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Meet the 2009 Football Signing Class

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Aggie first year head football coach DeWayne Walker announced his 2009 signing class today. Coach Walker presented Aggie fans with eighteen recruits that signed a National Letter of Intent. Coach Walker also signed four gray shirt recruits who will become eligible come spring of 2010.
Of the eighteen commits, the Aggies signed four defensive linemen and four offensive linemen. Coach Walker emphasized the need for size and strength as one of the Aggies most critical needs.
At the signing event, coach Walker pointed out that quite a few of the players he recruited have "football I.Q.", or that they come from programs that have great coaching and will be urged to compete for starting positions from day one.
"I thought our coaching staff did a great job identifying talent", said coach Walker. On a few occasions, coach Walker felt the Aggies "got a steal" with a few of his new recruits. Namely, he pointed out recruits, [db]Marcus Allen[/db], [db]Dwayne Barton[/db], Lorenzo Caldwell, Jeff Fleming, and Tanner Rust.
While going down the list of his new recruits, coach Walker was asked about QB Tanner Rust. "He's a steal. Keep in mind he plays baseball too so we're going to have to hope he doesn't get recruited to play before we ever get to see him. He can step right in today and be our number three quarterback without a doubt."
As the recruiting day ended, Rivals.com has NMSU ranked at number 113 out of 142 football programs with an average star rating of 2.07.
Below is a list of the 2009 Aggie Football signing class:
2009 NM State Signing Class 
 
 
 
 
 
Name
Pos. 
Ht. 
Wt. 
Hometown 
Previous School/High School 
Marcus Allen 
WR 
6-0 
190 
Newman, Calif. 
Modesto JC/Orestimba HS 
Dwayne Barton
OL 
6-4 
285 
Detroit, Mich. 
City College of San Francisco/ Oak Park HS 
William Bullock 
WR 
6-3 
205 
Manhattan, Calif. 
El Camino College/ Mira Costa HS 
Lorenzo Caldwell 
DB 
6-1 
190 
Fontana, Calif. 
Cerrios JC/ Kaiser HS 
Robert Clay 
RB 
5-10 
190 
New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon HS 
Ruben Escarsega 
OL 
6-4 
300 
El Paso, Texas 
NMMI/Del Valle HS 
Vincent Federico 
DL 
6-4 
290 
West  Covina, Calif.
Mt. Sac JC/Bishop Amat HS 
John Finau 
DL 
6-0 
290 
Long Beach, Calif. 
El Camino College/ Dominguez HS 
Jeff Fleming 
QB 
6-4 
195 
Fullerton, Calif. 
Fullerton College/Brea Olinda HS 
Jonta Green 
DB 
6-0 
174 
St Petersburg, Fla. 
Benedict College/Lakewood HS 
James Hall, Jr. 
RB 
5-8 
170 
Las Cruces, N.M. 
Las Cruces HS 
Eric Hunter
WR/DB 
5-9 
180 
Los Angeles, Calif. 
LA Jordan HS 
Rex Meikel 
DL 
6-3 
275 
Yucaipa, Calif. 
Yucaipa HS 
David Quiroga 
WR 
6-1
205 
Chino Hills, Calif.
Ayala HS 
Tanner Rust 
QB 
6-2 
195 
Lakewood, Calif. 
El Capitan HS 
Ronny Torres 
TE 
6-4 
230 
Clovis, Calif. 
Fresno City College/Clovis HS 
DJuan Yates
OL/DL 
6-2 
280 
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
College of the Canyons/ Thousands Oaks HS 
Mike Yocius 
OL
6-4 
295 
Cary, Ill. 
Fork Union Military Academy.Cary-Grove HS 
2009 Gray Shirt Signees 
 
 
 
 
 
Name 
Pos. 
Wt. 
Ht. 
Hometown 
High School 
Marquese Dunn 
RB 
6-2 
217 
Pflugerville, Texas 
Henderickson HS 
Justin Smith 
DB 
6-2 
190 
Safford, Ariz. 
Safford HS 
Jake Swenson 
OL 
6-6 
305 
El Paso, Texas 
Montwood HS 
Reuben Thomas 
DB 
6-0 
158 
Pasadena, Calif. 
Muir HS 
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