ST. GEORGE – A prolific quarterback and a dynamic running back have Dixie State head football coach Scott Brumfield excited for the future of Red Storm football.
The college signing period for football recruits has come and gone. Brumfeld said this was the first year he was able to key in on certain positional needs and fill them.
“When we first took over the coaching, it seemed that first year we had holes everywhere,” he said. “Now that we are a few years in, we have shored up some areas and can specifically recruit for areas where we lack depth. This year we wanted to concentrate on the quarterback and offensive line areas.”
The Red Storm signed quarterback Tyler Newman out of Liberty High School in Henderson, Nev.
“Tyler slipped under the radar because he sat behind a good quarterback last year,” Brumfield said. “He is only a one-year starter in high school, but he had phenomenal numbers in that year. He threw for 3,979 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for nine more touchdowns.”
Dixie State also signed nationally-acclaimed running back Devin Bisby. Bisby was ranked 22nd in the nation at his position by 24/7 Sports after a career of 5,833 yards and 70 touchdowns. Bisby averaged 7.4 yards per carry at Gregory Portland High School out of Portland, Texas.
“Devin is big-time,” said Brumfeld. “He can run over you or run away from you. We are excited to have him playing here.”
Dixie signed four offensive lineman, notably C.J. Bynum from Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., and Lucas Beddow from Kamehameha High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Bynum and Beddow are both big, agile and will make an immediate impact on our offensive line,” Brumfeld said.
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The Red Storm also recruited local athletes Gavin Graff and Lucas Hildebrandt from Dixie High School, Zach Kennedy from Snow Canyon High School, Jaden Ah Quin from Pine View High School and Jake Wagner from Desert Hills High School.
“Kennedy is one of the most underrated players in the state,” said Brumfeld. “Like Newman, he slid under the radar because he came on the scene his senior year.”
There were also several LDS athletes that drew interest from Dixie State, but were not tendered offers due to mission plans.
“The change in policy for mission age has redefined our recruiting process of LDS athletes,” Brumfield said. “Unlike Division I, we cannot extend an offer to missionaries leaving on their missions. We have to determine if they are leaving immediately after high school. They know we are interested and when they return from the mission field we can extend the scholarship at that point.”
The full recruiting class that signed with Dixie State is listed below:
Tyler Newman; QB, 6’0, 200, Liberty High School, Henderson, NV
Isaac Valles; QB, 6’0, 180, East High School, SLC, UT
Devin Bisby; RB, 6’0, 215, Gregory-Portland High School, Portland, TX
C.J. Bynum; OL, 6’4, 320, Centennial High School, Corona, CA
Lucas Beddow; OL, 6’4, 330, Kamehaha High School, Honolulu, HI
Tyson Aldridge; OL, 6’0, 285, Brighton High School, SLC, UT
Riley Culley; OL, 6’4, 275, Bingham High School, SLC, UT
Zach Lugris; OL 6’3”, 290, Legacy High School, North Las Vegas, NV
Gavin Graff; OL-P, 5’10, 230, Dixie High School, St George, UT
D’Vonte McKneely; WR, 6’0, 190, Centennial High School, Corona, CA
Bradley Duran; WR 5’10, 170, Santiago High School, Corona, CA
Lucas Hildebrandt; WR 5’10, 160, Dixie High School, St George, UT
Hayden Solis; DE, 6’3, 232, Faith Lutheran High School, Las Vegas, NV
Spencer Tauteoli; DL, 6’2, 270, Bingham High School, SLC, UT
Jack Wagner; DL, 6’2, 210, Desert Hills High School, St George, UT
Daniel Otuwa; OLB, 6’3, 220, Faith Lutheran High School, Las Vegas, NV
Sky Manu; DB, 5’11, 175, Bingham High School, SLC, UT
Jaden AhQuin; DB, 5’10, 165, Pine View High School, St George, UT
Coleman Meier; ATH, 5’11, 180, Olympus High School, SLC, UT
Austen Kincaid; ATH, 6’1, 220, Stansbury High School, Tooele, UT
Zach Kennedy; ATH, 6’3, 190, Snow Canyon High School, St George, UT
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