Kyle Whittingham and his staff have signed four midyear JC transfers.
Dec. 19, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY
The University of Utah football team signed a fourth junior college player to a National Letter of Intent today--the third day of the midyear JC transfer signing period that runs through Jan. 15. Andre Lewis, a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver out of Fairfield, Calif. (Diablo Valley College) joins fellow midyear JC signees Andrew Albers, a 6-7, 309-pound offensive tackle out of Costa Mesa, Calif. (Orange Coast College), Davion Orphey, a 6-0, 187-pound defensive back from Compton, Calif. (Santa Ana College), and Greg Reese, a 6-5, 236-pound tight end from Camden, N.J. (Arizona Western).
Lewis was a 2012 first-team NCFA all-Mid-Empire Conference selection. He ranked second in the conference in receiving yards (1,014) on 60 receptions, and led the league in touchdown catches with 15 in 2012. A team captain, Lewis made five catches for 95 yards in Diablo Valley's bowl win over Laney College. In 2011, he finished with 32 receptions for 411 yards and six touchdowns.
Lewis played football and basketball at Angelo Rodriguez High (Calif.) and was second-team all-county in football in 2009 and honorable mention all-Solano County Athletic Conference in basketball. He is the younger brother of Buffalo Bills' receiver Steve Johnson.
Albers was named to the all-conference second team in 2012. He first joined the Utes as a walk-on in the spring of 2011 after graduating early from Costa Mesa High, but transferred to Orange Coast College for the 2011 season. As a senior at Costa Mesa High, he was the 2010 Orange Coast League Lineman of the Year and a Daily Pilot Dream Team selection. He also lettered four years in basketball in high school, averaging 12.1 points and 11.2 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11 (he once had 21 rebounds in a game).
Reese played one year of junior college ball at Arizona Western in 2011 before taking last season off. Arizona Western played in the 2011 junior college national championship game, losing to East Mississippi CC in the El Toro Bowl. Reese lettered in track and football at Woodrow Wilson High (N.J.) and graduated from Brimm Medical Arts High School, where he won a student-athlete award and a performing arts award. He was second-team all-conference as a senior in 2010 when he had 10 receptions for 217 yards (21.7 average) and two touchdowns.