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Lobo Football's 2010 Signing Class Now Up To 19
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/03/2010

Feb. 3, 2010

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

    Here are the 18 members of the Lobos' 2010 signing class that Lobo coach Mike Locksley announced on Wednesday's signing day. (UNM pushed that number to 19 on Thursday by signing Justin Robbins, an offensive lineman). .

    2010 New Mexico Football Signing Class
    NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)Highlights
    Tarean AustinQB6-2200Fr-HSTampa, Fla. (Hillsborough HS)Watch
    Toby BallLB5-11234Fr-HSWylie, Texas (Wylie HS)Watch
    Martize BarrWR5-11187Fr-HSWashington, D.C. (Calvin Coolidge HS)Watch
    Julian BlairDB5-11180Fr-HSWaldorf, Md. (Westlake HS)Watch
    LaMar BrattonOL6-2275Fr-HSRiverside, Calif. (John W. North HS)Watch
    Ravonne CarterDB5-11186Fr-HSHialeah, Fla. (Hialeah HS)Watch
    Omar Castillo*OL6-5260So-TrRoswell, N.M. (Texas Tech)Watch
    Zach DaughertyLB6-0205Fr-HSLas Cruces, N.M. (Oñate HS)Watch
    Josh FordWR6-3195Fr-HSWashington, D.C. (Calvin Coolidge HS)Watch
    Stump GodfreyQB6-0204Fr-HSGilmer, Texas (Gilmer HS)Watch
    James GraceDB6-2197Fr-HSInglewood, Calif. (Inglewood HS)Watch
    J.J. HugineDL6-3236Fr-HSOklahoma City, Okla. (Del City HS)Watch
    Earl JohnsonOL6-4250Fr-HSWashington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate Academy)Watch
    Brad MillerTE6-5215Fr-HSSealy, Texas (Sealy HS)Watch
    Calvin SmithDL6-3265Fr-HSHialeah, Fla. (Hialeah HS)Watch
    Devonta TabannahDB5-10161Fr-HSOxon Hill, Md. (Potomac HS)Watch
    Lamaar Thomas*WR6-0185Jr-TrFt. Washington, Md. (Ohio State)Watch
    Detchauz WrayATH5-11166Fr-HSEast St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS)Watch

    * already enrolled and attending UNM

    COMMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HEAD COACH Mike Locksley
    "Obviously, the goal in recruiting year-in and year-out is to fill your needs. We feel very confident this year that we filled those needs. We felt there was a high premium on offensive linemen and defensive backs. We think we hit home runs on all the guys that we've been able to sign. The overall philosophy of this class was to increase the athleticism of the Lobo football program. When you look at the athletes that are part of this 2010 recruiting class, I feel like we did a great job. Our coaches have done a great job. We went everywhere we had to go to find great players to help us take this program to the next level. The thing people will see when they come out to watch us is how much we have increased the athleticism of our program in two years."

    RECRUITING CLASS GEOGRAPHICAL BREAKDOWN
    California 2
    Florida 3
    Illinois 1
    Maryland 3
    New Mexico 2
    Oklahoma 1
    Texas 3
    Washington, D.C. 3


    Tarean Austin • QB • 6-2 • 200 • Fr-HS
    Tampa, Fla. (Hillsborough HS)

