Thomas introduces 45 new Loggers to football program

Thomas introduces 45 new Loggers to football program

TACOMA, Washington - Puget Sound football head coach Jeff Thomas is excited to welcome 45 new members to the Logger football program. The incoming class includes seven Tacoma natives and five student-athletes from the Seattle area. In addition to recruiting Puget Sound's backyard, the Loggers welcome student-athletes from all over the country, ranging from Hawaii to Florida.

"We are thrilled with the depth of the recruiting class in all positions, in particular the offensive and defensive lines," said Thomas. "A huge 'thanks' to our partners across campus in the Office of Admission for the tremendous work they did to help us yield a dynamic class that fits the academic profile of the school. Our current players also did an excellent job of helping us yield students who fit our culture of academic and athletic excellence. It will be fun to watch these student-athletes develop with hard work over the next several years."  

 

Meet the new Loggers

 

Jaylen Antoine

Lincoln High School (Tacoma, Wash.)

QB / 6-2 / 195 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4128607/57f946b67bddf81ce02b1314

High School Achievements: Scholar-Athlete, 2014-2017

Athletic Achievements: 2016 Second Team All-League; 2017 Honorable Mention

Why Puget Sound: "It is a great school academically and a good football program with coaches who are focused on developing young men of character."

Other high school sports: Basketball and baseball.

Fun Fact: Comic book collector.

Coach Thomas: "Jaylen is a dynamic dual threat quarterback from one of the best teams in the area. His leadership skills are very high and we have big expectations for him now and into the future."

 

Denzel Baker

Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wash.)

DE / 6-3 / 225 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5238663/5a260b3cf31cf30e30fa9fa3

High School Achievements: "Beachboyz Academic Award" and 85th Annual Scholar-Athlete Award.

Athletic Achievements: Honorable Mention (outside linebacker).

Why Puget Sound: "The education is really amazing and the football team is really close with each other."

Other High School Sports: Track.

Coach Thomas: "Denzel is a defensive end with a tremendous motor and upside. He has a great frame and will continue to develop over the course of his career."

 

Kee-an Ballard

Marysville Pilchuck High School (Marysville, Wash.)

WR / 6-2 / 205 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/28KLTK

High School Achievements: ASB Parliamentarian.

Athletic Achievements: Two-time team captain and all-conference.

Why Puget Sound: "It is the best opportunity to build myself academically and athletically."

Other High School Sports: Baseball.

Fun Fact: Water-bottle flip pro (unofficial title).

Coach Thomas: "Kee-an is a gifted athlete, and we will find ways to let him make plays in space. He will learn multiple positions early and might play up to three positions in a Logger uniform."

 

Hayden Baumann

Ottawa University of Arizona (Eatonville, Wash.)

DL / 6-0 / 305 lb.

Highlight Film: https://youtu.be/aPGx9fLbSDM

High School Achievements: Scholar-Athlete Award.

Athletic Achievements: 2017 First Team All-League (OL/DL); Second Team All-Area (OL); 2017 Washington All-State Game nominee.

Why Puget Sound: "It is a highly recognized educational institution and allows me to follow my passion to play football."

Other High School Sports: Wrestling, track, and baseball.

Fun Fact: "I enjoy farm work and the outdoors."

Coach Thomas: "Hayden is a run-stopping middle of the line defensive tackle. We are excited to protect our home in recruiting and get this dynamic transfer."

 

Payton Beaner

Anacortes High School (Anacortes, Wash.)

DB / 5-11 / 175 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/profile/4679636

High School Achievements: Two-time Honor Roll.

Athletic Achievements: Second Team All-League Offense; Second Team All-League Defense

Why Puget Sound: "The atmosphere of the school is a perfect fit for me."

Other High School Sports: Basketball and soccer.

Coach Thomas: "Payton had over 120 tackles and loves contact. He is going to be someone always around the ball. We are very fortunate to have him."

 

Miles Benson

Marin Catholic High School (Kentfield, Calif.)

TE / 6-5 / 235 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/recruiting/athleteprofile/5474605/video

Other High School Sports: Baseball.

