LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday the addition of Cole Motes and Jack Rigby to the Aggie football program. Both players will serve two-year missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before enrolling at USU.
Motes, a 6-foot-6, 240-pounder from Thatcher, Ariz. (Thatcher HS), earned Arizona Class 2A honorable mention all-state honors as both a tight end and defensive end as a prep senior. Motes, who is a 247Sports three-star recruit, helped Thatcher HS to three-straight state championships from his sophomore to senior seasons. Motes also earned all-region honors as a senior and was named his team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. During his senior season, he caught eight passes for 158 yards (19.8 ypr) and two touchdowns on offense and recorded 48 tackles, which included 1.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss, while adding one interception that he returned 44 yards on defense.
Following his senior season, Motes was named the Thatcher High School Athlete of the Year as he also earned all-region and all-state honors in basketball, along with being named his team’s Player of the Year, and was a state qualifier in the discus and state runner-up in the shot put on the track & field team.
Motes was also named his basketball team’s Player of the Year following his junior season as he earned honorable mention all-state and all-region accolades, along with qualifying for state in both the discus and shot put on the track & field team. Motes also earned all-region honors in basketball following his sophomore season.
Rigby, a 6-4, 200-pound tight end from Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), earned Utah Class 6A second-team all-state honors following his senior season as he caught 35 passes for 620 yards (17.7 ypr) and six touchdowns. As a prep senior, he had seven catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns against Clearfield HS and seven catches for 111 yards and one touchdown against Lone Peak HS. As a junior, he caught 14 passes for 152 yards (10.9 ypr). Rigby also played basketball at Davis HS.