College football • Juco quarterback Alfonso Medina is key as Jody Sears removes interim tag.
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Weber State football coach Jody Sears was ebullient about the 2013 recruiting class, his first as the Wildcats' head coach.
"I've been so excited for this day," said Sears, who had the interim tag taken off his title following WSU's 2012 season in which the Wildcats finished 2-9. "We've been working our tails off the last four weeks."
Of the more than 20 recruits who signed letters of intent, probably the most important was junior college quarterback Alfonso Medina. The Santa Monica College product and Pacific Conference MVP led his team to a pair of conference championships while throwing for 51 touchdowns during his career.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Medina threw for 2,640 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2012. He was one of four quarterbacks including three freshmen recruited to Weber State, which needed to replace two-year starter Mike Hoke.
"The kid's a winner," Sears said about Medina, who already has transferred to WSU. "He was one guy ... we had targeted. We saw a lot of quarterbacks, but we kept coming back to Alfonso."
Medina needs targets to throw to, and Sears also was pleased with the speed and athleticism of the receiving corps coming to WSU. He highlighted Gabe Davis and Cameron Livingston, two of six Florida-based players coming to Weber State, as well as Mountain Crest's Eddy Hall and Hawaiian high school product Kai Gonda.
Weber State found a pipeline into Florida thanks to first-year quarterback coach and Gainesville native John Rascati.
"Our biggest thing, we wanted play-making ability at the wide receiver spot," Sears said. "We wanted toughness, character and play-making ability."
As of Wednesday afternoon, the recruiting split was weighted toward the offensive side of the football, mostly skill players. All but two of the Wildcats' new recruits are high school products.
Weber State's 2013 signees
Player Name HS/JC Pos. Ht./Wgt.
D.J. Bush Foothill College Safety 6-0/200
Alfonso Medina Santa Monica College QB 6-0/190
Austin Chipoletti Oakleaf (Jacksonville, Fla.) QB 5-11/190
Mike Cisneros Desert Pines (Las Vegas) OT 6-4/270
A.J. Coney Oviedo (Orlando, Fla.) CB 5-8/175
Gabe Davis Bartram Trail (Jacksonville, Fla.) WR 5-11/195
Adam Lewis Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho) DE 6-6/240
Cameron Livingston Ocala Vanguard (Ocala, Fla.) WR 6-2/195
Zach Smith Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.) RB 6-0/190
Jonah Williams Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho) DE 6-4/230
Felix Woods Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) LB 5-11/190
Eddy Hall Mountain Crest Ath. 5-9/185
Tre'von Johnson Hunter Saf. 6-1/190
Feleti Mulitalo Granger OL 6-3/330
Blake Barney Dixie QB 6-0/180
Kai Gonda Kaiser (Hawaii Kai, Hawaii) Ath. 5-11/185
Dallin Hatch Pleasant Grove TE 6-3/210
Chad Leckington Shelley (Shelley, Idaho) QB 6-2/220
Austin McChesney Lone Peak WR 6-2/195
Skyler Munson Pleasant Grove WR 5-11/170
Mene Perese Mililani (Mililani, Hawaii) DL 6-2/250
Ryan Tuiasoa Punahou (Kailua, Hawaii) RB 5-11/210