Coach Thomas: "Miles joins us from one of the best football programs in the state of California. His ability to run block and catch will make him a good balanced tight end in our system."

 

Austin Bernal

Palisade High School (Palisade, Colo.)

RB / 5-8 / 160 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/profile/8953275/austin-bernal

Coach Thomas: "Austin was a late addition to the roster and we are beyond excited to have him here. He is rarely tackled by the first defender who gets close to him, and he plays with a tremendous passion for the game."

 

Casey Bouillon

Judge Memorial Catholic High School (Salt Lake City, Utah)

WR / 6-0 / 175 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6010653/59eebb9a0427bc0f38c8802e

High School Achievements: Honor Roll, High Honor Roll, Scholar-Athlete Award, Kairos Retreat Leader.

Athletic Achievements: Three-year letter in football; Four-year letter in track; One-year letter in golf.

Why Puget Sound: "It is a great fit for my educational and football goals."

Other High School Sports: Basketball, golf, and track.

Fun Fact: Eats popcorn and milk every night.

Coach Thomas: "Casey joins us from one of the premier teams in Utah. He has a good frame and runs very good routes. He will find a lot of openings in our passing attack."

 

Isaac Bridgeman

La Salle High School (Portland, Ore.)

LB / 6-0 / 190 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/profile/4128778/Isaac-Bridgeman

High School Achievements: 3.96 career GPA.

Athletic Achievements: Four-year varsity letter winner.

Why Puget Sound: "It fits me very well and gives me an opportunity to play for a great program."

Other High School Sports: Track.

Fun Fact: Avid chef.

Coach Thomas: "Isaac was recruited by most of the teams that we face and we are very fortunate he chose us. He has a great instinct for the game and when he hits people they go backwards."

 

Alex Brown

Beaverton High School (Beaverton, Ore.)

QB / 6-5 / 200 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/28HzWb

High School Achievements: Took an immersion trip to Nicaragua for 10 days.

Athletic Achievements: 2015 Oregon State Champion.

Why Puget Sound: "I love the school atmosphere and I love the football program."

Other High School Sports: Baseball and track.

Fun Fact: Plays guitar.

Coach Thomas: "We were very fortunate to evaluate Alex at our camp last year. He has a tremendous frame and will remind Logger football fans of career passing leader Hans Fortune. His upside is through the roof."

 

Tom Cannell

Life Christian Academy (Tacoma, Wash.)

WR / 5-10 / 205 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5320115/583918addfd8b72524bd5f35

Why Puget Sound: "It feels like a good fit with the program and the school."

Other High School Sports: Basketball and baseball.

Coach Thomas: "Tom is a local player returning home. He is a great competitor and someone that can help us in many different positions. We take great pride in recruiting our home city and look forward to adding another Tacoma native to our roster."

 

Julian Casillas

Dana Hills High School (Dana Hills, Calif.)

LB / 6-3 / 205 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/27yaDz

High School Achievements: Presidential Award for volunteering, and four-time Honor Roll.

Athletic Achievements: Team captain; Defensive MVP; First Team All-Conference; First Team All-League.

Why Puget Sound: "I like the school, the location, and during my overnight visit with the team I felt welcomed."

Fun Fact: "I'm a triplet. I have two sisters and all three of us were born on my dad's birthday.  So there are five people in my family and four of us have the same birthday."

Coach Thomas: "Julian comes from a great area for football in Southern California. His instincts for the ball are very good and he is someone who will push for opportunities to play early in his career."

 

Corey Cisowski

Dana Hills High School (Dana Hills, Calif.)

QB / 6-2 / 200 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/profile/4568937/Corey-Cisowski/videos

High School Achievements: Scholar Athlete

Athletic Achievements: Three-time Second Team All-Conference (South Coast and Sea View League); Two-time Offensive MVP.

Why Puget Sound: "It is the best fit for me."

Other High School Sports: Baseball.

Fun Fact: Huge Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.

Coach Thomas: "We have been recruiting Corey for a couple of years. He did tremendous in summer camps that we were at, and then he followed that up with a stellar senior year. He is a very good quarterback with a skill set that matches us well."

