Utah State Football signs 28 to 2011 signing class

<a href=”http://podcast.cachevalleydaily.com/Gary_Andersen_2011-signing-class.mp3″>Listen to Gary Andersen’s press conference about USU’s 2011 signing class</a>

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen announced that the Aggies have signed 28 players as part of the 2011 signing class on Wednesday, the first day of the signing period for football players. It is the second-straight year that Andersen and the Aggies have signed 28 student-athletes to letters of intent. Andersen announced the 2011 signing class at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. He unveiled the class to the public at the Big Blue Scholarship Fund Signing Day Reception Wednesday night, in a filled-to-capacity Spetman Auditorium at the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex. “Overall it has been a good day, no surprises which is always a positive on signing day. I thought that our staff did a great job in a yearlong process and I believe that we competed at a high-level,” Andersen said. “We competed at a very high-level against some very good teams, we didn’t win every battle but we certainly won our fair share. I feel very good about the class and what I gauge it as at the end of the process is that these are quality young men, regardless of who is recruiting them.” The 28-player signing class includes 14 juniors, two sophomores and 12 freshmen. There are a total of six states represented, by junior college location or their hometown for high school signees. A total of 11 signees hail from Utah while seven are from California, six from Arizona, two from Texas and one each from Hawaii and Missouri. A total of 17 signees are defensive players, including five linebackers, five defensive linemen, five cornerbacks and two safeties. The class includes 10 offensive players, consisting of six offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, one wide receiver and one tight end, as well as one special teams player with a punter. Andersen credited not just the coaching staff, but the current players, as well as the Utah State and Cache Valley environments in helping with the recruiting process. “We have been in some very serious recruiting fights up until the very last day and I credit my staff for doing a great job and our program did a tremendous job to really seal the deal at the end of the process and that is what I ask our young men in the program to do. As coaches we can get them here and move them in the right direction, but the big thing is when they get on campus and our young men did a terrific job. As always, Cache Valley and Utah State University present themselves very well when the young men get on campus. We had 25 young men come on trips this year and we were 21 of 25 this year as far as bringing young men onto the campus and having them say ‘yes.’ That is a high success rate for us and very competitive,” Andersen said. All-in-all, Andersen and his staff were very pleased with the quality of young men signed to the 2011 Aggie football recruiting class. “I think the other key notes to make are that these are quality young men, it is not just going out and recruiting football players, but that there was a fit with Utah State and the young men who chose to sign with us. I really believe that all the young men we signed are a good fit for this program and for the university,” Andersen said. In 2011, Utah State will play road games at Auburn and Brigham Young, while hosting Weber State, Colorado State and Wyoming. The Aggies will also have four Western Athletic Conference games on the road while hosting three conference contests, giving USU six home games. For Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the “tickets” drop down menu. Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics. -USU-

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