Feb. 4, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis football coach Bob Biggs and his staff announced Wednesday that 13 outstanding student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the first day of the football signing period and will join the Aggies' program for this fall.
Twelve of the 13 are high school student-athletes while the remainder is a community college transfer.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Last School/College
Emmanuel Benjamin PK 5-11 195 Modesto, Calif. Beyer HS
Alex Biddle WR 6-2 185 Belmont, Calif. Junipero Serra HS
Tom Blake DE 6-4 245 Mountain View, Calif. Gunn HS
Scott Burton CB 6-1 175 Pasadena, Calif. St. Francis HS
Max Chesmore OL 6-5 265 Aliso Viejo, Calif. Aliso Viejo HS
Jonathan Compas DT 6-3 270 Carlsbad, Calif. Carlsbad HS
Andrew Denny WR 6-1 170 San Diego, Calif. Mount Carmel HS
Matthew Engle QB 6-0 190 El Segundo, Calif. El Camino College/ El Segundo HS '03
John Faletoese DT 6-3 255 Sacramento, Calif. Jesuit HS
David Heckman LB 6-2 230 Meridian, Calif. Sutter HS
Matt Patterson FS 6-3 195 Burbank, Calif. Burroughs HS
Brandon Rice WR 6-4 185 Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills HS
David Winer OL 6-3 250 Thousand Oaks, Calif. Westlake High School
BIGGS ON RECRUITING CLASS
"It's the first time that we've ever had a traditional signing period where we've had this many committals. The thing that I'm most impressed with is not just the quality of them as players, but I really like the character of this group. They're good kids, they have good work ethics and they come highly recommended for a lot of different qualities. I'm very, very pleased with the staff and the kind of kids they brought in this year."
THE ADVANTAGES TO RECRUITING TO UC DAVIS
"We had so much more to offer. First and foremost is the quality of the education. With the grants that we're able to give, with the stadium being completed in 2005, a goal of moving into a new conference in the near future, and the prospect for this group to be eligible for the I-AA playoffs (in 2007), as they'll redshirt this year, there were just so many incentives there for them (recruits) to really take a hard look at UC Davis."
ON RECRUITING FOR THE FUTURE
"When you recruit, what you hope is that you can put good years back to back. We think we answered a lot of questions about holes that we needed to fill for the future. I think we've done that and it gives us a great foundation for the future. We're not going to see the total effect of these last two recruiting classes for another couple of years as they redshirt. We said from the get-go when we moved into this increased grant-in-aid program, is to put ourselves into a position in 2007 when we have the opportunity to be competitive for a playoff position in I-AA, we want to be there."
***Biographies of each of the signees are listed below***
EMMANUEL BENJAMIN (5-11, 195, PK, Modesto, Calif./Beyer HS)
Two-year varsity letterwinner in soccer, twice in football... Was 26 of 26 in extra-point attempts as a junior and 15 of 15 as a senior... Converted 9 of 10 field goal attempts during junior season with a long of 43... Made 9 of 12 field goal attempts with a long of 37 as a senior... Also punted during senior season... Career totals: 18 of 22 field goals, 41 of 41 extra points... Selected to All-Central California Conference first team in 2002 along with earning all-district first-team honors... Repeated those honors during 2003 while also being named to All-Sac-Joaquin Section first team... Also selected All-Southwest Region first team by Kicking.com... Beyer HS finished 6-4 in 2002 and 5-5 in 2003... Helped lead soccer team to combined 30-4-2 overall record during sophomore and junior seasons along with a conferenec title and a berth in section finals... Played defender for soccer team... Received Modesto City Schools Character Trait Award For Courage.
ALEX BIDDLE (6-2, 185, WR, Belmont, Calif./Junipero Serra HS)
Participated four years in football and two in basketball... Posted 45 catches for 970 yards and 8 touchdowns during senior season at Junipero Serra HS... Also had four interceptions at cornerback position... Named to West Catholic Athletic League first team, all-county first team and was All-Central Coast Section first team... Selected to All-Metro second team... Also named West Catholic Athletic League Wide Receiver of the Year for second consecutive year... Team finished 8-4... Had 34 catches for 550 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior... Career totals: 79 catches, 1,520 yards, 14 touchdowns... Earned first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League, all-county and All-Central Coast Section honors... Earned all-league honors as member of junior varsity and most improved honors as freshman... Co-MVP of freshman basketball team... Scholar-Athlete Award... Also helped coach a seventh-grade basketball team.
TOM BLAKE (6-4, 245, DE, Mountain View, Calif./Gunn HS)
Participated in football, golf and basketball at Gunn HS... Set single-season sack record at Gunn with 16.5 sacks in 2003... Postd 44 solo tackles and 34 assisted tackles... Included are 14 solo tackles for losses... Forced 2 fumbles... Had 3 interceptions and batted down 3 passes... Scored 3 touchdowns... Named to All-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division first team... Gunn HS posted 6-4 record... Also punted and played tight end.... Academic Excellence Award in geometry... Participant in National Student Leadership Conference... Coached youth basketball.
