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Dixie State football: Red Storm announce 2016 signing class

The Dixie State defense lines up vs. Colorado Mesa in September 2015. The Red Storm announced their 2016 signing class Monday.
The Dixie State defense lines up vs. Colorado Mesa in September 2015. The Red Storm announced their 2016 signing class Monday.
Stan Plewe, Dixie State Athletics

Dixie State head football coach Shay McClure has announced the signing of 32 players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Storm next season, with four players joining the team as mid-year signees. Thirty of the players come from the high school ranks, while six are junior college transfers.

“We got a little bit of a late start as I became head coach, but I’m really excited about this signing class,” McClure said. “We did exactly what I talked about when I took this job. We wanted to recruit Utah hard for big kids and try to get bigger up front with in-state players and then get some speed outside of the state. We followed that game plan pretty closely.

"We went high school heavy to build the program from the bottom up and not worry about a quick fix. That’s our mindset right now. We’re going to build the program with young players and get the guys in that we can fit into our system and let them grow as we coach them.”

Seanoaleatualaveai “Luke” Afamasaga (West Valley City, Utah) is an offensive lineman who played at Skyline High School. He earned second team All-Region honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Timothy Ah Hee (Walnut, California) played offensive tackle at Mt. San Antonio College before joining the Storm. He earned First Team Southern California Football Association honors as a sophomore.

Steve Bangerter (St. George, Utah) played wide receiver at Pine View High School, catching 59 passes for 859 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also played basketball and helped the Panthers to the 2015 Utah 3A State Championship.

Matteo Biscotti (Redlands, California) is a four-year linebacker from Redlands East Valley High School. A three-time All-CIF, three-time Citrus Belt League (CBL) and two-time CBL defensive MVP, Biscotti tied the school record for most tackles in a single-game (24). He earned CIF Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014-15.

Keihin Bracken (St. George, Utah) played defensive end at Snow Canyon High School, helping the Warriors to a Utah 3A semifinal appearance in 2015.

Taj Broomfield (Santee, California) played on both sides of the ball at West Hills High School, earning All-League honors on offense and defense in consecutive years. He also participated in track and field and set the freshman 100 meter record.

Ian Cartlidge (Reno, Nevada) played football and baseball at Reno High School. A two-time team captain, Cartlidge earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-State honors at linebacker, while picking up Second Team All-Region honors at running back. He holds the school record for most tackles in a single season (126) and accumulated 216 career tackles.

Hunter Christensen (West Jordan, Utah) played wide receiver at West Jordan High School, earning first team All-Region and team MVP honors. Christensen also earned academic All-Region and All-Region honors and currently sits at No. 1 in his graduating class with a 4.0 GPA.

Jared Clark (San Diego, California) earned three varsity football letters at Scripps Ranch High School as an offensive tackle. He spent time at Citrus Junior College and the University of Montana before signing at Dixie State.

Marcus Cosby (Compton, California) earned First Team All-League honors at Salesian High School, making big contributions on both sides of the ball. He also participated in track and field.

Andrew Davis (Ontario, California) played defensive back at Upland High School. He also participated in track and field.

Khaleed Davis (El Cajon, California) played wide receiver at Grossmont High School, catching 66 passes for 1,043 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.

Tyler Everett (Cedar Hills, Utah) earned three varsity football letters at Lone Peak High School and received All-Region linebacker honors.

Matt Everton (Herriman, Utah) played linebacker at Herriman High School. He earned All-Region honors and helped the Mustangs to the Utah 5A State Championship.

Keanu Faumuina (St. George, Utah) was a four-year defensive starter at Dixie High School, leading the Flyers to two Utah 3A State Championships. He finished his senior season with 104 tackles and 12 sacks. Faumuina earned first team All-Region, second team All-State and first team academic All-Region and All-State honors.

