CALDWELL, Idaho – College of Idaho football coach Mike Moroski has announced the signing of 14 additional recruits to Frontier Conference Letters of Intent for the 2017 season.
The group includes 11 players on the offensive side of the ball – including five receivers – with three of the recruits hailing from the Gem State. The new players push the 2017 recruiting class to 44.
A pair of impressive offensive linemen headline the class – as northern California standouts Ronald Phelps and Zach Rickard head to C of I.
Phelps, a 6-foot, 285-pound tackle, led Lincoln High in San Francisco to the Section Championship – earning All-City, All-Section and All-State honors each of the past two seasons.
Rickard, a 6-for-1, 275-pound guard, was the Capital Valley Conference Lineman of the Year in 2016, earning All-Metro and All-State honors during the season.
Two other linemen join the roster in Marcus McGowan and Cesar Esparza. McGowan (6-4 250) earned All-Western Conference honors at Stanwood High in Washington, while Esparza (5-10 250) joined the team for spring practice a year removed from graduating from Columbia High in Nampa.
The Coyotes added to their depth at quarterback as gunslingers Nathaniel Holcomb and Jack Weaver join the program after impressive high school careers.
Holcomb had a record-setting senior season at Puyallup High in Washington, completing 247 passes for 3,649 yards and 42 touchdowns – breaking former NFL signal caller Damon Huard's school single-season passing yardage record. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder set a Washington high school state record last season with 10 touchdown passes in a win over South Kitsap, earning All-South Puget Sound League and All-Area honors.
Weaver is a dual-threat quarterback from East Union High in California – the same high school as former Yote, Teejay Gordon – threw for 1,183 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 504 yard and seven scores, earning All-Valley Oak League accolades.
Two tight ends will add to C of I's depth, as California natives Connor Gagain and Jack Hogeboom bring solid resumes. Gagain (6-2 220) caught 29 passes for 483 yards and three scores last year for Oakmont High, earning All-Capital Valley Conference honors, while Hogeboom (6-3 215) made 32 receptions for 532 yards and five touchdowns at Marin Catholic High, earning All-Marin County Athletic League honors on both sides of the football.
C of I adds three receivers to the mix, including California products Kalei Aukai and R.J. Walker. Aukai (6-2 215) had a big senior season at Santa Rosa High, catching 58 passes for 1,396 yards and 20 touchdowns, earning All-North Bay League and All-Metro honors. Walker (5-7 165) transfers to C of I from Southern Oregon, where he used a redshirt year in 2016 after earning All-Coastal League honors at Santa Fe Christian High in Escondido. The third receiver is a local product, as Rocky Mountain High's Kenny Zamberlin (6-1 170) joins the program.
The team added three members to the secondary - David Ford of St. Mary's High in Stockton, Calif.; Jizan Stinson of Long Beach Poly in California; and Eagle High product Cameron Hamrick. Ford (5-8 185) led his team to the Nor-Cal Division II championship, earning All-Tri-City Athletic League and All-Area honors after combining for 218 tackles over the past two seasons. Stinson (6-0 190) was a starter as a senior, recording 43 tackles and two interceptions for the SoCal power, while Hamrick earned All-Southern Idaho Conference honors after recording 34 tackles and four interceptions as a senior.
The Coyotes open the 2017 season on the road Aug. 26 at Montana Western, with the home opener set for Sept. 9 vs. Southern Oregon.