Aggies Announce 2012 Recruiting Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced the Aggies’ 2012 signing class Wednesday afternoon. Twenty-three student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent with the Aggies to attend New Mexico State University and play football beginning in 2012.

The Aggies’ 2012 signing class is full of junior college transfers and high school student-athletes. The defensive line and offensive line were a focus for Walker’s fourth signing class as head coach. The Aggies signed six defensive linemen and four offensive linemen. Also signing with NM State were three defensive backs, two quarterbacks, two tight ends, a running back, a linebacker, a wide receiver, a long snapper and a punter to round out the signing class.

“In this particular class we wanted to get some big bodies and we accomplished that by signing 11 linemen between the defensive and offensive lines,” Walker said. “We felt like we have players that will come in and contribute right away and with half of our class already on campus for the spring semester there will be some key players that will come in and improve our football team right away. We think this is our best class since we have been at NM State and when you look at the vision and how we have mapped out where we are headed, I think this is the class that will get us over the hump. I’m extremely excited and we’re going to get ready to go to work.”

The Aggies signed a mixture of athletes, including 12 junior college signees and nine high school players. NM State will also welcome gray shirts Abram Holland and Gary Issacson who signed in 2011 but will be with the team this spring. Sixteen of the 23 signees in the 2012 class will also be with the Aggies during spring practice.

2012 NM State Football Signing Class
TraShaun Nixon, OLB, 6-1, 225, Oxnard, Calif. (Ventura College/Hueneme HS)
Cameron Fuller, DB, 5-11, 160, Berkeley, Calif. (Contra Costa College/Berkeley HS)
Nicholas Oliva, DE, 6-6, 252, Saugas, Calif. (College of the Canyons/Valencia HS)
Andrew McDonald, QB, 6-2, 215, Newport Beach, Calif. (Santa Ana College/Newport Harbor HS)
Alfred Sharp, OT, 6-5, 285, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Iowa Western CC/Cleveland Heights HS)
Kalvin Cruz, DL, 6-2, 275, Littleton, Colo. (Ventura College/Columbine HS)
Kevin Laudermill, DT, 6-3, 300, Los Angeles, Calif. (West Los Angeles/Manual Arts Senior HS)
Perris Scoggins, TE, 6-4, 238, Fontana, Calif. (Mt. San Jacinto College/Summit HS)
Akeelie Mustafa, RB, 5-10, 183, Compton, Calif. (Santa Ana College/Cypress HS)
Dele Junaid, DB, 6-3, 195, Fresno, Texas (Eastern Arizona/Hightower HS)
King Davis III, QB, 6-1, 175, Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
Zach Jones, TE, 6-4, 245, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Thunder Ridge HS)
Thomas Shepard, DE, 6-4, 225, Denver, Colo. (Denver South HS)
Peter Foreman, OL, 6-4, 310, Houston, Texas (St. Thomas HS)
Cayle Chapman-Brown, P, 6-5, 230, Sydney, Australia (Marist College Kogarah/Snow College)
Dada Richards, OL, 6-3, 319, Oakland, Calif. (Diablo Valley College/Pittsburg HS)
Dominique Love, DB, 6-1, 180, San Diego, Calif. (Bishop’s HS)
Isaiah Folasa, OL, 6-3, 335, Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS)
Inuka Rhaheed, OL, 6-2, 305, Ft. Pierre, Fla. (Westwood HS)

2012 Gray Shirt Signees
Abram Holland, DT, 6-2, 260, Rio Rancho, N.M. (V. Sue Cleveland HS)
Gary Issacson, WR, 6-0, 188, San Diego, Calif. (West Hills HS)

Awarded Scholarships after 2011 season - Counts towards 2012 Signing Class
Mark Brown, DT, 6-0 292, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Gardens HS)
Mike Kaiser, LS, 6-1, 220, Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon HS)

TraShaun Nixon, OLB, 6-1, 225, Oxnard, Calif. (Ventura College/Hueneme HS)
Ventura College: Nixon played two seasons at Ventura College at outside linebacker. In 2011, Nixon tallied 21 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks, two pass break-ups, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. As a freshman in 2010, Nixon recorded 54 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and five pass break-ups.

