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2009 Utah Football Recruit Bios




Feb. 4, 2009

NamePos.Hgt.Wgt.Yr.Exp.Hometown/Last School
James AionoDE6-3273Jr. JCWest Valley City, Utah/Snow College
Conroy BlackDB6-0176Jr.JCMiramar, Fla./Fullerton CC
Beau BurtonRB5-9195Fr.HSScottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro HS
Terrance CainQB5-11186Jr.JCHouston, Texas/Blinn CC
Eric DagoDE6-2211Fr.HSHouston, Texas/Westside HS
LT FiliagaLB6-0230Fr.HSProvo, Utah/Bingham HS
Colby GoodwinTE6-5202Fr.HSHouston, Texas/CY-Fair HS
Latu HeimuliDL6-3296Fr.HSSalt Lake City/Highland HS
Vyncent JonesOL6-3291Fr.HSSandy, Utah/Jordan HS
Maxwell LacyDB6-2193So.JCPasadena, Calif./Compton College
Ray MageeWR6-4226Jr.JCSan Diego, Calif./Fullerton CC
Nick MarshP/K5-11206Fr.HSPetaluma, Calif./Petaluma HS
Kapua SaiOL6-5319Fr.HSKahalu'u, Hawaii/St. Louis HS
Jamal SmithWR6-2181Fr.HSOxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS
Antoine "Shaky" SmithsonWR5-11215Jr.JCBaltimore, Md./East Los Angeles CC
Victor SpikesDB6-0200Fr.HSBeaumont, Texas/ Beaumont Central HS
Jarrad StewartDB5-9182Fr.HSHouston, Texas/Pearland HS
Percy TaumoelauOL6-4313Fr.HSGlendale, Utah/Cottonwood HS
Jeremiah TofaeonoDT6-3311Fr.HSLas Vegas, Nev./Cheyenne HS
Siosaia "LT" TuipulotuDT6-1280Fr.HSEuless, Texas/Trinity HS
Chris WashingtonDB6-0183Fr.HSLayton, Utah/Northridge HS
Jason WhittinghamLB6-2214Fr.HS Provo, Utah/Timpview HS
Jordan WynnQB6-1175Fr.HSOceanside, Calif./Oceanside HS
Kamaron YancyDB5-9187Jr.JCLos Angeles, Calif./Pierce College

Pronounciations

Aiono Eye-oh-no
Dago Day-go
Filiaga Filly-ahn-ga
Latu Heimuli La-too Hey-moo-lee
Magee Ma-ghee
Kupua Sai Ka-poo-a Sigh Taumoelau Tao-moy-lau (rhymes with ow-moy-ow)
Tofaeono To-fy-o-no
Siosaia Tuipulotu See-o-sigh-a Too-ee-poo-lo-too

James Aiono
Defensive End
6-3, 273, Jr.
JC
West Valley City, Utah
Snow College

Rated the No. 1 junior college recruit in the nation in 2008 by Rivals.com ... 2008 first-team All-American for Snow College ... Western States Football League 2008 Defensive MVP and first-team all-conference defensive lineman ... 2007 second-team All-American and first-team all-WSFL ... led Snow to the WSFL title both years ... initially signed out of high school with the Utes in 2007 ... first-team all-state and all-region as a senior at Murray High School (Utah) in 2006 ... won four letters in football ... rated the fourth-best prospect in the state by Scout.com coming out of high school ... son of Ta'aloga and Ali'itasi Aiono ... youngest of five children ... last name is pronounced eye-oh-no ... full name is James Pelenise Aiono ... born Jan. 23, 1989 in Anaheim, Calif.

Conroy Black
Defensive Back
6-0, 176, Jr.
JC
Miramar, Fla.
Fullerton CC

Fullerton College team captain had 17 solo tackles, returned an interception for a touchdown and had three pass breakups in 2008 ... Fullerton was the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) champion ... Fullerton won the National Bowl and made it to the SoCal Championship semi-finals ... also all-conference in track ... ran the 100-meters in 10.3-seconds and was clocked at 21.1 seconds in the 200 meters ... prepped at Everglades High (Fla.), where he was second team all-state by the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald ... 13 interceptions in three years, including five in both his sophomore and junior seasons ... Everglades was the 6A District II champ in 2005 ... also lettered in track ...son of Kenneth Black and Rosalind Maxwell ... mother and father were born in Jamaica, where his father currently resides ... three brothers and a sister ... born Oct. 31, 1988.

