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Football releases 2012 recruiting class

WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College head football coach Todd Stratton and the rest of his staff announced this morning their 2012 recruiting class which includes 39 players.

 “I am very excited and pleased with our recruiting class for the 2012 season.  Whittier College football took a huge step forward in securing these commitments,” Stratton stated.

Leading the recruiting class was freshman Steven Rivera from the San Gabriel Valley who was named the San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year this past fall.  “This pickup is incredible for the football program especially when we beat out Cal Lutheran for him.  He will be a fantastic player for us.”

But not only did the Poets get depth at quarterback but they improved up front as well, which was a priority in the off season.  “We replaced three graduating senior offensive lineman with four outstanding recruits, including:

Tony Jarjoura 6’5”/305 (Atlanta, Georgia)

Timothy St. Marie 6’2” /330 (Millcreek, Washington)

Oscar Hernandez 6’3”/ 300 (Los Angeles, California)

Marcus Reynolds 6’3”/ 320 (Downey, California)

On the defensive side of the ball Head Coach Todd Stratton was impressed with several impact players including:  

Mark Sanchez - 5’10” / 180 Defensive Back, Compton CC

Brandon Watson - 5’10/180 defensive Back, Compton CC

David Edwards - 5’10” / 200 Defensive Back, Bakersfield California

Samuel Bettencourt - 5’10” 208 Defensive Back,-Pacific University

Valemond German - 6’3” 250 Defensive End, Orange County, California

“With this group of recruits who are joining the core players on the defensive side of the ball, the program will have made big strides in returning to the defensive powerhouse they once were,” Stratton explained.

Whittier opens their 2012 campaign with a home matchup against Whitworth College on September 8 beginning at 1:00pm.

Name Class Previous School
Alvarez, Christopher FR Don Bosco Tech
Anderson, Joseph FR Cypress HS
Andrade, Cristian FR Paramount
Bettencourt, James FR Warren
Bettencourt, Samuel    
TR Pacific University
Campbell, John Paul FR Terra Linda
Carroll, Ricky TR Orange Coast College
Carter, Bradford             
FR Long Beach Poly
Charles, Anthony FR Verbum Dei
Cottrell, Darrin
FR Verdum Dei
Denson,Terrell TR Hancock College
Edwards, David TR Bakersfield College
German, Vallemond FR Savanna
Gutierrez, Jeffrey FR Paramount
Hernandez, Oscar TR New Mexico Highlands
Hoskins, Mike 
TR University of La Verne
Jarjoura, Tony  
TR Lakeview
Lantow, David 
FR Balboa
McFaddin, Ryan              
FR Warren
Millspaugh, Cody FR
Desert Hot Springs
Nielson, Will FR
Highland
Paredes, Luciano FR
Olympian
Partida, Edward              
FR
Don Lugo
Reyes, Elliot      
TR LA Pierce College
Reynolds, Marcus TR
Azusa Pacific University
Rivera, Steven FR
Arroyo
Ruballos, Kenny              
TR
Pasadena City College
Sanchez, Mark
TR
Compton College
St. Marie, Timothy TR
Oklahoma Pan Handle State
Stone, Blayr      
FR
Cathedral
Temple, Juan Diego FR
J Serra
Tizzard, Jacob  
FR
Apple Valley
Vega-Parker, Dominque
TR
Eastern Arizona College
Villasenor, Diego
FR
Lindhurst
Vlahos, Justin
FR
Highland
Watson, Brandon
TR
Compton College
Walker, Anthony
TR
Palomar College