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Aggies add 14 in Andersen's first signing group since returning to Utah State

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Dec 19th, 2018 @ 6:42pm



LOGAN — Recently re-hired Utah State football coach Gary Andersen isn’t done with the 2019 recruiting class that the Aggies signed Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.

But it’s a good start.

The Aggies signed 14 players, all from high school, with two scheduled to enroll at the university in January and another leaving on a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“This is a great start to our 2019 recruiting class, and we are excited about the young men we are welcoming to the program,” Andersen said in a statement from the school. “We have been able to develop the right relationship with each of them to ensure we are comfortable with them and they are comfortable with us in the short time since we’ve been here, whether they are signing National Letters of Intent or are preferred walk-ons.”

The class is highlighted by linebacker Christian LaValle from Mission Viejo, California. Originally committed to Arizona State, the 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker suffered a Lisfranc fracture last year and used a grayshirt season with the Sun Devils, meaning he did not enroll in classes.

Before he could get healthy, ASU fired Todd Graham and hired Herm Edwards, at which time LaValle began searching for other options.

The three-star signee is the third-highest rated recruit in Utah State football history, according to 247Sports.com. His commitment gave the Aggies the No. 2 recruiting class in the Mountain West, according to the recruiting service.

Utah State early recruiting class of 2019

Name Pos Height Weight Hometown (high school)
Ashton Adams OL 6-4 300 Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
Aaron Bredsguard DL 6-3 225 Bountiful, Utah (Viewmont)
Pierce Callister K/P 6-0 170 Ogden, Utah (Weber)
Josh Calvin QB 6-3 190 Bellflower, Calif. (Mayfair)
Aric Davison OL 6-3 305 Richland, Wash. (Richland)
Keith Harris S 5-11 170 Lawndale, Calif. (Leuzinger)
Cam Lampkin WR 5-11 165 Mesquite, Texas (Poteet)
Christian LaValle LB 6-0 230 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo)
Sione Moa LB 6-1 180 North Ogden, Utah (Weber)
Jackson Owens OL 6-4 290 Sandy, Utah (East)
Dean Rice DL 6-4 280 Yuba City, Calif. (River Valley)
Simon Thompson LB 6-2 210 Salem, Ore. (West Salem)
Jesse Vasquez LS 6-1 225 Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Oaks Christian)
Jamason Willingham LB 6-3 215 Lacey, Wash. (Steilacoom)

LaValle will enroll at Utah State for the spring semester of 2019, along with freshman offensive lineman Aric Davison from Richland, Washington.

LaValle is one of four linebackers who signed Wednesday, a group that also includes Weber’s Sione Moa. A first-team all-Region 1 wide receiver, Moa caught 84 passes for 1,015 yards and five touchdowns, and added 62 career tackles on defense.

Three other players from Utah signed with the Aggies, including Moa’s teammate at Weber, kicker/punter Pierce Callister (a preferred walk-on); Viewmont defensive lineman Aaron Bredsguard; and East offensive tackle Jackson Owens.

Only two skill-position players signed Wednesday, including quarterback Josh Calvin. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound signal caller was a first-team all-league quarterback at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California, where he threw for 2,010 yards and 23 touchdowns with five interceptions as a senior.

For the Aggies’ complete early signing class, visit the Utah State Recruiting Central page.

Sean Walker

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