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Head Coach Mike Locksley Announces 20 Members of 2009 Signing Class
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/04/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 4, 2009

University of New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley has announced 20 members of the Lobos' 2009 signing class.

2009 UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO FOOTBALL SIGNEES

NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)
Dallas BollemaLB6-2210Fr-HSArtesia, N.M. (Artesia HS)
Dante CaroAthlete6-0185Fr-HSLas Cruces, N.M. (Las Cruces HS)
Kasey CarrierRB5-9175Fr-HSPearland, Texas (Pearland HS)
Demond DennisRB5-9195Fr-HSAtlanta, Ga. (Carver HS)
Dillon FarrellOL6-5270Fr-HSBaton Rouge, La. (Christian Life Academy)
Peter Gardner*DL6-4295Jr-TrHartford, Conn. (Lackawanna College)
Jacori GreerDL6-3240Fr-HSLittle Elm, Texas (Newman Smith HS)
Evan JacobsenDeep Snap6-1240Fr-HSLaguna Niguel, Calif. (San Clemente HS)
Darryl JohnsonOL6-4310Fr-HSBaton Rouge, La. (Southern Lab HS)
Darren JonesQB6-3195Fr-HSChicago, Ill. (Thornton Township HS)
J.V. MasonOL6-5275Fr-HSSachse, Texas (Namaan Forest HS)
Mat McBainDL6-4265Fr-HSEl Paso, Texas (Burges HS)
Calvin McDowneyOL6-4340Fr-HSGlenarden, Md. (DeMatha HS)
Emmanuel McPhearsonWR/DB5-10185Fr-HSColumbia, Md. (DeMatha HS)
Vince MinorAthlete5-9175Fr-HSFontana, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Derrell PersonWR6-1208Fr-HSWashington, D.C. (Coolidge HS)
Demarcus RogersAthlete5-11170Fr-HSOak Ridge, Tenn. (Oak Ridge HS)
Ben SkaerP6-0185Fr-HSWaterloo, Ill. (Waterloo HS)
Adam WatsonWR5-10175Fr-HSHouston, Texas (Westfield HS)
Emmanuel YeagerQB6-2190Fr-HSWashington, D.C. (Coolidge HS)

* already enrolled and attending UNM

COMMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HEAD COACH Mike Locksley

"The one thing I want to express is that we met our needs. What we needed to do right away was increase our team speed at receiver and running back and find some linemen. You want the numbers to balance out. I think we signed every need."

"We had to go find some playmakers. The offensive guys we have signed are all explosive-type athletes, who are big-play, game-changing type players. Our offense needs playmakers and we found some. We also needed some big guys who are athletic and we found them. We made some steals."

"In our process, we have at least three coaches evaluate a player on a numerical system. If he gets the numbers and fits the need we have, if we're happy with his character, then we're going to offer the kid."

"You have not seen anything yet in how we will recruit. This was the condensed, fast version,"

"You can't afford to go out and make hasty, uninformed decisions. The guys we have coming in represent our staff and they are players coming from a coach, a program, an area we have great knowledge of."

"This class is coming from a lot of areas that we might not go to as much next year. This class doesn't represent the geographic area we eventually will center on, but these are all kids we wanted."

"We'll definitely recruit Texas and New Mexico more. We'll still use some of these areas as secondary sources, but we know the core group of our recruiting classes will come from the Mountain West areas."

"Some things just jump out at you. There are numbers you want in each position for your team to functionally go on each season. One thing that jumped out is we have 12 scholarship offensive linemen going into this season and four of the 12 are seniors. I'm used to having 18 scholarship offensive linemen, so that told me we needed to sign at least five this year and probably another five next year."

"Part of what made this job so attractive was the Lobos we have coming back. We have a core group of tough-minded, hard-nosed, disciplined players who are hungry to win and that's a testament to Coach (Rocky) Long and his staff. We have a solid group of guys who have character and that's also something that you win with."

