OGDEN, Utah -- Weber State football head coach Jody Sears added 25 student-athletes Wednesday to the 2013 Wildcat football signing class.
Two players, Bo Bolen and Helam Heimuli, previously signed at Weber State and are now in school after serving LDS Church missions. Bolen played two seasons at Weber State and was a two-time All-Conference performer. The Wildcats added two junior college transfers in D.J. Bush and Alfonso Medina. A total of 21 high school players were added to the program.
Sears and the Wildcat coaching staff added 16 players on the offensive side of the ball and nine players on defense. A total of eight of the new players are from the state of Utah with six from Florida, four from Hawaii, three from Idaho, two from California, and one each from Colorado and Nevada.
“This was a great recruiting class for us were able to address our needs and get the players we wanted in those areas,” Coach Sears said. “We were looking for high character players with toughness and that could come in and help out our team and we feel we got that. Our coaches really worked hard at finding the kind of players that will fit into our system. We are excited to have these players come to Weber State and look forward to getting spring ball started.”
Returned Missionaries previously signed at Weber State
|Bo Bolen||RB||5-9||200||Jr.||Aurora, Colo.||Grandview HS|
|Helam Heimuli||DE||6-3||230||Fr.||Woods Cross, Utah||Bountiful HS|
Junior College Transfers
|D.J. Bush||Saf.||6-0||200||Jr.||San Jose, Calif.||Foothill College||Video|
|Alfonso Medina||QB||6-0||190||Jr..||Venice, Calif.||Santa Monica College||Video|
High School Signings
|Blake Barney||QB||6-0||180||Fr.||St. George, Utah||Dixie||Video|
|Austin Chipoletti||QB||5-11||190||Fr.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Oakleaf||Video|
|Mike Cisneros||OT||6-4||270||Fr.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Desert Pines||Video|
|A.J. Coney||CB||5-8||175||Fr.||Orlando, Fla.||Oviedo||Video|
|Gabe Davis||WR||5-11||195||Fr.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Bartram Trail||Video|
|Kai Gonda||Ath.||5-11||185||Fr.||Hawaii Kai, HI||Kaiser||Video|
|Eddy Hall||Ath.||5-9||185||Fr.||Wellsville, Utah||Mountain Crest||Video|
|Dallin Hatch||TE||6-3||210||Fr.||Lindon, Utah||Plesant Grove||Video|
|Ikea Ikehara||LB||6-2||210||Fr.||Mililani, Hawaii||Kamehameha||Video|
|Tre'von Johnson||Saf.||6-1||190||Fr.||Salt Lake City||Hunter||Video|
|Chad Leckington||QB||6-2||220||Fr.||Shelley, Idaho||Shelley||Video|
|Adam Lewis||DE||6-6||240||Fr.||Meridian, Idaho||Rocky Mountain||Video|
|Cameron Livingston||WR||6-2||195||Fr.||Ocala, Fla.||Ocala Vanguard||Video|
|Austin McChesney||WR||6-2||195||Fr.||Highland, Utah||Lone Peak||Video|
|Feleti Mulitalo||OL||6-3||330||Fr.||West Valley, UT||Granger||Video|
|Skyler Munson||WR||5-11||170||Fr.||Lehi, Utah||Pleasant Grove||Video|
|Mene Perese||DL||6-2||250||Fr.||Mililani, Hawaii||Mililani||Video|
|Zach Smith||RB||6-0||190||Fr.||Kissimmee, Fla.||Gateway||Video|
|Ryan Tuiasoa||RB||5-11||210||Fr.||Kailua, Hawaii||Punahou||Video|
|Jonah Williams||DE||6-4||230||Fr.||Meridian, Idaho||Rocky Mountain||Video|
|Felix Woods||LB||5-11||190||Fr.||Lake City, Fla.||Columbia||Video|
Returned Missionaries previously signed at Weber State
RB/KR • 5-9 • 200 • Jr.
Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS)
Bo returns after serving an LDS Church mission to the Philippines...He played two seasons at Weber State in 2009 and 2010 and will be a junior with the Wildcats this fall...In his two seasons at Weber State Bolen established himself as one of the top running backs and kick returners in the Big Sky...In his two year career he played in 23 games and had 241 carries for 1,146 yards and six touchdowns...Currently ranks 24th in WSU history in career rushing yards...Also has 74 kickoff returns for 1,805 yards, which currently ranks third in school history...Ranks eighth in WSU history in all-purpose yards with 3,476...As a freshman in 2009 he earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors and finished 10th in the conference in rushing with 442 yards and three touchdowns, and average of 36.8 yards per game...Was fourth in the league in kick return average at 24.6 per return and was fourth in all purpose yards at 139.1 per game...Was part of the 2009 Wildcat team that advanced to the FCS Playoffs...As a sophomore in 2010 he once again earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors...Once again finished fourth in the league in all purpose yards and fourth in kick return average...Was eighth in rushing at 64.0 yards per game.
