Wells discusses 2018 signing class (with complete list and press conference audio)

LOGAN – Head coach Matt Wells and the Utah State football program announced the remainder of the 2018 signing class Wednesday morning.

Wells said that compared to previous signing periods, this one was drama-free. There were no last-minute flips or recruits changing their minds. The biggest highlight of the class, for Wells, is the athleticism. He said that more than 80 percent of this year’s signing class is made up of multi-sport athletes.

“I think from a competitive standpoint, from an athletic standpoint, that’s important to us,” he said. “It’s not always the most important thing in recruiting a kid but I think the competiveness in kids that play multiple sports is important.”

The ten new signees Wednesday completed the 2018 signing class and put the total number of recruits at 22. All 10 of the new signees are out of high school.

The first two recruits to join as part of the 2018 signing class were a pair of transfers from four-year programs last fall. The next 10 to make it official signed in December. Of those 10, seven came out of high school while the other three were junior college transfers.

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The positional focus of the class was on the offensive and defensive lines, but Wells said the recruits that have the most opportunity to come in and contribute right away are the two wide receivers.

Eight of Wednesday’s 10 signees are from in-state, which Wells said is always a priority. He said the talent pool in Utah high school football is deeper than it has ever been.

“We have won here at Utah State with a lot of Utah players, and we will continue to do that,” he said. “We will recruit them, we will continue to develop them and we’ll win at Utah State with a bunch of high school players from the state of Utah.”

Some players aren’t expected to be available immediately because of plans to serve two-year missions for the LDS church. Those include defensive linemen Johnson Hansen and Seni Tuiaki, linebacker Karene Reid and athlete Crew Wakley.

Now that the signing class is complete, attention will turn to spring practices, which start in less than three weeks.

<table border=”0″><caption><strong>February signees </strong></caption><tbody><tr><td>Michael Anyanwu </td><td>CB </td><td>5-9 </td><td>180 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Covina, Calif. (Charter Oak HS)</td></tr><tr><td>Will Dana </td><td>QB </td><td>6-1 </td><td>200 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Sandy, Utah (Alta HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Johnson Hansen </td><td>DL </td><td>6-3 </td><td>270 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Salt Lake City, Utah (East HS)</td></tr><tr><td>Mitch Medina </td><td>LB </td><td>6-1 </td><td>220 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Sandy, Utah (Alta HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Christian Nash </td><td>DB </td><td>6-2 </td><td>190 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Salt Lake City, Utah (East HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Karene Reid </td><td>LB </td><td>6-2 </td><td>220 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>American Fork, Utah (Timpview HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Karter Shaw </td><td>OL </td><td>6-3 </td><td>285 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td> South Jordan, Utah (Herriman HS)</td></tr><tr><td>Elijah Shelton </td><td>LB </td><td>6-2 </td><td>215 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Salt Lake City, Utah (Highland HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Deven Thompkins </td><td>WR </td><td>5-7 </td><td>160 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Fort Myers, Fla. (Dunbar HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Seni Tuaki </td><td>DL </td><td>6-2 </td><td>250 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Salt Lake City, Utah (East HS) </td></tr></tbody></table><table border=”0″><caption><strong>December signees</strong></caption><tbody><tr><td>Wyatt Bowles </td><td>OL </td><td>6-4 </td><td>270 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>West Point, Utah (Syracuse HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Andy Koch </td><td>OL </td><td>6-5 </td><td>250 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Eastvale, Calif. (Eleanor Roosevelt HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Hale Motu’apuaka </td><td>DL </td><td>6-2 </td><td>290 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Honolulu, Hawaii (Punahou HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Tim Patrick Jr. </td><td>WR </td><td>6-0 </td><td>180 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>San Diego, Calif. (Morse HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Andrew Peasley </td><td>QB </td><td>6-3 </td><td>180 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>La Grande, Ore. (La Grande HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Jacob South </td><td>OL </td><td>6-6 </td><td>275 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Anacortes, Wash. (Anacortes HS) </td></tr><tr><td>Crew Wakely </td><td>ATH </td><td>6-2 </td><td>190 </td><td>Fr. </td><td>HS </td><td>Sandy, Utah (Jordan HS)</td></tr><tr><td>Kyler Hack </td><td>OL </td><td>6-5 </td><td>300 </td><td>So. </td><td>JC </td><td>Las Vegas, Nev. (Palo Verde HS/Orange Coast CC) </td></tr><tr><td>Darwin Thompson </td><td>RB </td><td>5-9 </td><td>195 </td><td>Jr. </td><td>JC </td><td>Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS/Northeastern Oklahoma A&amp;M) </td></tr><tr><td>DJ Williams </td><td>DB </td><td>5-10 </td><td>185 </td><td>Jr. </td><td>JC </td><td>Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS/Independence CC) </td></tr></tbody></table><table border=”0″><caption><strong>Four-year transfers</strong></caption><tbody><tr><td>Tipa Galea’i </td><td>LB </td><td>6-5 </td><td>230 </td><td>Jr. </td><td>RS </td><td>Euless, Texas (Trinity HS/TCU) </td></tr><tr><td>Fua Leilua </td><td>DL </td><td>6-3 </td><td>300 </td><td>Jr. </td><td>RS </td><td>Spanish Fork, Utah (Spanish Fork HS/Snow JC/Oklahoma State) </td></tr></tbody></table>

<em>Full player bios can be found in the PDF file below.</em>

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