Beau Burton
Running Back
5-9, 195, Fr.
HS
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Saguaro HS

Northeast Valley, East Valley Tribune, Fever and 24-7 Offensive Player of the Year ... two-time all-region and all-city running back ... Scout.com first-team all-state ... rushed for 2,417 yards as a senior ... 4,717 career rushing yards ... 53 career touchdowns ... averaged 9.66 yards per carry in his four years at Saguaro High (Ariz.) ... Saguaro won the 2006, '07 and '08 state and region championships ... son of Daniel Burton and Lisa Kern ... father played football at Arizona State ... full name is Beau Jordan Burton ... born Aug. 3, 1991.

Terrance Cain
Quarterback
5-11, 186, Jr.
JC
Houston, Texas
Blinn CC

Enrolled at Utah in January and will participate in spring ball ... NJCAA First-team All-American ... NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year ... Southwest JC Football Conference Player of the Year ... first-team all-conference and all-region ... led the NJCAA in passing yards (3,138), completions (223) and touchdowns (29) in 2008, while ranking second in completion percentage (68.4%) and total yards (3,306) ... in 2007, he set a national junior college record for completion percentage (71.1%) ... in his two-year JC career, he passed for 5,313 yards and 51 touchdowns, while completing over 70.8 % of his pass attempts (418-of-590) ... Blinn College team captain ... played in the 2008 Heart of Texas Bowl and the 2006 Pilgrims Pride Bowl (national JC championship) ... Blinn won the 2006 and 2008 conference title ... two-time all-district player for North Shore High School (Texas) ... North Shore was the district champion from 2003-05 and won the state title in 2003 ... son of Tracey, Sr., and Rosemarie Cain-Tennison ... one brother ... full name is Terrance Reshard Cain ... born July 14, 1988.

Eric Dago
Defensive End
6-2, 211, Fr.
HS
Houston, Texas
Westside HS

All-district ... Houston area top 100 players ... Westside High (Texas) Defensive MVP ... team captain ... played in Space City Classic, Baya Classic and Honolulu all-star games ... 73 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble recovery as a senior in 2008 ... Westside was the district champ in 2007 and 2008 ... lettered three years in football and two years in basketball ... son of Cris Orzabal and Deadra Dago Orzabal ... both parents went to Texas A&M ... one sister and one brother ... enjoys hunting, fishing and reading ... last name is pronounced Day-go ... full name is Eric Georgio Ian Dago ... born Feb. 24, 1990.

LT Filiaga
Linebacker
6-0, 230, Fr.
HS
Provo, Utah
Bingham HS

First-team all-state as a senior in 2008 ... 2008 Region MVP ... first-team all-region in 2007 and 2008 ... 2008 Nike Most Valuable Linebacker ... 2008 all-Polynesian Most Valuable Linebacker ... 99 tackles, five sacks, six pass breakups, seven hurries and three forced fumbles his senior year ... 2007 Bingham High (Utah) MVP ... lettered three years in football ... made high honor roll ... son of Tui and Tiana Filiaga ... four brothers and one sister ... cousin Thor Salanoa is a Ute defensive end ... cousins Harvey Unga and Russell Tialavea play for BYU ... cousin Brandon Manumaleuna is an eight-year NFL tight end currently playing for San Diego ... uncle Frank Manumaleuna played three years for the Kansas City Chiefs ... last name is pronounced Filly-ahn-ga ... full name is Little Tui Raymond Filiaga ... born May 25, 1991.

Colby Goodwin
Tight End
6-5, 202, Fr.
HS
Houston, Texas
CY-Fair HS

Two-time first-team 5A all-district ... CY-Fair High (Texas) team captain ... lettered three years in football and two years in basketball ... son of John Goodwin and Deborah Diane Graves-Goodwin ... two sisters ... enjoys snowboarding ... born Jan. 16, 1991.

Latu Heimuli
Defensive Line
6-3, 296, Fr.
HS
Salt Lake City
Highland HS

All-state, all-region and region defensive MVP in 2008 ... 60 tackles, 12 TFL and eight sacks as a senior ... lettered three years in football and basketball at Highland High School (Utah) ... Highland was the Utah state runner-up in 2006 and Region 6 champion in 2006 and 2007 ... son of Tohi and Kaho Heimuli ... one brother and two sisters ... honor roll ... likes playing tennis ... name is pronounced La-too Hey-moo-lee ... full name is Okusitino Latu Heimuli ... born May 27, 1991.

