During his signing day press conference this afternoon, Mike Riley offered his thoughts on each of his 29 recent signees. HIGH SCHOOL Drew Clarkson, OL, 6-3, 275, Camas, WA (Camas) "Linemen are like gold in recruiting. This guy is smart, he's tough and he's already got pretty good size. He'll need to develop a little bit more physically, but we really like his mobility." Kammy Delp, OL, 6-3, 310, Pomona, CA (Diamond Ranch) "He's a two-way guy. He could an offensive lineman, a defensive lineman. We'll probably start him on defense." Yanni Demogerontas, OT, 6-5, 270, Orland Park, IL (Sandburg) "I know his family has a great restaurant they own called the Purple Onion in Orland Park, Ill., right out of Chicago. ... He got hurt this year, missed a lot of football, but we liked him from the get-go when we saw him from the film from a year ago." Glyeb Ewing, DE, 6-5, 235, Waukon, IA (Waukon) "I think a prototype defensive end for us. He's fast, athletic, will fit right in." Fitou Fisiiahi, ATH, 6-2, 240, Honolulu, HI (Kaiser) "We say athlete because he could be a linebacker, he could be a defensive lineman. He's a good-looking, good-sized kid." Datrin Guyton, WR, 6-4, 180, Manor, TX (Manor) "He's that kind of bigger receiver we think can be that physical mismatch guy." Xavier Hawkins, WR, 5-8, 175, Knoxville, TN (Fulton) "He has the speed, good fly sweep. Good all-around player." Kevin Hayes, CB, 6-3, 175, Bakersfield, CA (Bakersfield) "Nice-sized corner. You see 6-3 right there, Bakersfield, Calif. We like the length of his body and like his speed." Sumner Houston, DE, 6-3, 270, San Ramon, CA (De La Salle) "Another De La Salle player, and Gosh, we've had great success with guys from that high school. He's another one. He's a grinder of a player. He's talented, hard working, smart. We're glad to have him." Jake Knight, TE, 6-4, 225, Meridian, ID (Rocky Mountain) "A very athletic tight end from Idaho, right outside of Boise. I think we need more and more guys like this on our team. He's versatile, a good basketball player. I think he'll fit in well with what we want to do with the tight ends." Ricky Liuchan, LB, 6-1, 215, Escondido, CA (Mission Hills) "Again, a guy this size, you could get 10 of them and not get enough of them because they play all over the place. He's athletic, he's tough, he can run. He can be on the kickoff team, punt team and play outside linebacker for us." Marcus McMaryion, QB, 6-1, 180, Dinuba, CA (Dinuba) "He might be the best athlete movement-wise that we've recruited in a while. He's a very accurate thrower, a versatile player at that position. It'll be fun to see him develop." Nick Mitchell, QB, 6-3, 190, North Bend, WA (Mount Si) "Actually his brother, Josh, plays lineman here. Nick got the quarterback genes of the family. He can really spin the ball, throws a beautiful football and played on a good team. He's well coached and has a really nice arm. I think he can throw all the balls that we need him to throw." Trent Moore, OL, 6-5, 250, Chandler, AZ (Hamilton) "He's tough, mobile, athletic and will probably need a redshirt year to develop a little more physically. But when he does, he'll grow into exactly the guy we want." Ryan Nall, TE, 6-3, 235, Sandy, OR (Central Catholic) "I really am excited about him. He's a guy who could be a fullback, could be an H-back. He ran the ball extremely well for Central Catholic. He's a good all-around player, plays on their basketball team. I'm really excited about Ryan." Robert Olson, OL, 6-5, 260, Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie) "He was one of our later commitments. We really needed to get this guy to get close to the number of offensive linemen we wanted. Good size. He's a smart, 3.9 student. He's tough. His coach, just a sidebar, his coach is Mike Grant, Bud Grant's son. He plays in a good program there." Tanner Sanders, ATH, 6-5, 205, Corvallis, OR (Crescent Valley) "I think one of the top athletes in the state of Oregon. We recruited a lot of guys based on, like, back to Jordan Poyer, we just knew he was a good football player and a good athlete. He played kind of a pseudo-safety/outside linebacker. He played cornerback. What is he for sure? He ended up being a great corner. So the same thing, our job will be finding the correct niche for him. It might be quarterback. He's just a good football player. With that athletic ability, that kind of size and speed, he'll find a good spot." Adam Soesman, DB, 6-2, 195, Clovis, CA (Buchanan) "Again, 6-2, 195, about what Ryan Murphy was initially. He's a versatile player. He could be on safety, could be on the punt team, could be on the kickoff team. Very, very smart. Bright Ugwoegbu, LB, 6-2, 205, Katy, TX (Seven Lakes) "He's from Katy, Texas, a very, very good football area. Again, this guy can run. He can play outside linebacker, he could be all over the place on this team as far as special teams." Kalani Vakameilalo, DL, 6-4, 300, Kapolei, HI (Kapolei) "Probably one of the guys most ready physically to step in and compete. He's 6-4, 300 pounds right now, and a good athlete. I'm real excited about him." Dwayne Williams, DB, 5-10, 175, Killeen, TX (Shoemaker) "We kind of came on him a little bit late. Coach Perry really liked his ability. He showed offensively, he showed up defensively, probably kind of like what we saw initially in Rashaad Reynolds. I mean, the same kind of athlete." Lamone Williams, DL, 6-3, 240, Kahuku, HI (Kahuku) "Lamone, he's a versatile guy. He could be a defensive lineman. He could play on the edge as an outside linebacker, as a rusher. Like I said, one of the best football players in Hawaii and a guy that is versatile as far as inside, outside or behind the line of scrimmage as a back." Jonathan Willis, LB, 6-2, 210, Tulsa, OK (Booker T. Washington) "Another one of those outside linebackers that can run. And again, with a spread offense, guys that have to play out in space, you need that kind of range and being able to run, make plays in space. That's where he kind of fits in." JUNIOR COLLEGE Luke Hollingsworth, DL, 6-3, 260, Hooper, UT (Fremont/Snow JC) "Again, looking at junior college guys, these guys are guys you expect to be in the mix. These guys have to be. I mean, they're junior college players, they're selected for a specific reason as far as what we need them to do. Bobby Keenan, OL, 6-5, 280, Sacramento, CA (Rio Americano/American River CC) "He's an offensive lineman." Demarlon Morris, DB, 5-11, 185, Chicago, IL (Percy L. Julian/Mesa CC) "He's a corner. Like Steven Nelson before him, it took him a little time to really fit in. But he fit in physically right off the bat. That's what Demarlon needs to do." Kyle Peko, DT, 6-2, 295, La Habra, CA (La Habra, Cerritos CC) "He's a guy we've been waiting on for a while. I think when he gets here for spring ball, gets going with what we do, by the time we get going with fall camp, I think he could really help us." TRANSFER Luke Del Rio, QB, 6-3, 210, Highland Ranch, CO (Valor Christian/Alabama) "He's going to be here for spring ball. At this point, he probably won't be ready for the fall, but there's a chance that he could be, I suppose." Baker Pritchard, DL, 6-3, 270, South Jordan, UT (Bingham/BYU) "The same thing. He probably will not be eligible in the fall, but maybe he could be."
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