FLAGSTAFF - Twenty-three student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play football at Northern Arizona University, coach Jerome Souers announced Wednesday.
“We have set a great foundation for the future with this class,” said Souers. “It is an extremely balanced class with talented student-athletes. I am proud of the work we put in and the quality and character of the players we were able to bring in here.”
The class includes six Arizona prep products including Lakeside Blue Ridge offensive lineman Dwight Boyd (6-foot-5, 270 pounds), Scottsdale Desert Mountain safety Matt Galterio (6-3, 195), Mesa tight end Beau Gardner (6-4, 240), Kingman offensive lineman Trey Gilleo (6-6, 250), Chandler Basha quarterback Troy Graham (6-5) and Phoenix Cactus tight end Caleb Richardson (6-3, 235).
Boyd was named all-state and all-region on the offensive and defensive line for Blue Ridge.
He was also a two-time region champion in wrestling, finishing as state runner-up as a junior.
Galterio was named defensive player of the year for the 5A Division I Desert Valley Region, recording 58 tackles with an interception for Desert Mountain.
Gardner was named to the all-East Valley Region second team after making catches for 305 yards with one touchdown for Mesa High.
Gilleo earned all-region second-team honors, while Graham threw for 1,113 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions, completing 75 of 127 attempts (59 percent) on the season for Basha.
Richardson had 19 catches for two touchdowns for Cactus, earning all-region first-team honors.
Northern Arizona’s 2008 football recruiting class:
Blayne Anderson, de, 6-3, 238, Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Michael Battisti, de, 6-3, 235, Sultana/Saddleback College, Hesperia, Calif.
Jarret Bilbrey, de, 6-4, 220, Bonita Vista HS, San Diego, Calif.
Dwight Boyd, ol, 6-5, 270, Blue Ridge HS, Pinetop, Ariz.
Jonathan Chanda, ol, 6-5, 280, Trabuco Hills HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Michael Czyz, wr, 5-10, 180, De La Salle HS, Concord, Calif.
Matt Estrada, s, 5-10, 185, Fullerton JC, La Habra, Calif.
Matt Galterio, s, 6-3, 195, Desert Ridge HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Beau Gardner, te, 6-4, 240, Mesa HS, Mesa, Ariz.
Trey Gilleo, ol, 6-6, 250, Kingman HS, Kingman, Ariz.
Troy Graham, qb, 6-5, 205, Basha HS, Chandler, Ariz.
Cary Grossart, qb, 6-1, 180, Folsom HS, Folsom, Calif.
Tanner Hansler, s, 5-10, 185, Redlands East Valley HS, Redlands, Calif.
Antonio Hartwell, nt, 6-1, 300, Fresno CC, Las Vegas, Nev.
Brandon Phillips, lb, 5-10, 215, Redlands HS, Loma Linda, Calif.
Nick Ragland-Johnson, s, 5-11, 190, Franklin HS, Seattle, Wash.
Taylor Julio, s, 6-1, 170, Chula Vista HS, San Diego, Calif.
Deante Piper, rb, 5-10, 180, L.D. Bell HS, Fort Worth, Texas
Caleb Richardson, te, 6-3, 235, Cactus HS, Phoenix, Ariz.
Danny Roper, ol, 6-4, 260, Clayton Valley HS, Clayton, Calif.
Ryan Saumur, s, 6-2, 205, Cypress HS, Los Angeles, Calif.
Austin Shanks, wr, 5-8, 175, Crespi HS, Shadow Hills, Calif.
Deonte Williams, rb, 5-10, 180, Pleasant Grove HS, Sacramento, Calif.
Junior College Mid-Year Transfers
Ed Berry, wr, 5-9, 185, Serra/College of San Mateo, San Mateo, Calif.
Anthony Evans, db, 5-9, 185, Taft/Moorpark College, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Conrad Meadows, wr, 5-9, 180, Moorpark College, Moorpark, Calif.
Stevon Thomas, lb, 5-10, 215, Norco/Chaffey College, Norco, Calif.
Conrad White, db, 5-9, 180, Walnut/Fullerton JC, Walnut, Calif.
Michael Herrick, qb, 6-1, 185, Valencia/Ole Miss, Valencia, Calif.
Jermaine Jackson, nt, 6-0, 290, Northeast Academy, Oklahoma City, Okla..