    Four-year starter who was one of the top passers in the Bay Area and among the country's highest rated quarterback recruits...first name is pronounced TAR-ee-an...listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com (No. 20 dual threat QB), ESPN.com (No. 40 QB), and Scout.com...chose New Mexico over scholarship offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Iowa State, Michigan State, Purdue, and South Florida...threw for 2,132 yards and 20 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions for the class 4A Terriers last fall...led the team into the state playoffs in 2009 and 2007...played for head coach Earl Garcia...1,578 yards, 17 TDs, and 6 INTs as a junior...attended the same high school as former Lobo WR Daryl Jones (2005-09)...Hillsborough also produced Major League standouts Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield, and NFL players J.R. Reed and Allen Rossum...also a four-year letterman on the basketball court.
    PERSONAL: Born July 18, 1992 in Tampa, Fla...age is 17...full name is Tarean Jerome Austin...son of Charles and Tammy Austin...has two older brothers, T.J. and Brian, and a younger sister, Candice...interested in Business as a major at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Tarean Austin:
    "Tarean has good size and a natural throwing motion. Out of all the quarterbacks we looked at, he probably had the purest throwing motion. He is a thrower who is athletic. That's the order you prefer. You want a quarterback who is a thrower, who you know can make plays with his arm, but who also has the athleticism to get out of trouble or even run the ball. He is a perfect fit from that standpoint. He has great feet and quarterback moxie."


    Toby Ball • LB • 5-11 • 234 • Fr-HS
    Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)

    Two-time first team District 8-5A selection who was one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation...listed as a three-star recruit by Scout.com (No. 31 MLB) and ESPN.com (No. 31 ILB)...also ranked as one of the overall top-500 players in Texas (No. 299)...racked up 372 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles in his three-year varsity career...also had 10 QB hurries, 8 pass break-ups and 4 interceptions...112 stops, 6 TFL, and 4 break-ups in 11 games last fall when he was named all-district, second team all-Collin County, and team MVP...started 37 consecutive games, including seven playoff games for head coach Bill Howard...helped the Pirates finish 13-3 and advance to the 2008 Texas 5A (Division 2) championship game as a junior when he was named to Texas5Afootball.com's All-State Junior Team and the all-Collin Country first team...district Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore...carries a 3.23 GPA and active as a mentor/tutor for area youth.
    PERSONAL: Born May 20, 1991 in Sherman, Texas...age is 18...full name is Toby Allen Ball...son of Mark and Lori Ball...dad is the athletic director of Lubbock Public Schools and played college football at Kilgore JC and Tarleton State...has an older sister, Shelby, and older brother, Cody, who played baseball at Temple JC and Texas Wesleyan...planning on majoring in Business or Physical Education at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Toby Ball:
    "I like the way he moves. You watch him run and you can tell he is an athlete. He's a coach's son and you can see that knowledge has been passed on to Toby. We had him in camp and based on that evaluation, we made him an offer. He has great lateral movement and great closing speed. The combination of him understanding the game, plus his natural ability to run, helps him make quick reads and get to the football."


    Martize Barr • WR • 5-11 • 187 • Fr-HS
    Washington, D.C. (Coolidge HS)

    Physical wide receiver who was a first team D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association selection by The Washington Post and was also named one of the top 60 players in the D.C., Maryland, and Virgina area (DMV)...first name is pronounced mar-TEZ...also had scholarship offers from Kansas and Rutgers...led the DCIAA with 1,000 yards on 51 catches, and also had 9 TDs as a junior for head coach Jason Lane...scored twice on punt returns as well in 2008...35 grabs for 563 yards and 6 scores last fall... caught his first career touchdown at age 13 in an ESPNU-televised game vs. Dunbar High School...helped Coolidge compile a 23-12 record over his final three years, including a playoff berth in 2008...also a sprinter for the Colts track team...made the honor roll in 2009.
    PERSONAL: Born Nov. 4, 1992 in Washington, D.C...age is 17...full name is Martize Daniel Barr...nickname is Tez...son of Peter Simm and Lisa Barr...has an older brother, Marcus, and younger sister, Mya...enjoys writing poetry in his spare time...would like to major in History at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Martize Barr:
    "Martize is an explosive athlete who has the ability to help us in a lot of areas, like the return game. He is a strong runner with the ball and very versatile. He'll give us some ability as an inside receiver. We can do some things in the running game with him. He has great open-field ability. You get him the ball in space and he'll make the first guy miss and he has the speed to finish it."


