OGDEN — In his first full offseason of recruiting, Weber State coach Jody Sears targeted one specific attribute.
“Everyone gets cloudy with thought of having the best this or having the best that and they get confused with what wins football games and that’s toughness,” Sears said in front of a packed signing day audience on the third floor of Stewart Stadium on Wednesday night.
Sears believes the goal of seeking out players that fit into the mold and direction the program is heading was accomplished. The Wildcats received 25 letters of intent Wednesday — 14 offensive players, nine defensive players and two athletes spanning seven different states.
“They have to have intangibles and that’s what we found from Florida to Hawaii, Idaho and Utah and California,” Sears said. “That’s what’s going to be the foundation of this program moving forward. If you establish that then success is going to continue to become on a consistent level.”
WSU inked eight local players, highlighted by former Dixie quarterback Blake Barney, Mountain Crest running back Eddy Hall and Hunter defensive back Tre’von Johnson.
This year, uncharacteristically, Weber State was able to lure six recruits from the state of Florida: wide receivers Cameron Livingston and Gabe Davis, running back Zach Smith, quarterback Austin Chipoletti, linebacker Felix Woods and cornerback A.J. Coney.
At first glance, Davis appears to be one of the premier signees of the class. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound playmaker is very polished offensively. He’s multifaceted in that he’s deceptively fast and isn’t afraid of crossing routes over the middle and is able to contribute on the ground, through the air and in the return game.
“This is a great recruiting class for us. (We) were able to address our needs and get the players we wanted in those areas,” Sears said.
WSU received signatures from two previous commitments that served two-year religious missions — Bo Bolen and Helam Heimuli — and also two junior college transfers from California — D.J. Bush and Alfonso Medina.
Bolen played two seasons with the ‘Cats in 2009-10 and racked up 1,146 yards and six touchdowns on the ground and ranks eighth in WSU history in all-purpose yards. He’s expected to contribute immediately after WSU lost its top three rushers from 2012 to graduation.
With the recent age-requirement change for prospective LDS missionaries, five recruits are expected to serve two-year missions before strapping up: Barney, tight end Dallin Hatch (Pleasant Grove), wide receivers Austin McChesney (Lone Peak) and Skyler Munson (Pleasant Grove) and offensive lineman Feleti Mulitalo (Granger).
“We are excited to have these players come to Weber State and look forward to getting spring ball started,” Sears said.