Hawkins rolls out record NLI signing class

"We're looking for well-rounded people as students and athletes," said new head football Coach Daniel Hawkins. (Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
Feb. 1, 2017

2017 Signing Day Central

DAVIS, Calif. - First-year UC Davis head football coach Dan Hawkins announced 30 National Letter of Intent commitments on the first day of the national signing period Wednesday. Adding the two mid-year transfer signees in December, that brings the 2016-17 recruiting class to 32, significantly larger than the Aggies' previous record class of 18, set in 2010.

Hawkins' first class largely consists of Californians -- 28 of Wednesday's signees hail from the Golden State -- with representation from Oregon and Arizona. Four are transfers from community colleges while the remainder comprises high school seniors.

More important than their football accolades, says Hawkins, are the new arrivals' overall accomplishments as students and people. The majority of the class lettered in multiple sports, ranging from track & field to tennis, and rugby to volleyball. All are exemplary students -- as UC Davis admits must be -- with several earning straight-A grades and holding memberships to such academic entities as the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. The class includes numerous team captains, citizens who are active in their local churches and community organizations.

"We talk about the quality balance of life that is important for us to exemplify and mentor, and it's also important for us to bring in," Hawkins said. "We're looking for those well-rounded people as students and athletes. We like leaders, team captains and student body presidents. We like people who are engaged in the community and who look at outside interests. Within that category, we love those guys who were champions and who know how to win. That's their background and pedigree."

"To me, that's what exemplifies our program. Those are the people we want to attract to UC Davis and who we want to mentor."

Hawkins took over as UC Davis' 17th all-time head football coach on November 28, and largely assembled his coaching staff during the latter parts of December, resulting in a short window for finalizing recruiting.

"I think we've done a nice job coming in on the back end of the process," he said. "I like the makeup of this class. They come from outstanding, dynamic families. They've done a lot of things. This class is in line with our values: we are dealing with really extraordinary people who are very engaging."

Signing Day Roster

Terrell Cloud (Signed in December) DT 5-11 290 Palmdale, Calif. (LA Valley College/Palmdale HS '15) Highlights
Will Martin (Signed in December) OL 6-2 290 Huntington Beach, Calif. (Orange Coast College/Brethren Christian HS '14) Highlights
Joey Berzins TE 6-3 250 Walnut Creek, Calif. (Campolindo HS '17) Highlights
Max O'Rourke K 6-1 170 Rocklin, Calif. (ARC/Rocklin HS '15) Highlights
Carson Crawford WR 5-10 165 Portland, Ore. (Beaverton HS '17) Highlights
Nick Amoah OL 6-3 280 Davis, Calif. (Davis HS '17) Highlights
Luka Nixon DE 6-5 230 Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood HS '17) Highlights
Amir Knox DB 6-0 177 Bakersfield, Calif. (Ridgeview HS '17) Highlights
Tehran Thomas RB 5-11 230 Goodyear, Ariz (Desert Edge HS '17) Highlights
Jaylin White DB 5-10 158 Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS '17) Highlights
Fabian Hunkin DT 6-2 290 Salinas, Calif. (North Salinas HS '17) Highlights
Will George OL 6-4 285 Stockton, Calif. (Lincoln HS '17) Highlights
Evan Perkins DB 5-10 180 San Diego, Calif. (Helix Charter HS '17) Highlights
Jordan Perryman DB 6-0 185 Hanford, Calif. (Hanford HS '17) Highlights
Connor Pettek OL 6-4 305 Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Thousand Oaks HS '17) Highlights
Logan Hungrige LB 6-2 235 Sutter, Calif. (Sutter Union HS '17) Highlights
Jake Maier QB 6-0 200 La Habra, Calif. (Long Beach CC/St. Paul HS '15) Highlights
Ulonzo Gilliam RB 5-9 180 Merced, Calif. (Merced HS '17) Highlights
Daniel Whelan P 6-5 215 Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Rancho Mirage HS '17) Highlights
De'Andre Morgan DE 6-3 240 Concord, Calif. (Concord HS '17) Highlights
Logan Montgomery WR 5-11 175 Laguna Hills, Calif. (Laguna Hills HS '17) Highlights
Eric Flowers LB 5-11 228 Van Nuys, Calif. (LA Valley College/Birmingham HS '16) Highlights
Devon King DB 5-10 165 Richmond, Calif. (De Anza HS '17) Highlights
Cam Trimble LB 6-0 215 Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Westlake HS '17) Highlights
Kristian Gilbert WR 5-11 190 Artesia, Calif. (St. John Bosco HS '17) Highlights
Niko Harris QB 6-1 190 Agoura Hills, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS '17) Highlights
Troy Spencer WR 5-9 170 Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS '17) Highlights
Namane Modise RB 5-9 180 San Lorenzo, Calif. (CCSF/Castro Valley HS '15) Highlights
Tanner Cristando LB 6-0 240 Healdsburg, Calif. (Butte College/Healdsburg HS '15) Highlights
Truman Andrus LB 6-2 205 El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS '17) Highlights
Montell Bland LB 5-11 210 Modesto, Calif. (Central Catholic HS '17) Highlights
Donovan Taylor LB 6-2 220 Long Beach, Calif. (Warren HS '17) Highlights