Cameron Fuller, DB, 5-11, 160, Berkeley, Calif. (Contra Costa College/Berkeley HS)
Contra Costa College: Fuller played one season at Contra Costa College as a defensive back. He helped the Comets to a 6-4 overall record and a 2-2 record in conference play in 2011. Fuller had 21 tackles on the season, including 10 pass break-ups and 13 passes defended. He also tallied three interceptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Nicholas Oliva, DE, 6-6, 252, Saugas, Calif. (College of the Canyons/Valencia HS)
College of the Canyons: Oliva played two seasons at College of the Canyons at the defensive end position. Oliva was named a first team all-Northern Conference by the Southern California Football Association in 2011. In 2011, Oliva recorded 32 tackles, a team-leading eight tackles for a loss and three-and-a-half sacks. He also had three quarterback hurries. As a freshman, Oliva tallied 18 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.
High School: Oliva helped Valencia High School to a league championship and CIF semifinals in 2009 and 2010. He was named the 2009 and 2010 Lineman of the Year and a first team all-league selection at the offensive line position. Oliva was also selected to play in the Daily News All-Star game.

Andrew McDonald, QB, 6-2, 215, Newport Beach, Calif. (Santa Ana College/Newport Harbor HS)
Santa Ana College: McDonald played two seasons at Santa Ana College at the quarterback position. In 2011, he threw for 2,033 yards and 22 touchdowns, while rushing for 123 yards and four touchdowns. McDonald completed 169-of-273 pass attempts for a completion percentage of .619, averaging 207.9 yards of total offense a game. He was named a first team All-East Conference selection last season. As a freshman, McDonald finished the season 167-for-242 passing for 2,196 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for six touchdowns. McDonald set the Santa Ana College single-season record with 28 touchdown passes and single season record for completion percentage at 69.0, while tying the single-game record with five touchdown passes against College of the Desert. McDonald was named a first team All-East Conference.
High School: Graduated from Newport Harbor High School where he was a four-year letter-winner in football. McDonald was named First-Team All-League and Daily Pilot Offensive Player of the Year his junior year, while being named First-Team All-League Offensive Player of the Year and Daily Pilot Most Valuable Player his senior year.

Alfred Sharp, OT, 6-5, 285, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Iowa Western CC/Cleveland Heights HS)
Iowa Western: Sharp was an offensive tackle for two seasons at Iowa Western. In 2011, he helped Iowa Western to a 9-2 overall record and a win in the Graphic Edge Bowl. Sharp was named an honorable mention all-Midwest Football Conference selection and an honorable mention all-Region XI player in 2011. He helped the Iowa Western offense average 481.9 yards of total offense per game, including 258 yards passing and 223.9 yards rushing. As a freshman, Sharp and the Iowa Western team averaged 398.3 yards per game on offense, 156.8 yards rushing and 241.5 yards passing per game.

Kalvin Cruz, DL, 6-2, 275, Littleton, Colo. (Ventura College/Columbine HS)
Ventura College: Cruz played two seasons at Ventura College on the defensive line. In 2011, Cruz tallied 40 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He earned second team all-conference and an academic achievement award. Cruz also earned Ventura’s defensive lineman of the year and most inspirational player awards. He helped his team to a 7-4 record and a second-place conference finish, including a Beach Bowl Championship. As a freshman, Cruz recorded 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
High School: Cruz helped Columbine High School to a 45-9 record in his four years on the defensive line, including a 5A State Championship in Colorado in 2007. He was named an all-conference honorable mention selection as a senior.

Kevin Laudermill, DT, 6-3, 300, Los Angeles, Calif. (West Los Angeles/Manual Arts Senior HS)
West Los Angeles: Laudermill was a defensive tackle for West Los Angeles for two seasons. As a sophomore, Laudermill was named a second team all-conference pick after recording 40 tackles, 20 solo efforts, five tackles for a loss and four sacks. He also tallied three quarterback hurries, helping West Los Angeles to a 7-3 overall record and second-place in the conference. As a freshman, Laudermill recorded eight tackles and 3.5 tackles for a loss.
High School: Laudermill played both offensive and defensive line for Manual Arts Senior High School. In 2008, he was named a first team all-Coliseum selection.