RECRUITING CLASS GEOGRAPHICAL BREAKDOWN
California: 2
Connecticut: 1
Georgia: 1
Illinois: 2
Louisiana: 2
Maryland: 2
New Mexico: 2
Texas: 5
Washington, D.C.: 2


Dallas Bollema.....LB.....6-2.....210.....Fr-HS
Artesia, N.M. (Artesia HS)

Three-year starter at linebacker for the Artesia Bulldogs...last name is pronounced BOW-la-ma...state Defensive Player of the Year by PrepNewMexico.com... all-district and all-state honoree all three years at Artesia...189 tackles as a senior and 507 in his prep career...team MVP his senior season...led the state with 177 tackles as a junior...2006 and 2007 Meacham Tackle recipient, the award given to the defensive player that logs the most tackles in a season...played for legendary head coach Cooper Henderson...Artesia won state titles in 2006 and '07...also a two-year lettermen in basketball...member of National Honor Society, Lions Club and A-Club, and active in church youth group...PERSONAL...born July 10, 1990, in Riverside, Calif...age is 18...son of Darryl and Colleen...plans to major in Civil Engineering and would like to go into some sort of home construction business

Coach Locksley on Dallas Bollema:
"Dallas is another Lobo with a strong resume of skills and accomplishments. He is a proven scholar, a standout basketball player and obviously one of the top football players in New Mexico. One of our recruiting goals as Lobos is to get the very best local players and landing Dallas is a tremendous step in that direction."


Dante Caro.....Athlete.....6-0.....185.....Fr-HS
Las Cruces, N.M. (Las Cruces HS)

Starting quarterback for the 2008 Class 5A state champion Bulldawgs...last name is pronounced CAH-row...the Bulldawgs were 13-0 last fall, winning the class 5A championship game 26-21 over Albuquerque Eldorado...LCHS was state semi-finalists in 2007 and was 23-2 the last two years...2008 Mr. Football award winner by nmprepsrivals.com...nominated for the Joe Montana top QB in the Nation award, and was ranked in the top 100...completed 68% of his passes for 1,986 yards, 16 TDs and 3 interceptions as a senior...added 1,000 yards rushing on 94 carries (10.6 avg.), with 14 TDs...76% completion percentage, 1,302 yards passing, 10 TDs and 3 interceptions as a junior, plus 1,423 yards rushing on 146 carries (9.8 avg.) with 15 TDs...a two-year starter and a three-year letterman for head coach Jim Miller...starting point guard for the Bulldawg basketball team the past two years and an outfielder for the baseball team in 2008...PERSONAL...born Nov. 23, 1990, in Las Cruces...age is 18...son of Mike and Veronica...has an older brother, Steven...would like to go to Pharmacy school after football.

Coach Locksley on Dante Caro:
"Dante and Dallas (Bollema) are out of the same mold as winners both on the field and in the classroom. Dante quarterbacked Las Cruces to an undefeated season and the Class 5A championship, which shows tremendous athletic ability as well as leadership ability. He runs the point for the Bulldawgs basketball team and could make an impact on either side of the line for us."


Kasey Carrier.....RB.....5-9.....175.....Fr-HS
Pearland, Texas (Pearland HS)

Running back who ran for 4,415 yards and 61 TDs in a brilliant prep career at Pearland HS, which is a Houston suburb...hometown is pronounced PARE-land...all-state by the Texas Sportswriters Association in 2008 when he finished third in Class 5A rushing with 2,117 yards...also tied for the state scoring crown with a school-record 35 TDs...averaged 7.8 yards per carry...clocked at 4.5 in the 40...four-year varsity letterwinner for head coach Tony Heath...helped the Oilers to the 2008 District 22-5A title...all-county and district 24-5A offensive player of the year as a junior...also runs the 100 meters for the track team...very involved off the field as a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a volunteer coach for the Pearland Hurricanes youth football team...after Hurricane Ike hit the area, Kasey removed heavy debris and destroyed furniture from the homes of the elderly and less fortunate living in his neighborhood...PERSONAL...born Feb. 14, 1990, in LaMarque, Texas...soon to turn 19...full name is Kasey Jamal Carrier...son of Kevin Carrier and Norma DeVault...interested in Criminal Justice or Business at UNM.

