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Central Washington Announces Recruiting Class

by CWU Athletics

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Central Washington University football head coach Ian Shoemaker kicked off his first Wildcat recruiting class exceeding expectations by signing 25 high school seniors to the 2014 recruiting class.

Shoemaker, just hired as Central Washington's head coach in late December, hit the recruiting trail hard in his first month at the helm.

"We put together 25 good kids in this class," he said. "My goal was 20 to 25 and we got 25. What's better is 24 of the 25 high school kids are in-state recruits, which shows the talent quality in this state."

Shoemaker also boasted the average grade-point-average of the recruiting class is better than 3.0 for the 25 new Wildcats. Included in the class are two ASB presidents and multiple team captains from respective teams, furthering the proof the Wildcats have recruited well-rounded people and not just an athlete.

The Wildcats signed athletes from all over the state, but didn't have to look very far for one of the handful of defensive linemen as Ellensburg High School's Ryan Secondi inked his intention to play with the hometown Wildcats.

"Ryan's a great effort kid, a guy we're looking into developing over time," Shoemaker said. "A great kid ready to buy into this program. That's exciting to see he's the right character kid and he's a great football player too."

Secondi played for an Ellensburg Bulldog squad which finished 12-1 this past season with a third place 2A state ranking. He finished his high school career as an All-State defensive lineman and offensive guard.

Secondi is one of five defensive lineman of the 2014 class. In fact, both side of the trenches were key for Shoemaker and the rest of the staff, adding another seven offensive linemen as well.

"We invested a lot of time energy and finances up front on both sides of the ball, which I'm very excited about," Shoemaker said. "Hopefully they're going to be together for a long time."

Shoemaker, known for his offensive mind, also was happy with three quarterbacks who committed to the Wildcats.

"All three bring a little something to the table."

Wenatchee's Dillon Sugg is a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder who threw for nearly 2,400 yards with 21 touchdowns his senior year at Wenatchee High School.

"Dillon is a big pocket passer kid," Shoemaker said of the high schooler who earned the Columbia Basin/Big Nine's first team quarterback honors.

Fellow CBBN quarterback Kylle Robertson out of Kamiakin offers a different skill set.

"Kylle is more of an athlete type quarterback with foot speed," Shoemaker added.

Rounding out the quarterback signees is Jayden Croft who possesses a little bit of both. Croft played for 2A Tumwater which finished second in the state in both 2012 and 2013.

"Croft is a combination of everything. He comes from a long tree of coaches in that family. That mentality of leadership, character and coachability," Shoemaker boasted.

The 'Cats got three commitments from players from Marysville-Pilchuck (tight end Dante Fields, linebacker Alexander Gray and defensive back Deion Stell) and another two from both Tumwater (Croft and running back Christian Cummings), Eastside Catholic (defensive linemen Moni Ioane and Elisha Pa'aga) and Enumclaw (offensive linemen Samuel Fisher and Chandler Streuli).

"We want the top guys, as long as we're true to our evaluation process we'll get the right guys," Shoemaker said. "It just reaffirms we're just looking at the right kids."

Central Washington begins the 2014 campaign with a road contest at FCS Montana on Sept. 6 in Missoula, Mont.

For More information, including highlights and stats on these athletes go to Wildcatsports.com

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