Aug. 9, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain announced Thursday the addition of defensive linemen Eli Edwards and Lanston Tanyi, defensive back Jasen Oden and wide receiver Jordan White to the Rams' roster. The team's list of walk-ons was also released on Thursday.
Edwards, 6-foot-1, 244 pounds, comes to CSU after playing two seasons at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. The defensive end finished his freshman year with 35 tackles, including eight for loss, and was named to the All-Northern Division Central Conference second team. His sophomore season ended early due to a torn ACL. He is a junior with two years of eligibility remaining.
A 2009 graduate of Long Beach Poly High School, Edwards was a member of the CIF Championship team as a senior. Despite playing for just one season, he was named to the All-CIF and All-Moore League first teams. He is originally from American Samoa, and is married to Luisa Edwards.
Edwards will wear number 99.
Tanyi, 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, transfers to Colorado State from Appalachian State as a graduate student with one year of eligibility remaining. He graduated in May from Appalachian State with his bachelor's degree in electronic media/broadcasting after playing three years for the Mountaineers.
A native of Shelby, N.C., Tanyi will be enrolled in Colorado State's graduate program for education human resources. He was a regular starter as a true freshman at Appalachian State in 2008, and earned second-team All-Southern Conference honors as a sophomore in 2009 before being granted a medical redshirt in 2010. He returned to play in 2011 and recorded 20 tackles with two tackles for loss. Tanyi was a two-time all-state defensive lineman at Shelby High School.
Tanyi will wear number 91.
Oden, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, is a freshman from North Carolina Tech Christian Academy in Charlotte. In his prep career in Buffalo, N.Y., Oden earned third-team All-Western New York honors at defensive back for East High School. He helped East to a 6-3 record in 2010, including a 4-2 mark in Class B Central.
Oden will wear number 17.
White, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver, comes to Colorado State from Palm Springs (Calif.) High School. White, the tallest wide receiver on the Rams' roster, compiled 38 catches for 664 yards and 8 touchdowns his senior season. He led the league in receptions and touchdowns while helping the Indians to a 13-1 record.
White, a two-year captain, also garnered first-team all-league honors his junior and senior years and a second-team all-league award his sophomore season. White was recruited by UCLA, San Diego State, and Washington. Tim Skipper recruited him for CSU.
White will wear number 81.
In addition, McElwain announced the team has welcomed the following players as walk-ons participating in fall camp: Chase Cochran, Tanner Humphrey, Hayden Hunt, C.J. Glenn, Richard Mbugua, Richard Pixley, Blake Rains and Robert Ruiz. They will be joined by additional walk-ons once school begins. McElwain is hoping to continue the great tradition of successful walk-ons in the Rams' program.
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