlete committed to a Mountain West program. Colorado State hasn't signed a Rivals.com top-50 athlete dating back to at least 2002.

ALL I DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN: Blue Springs High School offensive lineman Jordan Benson is familiar with winning. Not only did he win back-to-back Missouri state championships as a junior and senior, but he finished his high school career with a combined varsity record of 34-4. Benson and his Wildcats rattled off 24 consecutive wins, the 32nd-longest high school winning streak.

BROKEN ARROW: Second-year Head Coach Jim McElwain inked his third quarterback at Colorado State, Broken Arrow (Okla.) product Coleman Key. Key is the first CSU commit from Broken Arrow High School since Sedric Patterson in 2005.

NFL COMBINE: The Rams will send three representatives to this month's NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis, Ind., from Feb. 22-25. Tight end Crockett Gillmore and offensive lineman Weston Richburg will showcase their talents on the first day and running back Kapri Bibbs will participate on Feb. 23.

This will represent the first time since 2001 (Rick Crowell, John Howell and Tim Stuber) that Colorado State has sent at least three players to the NFL Scouting Combine.

CSU FOOTBALL CAMPS: Registration is now open for Colorado State's 2014 football camps. The Rams and head coach Jim McElwain again offer a variety of camps for all ages and skill levels, highlighted by the high school skills camp July 24-25. For all camp information and to register online please visit www.ramcamps.colostate.edu.

YOUTH CAMP (all positions | grades 3-8)  June 5-6
SATELLITE CAMP (all positions | grades 3-12)  June 11-14 (Yuma, Denver, Colorado Springs or Pueblo, Durango, Grand Junction)
SKILLS CAMP (all positions | high school)  July 24-25

Register online at www.ramcamps.colostate.edu.

ACADEMIC HONORS: Thirteen Rams football players earned recognition from the Mountain West for their work in the classroom during the fall 2013 semester. Only three Colorado State athletes participating in fall sports achieved a 4.0, including freshman civil engineer major Jake Schlager.



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