Perris Scoggins, TE, 6-4, 238, Fontana, Calif. (Mt. San Jacinto College/Summit HS)
Mt. San Jacinto College: Scoggins played tight end for Mt. San Jacinto College for two seasons. In 2011, Scoggins caught 21 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 16.9 yards per game. He was named a unanimous all-conference selection and an all-state pick as well, while helping his team to a second-place finish in conference and a 6-4 overall record. As a freshman, Scoggins recorded 16 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown, averaging 13.6 yards a catch. He was named a first team all-conference selection.
High School: Scoggins was a tight end at Summit High School. He helped his team to a second-place finish as a junior and senior. For his efforts he was named a first team all-conference pick, as well as an all-CIF selection and a third team all-county selection.

Akeelie Mustafa, RB, 5-10, 183, Compton, Calif. (Santa Ana College/Cypress HS)
Santa Ana College: Mustafa played one season at Santa Ana College. He led the team in rushing with 1,055 yards and 10 touchdowns, while ranking second on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 456 yards and five touchdowns. Mustafa also returned kickoffs and punts for Santa Ana. He was named a first team all-league selection, helping his team to the Beach Bowl where he was named the bowl game MVP.
High School: Mustafa graduated from Cypress High School and was a letter winner in football. He earned first team all-league honors as a senior, after rushing for 2,507 yards, averaging 10.5 yards per carry and 39 touchdowns. He also had seven catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns.

Dele Junaid, DB, 6-3, 195, Fresno, Texas (Eastern Arizona/Hightower HS)
Eastern Arizona: Junaid played one season at Eastern Arizona at safety. He tallied 11 tackles in four games, including a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Ole Miss: Junaid spent two seasons at Ole Miss, redshirting his freshman season. As a redshirt freshman, Junaid played primarily on special teams.
High School: Junaid was a second team Class 5A All-State pick by the Associated Press Sports Editors and Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior, as well as a PrepStar All-Region selection. He was named to the Houston Chronicle’s Top 100 Texas recruits list and a Touchdown Club of Houston Defensive Player of the Year finalist as a senior. Junaid earned All-Houston honors from Texas Prep Insider as a senior and helped lead Hightower to a 13-1 record and the Class 5A state championship game as a senior. He recorded 82 tackles, nine passes defended, four fumble recoveries, four interceptions, and three forced fumbles as a senior.

Zach Jones, TE, 6-4, 245, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Thunder Ridge HS)
High School: Jones was a standout tight end for Thunder Ridge High School. He was a three-year letter winner in football and earned honorable mention all-State honors as a senior. Jones was also named a first team all-League selection his senior year as well. Jones also played basketball for Thunder Ridge High School, earning all-League honors his senior season.

Thomas Shepard, DE, 6-4, 225, Denver, Colo. (Denver South HS)
High School: Shepard played defensive end, wide receiver and tight end for Denver South High School. As a senior, Shepard tallied 60 tackles and 10 pass break ups. At the wide receiver and tight end positions, Shepard caught 35 passes for 637 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011. His 637 receiving yards ranked second in the city. He was named an all-League pick as a tight end and an all-City selection. He also played basketball for Denver South and was named Best of AAU in 2011.

King Davis III, QB, 6-1, 175, Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
High School: Davis played quarterback for North Mesquite High School. As a senior, Davis threw for 1,255 yards and eight touchdowns and was named an academic all-state selection. As a junior, Davis threw for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, while completing over 49 percent of his passes, and helping his team to a 6-4 overall record. He also rushed for 163 yards and five touchdowns.

Dada Richards, OL, 6-3, 319, Oakland, Calif. (Diablo Valley College/Pittsburg HS)
Diablo Valley College: Richards played two seasons at Diablo Valley College on the offensive line. Richards helped his team to an 8-3 record in 2011, while earning all-Golden Gate first team honors. Richards was part of an offense that tallied 458.3 yards of total offense per game, averaging 203.1 yards rushing and 255.2 yards passing. As a junior, Richards helped Diablo Valley average 455.4 yards per game of total offense.

Peter Foreman, OL, 6-4, 310, Houston, Texas (St. Thomas HS)
High School: Foreman played offensive line for St. Thomas High School. As a senior, Foreman helped his team to an 8-6 record and a second-place finish in district play. His team also made the semifinals of the state playoffs. Foreman was named a first team all-State selection and a first team all-District pick. As a junior, Foreman was named a second team all-State pick and first team all-District selection.

