LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head football coach Matt Wells announced Wednesday the signing of Preston Brooksby, Jude Hockel and Devante Mays to National Letters of Intent, while Dallin Leavitt and Christopher ‘Unga have also joined the program as Leavitt signed an aid agreement and ‘Unga originally signed with USU last February during its 2014 signing class.
All five will enroll at Utah State for the spring semester of 2015 and Brooksby, Hockel, Mays and ‘Unga will all be eligible to compete during the 2014 season, while Leavitt must sit out next season as a four-year transfer.
Brooksby, a 6-5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College was named a first-team Arizona Community College Athletics Association first-team honoree as a sophomore as he helped lead a Vaqueros offense that averaged 31.5 points and 389.2 yards of offense per game, which included 183.3 rushing yards per outing. Brooksby, who prepped at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Ariz., will have two years of eligibility at USU.
Hockel, a 6-5, 295-pound offensive lineman from Diablo Valley (Calif.) Community College earned California Community College Athletics Association all-Bay 6 Conference honors as a sophomore as he helped lead a Viking offense that averaged 33.7 points and 410.6 yards of offense per game, including 278.3 passing yards per outing. Hockel, who prepped at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, Calif., will have two years of eligibility at USU.
Leavitt, a 5-11, 200-pound safety played in 11 games as a sophomore this past season at BYU and was fifth on the team with 43 tackles, which included 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, while adding two pass breakups. Leavitt prepped at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., where he was named the Oregon Co-Defensive Player of the year and a 2012 first-team all-state honoree. Leavitt will have two years of eligibility at USU after sitting out next season.
Mays, a 5-11, 225-pound running back from Blinn (Texas) Junior College rushed for 557 yards on 57 carries (9.8 ypc) with three touchdowns in six games during his sophomore season, while also catching 11 passes for 127 yards (11.5 ypr). Mays, who earned first-team all-district honors as a prep senior at Livingston (Texas) High School, spent his freshman season at Tyler (Texas) Junior College. Mays will have two years of eligibility as USU.
‘Unga, a 6-1, 280-pound defensive lineman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was named the Inland Valley’s Defensive Most Valuable Player and was a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and all-Baseline League first-team selection as a linebacker as a prep senior at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High School as he recorded 50 total tackles as part of 5.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks. He also earned first-team all-Baseline League honors as a prep junior as he recorded 66 total tackles with 8.0 sacks helping the Cougars to an 11-2 record, a second-place finish in the conference and to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Inland playoffs.
Utah State (9-4, 6-2 MW) will conclude its 2014 season against UTEP (7-5, 5-3 CUSA) in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 12:20 pm (MT) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN. USU is 2-0 all-time against the Miners with the last meeting between the two teams occurring in 1961.
Utah State is playing in its fourth-straight bowl game and has won each of its last two bowl games, both of which are school records. With a victory against UTEP, USU will win 10 games for just the second time in school history joining the 2012 Western Athletic Conference and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl championship team that went 11-2.
Tickets for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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