Vyncent Jones
Offensive Line
6-3, 291, Fr.
HS
Sandy, Utah
Jordan HS

First-team all-state in 2006 and 2007 ... honorable mention all-state in 2005 ... first-team all-region three years ... voted by his Jordan High (Utah) teammates as the Gold Dot Man of the Year ... team captain ... academic all-region ... Honor Society member has a 3.95 GPA ... son of Wayne and Jodell Jones ... father played at Utah from 1978-81 ... father played for the Minnesota Vikings in 1987 and also played for the L.A. Express of the USFL ... mother is a pipefitter/plumber ... enjoys guitar--acoustic, bass and electric ... hopes to pursue a degree in astronomy and physics ... full name is Vyncent Wayne Jones ... born Sept. 18, 1990.

Maxwell Lacy
Defensive Back
6-2, 193, So.
JC
Pasadena, Calif.
Compton College

Mid-year signee will enroll at Utah for the second session of the semester and will participate in spring ball ... played one year for Compton College ... cornerback had 35 tackles, three interceptions, 15 passes defended and three forced fumbles in 2008 ... prepped at Verbum Dei High (Calif.) ... 2005-06 all-C.I.F. first team as a wide receiver and cornerback ... 2004 honorable mention all-C.I.F. receiver ... four-year letterman ... Verbum Dei won the 2006 C.I.F. championship ... son of Darryl Lacy and Karen Rogers ... one brother and one sister ... cousin Carlyle Eavis is on the Stanford women's track team ... grew up with former Ute defensive back Sean Smith ... full name is Maxwell Jordan Lacy ... born July 20, 1989.

Ray Magee
Wide Receiver
6-4, 226, Jr.
JC
San Diego, Calif.
Fullerton CC

Mid-year signee will enroll at Utah for the second session of the semester and will participate in spring ball ... first-team all-conference for Fullerton College as a freshman in 2007 ... Fullerton was the 2008 Southern California Football Association (SCFA) champion, won the National Bowl and made it to the SoCal Championship semi-finals ... also first-team all-conference in basketball at Fullerton ... lettered three years in football and four years in basketball at Valencia High School (Calif.) ... league co-MVP in football as a senior and in basketball as a junior ... three-time first-team all-conference football player and four-time all-league basketball player ... C.I.F. Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-C.I.F. in 2006 ... 67 receptions for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns his senior season (set school records for receptions and touchdowns) ... played in the 2006 Orange County All-Star game ... Valencia basketball MVP all four years and team captain as a junior ... set school single-game records for scoring (40 points) and rebounding (18) ... Valencia won Empire League championships in football in 2005 and 2006, and basketball in 2005 ... son of Latoya Baldwin ... three brothers ... last name is pronounced Ma-ghee ... full name is Ray Stephen Magee ... born April 12, 1988.

Nick Marsh
Punter/Kicker
5-11, 206, Fr.
HS
Petaluma, Calif.
Petaluma HS
2008 Sonoma County League Co-Specialist of the Year ... 2008 Bay Area all-Metro honorable mention ... 2009 Chris Sailer Kicking National Punting Champion ... Chris Sailer Kicking top-12 in 2008 and 2009 ... NFL Punt, Pass and Kick 2006 winner in 14 and 15 year old boys, San Francisco 49ers region ... made a 47-yard field goal as a freshman at Petaluma High School (Calif.) ... four-year honor roll student ... National Honor Society ... 3.93 high school GPA ... 2009 Petaluma HS class treasurer ... son of Scott and Carol Marsh ... paternal grandmother is French ... mother's family immigrated from England in the 1960's ...father played hockey at Utica College before transferring to Temple ... mother is a director of engineering who attended Cal and UCLA ... one brother ... enjoys drums, ping pong, snowboarding and golf ... full name is Nicholas William Marsh ... born Sept. 5, 1991.

