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February 4, 2009

Meet the 2009 Football Signing Class

Aggie first year head football coach DeWayne Walker announced his 2009 signing class today. Coach Walker presented Aggie fans with eighteen recruits that signed a National Letter of Intent. Coach Walker also signed four gray shirt recruits who will become eligible come spring of 2010.

Of the eighteen commits, the Aggies signed four defensive linemen and four offensive linemen. Coach Walker emphasized the need for size and strength as one of the Aggies most critical needs.

At the signing event, coach Walker pointed out that quite a few of the players he recruited have "football I.Q.", or that they come from programs that have great coaching and will be urged to compete for starting positions from day one.

"I thought our coaching staff did a great job identifying talent", said coach Walker. On a few occasions, coach Walker felt the Aggies "got a steal" with a few of his new recruits. Namely, he pointed out recruits, [db]Marcus Allen[/db], [db]Dwayne Barton[/db], Lorenzo Caldwell, Jeff Fleming, and Tanner Rust.

While going down the list of his new recruits, coach Walker was asked about QB Tanner Rust. "He's a steal. Keep in mind he plays baseball too so we're going to have to hope he doesn't get recruited to play before we ever get to see him. He can step right in today and be our number three quarterback without a doubt."

As the recruiting day ended, Rivals.com has NMSU ranked at number 113 out of 142 football programs with an average star rating of 2.07.

Below is a list of the 2009 Aggie Football signing class:

2009 NM State Signing Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School/High School
Marcus Allen WR 6-0 190 Newman, Calif. Modesto JC/Orestimba HS
Dwayne Barton OL 6-4 285 Detroit, Mich. City College of San Francisco/ Oak Park HS
William Bullock WR 6-3 205 Manhattan, Calif. El Camino College/ Mira Costa HS
Lorenzo Caldwell DB 6-1 190 Fontana, Calif. Cerrios JC/ Kaiser HS
Robert Clay RB 5-10 190 New Braunfels, Texas Canyon HS
Ruben Escarsega OL 6-4 300 El Paso, Texas NMMI/Del Valle HS
Vincent Federico DL 6-4 290 West Covina, Calif. Mt. Sac JC/Bishop Amat HS
John Finau DL 6-0 290 Long Beach, Calif. El Camino College/ Dominguez HS
Jeff Fleming QB 6-4 195 Fullerton, Calif. Fullerton College/Brea Olinda HS
Jonta Green DB 6-0 174 St Petersburg, Fla. Benedict College/Lakewood HS
JamesHall, Jr. RB 5-8 170 Las Cruces, N.M. Las Cruces HS
Eric Hunter WR/DB 5-9 180 Los Angeles,Calif. LA Jordan HS
Rex Meikel DL 6-3 275 Yucaipa, Calif. Yucaipa HS
David Quiroga WR 6-1 205 ChinoHills, Calif. Ayala HS
Tanner Rust QB 6-2 195 Lakewood, Calif. El Capitan HS
Ronny Torres TE 6-4 230 Clovis, Calif. Fresno City College/Clovis HS
DJuan Yates OL/DL 6-2 280 Thousand Oaks, Calif. College of the Canyons/ Thousands Oaks HS
Mike Yocius OL 6-4 295 Cary, Ill. Fork Union Military Academy.Cary-Grove HS

2009 Gray Shirt Signees
Name Pos. Wt. Ht. Hometown High School
Marquese Dunn RB 6-2 217 Pflugerville, Texas Henderickson HS
Justin Smith DB 6-2 190 Safford, Ariz. Safford HS
Jake Swenson OL 6-6 305 El Paso, Texas Montwood HS
Reuben Thomas DB 6-0 158 Pasadena, Calif. Muir HS



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