February 5, 2014

The 2014 football class stands at 28

 

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com 

 

 

Complete Signing Day Information

GREELEY -- With a class size of 28, the Northern Colorado football team spread things out, adding 14 on offense, 12 on defense and a pair of kickers in 2014.

"I'm really excited about this class," Head Coach Earnest Collins Jr. said. "This is our second class at full (scholarship) strength and we have 26 signees today and two that are already on campus. My staff is doing a great job of getting out and about and recruiting -- turning over rocks -- to find these kids that are going to help turn this thing around."

A total of 13 of the 28 are from Colorado, while five hail from California, four from Illinois, three from Texas and one each from Louisiana, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada.

NAME

POS.

HT.

WT

HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL)

#Brock Berglund

QB

6-4

213

Highlands Ranch, Colo. (North Texas/Valor Christian HS)

*Seth Czapenski

K/P

6-2

160

Greeley, Colo. (Northridge HS)

#Trevor Douglass

DB

5-8

185

Redlands, Calif. (Saddleback JC/Redlands East HS)

Collin Gibbs

LB

6-2

220

Longmont, Colo. (Silver Creek HS)

Chris Glover

CB

6-0

175

Compton, Calif. (West LA CC/Gardena HS)

Brody Haehlen

DE

6-4

245

Happy Valley, Ore. (Clackamas HS)

Nick Johnson

LB

6-2

215

Sauk Village, Ill. (Mount Carmel HS)

Jake Knipp

QB

6-4

190

Arvada, Colo. (Ralston Valley HS)

Bailey Landwehr

K/P

5-10

160

Gill, Colo. (Platte Valley HS)

Ronnie LaRue Jr.

DB

6-0

190

Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne HS)

*Joe Layzell

OL

6-5

297

Bloomington, Ill. (Central Catholic)

Zach Lindsay

ATH

5-9

180

Aurora, Colo. (Denver South HS)

Mike McCauley

TE

6-3

220

Centennial, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS)

Kody Mommaerts

OL

6-6

280

Superior, Colo. (Monarch HS)

Keifer Morris

DE

6-4

225

Parker, Colo. (Chaparral HS)

Joshua Peterson

DB

5-11

170

New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr HS)

Kadim Phillip

DE

6-3

220

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Fountain Fort Carson HS)

Leonard Rhodes

TE

6-3

265

San Bernardino, Calif. (Mt. San Antonio College/Walnut HS)

Trae Riek

RB

5-11

200

Palm Desert, Calif. (Palm Desert HS)

Kaelen Russell

DB

5-10

170

Gardena, Calif. (LA Southwest College/Gardena HS)

Dan Ryan

OG

6-2

288

Belleville, Ill. (O'Fallon HS)

Kendall Ryan

OG

6-4

305

Westminster, Colo. (Jefferson Academy HS)

Evan Short

OG

6-3

293

Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore HS)

Rand Turnbull

TE

6-4

223

Katy, Texas (Seven Lakes HS)

Theron Verna

TE

6-2

235

Grand Junction, Colo. (Grand Junction HS)

Alex Wesley

WR

6-0

170

Murphy, Texas (Wylie HS)

Zach Wilkinson

OT

6-5

255

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (Mt. Douglas Secondary)

*Cody Wilson

OL

6-3

270

Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa HS)

# - Mid-Year Signee; * - Preferred Walk-on

Collin Gibbs
6-2 l 220 l Linebacker l Longmont, Colorado l Silver Creek High School

  • Earned All-Conference honors as well as All-Region honorable mention as a senior.
  • Also a two-time Academic All-State honorable mention.
  • Had 112 tackles and four fumble recoveries in 2013.
  • Helped the Raptors to four-straight playoff appearances.
  • Played linebacker, defensive end, tight end and fullback for Silver Creek.

Chris Glover
6-0 l 175 l Cornerback l Compton, California l West Los Angeles Community College/Gardena High School

  • Named to the Second-Team All-Pacific Conference team in 2013.
  • In 2013, had three picks and 43 total tackles in 10 games at West LA.
  • As a freshman at West LA in 2011, recorded 19 tackles and two interceptions.
  • Helped lead West LA to the conference championship game.
  • Graduated in 2011 from Gardena Senior High School, the same as fellow signee Kaelen Russell.