 

Ben Coletta

Park City High School (Park City, Utah)

K/P / 5-10 / 168 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4541348/5a2afbb7041ef5187436bbc2

High School Achievements: Academic All-State.

Athletic Achievements: Three-year varsity starter.

Why Puget Sound: "It is a perfect academic and athletic fit."

What other sports did you play in high school: Gymnastics.

Fun Fact: "I was a five-time State Champion for men's gymnastics."

Coach Thomas: "Ben has an immediate opportunity to compete for playing time. His career highlights are one deep kick after another."

 

Gerard DeZutti

Woodside High School (Woodside, Calif.)

OL / 6-1 / 220 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4088497/5a0fbd023dec26120825d734

High School Achievements: Merit Roll.

Athletic Achievements: 2014 Lineman of Year; 2017 Second Team PAL.

Why Puget Sound: "It's a great school that will set me up for success in the future, and the football program is very competitive and only success can come from that. It makes me very excited to contend for the postseason."  

Other High School Sports: Basketball.

Coach Thomas: "Gerard has a tremendous upside as an offensive lineman.  He play with low pad level and finishes blocks extremely well. We are very happy to have him on the team."

 

Alex Everett

Squalicum High School (Bellingham, Wash.)

K/P / 6-2 / 160 lb.

Academic Achievements: Honor Society; ASB and Leadership Positions held for all four years of high school.

Athletic Achievements: All-Conference First Team (kicker).

Why Puget Sound: "It has a great family environment and constant communication with players, as well as good location and the Business Leadership Program."

Other High School Sports: Soccer.

Fun Fact: Started playing football junior year of high school.

Coach Thomas: "Alex has a tremendous leg that is going to compete to play early here. He is also a very accomplished photographer that you will be seeing in our social media accounts soon."

 

Teili Fonua

Kapaa High School (Kapaa, Hawaii)

DB / 5-11 / 195 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4629112/59f0fbe7dfd9660fbce9da63

High School Achievements: Volunteered in local community; Elected high school's Mayday King.

Why Puget Sound: "It has really interesting academics and athletics."

Other High School Sports: Basketball and volleyball.

Fun Fact: "I can speak Tongan."

Coach Thomas: "Teili is an excellent athlete who has the ability to compete at multiple positions. He will show early in his career an ability to find the ball with excellent physicality."

 

Carson Gregg

Curtis High School (University Place, Wash.)

DB / 5-10 / 160 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6078294/59aabe04a680f823944a419a

High School Achievements: Presidential award.

Athletic Achievements: Honorable Mention linebacker and cornerback.

Why Puget Sound: "I wanted to stay close to home."

Fun Fact: "I like Star Wars and Star Trek."

Coach Thomas: "We are very happy to land Carson from an excellent local school.  Carson has great athleticism and will do well in our defensive secondary."

 

Griffin Hartshorn

Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)

OL / 6-0 / 230 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/28KcP7

High School Achievements: Four-time honor roll recipient.

Athletic Achievements: Two-time Iron Man Award; Lifter of the Year Award.

Why Puget Sound: "The coaches and athletes were so welcoming to me and my dad when we first met. I also really love the campus and the city of Tacoma surrounding Puget Sound. I know a few people who have attended Puget Sound and they told me about their amazing college experiences."

Other High School Sports: Track.

Coach Thomas: "Griffin comes from a great athletic program in Southern California, and we look forward to his contribution in making our offensive line great in future years. He has great feet and will be a solid addition for us moving forward."

 

Airemus Kinlow

Lincoln High School (Tacoma, Wash.)

WR / 6-3 / 178 lb.

High School Achievements: One of the first people in his family to go to a university.

Athletic Achievements: Several awards in 7-on-7 tournaments; Most yards and receptions during junior year.

Why Puget Sound: "It is everything I was looking for in a school: it is close to home, not too big, and I am already friends with some of the guys on the team."

Other High School Sports: Basketball and track.

Fun Fact: "I like to draw and play music. I play five instruments: bass and acoustic guitars, drums, piano, and saxophone."

