OL Zach Bolton, DE Tevita Finau, WR Tyron Morris-Edwards, TE Jake Murphy and QB Tyler Shreve will count toward Utah’s 25 initial scholarships this year.
2011 SIGNEES (19)
Bios courtesy of the University of Utah sports information department.
Sioasi Aiono OL 290/6-2 South Hills HS West Covina, Calif.
– First-team all-Sierra League … second-team all-sate … 2010 Nike Camp offensive line MVP … South Hills HS (Calif.) team captain … also lettered in track … parents are Mac and Rita … one brother and three sisters … enjoys playing the ukulele … full name is Tauti Siaosi Aiono (name is pronounced see-oh-see eye-oh-no) … born May 16, 1993 in Salt Lake City.
Isaac Asiata OL 318/6-3 Spanish Fork HS Spanish Fork, Utah
— Enrolled in school in January and will participate in spring camp … first-team all-state as a junior and senior … Spanish Fork HS (Utah) team captain as a junior and senior … three-year starter … two-year honor roll student … he and five siblings were raised by a single mom (Leitu Tui) … three brothers and two sisters … cousin of former Ute running back Matt Asiata and current Ute RB Shawn Asiata … full name is Isaac Andrew Asiata (pronounced ah-see-ah-ta) … born Dec. 29, 1992.
Tevita Bloomfield LB 230/6-0 Hunter HS West Valley City, Utah
— Second-team all-state as a senior in 2010 … all-region 2 … set Hunter High (Utah) record for tackles in a game … All-America rugby player played for Highland High’s state champion team … selected for the rugby All-American game vs. Canada … also lettered in basketball (Hunter High) … honor roll student every year … son of Tefua and Kavata Bloomfield … father played football for BYU from 1993-95 … one of nine children … born Aug. 8, 1993.
Joseph Bryant DB 194/6-4 Bryan HS Bryan, Texas
— Free safety was first-team all-district … Bryan HS (Texas) team captain … lettered three years in both football and track … son of Joe Bryant and Helen King … father is a correctional officer and mother is a detention officer … one brother and one sister … enjoys hunting, fishing and working on cars … born Apr. 26, 1993.
Anthony Denham WR 231/6-4 East Los Angeles College (Calif.) Monterey Park, Calif.
— All-state and all-conference receiver for East L.A. College … four star recruit by both Rivals and Scout … set school records for receiving yards and touchdowns in a game and a season … as a freshman in 2009, had 1,189 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns … finished second in the American Mountain Conference rankings in 2010 with 40 catches for 475 yards and seven touchdowns … all-city, all-league while playing for Woodrow Wilson HS (Calif.) … team captain led Woodrow Wilson in receiving three years … won four letters in football, two in basketball and one in track … son of Anthony Denham Sr. and Dana Lewis spent his high school years in foster care … two sisters and a brother … cousin is married to former 12-year NFL safety Marcus Robertson … hopes to major in sociology/criminal justice … full name is Anthony Dion Denham Jr. … nickname is A.D. … born July 21, 1991.
Nate Fakahafua WR 196/6-3 Highland HS Salt Lake City, Utah
— 2010 Utah 4A MVP as a receiver will play defensive end at Utah … first-team all-state in 2010 and second-team all-state in 2009 … first-team all-region in 2009 and 2010 … led Highland High to the 2010 4A state championship, catching 10 passes for a state record 200 yards and three touchdowns in the title game (also had two sacks) … as a senior, he had 58 receptions for 1,351 yards (96.5 yards per game) and 17 touchdowns … two-way player totaled 62 tackles, 17.5 sacks and two interceptions in 2010 … Highland High’s team captain in football and basketball … won four letters in football, basketball and track … second-team all-state and first-team all-region basketball selection in 2009 … honor roll student has a 4.0 GPA his senior year … son of Ana Fakahafua and stepfather Leti Fonohemia … guardians are Dave and Katherine Orchard … has seven siblings … brother Jake Orchard plays basketball for Westminster College in Salt Lake City … likes Chinese food and country music … full name is Napaa Lilo Fakahafua (pronounced fa-ka-lah-foo-a) … born Jan. 5, 1993 in Los Angeles.
Seni Fauonuku DT 290/6-0 Bingham HS South Jordan, Utah
– Played for championship teams in both Texas (Euless Trinity HS) and Utah (Bingham HS) … Euless Trinity was crowned the 2007 national champion, while Bingham won Utah 5A state titles in 2009 and 2010 … first-team all-state in Utah as a junior and senior and honorable mention as a sophomore … Euless Trinity’s freshman MVP in 2007 … 98 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a junior … 75 tackles and eight sacks as a senior at Bingham High … earned three letters in football and two in wrestling … placed fifth in the state in the heavyweight class in 2010 … only person in his family to graduate from high school … son of Tevita Fauonuku and Gena Newton … six siblings … enjoys playing rugby and wrestling … interested in majoring in physical education and sports medicine … full name is Viliseni Fauonuku, but goes by Seni (name is pronounced senny fow-oh-new-koo)… born Apr. 30, 1993 in Oahu, Hawaii.