Coach Locksley on Kasey Carrier:
"Kasey comes from a great program in Pearland, Texas, where he excelled in the same style of offense we will be running here. Kasey has the athletic ability and the statistics that grab your attention, but this also is a young man of high character and a strong academic background that make you excited that he has decided to be a Lobo."


Demond Dennis.....RB.....5-9.....195.....Fr-HS
Atlanta, Ga. (Carver HS)

First team all-state running back in Georgia Class 3A last fall when he rushed 125 times for 1,627 yards (13 yards per carry) and 20 TDs...offensive MVP of the 2009 O-D All-American game in Myrtle Beach, S.C., gaining 103 yards on 9 carries and a TD...helped the East team to a 29-3 victory...ran for 1,605 yards and 13 TDs his junior season...three-year starter at running back for head coach Darren Myles...clocked at 4.48 in the 40...plays center field and pitches for the Panthers baseball teams and also runs track...PERSONAL...born Sept. 23, 1989, in Atlanta...age is 18...full name is Demond Willie Dennis...son of Gregory Johns...older cousin Jason Hill will be a senior offensive lineman at Georgia Tech in 2009...interested in sports management or coaching.

Coach Locksley on Demond Dennis:
"Demond was one of the more highly recruited players in the state of Georgia because of his tremendous athletic ability. He rewrote the rushing records at Carver High with his explosive ability and his breakaway speed, but this is a gifted athlete, who could have success as a running back, a receiver or a defensive back. We are fortunate to have Demond at UNM."


Dillon Farrell.....OL.....6-5.....270.....Fr-HS
Baton Rouge, La. (Christian Life Academy)

First team all-state offensive lineman as chosen by the coaches and the media following his senior year...Christian Life was 12-2 in 2008, finishing second in Class 1A, which is the smallest classification in the state...there's 70 students in Farrell's graduating class...participated in the U.S. Army Redstick Bowl, a postseason all-star game in Baton Rouge...a four-year starter who was all-district as a junior...also played on the defensive line for head coach Warren Capone...amazingly, Dillon was 5-8 and 160 pounds as a 9th grader...Senior Class President...PERSONAL...born Sept. 7, 1990...age is 18...full name is Dillon Shane Farrell...son of Bill and Rene...father played outside linebacker at LSU from 1977-79...academic interests are communications or public relations.

Coach Locksley on Dillon Farrell:
"I'm not locking Dillon into a certain position, but when you look at his build, you think tackle. He has a long, lean look to him and tremendous athletic ability. Dillon has grown almost a foot since his freshman year and is still adding weight and muscle and there is no doubt he has some outstanding years as a Lobo in front of him."


Peter Gardner.....DL.....6-4.....295.....Jr-Tr
Hartford, Conn. (Lackawanna College)

Transfer who enrolled at UNM in January...spent the past two seasons starting on the defensive line for Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa...all-conference defensive tackle for the Falcons last fall when he had 40 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles...47 tackles and 5 sacks his freshman season...played for head coach Mark Duda...attended South Carolina State the 2006-07 academic year, but did not play football...HIGH SCHOOL...a 2006 graduate of Bloomfield (Conn.) HS...all-state defense as a senior, totaling 70 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 5 forced fumbles...played in the Rhode Island-Connecticut all-star game...PERSONAL...born July 16, 1988, in Hartford...age is 20...full name is Peter Howard Gardner...son of Howard and Pamela...interested in Business at UNM.

Coach Locksley on Peter Gardner:
"Peter is our lone transfer at this point and we think he has the ability and the experience to provide us with more depth on the line. At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds he has the size and the strength to be an impact player for us up front and it's nice to have a lineman who has seen a few snaps at the college level."


