First there were 21, now there are 23.
Fort Lewis College football coach Cesar Rivas said he was searching for wide receivers to augment Wednesday’s recruiting class of 21 players on national signing day, then he delivered.
Hunter Briggs, a 6-2, 200-pound wide receiver from Laguna Niguel, Calif., signed with the Skyhawks’ program Thursday.
Later in the day, the team announced the signing of defensive back Jake Faust.
“Hunter is a tall, thick, tough wide receiver,” Rivas said in a news release. “He has the measurables but also truly has a passion to play this game. He will make the tough grabs over the middle or go up top and battle for balls. He is a great complement to our young receiving core.”
Briggs only has played for three years, but he set a Dana Hills High School record with 66 receptions last year. He was a captain, his team’s MVP and a first-team All-South Coast League selection.
Briggs joins Daniel Puskas, a 6-0, 160-pound wide receiver from Pagosa Springs High School, in this year’s recruiting class at the skill position.
Faust is a 6-0, 185-pound, cornerback/safety from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix.
“Jake is a fast and physical defensive back who has played both cornerback and safety,” Rivas said. “He knows what it’s like to win a lot of ballgames at the high school level. Look for him to make an immediate impact.”
FLC women’s soccer
One day after announcing a trio of recruits to the women’s soccer program, head coach Damian Clarke said Thursday that Jordan Hix and Grace Sheridan will join the team next fall, too.
Hix is a 5-9 midfielder from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, and Clarke said the player “could have an immediate impact.”
Sheridan is a 5-9 defender from Lakewood High School.
Rio Vista FC, Hix’ club team, was a regional semifinalist or finalist the last three years, and Hix has a history of game-winning goals in the regional championships.
“She is a bigger athlete than many of those we have fielded in the past, and she could provide a physical presence that will complement the middle of the park,” Clarke said in a news release.
“Jordan is known as a player who can dominate in the air and has the ability to cover an amount of ground that will cause problems for opposing central midfielders.”
Sheridan is a three-year starter and an All-State academic student-athlete.
“Grace will add both size and speed to an already deep 2012 class,” Clarke said. “She is a very tough defender in 1v1 situations and also has the ability to get forward and attack in our system.”
On Wednesday, the Skyhawks announced the signings of Durango High School alumnae Brooke Milliet, a 5-5 forward, and Savannah Seiter, a 5-4 midfielder.
Milliet is the daughter of Charlie and Janis Milliet.
Seiter is the daughter of Mark and Janet Seiter.
Laura Tita, a 5-9 central defender from Highlands Ranch High School in Lone Tree, also committed to the women’s soccer program late Wednesday night on national signing day.
The national-champion FLC men’s soccer program has added two players to date to next year’s roster:
Parker Kennedy, defense/midfield, Dallas.
Sameth Al-Basith, central midfield, London, England.
FLC softball has signed three players:
Victoria Johnson, pitcher, Bakersfield, Calif.
Nikki Klepfer, first base, Santa Clarita, Calif.
Jeovanna Rios, catcher/second base, West Covina, Calif.
FLC volleyball has signed one player:
Lindley Gallegos, defensive specialist, Albuquerque.