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.
Brumfield: "Hayden comes to Dixie from one of the most successful high school programs in the nation and has been a dynamic football player everywhere that he has been. At Centennial, Hayden followed the footsteps of Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, University of Arizona's Matt Scott and Arizona State's Michael Eubank and according to coaches that I have talked to, Hayden is as dynamic as all of them."
Jake Miller — 6-2, 235, Snow College — Bear River High School
Miller was 1st Team All WSFL defensive end, as well as 2nd Team NJCAA All American. He led Snow College in sacks with 13, as well as tackles for loss with 19. He also contributed with two safetys and one forced fumble.
Brumfield: "The signing of Jake Miller is absolutely huge for our football program. Jake brings to Dixie State not only a tremendous football player, but also an outstanding leader and person. He will bring immediate help to our defense and look for him to be a dominant force against GNAC opponents."
Brock Anderson — 6-0, 185, Syracuse High School
Anderson was 1st Team 5A All State. He passed for over 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns, and rushed for nearly 400 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Brumfield: "Brock is a tremendous athlete that led his team to the 5A State Championship game. His success had to undoubtedly make him a candidate for the State MVP. His athleticism makes him versatile to play multiple positions on the field on both the offensive and defensive side.
Spencer Reinstein — 6-0, 205, Lone Peak High School
Reinstien was 2nd Team 5A All State. He accounted for an astounding 136 tackles and 2 sacks during his senior season.
Brumfield: "Spencer is a tough, active, hard working LB that will be a great addition to the Red Storm defense. Spencer's play on defense helped Lone Peak to a State Championship as a junior and a State semi final finish as a senior."
Payton Thomas — 6-2, 225, Lone Peak High School
Thomas helped lead Lone Peak to the 5A semi finals in his senior season. He accounted for 90 tackles during his senior campaign.
Brumfield: "Payton has done a great job both on and off the field (4.0 student), and we welcome him to the Red Storm Family. Payton helped Lone Peak win a 5A State Championship as a junior and reach the State semi finals as a senior."
BJ Cavender — 6-2, 305, Jordan High School
Cavender was 1st Team All-State as a junior and senior and then All Region as a junior and senior. He was also 5A MVP as a senior, an honor roll student, four year starter and a three year captain. He also helped his team win the 5A State Championship as a senior.
Brumfield: "I felt like BJ was one of the top if not the top offensive lineman in the state of Utah. We feel like BJ has the abilities to be a major contributor early and we look for him to be a major force for our offensive line for the next four years. Anytime that you can sign the 5A MVP in the state of Utah, especially when that person is an offensive lineman, gets me excited about the future of our program."
Tyler Solorzano — 5-11, 185, Timpview High School
Solorzano was 1st Team All Valley and 2nd Team All State as a senior and junior. He was a two-time state champion in his time at Timpview. He was also a four year starter at kicker and a two year starter at the safety position. He ranks second in toal points behind BYU's Riley Stephenson.
Brumfield: "A winner in the classroom and on the field, Tyler will make an immediate impact on our football team."
Colton Olson — 6-2, 185, Spanish Fork High SchoolComment on this story
Olson was 1st Team 3A All State. He made an impact for the Don's on both sides of the ball. On defense, Olson had 76 Tackles and 6 interceptions. On the offensive side of the ball, he caught 95 passes for 1,209 yards and 6 touchdowns. He helped the Dons reach the 3A State Championship game.
Brumfield: "Colton helped lead Spanish Fork to it's first state championship appearance in the school's history. It was hard to miss Colton's impact on the game seeing that he never left the field."
Jeff Cluff is the Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State College Athletics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.