PUEBLO, Colo. (February 1, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo football program inked 26 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday on National Signing Day.
All 26 signees are incoming freshmen, set to arrive on campus in the fall to help the ThunderWolves defend their 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship. The class is offense heavy with 17 players on that side of the ball. There are eight listed as defensive players and one signee is pegged as an offensive or defensive lineman. Like all CSU-Pueblo Head Coach John Wristen signing classes, the list has a strong contingent from Colorado with 18 hailing from the home state. The Pack continued their focus on Arizona and grabbed five from the Grand Canyon State, while the class rounds out with two from California and one from Texas.
The Pack also added two local athletes to the roster who signed Institutional Commitment Forms.
For the complete roster and breakdown by position and state, cick HERE.
All signees are contingent upon admission to CSU-Pueblo and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
For headshots, bios, highlights and a comment from Head Coach John Wristen about each student-athlete, visit the 2017 Signing Day Central page HERE.
2017 CSU-Pueblo Football National Letter of Intent Signing Class
Nicolas Albertini (TE, 6-4, 205, Yorba Linda, Calif./Whittier Christian HS)
Whittier Christian High School: Totaled 1,322 yards on 86 reception for his three-year varsity career … Hauled in 50 catches for 837 yards during his senior season for the Heralds … Scored nine touchdowns in his final campaign at Whittier Christian … Found the end zone 12 times in his career.
Personal: Son of Paul and Tracey Albertini ... Has two younger brothers, Jacob and Dominic ... Proposed business major at CSU-Pueblo.
Cade Becker (DE, 6-5, 235, Bennett, Colo./Bennett HS)
Bennett High School: Dropped the quarterback for 47 career sacks for the Tigers, which is the second most the state of Colorado for a prep career … Made 154 career total tackles, 86 of which were solo stops … Named First Team All-Colorado as a junior and a senior ... 1A/2A Defensive Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016 ... Collected 54 total tackles as both a junior and senior … Set a career-high with 18.5 sacks as a junior … Made a season-high four sacks against Cornerstone Christian Academy … Averaged 34.1 yard per punt as a junior.
Personal: Son of Daryl and Lorie Becker ... Brother of Dillon and Kyla Becker ... Proposed business management major at CSU-Pueblo.
Madison Beeler (OL/DL, 6-3, 290, El Paso, Texas/Coronado HS)
Coronado High School: Thunderbird running backs averaged 6.2 yards per rush behind the Beeler anchored line … Beeler helped Coronado rush for 209 yards per game in 2016 … Named All-District First Team at Guard by Scout.com … Earned All-City honors.
Personal: Son of Kenneth and Deidre Beeler … Intends to major in mass communications.
Robert Trey Botts (DL, 6-2, 285, Parker, Colo./Lutheran HS)
Lutheran High School: Helped the Lights to a 5-4 record during his senior campaign … Made 92 career tackles including a career-high 62 as a senior ... Pulled down the quarterback for 3.5 sacks as a senior … Provided 32 solo tackles including 15.5 for a loss in his last season at Lutheran … Picked off a pass as a junior.
Personal: Son of Robert and Kimberly Botts ... Proposed business major.
Javian Byrd (DB , 6-1, 184, Denver, Colo./George Washington HS)
George Washington High School: Recorded 4,173 passing yards, 503 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns on offense … On the other side of the ball Byrd made 30 tackles, one interception and forced two fumbles with four pass breakups … Is a three time all-conference selection.
Personal: Son of John and Jennifer Byrd…Brother to Jaylen and Jennesse…Plans to major in mass communications.
Max Fine (WR, 6-2, 205, Gilbert, Ariz./Williams Field HS)
Williams Field High School: Made 113 catches for 2,131 yards in three seasons for the Black Hawks … Recorded 23 receiving touchdowns, averaging 78.9 yards per game and 18.9 average receiving yards … Led WFHS to an undefeated 14-0 record and 5A San Tan Football League title … Finished second in the conference in receiving yards during senior season.
Personal: Rex and Monica Fine ... Proposed business major at CSU-Pueblo.
Connor Goetz (OL, 6-5, 250, Mesa, Ariz./Desert Ridge HS)
Desert Ridge High School: Helped guide the Jaguars to an 8-4 record in 2016 and a runner-up finish at the Arizona State Championships in 2015.Personal: Intends to major in criminal justice at CSU-Pueblo.
