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Grizzlies ink 29 high school athletes

Posted: Thursday, Feb 7th, 2013

Alamosa senior Zach Meyer breaks a tackle against Pagosa Springs. Meyer signed a National Letter of Intent to continue playing football at Black Hills State University. Courier file photo by Eric R. Flores

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA—The Adams State University Grizzlies had a fruitful National Signing Day this week as 29 high school seniors have signed to continue their education while participating in athletics in Alamosa.

Two women’s soccer players, four men’s soccer players and one women’s track and field and cross country runner joined 22 football athletes who signed National Letter of Intents on Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re excited about the incoming class. We really feel like we went out and addressed needs for our program. We got some great football players and some quality young men”, said Head Coach Marty Heaton. “We think that we have brought depth to both our offensive and defensive lines. “

Heaton also added, “We also brought in some great skills kids that can come in and compete with the players that have already spent time in our program. We are looking forward for all of these young men to come in and compete in the fall and develop both as students and as athletes.”

Looking at the 2013 ASU Football Recruiting Class, Adams State only nabbed seven in-state football players. They include Morris Gilbert, from Mesa Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, Luke Niko of Lakewood High School, Taylor Williams of Denver South High School, Dillon Meserve from Pueblo County High School, Matt Moser of Chatfield High School in Lakewood, Chase Stevens from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Orlando Mosley of Denver South High School and AJ Harris also of Denver South High School.

Six of their football signees came from Arizona and they include Alex Ziomek (Chaparral High School, Scottsdale), Matt Brindley (Sabino High School, Tucson) Alex Rios (Sahuarita High School, Sahuarita) James Holtrop (Montain Pointe High School, Phoenix) Jonah Cooper (Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix) and Dalvin Richardson (Valley Vista High School, Surprise).

Nick Kirpes (Rowlett High School, Rowlett), Dejon Scott (Andress High School, El Paso), Jose Valadez (Chapin High School, El Paso) and Solyde Bankston (Fountain Fort Carson High School, Houston) are the four recruits from Texas.

California had two representatives in Addison Farmer (Muir High School, Pasadena) and Gabe Bell (Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista). Devonte Weeks of Mayfield High School in Las Cruces is the only signee from New Mexico.

In addition to those, two players will be making long trips to the San Luis Valley. Wesley Brandon will make a trip from Morristown, New Jersey and Taylor County High School. The three-sport athlete, who also played soccer and track, captured runner-up defensive player of the year and was the MVP of All Star Game. He also received first Team All-Big Bend his junior and senior year where his team was 11-1 in Class 3A.

To learn more about each of the Grizzlies newest signees, visit the Grizzlies’ athletic website where the ASU Sports Information department has uploaded their prep highlight videos.

The women’s soccer players are Shelby McBain of Standley Lake High School and Mikaela Schmidt of Arapahoe High School.

Men’s soccer signees include Nicholas Hansen, Jeremy Allen, Symon Fabbricatore, Andrew Martinez while the women’s track and field and cross country signee is Carson Severson.

Meyer signs with Black Hills State

SPEARFISH, S.D.—Locally Alamosa High School senior Zach Meyer was the only football player to sign an NLI on Wednesday as he committed to continue his football career at Black Hills State in Spearfish, South Dakota. The Yellow Jackets of Black Hills State are members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Meyer joins a recruiting class of 33 athletes and is just one of two quarterbacks.

Meyer is a earned three-year varsity letter-winner in football, and a three-year letter-winner in basketball and baseball and was named all-conference in football his senior year and was three time all-conference in basketball and baseball

He is a four-time academic All-American with a 4.14 GPA.

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