Kapua Sai
Offensive Line
6-5, 319, Fr.
HS
Kahalu'u, Hawaii
St. Louis HS

Third-team all-state as a senior ... ranked as the No. 13 offensive guard by ESPN ... all-Poly Camp Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in 2006 and 2007 ... Nike 2007 underclass All-America first team ... lettered three years in football and two years in track and field ... led St. Louis High (Hawaii) to a 32-4 record, including 12-1 marks in both 2006 and 2007, when St. Louis played in the state finals ... son of Keanu and Kina Sai ...father received his PhD from Hawaii and is a professor at Kapiolani Community College ... mother is a senior manager at Hawaiian Airlines ... one brother (Kiha) ... name is pronounced Ka-poo-a Sigh ... full name is Klayton Kapuaa Keanu Ki'ilaweau Sai ... born Dec. 21, 1990.

Jamal Smith
Wide Receiver
6-2, 181, Fr.
HS
Oxnard, Calif.
Oxnard HS
Three-time all-league ... all-county and county wide receiver of the year ... Oxnard High (Calif.) team captain ... 29 receptions for 689 yards (23.8 average) and 13 touchdowns ... Oxnard was four-time league champion ... also lettered in track and basketball ... 6'4" high jumper qualified for state ... academic all-league ... son of Ross and Camisca Fontes ... enjoys singing and dancing ... full name is Jamal LeMonye Smith ... nickname is Mally ... born Mar. 29, 1991.

Antoine "Shaky" Smithson
Wide Receiver
5-11, 215, Jr.
JC
Baltimore, Md.
East Los Angeles CC

Mid-year signee will enroll at Utah for the second session of the semester and will participate in spring ball ... 2007 first-team all-conference receiver ... 2008 first-team all-conference all-purpose ... 2008 first-team all-region ... led East L.A. CC in rushing (83 carries, 348 yards, 4.2 average, 4 touchdowns), receiving (58 catches, 795 yards, 3 TDs, 79.5 yards per game), punt returns (5 for 61 yards, 12.2 average), scoring (44 points) and all-purpose yards in 2008 ... also completed three passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns his sophomore season and had 14 kickoff returns for 280 yards ... seven catches for 235 yards against Glendale ... against Santa Monica, passed for 162 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 102 yards and one score and had 117 yards receiving ... lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Frederick Douglas High School (Md.) ... first-team all-city as a quarterback and receiver in 2004 and 2005 ... 2005 all-metro first team ... TD Club All-Star team ... two-time first-team all-city basketball player ... also made the all-city second team twice ... MVP of 2005 all-star game ... first-team all-city baseball player in 2004 ... played for the 2004 state champion basketball team ... son of Tony and Lori Smithson ... two brothers and four sisters ... featured in HBO documentary "Hard Times at Douglas High," playing point guard and team captain Shaky ... full name is Antoine Lee Smithson but prefers Shaky ... born Aug. 23, 1987.

Victor Spikes
Defensive Back
6-0, 200, Fr.
HS
Beaumont, Texas
Beaumont Central HS
Two-time all-district ... lettered four years in football and track at Beaumont Central High (Texas) ... Beaumont High was the district champ in 2006-07 ... on 4 x 200m relay team that set the 4A record (1:24.89) ... transferred to Thurgood Marshall High School his senior year and was not allowed to participate in varsity sports ... honor roll ... son of Minnie Thibodeaux ... one of 10 children (five boys and five girls) ... born May 31, 1990.

Jarrad Stewart
Defensive Back
5-9, 182, Fr.
HS
Houston, Texas
Pearland HS

2008 all-Texas second team and all-VYPE first team ... 2008 district and county defensive MVP ... 2008 Houston Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year ... 2007 and 2008 first-team all-district ... 2006 district Newcomer of the Year ... 13 career interceptions ... lettered four times in football and twice in track at Pearland High (Texas) ... 2007 Principal's Award ... 2007 Pearland Geography Student of the Year ... son of Donald Jiles and Tiffany Milo ... three brothers ... full name is Jarrad Christopher Stewart ... born Dec. 7, 1990.

Percy Taumoelau
Offensive Line
6-4, 313, Fr.
HS
Glendale, Utah
Cottonwood HS

First-team all-state ... two-time first-team all-region ... lettered in football at Cottonwood (Utah) ... son of Ani Taumoelau and Line Palau ... three brothers and five sisters ... cousins David Roth (Michigan State) and Pete Rolf (Ball State) both play college football ... last name is pronounced Tao-moy-lau (rhymes with ow-moy-ow) ... full name is Percy Lopati Taumoelau ... born Oct. 30, 1990.