Max Gonzales (LB, 6-0, 220, Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail HS)
Cherokee Trail High School: Rushed for 785 yards on 120 carries, scoring six touchdowns and one fumble recovery … On defense he made 105 tackles with four sacks and three interceptions.
Shamond Hamilton (RB, 5-10, 170, Littleton, Colo./Mullen HS)
Mullen High School: Rushed for 900 yards during senior season … Scored 16 touchdowns, averaged 6.2 yards per carry and 95 yards per game … Named first team all-conference.
Personal: Plans to major in sports medicine/athletic training.
Brenden Holt (RB, 5-11, 180, Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail HS)
Cherokee Trail High School: Ran for 1,100 yards on 162 carries … Scored 12 touchdowns and led the Mt. Evans Conference in rushing … Was named first team all-conference and all-state.
Personal: Son of Brenden and Sherea Holt.
Sean Johnson (OT, 6-5, 315, Golden, Colo./Mullen HS)
Mullen High School: A four-year letter winner … Was named first team all-league (offensive line) 2016, second team all-state (O-Line) … Named second team all-conference (2015) and all-conference honorable mention (2014) … Competed three seasons in track & field for the Mustangs.
Personal: Son of Charles and Meagan Johnson … Plans to major in criminology/sociology.
Bradley Kinzer (DL, 6-4, 193, Littleton, Colo./Columbine HS)
Columbine High School: Recorded 44 tackles with six sacks and as a senior ... Totaled 23 tackles with five sacks as a junior ... Named first team all-conference ... KSA Event Defensive MVP.
Personal: Son of Craig and Chris Kinzer ... Has one brother, Dillon ... Has a cousin that plays at Colorado Mines ... Proposed software engineering major.
Gunnar Lamphere (QB, 6-2, 185, Aurora, Colo./Grandview HS)
Grandview High School: Threw for over 2,000 passing yards and 32 touchdowns with seven interceptions … Named all-state second team.
Personal: Son of Dan and Johnna Lamphere … Older brother of Anders and Elsa … Plans to major in business.
Andre Leomiti (OL, 6-1, 280, Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS)
Los Alamitos High School: Was named Offensive Lineman of the Year … Named First Team All-Sunset League … Second Team Dream Team Press Telegram … Third Team All-County … Recorded 83 burry blocks…
Personal: Son of Alfonso and Lani Leomiti … Older brother of Anthony, Alfonzo, and Albert ... Plans to major in sports management.
Marcus Lindsay (RB, 5-9, 205, Aurora, Colo./Denver South HS)
Denver South High School: Rushed for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Rebels … Recorded 110 tackles on defense … Named First Team All-League at both running back and linebacker positions … Earned First Team All-State and 4A Player of the Year for senior season … Is a three time all-league running back.
Personal: Son of Phillip and Diane Lindsay … Younger brother of Sparkle, Cheri, Phillip and Zachary … His father Phillip played football at CSU, sister Sparkle played basketball at then-Mesa State University, sister Cheri played volleyball at Prairie View A&M, brother Phillip played football at Colorado University, and brother Zachary played football at University of Northern Colorado.
Cal Neubert (OT, 6-6, 280, Highlands Ranch, Colo./Highlands Ranch HS)
Highlands Ranch High School: Selected as CHSSA All-Colorado Football … Earned second team all-conference honors (2016) ... Helped guide the Falcons to the 5A playoffs.
Personal: Son of Keith and Paula Neubert … Brother to Tatum and Kelsey … His father Keith played football and basketball at University of Nebraska … Brother Tatum currently plays basketball at LSU … Plans to major in business.
Djimon O'Neil (WR, 6-5, 196, Fountain, Colo./Fountain-Fort Carson HS)
Fountain-Fort Carson High School: Made 23 catches for 285 yards and four touchdowns for the Trojans … Named all-conference and earned all-state academic honorable mention.
Personal: Son of Marquest and Charlotte O'Neil … Has one brother, Marquest II ... Undecided on an academic major at CSU-Pueblo.
Elijah Reed (OT, 6-4, 295, Aurora, Colo./Vista Peak Prep)
Vista Peak Prep: Earned honorable mention honors as a junior ... Played for head coach John Sullivan ... Missed his senior season due to injury.
Personal: Son of Marcus and Edith Reed … Younger brother of Marquisha, Marcus, and Emaya … Plans to major in criminal justice.
