Linfield College head football coach Joseph Smith announced the first group of prospective student-athletes who intend to play football for the Wildcats Wednesday. All prospective students have paid their matriculation fee to the college and are expected to enroll for classes in August.
“Our staff is extremely pleased with this incoming group joining the Linfield Football Family. We were very selective in recruiting this year, wanting a small but very talented group. I believe we accomplished that. We want young men who love football, are men of character, are strong students, and have the ability to help us win a national championship. We want the cream of the crop, guys who will be the future leaders of their communities. These young men exemplify these traits. They have the physical talent to play the best in the country, are men of character and are strong students. They boast an collective grade point average of 3.48."
In alphabetical order, the Class of 2015 includes:
Levi Altringer (Jr., Meridian, Idaho), QB, 6-5, 200, Rocky Mountain High School, Boise, Idaho
Ben Bolton (Sr., Truckee, Calif.), QB, 6-4, 190, Truckee High School, Truckee, Calif.
Adam Dondoyano, DB, 5-9, 160, Issaquah High School, Issaquah, Wash.
Trey Farber (Sr., Wasilla, Alaska), DL, 6-0, 245, Colony High School, Palmer, Alaska
Owen Fritz (Sr., Lynnwood, Wash.), OL, 6-3, 255, Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
Daniel Grimes, DL, 6-3, 255, Tualatin High School, Tualatin, Ore.
Kyle Harris (Sr., Portland, Ore.), WR, 6-0, 170, Westview High School, Portland, Ore.
Keaton Hedman, DB, 5-11, 175, West Linn High School, West Linn, Ore.
Taylor Hein, WR, 5-11, 185, Canby High School, Canby Ore.
Connor Magnuson, TE, 6-4, 230, West Albany High School, Albany, Ore.
Davonte Mclin, DB, 5-10, 180, Vista High School, Vista, Calif.
Spencer Metzsch (Sr., Aloha, Ore.), TE/OT, 6-5, 230 Century High School, Hillsboro, Ore.
Mike Nardoni (Sr., Palos Verdes, Calif.), LB, 5-11, 205, Palos Verdes Estates High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Brock Nelson, OT, 6-3, 245, Jesuit High School, Beaverton, Ore.
Colin Nelson (Sr., Redmond, Wash.), WR, 6-6, 200, Eastlake High School, Sammamish, Wash.
Evan Peterson (Sr., Bellevue, Wash.), WR, 6-2, 185, Issaquah High School, Issaquah, Wash.
Alex Pierce, OL, 6-5, 265, Crook County High School, Prineville, Ore.
Zach Tubbs, OT, 6-5, 250, Sandy High School, Sandy, Ore.
Matt Yarbrough (Sr., Tualatin, Ore.), QB, 6-0, 190, Tualatin High School, Tualatin, Ore.
(Jr., Meridian, Idaho), Fr., QB, Boise, Idaho - Rocky Mountain High School
Levi helped lead his team to Rocky Mountain High School’s first playoff berth in 2010, making it to the semifinal round. As a team captain, he earned second team all-SIC honors as a quarterback and was asked to play in the state all-star game. His senior year, he had 86 carries for 376 yards and five touchdowns and completed 154 of 225 passes for 2,479 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also had a standout basketball career leading Rocky Mountain in scoring his senior year.
Coach Smith’s Comments: “Levi is a natural leader and exhibits poise under pressure. He has a strong arm, runs well, and has a great frame. He is a tremendous prospect at quarterback.”
(Sr., Truckee, Calif.), Fr., QB, Truckee, Calif. - Truckee High School
Ben helped lead his team to back-to-back state championship victories in 2009 and 2010 and was a two-time Nevada Class 3A all-state most valuable player in 2009 and 2010. He was also a first team all-state quarterback his junior and senior year. Ben also lettered in basketball and baseball at Truckee High School.
“Ben is a winner. He has a very strong arm, great frame, runs well, and has the chance to be an outstanding quarterback here.”
Adam Dondoyano, Fr., DB, Issaquah, Wash. - Issaquah High School
“Adam’s senior year was cut short by an injury, but we are very excited to have him as a Wildcat, based on what we saw of him as a junior. He is a natural playmaker and should develop into a fine defensive back.”
(Sr., Wasilla, Alaska), Fr., DL, Wasilla, Alaska - Colony High School
Trey lettered seven times in football, wrestling, and track at Colony High School. His junior and senior years, he earned Alaska state lineman of the year as well as first team all-conference and all-state defensive and offensive tackles. Trey was nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year and was named Rail-belt Conference Lineman of the Year in 2010. He helped lead his team as a captain in 2010 and was voted as the team lineman of the year in 2009 and 2010.
“Trey is relentless. His ability to make plays at defensive tackle sets him apart. We look for Trey to come in and compete to contribute right away.”
(Sr., Lynnwood, Wash.), Fr., OL, Lynnwood, Wash. - Mountlake Terrace High School
Owen earned five letters in football and track at Mountlake Terrace High School, earning first Team all-Wesco Conference as an offensive lineman during his junior and senior seasons. He also earned second team all-area and all-state honors as a senior while playing the role of co-captain and team “Unsung Hero.” At 225 pounds, he earned team co-most valuable palyer as an offensive force. He also earned thrower of the year on the track team.
“Owen’s ability to play both offensive and defensive line is very appealing. He has great physicality as well as agility. He will be a very good player at Linfield.”
Daniel Grimes, Fr., DL, Tualatin, Ore. - Tualatin High School
Daniel was a first team all-league offensive lineman and also earned second team-all league honors on the defensive line. As a team captain he also earned first team all-state honors for his role on the offensive line.