Coach Thomas: "We are very fortunate to have Airemus joining us. He joins us from a great local school that also emphasizes developing the whole person. His athleticism is something we look forward to using in our passing attack."

 

Austin Knight

North Mason High School (Belfair, Wash.)

WR / 6-1 / 215 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/athlete/4004944/highlights/5a4ed6b0176be60bb89f1928

High School Achievements: Scholar-athlete during eight seasons on varsity teams; National Honors Society; Student of the Month December 2017.

Athletic Achievements: Team captain senior year.

Why Puget Sound: "I love the feel of the team being a family."

Other High School Sports: Basketball and baseball.

Fun Fact: "I am an only child."

Coach Thomas Quote: "Austin has a tremendous amount of versatility and we look forward to using it to create matchup problems for our opponents. We look forward to watching his growth for years to come."

 

Corban Lawlor

Interlake High School (Bellevue, Wash.)

DL / 6-1 / 190 lb.

Athletic Achievements: Second Team All-League tackle and defensive end.

Why Puget Sound: "It is a great place and a perfect fit for me."

Other High School Sports: Baseball and wrestling.

Fun Fact: "I am a pro juggler."

Coach Thomas: "Corban is an extremely tough football player who played a lot of different positions in high school. We are looking forward to watching him develop as a defensive lineman the next four years".

 

Jackson Lee

Wilson High School (Portland, Ore.)

OL / 6-5 / 320 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/28tuL5

High School Achievements: Member of the National Honor Society.

Athletic Achievements: Offensive Line MVP; Team captain.

Why Puget Sound: "The campus and the community is an ideal fit for me."

Fun Fact: "I'm a Detroit Lions fan and a Boston Red Sox fan."

Coach Thomas: "Every time we watch Jackson's film there is a different thing to enjoy.  He is a big body that moves well and loves to finish blocks."

 

Deandre Matanane

South Kitsap High School (Kitsap, Wash.)

DL / 5-11 / 280 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6128653/59fcaeeee97a850c2ca5129e

High School Achievements: Honor Roll.

Athletic Achievements: James D. Fox Award.

Why Puget Sound: "I feel the most at home here and I really liked what the physical therapy program has to offer."

Other High School Sports: Wrestling.

Fun Fact: "I am terrible at basketball."

Coach Thomas: "Deandre plays with tremendous passion and is someone who is relentless at pursuing the football. We look forward to his leadership capabilities helping us grow as a program."

 

Alex Meadowcroft

Charles Wright Academy (Tacoma, Wash.)

DB / 5-10 / 150 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4033131/5a8e6b9a90f0840b18e750e4

High School Achievements: Green Mentor for high school freshmen; Elected to speak at high school graduation; Volunteer referee for local youth basketball; Camp counselor for various youth basketball and football camps; Boys and Girls Club volunteer; Volunteer at Urban Grace Church in Tacoma.

Athletic Achievements: 1A Second Team All-State defensive back; First Team All-Nisqually League wide receiver; First Team All-Nisqually League kick returner; Two-time recipient for Team MVP and the Hammer Award; Two-time First Team All-Nisqually League defensive back; Two-time Second Team All-Nisqually League wide receiver; Second Team All-Nisqually League kick returner; Secod Team All-Nisqually League defensive back; Award for Most Promising Freshman.

Why Puget Sound: "I was very impressed with how welcoming the players were. They made it seem like a great place to spend my next four years. I got the sense that they wanted me to be a part of the Logger family."

Other High School: Basketball, baseball, and ultimate frisbee.

Fun Fact: "Andrew Alexander, who is my uncle, played Linebacker for Puget Sound from 1987 through 1990."

Coach Thomas: "Alex is a tremendous athlete who is highly accomplished in high school. We are looking for him to translate those abilities early in his college career."

 

Taima Mitchell

Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.)

LB / 6-2 / 220 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/27wMUM

Academic Achievements: Founded the Puyallup Tribe Youth Council.

Athletic Achievements: All-League Honorable Mention.

