Feb. 5, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Given limited time to assemble a 2013 recruiting class after being hired barely six weeks earlier, UC Davis head football coach Ron Gould was still able to bring in a talented group. With a full recruiting cycle heading into this winter, Gould and his staff continued to build a stronger program by welcoming 15 student-athletes, including 14 national letter of intent signees and a mid-year transfer, for the 2014 class that was announced on Wednesday.
The signees joined the Aggie program during the national letter of intent signing period which began on Wednesday.
The recruiting class is highly regarded with 12 of the 15 players rated two stars by Scout.com. Gould's class features eight defensive players and seven on the offensive side. Two defensive linemen, two linebackers, two safeties and two cornerbacks make up the defensive recruits while two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, an offensive lineman, a running back and a tight end are on the offensive side of the ball.
"We brought in a very athletic group of young men at all positions," said Gould. "That was a need that we had to address. We wanted to become more athletic overall. We felt like we've addressed those needs.
"There are certain characteristics that we look for in our student-athletes," he said. "Number one is character, number two are great students, and number three are guys that have some athletic ability because if they have that then it makes our job that much easier. And the fourth thing is we want young men that aspire to be great in all facets of their lives."
Gould feels this year's recruiting class meets those attributes and is excited at the quality of the 15 players.
UC Davis finished its first season under Gould with a 5-7 overall record but won five of its final seven games to go 5-3 in the rugged Big Sky Conference and tie for third.
Turner Baty (QB, 6-2, 210, San Francisco, Calif./City College of San Francisco) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Played two seasons for CCSF in 2011 and 2013 while spending 2012 season redshirting at the University of Kansas... Threw for 6,220 yards while becoming CCSF's all-time leading passer... Earned All-NorCal first-team accolades last fall after throwing for 3,120 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for three more scores as CCSF finished with an 8-3 record... Averaged 283.6 ypg. passing... Compiled 3,100 passing yards and 400 more on the ground as CCSF was named JUCO national champion in 2011 with a 12-0 record... He accounted for 42 touchdowns, including 25 through the air, and was named the MVP of the state championship game... Threw for a season-high 379 yards against Santa Rosa last November and had 358 yards and six touchdowns versus Fresno City College earlier in the season... Played at Menlo-Atherton HS in Bay Area as a sophomore and junior and finished at New Canaan Prep a senior...Threw for 2,452 yards and 26 touchdowns at New Canaan while leading the school to a state championship.. Had 1,770 yards and 14 touchdowns passing during junior season at Menlon-Atherton HS... His father, Greg, played eight seasons in the NFL (1986-94), most of it with the Miami Dolphins... Plans on majoring in business.
Anthony Baumgart (DL, 6-1, 220, Antelope, Calif./Antelope HS)
Earned a pair of varsity letters while helping lead the defense... Named Capital Athletic League's Outstanding Defensive Lineman this fall after finishing with 70 tackles, including 8.0 sacks... Had 12 tackles, including nine solo, in season opener against Del Campo HS and posted nine total stops in the Titans' 27-24 win over Woodcreek HS... Posted a pair of sacks versus both El Camino HS and Whitney HS... Selected to MaxPreps 2013 All-Sac-Joaquin Section first-team defense... Selected for the 57th Sacramento Optimist All-Star Game and the 2014 West Coast Bowl... Collected 41 tackles and recovered a fumble for a TD during junior season... Was named All-CAL honorable mention... Also earned a varsity letter for baseball... Four-year member of the Antelope HS's Project Lead the Way - Engineering Pathway program... Earned honor roll status every semester and received Principle's Academic Honor Award... Plans to be an engineering major.
Travon Brooks (LB, 6-3, 240, Oakland, Calif./McClymonds HS/Contra Costa College) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Mid-year transfer who joined Aggies' program this winter quarter... Played 2013 season at Contra Costa College, receiving All-Bay Valley Conference honors as a linebacker... Finished the year with 55 total tackles, including 46 solo... Also had 5.5 TFL's and 2.5 sacks while breaking up two passes and recovering a fumble... Posted 10 stops and had a sack against DeAnza College... Earned a varsity letter at McClymonds HS as a senior after playing sophomore and junior years at Deer Valley HS... Was named all-conference first team as a linebacker at McClymonds HS while helping lead the Warriors to a 12-0 record and a Silver Bowl championship... Also played tight end and fullback as a senior... Was two-time all-league tight end at Deer Valley HS while helping the Wolverines to an 11-1 record and into the CIF-North Coast Section second round... Earned tight end honors from a pair of camps at the University of Nevada... Redshirted 2011 season at the University of Washington... Honor roll member every year in high school... Dean's List honoree at Contra Costa... Is currently majoring in economics at UC Davis.
