USM brings in 45-member recruiting class

It’s been quite the recruiting season for the University of Saint Mary football team.

Following a disappointing 4-7 season that came on the heels of a record 8-3 campaign just the previous year and riding high expectations into last fall, head coach Jay Osborne and staff got to work in hoping to replace a number of graduated players and restock the roster.

“We are very pleased with the quality of young men that have chosen to come to USM in this 2018 signing class,” Osborne said. “The coaching staff along with our financial aid and admissions offices have done an excellent job.

“I am excited to see more of our local talent choosing to become Spires. The football program has made tremendous strides in the past 15 months in connecting with some of the best players in Kansas and Missouri.”

This year’s class is highlighted by a mix of prep and first-year players to include quarterbacks such as Tonganoxie’s Mason Beach and Earl Averette (Sacramento, California), while running backs include Tonganoxie’s Dalton Bock, Caleb Mendum (Clay Center), Casey Forbus (Bixby, Oklahoma) and Nic Roller (Bixby, Oklahoma), 

The art of pitch and catch between signal-callers and targets will include receivers Noah Buseman (Grain Valley) and tight ends Mark Chavez Jr. (Sacramento) and Joseph Reyes (Fredonia).

On the offensive side of the trenches are linemen Jordan Lawson (Ozark, Missouri), Tyler Jacob MacDonald (Orting, Washington), Kamryn O’Dell (Arma), Wyatt Tremain (Cimarron) and Nathan Rideaux (Houston, Texas).

On the defensive line comes Alan Bojorques (St. George), Chris Capps (Piper), Blake Hartke (Topeka West) Patrick Mascorro (El Paso, Texas), Rylan Sigg (Smithville, Missouri) and Jake Worley (Olathe South). 

The second level on defense will be headed by linebacker Heath Southwick (Willard, Missouri).

A need to improve secondary play led to the signings of Trevor Henning (Rock Creek), CJ Lowery (Manhattan), Algie Martin (Houston, Texas) and Gabe Jones (Stillwell), 

Osborne and company will also have plenty of transfers to look to as possible contributors right out of the gate this season and they include Armando Arambula (OL/Los Angeles, California/El Camino CC), David Burton (LB/Olathe/Butler CC), Xavier De La Torre (Kansas City/DL/Fort Scott CC), Julian Escobar-Rubio (DL/Simi Valley, California/Ventura College), Trey Espy (DB/Olathe/Fort Scott CC), Michiah Frayer (LB/Kansas City/Fort Scott CC), Julian Love (DL/Pasadena, California/Glendale CC), Daniel Nyandika (LB/Mansfield, Texas/Navarro CC), Andrew Penrod (DB/Antioch, California/Santa Barbara City College), Hennessey Thomas (DB/Rayville, Louisiana/Mississippi Delta College), Levi Wenzel (DB/Torrance, California/Louisiana Harbor), Demontrel Wilson (RB/Rayville, Louisiana/East Mississippi CC), Christian Yanos (OL/La Mirada and California/Fullerton CC). 

Osborne and the Spires’ staff could bring in more recruits before the beginning of the 2018 season which is set to kickoff Saturday, Sept. 1 at Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium against league champions, Tabor.