Charles Henderson WR 175/5-9 McDonogh 35 HS New Orleans, La.
– All-state receiver as a senior in 2010 … three-time all-district kick and punt returner … 45 receptions for 1,076 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year … McDonogh 35 HS (La.) was the 2009 10-4A champion … also lettered in track … made the Principal’s honor roll and Maroon honor roll … son of the late Charles Thomas and Nadine Henderson … father played football at Southeastern Louisiana … mother has a master’s degree in social work from Southern University-New Orleans … two brothers and two sisters … born Feb. 3, 1993.
Daniel Kristensen OL 257/6-5 Cottonwood HS Murray, Utah
– All-region and all-state … led Cottonwood HS (Utah) in de-cleaters as a junior (87) and senior (98) … earned three letters in football and two in basketball … honor roll student … son of Michael and Jamie Kristensen … two brothers and a sister … enjoys astronomy, basketball and reading … full name is Daniel Kama Kristensen … born Mar. 30, 1993.
Harvey Langi RB 216/6-1 Bingham HS South Jordan, Utah
– Enrolled in school in January and will participate in spring camp … All-American played in the 2010 Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … 2010 5A MVP … first-team all-state as a junior and senior … led Bingham HS (Utah) to back-to-back 5A state championships in 2009 and 2010 … Bingham Outstanding Running Back and team captain … 570 career rushes for 4,289 yards and 55 touchdowns … 152 carries, 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior … MVP of Nike Football Training Camp in Miami … honor roll student … son of Samuela and Kaiesita Langi … has five brothers and three sisters … interests include movies and swimming … full name is Havea Hikuleo Langi (pronounced long-ee) … born Sept. 24, 1992.
Keith McGill DB 200/6-3 Cerritos College La Mirada, Calif.
— First-team All-America safety … 11th-rated player (all positions) in the Rivals.com Juco Top 50 players … first-team all-state and all-conference … Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year … Cerritos College was the Northern Conference co-champion and playedi n the 2010 Southern California Bowl … in 2010, he had 37 tackles, seven interceptions (returned for 203 yards and a touchdown), five pass breakups and two blocked kicks … blocked a field goal attempt by Bakersfield College on the last play of the game, finishing the play by receiving a lateral at the 35-yard line and scoring the game-winning touchdown … at La Mirada High, he earned letters in football, track and basketball … son of Keith McGill, Sr. and Shoundelle Paxton … father is a doctor and a USC graduate … two sisters … has a daughter (Khiani) … hobbies include paintball and cars … would like to major in mass communication … full name is Keith William McGill II … born Mar. 9, 1989.
Daniel Nielson OL 321/6-6 310 Hurricane HS Hurricane, Utah
– 2010 first-team all-state … 2009 honorable mention all-state … first-team all-region as a junior and senior … Hurricane HS (Utah) was region champion in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was the state runner-up in 2009 … earned three letters in football and wrestling and two in track … 2010 3A state heavyweight wrestling champion … physics Student of the Year … son of Barratt and Britta Nielson … one brother and three sisters … comes from an athletically and musically gifted family: brother Jacob plays football, throws the discus in track and plays cello; sister Rachel plays volleyball, basketball and violin, sister Sariah plays viola and sister Maggie rides horses and plays violin … born Mar. 28, 1993.
Jared Norris LB 232/6-1 Centennial HS Bakersfield, Calif.
— All-conference and all-state as a senior … first-team all-area and all-area Defensive Player of the Year … Bakersfield Jockey Club’s 2010 Outstanding Athlete Award … two-time Defensive Player of the Week … 2009 and 2010 Hometown All-Stars Linebacker Award … captained Centennial HS (Calif.) football team … three-year starting linebacker … Centennial HS (Calif.) co-Defensive MVP as a junior .. second-team all-area and all-league in 2009 … Centennial was SYL league and area champion his junior and senior yeasr … team also won conference title in 2009 … won three letters in football and one in baseball … son of David Morris and Michelle Barge … father is a deputy sheriff and mother is an attorney … father swam in college … three brothers and one sister … enjoys skateboarding, boogie boarding, snowboarding, quad-riding and X-Box Live … avid skateboarder attended a professional skateboarding camp (Camp Woodward) and was the biggest skateboarder they had ever had … full name is Jared Scott Norris … born July 19, 1993.
