SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State head football coach Troy Taylor announced the addition of 10 players to the Hornets' 2019 recruiting class. In addition to the four players signed in the early period, Sacramento State now has 14 players committed.
"We are thrilled about our first signing class here at Sacramento State," Taylor said. "We brought in talented players that fit our system well and are hungry to be here. Student-athletes that are passionate about football and fearless competitors."
The class is comprised of student-athletes that played their high school ball in California, Arizona and Washington. Among the 14 are a pair of junior college transfers in linebacker Marcus Hawkins (Fresno City) and cornerback Isaiah Butler (Phoenix College). Hawkins was the lone midyear enrollee with the team and will participate in spring practice with the Hornets.
The team also signed four players who were named all-metro by the Sacramento Bee this past season. Defensive lineman Tyler Hardeman was the area Defensive Player of the Year while at Folsom High School and was joined on the first team by defensive lineman Brandon Knott (Inderkum HS) and wide receiver Johnny Guzman (Del Oro HS). Offensive lineman Joe Wagner (Folsom HS) was selected to the all-metro second team.
Overall, eight players had at least two-star ratings from 247sports, two were named to the California all-state teams by Cal-Hi Sports (Hardeman and offensive lineman Ivan Garza) and three were named their league's player of the year.
CLASS BREAKDOWN (includes December signees)
OFFENSE (9): 3 wide receivers, 3 running back, 2 offensive linemen, 1 tight end
DEFENSE (5): 2 defense linemen, 2 defensive backs, 1 linebacker
SPECIALISTS (0): None.
|Xavier Mason||WR||6-0||190||Tacoma, Wash./Stadium HS|
|Xavier Ugorji||RB||5-9||180||Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde HS|
|Charlie McBride||TE||6-3||240||Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS|
|Marcus Hawkins||LB||5-11||225||Fresno, Calif./Fresno City JC|
|Marqui Johnson||WR||5-8||180||Philadelphia, Pa./Saguaro HS|
|Joseph Wagner||OL||6-3||260||Folsom, Calif./Folsom HS|
|EJ Gable||RB||5-6||150||Sylmar, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS|
|Marcus Fulcher||RB||5-9||195||Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS|
|Tyler Hardeman||DL||6-3||275||Cameron Park, Calif./Folsom HS|
|Johnny Guzman||WR||6-1||175||Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS|
|Brandon Knott||DL||6-2||260||Sacramento, Calif./Inderkum HS|
|Ivan Garza||OL||6-5||285||Delano, Calif./R.F. Kennedy HS|
|Isaiah Butler||DB||5-10||195||Phoenix, Ariz./Phoenix HS|
|Daniel Fortune||DB||5-9||175||Fontana, Calif./Cajon HS|
A three-star recruit by 247sports…rushed for 341 yards and four touchdowns in seven games as a senior…averaged 13.1 yards per attempt and had a pair of 100-yard performances…had 121 yards against Mesquite HS for his season best…also caught 24 passes for 505 yards and six scores…averaged 21.0 yards per reception…hauled in seven passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns against Seton Catholic HS for his season high…totaled 1,163 all-purpose yards and averaged 166.1 yards per game as a senior…helped lead the team to the Arizona 4A championship as well as the Desert Sky title…began his high school career at Chaparal HS in Scottsdale, Ariz…had 1,046 all-purpose yards as a junior with 373 rushing and 518 receiving…combined to score eight touchdowns.
A two-star recruit by 247sports…named second team all-metro by the Sacramento Bee as a senior…started at guard for a Folsom team that went 14-1 overall and won the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I, Northern California and California State Div. 1-AA titles…the team's only loss came against De La Salle in the opening game of the year…played an instrumental role for Bulldog offense which averaged 567.5 yards of offense and scored 51.6 points per game…also swept the section, NorCal and state titles as a junior after Folsom went 16-0.
Was the Southern Section Div. III co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2018…rushed for 1,713 yards and 23 touchdowns in 16 games during his senior season at Sierra Canyon…helped lead the team to a league, Southern Section Div. III and Southern California Div. 1-A title…rushed for over 100 yards in six games and averaged 9.1 yards per carry throughout the season…posted a season high 230 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns against Cajon HS in the section title game…also rushed for 214 yards and three scores against Roosevelt HS…scored multiple touchdowns in eight games, including three in three games…caught 18 passes for 283 yards and finished the year with 2,035 all-purpose yards…was credited with 24 total tackles, a sack, an interception and forced a fumble on defense…played his first three years at Arletta HS in Los Angeles…rushed for 1,465 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior…averaged 7.4 yards per game and had over 100 yards in seven games…highest output came against Monroe HS where he rushed for 254 yards and three scores…also caught 16 passes for 360 yards and six touchdowns during the year…finished the year with 2,183 all-purpose yards and totaled 198 points…also played on defense where he tallied 34 tackles, had three interceptions and forced a fumble…brother, Isaiah, is currently a member of the Sacramento State team.
Was the County/Metro Athletic League Offensive Player of the Year and earned all-area honors…rushed for 1,978 yards and scored 24 touchdowns as a senior…set the school record with 49 career rushing touchdowns and left Bullard ranked second with 4,337 career rushing yards…is also the Knights' all-time leading scorer with 338 points (49 rushing, six receiving and four two-point conversions…biggest game his senior season came against St. Joseph HS where he rushed for 277 yards and five touchdowns…also had 266 rushing yards and five TDs against Madera HS.