    Julian Blair • DB • 5-11 • 180 • Fr-HS
    Waldorf, Md. (Westlake HS)

    Two-way standout, playing both running back and cornerback, and also returning kicks for head coach Dominic Zaccarelli...helped powerful Westlake post a combined 30-8 record his final three years, including the 2008 Maryland class 3A state title (13-0 over Wilde Lake)...selected to play in the 2009 Southern Mountain Athletic Conference All-Star Football Game...also an accomplished sprinter for the Wolverine's state champion track team (indoor and outdoor)...captured the SMAC indoor 55-meter title last month and was sixth in the event at the state meet in 2009...part of Westlake's all-metro 4x200 relay team...clocked a 4.49 40-yard time at New Mexico's summer football camp last summer.
    PERSONAL: Born Oct. 26, 1992 in Washington, D.C...age is 17...full name is Julian Bernard Alexander Blair...son of Julian I. Blair and Tonya Mallard...mother passed away in September of 2008...step-mom is Renee Blair...dad played football at Towson in the early 1990s where he was a teammate of Lobo head coach Mike Locksley...the two were both starters in the Tigers' secondary in 1991 when Locksley was a senior free safety and Blair was a junior cornerback...has three younger brothers: Kennard, Logan, and Langston...enjoys snowboarding...would like to major in Mass Communications at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Julian Blair:
    "Julian is another player we picked up from our camp evaluation. We've seen Julian as an athlete and a person. He came into our camp and ran a 4.49. He has exceptional speed and the ability to be outstanding in the defensive backfield. Julian isn't just speed, he's physical and he has great closing speed. He can move."


    LaMar Bratton • OL • 6-2 • 275 • Fr-HS
    Riverside, Calif. (John W. North HS)

    Two-time first team all Big 8 League honoree who excelled on both sides of the line as a senior, playing both offensive guard and defensive tackle...also received scholarship offers from Nevada and UNLV...second team all-county pick last fall as well...60 tackles and 9 sacks on defense in 2009...three-year letterman for head coach Scott Pearne...second team all-Ivy League selection as a sophomore when North posted a 13-1 record and captured the 2007 CIS Southern Section title...the Huskies were 8-4 in 2008, advancing to the second round of the playoffs...also throws for the North track & field team and plays the post for the basketball team...made the honor roll all four years and holds a 3.56 GPA...member of the student government.
    PERSONAL: Born Aug. 21, 1992 in Riverside, Calif...age is 17...full name is LaMar Christopher Dean Bratton...son of Harry and Tanya Bratton...dad is the senior pastor at Greater Faith Grace Bible Church...has three older siblings: Mark Smith, Stacey, and Sharis...cousin, Enoch Simmons, played baseball at Loyola Marymount and later in the minor leagues with the Oakland A's organization...LaMar is active in his church, serving as the media director and singing in the choir...would like to major in Computer Science at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on LaMar Bratton:
    "LaMar really plays with great pad level. He plays with great intensity and is very physical. He has great feet and could play on either side of the ball. He was recruited by some schools as a defensive tackle. I think what stood out the most with LaMar is his athleticism and his explosiveness. He has the lower body strength and the first step explosiveness to be dominating."


    Ravonne Carter • DB • 5-11 • 186 • Fr-HS
    Hialeah, Fla. (Hialeah HS)

    Ball-hawking defensive back who was a four-year letterman, playing primarily cornerback and safety...first name is pronounced RAY-von...spent the first two years of his career at Miami Beach HS before finishing at Hialeah (pronounced HI-a-LAY-a) under coach Marc Berman...the class 6A Thoroughbreds went 14-3 in his two seasons there, including a state playoff berth in 2008...11 career interceptions...played in the Nike South Florida All-Star Game...Hialeah defensive teammate Calvin Smith also signed with the Lobos...three-year letterman in track & field as well, competing in the 400, long jump, and triple jump.
    PERSONAL: Born Jan. 4, 1992 in Miami, Fla...age is 18 full name is Ravonne Dontrell Carter... nickname is Ray...son of Germaine Carter and Leslie Manson...mom is a doctor at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines, Fla...has two sisters and a brother on his mom's side and four brothers and two sisters on his dad's...was the biggest kid on his Pop Warner team, playing on the defensive line, but said he always wished he could play defensive back...would like to major in Business at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Ravonne Carter:
    "Ravonne has good size, good speed and is physical. He runs really well and has a nose for the football. He is one of those defensive backs who is always around the football. He has the footwork and the coverage skills like a cornerback, but has the physical ability to hit like a safety. He will be a versatile back for us."