“Daniel plays with a strong motor, is physical, moves well for a defensive lineman and already has a strong technical base.”
(Sr., Portland, Ore.), Fr., WR, Portland, Ore. - Westview High School
Kyle was a defensive back, receiver and punt returner at Westview High School earning three letters in football. His senior year, he earned all-Metro League honors as a defensive back and slot receiver. Kyle lettered in baseball and started as an outfielder.
“Kyle is a good all-around athlete. He has good speed and has a knack for making plays on the ball.”
Keaton Hedman, Fr., DB, West Linn, Ore. - West Linn High School
“Keaton is very explosive. As a running back, punt returner and defensive back, he can impact a game. His senior year was cut short by an injury but based on his junior year and limited time as a senior, we are very excited about Keaton.”
Taylor Hein, Fr., WR, Canby, Ore. - Canby High School
Taylor lettered in both football and baseball at Canby High School where he earned first team all-league honors as a wide receiver his senior year.
“Taylor has a strong upside. He has good speed, blocks well, and should develop into a fine receiver.”
Connor Magnuson, Fr., TE, Portland, Ore. - West Albany High School
Connor earned second team all-Mid-Willamette Conference as an offensive tackle and was named the most valuable lineman during his senior year at West Albany High School. Connor also lettered in golf at West Albany.
“Connor has the desirable combination of size and agility, which makes him very versatile. He should contribute early at the offensive line or tight end positions.”
Davonte Mclin, Fr., DB, Oceanside, Calif. - Vista High School
Davonte lettered both in football and track at Vista High School. He helped his team to win the 2010 CIF Southern Section Division I Championship and earned honorable mention all-CIF accolades his senior year. Davonte also earned Union-Tribune All-Academic team honors.
“We look for Davonte to be a lock-down corner for us. He has played at a high level of football and we look for him to compete early in his career.”
(Sr., Aloha, Ore.), Fr., TE/OT, Hillsboro, Ore. - Century High School
Spencer lettered in both baseball and football at Century High School. His senior year, he was a second team all-league offensive lineman and honorable mention defensive lineman while serving as team captain. As a member of the baseball team, Spencer also was a first team all-league pitcher his junior year.
“Spencer’s height and overall athletic ability make him extremely versatile. He can play defensive end, tight end, or offensive tackle…and pitch. We are very excited about Spencer.”
(Sr., Palos Verdes, Calif.), Fr., LB, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. - Palos Verdes Estates High School
Mike earned all-league honors as a linebacker at Palos Verdes Estates High School and helped lead his team to a CIF quarterfinal game in 2010. He was an NFF scholar athlete as well as a team captain.
“Mike runs well, has good hip pop, and should fit in well as a Will linebacker.”
Brock Nelson, Fr., OT, Aurora, Ore. - Jesuit High School-
Brock earned first team all-Metro League honors as well as second team all-state honors as a two-year starter at offensive tackle for Jesuit High School. Brock also lettered in track and field.
“Brock comes from a storied program. He can run and pass block and will help us at offensive line.”
(Sr., Redmond, Wash.), Fr., WR, Redmond, Wash. - Eastlake High School
Colin earned five letters in football and basketball at Eastlake High School. He was named second team all-KingCo Conference wide receiver and was the defensive player of the year for the varsity basketball team. Colin was also named a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete.
“At 6-6, Colin’s frame makes him a tremendous target at receiver. He runs well for his size and is will be a big target for us.”
(Sr., Bellevue, Wash.), Fr., WR, Bellevue, Wash. - Issaquah High School
Evan currently holds nine school records for a wide receiver at Issaquah High School and was a two-time first team all-KingCo Conference wide receiver. He earned all-state honors as a wide receiver and was invited to the all-state senior football game this July. Evan also lettered in basketball at Issaquah High School.
“Evan is very explosive and might be as fine a receiver prospect as we’ve recruited in many years. There is no question that he has the physical talent to come in and compete as a freshman.”
Alex Pierce, Fr., OL, Prineville, Ore. - Crook County High School
Alex lettered five times in football and wrestling at Crook County High School. As a two-year starter in football, he earned first team all-league honors for offensive tackle and helped lead his team to a league championship. As a wrestler, Alex helped lead his team to a dual state championship. Individually, he placed third at the state tournament as well as a district championship.
“Alex is a very physical offensive tackle yet moves very well. He has the chance to be an outstanding tackle in the Northwest Conference and should contribute early in his career.”
Zach Tubbs, Fr., OT, Sandy, Ore. - Sandy High School
Zach earned second team all-Northwest Oregon Conference honors and was voted offensive lineman of the year by his team his senior year. He also lettered in basketball at Sandy High School.
“Zach has a great frame for an offensive tackle. We look for him to develop into a fine football player.”
(Sr., Tualatin, Ore.), Fr., QB, Tualatin, Ore. - Tualatin High School
Matt was named second team all-state quarterback his senior season and a unanimous first team all-Pacific-8 Conference selection. He helped lead his team to the state championship final in 2010 and currently holds 10 records at Tualatin High School. During Matt’s senior season, he completed 155 or 254 passes for 2,395 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also rushed 522 yards for 10 TDs.
“Matt is seemingly successful at all he does. He is a strong competitor, can throw the football and has good escapability. We are fortunate to have Matt choose Linfield.”
Smith summarized his sixth recruiting class:
“This is a special group. I am very proud of how hard our entire staff and football office worked in identifying, evaluating and attracting these young men to Linfield. I also want to acknowledge our admission and financial aid departments for all of their efforts that sometimes seems overlooked.
"This group chose Linfield for the opportunity to be challenged and developed to their utmost. We will do our best to see that happen.”