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Weber State coach Jay Hill signs 32 players in continued attempt to revamp the Wildcats' program

New Weber State head coach Jay Hill instructs during practice in Ogden  Thursday, April 10, 2014.
New Weber State head coach Jay Hill instructs during practice in Ogden Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

OGDEN — In an attempt to completely revamp the struggling Weber State football program, Wildcats head coach Jay Hill really isn’t fooling around.

After inking a whopping 34 student-athletes just one year ago in his first recruiting class, Hill added to the splash Wednesday by announcing that an impressive 32 student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play football for the ‘Cats this season, totaling 66 signed players over the last two national signing days.

“Once again, we are really excited about this year’s recruiting class. This was another very solid class and we were able to get a lot of quality players,” said Hill. “I truly believe that this is a tremendous signing class, and I feel very confident that they will be successful.”

Hill and the Wildcats continued to ride their trend of rebuilding and, as it turned out, they didn’t have to look too far for the pieces.

Over the last two seasons, 40 of Weber State’s 66 players have come from the state of Utah.

“A large percentage of recruits are from the state of Utah, which is a big priority for us. Our coaching staff did a great job of recruiting and getting the players we targeted,” Hill said. “There are some very good players here in the state of Utah. There is a toughness and a great work ethic in a lot of these kids, and the caliber of football in Utah continues to grow and I couldn’t be happier with where we are right now.”

So, exactly what is going to be the big difference this year from recent years for the Wildcats?

Of course, they need to fill holes on their offensive line, become a lot more physical on both sides of the ball, take care of the football, step up and make big plays when they need to, and eventually decide on a quarterback.

“We did a great job getting guys to provide us with depth on the O-line, and I think we did a really good job of adding three more really solid playmakers to our wide receiver group; that will be a huge strength of ours,” said Hill. “We added some really strong secondary players in the back end, and I really like what we did with our skill players and with our really solid running backs.”

Hill says he has noticed a colossal difference in the locker room throughout his two-year tenure at the helm of the ‘Cats.

“Down in that locker room, it is just a completely different feel than it has been in years past. I mean, it’s a completely different feel,” Hill added. “These kids are working really hard and pushing themselves to the limit mentally and physically every day, getting good grades and will be ready to go. We are building something you guys and we can be proud of.”

Weber State’s 2015 national signing day class of 32

Player Position Ht Wgt HS/Juco

Aaron Blackwell DE 6-3 280 Liberty (Ariz.) HS

Tyler Downs OT 6-6 320 Sky View HS

Treshawn Garrett RB 5-11 180 Highland (Calif.) HS

Deondre Hambric WR 6-4 180 Clearfield HS

Nate Heaps TE 6-4 245 American Fork HS

Tyler Hinds S 5-11 180 Davis HS

Martrel Holmea WR 6-0 170 Mission Hills (Calif.) HS

Zach Hymas QB 6-3 195 Moapa Valley (Nev.) HS

Gaige Kartchner LB 6-0 195 Corner Canyon HS

Junior Latu DL 6-5 250 Orem HS

John Leilua DE 6-2 235 Spanish Fork HS

Elias Miller RB 6-0 190 Las Vegas (Nev.) HS

Kalisi Moli DT 6-2 265 Herriman HS

Carter Nielson OL 6-4 335 Green Valley (Nev.) HS

Spencer Niutupuivaha CB 6-2 190 Timpview HS

Cole Payne WR 6-3 195 Orem HS

TyJuan Prince WR 6-1 170 Sutter (Calif.) HS

Tui Satuala TE 6-2 235 Snow College

Blake Schiess OT 6-5 280 Manti HS

Brandon Sherlin WR 5-11 175 Coronado (Texas) HS

Boogie Sewell DT 6-0 330 Desert Hills HS

Connor Shannon OG 6-4 300 Fresno (Calif.) City College

Brandon Sherlin WR 5-11 175 Coronado (Texas) HS

Filipe Sitake DL 6-1 280 Mountain View HS

Calvin Steyn OL 6-4 315 Saddleback (Calif.) College

Bradyn Swanson OL 6-5 270 Springville HS

Landon Stice LB 6-3 200 Stansbury HS

Sinilau Tauteoli DE 6-3 255 Snow College

Tevita Tauteoli OL 6-4 315 Hunter HS

Kory Wilson DB 6-1 175 Liberty (Ariz.) HS

Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications, and has been a part-time sportswriter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since Oct. 2012.

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