Why Puget Sound: "Not only is the school great in an academic standpoint, but I know that Puget Sound football is competitive and wants to win."

Other High School Sports: Lacrosse and track & field.

Fun Fact: "I've never been outside the country."

Coach Thomas: "Taima is a great off-the-edge rusher and will bring needed depth at multiple positions. We are expecting him to a have a good college career."

 

Spencer Monahan

Tumwater High School (Tumwater, Wash.)

OL / 6-2 / 305 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/profile/3990797/Spencer-Monahan

Academic Achievements: Church's youth leader for community service in Detroit; Four-year All-League Academic Team.

Athletic Achievements: Second Team All-League; Offensive line captain.

Why Puget Sound: "Coach Thomas sold me when he talked about this being an experience - that is more than football."

Fun Fact: "I have been partially deaf my whole life and just found out about a year ago."

Coach Thomas: "Spencer is big, plays hard, finishes blocks, leads assertively and is a good person. We are expecting great things from him."

 

Ben Montgomery

Grandview high school (Grandview, Colo.)

K/P / 5-8 / 185 lb.

Academic Achievements: Four-year Honor Roll, National AP Scholar.

Athletic Achievements: Four-year varsity letterman; All-State runner up; First Team All-Conference; First Team All-State.

Why Puget Sound: "I love competition and challenging myself, which the school offers in many aspects. I also enjoy the bond of being on this team."

Other High School Sports: Soccer.

Fun Fact: Lived in Mexico in sixth grade.

Coach Thomas: "Ben took last year as a gap year and he is someone we think can develop into a very good kicker / punter for us. This summer he is biking throughout the country, so I am looking forward to hearing about his adventure when he arrives to campus."

 

Stephen Mullane

Lake Nona High School (Lake Nona, Fla.)

OL / 6-0 / 275 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/profile/9828808/Stephen-Mullane/videos

Academic Achievements: Perfect score on History EOC; National Honor Society; School Ted Talk-runner up; Athletic trainer; Volunteer for Autism Society of Greater Orlando.

Athletic Achievements: Back-to-back District Championship; Varsity Letterman

Why Puget Sound: "I want a more personal experience in my academic life, and the culture of the people and staff I met and the football staff was very welcoming."

Fun Fact: Fascinated by history, loves the Medieval/Viking era.

Coach Thomas: "Stephen gets the longest-travel-to-get-here award. We are thrilled to have him on the team and think his run-blocking ability and ability to finish blocks will be a great asset for us as a program."

 

Adam Mydland

College of Siskiyous (Bellingham, Wash.)

DL / 6-2 / 235 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4056469/5721bf8bc124573b54632dc3

Coach Thomas: "Adam is a playmaker on defense and he will help us at linebacker or defensive line. He has a knack for getting to the QB and causing turnovers.  He will be someone the rest of the conference takes notice of."

 

Quinn Ogan

South Kitsap High School (South Kitsap, Wash.)

WR / 5-8 / 150 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/28JP3U

Academic Achievements: Honor Roll for three years.

Athletic Achievements: Two-time SPSL Honorable Mention; Two-time SPSL Academic All-League.

Why Puget Sound: "I chose Puget Sound because I believe I will get a strong education there. After my visit I was also impressed with the culture of the football team. I also enjoyed being around the players and think they are a good group of guys."

Other High School Sports: Wrestling and baseball.

Fun Fact: "I am a former Toys-R-Us model."

Coach Thomas: "Quinn has tremendous hands and has a knack for making the tough catch in traffic. We are excited to watch him flourish in our offense the next four years."

 

Jason Pontillas

Northwood High School (Northwood, Calif.)

LB / 5-8 / 195 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5445708/59a61cd8c11b2608ecbf6be9

Academic Achievements: Principal's Honor Roll; National Society of High School Scholars

Athletic Achievements: First Team All-Pacific Coast League 2017; Irvine All-City Defense 2016-2017; Second Team All-Pacific Coast League 2016; National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award; Team captain 2016-2017; 2017 Team MVP.

Why Puget Sound: "It's a fitting academic and athletic environment for me."