Jarrell Oliver RB 210/5-9 Dulles HS Sugar Land, Texas
– First-team all-district as a junior and senior … 23-5A Newcomer of the Year … lettered three years in football and one year in track at Dulles HS (Texas) … DECA vice president … son of Jarrod and Maylasia Oliver … one sister … enjoys golf, fishing and watching movies … full name is Jarrell Kevin Oliver (first name is pronounced ja-rell) … born April 29, 1993.
Quinton Pedroza DB 211/6-2 Chino HS Chino, Calif.
— League MVP in his only year playing high school football … all-conference, all-valley, all-San Bernardino County … set Chino HS (Calif.) season records for receptions (54), receiving yards (1,078) and receiving touchdowns (16) … averaged 19.96 yards per catch … also had 67 tackles and four interceptions in 2010 and returned punts and kickoffs … averaged 15.38 yards on eight punt returns and 31.87 yards on 15 kickoff returns (478 yards) … Chino High won 2010 league title and was 11-1 overall … Scholar-Athlete all four years … Silver Spur award recipient … lettered one year in football and three years in baseball … son of Jimmy and Deanna Pedroza … one brother … enjoys snowboarding and math … name is pronounced quin-tin ped-ro-za … nickname is Q … born May 12, 1993.
Jordan Robles OL 257/6-5 Salem Hills HS Woodland Hills, Utah
– All-state, all-region … Salem Hills HS (Utah) team captain … son of Rob and Jeane Robles … both parents played basketball at Snow College … two brothers and three sisters … brother Griff is a sophomore quarterback for the Utes … enjoys playing the guitar … full name is Jordan Dustin Robles … born Sept. 21, 1992 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Eric Rowe DB 177/6-1 Klein HS Klein, Texas
– First-team 13-5A all-district in 2010 and second-team in 2009 … third-team 5A all-state as a junior and honorable mention as a senior … 2010 Rivals 5A all-state pick …2010 5A first-team all-Texas defense … 2010 Texas AP Top 100 Football Player … first-team all-area defense as a junior and first-team all-Greater Houston defense as a senior … VYPE Magazine’s Top 50 Legends of the Fall … finalist for Defensive Player of the Year by the Houston Touchdown Club … Klein HS (Texas) Most Valuable Defensive back as a junior and senior … team captain his senior year … Klein High made the 2009 state semi-finals and was the region champion … career stats included 207 tackles, four forced fumbles, nine interceptions (returned one for a touchdown), three blocked punts and two kickoff returns for a touchdown … also competes in basketball and track … all-district basketball player as a junior … member of National Honor Society … son of Nelson and Denise Rowe … father graduated from Purdue and mother from Cleveland State … two sisters both play volleyball … lived in six cities in four states growing up … full name is Nelson Eric Rowe Jr … born Oct. 3, 1992 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Travis Still WR 194/6-1 Spanish Fork HS Spanish Fork, Utah
– Second-team all-state as a senior … two years honorable mention all-state … Spanish Fork HS (Utah) Sophomore of the Year in 2008 … also earned three letters in baseball and basketball … Spanish Fork won two state baseball championships (2009-10) … son of Brian and Shelly Still … two brothers and one sister … enjoys camping and fishing … full name is Travis Brian Still (pronounced steel) … born Dec. 11, 1992.
John White RB 190/5-9 Los Angeles Harbor College (Calif.) Torrance, Calif.
– Mid-year junior college signee intends to start school this spring … Central West Conference Offensive Player of the Year … set numerous L.A. Harbor College records from 2009-10 … school career records include: rushing yards (2,527), rushing touchdowns (34), total touchdowns (41), points (248), all-purpose yards (3,767) … school single-season records include: rushing touchdowns (18), total touchdowns (25), points (152), all-purpose yards (2,056) … last fall, he rushed for 1,491 yards on 184 carries, averaging 8.1 yards per carry and 149.1 yards per game … had four 200-plus yard games in 10 games in 2010 … rushed for 18 touchdowns as a freshman and 16 as a sophomore … second-leading receiver on 2010 team had 21 catches for 176 yards … set L.A. Harbor record for longest run from scrimmage (97 yards) and longest kickoff return (107 yards) … L.A. Harbor won league titles in 2009 and 2010 … prepped at South Torrance (Calif.) High, where he was all-conference, all-state and all-CIF … 1,850 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns in nine games as a senior in 2008 … also lettered in track … son of John White III and Vicki White … one brother and one sister … interests include computer graphics, drawing, music and wolves … wants to major in sociology … full name is John White IV … born April 7, 1991.