FOOTBALL: Head coach Scott Brumfield and his staff are pleased to announce the signing class of 2011 and highlight a few of the names that will hopefully become DSC fan-favorites on the gridiron over the next few years.
The class features 19 student-athletes - 16 who signed on February 2nd and three who declared in the early signing period.
Chris Jackson: 6-1 185 RB/DB Clark High School (Las Vegas)
* Rushed for over 1200 yards his senior season, averaging a 9.23 yards per carry average while scoring 17 touchdowns on the ground. He accounted for 20 total touchdowns on the season. Chris also led Clark in tackles with 64 tackles from his cornerback position. One of Chris's most memorable games came versus rival Bonanza High School where he rushed for 310 yards scoring five rushing touchdowns, and added a sixth touchdown on an 85-yard kickoff return.
* Brumfield on Jackson: "We are very excited to sign a player of Chris's caliber. We first noticed Chris at our football camp in the summer, where we felt he was the elite player. His combination of speed, strength and quickness makes him a very special talent. Chris has all of the potential to be a GREAT player here at Dixie."
Stefan Cantwell: 6-0 210 QB Bingham High School.
* One of the most decorated players in the state of Utah. Lead his nationally ranked team to an undefeated season, and claimed the 5A state championship. Stefan was a consensus 1st-Team all state quarterback and was named the Deseret News 5A MVP. He was also voted the Region 3 MVP. Stefan completed over 60 percent of his passes for 2160 yards, and threw 30 touchdowns on the year. He also rushed for 506 yards and eight touchdowns.
* Brumfield on Cantwell: "Stefan comes to Dixie as one of the most decorated high school athletes in recent history. He is a tremendous competitor and leader on and off the field. We are very fortunate to have Stefan as a member of our 2011 signing class, and look for big things from him"
Wil Bangerter: 6-1 200 LB Pineview High School.
* Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News 1st-Team All State LB. Wil recorded over 100 tackles his senior season with five sacks and three interceptions. He is the younger brother of Red Storm football player Adam Bangerter, who is currently serving an LDS mission.
* Brumfield on Bangerter: "Anytime we have the opportunity to sign one of the top local players, it is very big for our program. Wil has amazing determination and a champion attitude that he will bring to our program."
Daniel Moffet: 6-3 210 WR/S Davis High School.
* Brumfield on Moffet: "We have watched Daniel for the last two years and felt like he was one of the top athletes in the state. He is always making plays on both offense and defense. He has tremendous size and speed for his position. We definitely feel that Daniel will be a big impact player for us in the future."
Fihi Kaufusi: 6-3 245 DL Highland High School.
* Defensive end that helped lead Highland High School to the 2010 4A state championship. 1st-Team All State. Cousin of former Dixie State All American D-Linemen Rich Kaufusi and Steve Kaufusi.
* Brumfield on Kaufusi: "We felt like Fihi was one of the top linemen in the state that will bring size and aggression to our defensive front."
AJ Puaga: 6-6 230 DE Westlake High School.
* Brumfield on Puaga: "If there is ever a guy that fell through the cracks, it is AJ. AJ is a very aggressive D-lineman that posses the frame, work ethic and desire to be a major force in the future. AJ will be a name that Dixie fans will come to know on a first hand basis."
Colby Earl: 6-1 185 DB Highland High School.
* Colby lead Highland High School to the 4A State Championship. He recorded six interceptions and 33 tackles for the Rams. 2nd-All State in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Taylor Fox: 6-2 240 DE Desert Hills High School.
* Salt Lake Tribune 1st-Team All State.
Brock Johnson: 5-10 175 DB/RB Northridge High School.
* Brock is a consensus first teams all state player in both major publications (Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News). Brock finished the year with 128 tackles on defense, and had 900 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on offense.
Brady Loveless: 5-11 180 DB/RB Payson High School.
* One of the top Wrestlers in the state. 2nd-Team All State.
Josh Stephan: 6-1 185 DB Lone Peak High School.
* Deseret News 1st-Team All State.
Ono Tafisi: 6-3 320 OL Highland High School
* Two-time consensus 1st-Team All State offensive lineman. Top offensive lineman on the 2010 State Champion team. Started for four years for Highland. Coaches credited him with 62 pancake blocks on the season.
Galeai Malufau: 5-10 175 DB/WR/RB Kahuku High School (Hawaii).
CJ Devers: 6-4 260 OL Timpview High School.
Elliot Knox: 6-1 170 WR Snow Canyon High School.
Ryan Manguso: 6-2 260 DL Snow Canyon High School.
The three signees in the early signing period include:
Brandon Brown: 6-0 190 DB Snow College (Kanab High School).
* One of the most heralded athletes from southern Utah. Brandon was a two -time 1st-Team all state football player from Kanab High School. During his football days at Kanab, Brandon scored 58 touchdowns in his career ranking him fifth all-time in the state of Utah.
Danny Payne: 5-11 180 DB Snow College (Cottonwood High School).
* Danny was the starting cornerback for the nationally ranked Snow College Badgers. He capped off his sophomore season by being named the Defensive MVP of the Top of the Mountain Bowl game that saw Snow College defeat Iowa Western. Danny was a 1st-Team All State player from Cottonwood High School. Danny holds many records in the state of Utah including being ranked #2 in the state history for touchdowns returned after an interception.
Cache Morgan: 6-0 195 DB Utah State (West Jordan High School)
* 1st-Team All State . Was voted the defensive most valuable player for Region 3 his senior year. Comes to Dixie as a two-year letterman at Utah State.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The No. 10-ranked Dixie State College women's basketball team dropped one spot in this week's West Regional poll. Despite winning two games this week, the Red Storm remains at number three in the polls.
The Red Storm picked up a 99-44 win over Chaminade on Saturday and an 87-52 win over BYU-Hawaii.
Western Washington, which is ranked seventh in the national poll, stayed at No. 4 in this week's West Regional poll. The Vikings are among four teams all with one regional loss.
Cal State Monterey Bay, despite losing its first game of the season to Cal Poly Pomona, held on to the No. 1 slot.
Pomona, whose only loss is to Monterey, is ranked second and Dixie State, whose lone loss is to Alaska Anchorage, is ranked third.
Fellow PacWest members Grand Canyon are sixth and Hawaii Pacific is tenth.
Next month's eight-team playoffs will feature the champions from the GNAC, CCAA and PacWest Conferences along with the next five highest ranked teams.
The CCAA and GNAC will determine their champions with post-season tournaments, while regular-season play determines the PacWest representative.
Of the 10 teams in this week's regional poll, four are from the CCAA, three are from the GNAC and three are from the PacWest.
Dixie State returns to the court on Saturday afternoon with a PacWest battle in Phoenix against Grand Canyon. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 PM.
WEST: 1. Cal State Monterey Bay (17-1); 2. Cal Poly Pomona (15-1); 3. Dixie State (13-1); 4. Western Washington (16-1); 5. Alaska Anchorage (16-4); 6. Grand Canyon (16-2); 7. Cal State San Bernardino (12-3); 8. Seattle Pacific (13-5); 9. Chico State (13-5); 10. Hawaii Pacific (12-4).
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