Brody Haehlen
6-4 l 245 l Defensive End l Happy Valley, Oregon l Clackamas High School

  • Named to the All-Conference team as both a defensive lineman and a tight end.
  • Also an honorable mention all-state pick as a senior.
  • Plays basketball and is a member of the track & field team for the Cavaliers.
  • Helped Clackamas reach the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in 2013.
  • Played on the Northwest Elite Team Oregon and a NEI-South All Star Group.

Nick Johnson
6-2 l 215 l Linebacker l Sauk Village, Illinois l Mount Carmel High School

  • Honored on Chicago Catholic League All-Conference team as a senior.
  • Is also a guard for the Caravans basketball team.
  • Helped Mount Carmel win the 2013 Illinois 7A state championship and the 2012 8A title.
  • Named a team captain in 2013.
  • Played both outside linebacker and safety.

Jake Knipp
6-4 l 190 l Quarterback l Arvada, Colorado l Ralston Valley High School

  • Named to the Second-Team All-State team as a senior.
  • Team captain.
  • Helped lead Ralston Valley to the league championship in 2012.
  • Holds every passing record at Ralston Valley.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.

Bailey Landwehr
5-10 l 160 l Kicker/Punter l Gill, Colorado l Platte Valley High School

  • Named to both the Patriot League All-Conference and All-State teams in 2013.
  • Helped lead Platte Valley to the State title as a senior.
  • Earned four letters in football and one in track & field for the Broncos.
  • As a senior, made 45 PAT's and three field goals.
  • Averaged 42.52 per punt over his final two seasons.

Ronnie Larue jr.
6-0 l 190 l Defensive Back l Dallas, Texas l Bishop Dunne High School

  • A First-Team All-State and All-District pick as a senior.
  • Also named Defensive MVP of the district in 2013.
  • Recorded 120 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles in final campaign for the Falcons.
  • Transferred from Red Oak HS to Bishop Dunne prior to senior year.
  • Also played some quarterback at Red Oak.

Zach Lindsay
5-9 l 180 l athlete l aurora, colorado l denver south high school

  • Named MVP of the DPS League as a senior.
  • Earned All-Conference honors as both a running back and linebacker.
  • Is a seven-time letterwinner with four in football, one in wrestling and two in track & field.
  • Rushed for 1,855 yards in his senior year as well as totaling 82 tackles.u Helped the Rebels to four consecutive state playoffs.

Mike McCauley
6-3 l 220 l Tight End l Centennial, Colorado l Cherry Creek High School

  • Earned Second-Team All-State honors as well as First-Team All-Conference in 2013.
  • Is also a four-year starter on the Bruins' lacrosse team.
  • Named MVP of the offense for Cherry Creek.
  • As a senior, caught 37 passes for 508 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Helped Cherry Creek win the Centennial Conference title and finish fourth in the state.

Kody Mommaerts
6-6 l 280 l Offensive Line l Superior, Colorado l Monarch High School

  • Named to the All-Region Second-Team and the All-Conference First Team.
  • The Coyotes earned four-straight conference championships, were the state semifinalists in 2011 and 2013 and state champions in 2012.
  • Is also a center on the basketball team.
  • Recruited by several other Big Sky Conference institutions.

Keifer Morris
6-4 l 225 l Defensive Line l Parker, Colorado l Chaparral High School

  • Recorded 91 tackles and 8.5 sacks in his senior campaign.
  • Team captain.
  • Also plays lacrosse for the Wolverines.
  • Earned two letters each in football and lacrosse.

Joshua Peterson
5-11 l 170 l Defensive Back l New Orleans, Louisiana l Edna Karr High School

  • Was a wide receiver at Edna Karr but asked to play defense in college.
  • Also competes in track & field at Edna Karr.
  • A two-time All-Conference selection.
  • A two-star rating by rivals.com.
  • Helped Edna Karr to the 2012 state championship.

Kadim Phillip
6-3 l 220 l Defensive End l Colorado Springs, Colorado l Fountain Fort Carson High School

  • A three-time Pioneer All-Conference selection.
  • Has competed in baseball, basketball, football, track & field and wrestling during high school.
  • Team captain.
  • Started his prep career at Perspectives Charter/Calumet Tech High School in Chicago.
  • Born in the Barbados, moving to the United States in 2000.

