Head coach Tim Camp hopes that this year’s recruiting class will help the Eastern Oregon University football team now and in the future. Camp announced the signing of 26 new recruits recently. Observer file photo
Camp excited about potential the class has to offer
The Observer staff
Eastern Oregon University has added 26 new players to its football roster for the 2013 season.
But two of the newest Mountaineers will have something more in common than the rest of the team.
They both graduated from a Washington High School with the same name — almost.
Linebacker Maino Mose had 60 tackles last season for Mountainview HighSchool in Auburn.
Center/defensive lineman Bennett Muasau was a two-way starter for Mountain View — in Vancouver.
They were not the only Evergreen State players recruited by EOU football coach Tim Camp and his staff.
Running back Matt Stone of Bainbridge Island joins with lineman Logan Reardon and Daniel Porter of Walla Walla, Daniel Powell of Columbia River (Vancouver) and Kaleb Schrank of Yakima’s East Valley. Shrank rushed 200 times for 987 yards and eight touchdowns for the Red Devils. In addition, all-Wesco North League lineman Travis Jones of Stanwood has signed up.
From Prosser (Wash.), Camp’s recruiting crew picked up a quarterback, Ryan Fassler, who threw for 2,500 yards as a junior with 28 touchdowns and led his team to the state semifinals. The quarterback backed that up by completing 196 of 288 passes for 2,235 in the regular season.
For his career, he completed 429 of 655 passes for 5,366 yards and 65 touchdowns. He finished his prep career with a 111.86 passer rating for his final season for the Mustangs.
One of Fassler’s future targets at EOU might be Jared Berry, a wide receiver from Bothell, Dalton Estes of the Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals or Chance Roullier of West Valley (Spokane). Estes was an all-league and all-state wide receiver as a junior, catching 57 passes for 940 yards. As a senior, he helped the Cardinals go 11-2 by grabbing 46 catches for 727 yards.
Daniel Porter-Benevides and second-team all-Mid-Columbia Conference lineman Logan Reardon (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) will be coming from the Walla Walla Blue Devils to the Mountaineers. Reardon also made his mark at Walla Walla on the wrestling mat, qualifying for state at 220 pounds last month and winning the Clearwater Classic wrestling tournament in Lewiston (Idaho) in January.
One of the biggest single stops for the EOU recruiters was in Kennewick at River View High School.
Eastern recruiters picked up five Panthers in Kody Bartlett, Kyle Hall, Josh Marshall, Dylan Thomas and Ricky Castillo from River View’s 11-2 team last season. The Panthers lost to one team — Royal — twice last season, but the second time was in the semifinals of the state football playoffs.
Bartlett carried the ball 139 for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Panthers. Bartlett ran for 98 yards and had two sacks against Royal in the Panthers’ 31-28 semifinal loss.
From Oregon, Eastern picked up Joshua Richards of Southridge, receiver Jacob Batke of Liberty (Hillsboro) and Dustin Spencer of Sandy. Batke averaged 20.7 yards per catch last season for
In addition, the Mountaineers picked up Trampis Waite, the Ontario quarterback who guided the Tigers to the state 4A semifinals last season before losing to North Bend/Oregon Coast Tech by a 29-8 margin. Waite averaged 210.6 yards per game as the Tigers logged a 9-3 record.
The quarterback threw for 2,527 yards last season and had 23 passing touchdowns. Waite had 13 interceptions last year, but completed 166 of 274 attempts. Waite also averaged 137 yards per game rushing his senior year.
According to Camp, this group of recruits has a good chance to help the Mountaineers compete in the Frontier Conference against perennial power Carroll College and the two teams that made the NAIA playoffs last season — Southern Oregon and the University of Montana-Western.
“I really like this class. I think it’s a very balanced class and there’s good growth potential and then there’s a couple guys that, I think, are physically ready to compete,” Camp said.
“Our focus was to add some depth with this class to give our program more stability while addressing many needs by adding quality high school players on both sides of the ball.”
In Idaho, the Mountaineers grabbed Tyler McCurdy of Boise’s Borah High School.
The lineman helped the Lions finish with a 7-3 record before losing to Highland (Pocatello) in the Idaho state football playoffs by a 41-34 score.
From Utah, Eastern picked up a three-sport star from Timpanogos, Ryan Hamilton.
From California, the Mountaineers found Dublin grad Brandon Wynne, a wide receiver.
Nevada’s Michael Arenas was a first-team selection as linebacker for Lowry (Winnemucca, Nev.) in the 1A Northern League last season, while also grabbing honorable mention as a running back for the Buckaroos.
The Silver State will be adding a player to the EOU roster that claimed a Nevada state championship last season. Running back Jared Jensen helped Pershing County (Elko, Nev.) storm through the Division III playoffs with a 44-0 victory over Incline, a 38-14 win over Lincoln County in the semifinals and a 56-6 trashing of Mountain View Christian in the title game.
Jensen finished the season with 966 yards on 123 carries with 17 touchdowns. He also averaged 7.85 yards per carry.
According to Camp, the future looks bright for the Mountaineers in football.
“The bulk of the credit goes to my assistant coaches. We had a plan. Coach (Tyler) Paopao is our recruiting coordinator.
“He, along with coaches (Levi) Suionoa, (Jordan) Smith, (Justin) Udy, (Jeff) McNally and (Nick) Roberson all did a fabulous job in the recruiting process,” Camp said.
“If these young men can come in here and continue what they have done in high school it should be a real special class.”
The Mountaineers will start their spring football practice schedule April 6, with the spring game scheduled for May 6 in Pendleton. The practices will be open to the public on the team’s practice field.
The team will open the fall season Aug. 29 with a trip to face the Portland State University Vikings.