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MWC Recruiting Roundup 2-4-18

The last roundup before signing day.

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Welcome to the first roundup of February, but the last one before signing day for the class of 2019. The next two weeks will still focus on the 2019 class before making way for the 2020 class the last Monday of February. With that all being said, take a look at what went on over the past week.

As you can see, there are a great deal of offers to players in the 2020 recruiting class. This points to most Mountain West teams being done with their 2019 class and are moving full force into 2020. Perhaps done is not the right word, as nothing is done until all the NLI have come in on Wednesday. The point being, if a team is handing out lots of 2020 offers, don’t expect any surprises when they announce their signees on the 6th.

That all being said, a few teams are still putting the finishing touches on their 2019 classes and Utah State had their second strong week in a row. They capture right before signing day.

Commitment Spotlight

TE Vance Brazile (Wyoming)

“The coaches at Wyoming we’re always very up front with me and made me feel like they constantly wanted me throughout this entire process. Also I feel like Wyoming was the best place for me to be able to compete with the other Tight ends there and have a shot at getting some playing time, whether it be at Tight end or special teams. Lastly the facilities were all very top notch and I feel like with everything provided I will really flourish as a player and also student. There were other schools recruiting me who would tell me that I’m their number one target, but when I didn’t commit and sign on the first signing day they stopped talking to me. Wyoming on the other hand kept getting me up on visits and would come visit me at school and go into greater depth about the things that the school had to offer me and that’s how I felt wanted by them as opposed to other schools. The coaches have told me that what what they liked about me at TE was that I could be put on the line and block on a run play and also they could split me out and have me run a route. When I committed they were happy because they think that I will be able to make an impact once I put on a little weight.”

OL Connor Shopp (Wyoming)

“It just felt like home and I just knew that after I talked with all the coaches and saw everything that Wyoming was the place for me. I liked the culture and mind set of all the coaches and the players. We talked about everything Wyoming has to offer and where the program is going. The coaches said they like the way I move and how long I am.

DB Demarcus Griffin-Taylor (Utah State)

“I committed to Utah State because the new staff there showed there love for me more than any other school the new coaches all had years in the nfl and that’s where I want to be someday. Coach Gary Andersen is one person I know I can put my trust in to help make me the best person I can be overall as a person. I thought it was the place for me because they are ranked in the Top 25 teams nationally so they are a good team and a place where I believe I can play right away and my family loves everything Utah State has to give. The coaches said they see me playing S/Nickel/CB there for them and said they see Me as a player that can play right away and said I’m probably one of the best technical DBs they have seen in awhile. What they like about me is that I can play Several positions such as C/S/Nickel and they like my speed and aggressiveness on the field. My best trait as a DB is I’m very patient, meaning when guarding the WR, I let The WR do his moves at the start of the route and don’t bite at them.”

Recruiting Updates


  • 2020 ATH Javon Forward was offered by Air Force
  • 2020 DL Stanley Mckenzie was offered by Boise State
  • 2020 LB Jordan Botelho was offered by Boise State
  • JUCO RB Kurt Taylor was offered by Colorado State
  • 2020 CB Trevez Johnson was offered by Colorado State
  • 2020 QB CJ Stroud was offered by Colorado State
  • OL Alexx Schmidt was offered by Fresno State
  • ATH Evan Williams was offered by Fresno State
  • 2020 OL Mose Vavao was offered by Fresno State
  • 2020 WR/DB Elijah Jackson was offered by Fresno State
  • 2020 ATH Doug Brumfield was offered by Nevada
  • 2020 OL Jonah Monheim was offered by Nevada
  • 2020 RB Marshawn Buchanan was offered by Nevada
  • 2020 WR Ja’Lynn Polk was offered by Nevada
  • 2020 WR Casey Filkins was offered by Nevada
  • 2020 WR Anthony Bland was offered by SDSU
  • 2021 ATH Dyson McCutcheon was offered by SJSU
  • 2023 QB Pierce Clarkson was offered by SJSU
  • 2020 DB Zion Alefosion was offered by SDSU
  • 2020 LB Jackson LaDuke was offered by SDSU
  • 2020 DB Devyn King was offered by UNLV
  • 2020 RB Jaylon Armstead was offered by UNLV
  • 2020 ATH Justin Pinkney was offered by UNLV
  • 2020 QB Austin Bolt was offered by Utah State
  • 2020 QB Shane Jennings was offered by Utah State
  • 2020 LB Kobah Fuamatu was offered by Utah State
  • 2020 WR/DB Tongiaki Mateialona was offered by Utah State
  • 2022 RB Jaydn Ott was offered by UNLV
  • 2020 ATH Hosia Stokes was offered by Wyoming

In-home visits

Air Force

  • Visited Saguaro HS

Boise State

  • Coach Franklin visited Hitchcock HS
  • Coach Harsin and Coach Kiesau visited CB Markel Reed, WR Shea Whiting, and WR DK Blaylock.


  • Coach Rolovich visited LB Zach Bowers


  • Coach McClure is in Los Angeles
  • Coach Mumme is in Georgia
  • Coach White is in Oklahoma
  • Coach Norvell visited DE Breylon Garcia and DE Javasia Brunson
  • Visited Saguaro HS

San Jose State

  • Coach Carter visited Benicia HS


  • RB PJ Dixon visited Fresno State
  • OL Alexx Schmidt visited Fresno State


  • RB Marquis Brown committed to Air Force
  • DB Trey Taylor committed to Air Force
  • An unknown player committed to Nevada
  • ATH Patrick McMorris committed to SDSU
  • QB Noah Tumblin committed to SDSU
  • JUCO RB Biaggio Ali Walsh committed to UNLV (Cal bounce-back)
  • Grad Transfer WR Jordan McCray committed to UNLV
  • QB Garrett Larson committed to Utah State
  • OL Sonny Makasini committed to Utah State
  • WR Ajani Carter committed to Utah State
  • DL Diamond Faamafoe committed to Utah State
  • CB Demarcus Griffin-Taylor committed to Utah State
  • K/P Will Ferrin committed to Utah State
  • LB Brandt Opheikens committed to Utah State
  • OL Connor Shopp committed to Wyoming
  • DE Akili Bonner committed to Wyoming