SCOTT BURTON (6-1, 175, CB, Pasadena, Calif./St. Francis HS)
Participated in basketball, track and field, and football at St. Francis HS... Earned All-San Gabriel Valley League basketball honors, averaging 18 ppg... Also posted best of 49.7 in 400 meters for track team and high jump mark of 6-feet, 2 inches... Scholar-Athlete Award... Lifetime member of Christian Campus Ministry.
JONATHAN COMPAS (6-3, 270, DT, Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS)
Helped lead team to 2002 Avocado League championship and 2002 CIF-San Diego Section Division I championship... Named to All-Avocado League first team in 2003... 2003 Lineman of the Year... Also Lifter of the Year for 2003... Scholar-Athlete... ASB officer.
MAX CHESMORE (6-5, 265, OL, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Viejo HS)
Was a two-year starter for Aliso Niguel HS... Helped lead team to a Sea View League championship... Aliso Niguel HS finished 7-4 last year and tied for first in the Sea View League at 4-1.
ANDREW DENNY (6-1, 170, WR, San Diego, Calif./Mount Carmel HS)
As quarterback, helped lead Mount Caramel to first playoff berth in eight years... Named All-Avocado League... Rushed for 10 touchdowns, passed for four touchdowns... Named All-Avocado League three times in track and field... Finished third with 4x400 relay (3:22.6) at CIF championships and 13th at state meet... Fourth in CIF San Diego Section in triple jump (44-2) in 2002 and sixth in 200 meter (22.7) during 2002 section meet... Selected to San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team four years.
MATTHEW ENGLE (6-0, 190, QB, El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS '03/El Camino College)
Participated at El Segundo HS before playing 2003 season at El Camino College... Threw for 2,500 yards and 21 touchdowns at El Camino last season... Was named team's Offensive Freshman of the Year and MVP of Mission Conference North Division... All-State honoree... Honorable mention JC All-American... Played four seasons of football and also competed in basketball and baseball... Threw for 3,600 yards and 46 touchdowns as a senior, 2,900 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior and 2,300 yards and 9 touchdowns as a sophomore... Career totals: 8,800 yards and 95 touchdowns... Only 16 career interceptions... Senior year awards: All-Area, MVP of Pioneer League, Offensive Player of the Year in CIF-Southern Section Div. X, All-CIF Southern Section All Divisions, named state's player of the year for medium-sized schools, (FCA) Fellowship Christian Athlete of the Year.. Junior year awards: All-Area first team, All-Ocean League... Sophomore year awards: team's MVP, All-Area, MVP of Ocean League... Also participated in basketball and baseball, earning Most Inspirational Award as a senior in hoops and was All-CIF Southern Section and All-Area in baseball his final season... Principal's Honor Roll... CSF Seal Bearer... Founded FCA at El Segundo HS and was president for three years... Tutors middle school students and has coached youth basketball.
JOHN FALETOESE (6-3, 255, DT, Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit HS)
Three-year letterwinner at Jesuit HS... Named Delta League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior... Named All-City first team, All-Northern California second team, Started as a sophomore... Named All-Delta League second team a junior... Named to 26-player Sac-Joaquin All-Section football team by Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation... Selected to All-Delta League second team and All-City second team as a junior... Started on defensive line as a sophomore... Honor roll for seven semesters... Catholic Youth Organization.
DAVID HECKMAN (6-2, 230, LB, Meridien, Calif./Sutter HS)
Captured first-team All-Northern Section honors and was named Defensive MVP for team, Butte View League, Northern Section, and Sutter area as a senior... Selected on Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools Defensive Team... Posted 113 solo tackles and 75 assists for 188 total that year... Added 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, 2 pass break-ups and 3 sacks... Twice garnered All-BVL... Voted Most Improved as a junior and MVP of freshman team... Recorded 87 solo tackles in his junior season... CIF All-Academic selection... Also participated in basketball and track & field as a freshman... Averaged 15 points per game as a forward... Posted best long jump of 18 feet.
MATT PATTERSON (6-3, 195, FS, Burbank, Calif./Burroughs HS)
Earned all-area and All-Foothill League honors as a senior... Set league record with 156 tackles, including 67 solos... Intercepted 4 passes for 64 yards... Also blocked one field goal and one punt... Selected as team captain and MVP... Made Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team... Lettered in track & field, competing in sprints, 4x400 relay and triple jump.
BRANDON RICE (6-4, 185, WR, Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills HS)
Led all Southern Section Div. III receivers with 67 catches for 987 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior... Named to All-CIF-SS second team... Nominated for National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award... Voted as team's Offensive MVP... Also a basketball and track & field standout... Won Ocean League 800 meters title in 2001, posting time of 2:04.0... Placed third at league meet in 800 as a freshman and in 400 as a junior... Selected as basketball team's Defensive Player of the Year in 2002.
DAVID WINER (6-3, 250, OL, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS)
Won first-team honors on All-Ventura County Coaches Team, Ventura County Star All-County Team and All-Marmonte League as a defensive tackle... Helped lead senior team to 14-0 record and Southern Section Div. IV championship... Captured second-team All-Marmonte League honors as a junior, sharing team's Defensive Lineman of the Year award... Helped team to CIF-SS semifinal berth as a sophomore in 2001... Also played outfield for Warrior baseball team, and guard and forward for basketball team.