Leonard Rhodes
6-3 l 265 l Tight End l San Bernardino, California l Mt. San Antonio College/Walnut High School

  • A First-Team All-Conference selection at Mt. SAC as a tight end.
  • Earned First-Team All CIF honors in both basketball and football his final three years.
  • Team captain for the Mustangs, graduating in 2010.
  • Also played running back and tight end in high school.
  • Had eight receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns at Mt. SAC.

Trae Riek
5-11 l 200 l Running Back l Palm Desert, California l Palm Desert High School

  • Was an All-CIF, All-Conference and All-Desert Sun selection as a running back and cornerback as a senior.
  • Also played strong safety, cornerback, wide receiver and kick returner.
  • Named to the Inland Empire All-Star game.
  • Carried the ball 210 times for 1,832 yards.
  • Helped the Aztecs to the league title.

Kaelen Russell
5-10 l 170 l Defensive Back l Gardena, California l LA Southwest College/Gardena High School

  • Competed in both football and track & field at LA Southwest College.
  • Played in eight games, recording 23 total tackles and two interceptions at LA Southwest.
  • Helped lead Gadena to the state playoffs in 2011, playing wide receiver and linebacker.
  • Graduated Galena HS in 2012.
  • High school teammates with fellow signee Chris Glover.

Dan Ryan
6-2 l 288 l Offensive Guard l Belleville, Illinois l O'Fallon High School

  • A three-time First-Team All-Conference selection.
  • Awarded the Ben Bulter Outstanding Lineman award at O'Fallon.
  • Has also earned four letters in track & field in the throws.
  • Named to the All-Metro First Team as a senior.
  • Helped the Panthers to the 2011 conference football title.

Kendall Ryan
6-4 l 305 l Offensive Guard l Westminster, Colorado l Jefferson Academy High School (FB at Pomona HIgh School)

  • Named to the All-Colorado First Team and team MVP as a senior.
  • First-Team All-Conference in 2013 after Second-Team honors in 2012.
  • Competes in football at Pomona and track & field at Jefferson.
  • Helped Pomona to the state quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013 and the semifinals in 2011.
  • Team captain.

Evan Short
6-3 l 293 l Offensive Guard l Sycamore, Illinois l Sycamore High School

  • Earned All-Conference honors 2013 on the gridiron.
  • Also named to the 2012 All-Conference team in track & field.
  • Served as a PE Teacher's assistant 2013-14.
  • Helped the Spartans to a 12-1 record and the Illinois High School playoffs.

Rand Turnbull
6-4 l 223 l Tight End l Katy, Texas l Seven Lakes High School

  • Played quarterback at Seven Lakes.
  • Invited to the NFL Prep 100.
  • Helped the team reach the 2012 state playoffs.
  • Also competes in track & field in both the 200 meters and high jump.

Theron Verna
6-2 l 235 l Tight End l Grand Junction, Colorado l Grand Junction High School

  • Named to the Southwestern All-Conference team as a senior.
  • Team captain.
  • Played tight end, defensive end and outside linebacker for the  Tigers.
  • Was a four-time Academic All-State honoree.
  • Recorded 530 yards receiving and 220 yards rushing as a senior.

Alex Wesley
6-0 l 170 l Wide Receiver l Murphy, Texas l Wylie High School

  • Earned All-State honorable mention honors as a senior.
  • Caught 96 passes for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns.
  • Helped the Pirates to the District, Area and Regional Championships in 2013.
  • Also named to the All-District team in 2013.

Zach Wilkinson
6-5 l 255 l Offensive Tackle l Victoria, British Columbia l Mt. Douglas Secondary

  • Was a First-Team All-Canada selection and the 2013 AAA Defensive MVP.
  • He was a BC Provincial All-Start, a Western Conference Defensive MVP and a Western Conference Provincial All-Star in 2013.
  • Played on the number one ranked high school in Canada.
  • Also played on the defensive line.
  • Spent part of his prep career at Centennial before transferring to Mount Douglas.