Jacori Greer.....DL.....6-3.....240.....Fr-HS
Little Elm, Texas (Newman Smith HS)

Three-year starter at defensive end...first name is pronounced ja-CORE-ee...62 tackles and 10 sacks for the Trojans as a senior...Newman Smith is in Carrolton, a Dallas suburb...two-time team captain and first team all-district 6-5A...played for head coach Paul Ressa...three-year member of the basketball team, and the Trojans were ranked No. 1 in state Class 4A as of this writing...also academic all-district and a tenor in the high school choir all four years...PERSONAL...born Feb. 24, 1991, in Dallas, Texas...will turn 18 in a few weeks...full name is Timothy Jacori Greer...son of Tim and Mary Ann...older brother Lamont Smith played basketball at the University of San Diego (1994-99) and is currently assistant men's basketball coach at Arizona State...older sister Kasandra Wilks played basketball at Alabama State in the mid-90s...Jacori is interested in being a high school teacher and eventually a principal.

Coach Locksley on Jacori Greer:
"You want explosive quickness off the line and this is just one of the abilities that attracted us to Jacori. For a young player, his skills as a lineman are very advanced, especially his use of hands in fighting off blocks. He also has the foot speed to get off the line and chase down backs."


Evan Jacobsen.....Deep Snapper.....6-1.....240.....Fr-HS
Laguna Niguel, Calif. (San Clemente HS)

Rated the No. 1 deep snapper in the class of 2009 by Chris Rubio snapping...set the high school record for snapping accuracy at the Chris Sailer kicking event in Las Vegas last month...set the high school record for the Rubio snapping index - a combination of time and accuracy averaged over 10 snaps - in 2008 and broke his own record in 2009...has a consistent snap time of .75 seconds for a 15-yard snap...has been a deep snapper since 6th grade when he was thrown into the spot during a youth game...also played center for head coach Eric Patton at San Clemente HS where he was a three-year varsity letterwinner...member of the National Honor Society with a 3.75 GPA...PERSONAL...born Nov. 9, 1990, in Orange, Calif...age is 18...full name is Evan Donald Jacobsen...son of Don and Evangelyn...Evan and his father are the founders of Summit7, a non-profit organization raising funds for housing projects in the countries of Tanzania, Russia, Nepal, Australia, Argentina and the U.S...Summit7's goal is to raise money over the next several years in conjunction with their efforts to summit the tallest peak on each of the world's seven continents...Evan's climbing experience includes Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia and Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, as well as several 10K+ peaks in California and Washington...as of March 2008, Summit7 had donated enough money to Habitat for Humanity International to build five homes in Tanzania and a home in Argentina...they have also donated towards homebuilding through Habitat for Humanity Russia and Australia, and through The Fuller Center for Housing in the U.S...Summit7 will next donate to Habitat for Humanity U.S. in conjunction with their Mt. Denali, Alaska climb...academic interests are Cinematography or History.

Coach Locksley on Evan Jacobsen:
"While you love to have athletes with the ability to move around to different positions, I have a feeling I know exactly where Evan will be. He'll have his hands on the ball when we use him, but I actually hope we won't be calling his name too often. Evan is clearly one of the premier deep snappers in the nation and it's a feather in our Lobo cap to land a snapper of his quality."


Darryl Johnson.....OL.....6-4.....310.....Fr-HS
Baton Rouge, La. (Southern Lab HS)

Late bloomer who only played two years of high school football...all-district offensive tackle as a senior...participated in the U.S. Army Redstick Bowl, a postseason all-star game in Baton Rouge...played for head coach Mike Roach...PERSONAL...born Feb. 10, 1991, in Baton Rouge...age is 18...full name is Darryl Lloyd Johnson Jr...son of Shirley Gilmore Johnson...interested in Electrical Engineering.

Coach Locksley on Darryl Johnson:
"I can't say enough about Darryl's physical ability, but this also is a tremendous young man with great social skills and great leadership potential. He is a huge boost to our offensive line. When you get someone with Darryl's desire and determination, you know you have a player who is a future leader of this program."