DE • 6-3 • 230 • Fr.
Woods Cross, Utah (Bountiful HS)
Originally signed with the Wildcats in February 2010...Served an LDS Church mission to Atlanta, Georgia Spanish speaking after high school...Graduated from Bountiful High School in 2010 where he played for Coach Larry Wall...Was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball...Earned First Team 4A All-State honors as a senior in 2009...Helped the Braves to three straight region titles...Was one of the team captains as a senior...Full name is Helam Kalei’ipana Heimuli...Was born Jan. 28, 1992.
JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS
Safety • 6-0 • 200 • Jr.
San Jose, Calif. (Foothill College)
Played two seasons at Foothill College in Los Altos, Calif., and will be a junior at Weber State...Saw action in 10 games for the Owls and recorded 57 total tackles in 2012, 17th best in the NorCal Conference...Averaged 5.7 tackles per game and had 40 solo tackles, ranking 13th in the conference...Also had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown...Originally signed with Arizona State and sat out the 2010 season as a red shirt with the Sun Devils...Graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose where he earned Honorable Mention CCS honors...Parents are Michael and Nancy Bush...Was born Mar. 4, 1992.
QB • 6-0 • 190 • Jr.
Venice, Calif. (Santa Monica College)
Played two seasons at Santa Monica College before transferring to Weber State...In two seasons at Santa Monica he was a two-year starter and threw for 5,345 yards and 61 touchdowns to lead Santa Monica to back-to-back conference titles...As a sophomore in 2012 he was named Pacific Conference MVP and broke the school’s single-season and career touchdown records...Threw for 2,640 yards and 30 touchdowns...Was also named First Team All-Pacific Conference and First Team All-California Region VI...As a freshman in 2011 he threw for 2,705 yards and 31 touchdowns...Earned All-Conference and All-Region honors and was a four-time conference Player of the Week...Attended Venice High School where he played for Coach Angelo Gasca...As a senior threw for 2,600 yards and 28 touchdowns and earned First Team All-Conference and All-City honors...Led the team to a 10-2 record and a league championship...Threw for 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior...Was born Oct. 27, 1992 in Santa Monica, Calif...Parents are Alfonso and Cynthia.
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNINGS
QB • 6-0 • 180 • Fr.
St. George, Utah (Dixie HS)
Blake comes to Weber State from Dixie High School in St. George, Utah...Plans to serve an LDS Church mission before coming to Weber State...Played for Coach Monkres at Dixie and led the team to the Utah 3A state title as a senior in 2012...Was named the Utah State 3A MVP by the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News...Earned First Team All-State honors and was the MVP of the state championship game...Threw for 160-283 for 2,805 yards and 27 touchdowns during the season...In his career at Dixie he threw for 7,236 yards and 60 touchdowns...Was a three-sport athlete at Dixie and also played basketball and track...Was born July 30, 1994 in St. George...Parents are Shayne and Lisa Barney.
QB • 5-11 • 190 • Fr.
Jacksonville, Fla. (Oakleaf HS)
Attends Oakleaf High School where he played for his father, Derek Chipoletti...As a senior in 2012 he was named to the Second Team All-First Coast Area and earned All-State Honorable Mention honors and First Team All-County honors...Was named the Offensive MVP of the Florida-Georgia All-State Game...Finished the season 112-191 passing for 1,510 yards and 15 touchdowns...Also rushed for 295 yards and six touchdowns...Attended Bradford High School as a junior in 2011 and passed for 1,896 yards and 18 touchdowns and earned First Team All-State honors...Also rushed for 529 yards and 11 touchdowns...Also punted at Oakleaf and averaged 36.4 yards per punt.
OT • 6-4 • 270 • Fr.
Las Vegas, Nev. (Desert Pines HS)
Played for Coach Bennett and Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas...Was a First Team All-League selection on the offensive line and the defensive line...Also earned First Team All-Division and Second Team All-State honors on both sides of the ball...Was born April 19, 1995 in Mexico...Parents are Alfonzo and Maria.
CB • 5-8 • 175 • Fr.
