Feb. 7, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis football coach Bob Biggs and his staff announced Wednesday that 13 outstanding student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join an Aggie program which has posted 37 consecutive winning seasons and will play in a new stadium this fall for the first time since 1949.
UC Davis, in its final year of a four-year reclassification to Division I-AA status, finished 6-5 overall in 2006 and won its final two games to ensure another winning season. The Aggies are members of the Great West Football Conference, which they won in 2005.
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.
Ishman ANDERSON (FB, 5-11 240, Oakland, Calif./McClymonds HS)
Robert AYOTTE (OL, 6-5 275, West Torrance, Calif./West Torrance HS)
Brock BUTLER (LB, 6-2 228, Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS)
Corbin CUTSHAW (RB, 5-9 185, Carlsbad, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS)
Tommy GRILLO (DL, 6-2 230, Lancaster, Calif./Oaks Christian HS)
Sean KELLEY (K, 5-9, 220, Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia HS)
Victor LEE (DL, 6-0 230, Cerritos, Calif./Cerritos HS)
Aaron LONG (WR, 6-4 210, Mission Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS)
Sean MARAZ (QB, 6-2 180, Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope HS)
Jacob MAXSON (DL, 6-2 230, Visalia, Calif./Redwood HS)
Ryan MAXWELL (WR, 5-9 180, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Santa Margarita HS)
Joshua REESE (RB, 5-11, 180 Davis, Calif./Davis HS)
Patrick SHELTON (DB, 6-1, 200, Canoga Park, Calif./James Monroe HS)
COACH Bob Biggs
(on the recruiting class)
"I'm pleased with the quality and the depth of the recruiting class. I think that we're piggy-backing on the great recruiting class we had last year and the year before. Our goal, as we've added scholarships, was to continue to add depth and quality across the board. I feel like we really did that with this recruiting class. We got some real nuggets and some players who have the potential to really develop into strong contributors early in their careers. We added to the depth that we needed and filled in some holes where we didn't have the depth. From that perspective, I'm very happy."
(on filling needs)
"Two years ago, we identified needs we knew we would need to fill in order for us to compete in 2007. Last year we identified - particularly at linebacker and offensive line - some other needs that we needed to fill right away and felt good about it. This year we went back with some D-line positions, looked at the depth we had at certain positions and tried to fill in our depth. We don't want a dropoff. We want to continue to get better year after year."
(on a new era of Aggie football)
"This is the beginning of a new era for us. We will be very young. A lot of our quality players and quality scholarships are kids who will be sophomores, redshirt freshmen or freshmen next year. On the surface, we're young. We'll play with kids who don't have a lot of experience, but they are darn good players. So time will tell if that experience will come to fruition on 2007 or 2008. But I do feel that we've filled in pieces of the puzzle, no question about it."
(on the impact of the last two recruiting classes)
"Look at the Chris Carters, the Brad Bispos, the Luke McDonoughs, Mike Healey -- some of the young kids that made a lot of big contributions last year. Next year you add Dozie Amajoyi, the Marcus Norths, the Greg Denhams. In the past, it was three years into the program before they would make the kinds of impact the kids are doing now. We're getting better players. That's not to take away from great players we've had, but we're playing a much more difficult schedule. There are upgrades everywhere. Now it is more possible for a younger player to play. One, he's probably a better athlete. And two, the offseason program is a lot more intense. Athletically, they can compete earlier. I think you're seeing younger players playing more. The goal is to not have a drop-off, to keep the thing rolling and fill in the gaps. I think we've done a good job identifying what our needs are and getting guys to fill those needs."
