Football Signs 24 To National Letters Of Intent

    Feb. 7, 2001

    FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head football coach Pat Hill announced the signing of 24 student-athletes to national letters of intent today.

    "We are very excited about this group of players," Hill said. "This is a good, solid class for us. We addressed some immediate needs with a couple junior college players and we have added depth to our roster."

    Among the players signed by Hill, six are from the San Joaquin Valley. In addition, the Bulldogs signed three players who are natives of American Samoa.

    "The San Joaquin Valley will always be the key to our recruiting and the players we signed from the Valley this year are outstanding," Hill said. "All of them are going to be big-time players for Fresno State. American Samoa is an area that produces a lot of good players and we have never recruited there before. That's an area that we took a look at and were fortunate to get a couple players from there."

    Fresno State Football Signings
    Tyrone Culver, Defensive Back, 6-0, 185, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale HS)
    James Cummings, Fullback, 5-10, 195, Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)
    Awan Diles, Defensive Back, 5-9, 180, Tulare, Calif. (Tulare Union HS)
    Charles Ealy, Wide Receiver, 6-1, 190, Palisades, Calif. (Palisades HS)
    Sean Finnerty, Offensive Line, 6-3, 320, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Mira Costa HS)
    Terry Furlow, Quarterback, 6-0, 185, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale HS)
    Matt Holt, Offensive Line, 6-5, 250, Santa Maria, Calif. (Righetti HS)
    Jermaine Jamison, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190, Los Angeles, Calif. (Price HS)
    Adam Jennings, Defensive Back, 5-9, 165, Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
    Terry Johnson, Linebacker, 6-0, 225, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline HS)
    Lokeni Lokeni, Nose Guard, 6-2, 285, Fagaitu, American Somoa (Fagaitu HS)
    James Lolohea, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Sacramento, Calif. (Grant HS)
    Michael Mapu, Defensive Line, 6-4, 230, Fagaitu, American Somoa (Fagaitu HS)
    John Morris, Tight End, 6-2, 225, Garden Grove, Calif. (Servite HS)
    Demorieux Reneau, Defensive Back, 6-0, 195, Riverdale, Calif. (Fresno City College)
    Doug Roush, Defensive Line, 6-3, 235, Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
    James Sanders, Defensive Back, 5-11, 185, Porterville, Calif. (Monache HS)
    Dartagnon Shack, Center, 6-2, 280, Riverside, Calif. (North Riverside HS)
    Justy Silicz, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial HS)
    Phillip Smith, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 180, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Oceanview HS)
    Matt Stevenson, Defensive Line, 6-7, 240, Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
    Victor Taifane, Offensive Line, 6-5, 335, Pago Pago, American Samoa (West Hills College)
    Kurt Walton, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 315, Piedra, Calif. (Sierra HS)
    Raymond Washington, Defensive Back, 6-0, 185, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)

    Fresno State Football Signings. . .February 7, 2001

    Tyrone Culver, Defensive Back, 6-0, 185, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale HS)
    Selected to the Los Angeles Times All-Star team a Southern Section Scholar-Athlete was selected the team MVP selected the league defensive player of the year first team All-Golden League and All-CIF named to the Los Angeles Daily News All-Star team.

    James Cummings, Fullback, 5-10, 195, Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)
    Rushed for 2,246 yards and 24 touchdowns last season finished third in the San Joaquin Valley in rushing selected the player of the year in the league was a first-team all-league selection on offense and a second-team choice on defense recruited by Tulsa and Oregon State.

    Awan Diles, Defensive Back, 5-9, 180, Tulare, Calif. (Tulare Union HS)
    Pronounced: A-won
    Selected to the Fresno Bee All-Star team as a defensive back had 48 tackles and four interceptions on defense scored 15 offensive touchdowns and three more on returns had 47 receptions for 680 yards and rushed for 396 yards, averaging 11.3 yards per carry help his team win in the Yosemite Division Small Schools championship Tulare Union won two straight central section championships recruited by Colorado State and UNLV.

    Charles Ealy, Wide Receiver, 6-1, 190, Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Palisades Charter HS)
    Among the nation's leaders in receiving yardage with 1,291 yards on 73 receptions caught 14 touchdown passes as a senior No. 9 rated receiver in the West by Prep Star magazine as a junior, had 70 catches for over 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash recruited by Washington, Oregon State, Washington State and Cal.

    Sean Finnerty, Offensive Line, 6-3, 320, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Mira Costa HS)
    A Los Angeles Times All-Star selection a two-time all-league and all-area selection named to the All-Southern Section as a senior named to the All-CIF team a good athlete who competes in baseball, basketball, track and volleyball.

    Terry Furlow, Quarterback, 6-0, 185, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale HS)
    Named to the All-Valley Press Team and an All-CIF selection selected to the Los Angeles Daily News All-Star team selected the back of the year in the Golden League a scholar-athlete was selected the team MVP threw for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns last season and rushed for 377 yards and nine touchdowns joins teammate Tyrone Culver on the Bulldog team.

    Matt Holt, Offensive Line, 6-5, 250, Santa Maria, Calif. (Righetti HS)
    A two-time all-conference selection was All-CIF as a senior and honorable mention All-CIF as a junior was named the Most Valuable Lineman of the Northern League a two-time all-county selection.

    Jermaine Jamison, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190, Los Angeles, Calif. (Price HS)
    Was selected the league player of the year in football and basketball selected to the honor roll and a participant in the Young Black Scholars program selected All-CIF and all-league in football and basketball guided his team to a state basketball championship as a junior led the CIF in receiving yards as a junior with 1,360 yards.