Keelan Doss (WR, 6-3, 185, Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS)
Three-year varsity member who caught 56 passes for 998 yards and 12 touchdowns during his career... Had 29 receptions for 577 yards and nine touchdowns this past season... Enjoyed a monster game against Hillsdale HS, grabbing eight passes for 217 yards and a trio of scores... Picked up at least one touchdown in all eight games he played... Averaged 19.9 yards per reception this past fall... Had 26 receptions for 414 yards during his sophomore campaign, collecting season-highs of seven catches and 108 yards against Encinal HS... Missed majority of junior season with injury... Team captain as a senior... All-West Alameda County Conference 12 first-team honors, his second all-league award... Named MVP at Arizona State Contra Costa Football Camp... Also plays basketball at Alameda HS... Four-year academic honor roll member... CIF-North Coast Section Scholar-Athlete for 2011-12.
Jordan Hoyt (DL, 6-4, 265, Chandler, Ariz./Chandler HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Earned pair of varsity letters on the defensive line at Chandler HS... Named Arizona All-State Div. I honorable mention this past season after compiling 62 total tackles, including 43 solo... He opened the season strong with 10 tackles against Centennial HS and later posted nine stops against Perry HS... Also forced a fumble and recovered two... Had 25 total tackles, including a pair of sacks in 2011... Selected as a team captain for his senior season and received The Wolf Award at Chandler HS, considered one of the school's most prestigious honors... Also wrestled one year at Chandler HS... Special Olympics volunteer... Also volunteers with The Two Cents Project homeless outreach program... Plans to major in applied biological sciences.
Ramsey Hufford (OL, 6-3, 300, Newport Harbor, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Versatile lineman who starred on both offense and defense, earning three varsity letters... Selected to All-CIF Southern Section Southwest Division team and also All-Orange County first team... Was also named last week to MaxPreps California Div. II All-State first-team defense... He was co-winner of Sunset League's Defensive Lineman of the Year award for the second straight season after collecting 51 tackles including three sacks... Named all-state and all-county after junior season in which he had 69 total tackles... Played left tackle on offensive line for Newport Harbor HS... Had 29 tackles as a nose guard during his first year of varsity as a sophomore... Helped lead his team to the CIF-SS Southwest Division championship game last December... Also an accomplished weightlifter, posting a trio of top-four finishes at national championships.
AMONAI ITAAEHAU (LB, 6-0, 225, Mesa, Ariz./Desert Ridge HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Finished his two-year varsity career at Desert Ridge HS with 196 tackles including 101 as a senior and 95 during his junior season... Also had 11.0 sacks, six which came this fall... Picked off three passes, recovered a fumble and blocked a punt during his career... Short-yardage ball carrier who found the endzone three times this past season... Named to the Arizona All-State Div. I first team.. Two-time all-section honoree... Named all-city and defensive player of the year as a senior... Super 25 selection... Helped lead Desert Ridge HS to a pair of league championships and two berths into the state championship semifinals.
Jermale Jefferson (WR, 5-10, 172, Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Helped Dorsey HS to a 7-5 overall record, a 4-1 mark in league and a quarterfinal berth in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section playoffs... Caught 41 catches for 1,100 yards and 13 TDs... Caught a 42-yard TD pass during a first-round playoff win over Roosevelt HS... Hauled in five passes for 112 yards, including 30- and 39-yard scores, in an early season win over Fairfax HS... Displayed his speed with a 54-yard touchdown after taking a swing pass behind the line of scrimmage... He finished the game with three touchdowns... Is also a standout on the Dorsey HS track and field team... Placed sixth at the L.A. City Section Finals in the 100-meter dash, was eighth in the 200 and was a member of winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays... Has earned honor roll distinction each year at Dorsey HS... Has not decided on a major at UC Davis yet.
Sean Johnson (S, 6-1, 185, Burbank, Calif./Burroughs HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Played three varsity seasons for Burroughs HS, collecting 110 tackles during that span... Posted 34 stops during his senior season last fall, including 13 against Burbank HS... Had 36 total tackles, including 27 solo, as a junior and 40 during his sophomore year... Caused five fumbles and had 10 pass breakups during his career... Helped lead the Indians to a pair of playoff berths... Earned All-Pacific League second-team honors from his defensive back position.... Played running back as well, scoring a pair of touchdowns this past season... Academic honor roll distinction.
Mitchell Layton (RB, 6-0, 200, Roseville, Calif./Woodcreek HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Gained 2,308 rushing yards during a three-year varsity career at Woodcreek HS... Also talled 21 touchdowns, including nine during his junior season and six both as a sophomore and senior... Played just six games in 2013 but still managed to average 112.2 ypg... Had an 85-yard run and scored a pair of TD's against highly rated Folsom HS in the season opener while finishing with 265 yards... Followed that with a 77-yard run against Casa Roble HS the next week... Rushed for 190 yards in that matchup and later had 149 yards against Roseville HS... Averaged 7.7 yards a carry last season... Gained 886 rushing yards in 2012 and 749 yards in 2011... Earned All-Sierra Foothill League first-team honors as a junior and was named offensive MVP... Is also a speedster for Woodcreek's track team... Has a career-best time of 10.84 in the 100-meter dash and is an all-league and District Cup champion in the 100, 200 and 4x100... Received Captain Awards for both football and track... Also received an Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award... Honored with Gold Academic Merit Award for at least a 3.8 GPA... Has not decided on a major at UC Davis.