    Omar Castillo • OL • 6-5 • 260 • So-Tr
    Roswell, N.M. (Texas Tech)

    Former Roswell Goddard star who returns to New Mexico after two years at Texas Tech...will spend the 2010 season on the scout team and will have two years to play when he is eligible to make his official Lobo debut in 2011...also had scholarship offers from both UNM and New Mexico State out of high school...former prep teammate of Lobo kicker James Aho.
    TEXAS TECH: Did not appear in any games last year after redshirting in 2008.
    HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Goddard High School in Roswell, N.M...rated the No. 2 offensive lineman and No. 8 overall player in the state by Rivals.com as a senior...played both ways, earning first team all-state honors at defensive tackle...All-Region selection by Velocity/PrepStar Magazine...helped the Rockets finish with a 10-4 record and an average victory margin of 30.4 points in 2007...also a member of the wrestling team.
    PERSONAL: Born May 14, 1988...age is 21...nickname is "Chief"...son of Irma Castillo...has four siblings: Misaey, Esau, Ashley, and Janeth...majoring in Business.

    Coach Locksley on Omar Castillo:
    "Omar is an athlete who played tight end and defensive end. We need him on the line. He is athletic and long with great feet. We cookie cut what we want at certain positions and he fits all the requirements. He gets down and explodes. I think one thing I like most about him is his intensity. He is physical at the point of attack - a competitor."


    Zach Daugherty • LB • 6-0 • 205 • Fr-HS
    Las Cruces, N.M. (Oñate HS)

    First team class 5A all-state selection last fall who is one of the top linebacker prospects in the country...rated a three-star recruit by ESPN.com (No. 88 outside LB) and Rivals.com...also ranked among the top-100 (No. 79 inside LB) by Scout.com...will be one of five scholarship players from Las Cruces on the Lobos' 2010 roster...also had offers from New Mexico State and San Diego State out of high school...three-year letterman and the 2009 District 3 Defensive Player of the Year for head coach Kelly McKee...helped the Knights go 9-3 and advance to the second round of the playoffs as a senior (72 tackles, 7 TFL, 3.5 sacks)...earned first team all-district, all-state (Scout.com), and all-Southwest recognition (NM Preps) as a junior when he had 116 tackles, 9 TFL, and 5 sacks...302 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 5 interceptions in his career...also a three-year letterman in track & field (100m, shot, discus) and two-year letterman on the basketball court.
    PERSONAL: Born June 2, 1992 in Las Cruces, N.M...age is 17...full name is Zachary Chance Daugherty...son of Shane and Lorraine Daugherty...dad works for NASA as a rocket engine tester while mom is a language pathologist at Oñate High School...mom also played basketball her freshman year at New Mexico State...has an older brother, Lucas, and younger sister, Pilar...would like to major in Kinesiology at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Zach Daugherty:
    "Zach is the top player in New Mexico. He was another early commitment out of camp evaluation. What jumps out about Zach is how physical he is. He has a tenacious attitude. He really wants to get to the ball and goes sideline to sideline to get to it. When he tackles someone, that person typically goes backwards. He's a tough kid with that linebacker mentality."


