Feb. 1, 2006
DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis football coach Bob Biggs and his staff announced Wednesday that 12 outstanding student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent while another has signed an athletics aid agreement during the first day of the football signing period.
UC Davis, in the third year of a four-year reclassification to Division I-AA status, finished 6-5 overall in 2005 and won a share of the Great West Football Conference with a 4-1 record. The Aggies also secured their 36th consecutive winning season while also highlighting their year with a stunning 20-17 win at Stanford on Sept. 17.
Any further signings will be announced as they are received during the signing period.
Below is a list of the recruits, comments from Coach Biggs and bios on the student-athletes.
Name (Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown, High School)
Dozie AMAJOYI ( LB, 6-0, 215, San Bernardino, Calif./Aquinas HS)
Marshall CONGDON ( LB, 6-1, 220, Elk Grove, Calif./ Sheldon HS)
Sean CREADICK (WR, 6-1, 200, Camarillo, Calif./ Adolfo Camarillo HS)
Greg DENHAM (QB, 6-3, 205, Auburn, Calif. Placer HS)
Travis DULLI** (DT, 6-3, 255, Fremont, Calif. Laney College/Washington HS `04)
Thaddeus JOHNSON (OL, 6-3, 270, San Diego, Calif. Montgomery HS)
Tom McCONNELL (DE, 6-5, 210, Danville, Calif. De La Salle HS)
Marcus NORTH (CB, 5-10, 180, Foothill Ranch, Calif. Mission Viejo HS)
Dean ROGERS (TE, 6-3, 220, Visalia, Calif. Redwood HS)
Eric SOBOTKA (LB, 6-2, 200, Seaside, Calif. Palma HS)
Mark TOS (OL, 6-,6 263, Hanford, Calif. Central Valley HS)
Joe TROMBETTA (RB, 6-0, 200, Petaluma, Calif. Casa Grande HS)
P.J. VALLIER (RB, 5-10, 20,5 Mission Viejo, Calif. Trabuco Hills HS)
** - Did not sign a National Letter of Intent; Signed athletics aid agreement; Will enroll during Spring Quarter
HEAD COACH Bob Biggs
(on the recruiting class)
"The quality of this recruiting class is probably as good as we've ever had. Top to bottom, there are some really talented people and the goal is to just try and get people in here that will help us early. Most of these players probably will be looking at redshirting the first year but a lot of them will be making major contributions in their redshirt freshman year."
(on filling needs)
"We knew we had to fill some gaps at linebacker and running back and we feel like we filled those with quality people. But we tried to find people that would fit in just about every position and if you look at the recruiting class, I think it answers needs at just about every position."
(on the recruiting process)
"It's a long, intense process and it's nice to see it come to a culmination on the signing date, which is much different than we did in years prior to (2004). It's just nice to have people signed, sealed and delivered and part of the Aggie family, and there's still a few more to go."
DOZIE AMAJOYI (LB, 6-0, 215, San Bernardino, Calif./Aquinas HS)
Helped lead Aquinas HS to the CIF-Southern Section Division 12 title and a 13-1 overall record... Rushed for 3,006 yards and 30 touchdowns this past season, averaging 214.7 ypg and 10.51 yards per carry... Rushing yards were second most in California... Had a long run of 82 yards... Collected 131 total tackles from his linebacker position, including 80 solo... Averaged 9.4 tackles per game and finished season with 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery... Named to the Christian League first team and was the leagues Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year... Was also named the Southern Section Division 12 Offensive MVP... Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year... Has also lettered in basketball... Earned Presidential Academic Award and is member of National Honor Society and California Scholastic Federation.
MARSHALL CONGDON (LB, 6-1, 220, Elk Grove, Calif./Sheldon HS)
Twice captured All-Delta League honors as a linebacker for Sheldon HS... Led team in tackles all four years, including 82 as a sophomore, 115 as a junior and 125 as a senior... Also posted two defensive touchdowns, four fumble recoveries, two interceptions and eight forced fumbles during final two years... Ranked among top 20 at Stanford Combine... Earned Sacramento Bee All-Metro honorable mention in 2005... Five-time Honor Roll member.
SEAN CREADICK WR, 6-1, 200, Camarillo, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo HS)
Led Adolfo Camarillo HS to Southern Section semfinals as a senior, totalling 67 receptions for 971 yards and 10 touchdowns... Won first-team All-Ventura County, All-Ventura County Academic Team, Adelphia State Player of the Week and PrepStar Magazine All-Western Region honors in 2005... Also selected to Cal-Hi Sports "Hot 250" list and Student Sports All-Tri-County team... Earned first-team All-Pacific View League distinction as a junior and senior... Served as a punter and receiver as a junior, recording 44 catches for 629 yards and five touchdowns... Averaged 40 yards per punt... Named as teams Playmaker of the Year.
GREG DENHAM (QB, 6-3, 2-5, Auburn, Calif./Placer HS)
Passed for 1,507 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior for Placer HS, then improved to 1,730 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior... Named to All-Sierra Foothill League second team in 2004, then made first team in 2005... Earned teams Coaches Award as a junior, then Offensive Player of the Year as a senior... Added Sacramento Bee All-Metro honorable mention in 2005... Ranked among the top four quarterbacks at Stanfords Nike Camp... Also rated on various online scouting services: No. 11 in West by Studentsports.com, No. 7 in California and No. 58 nationally by Scout.com, No. 32 nationally by Rivals.com.
TRAVIS DULLI (DT, 6-3, 255, Fremont, Calif./Laney College/Washington HS 04)
Transfer from Laney College in Oakland, Calif.... Captured first-team All-Golden Gate Conference accolades as a sophomore, posting four sacks and helping Eagles to 9-2 record... Won all-league honorable mention as a freshman... Prepped at Washington HS in Fremont, Calif., earning All-Mission Valley Athletic League honors in 2003... Will enroll at UC Davis for Spring quarter.