Dominique Love, DB, 6-1, 180, San Diego, Calif. (Bishop’s HS)
High School: Love was a starting defensive back and wide receiver for Bishop’s High School, as well as a kick returner on special teams. As a senior, Love recorded 52 tackles and five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, while on the offensive side of the ball, Love recorded 58 catches for over 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also returned a punt and a kick off for a touchdown. Love earned all-Conference honors as a defensive back and was second in the voting for defensive player of the year in the league. As a junior, Love was again named a first team all-Conference pick after recorded 46 tackles and five interceptions, helping his team to a perfect 14-0 record and a state championship. Love also caught 40 passes for 950 yards and seven touchdowns.

Inuka Rhaheed, OL, 6-2, 305, Ft. Pierre, Fla. (Westwood HS)
High School: Rhaheed was a three-year letter winner on the offensive and defensive line for Westwood High School. He helped the Panthers reach the state playoffs three out of four years, including undefeated regular season as a junior. As a senior, Rhaheed was named a team MVP and an all-Area selection on defense, while earning third team all-State honors as an offensive lineman. He was also picked to participate in the North vs South State All-Star game as a nose tackle.

Cayle Chapman-Brown, P, 6-5, 230, Sydney, Australia (Marist College Kogarah/Snow College)
Snow College: Chapman-Brown played one season at Snow College as the team’s starting punter. He played in 12 games for Snow College, booting 53 punts for 2,296 yards, while averaging 43.3 yards a punt. Chapman-Brown’s season-long was 68 yards. He was named a first team all-Western States Football League and an honorable mention NJCAA All-American. He ranks as the No. 4 punter in the county by Chris Sailer Kicking.
Notre Dame College: Chapman-Brown spent one season at Norte Dame College, as the team’s punter. He tallied 24 punts on the year for 974 yards, averaging 40.6 yards a punt with a long of 69 yards. He was named the NAIA Independent Special Team Player of the Week on Sept. 27, 2010.
High School: Prior to college he played high school football in Australia and was an all-state athletic representative.

Isaiah Folasa, OL, 6-3, 335, Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS)
High School: Folasa was three-year letter winner on the offensive line for Santiago High School. As a senior, Folasa helped his team to a 7-4 overall record and a third-place finish in league play. Folasa was a huge part of the Sharks 400 yards of total offense a game, 200 passing and 200 rushing. He was named a team captain his senior season and was named the team’s Trench Warrior Award winner three times. Folasa garnered first team all-League honors as junior and senior.

2012 Gray Shirt Signees:
Abram Holland, DT, 6-2, 260, Rio Rancho, N.M. (V. Sue Cleveland HS)
High School: Holland was a three-year starter for V. Sue Cleveland High School at defensive tackle. As a senior, Holland recorded 32 tackles, with 12 of those tackles tallied as solo efforts. He also recorded 11 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, 21 quarterback hurries and a team-leading four sacks on the season. Holland was named a first team All-Metro selection as well as a first team all-district and first team all-state team member. He was also selected to the state of New Mexico North-South All-Star game.

Gary Issacson, WR, 6-0, 188, San Diego, Calif. (West Hills HS)
High School: Issacson was a three-year starter for West Hills High School at the quarterback position. As a junior, Issacson threw for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 500 yards and five scores. He also helped his team to a second-place finish in league play and guided the Wolfpack to the league championship game. Issacson was named a first team all-league selection and earned All-East County player of the week twice during that season. He was also the Wolfpack’s team MVP. Issacson tore his ACL in the first game of his senior year and missed the remainder of the season. He also played basketball his junior and senior years and was a member for West Hill’s golf team all four years. Issacson was also named Academic All-San Diego as a junior and senior.

Awarded Scholarships after 2011 season - Counts towards 2012 Signing Class
Mark Brown, DT, 6-0 292, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Gardens HS)
2011 (Freshman): Brown played in six games for the Aggies as a freshman in 2011 at the defensive tackle position. He recorded four tackles on the season.
High School: Brown played defensive tackle at Palm Beach Gardens High School. He tallied 60 tackles and nine sacks his senior season. He was named all-Conference and all-County selection as a senior and played in the high school All-Star game.

Mike Kaiser, LS, 6-1, 220, Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon HS)
2011 (Freshman): Kaiser was the Aggies’ long snapper during the 2011 season on the punt and field goal teams. He also recorded three tackles during punt coverage on the year.
High School: Kaiser played defensive line and long snapper for La Costa High School. He helped his team to a CIF championship in 2009 with an 11-2 record. He was ranked the No. 14 long snapper in the nation by prosnapper.com. He led the county in sacks his senior season.