Jeremiah Tofaeono
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 311, Fr.
HS
Las Vegas, Nev.
Cheyenne HS

First-team all-state and all-conference offensive and defensive lineman ... won three letters in football at Cheyenne High (Nevada) ... son of Ailao and Doris Tofaeono ... three brothers and three sisters ... brother Ailao Eliapo plays for San Jose State ... also related to Ute defensive tackle Kenape Eliapo ... other football-playing relatives include Matt Toeaina, a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears since 2007, and Simi Toeaina (Oregon) ... last name is pronounced To-fy-o-no ... full name is Jeremiah Eneliko Tofaeono ... born Mar. 5, 1991 in East Palo Alto, Calif.

Siosaia Tuipulotu
Defensive Tackle
6-1, 280, Fr.
HS
Euless, Texas
Trinity HS

All-state ... Dallas Morning News and Star Telegram Super Defense ... district Player of the Year ... first-team all-district two years ... Trinity High (Texas) team captain ... 83 tackles, 10 TFL, 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles as a senior in 2008 ... 78 tackles, five TFL, seven sacks and three forced fumbles in 2007 ... Trinity was the 2007 conference champion .... Son of Lomanipau and Seini Tuipulotu ... one of 10 children (four brothers and five sisters) ... enjoys playing rugby and volleyball ... name is pronounced See-o-sigh-a Too-ee-poo-lo-too ... full name is Siosaia Lauti Tuipulotu ... born Aug. 3, 1990 in American Samoa.

Chris Washington
Defensive Back
6-0, 183, Fr.
HS
Layton, Utah
Northridge HS

Second-team all-state ... all-region and all-area ... preseason All-American ... No. 24-ranked safety by Scout.com ... B2G Elite Camp defensive MVP ... all-tournament at Las Vegas passing tournament ... son of Tony and Connie Washington ... both parents graduated from Weber Sate ... father manages a brain injury facility ... mother ran track at Weber State ... two brothers and one sister ... full name is Christopher Lee Washington ... nickname is Chris ... born Nov. 11, 1991.

Jason Whittingham
Linebacker
6-2, 214, Fr.
HS
Provo, Utah
Timpview HS

2008 all-state and all-valley ... lettered two years in football and two years in baseball ... Timpview High (Utah) won three state championships (2006, '07, '08) ... honor roll all four years ... son of Cary and Lynita Whittingham ... father played for BYU and the L.A. Rams (1987) ... mother also attended BYU ... twin brother Trevor ... nephew of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham ... enjoys water sports and snowboarding ... full name is Jason Romney Whittingham ... born Oct. 30, 1990.

Jordan Wynn
Quarterback
6-1, 175, Fr.
HS
Oceanside, Calif.
Oceanside HS

Graduated in December 2008 from Oceanside High School (Calif.) and enrolled at Utah in January ... will participate in spring ball ... two-time all-state, all-San Diego Section and all-Avocado League ... passed for 3,336 yards and 32 touchdowns with a 64% completion rate as a senior in 2008 ... had three 300-yard passing games as a senior ... threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns against Mira Mesa ... 2,559 passing yards and 21 TDs (63% completion rate) as a junior ... lettered two years ... honor roll all four years ... named a prep scholar ... lived with his father ... son of Robert Wynn and Simone Place ... two brothers and one sister ... born July 5, 1990.

Kamaron Yancy
Defensive Back
5-9, 187, Jr.
JC
Los Angeles, Calif.
Pierce College

Enrolled at Utah in January and will participate in spring ball ... all-conference selection at Pierce Junior College in 2006 has not played football for the past two seasons ... redshirted at Pierce in 2007 ... initially signed with Cal in 2008 before returning to Pierce to complete his degree ... 45 tackles, 10 pass breakups, five interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2006--his first season of organized football in three years (he worked full time after finishing high school) ... all-league corner as a senior at Fairfax High School ... played in the 2002 Cali-Florida Bowl ... also lettered in basketball ... son of Billy Yancy and Robin Irving ... father played football at Fresno State, leading the Bulldogs in passing yards in 1978, and also played in the USFL and CFL ... two brothers and two sisters ... younger brother Kellen completed his football career at the University of Houston in 2007 ... full name is Charles Kamaron Yancy ... born Sept. 7, 1984.

 

 

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