THADDEUS JOHNSON (OL, 6-3, 270, San Diego, Calif./Montgomery HS)
Named to All-Mesa League first team as both an offensive and defensive lineman for the 2005 season... Had 9 solo tackles and 17 assisted, while also collecting a sack... Blocked a punt and recovered a fumble during teams 16-7 victory over Sweetwater on Nov. 10, helping team advance to CIF-San Diego Section Division II Playoffs... Earned all-league second team honors as an offensive lineman as a junior and was selected honorable mention as a sophomore... Received similar league honors for academics... Also a member of track and field team, specializing in the shot put and discus.
TOM McCONNELL (DE, 6-5, 210, Danville, Calif./De La Salle HS)
Named All-Bay Valley Athletic League, All-Bay Area and to San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro Team while playing for storied football program... Member of team that finished 11-2... Finished his senior season with 77 total tackles, incluidng 37 solo, averaging 2.7 tackles per game... Also recorded 6.0 sacks during the season, including a pair of sacks in De La Salles 49-0 win over Freedom HS last Oct. 28... Rivals.com 3-Star Athlete... Scholar-Athlete honors for football and basketball... His father, Brian, was an All-Big Ten linebacker at Michigan State who played professionally with the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers... His uncle, George Henshaw, is assistant head coach for the Tennessee Titans.
MARCUS NORTH (CB, 5-10, 180, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Mission Viejo HS)
Standout in both football and track at Mission Viejo HS... Garnered first-team All-South Coast League merit in football as a senior, recording 104 tackles... Also honored by National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame... Rated among top 10 defensive backs at Los Angeles Nike Training Camp... Helped Diablos to back-to-back league titles, plus Southern Section Div. II title in 2004... Team went combined 26-1 in 2004 and 2005, earning national rankings of No. 2 and No. 14 in those years, respectively... Holds school frosh-soph records in the triple jump and 4x100 relay... Held Orange Countys top triple jump mark in 2005, posting leap of 43 feet, 6 inches... Won SCL and finished second in county in 4x100 relay.
DEAN ROGERS (TE, 6-3, 220, Visalia, Calif./Redwood HS)
Starred as a tailback at Redwood HS... Set school career records for rushing yards (2,551), touchdowns (46), points (278) and consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (2)... Earned second-team All-West Yosemite League and All-Tulare County honors as a senior, rushing for 1,126 yards and 20 touchdowns... Also named as team MVP and selected among top 50 seniors in Central Section by KGPE Channel 47... Named to All-WYL and All-Tulare County first teams as a junior, compiling 1,358 rushing yards with 23 touchdowns... Voted as teams Offensive Player of the Year and named among top 50 juniors in Central Section by KGPE... Played tight end as a sophomore, amassing 234 yards with three scores... Was teams Offensive Rookie of the Year... Also lettered in basketball, twice leading team in rebounding and earning second-team All-WYL and All-Tulare County.
ERIC SOBOTKA (LB, 6-2, 220, Seaside, Calif./Palma HS)
Named All-Tri-County Athletic League, all-county and All-Central Coast Section for Palma HS... Also named to All-NorCal second team and was second-team all-state... Selected Tri-County League and teams defensive MVP... Finished season with 149 tackles... Was also team co-captain...Named teams defensive MVP as a junior along while earning all-league, all-county and second-team all-state (underclass) accolades... Finished with 67 tackles as a junior... Also lettered in basketball and volleyball... Posted 142 kills and 10 blocks during 2005 volleyball season... Member of National Honor Society... Received High Honors-honor roll.
MARK TOS (OL, 6-6, 263, Hanford, Calif./Central Valley Christian HS)
Selected as East Sierra Leagues Lineman of the Year following senior season... Member of Central Valley Christian team that finished 11-2 and earned a Central Section championship... Named first-team all-state for small schools... Selected All-Tulare County first team and Fresno Bee All-Area first team... Earned first-team all-league honors as a junior... Prep team won section titles the past three seasons.
JOE TROMBETTA (RB, 6-0, 200, Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande HS)
Set Casa Grande HS and Redwood Empire career rushing records at 5,447 yards... All-state selection in both 2003 and 2005... Led Redwood Empire with 1,661 yards as a senior, helping team capture Sonoma County League title... Earned SCL Player of the Year distinction that season... Had league-best 1,778 rushing yards in 2004, earning honorable mention on San Francisco Chronicles All-Metro squad... Rushed for career-best 2,008 yards as a sophomore, garnering Redwood Empire Player of the Year honors... Also excelled in track, reaching North Coast Section finals in 200 meters, 400 meters and 4x100 relay.
P.J. VALLIER (RB, 5-10, 205, Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS)
Rushed for 5,269 career yards and 47 touchdowns at Trabuco Hills HS... Claimed all-state, All-Orange County, All-Southern Section and All-South Coast Conference honors in both his junior and senior years... Led CIF-SS Division II with 2,197 rushing yards in 2005... Earned Player of the Week honors from Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times and Cal-Hi Sports during his senior year... Ran for 1,793 yards and led team in both touchdowns and quarterback sacks in 2004... Earned first of three team MVP awards as a sophomore, compiling 1,279 yards and leading THHS in interceptions and defensive points... Made all-state sophomore team and earned All-SCC distinction... Named MVP of freshman team in 2002, leading team in receiving, scoring, touchdowns, tackles, interceptions and defensive scoring... Competed in track as a freshman... Member of 4x400 relay team that placed sixth at state championships...Twice earned Distinguished Mustang Award for academic and athletic excellence.