Anthony Rodriguez (OLB, 6-3, 200, Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain HS)
Shadow Mountain High School: Named First Team All-Skyline Region as a senior … Received the Matadors Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2016 … Finished with 57 total tackles including 12 for a loss ... Brought down the quarterback for nine sacks in 2016 resulting in 64 lost yards fir the opposing offense … Forced three fumbles.
Personal: Son of Roberto and Sandra Rodriguez … Brother of Joshua and Alexsandra Rodriguez … Intends to major in physical therapy.
Tyler Smith (TE, 6-5, 230, Thornton, Colo./Mountain Range HS)
Mountain Range High School: Totaled 276 receiving yards and three touchdowns … Named first team all-conference (2016) and all-state honorable mention (2015 & 2016).
Personal: Son of Larry and Amanda Smith … Older brother to Alexis and Dylan … Plans to major in engineering.
Sebastian Spencer (WR, 5-11, 160, Tucson, Ariz./Mountain View HS)
Mountain View High School: Led Arizona's Division II with 1,946 all-purpose yards and finished in the top 25 in state … Named First team All-State as a kick returner … Tabbed Second Team All-State as a wide receiver … Received First Team All-Division II as both a kick returner and a wide receiver … Garnered First Team All-Tucson as both a wide receiver and kick returner … Selected as the Mountain Lions team MVP … Scored 15 total touchdowns … Blocked two field goals … Intercepted a pass.
Personal: Son of Mikel and Patricia Spencer … Brother of Annastasia Spencer … Intends to major in mass communications.
Jonah Stupar (OL, 6-3, 275, Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo County HS)
Pueblo County High School: A two-time all-conference selection … Named all-state honorable mention for senior season … named to All-Chieftain team.
Personal: Son of Rudy and Kathy Stupar … Younger brother of Joziah … Plans to major in special education.
Josh Tellez (DE, 6-0, 225, Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo East HS)
Pueblo East High School: A member of three Colorado State Championships at Pueblo East ... Rushed for 303 yards, five touchdowns on 49 carries … Defensively made 95 tackles, 15.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … Was named first team All-South Central League, all-city, and all-state … Earned honorable recognition on the All-USA Team.
Personal: Son of John and Julie Griego … Plans to major in sports management.
Dane Washington (Athlete , 6-1, 180, Denver, Colo./Thomas Jefferson HS)
Thomas Jefferson High School: Named All-North Metro League as a senior … Received Honorable Mention All-Conference as a sophomore and junior.
Personal: Son of Dane Washington Sr. … Brother of Azhaunte Forrest, Jahvell Forrest and Damari Washington … Intends to major in business with an emphasis in sports management.
Malachi Wilkins (LB, 6-3, 200, Goodyear, Ariz./Estrella Foothills HS)
Estrella Foothills High School: Tabbed First Team All-Section at defensive end as a junior and senior … Named First team All-Section as an offensive lineman … Received Regional Defensive Player of the year accolades … Garnered Second Team All-Conference honors … Made 125 tackles as a senior including 19.5 tackles for a loss … Took down the quarterback for three sacks as a senior for the Wolves … Forced three fumbles and picked off a pass.
Personal: Son of Odilia Kwateng and Dion Wilkins … Brother of DeAnthoni and Myia Wilkins … His Uncle Prince Kwateng played football at the University of Northwestern.
Nick Williams (WR, 6-3, 180, Aurora, Colo./Cherry Creek HS)
Cherry Creek High School: Scored one touchdown for the Dave Logan coached Bruins … Played in eight games … Made 17 catches for 226 yards … Averaged 13.3 yards per catch … Hauled in another touchdown grab as a junior.
Personal: Son of Roan and Kim Williams … Brother of Matt Williams … Matt played football at Wooster College … Majoring in finance.
Jace Christian (QB, 6-6, 190, Fountain, Colo./Fountain-Fort Carson HS)
Fountain-Fort Carson HS: Threw for 599 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior.
Personal: Son of Carl and Wendy Christian ... Sister, Kelcey, played volleyball at Chardonnay State ... Proposed construction management major.
Quindell Bryant (LB, 6-0, 200, Colorado Springs, Colo./Mitchell HS)
Mitchell HS: Led Mitchell in tackles three straight seasons ... Named second team all-conference linebacker and tight end following both his junior and senior seasons ... Added two career interceptions and five forced fumbles ... Compiled 1,108 career yards on offense ... Named team MVP as a senior and Defensive MVP as a junior ... Rotary Champion nominee as a senior ... Classroom Champion for channel 11 newsPersonal: Son of Quincy Bryant Sr. ... Proposed physical education major.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.