CSC Head Football Coach Jay Long announced the signing of 29 new football players on Wednesday, the first day of the 2022 signing period.
“We set out with a goal this period to find some long, athletic, and tough guys,” said CSC Assistant Coach Micah Smith. “Those are exactly the things we accomplished with this class. On the offense in particular, we had some big pieces to replace, and I think we addressed that need very well.”
The program brought in 12 offensive players, 16 for the defense, and one labeled an athlete.
Two quarterbacks are included in the group. One, a junior year transfer, is Heath Beemiller of Chandler, Arizona. He spent three years at FCS Northern Arizona and has two remaining. The other is Gavin Garretson of Mead, Colorado, led his team to a 3A state title game.
One rusher and one receiver committed to CSC on Wednesday. The running back is Jake Marschall, the Colorado 4A Player of the Year from Littleton, while receiver Rylan Wehr, a 2020 Wyoming Super 25 selection from Douglas, is the other skill player on that side of the ball.
John Vanisi of Lawndale, California, and Koye Gilbert of Encampment, Wyoming are both 6-3 tight ends with all-league credentials who joined the program.
The Eagles addressed the graduation of three starting offensive linemen by recruiting six big men for the trenches on signing day. Two, from the Rocky Mountain State, are Rudy Gish of Parker, Colorado,, who joins his brother Tyler on the team, and Leon Ramirez of Greeley. Another pair are both from Fresno, California, with freshman Gary Gonzalez and junior college transfer Adam Salazar, a CCCAA All-American, lacing them up for CSC next fall.
The defense went heavily after defensive backs, taking seven. Out of Colorado, Jack Ward is a track star from Parker, and Larenz Lovelace is a three-time all-conference player from Brighton. From Gillette, Wyoming, comes dual-sport Jace Walter, who played basketball, and a short two-hour drive away in Casper is the state’s 4A leader in defensive points, Kaeden Wilcox. Spearfish, South Dakota’s Peyton Millis gives the Eagles plenty of the length Coach Smith spoke of, standing 6-3 in the backfield. Finally, a pair of six-footers from afar are Glendale, Arizona’s Junior Dukulay and junior college transfer Keishaun Creel of Manchester, Tennessee.
Six linebackers also committed on Wednesday. Two talented mid-state products are Aidan Davies of Grand Island, and Riley Grieser of Kearney. Another pair are Clayton Robinson of Johnstown, Colorado, a solid four-year tackler, and Reed Henkel, of Arvada, who lettered four years in lacrosse. Ritchie McCormack, from Vail, Arizona, was his region’s Defensive Player of the Year, and will join the Eagles, while Heamasi Latu, III, transfers from Nebraska-Kearney and originally hails from Oakley, California.
Three of the remaining four players are defensive linemen. Layton Wright is a conference Player of the Year who joins his brother Saxon on the “hit squad”. Pierce Miller is an All-Stater in two different states, after transferring from Princeton, Illinois, where spring football was held in 2021, to Spearfish last fall. The remainder of the trio is 2021 Wyoming 3A All-State recipient Ernesto Cabriales of Lander.
One final athlete comes from North Platte, and that is Tate Janas, who alongside fellow signee Masker, recently helped the Nebraska side defeat Iowa for the third consecutive year in the annual River Battle Bowl.
Smith added that because the recruiting window remains open, other transfers or later signees may be added in the future.