Orlando, Fla. (Oviedo HS)
Was named to the Orlando Sentinel Super 60 list as one of the top players in Central Florida...Was ranked 24th on the Super 60 list...Earned First Team All-Central Florida honors and was named the top cornerback in Central Florida...Played for Coach Wes Allen at Oviedo High School where he was a three-year starter...Also earned First Team 7A All-State, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-District honors...Helped lead Oviedo to an 11-2 record...Recorded five interceptions and had 34 total tackles on the season...Also rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns and had seven pass deflections...Played in the Central Florida All-Star Game...Was born Dec. 30, 1994 in Coca Beach, Fla....Mother is Deborah Coney.
WR • 5-11 • 195 • Fr.
Jacksonville, Fla. (Bartram Trail HS)
Attends Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he played for Coach Sutherland...Played running back and wide receiver and returned kicks...Earned All-Conference and All-County honors as a senior in 2012 and was an All-First Coast Honorable Mention selection...Had 32 receptions for 631 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior...Also had 14 rushes for 157 yards and three touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns...Totaled 13 touchdowns on the year...Had nine kickoff returns for 285 yards for an average of 31.7 per return...Had one return of 99 yards and one of 91 yards...Was also a member of the Bartram Trail track and field team and was a part of the 4X400 meter relay team that won the state title.
Ath. • 5-11 • 185 • Fr.
Hawaii Kai, Hawaii (Kaiser HS)
Attends Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai, Hawaii where he played for Coach Rich Miano...As a senior in 2012 he earned OIA White Offensive Player of the Year honors...Was also named to the OIA White First Team as a utility player and earned Second Team All-State honors...Had 119 carries for 851 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 7.2 yards per carry...Also returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns...Fullname is Mikaiah Gonda...Parents are Chico and Deanna...Was born Mar. 7, 1995 in Honolulu.
WR • 5-9 • 185 • Fr.
Wellsville, Utah (Mountain Crest HS)
Played for Coach Mark Wooten at Mountain Crest High School...Was named the Utah 4A MVP by KSL and the Logan Herald Journal...Earned First Team All-State honors at running back in 2012 as well as First Team All-Region honors...Had 235 carries for 1,585 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior...Averaged 121.9 rushing yards per game...Helped led the Mustangs to the title game in the state 4A playoffs in each of the past two seasons...Also threw for two touchdowns in 2012 and had 27 receptions for 251 yards and three touchdowns...As a sophomore in 2010, earned Newcomer of the Year Region honors and was named to the All-Region First Team...Was born Nov. 28, 1994 in Logan...Parents are Ben and Rosa Hall.
TE • 6-3 • 210 • Fr.
Lindon, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS)
Comes to Weber State from Lindon, Utah where he played at Pleasant Grove High School...Is expected to serve an LDS Church mission prior to coming to Weber State...Played for Coach Les Hamilton at Pleasant Grove...Was a team captain and earned Second Team All-Region honors...Had 40 receptions for 722 yards and seven touchdowns...Also had 20 tackles and three sacks on defense...Earned Academic All-Region honors three times...Was born April 15, 1995 in Provo, Utah...Parents are David and Mary Ann Hatch.
LB • 6-2 • 210 • Fr.
Mililani, Hawaii (Kamehameha HS)
Attends Kamehameha High School in Honolulu where he played for Coach David Stant...Kamehameha is the same high school as former Weber State quarterback Mike Hoke...Earned First Team All-Region honors as a linebacker and earned Honorable Mention All-State honors...Also wrestles at Kamehameha...Full name is Zen Ikehara but prefers to be known as Ikea (ee-kay-ah)...Parents are Adrian and Iolani Ikehara...Was born Oct. 25, 1994 in Honolulu.
Saf. • 6-1 • 190 • Fr.
Salt Lake City, Utah (Hunter HS)
Played for Coach Scott Henderson at Hunter High School and earned Second Team All-Region honors as a running back and safety...Had two interceptions during the season and earned 5A Honorable Mention All-State honors...Had 98 carries for 633 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior in 2012...Was born Feb. 10, 1995 in St. Louis, Mo...Parents are Will and Clarissa.
QB • 6-2 • 220 • Fr.
Shelley, Idaho (Shelley HS)
Attends Shelley High School in Shelley, Idaho where he played for Coach Hobson...Is expected to serve an LDS Church mission before coming to Weber State...Was the team captain as a senior and earned First Team All-State honors on offense and defense...Also played linebacker at Shelley...Was named to the First Team All-Area team and was the Offensive Player of the Year...Was born Jan. 15, 1995 in Layton, Utah...Parents are Shawn and Denise Leckington.
DE • 6-6 • 240 • Fr.
