NMSU Football Adds Five In December Signing Period

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State football head coach Doug Martin bolstered his line-up with the addition of five players during the December signing period. Martin signed a pair of junior college transfers while gaining the services of three gray shirts.

Davis Harker and Ron LaForce make up the two JUCO transfers for NM State while Cameron Matthews, Bryce Roberts and Tevis Abraham round out the gray shirts that will join Aggie football in January when the semester starts.

“This group of midyear enrollees is both specific and exciting,” Martin said. “Davis and Ron are the beginning of our emphasis in this recruiting class of offensive lineman and defensive backs. We will continue to work on both of those groups as we finish recruiting the 2017 class. We are also excited about adding Cameron, Bryce, and Tevis to our offensive unit this spring. Getting a whole semester of school and spring practice under their belt will be very beneficial.”

Davis Harker
Offensive Line
Tulsa, Okla. | Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Union HS)

Before NM State (NEO): Earned All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference Honorable Mentions as a sophomore…blocking efforts allowed Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College rushing corp. to tally 2,054 yards on the ground – 1,600 of which came in conference play…guided running back Darwin Thompson to second-team honors with his blocking on the offensive line…also gave the Golden Horsemen’s quarterback enough time to pass for 3,240 yards on the year.

High School: Three-year letter winner at Oklahoma state powerhouse Union High School…led UHS to two-straight district championships and back-to-back appearances in the Oklahoma High School Football State Championship game as a junior and senior…the Redskins went 32-8 overall during his time on varsity and 20-1 in league play.

Quotable: “Davis will be a key cog in our offensive line this spring. He has experience at both center and guard, which will prove valuable for his impact and the solidifying of our line this fall.”

Ron LaForce
Defensive Back
Bayou La Batre, Ala. | College of the Sequoias (Alma Bryant HS)

Before NM State (COS): Earned 2016 all-state honors and All-Valley League defensive team honors as a sophomore after totaling 66 tackles (52 solo), five interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery…his 7.3 tackles per game in 2016 were good for fifth in the conference…his five picks tied for eighth-most in the California Community College Athletic Association.

High School: Played at Alma Bryant High School for Bruce Breland with current Aggie, Connor Cramer…was a 2014 all-state defensive back as a senior and earned back-to-back all-region honors his junior and senior campaign.

Quotable: “Ron is a ball player. It’s always great adding guys to your team who just love to play football, and Ron is that. His physical play and ability to make a play on the ball will undoubtedly help our secondary.”

Cameron Matthews (Gray Shirt)
Quarterback
Crowley, Texas | Trinity Valley School

High School: Played at Trinity Valley School in Crowley, Texas under Aaron Mattox…named 2014 and 2015 All-Southwest Preparatory Conference Player of the Year…threw for 5,207 passing yards over career…racked up 33 passing touchdowns with the Trojans…completed 455-of-791 passes in three years for a 57.5-completion percentage…tallied three-straight years of 1,000-yards passing and a pair of 10-touchdown seasons…recorded 231 punting yards on eight punts through at TVS.

Quotable: “Cameron is a smart, talented player who we are really excited to get on the field this spring. This offseason will be a great chance for him to work out and then take his knowledge of the offense to the field and grow as a quarterback.”

Bryce Roberts (Gray Shirt)
Tight End
Yukon, Okla. | Mustang High School

High School: Played at Mustang HS in Mustang, Okla., under Jeremy Dombek…ranked as the No. 41 overall prospect in the state by 247sports.com in 2015…was an all-district honoree as a tight end for MHS…selected as Honorable Mention Big All-City…started at power forward on basketball state champions team in 2014-15…played against fellow NM State signee, Davis Harker, in high school.

Quotable: “Bryce is a talented young man with great size and athletic ability. This spring will be a great chance for him to work in the strength and conditioning program as well get reps on the field which will help him impact our offense this fall.”

Tevis Abraham (Gray Shirt)
Wide Receiver
Baton Rouge, La. | Southern Lab High School

High School: Led Southern Lab High School to the Louisiana Division IV State Championship his senior year…named second-team all-state for division IV and first-team all-district after guiding SLHS to the state championship…earned first-team all-state accolades after leading the Kittens to the state championship before falling in the finals as a junior…was a three-time state team champion in track and field…was a third-place finisher in the 400m as a senior and runner-up his junior season.

Quotable: “We are excited about what Tevis brings to the wide receiver room this spring. He was a very productive player and track athlete in high school, and brings good size and a physical presence with his play.”