    Josh Ford • WR • 6-3 • 195 • ;Fr-HS
    Washington, D.C. (Calvin Coolidge HS)

    Tall, vertical threat who was a first team all-league selection as a senior...listed as a three-star prospect by both ESPN.com and Scout.com...chose UNM over scholarship offers from Kansas, Utah, and Temple...had 23 catches for 494 yards and 9 touchdowns, along with 52 yards on 4 rushing attempts last fall for head coach Jason Lane...two-year varsity letterman who helped Coolidge compile a 16-8 record in his two years, including a state semifinals appearance in 2008...sprinter for the track team...prep teammate and fellow receiver Martize Barr also signed with New Mexico.
    PERSONAL: Born Sept. 20, 1991 in Landover, Md...age is 18...full name is Joshua Jamar Ford...son of Cynette Ford...has a brother, Marion Washington, and a sister, Latisha Ford...interested in studying sports medicine at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Josh Ford:
    "Josh Ford is a big, tall, long wide receiver. The thing that really stands out is how he attacks the ball. For him to be a 6-3, 195-pound guy, he's got tremendous track speed. He's a vertical threat that has a chance to take it the distance every time he touches the ball. He was a huge playmaker for his high school, a kid that really has the explosiveness that you want, and with his size and height advantage he gives us another big play threat down the field."


    Stump Godfrey • QB • 6-0 • 204 • Fr-HS
    Gilmer, Texas (Gilmer HS)

    Speedy, dual threat quarterback who finished his career as one of the most prolific signal callers in Texas high school history...named the 2009 Mr. Texas Football by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine as the QB of the All-Texas High School Team...class 3A Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press after leading Gilmer to a 15-0 record, capped by the 3A Division I title last fall...the Buckeyes were one of 50 teams across the country to be honored on the MaxPreps Tour of Champions, but first 3A squad ever recognized...also named MVP by Rivals.com (The Old Coach Team) and HuddleUpTexas.com...three-star recruit by ESPN.com (No. 45 ATH)...chose UNM over scholarship offers from Kansas State and Tulsa...3,581 yards passing with 42 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions as a senior...also had 848 yards and 22 TDs on the ground...posted a 41-3 record as a three-year starter, piling up 11,694 yards of total offense (9,344 passing, 2,350 rushing) and was responsible for 165 TDs (116 passing, 49 rushing)...finished his career tied with Colt McCoy for 4th on the Texas all-time TD pass list and 10th in career passing yardage...2,883 yards passing with 34 TDs and 9 INTs, along with 885 and 19 TDs on the ground as a junior (12-2 record)...led Gilmer to a 14-1 record and state runner-up finish as a sophomore when he passed for 2,727 yards and 38 TDs (4 INTs), and had 617 yards and 8 TDs rushing...plays basketball as well.
    PERSONAL: Born Aug. 23, 1991 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas...age is 18...first name is Darian...would like to major in Business Administration at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Darian Godfrey:
    "Stump was the Player of the Year in the state of Texas. He has a strong arm. He's also a strong runner and a winner. He maybe has lost six games in his whole life. He's just a big-time athlete. He's a big-time quarterback and a big play threat, from a great program. He makes a lot of plays with his feet, but he also can hurt you with his arm. He's high on Texas' all-time list in touchdown passes."


    James Grace • DB • 6-2 • 197 • Fr-HS
    Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood HS)

    Physically imposing, athletic defensive back who was a two-time first team all-Ocean Conference honoree at both receiver and safety for head coach Charles Mincey...named the best defensive back at the B2G Elite Nike Camp last summer...helped Inglewood post a 7-4 record last fall and advance to the CIF playoffs...also lettered in basketball...attended Inglewood HS his final two years after time at Carson and Los Angles High Schools.
    PERSONAL: Born Feb. 17, 1991 in Los Angeles, Calif...age is 18...uncle and legal guardian is Joe Jones who played for football for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984...has a brother, Joseph, and three sisters: Shahona, Passion, Brittany, and Janelle...cousin Jacquies Smith is a junior defensive lineman at Missouri...another cousin, Steven Harris, plays at Southeastern Oklahoma...interested in Physical Education as a major at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on James Grace:
    "James Grace is a prototypical safety. He's got professional size when you look at him. He's a guy that really can run. He's a long strider and very rangy from the safety position. He had a knack for being around the ball and making big plays on both sides of the ball. He's very physical at the point of attack and a guy that I see as being able to run the alley and also have the range to make the plays on the ball down the field. A tremendous get for us in that he has the size to be able to come in and help us early."


