High School: Played offensive tackle and defensive end at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif Named to first-team all-league, first-team all-East Bay and first-team all-Metro teams Helped the Wolves to the North Coast Section championship as a senior 2011 after reaching the NCS semifinals as a junior Anchored offense that averaged 263.9 passing yards and 155.4 rushing yards while scoring 31.8 points per game... Posted 12 tackles as a defensive end including two sacks as a senior after 15 tackles with one sack as a junior.
Personal: Born Nov. 24, 1993 Son of Jeffrey and Suzanne Simonich Oldest of two children Plans to major in exercise science with future plans in athletic training or physical therapy... Chose USU because of the many opportunities he will have both athletically and academically.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Jordan HS/Snow College (JR) Junior College: Played offense line and defensive line at Snow College, helping the Badgers to the Top of the Mountains Bowl title... Earned second-team all-Western States Football League (WSFL) honors Totaled 34 tackles and two sacks on the season.
High School: Played both offensive line and defensive line at Jordan High School, earning all-region honors... Was high school teammates with current Aggie center Tyler Larsen... Helped the Beetdiggers to the state playoffs all four seasons... Posted 13 tackles in senior season... Also had one rush for three yards.
Personal: Last name is pronounced Vuh-vow... Born Dec. 13, 1993 Son of Mailofiti and Valasi Vavau One of six children Undeclared on a college major... Chose USU because of high academic reputation of university, the coaching staff and the football program.
Plain City, Utah
High School: Played running back and strong safety at Fremont High School, helping Silverwolves to Utah State 5A runner-up finish Named Utah 5A MVP as well as Region 1 MVP as a senior... Had 1,309 rushing yards on 211 carries with 19 TD’s... Top outing was 256 yards with TD’s in playoff game... Added 300 receiving yards on the season... Also had 61 tackles and two interceptions, returning one for TD... Amassed 3,653 yards with 45 TD’s for career... Earned first-team all-state as a junior as well as all-area MVP and all-region MVP... Also lettered in basketball.
Personal: Born Aug. 20, 1993 Son of Jamie and Kayla Vigil Has three brothers and one sister Older brother, Zach, is linebacker for Aggies... Undeclared on a college major... Chose USU because of family connections and close to home.
Alex Wheat, Jr.
Alpharetta HS/Palomar JC
Junior College: Played wide receiver at Palomar College... Earned second-team all-Southern Conference honors after tallying 47 receptions for 854 yards (18.2 ypg) and 11 touchdowns.
High School: A two-year letterwinner at wide receiver at Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta, Ga... Posted 18 receptions for 228 yards (12.7 ypc) with one TD... Added one kick return for 15 yards... Also a three-year letterwinner in basketball and two-year letterwinner in track & field... Placed second in the triple jump at the Region 6-5A meet and qualified for the state meet as a senior after finishing third as a junior... Earned MVP honors of the KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament in senior season.
Personal: Born Nov. 5, 1992... Son of Alex Wheat, Sr. and Kalessa Williams... Has two brothers and one sister... Is the nephew of Ted Ginn, Jr., wide receiver and kick returner for the San Francisco 49ers... Intends on majoring in education at Utah State... Chose USU because he felt he could succeed individually and be a part of a winning program.
Anacostia HS/West Hills College Coalinga JC (JR)
Junior College: Played at West Hills College in Coalinga, Calif… Earned first-team all-NCFA Golden Gate Conference as a sophomore in 2010, after leading team with 27 receptions for 588 yards (21.8 ypc)/65.3 ypg) with seven TD's, ranking second on team in scoring.
High School: Played at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C… Named to the all-district and all-state teams… Named team MVP senior year... Had 105 receptions for 832 yards (7.9 ypc) with seven TD's... Would have ranked third among state junior college receivers in yards per catch but was three catches shy of minimum requirement...? Added 116 yards rushing... Also lettered in track & field, qualifying for the DCIAA City Championships in the high jump, discus and shot put.
Personal: Born August 12, 1990… Son of Tammy Lorick… Has six sisters... Chose USU because he thought it would be a good fit for him.
Kraig is a 2010 Utah State University graduate and regular Deseret News sports blogger. He can be reached at DesNewsKraig@gmail.com or followed on Twitter at DesNewsKraig.
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