A two-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports…named the Sacramento Bee Defensive Player of the Year in 2018…also earned Sac-Joaquin Section Defensive Player of the Year by MaxPreps…was named as one of the "Top 100 Under the Radar Players" by MaxPrep following his senior season…was the Sierra Foothill League Defensive Player of the Year…finished his senior season with 73 total tackles, including 12 for loss…had 8.5 sacks during the year, including two against Chaminade HS and Del Oro HS…also recorded an interception and forced two fumbles…helped Folsom to a 14-1 overall record and a California State Div. 1-AA title as a senior…team's only loss was to De La Salle in the first game of the year…had at least three tackles in all 15 games…posted a season-high 11 tackles against Monterey Trail HS in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I championship game…as a junior, he had 100 total tackles, including 15.0 TFLs and 5.0 sacks…also added a pass breakup, forced two fumbles and recovered one…team went 16-0 and won the California State Div. 1-AA championship at Hornet Stadium…was credited with at least two tackles in all 16 games and had five or more in 12 contests…finished with 11 stops against Oakdale HS and 10 against Granite Bay HS for his season highs.
A two-star recruit from 247sports…named first team all-metro by the Sacramento Bee as a utility player following his senior season…also earned first team all-Sierra Foothill League the same year…compiled 2,477 all-purpose yards during his career…also played on defense and served as the team's punter…as a senior, he caught 22 passes for 465 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 50 yards and had 874 return yards…tallied four non-offensive touchdowns with two on punt returns and one on a kickoff and one on an interception return…caught at least one pass in all 11 games in which he played…added 25 tackles on defense with a sack and four interceptions…had similar numbers as a junior with 1,275 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns…during his three varsity seasons, Del Oro combined for a 34-11 overall record, won a pair of Sac-Joaquin Section titles and advanced to a pair of California State Div. 1 championship games.
A three-star recruit by 247sports…was named first team all-metro by the Sacramento Bee, first team all-Sac-Joaquin Section by MaxPreps and third team all-state medium schools by Cal-Hi Sports…voted the Capital Valley Conference MVP as a senior…played nearly every snap for Inderkum as a starter at right tackle on offense and at defensive tackle on defense…recorded 48 tackles with 27 for loss as a senior…had at least two tackles in each of the team's 12 games…was credited with a season high eight against Central Catholic HS during the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II playoffs…had 8.5 sacks during the year with 2.5 against River Valley HS and 2.0 against Roseville HS…also had two pass breakups and forced a pair of fumbles…paved the way for an offense which averaged 388.8 rushing yards, 569.1 total yards and 51.3 points per game…was a captain for a Tiger team which went 10-0 during the regular season and won the CVC title…the team's lone loss came in a 31-30 setback against Central Catholic in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II semifinals…was also part of Inderkum's varsity team as a sophomore and junior…team posted a combined record of 33-5 in his three years and won the league title each season.
Named first team all-state small school by Cal-Hi Sports and first team all-South Sequoia League as a senior…led the way for the top rushing attack in the Central Section as the Thunderbirds averaged 352 rushing yards per game and scored 76 rushing touchdowns…during his senior season, the team won a school record 13 games, claimed the Central Section Div. 5 title and advanced to the Southern California Div. 4-A game…saw action on the varsity team during all four of his high school seasons…also played one season of varsity basketball.
Played two seasons at Phoenix College…tallied 33 total tackles as a sophomore in 2017…that total included a sack…also had an interception, recovered a fumble and had three pass breakups…had at least two tackles in nine of the 10 games…had a season high six stops at Arizona Western and had five against Pima…intercepted a pass against Glendale…as a freshman, he recorded 24 total tackles…had eight stops, including seven solos, against Scottsdale Community and had five at Snow College…picked off a pair of passes during the season and had three pass breakups…graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix…made 30 tackles as a senior…had at least one stop in each of the team's 11 games…also intercepted two passes, had three PBUs and recovered a fumble…brother, Emmanuel, was an FCS All-American at Northern Arizona.
A three-star recruit by 247sports…was named first team all-league and earned all-Southern Section honors after compiling 1,139 all-purpose yards and scoring 96 points as a senior…rushed for 446 yards with six touchdowns…had 20 receptions for 384 yards and seven touchdowns…nearly half of his rushing yards came against Oak Hills HS where he amassed 200 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns…caught at least one pass in 10 games and had a season high four receptions for 94 yards and a pair of scores against Murrieta Valley HS…helped Cajon to a 12-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in Citrus Belt League games…team advanced to the Southern Section Div. III championship game before falling to Sierra Canyon, 34-30…added 607 all-purpose yards and scored 48 points as a junior…played on defense where he was credited with 84 total tackles, including five for loss and 1.5 sacks…also intercepted a pass and forced and recovered three fumbles…team also won the Citrus Belt League, Southern Section Div. IV and CIF Southern California Div. 2-AA titles in 2017…Cajon advanced to the state championship game at Hornet Stadium…primarily played on defense for the varsity team as a sophomore where he had 93 total tackles with three for loss…added two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble…on offense, he had 264 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns.