SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team added its first players to the 2015 recruiting class, it was announced today by head coach Jody Sears. The group is comprised of two quarterbacks who are transferring from Football Bowl Subdivision schools and a high school linebacker. All three will enroll at the University for the spring semester and take part in spring practice.
Kolney Cassel spent the last two seasons at SMU as a quarterback for the Mustangs. After redshirting in 2013, Cassel appeared in five games this past year, starting one. The Yakima, Wash., native completed 15-of-37 attempts in 2014 for 156 yards and touchdown without an interception. In his start against North Texas, he was 11-of-21 for 134 yards with a TD.
At Eisenhower HS in Yakima, Cassel was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and had a two-star evaluation from Scout.com. He was named all-West Region by PrepStar despite playing just five games as a senior due to an injury. He completed 98-of-178 passes for 1,448 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. As a junior in 2011, he threw for 2,697 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 155-of-265 attempts. He was named first team all-Big 9 following both seasons and was also selected all-Columbia Basin.
"We wanted to add a transfer at quarterback and after looking at film and talking to coaches, we were fortunate to get Kolney," Sears said. "He brings some experience and veteran leadership to the program. He has good size (6-foot-2, 192 pounds) and a great arm and will increase the competition at the position."
The second quarterback also returns to the west coast after spending time in Texas. Alexis Robinson redshirted at Baylor during the fall and will have four seasons of eligibility remaining. Robinson prepped at Eureka HS where he led the team to a 9-3 overall record and was undefeated in Big 5 play. That season, he threw for 1,036 yards with 13 touchdowns and also ran for 885 yards and 12 TDs. Robinson was also a standout in track & field where he placed second at the California state meet in the 400 as a senior.
"We didn't sign a quarterback last season so Alexis will step in and fill that role for that class," Sears said. "He is a world-class sprinter that is a football player. He's a phenomenal athlete that we are lucky to have in our program."
Linebacker Manoah Pearson completes the midyear trio. Pearson graduated from Carson HS in the spring of 2014 and will have all four seasons of eligibility remaining as well as a redshirt season if needed. As a senior, he earned all-state honors and was the Marine League Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with 208 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception. Pearson also saw some action as a running back for the Colts.
"Manoah reminds me a lot of Darnell Sankey," Sears said. "He is big and physical with a great football IQ. He had a long list of accolades in high school and I believe he's going to be a diamond in the rough."
Sacramento State will add to its class beginning with National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
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