Michael Gayden, Jr. (Las Vegas, Nevada) joins the Dixie State football team after playing at Canyon Springs High School and spending two years at Victor Valley College. As a sophomore at Victor Valley, Gayden caught 20 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Kion Gould (San Diego, California) played wide receiver at Mt. Caramel High School.

Dane Griffin (Thousand Oaks, California) joins Dixie State after time at Humboldt State and Moorpark Junior College. He earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a defensive end at Moorpark. Griffin earned First Team All-Marmonte League and First Team All-Ventura County honors at Thousand Oaks High School. He also participated in lacrosse.

Blake Gubler (St. George, Utah) played three years at Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho, before playing his senior season at Snow Canyon High School. Gubler earned first team All-State honors and helped the Warriors to a semifinal appearance in 2015.

Michael Jones (San Diego, California) earned two varsity football letters at Mount Miguel High School. Jones earned first team All-League, second team All-East County and San Diego preps All-Academic team honors, recording 67 tackles with seven sacks and an interception as a senior.

Blake Kilgore (Oxnard, California) is a three-year varsity player out of Oxnard High School. Kilgore is a two-time Pacific View All-League honoree and earned All-Ventura County honors as a senior at tight end.

Tyler Krepsz (Riverside, California) played tight end at Martin Luther King High School, earning second team All-Big VIII and scholar athlete honors. Krepsz finished as the third leading receiver in school history.

Sei-J Lauago (Paramount, California) played running back at La Mirada High School. He was named CIF Southeast Division Player of the Year as a senior, rushing for 1,862 yards and 24 touchdowns on 220 carries.

Alex Lilliard (San Diego, California) earned first team All-League, All-County and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a defensive back at Grossmont High School. He also participated in lacrosse and basketball, leading both teams to a league championship.

Moses Mallory (Herriman, Utah) earned three varsity letters in football, rugby and track and field, earning All-State and All-Region honors on the gridiron at Herriman High School.

Austin McClure (Encinitas, California) is four-year offensive lineman out of La Costa Canyon High School. McClure also participated in track and field and basketball.

Jaylen Moore (Murrieta, California) earned First Team All-League honors at defensive back at Murrieta Valley High School. He recorded 165 tackles and 13 interceptions as a senior and was named defensive player of the year.

Zach Morris (Anaheim Hills, California) earned three varsity football letters as a defensive back at Canyon High School. He was named team captain as a senior and played two seasons at Santa Ana College.

Jordan Nichols (Bakersfield, California) played two seasons at Bakersfield College, leading the Renegades to the Western State Bowl. He finished with 75 tackles at linebacker as a sophomore, earning first team All-Conference honors.

Noah Noce (Las Vegas, Nevada) played two seasons at safety at Arbor View High School, racking up 139 tackles, nine interceptions and five touchdowns. Noce earned first team All-City, All-Conference and All-State honors.

Bud Pope (St. George, Utah) rejoins the Dixie State football team as a mid-year signee after playing at DSU as a freshman and serving an LDS mission. He earned First Team All-State honors as a defensive back at Desert Hills High School.

Shiloh Pritchard (American Samoa) played at Leone High School before playing linebacker at Riverside City College.

Eric Pulliam (Whittier, California) earned first team All-Area, All-CIF, All-League and second team All-County honors as a defensive tackle at Sonora High School. He was named Freeway League Lineman of the Year in 2015 and was a team captain.

Sione Tauataina (West Valley City, Utah) is a four-year player out of Granger High School, earning team MVP honors as senior at running back. He also participated in basketball and rugby.

Joshua Thompson (Ontario, California) earned three varsity football letters at Colony High School. He was a three-time Mt. Baldy League MVP at quarterback and has earned Principal’s Honor Roll honors each year at Colony.

Nick Warmsley (St. George, Utah) was a three-year starter at quarterback at Desert Hills High School, leading the Thunder to their first football state championship in school history in 2013.

Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Red Storm Athletics. Contact him at