    J.J. Hugine • DL • 6-3 • 236 • Fr-HS
    Oklahoma City, Okla. (Del City HS)

    First team all-District 6A-1 and all-Mid-State Conference defensive end last fall when he tallied 79 tackles, 12 sacks, and 15 tackles for loss to help Del City post a 7-3 record...last name is pronounced hyu-JEEN...racked up 102 tackles, 5 sacks and 10 TFL his junior year...three-year letterman and for head coach Nick Worhime...also competes as a thrower for the track & field team and has lettered in basketball as well...active in the community, volunteering to work with Special Olympians and disadvantaged children as part of the MOD (Men of Distinction) Squad group.
    PERSONAL: Born March 18, 1991 in Mt. Holly, N.J...age is 18...full name is Joshua Vamdellie Hugine...son of Kathy Hugine, who is a retired teacher...has an older brother, Jerome, and two younger brothers, Timothy and Chris...daughter, Evanah Hugine, was born in November...aspiring author who wants to write an autobiography about the hurdles he has had to overcome in his life...wants one of the final chapters to be about his triumphant experience at UNM...undecided about a possible major, but interested in a career in computers or software engineering.

    Coach Locksley on J.J. Hugine:
    "J.J. fits coach Rubin Carter's mold on the line. He is a tall, long athletic kid with good lower-body strength and he can really run. From a skill level, he has an explosive first step as a defensive end. He has tremendous quickness and explosive burst out of his stance. He's a great pass rusher."


    Earl Johnson • OL • 6-4 • 250 • Fr-HS
    Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate Academy)

    Two-time all-Independent League offensive tackle and two-year letterman for head coach and former San Diego State player Aazaar Abdul-Rahim...also played on the defensive line and saw some action at tight end as well...long arms and athletic, with a reputation as a fine pass blocker...worked hard to improve his strength in the weight room his final year...helped the Knights to a runner-up finish in the Independent League in 2009...thrower for the track & field team, specializing in the shot put...strong academic background as well...member of the National Honor Society, was on the honor roll, and qualified for the Achievers Scholarship which based on academic success.
    PERSONAL: Born April 27, 1992 in Washington, D.C...age is 17...full name is Earl Matthew Johnson...son of Leroy and Melissa Riley...mom is a corrections officer...has two sisters and two brothers...interested in Political Science or Physical Education as possible majors at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Earl Johnson:
    "Earl is a very athletic lineman. He needs to come in and put on a little weight and muscle, but he has a big frame and athletically is everything you want in a lineman. He has the mobility we need from linemen in our system. He is a knee-bender. He has quick feet and strong hands. He played some tight end in high school, which tells you what kind of athleticism he has."


    Brad Miller • TE • 6-5 • 215 • Fr-HS
    Sealy, Texas (Sealy HS)

    Three-time all-District 25-3A selection who was named second team all-state by the Associated Press and Rival's as a senior when he racked up 52 catches for 1,253 yards (24.1 avg.) and 11 touchdowns...first team all-state tight end by HuddleUpTexas.com...listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and had a scholarship offer from Boise State as well...used mostly as a big wide receiver in high school, but expected to transition to tight end full time at the Division I level...put up career totals of 98 receptions for 2,198 yards (22.4 avg.) and 18 TDs under head coach Jimmie Mitchell...was also the team's deep snapper and back-up quarterback, and was on the kick-off team...helped the Tigers go 25-10 and advance to the state playoffs in each of his three varsity seasons...Sealy posted an 11-1 mark last fall en route to its second district title in three years...four-year standout for the baseball team (first base) as well and was ranked the 86th-best player in Texas last spring...also a two-year letterman in basketball...earned all-district honors in both sports...named to the school honor roll all four years and was an academic all-district selection as a junior and senior...active in the community as a coach for the "Little Dribblers" Special Olympics basketball team.
    PERSONAL: Born Aug. 15, 1991 in Houston, Texas...age is 18...full name is Bradley Wells Miller...son of Mark and Karla Miller...dad played football at Texas...has a sister, Sidney, and brother, Jake...would like to major in Political Science at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Brad Miller:
    "He's another kid we wanted based on a camp evaluation. He was the first player to commit to us and that's always exciting. He runs well and catches the ball well. He's a hybrid-type tight end with receiver skills. He'll have the ability to stretch the field and create match-up problems. He has great hands and the great attitude that comes from being in a winning program."