***Biographies of each of the signees are follow***
ISHMAN ANDERSON (FB, 5-11, 240, Oakland, Calif./McClymonds HS)
Ranked 23rd among fullbacks nationwide, according to ESPN.com... Also a one-star recruit by Scout.com... Named to All-Oakland Athletic League first team as a senior and honorable mention the previous two seasons... Was also selected All-Metro honorable mention in 2006... Rushed for 178 yards, 6 TD's and posted 200 receiving yards and 3 receving TD's during senior season... McClymonds HS finished 10-2-1, winning the Silver Bowl Championship for the second straight year... McClymonds HS was 31-7-1 during its last three years, winning a trio of league titles... Had 258 all-purpose yards and 6 TD's as a junior... Was also a member of wrestling team which finished second in the Oakland Athletic League during his first three seasons of participation... Three-year member of the honor roll... Star Scholarship Award... Nominee to "Who's Who Among America High School Students".
ROBERT AYOTTE (OL, 6-5, 275, West Torrance, Calif./West Torrance HS)
Played offensive tackle and defensive end this past season for West Torrance HS, which finished 12-1-1 and won the Bay League Western Conference title and advanced to section championship... Part of offense that averaged 32.8 ppg in 2006.. Named All-CIF Southern Section Western Division, all-league first-team and All-Daily Breeze newspaper first-team for 2006... ASB Senior Vice-President for 2006-07 and member of California Scholarship Federation.
BROCK BUTLER (LB, 6-2, 228, Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS)
Selected All-CIF San Diego Section, All-North County Times and All-San Diego Union-Tribune as well as to CalHiSports.com all-state first team... Was named Defensive Player of the Year for his section, as well as being named the North County Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and Avocado League Defensive Player of the Year... Earned All-Avocado League first-team honors as a junior and senior... Helped lead Carlsbad HS to a 10-0-2 record in 2006 and a 43-6 win over Poway in CIF-San Diego Section Division I title at Qualcomm Stadium in December... Finished with 90 total tackles, including 7.5 sacks... Had 12 tackles against Rancho Buena Vista, 11 versus Oceanside and 10 in later matchup against RBV... Posted an interception and recovered three fumbles... Three-time scholar-athlete and two-time honoree on San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team... Volunteered and built houses in Mexico.
CORBIN CUTSHAW (RB, 5-9, 185, Carlsbad, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS)
Rushed for 2,007 yards and 31 TD's, averaging 154.4 ypg for Santa Fe Christian, which finished 11-2 in 2006 while winning a San Diego section title... His rushing yards rank him 80th among all running backs nationwide... Averaged 10.62 yards per carry... Had a season-high 264 yards rushing on 20 carries agaisnt El Capitan HS in September, posted 235 versus La Jolla in the opener and had 214 against Coronado HS in November... Had a season-long 87-yard run in the 34-14 win over Coronado... Finished the season with 86 tackles from his strong safety position along with a 52-yard interception... Had kickoff returns of 99 and 85 yards in 2006... Rushed for 602 yards as a junior... San Diego North County All-Academic team, San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team and Santa Fe Christian HS honor roll honoree... His school coach was Brian Sipe, former quarterback of Cleveland Browns who was NFL MVP in 1980.
TOMMY GRILLO (DL, 6-2, 230, Lancaster, Calif./Oaks Christian HS)
Finished with 80 total tackles, 43 of them solo, for Oaks Christian team that went 15-0 and finished year ranked No. 8 among all California high schools by MaxPreps and was the Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year... Oaks Christian won Div. III state championship and has won 46 consecutive games... Also had 11.5 sacks and was named to All-Tri-Valley League and All-Ventura County first teams... Posted 10 tackles in 41-10 win over Nordhoff in November and had 3 sacks versus Oak Park in December... Had 78 total tackles, 6 sacks and an interception during his junior season when he was was named all-league honorable mention... Compiled a 2.04 ERA with 70 strikeouts as pitcher for baseball team last season... Four-time selection to "Who's Who Among American High School Students"... Also member of National Honor Roll.
SEAN KELLEY (K, 5-9, 220, Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia HS)
Named all-state, all-section, all-area and All-Rio Hondo League as a senior... Was 15 of 21 in field goal attempts and 45 of 46 on extra points, scoring 90 points and earning all-state honors for Monrovia HS this past season... Had a 50-yard field goal versus LaSalle HS in November and a 47-yarder against LaSalle earlier in the season... Of his 75 kickoffs, 51 were touchbacks... Made 10 field goals and 18 extra points during junior season with a season-best 50-yarder in finale... Had four field goals in that game... Kicked a season-best 47-yarder during sophomore season.