Darren Jones.....QB.....6-3.....195.....Fr-HS
Chicago, Ill. (Thornton Township HS)

Dual-threat quarterback who was all-state as a senior and twice the SICA East conference player of the year for this South Side Chicago high school...running the spread, Jones' 11-game numbers were 171 of 286 (60%) attempts for 2,350 yards, 17 TDs and just 3 interceptions...also rushed 76 times for 843 yards (11 yards per carry) and 7 TDs...preseason top-25 pick by the Chicago Sun-Times...played for head coach Bill Mosel...PERSONAL...born May 22, 1990, in Chicago...age is 18...son of Cassandra Henderson.

Coach Locksley on Darren Jones:
"Darren is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, and has had tremendous success in high school. He has good size, the physical tools and confidence that you want from the quarterback position. I've seen his development since his sophomore year to now and our fans should expect good things from Darren.


J.V. Mason.....OL.....6-5.....275.....Fr-HS
Sachse, Texas (Naaman Forest HS)

First team District 10-5A offensive right tackle as a senior...hometown is pronounced SACK-see, a Dallas suburb...two-year starter for head coach Bill Patterson at Naaman Forest HS in nearby Garland...team captain his senior year...helped lead Naaman Forest to 9-3 records and two rounds of the playoffs in 2007 and '08...PERSONAL...born March 31, 1991, in Dallas...age is 17...full name is James Vincent Mason...son of Jim and Cynthia...long-time Boy Scout who is very close to becoming an Eagle Scout...academic interests are business and mechanical engineering.

Coach Locksley on J.V. Mason:
"J.V. obviously has the size you want up front, but a tremendous addition to his package as a D-I player is his outstanding athletic skills. He shows outstanding tenacity and concentration in holding his blocks on both running and passing plays. He also has the quickness to pull and get down the field. J.V. also shows the desire and work ethic to be a great success as a Lobo."


Mat McBain.....DL.....6-4.....265.....Fr-HS
El Paso, Texas (Burges HS)

Four-year varsity starter on the offensive and defensive line...2008 preseason first team all-state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine which also named him one of the top-300 players in the state of Texas...first team all-district 1-4A defensive lineman as a senior when he had 47 tackles, 3 sacks, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal in just 8 games...66 stops, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 pass breakups and a blcoked field goal in 9 games his junior season, earning first team all-Region 1 honors...59 tackles, including 5 sacks, as a sophomore...all-city selection as an offensive lineman in 2008 when he helped pave the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers...helped Burges post a 7-3 regular season record last fall as the Mustangs advanced to the state playoffs for the first time since 2002...played for coach Lloyd Smith...PERSONAL...born Nov. 4, 1990, in El Paso...age is 18...full name is Mathew Garrett McBain...son of George and Cindy...father is a retired police officer...has two older brothers, Clint and Brandon...interested in Business or Kinesiology at UNM.

Coach Locksley on Mat McBain:
"Mat has all the physical tools and the size to have a great career as a lineman for us. It's a huge win for us to get one of the top players in Texas to come join our family of Lobos. Mat has great athletic ability and quickness, but he also shows tremendous intensity on the field, which, to me, reflects a love of the game and pride in how he plays that game."


Calvin McDowney.....OL.....6-4.....340.....Fr-HS
Glenarden, Md. (DeMatha HS)

One of two signees from DeMatha HS in Washington, D.C...first team all-metro, first all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and second team all-county offensive guard as a senior...prep teammate Emmanuel McPhearson also signed with UNM...played for head coach Bill McGregor...the Stags won WCAC titles in 2006, '07 and '08...McDowney lost 85 pounds between his junior and senior seasons...weighed 415 as a junior, but implemented a rigorous daily regimen to lose weight before his senior season: 1 hour on a stationary bike, 30 minutes on a treadmill, 1 hour on an elliptical machine, followed by weighlifting, and a better diet...actually participated in the school's "Biggest Loser" contest...PERSONAL...born Oct. 6, 1990, in Washington, D.C...age is 18...full name is Calvin Lee McDowney II...son of Calvin and Cassandra...interested in Mechanical Engineering.