Other High School Sports: Baseball.

Fun Fact: "I was in a youth hip hop dance group."

Coach Thomas: "Jason does a great job in finding ways to get to the QB. He has a tremendous motor and shows great effort throughout all of his game films. He is going to do well in our scheme."

 

Conner Reyes

Canyon High School (Santa Clarita, Calif.)

WR / 6-3 / 168 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4299906/5721c23b4df6124b700c0442

Academic Achievements: Three-time Scholastic honors.

Athletic Achievements: Athletic and Scholastic honors at football banquet all four years.

Why Puget Sound: "Washington is a progressive state. Puget Sound is beautiful and there seems to be lots of nature and areas to explore. I especially like that there are mountains close where there is snow. This is rare in California."

Fun Fact: "I like learning about science and government. I think research in the area of science is important especially stem cell research."

Coach Thomas: "Conner has a tremendous frame that allows him to make plays that others can't reach."

 

Isaac Roybal

Woodside Priory School (Portola Valley, Calif.)

LB / 5-11 / 190 lb.

Highlight Film: https://app.krossover.com/intelligence/reel/243068

Athletic Achievements: Rookie of the Year.

Other High School Sports: Water Polo, swimming, and track.

Coach Thomas: "Isaac was a standout player on his high school team and we look forward to that translating onto our team. He did a tremendous amount of good things on film and we can't wait to have him here."

 

Ezekiel Sayavong

Lincoln High School (Tacoma, Wash.)

DL / 6-0 / 285 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/5351822/ezekiel-sayavong

Coach Thomas: "Ezekiel is going to add immediate size to our line of scrimmage. He comes to us with tremendous film and stellar recommendations."

 

Ryan Shepherd

Pe Ell High School (Pe Ell, Wash.)

WR / 6-2 / 172 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6400196/5a5311465ef70427fc5be88f

Academic Achievements: Four years on honor roll; community service with food drives.

Athletic Achievements: Two-time All-Area Football; Two time All-League First Team; All-League Honorable Mention in basketball. 

Why Puget Sound: "It is a great environment, with a great coaching staff, and a great football team."

Other High School Sports: Basketball, track, and baseball.

Coach Thomas: "Ryan is a tremendous athlete who also did great work at our summer camp.  He is someone who we will enjoy having on the team for the next four years."

 

Daniel Simoes

Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento,  Calif.)

LB / 5-10 / 215 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7637028/5952b980b01a15303c383075

Academic Achievements: Biology Departmental Award; Four-time Honor Roll; Four-time Dean's List.

Athletic Achievements: Two-time All League; All State; Captain; MVP; Most Valuable Defensive Player

Why Puget Sound: "I chose it for the great academic and athletic connections that will provide a great base for building my future."

Other High School Sports: Rugby

Fun Fact: Both of my parents are deaf while my brother and I are hearing, and so I am fluent in sign language.

Coach Thomas: "Daniel joins us from Christian Brothers in Sacramento, a great school academically and athletically. We are thrilled to have his versatility and tenacity in getting to the ball. He will be someone that will be fun to watch as he progresses through college."

 

Kaleb Soliz

Oceanside High School (Oceanside, Calif.)

LB / 5-9 / 180 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/28zuat

Academic Achievements: San Diego Union Tribune Scholar Athlete.

Why Puget Sound: "I chose the University of Puget Sound because I felt that the team is close on becoming a championship caliber team. Along with the academics provided at this school, it was a no-brainer."

Other High School Sports: Baseball

Fun Fact: "I've lived in Japan."

Coach Thomas: "Kaleb is a talented football player who reads the game extremely well. His cerebral approach to the game will be utilized well here."

 

Dom Torregroza

Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)

OL / 5-10 / 250 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/profile/4688851

Academic Achievements: Student of the Month.

Athletic Achievements: All League; Coaches Award.

Why Puget Sound: "I felt I was a part of their family the second I stepped on campus."

Other High School Sports: Wrestling and baseball.

Fun Fact: "I love watching the Bachelorette and rom-coms."