    Calvin Smith • DL • 6-3 • 265 • Fr-HS
    Hialeah, Fla. (Hialeah HS)

    Two-time first team class 6A all-state selection who is one of the highest rated recruits New Mexico has ever signed out of high school...listed as a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com (No. 46 overall, No. 26 DT) and ESPN.com (No. 20 DT)...chose UNM over scholarship offers from a slew of college football powers, including defending national champion Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Purdue, Pittsburgh, South Carolina...amassed career totals of 200 tackles, 24 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions...50 tackles, 8 sacks, and scored 3 defensive touchdowns as a senior last fall...scored twice on intercepted screen passes and on a 50-yard fumble recovery...70 stops, 10 sacks, and another INT return for a TD his junior year, helping lead Hialeah (pronounced HI-a-LAY-a) into the state playoffs...the Thoroughbreds went 22-8 in his final three years...four-year standout on both the offensive and defensive line for head coach Marc Berman...nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...Hialiah defensive teammate Ravonne Carter also signed with the Lobos.
    PERSONAL: Born Oct. 12, 1991 in Miami, Fla...age is 18...full name is Calvin Rakeem Smith...son of Mesene and LaShawn Louisdor...older brother, Shawn Smith, is a sophomore defensive back at Snow College in Utah...cousin, Armando Allen, will be a senior running back at Notre Dame and has led the team in rushing the past two seasons...another cousin, Glenn Cook, played linebacker at Miami and is now in the Chicago Cubs minor league system...undecided on a possible major at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Calvin Smith:
    "Calvin has the ability to come in and play early. He's one of the top recruits in the country. He is strong, explosive, and has star potential. He has great technique and great feet. He really dominated his position in high school and has the skills and the strength to contribute right away for us."


    Devonta Tabannah • DB • 5-10 • 161 • Fr-HS
    Oxon Hill, Md. (Potomac HS)

    Versatile talent who played defensive back, running back, quarterback, receiver, and returned kicks and punts for head coach Chris Davidson...name is pronounced de-VON-tay ta-BAN-a...three-year starter and was named to the all-Prince George's County first team defense and Big School All-State second team defense last fall...missed a few games with a knee injury, but finished with four interceptions along with 639 yards passing and 323 rushing in 2009, helping Potomac (6-5) advance to the class 3A playoffs...accounted for 62 percent of the Wolverines' offense as a junior, accumulating 1,441 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns...also had 6 pass break-ups in 2008...standout sprinter for the track team, winning the PG County 55-meter title in 2008...reportedly timed at 4.41 in the 40...defensive back MVP at the Nike Virginia Camp in the summer of 2009...participated in the 2009 Maryland Crab Bowl all-star game...named to the school honor roll.
    PERSONAL: Born March 21, 1992 in Washington, D.C...age is 17...full name is Devonta Desmond Tabannah...son of Vaughn Patterson and Sherrondia Washington...has an older brother, Deangelo, and younger sister, Devyne...undecided on a possible major at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Devonta Tabannah:
    "Devonta is a big-time athlete. He is fast, fast. He has tremendous skills. He played quarterback. He played running back. He played receiver and he played defensive back. He is a kid who knows how to win. He is solidly built and as competitive a kid as I have ever recruited. He has a great chance to play early for us and develop into a great Lobo."