VICTOR LEE (DL, 6-0, 230, Cerritos, Calif./Cerritos HS)
Selected as Suburban League Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior at Cerritos HS... Registered 93 solo tackles and 36 assists in 2006... Also had 4.0 sacks and recovered a pair of fumbles... Voted team MVP and team captain that year... Had 101 tackles in 2005...Named to All-Suburban League second team as a sophomore and junior.
AARON LONG (WR, 6-4, 210, Mission Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS)
Sea View League honors as a junior, hauling in 30 catches for 484 yards... Finished second in SVL in receiving... Voted as team's Most Inspirational in 2005... Added second-team All-South Coast League accolades as a senior, finishing with 36 receptions, 406 yards and five touchdowns... Named as Wolverine of the Year in 2006... Also competed in basketball (center) and track (high jump), helping team win three league titles in latter.
SEAN MARAZ (QB, 6-2, 180, Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope HS)
Two-sport standout, excelling in football and baseball at Sunnyslope HS in Phoenix, Ariz.... Earned all-state honorable mention and second-team all-region honors as a quarterback and defensive back as a senior...Set a state record for firing six touchowns in a game... Amassed 4,200 passing yards, 600 rushing yards and 39 TD passes in final two seasons... Also a baseball standout, earning Gatorade Rookie of the Year distinction as a sophomore, then second-team all-region as a junior... Batted .345 in his three-year career.
JACOB MAXSON (DL, 6-2, 230, Visalia, Calif./Redwood HS)
Compiled more than 100 tackles in each of his junior and senior seasons at Redwood HS... Had 89 tackles as a sophomore... Selected to CBS47's All-Junior Team in 2005, All-Senior Team in 2006... Also excelled in wrestling, capturing West Yosemite League and Central Section titles as a senior heavyweight... Ranked among top eight in state in 2007... Won WYL and finished second at sections as a junior 215-pounder... Ranked in state's top 10 in 2006.
RYAN MAXWELL (WR, 5-9, 180, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Santa Margarita HS)
Captured all-state, All-CIF Southern Section, All-Orange County and All-Trinity League as a senior at Santa Margarita HS... Finished with 49 catches for 601 yards in 2006, plus 36 tackles and four interceptions on defense... Also returned 16 punts for 13.69 average... Ranked 80th nationally among prep receivers by Rivals.com... Helped lead team to 10-3 record and CIF-SS semifinal berth as a senior... Three-time All-Trinity League first-team selection... Named as team's Player of the Game 10 times, including six occasions as a senior... Finished third in school history in career receptions and career receiving yards... Averged 37.4 yards per touchdown catch... Set nine school records for punt returns, including career yards (535) and TDs (6)... Also accomplished as a sprinter for track team... Won eight Trinity League titles in three years, including 100- and 200-meter dash championships as a junior.
JOSHUA REESE (RB, 5-11, 180, Davis, Calif./Davis HS)
Twice named to all-area team for Davis HS... Earned All-Monticello Empire League first team as a senior... Rushed for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 198 carries in 2006... Also caught 13 passes for 132 yards and two TD strikes, while totalling 18 tackles as a defensive back... Had five 100-yard games as a senior, including career-best 274 against Armijo... Compiled 325 rushing yards, 420 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns as a junior... Earned Academic Excellence Awards in his junior and senior years... Also played basketball, helping Blue Devils to Sac-Joaquin Section postseason berth in 2006... Father, Stanley, was an All-Far Western Conference honoree at Chico State.
PATRICK SHELTON (DB, 6-1, 200, Canoga Park, Calif./James Monroe HS)
Named All-Valley Mission League first team and first team all-city for James Monroe HS, which advanced to CIF-Los Angeles City section playoffs... Named to all-league second team as a junior after finishing second on the team in tackles... Selected to play in Next Level Sports All-Star game.