Coach Thomas: "Dom is a tenacious, hard work working player from a good school in the Bay.  We are very thrilled to have him join us and expect him to immediately compete."

 

Jordan Ubaldo

Mount Tahoma (Tacoma, Wash.)

DL / 5-10 / 210 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/28NpCn

Athletic Achievements: 2016-2017 PCL Special Teams Player of the Year.

Why Puget Sound: "I want to go to a private college."

Other High School Sports: Wrestling and track.

Fun Fact: "My nickname in high school was Hercules."

Coach Thomas: "We are thrilled to have Jordan join us from former Puget Sound Assistant Ricky Daley's team at Mt. Tahoma. Coach Daley raved about Jordan's work ethic and talent and we completely agree. He is going to do great things here!"

 

Cole Van Wyck

Napavine High School (Napavine, Wash.)

RB / 5-10 / 182 lb.

Academic Achievements: High School Hero Award; Lewis County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Award; Superintendent's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Athletic Achievements: Team Rushing TD record; First Team All-League running back / Second Team All-League linebacker; Three-time Lewis County Player of the Week.

Why Puget Sound: "I chose it because of the amount of contact I had with coaches, as well as outstanding academics."

Other High School Sports: Track and basketball.

Fun Fact: "I take a trip to Hawaii every year."

Coach Thomas: "Cole is a terrific prospect who is rarely tackled by the first defender. His four-year career will be fun to watch."

 

Lucas Varela

Interlake High School (Bellevue, Wash.)

LB / 5-10 / 180 lb.

Highlight Film: https://www.hudl.com/athlete/5287829/highlights/59faa632bee1462d680f3edb

Academic Achievements: AP Scholar; 500 community service hours.

Athletic Achievements: 2016-2017 All-King County lineman; 2016-2017 All-King County linebacker; 2016 Team Defensive MVP; 2017 Team MVP; Interlake single-season tackle record; Led King County linebackers in tackles, tackles for loss, forced fumbles, and sacks.

Why Puget Sound: "I had been coming for summer football camps and enjoyed the campus, and the recruiting really convinced me to come to Puget Sound."

Other High School Sports: Wrestling, baseball, and track.

Fun Fact: Master of the culinary arts.

Coach Thomas: "Lucas is someone who is going to have a chance to have an immediate impact. He loves contact and finishes blocks exceptionally well. He will be competing with his older brother each day to make our program better".

 

Silas Washington

Laguna Creek High School (Sacramento, Calif.)

RB / 5-7 / 170 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/v/28ZTmc

Academic Honor: BSU officer in charge of BSUs Junior Club; Participated in all BSU activities.

Athletic Honor: Honorable Mention for football; Two-time First Team All-Metro for football; Masters qualifier for wrestling; Sections qualifier for track.

Why Puget Sound: "Puget Sound has a great engineering program."

Other High School Sports: Wrestling and track & field.

Coach Thomas: "Silas is a tremendous competitor who is a Master's level wrestler.  He runs the ball extremely hard and is never outworked on film. We are thrilled to have him on the team."

 

Reece Wood

Central Kitsap High School (Silverdale, Wash.)

OL / 5-9 / 200 lb.

Highlight Film: http://www.hudl.com/recruiting/athleteprofile/3970554/video

Coach Thomas: "Reece is going to develop into a very good lineman here.  He has tremendous technique and consistently wins his one-on-one block."

 

William Dela Cruz

University of Hawaii-Hilo

WR / 5-9 / 160 lb.

Highlight Film: https://youtu.be/OSJ2z_A_arM

Academic Achievements: Graduated high school Cum Laude.

Athletic Honor: MIL First Team Football, 2015.

Why Puget Sound: "I chose Puget Sound and Logger football because I want to get the experience of what it is like to play football at the next level. Puget Sound has an amazing program for my studies that will challenge me academically."

Other High School Sports: Baseball and golf.

Fun Fact: "I have never traveled outside of Hawaii."

Coach Thomas: "William is transferring to us and should add a lot of athleticism to our already deep wide receiver corps. He is never tackled by the first defender, and should bring a lot to special teams."