Coach Locksley on Calvin McDowney:
"Calvin is a complete athletic package as a lineman, but he also comes from a program that stresses the same things we stress as Lobos. He comes from DeMatha Catholic in the D.C. area and that's a program that instills unity, team effort and an unselfish, winning attitude. Calvin is an intimidating force with a strong, wide body and a strong belief that he will dominate his opponent."


Emmanuel McPhearson.....WR/DB.....5-10.....185.....Fr-HS
Columbia, Md. (DeMatha HS)

One of two signees from DeMatha HS in Washington, D.C...prep teammate Calvin McDowney also signed with UNM...second team all-state (Maryland and District of Columbia), first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, all-D.C. and all-D.C. Pigskin pick as a senior when he caught 23 passes for 450 yards and 11 TDs...first team all-Beltway by DigitalSports.com and 2nd honorable mention all-metro by the Washington Post...also started at cornerback for head coach Bill McGregor...led the Stags to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles in 2006, '07 and '08...PERSONAL...born June 28, 1991, in Baltimore...age is 17...full name is Emmanuel Isaiah McPhearson...son of Gerrick and Kim...father played defensive back at Boston College in the early/mid 1980s and was a free agent signee of the New England Patriots...older brother, Gerrick Jr., was a cornerback at Maryland from 2002-05, and a 7th-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 2006...older brother Derrick played football at the University of Illinois, but recently signed with the Milwaukee Brewers as a centerfielder...Emmanuel's academic interests lie in medicine or Business.

Coach Locksley on Emmanuel McPhearson:
"Emmanuel is another great player from the DeMatha system. He is a dynamic athlete, who can play on either side of the ball. He has the hands, speed and elusiveness to have success as a receiver, but he also is tough enough and has the footwork to be an outstanding defensive back. He comes from a great family of athletes and knows first-hand what it takes to be successful."


Vince Minor.....Athlete.....5-9.....175.....Fr-HS
Fontana, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)

A threat on offense and defense...carried 157 times for 898 yards (5.7 average) and 10 touchdowns, plus 30 receptions for 575 yards (19.2 average) and 7 touchdowns for the Eagles as a senior....added 29 tackles and 2 interceptions from his cornerback position...played for coach Steven Bryce...versatile athlete who is a three-year letterman as a point guard for the basketball team...also competes in the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump and triple jump for the track team...PERSONAL...born Sept. 3, 1991, in Glendora, Calif....age is 17...full name is Vincent James Minor...son of Shelita...the youngest of five children...cousin, Dennis Weathersby, played cornerback at Oregon State and for the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04)...academic interests are Criminal Justice, Communications or African American Studies.

Coach Locksley on Vince Minor:
"Vincent is another one of those athletes you love to have on your team because of his extreme versatility as a football player. He had great success at running back and as a defensive back and it will be a challenge for us to figure out the best place to put Vincent in order to take advantage of his ability."


Derrell Person.....WR.....6-1.....208.....Fr-HS
Washington, D.C. (Coolidge HS)

Highly-recruited wide receiver who joins prep teammate Emmanuel Yeager at UNM...first name is pronounced da-RELL...only played two years of football at Coolidge, but was a two-time first team all-District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association selection for head coach Jason Lane...hooked up with Yeager to catch 42 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 13 TDs as a senior...voted best wide receiver in the Washington metro area as a junior after 48 catches for 1,011 yards and 18 TDs...a four-year letterman for the Colts basketball team..currently averaging 14 points a game as a small forward...PERSONAL...born May 16, 1991, in Washington, D.C...age is 17...son of Sharon Person...has two younger brothers and two older brothers...interested in running his own business.

Coach Locksley on Derrell Person:
"Derrell probably could be playing D-I basketball, but we are happy he decided to be a football player. He has played only two seasons of football, but his tremendous athletic ability quickly turned him into one of the top recruiting athletes in the D.C. area. Derrell is a big, strong, fast explosive athlete who surely will be a crowd pleaser for Lobo fans."