    Lamaar Thomas • WR • 6-0 • 185 • Jr-Tr
    Ft. Washington, Md. (Ohio State)

    Lightning quick, two-sport transfer from Ohio State...will be limited to the football practice field in 2010, but will have two seasons to play at New Mexico, beginning in 2011...NCAA transfer rules do allow him, however, to compete immediately for the Lobo track team after he established himself as one of the premier sprinters in the Big 10 in 2009...scheduled to make his UNM track debut on Feb. 6 in Albuquerque...electronically timed at 4.38 in the 40 while at Ohio State...nickname is "Flash."
    OHIO STATE: Two-year letterman for the Buckeyes, appearing in 23 games, mostly special teams, in his two seasons in Columbus....5 catches for 39 yards and a 6-yard run on offense...was Ohio State's primary kickoff returner both seasons...played in all 13 games and averaged 20.9 yards on a team-high 18 kickoff returns last fall for the Rose Bowl champion Buckeyes...appeared in 10 games and averaged 21.6 yards on a team-high 16 kick returns as a true freshman in 2008...finished fourth in the 100 meters (10.65) at the 2009 Big 10 Track Championships and helped the Buckeye's 4x100 relay team capture gold (40.55).
    HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Friendly High School in Ft. Washington, Md...all-state selection as a senior when he totaled 1,690 all-purpose yards...career rushing totals of 2,623 yards and 20 touchdowns...racked up 1,209 career receiving yards with nine scores...played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl...helped the Patriots go 42-6 during his career, including a 2006 state title...Rivals, PrepStar, Superprep Top 40, Scout Top 150...Maryland state champion at 55 and 100 meters...state runner-up in the 200...Prince George's County and Star/Gazette track athlete of the year...reportedly timed as fast as 10.30 in the 100m.
    PERSONAL: Born April 23, 1990 in Washington, D.C....age is 19...full name is Lamaar Edward Thomas...son of Sean and Elwanda Thomas...has a younger brother, Desmond...major is Communications.

    Coach Locksley on Lamaar Thomas:
    "Lamaar played some running back in high school and is a multi-dimensional receiver. He was recruited by some schools as a running back. He is a hybrid-type athlete who can help us in the kickoff return game. He has legitimate track speed and was All-Academic Big Ten at Ohio State. He's a focused kid and an explosive kid who can take it the distance. He's as fast as they come."


    Detchauz Wray • ATH • 5-11 • 166 • Fr-HS
    East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS)

    Prolific passing quarterback in high school who has the speed and athletic ability to play a number of skill positions...first name is pronounced day-CHAWZ...listed a three-star prospect by ESPN.com (No. 65 QB), Rivals.com, and Scout.com...chose New Mexico over scholarship offers from Nebraska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, and Colorado State...named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Team last fall...compiled a 34-6 record as a three-year starter for head coach Darren Sunkett, including the 2008 class 7A state championship...led the Flyers to the state semifinals in 2007 and '09...threw for 6,643 yards with a stunning 81 touchdowns to just 21 interceptions in his career...2,071 yards and 19 TDs, along with 470 rushing yards, last fall...had 2,564 yards with 38 TDs and just five interceptions during the state title run as a junior...also a sprinter for the track team...named to the junior honor roll.
    PERSONAL: Born Nov. 1, 1991 in Grant City, Ill...age is 18...son of Tracey Brown and Damien James...has six brothers and sisters...uncle James Harris played defensive end at Temple and later for six seasons in the NFL (1993-99) with the Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, and Oakland Raiders...interested in Computer Engineering or Business Administrations as possible majors at UNM.

    Coach Locksley on Detchauz Wray:
    "Detchauz is good enough to be a wide receiver or a defensive back. He has the skills to go both ways and we're not yet sure which side of the ball he will be on. He can do a lot of things. He is a fast kid. He's a winner and won a state championship as a quarterback. He is just an exceptional athlete and has all the intangibles you want in a player, plus a lot of toughness."

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