High School: Earned all-Hayward Area league honors as well as all-Metro and all-East Bay accolades as a prep senior at San Leandro (Calif.) High School as he posted 50 tackles his senior season in 2008, including a team-best five sacks in addition to one fumble recovery. ... Also had one reception at tight end. ... Led the Pirates to the playoffs after a 7-4 record, going undefeated in league action. ... Also a two-year letterwinner in baseball and one year in basketball, playing pitcher, third base and outfield in baseball and forward in basketball. ... A member of the San Leandro HS honor roll.
Personal: Born Dec. 2, 1991 in Harbor City, La. ... Son of Mila and Ituala Ali'ifua. ... Has three brothers and two sisters. ... His brother, Eric, played offensive tackle at Southeast Missouri State. ... Served a two-year LDS Church mission to Oklahoma City. ... Originally signed with Utah State in 2009, but did not enroll until the spring semester of 2013. ... Undeclared on a college major. ... Last name is pronounced Ah-lee-ee-foo-uh.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Ricky Ali'ifua: "Ricky has great upper body strength, and we are excited to see what he can do in spring ball."
6-3, 260-pound offensive lineman from West Hills, Calif. (Chaminade College Prep)
High School: Played left tackle at Chaminade High School in West Hills, Calif. ... Earned Chaminade HS Lineman of the Week honors a total of 16 times in career, including nine times in senior season and seven times as a junior. ... Also a two-year letterwinner in track and field in the shotput.
Personal: Born Feb. 19, 1994. ... Son of Chase Chen and Elise Backus. ... Majoring in communications. ... Originally signed with Utah State in 2012, but did not enroll until the spring semester of 2013. ... Last name is pronounced Chin.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Andrew Chen: "Andrew is a very athletic offensive lineman that we expect a lot out of starting in spring ball."
6-2, 235-pound linebacker from Houston (Bakersfield Junior College)
Junior College: Was named the National North Conference Defensive Player of the Year in the California Community College Athletic Association as a sophomore at Bakersfield College as he had 68 tackles (52 solo, 16 assist) and 16.5 sacks. ... Led the Renegades to an 11-2 record and the CCCAA state championship with a 35-14 win against City College of San Francisco. ... Earned first-team all-conference honors during his freshman season as he had 42 tackles, including 17 for loss, to go along with 12½ sacks.
High School: Earned first-team all-district honors and second-team all-state accolades as a prep senior at Cypress Creek High School in Houston, as he helped the Cougars to a 9-4 record. ... Recorded 48 tackles and had 22 sacks during his senior year. ... Also earned first-team all-district honors as a junior. ... Competed in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays teams on the track and field team as well. ... Played at the same high school as current Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton.
Personal: Born Dec. 25, 1992. ... Parents are Tina Hollis and Alric Oliver. ... Has two sisters. ... Undecided on a college major. ... Was also recruited by Arizona.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Keylon Hollis: "Keylon is a playmaker that knows how to rush a passer and play in space. He is a very good tackler that can play multiple positions on defense."
6-1, 205-pound running back from Lynchburg, Va. (Contra Costa Junior College)
Junior College: Earned first-team all-conference and all-Bay Area honors as a sophomore at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif., as he carried the ball 226 times for 1,402 yards (6.2 ypc) and 16 touchdowns. ... Averaged 127.5 rushing yards per game as he helped the Comets to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl. ... Had a season-long run of 59 yards. ... Ranked sixth in the state of California in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. ... Also caught nine passes for 57 yards (6.3 ypr). ... As a freshman at Contra Costa College, he rushed for 644 yards on 116 carries (5.6 ypc) with four touchdowns, averaging 71.6 yards per game. ... Had a career-long run of 86 yards for a touchdown. ... Also had nine catches for 50 yards (5.6 ypr).
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