    Adam Jennings, Defensive Back, 5-9, 165, Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
    Rushed for 1,027 yards and 10 touchdowns also caught 40 passes for 647 yards and seven touchdowns was a special teams terror, returning three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns selected the Sacramento Bee's All-Star team joins two other Granite Bay players to sign with Fresno State was the Sierra Foothill League offensive Most Valuable Player was a special teams terror, returning three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns won the section meet in the 200 meters.

    Terry Johnson, Linebacker, 6-0, 225, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline HS)
    Played running back and defensive end and guided his team to the OAL championship selected as "Cream of the Crop" as one the top 20 players in the Bay Area by the Oakland Tribune led his team to a Silver Bowl championship selected second team all-league.

    Lokeni Lokeni, Nose Guard, 6-2, 285, Fagaitu, American Somoa (Fagaitu HS)
    Pronounced: low-kenny
    A two-time all-league selection earned league MVP honors as a senior selected for the ASHAA All-Star game but couldn't play due to injury.

    James Lolohea, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Sacramento, Calif. (Grant HS)
    Selected to the Sacramento Bee All-Star first team defense had 128 tackles, 25 tackles for losses last season a two-time first team all-league selection named the MVBP of his league was selected second team all-city as a junior forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries also blocked two kicks.

    Michael Mapu, Defensive Line, 6-4, 230, Fagaitu, American Somoa (Fagaitu HS)
    A two-time all-league selection was named the MVP of the ASHAA All-Star Game.

    John Morris, Tight End, 6-2, 225, Garden Grove, Calif. (Servite HS)
    A first-team All-Sierra League pick named to the Orange County Register's second-team All-Orange County honorable mention Prepstar Magazine 2000 was his high school team's MVP his senior year was offensive player of the game twice last season - vs. Mater Dei and vs. Santa Margarita made the honor roll at Servite High twice.

    Demorieux Reneau, Defensive Back, 6-0, 195, Riverdale, Calif. (Fresno City College)
    Pronounced: dem-or-oh ruh-no
    First-team all-conference as a sophomore made 94 tackles in his two years at FCC was an All-State Region 2 first-team selection in his career at Fresno City College, had eight interceptions, 17 pass breakups and four sacks, all of which came last season a preseason All-America selection.

    Doug Roush, Defensive Line, 6-3, 235, Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
    Had 88 tackles and nine sacks last season named the Sacramento Bee's Defensive Player of the Year last year and to its All-City team selected as the defensive MVP of the Sierra Foothill League helped lead Granite Bay High School to a No. 1 ranking in the state by Cal Exports selected to played in the California vs. Texas All-Star game.

    James Sanders, Defensive Back, 5-11, 185, Porterville, Calif. (Monache HS)
    Set a school record with 106 tackles and six interceptions last season named to the Fresno Bee All-Star first-team defensive squad a two-time first-team All-East Yosemite League selection had 22 tackles for losses and was named the MVP of the league also played receiver, running back and returned punts and kicks also blocked three punts a team captain and team MVP.

    Dartagnon Shack, Center, 6-2, 280, Riverside, Calif. (North Riverside HS)
    Pronounced: Dar-tan-ya
    Selected to the first team all Ivy League as an offensive lineman also selected to the first team All-CIF team holds a personal bench press record of 385 lbs.

    Justy Silicz, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial HS)
    Pronounced: sill-ease
    Had 110 tackles in 11 games a two-time all-area selection named the defensive player of the year in his conference and area selected team Most Valuable Player named second team all-state rated the 127th best player in the Far West by Superprep Magazine.

    Phillip Smith, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 180, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Oceanview HS)
    Caught 60 passes for 1,021 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and earned his second consecutive all-Golden West Conference honor averaged 17.0 yards per reception also played in the secondary had six receptions for 204 yards and three touchdowns vs. Tustin, setting an Orange County season high for receiving yards is the defending Golden West League champion in the 400 meters.

    Matt Stevenson, Defensive Line, 6-7, 240, Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
    Had 89 tackles and 11 sacks last year named to the Sacramento Bee's first-team all-defense selected to the Sierra Football League's first team led Granite Bay High School to a 25-1 record over his last two seasons rated No. 118 in the Far West by Superprep Magazine recruited by BYU.

    Victor Taifane, Offensive Line, 6-5, 335, Pago Pago, American Samoa (West Hills College)
    Pronounced: tuh-fee-nee
    A first-team all-conference selection for two years was a vital part of an offensive line that allowed only five quarterback sacks all year won his team's Coaches Award helped West Hills average 169.9 yards per game on the ground and 300 yards per game overall selected honorable mention All-American by J.C. Gridwire.

    Kurt Walton, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 315, Piedra, Calif. (Sierra HS)
    Named to Fresno Bee's high school All-Star football team anchored a line that helped Sierra High average 6.6 yards per play, 438.6 yards per game and 36 points per game led SHS to and undefeated season and to the Sequoia Division Large School championship.

    Raymond Washington, Defensive Back, 6-0, 185, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
    Played on the USA Today's No. 2 ranked team that finished 14-0 a first-team All-CIF and all-league selection comes from the same high school that produced former Fresno State great Omar Stoutmire, now of the New York Giants, and current Bulldog tight end Jeremy Johnson, a Freshman All-American in 2000.

     

     

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