Dixie State football: Scott Brumfield adds 12 signees on first day of signing

By Jeff Cluff

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6 2013 9:42 p.m. MST

Dixie quarterback Blake Barney (5) barrels through the line on the way to an 8-yard touchdown during the Utah State High School 3A Football championship game between Spanish Fork and Dixie Friday.

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ST. GEORGE, Utah – Dixie State head football coach Scott Brumfield announced the first group of signings for the 2013 recruiting class. Wednesday he added 12 players that will help make an immediate impact on the Red Storm program.

Joining the Red Storm are: DL — Cardon Malan, WR/DB — Zach Hayes, DL — Chris Campbell, WR — Jesse Braddy, QB — Hayden Gavett, DL — Jake Miller, QB — Brock Anderson, LB — Spencer Reinstein, LB/DE — Payton Thomas, OL — BJ Cavender, K/DB — Tyler Solorzano, DB/WR — Colton Olson.

Cardon Malan — 6-2, 250, Syracuse High School

Malan was 1st Team All State and led a stout defense all the way to the 5A State Championship game. Malan also had 9 sacks and 73 tackles.

Brumfield: "From the beginning of the football season, we targeted Cardon as one of the top defensive lineman in the state. His dominant play at the defense end position propelled his high school team all the way to the 5A State Championship game. We feel that he can carry that over to Dixie State this upcoming season."

Zach Hayes — 5-11, 185, Northridge High School

As a senior, Hayes was 1st team All Region, All Area and All-State. He was voted Offensive MVP of his team and compiled 54 catches for 788 yards and 6 touchdowns as a senior. Hayes also had 75 tackles and 2 interceptions as a safety on defense.

Brumfield: "Zach is a very dynamic athlete that we are excited about joining our team. His ability to make plays on both sides of the ball speaks to his versatility. Zach is the kind of athlete that any program would be lucky to have."

Chris Campbell — 6-2, 270, Legacy High School — Las Vegas, NV

Campbell received 1st Team All League honors as a senior. He had 57 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 15 tackles for loss. He also led the state of Nevada in tackles by a defensive lineman and anchored one of the top run defenses for Nevada high schools.

Brumfield: "We are very excited about Chris Campbell. Chris has been a part of the Legacy High School football team that has attended our football camp for the last four years. Chris caught our eye early as a kid that not only possessed tremendous skills as a defensive lineman, but also showed tremendous work ethic and leadership skills that will definitely help out our program."

Jesse Braddy — 5-11, 180, Logan High School

Braddy was 2nd team All-State and the Region 5 wide receiver MVP. As a junior and senior he was 1st team All Region. He also won the 4A State Championship as a junior. Braddy caught 93 passes for over 1,000 yards as a senior and accounted for 12 touchdowns.

Brumfield: "I felt that Jesse was one of the top offensive playmakers in the state. Coming from one of the most successful offenses in Utah, Jesse excelled running and catching the ball. He will be a great addition to our offense and the future of Dixie State."

Hayden Gavett — 5-9, 185, Santa Ana JC — Centennial High School

As a senior, Gavett was MVP of the BIG 8 Conference, an All CIF quarterback and 1st team All Southern California. As a senior, he led his team to a national ranking as high as 7th. His senior year at Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., Gavett passed for 2,300 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also rushed for over 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns. At Santa Ana Junior College as a true freshman, Gavett passed for over 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine games, and he rushed for over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns.

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