Meridian, Idaho (Rocky Mountain HS)
Attends Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Idaho where he played for Coach Warr...Earned All-Conference honors and was the team Captain as a senior in 2012...Is a two-time All-Academic selection...Also played tight end at Rocky Mountain...Was born June 9, 1995 in Phoenix...Parents are Darby and Carla.
WR • 6-2 • 195 • Fr.
Ocala, Fla. (Ocala Vanguard HS)
Comes to Weber State from Ocala, Fla., where he played for Coach Casteneda...Earned First Team All-County honors as a senior in 2012...Tied the Ocala Vanguard school record for most receiving touchdowns...Had 30 receptions for 479 yards and four touchdowns during the season...Averaged 16 yards per catch...Set a new school record with a 93-yard touchdown reception against Bucholz...Averaged 47.9 receiving yards per game.
WR • 6-1 • 170 • Fr.
Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS)
Attends Lone Peak High School where he played for Coach Tony McGeary...Is expected to serve an LDS Church mission prior to coming to Weber State...Earned First Team All-Region honors and was the team captain...Had 19 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2012...Also had one rushing touchdown and one interception and earned Academic All-Region honors...Was born July 16, 1995...Parents are Todd and Meisha McChesney.
OL • 6-3 • 330 • Fr.
West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS)
Played for former Weber State assistant coach Cecil Thomas at Granger High School...Is expected to serve an LDS Church mission prior to coming to Weber State...Earned Honorable Mention All-State honors as a senior and was a First Team All-Region selection...Played in the Polynesian American Bowl in La Mirada, Calif....Was born May 6, 1995 in West Valley...Parents are Feleti and Mautofi.
WR • 5-11 • 170 • Fr.
Lehi, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS)
Comes to Weber State from Lindon, Utah where he played at Pleasant Grove High School for Coach Les Hamilton...Is expected to serve an LDS Church mission prior to coming to Weber State...Earned First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State honors last season...Had 44 receptions for 1,027 total yards and 17 touchdowns...Led the state in yards per catch at 23.2...Ranks as one of the top five wide receivers all-time in yards per catch...Tied the state record for receiving touchdowns in a game...Also earned All-Valley and Elite 11 honors and was the team MVP...Was born June 9, 1994...Parents are Tyler and Erika Munson.
DL • 6-2 • 250 • Fr.
Mililani, Hawaii (Mililani HS)
Played for Coach Rod York and Mililani High School...As a senior in 2012 recorded 77 total tackles and 12 sacks...Earned First Team All-OIA honors and Honorable Mention All-State honors...Parents are Siupolu and Alei...Was born Jan. 24, 1995 in American Samoa...Full name is Manaia Perese.
RB • 6-0 • 190 • Fr.
Kissimmee, Fla. (Gateway HS)
Played for Coach Roberts at Gateway High School...Was named to the Orlando Sentinel Super 60 list as one of the top players in Central Florida...Earned All-State Honorable Mention honors as a senior in 2012 and also earned First Team All-District and First Team All-County honors...Was named the Gateway Team MVP and Offensive MVP...Rushed for 1,643 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012...Had 215 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per carry...Was born Oct. 14, 1994 in Orlando...Parents are Travis and Patty.
Ath. • 5-11 • 210 • Fr.
Kailua, Hawaii (Punahou HS)
Attends Punahou High School in Honolulu and plays for Coach Kale Ane...Played running back and linebacker at Punahou...As a senior in 2012 had 108 carries for 712 yards and 12 touchdowns...Averaged 6.6 yards per carry...Also had five receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns, an average of 20.6 yards per catch...Earned First Team All-ILH honors and Second Team All-State honors...Also runs track and field and reached the state finals in the hurdles...Parents are Sione and Lori Tuiasoa...Was born Oct. 27, 1994 in Salt Lake City.
DE • 6-4 • 230 • Fr.
Meridian, Idaho (Rocky Mountain HS)
Attends Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Idaho where he played for Coach Watt...Is expected to serve an LDS Church mission prior to coming to Weber State...Earned Second Team All-State honors and First Team All-Conference honors...Was one of the Meridian team captains as a senior...Was born Aug. 17, 1995 in Puyallup, Wash...Parents are Jason and Brittnee Williams.
LB • 5-11 • 190 • Fr.
Lake City, Fla. (Columbia HS)
Comes to Weber State from Lake City, Fla., where he played for coach Allen at Columbia High School...Was a three-time team Defensive MVP at Columbia and earned First Team Honors from the Gainesville Sun...Recorded 96 total tackles with seven sacks and eight tackles for loss as a senior in 2012...Played in the 2012 Florida-Georgia All-Star Game.