Isiah Olave (CB, 5-10, 179, San Ysidro, Calif./Eastlake HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Versatile athlete who earned 2013 All-Mesa League first-team honors while also being named the offensive player of the year... Was also selected to the All-CIF San Diego Section first-team defense... Was named a finalist for the 2013 Prep Pigskin Report Silver Pigskin Player of the Year... Helped lead Eastlake HS to a section title while earning all-league first-team and second-team All-CIF honors as a defensive back... Earned all-league second-team accolades as a sophomore... Rushed for 737 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 391 yards and six touchdowns, and collected 1,565 all-purpose yards during his senior campaign... Had 36 total tackles, including 28 solo, as well... Eastlake HS was 29-8 over this three varsity seasons... Has won three San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar-Athlete awards for both football and track and field... Volunteers with elementary school children as a mentor and tutor... Plans to major in kinesiology.
Jordan Robinson (S, 6-1, 195, Gilbert, Ariz./Mesquite HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Is a two-time Arizona All-State honoree, winning honorable mention accolades for Div. I while attending Brophy Prep HS, and then won Div. II honors this past season at Mesquite HS... Collected 37 total tackles, including 17 solo, during the 2013 season... Posted a pair of sacks... Also saw time on the offensive side of the ball where he scored three touchdowns... Had four interceptions as well... Had an interception and returned a fumble 72 yards while at Brophy HS in 2012... Also collected 52 total tackles, including 35 solo and 3.5 TFLs... Also played volleyball and ran track... Mesquite HS finished 11-2 this past fall, advancing to the Div. II state semifinals... Member of the Black Student Union... Plays the piano... Plans to major in business.
C.J. Spencer (QB, 6-2, 195, Sacramento, Calif./Inderkum HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Received All-CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section first-team and All-Metro second-team honors after helping lead Inderkum HS to a 10-3 record... Passed for 1,724 yards and 23 touchdowns this past season, including a long of 69 yards... Also averaged 10.0 yards on 13 rushes... Completed 16 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown during playoff matchup with Manteca HS... Tossed three touchdown passes in three games... Enjoyed standout junior season by throwing for 1,673 yards and 16 touchdowns... Had just three interceptions in 164 attempts... Capped the season with 289 passing yards on 13 completions against Vista del Lago... Ran for 193 yards and six touchdowns in 2012... Received all-league honors as both a junior and senior... Also plays golf for Inderkum HS and holds the school's nine-hole scoring record (34)... Coming off a fall semester in which he earned a 4.0 GPA... Plans to study pre-med.
Robert Taylor (CB, 5-11, 170, Hayward, Calif./Deer Valley HS) - Scout.com (2 stars)
Earned All-Bay Valley Athletic League honors as a defensive back after finishing 2013 season with 64 total tackles, including 34 solo... Had 10 stops against Vacaville HS in October and had four other games with seven tackles... Picked off three passes, returning one of them 63 yards and another 35 yards... Versatile athlete who also returned eight kickoffs for 206 yards and caught 24 passes for 458 yards and six touchdowns... Helped Deer Valley HS post an 11-2 overall record and advance to the CIF-North Coast Section Div. I semifinals where they lost to national powerhouse De La Salle HS... Earned All-West Athletic Conference honors while playing his junior season at Castro Valley HS... Compiled 1,000 all-purpose yards while scoring 10 TDs... Member of the honor roll... Plans to study pre-med at UC Davis.
Nolan Tooley (TE, 6-3, 235, Santa Barbara, Calif./Bishop Diego HS)
Was named All-CIF Southern Section, all-state and all-city for Bishop Diego HS while excelling on both sides of the ball... Added first-team All-Tri-Valley league and all-county honors while being named the TVL's Defensive MVP... Caught 18 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns including a long of 54 yards... Had 14 receptions for 245 yards and five touchdowns as a junior including a long of 77 yards in the season opener against Santa Maria... Posted 60 total tackles, including 32 solo, this past fall from his defensive end position... Also had 14.5 sacks for 86 yards in losses, defended five passes and caused four fumbles... Had 68 total stops as a junior and finished his career with 170 tackles and 28.0 sacks... Received all-league, All-CIF, all-county and all-city honors after his junior year as well... Was a second-team all-league selection as a sophomore... Helped lead BDHS to a 33-6 record during his three varsity seasons and a trio of semifinal berths in the section playoffs... Also plays baseball for the Cardinals, earning all-league and all-county awards in that sport as well... Received a scholar-athlete award for having a GPA above 4.0... Plans to major in business.