Ben Skaer.....P.....6-0.....185.....Fr-HS
Waterloo, Ill. (Waterloo HS)

Two-time first team all-conference punter and kicker from this high school located south of St. Louis, Mo...last name is pronounced SCARE...at the Kicking.com Combine Series in Houston in January, Skaer charted 1st with a 4.2-second hang time and 42-yard average on 10 punts...all-state kicker as a junior and honorable mention all-state punter and kicker after his senior season...had a 41-yard average on 41 punts and converted 32 PATs and 5-of-6 FGs with a long of 48 yards last fall...team captain who also saw time at wide receiver and safety...Illinois Football Coaches Association all-state team, as a junior...three-year starter for head coach Dan Rose, but his kicking coach was 10-year NFL veteran Louie Aguiar (1991-2000 with Jets, Chiefs, Packers, Bears)...career punting average was 39.6 yards, plus 10 field goals and 76 extra points...has a 3.63 cumulative GPA...PERSONAL...born March 9, 1991, in Belleville, Ill...age is 17...full name is Benjamin Garrett Skaer...son of Daryl and Lisa...an avid outdoorsman...interested in Business or Mechanical Engineering at UNM.

Coach Locksley on Ben Skaer:
"Actually, I'm hoping to keep Ben on the sidelines with our snapper, Evan Jacobsen. Unfortunately, we'll probably have to punt the ball a few times in 2009. Fortunately, we'll have one of the top punters in the nation competing for that job in Ben. Ben's numbers and his hang times in high school would make most college coaches happy and we're very fortunate to have Ben in a Lobo uniform."


Adam Watson.....WR.....5-10.....165.....Fr-HS
Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)

Speedy wide receiver and kick returner who was first team District 13-5A at both positions as a senior...caught 41 passes for 708 yards and 7 TDs last year...also one kickoff return for a score...regarded by 5ATexasFootball.com as a dangerous deep threat and excellent kick returner...clocked under 4.5 in the 40...74 receptions for 1,378 yards and 15 TDs in his prep career...played for head coach Corby Meekins...sprinter for the track team......PERSONAL...born July 30, 1990, in Houston...age is 18...full name is Adam Demond Watson...son of James and Yvette Frazier...interested in marketing or management at UNM.

Coach Locksley on Adam Watson:
"Adam is another player who has benefited from an outstanding program and an outstanding coach, Corby Meekins. Adam has great success as a receiver because of his exceptional hands and quickness and those skills also make him attractive as a defender. Adam is a versatile athlete, who also has had success returning punts and kickoffs."


Emmanuel Yeager.....QB.....6-2.....190.....Fr-HS
Washington, D.C. (Coolidge HS)

Dual-threat quarterback who is joining high school teammate and wide receiver Derrell Person at New Mexico...Yeager is rated as one of the top-35 dual threat quarterbacks in the nation by Rivals.com...accounted for 7,024 yards of total offense and 76 TDs as a three-year starter in high school...attended Ballou HS his first two years, the same school as UNM head coach Mike Locksley...first team District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association selection as a senior, throwing for 1,950 yards and 17 TDs in just nine games...also rushed for 660 yards and 16 TDs...three-year totals were 5,586 passing yards with 51 TDs, plus 1,438 yards rushing and 25 TDs...also started at safety at Coolidge...played for head coach Jason Lane...played virtually every position except the line in his prep career, including punter and kicker...PERSONAL...born Feb. 24, 1991, in Washington, D.C...will turn 18 in a few weeks...full name is Emmanuel Eugene Yeager...son of Eugene and Lynette Yeager...interested in Psychology or Communications at UNM.

Coach Locksley on Emmanuel Yeager:
"Emmanuel was an outstanding quarterback in high school. He has a great combination of arm strength, vision and touch. He also has the speed and the agility to be an effective runner. He has a great football IQ and understands the quarterback lifestyle."

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