Linfield Wildcats

May 22, 2014
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Linfield College head coach Joseph Smith on Thursday announced the list of prospective student-athletes who intend to play football for the Wildcats beginning this fall. All prospective students have paid their matriculation fee to the college and are expected to enroll for classes in August.

"Our staff is very pleased with the raw talent in this group," said Smith. "This recruiting class has the potential to win four conference titles and make four serious runs into the postseason against the nation's elite. They will be able to stand with the best in Wisconsin and run with the best in Texas. More impressive to us is the fact they are striving to be men of character and are committed to pursuing excellence on and off the field. Their combined 3.43 grade point average speaks toward their well-rounded success.

"It's a diverse group geographically and it has good depth positionally. The tight ends and linebackers jump out as unusually strong groups in this class, but overall there is a great deal of talent at most every position. We believe this group can fill some of the holes our great senior class left. They will provide us with some immediate needs for 2014 and help build for 2015 and beyond.

"Our staff worked hard alongside our Office of Admission to comb the West Coast in search of this class. I am very proud of the work the Linfield community invested to get these young men on their way to being Wildcats."

Drew Accimus, TE/WR, 6-4, 210
Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS)
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Accimus was a force at tight end and wide receiver for Woodinville High School. The 'Cats are excited to use his height and pass-catching ability in their offensive attack. In the highly respected Washington Class 4A KingCo Conference, Drew earned first team honors at tight end as a senior and second team honors as a junior at the wide receiver position. Along with football, he was an accomplished baseball player, leading the KingCo in slugging percentage in 2013. Being well rounded in school and sports is important to Drew. He competes in state DECA competitions, volunteers his time at the Compass Center Homeless Shelter, and was the 2010 Paul Robeson Award winner in King County.

James Andrew OT, 6-4, 240
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lakeridge HS)
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Coming from Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Andrew was an anchor on the offensive and defensive lines where he was a two-year stater on both sides of the ball. He gave the Lakers' offensive line consistency and athleticism. Along with his athleticism, Andrew is a force in the weight room, easily achieving a place in the 1,000-pound Club at Lakeridge. The Wildcats are excited to see what he can do to help the offensive line next year.

Martin Barboza LB, 5-11, 225
Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas HS)

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Barboza started for four years on an improving Coyotes team. The three-time varsity captain and defensive MVP was the heart and soul of the Calabasas defense. He led his league in tackles two straight seasons and was honored as first team all-league linebacker in 2013. The Wildcats are excited about Barboza's strength and tenacity, which earned him honorable mention recognition by the Acorn newspaper last fall. While maintaining a GPA that placed him near the top of his class, Barboza also accumulated more than 60 hours of community service. 

Jay Braun LB, 5-11, 200
Pukalani, Maui, Hawaii (King Kekaulike HS)

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Braun comes to Linfield from the island of Maui and King Kekaulike High School. The 5-11, 200-pound standout enjoyed success on both sides of the ball for Kekaulike. Braun was a consistent threat in the backfield, using his speed to evade defenders. His speed was also on display during the spring with the track and field team. Braun competes in the 100 and 200 dashes and has success at the state level in Hawaii. His speed and size make him an exciting prospect for the Linfield linebacker crew.

Austin Brown RB, 5-10, 190
Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS)

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Brown helped to lead the Philomath Warriors to a third-place finish in Oregon's Class 4A division in 2013, finishing with a record of 11-1. Along with setting the Warriors' rushing touchdown record (36), Brown nabbed first team all-league honors at running back and defensive back. He was a second team all-state selection as a running back and was honorable mention all-state at defensive back. A bright young man, Brown is a great addition to the Linfield program.

David Brugato DT, 5-10, 255
Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS)

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Brugato is another in a long line of quality players from Jesuit High School making his way to Linfield. David helped lead the Crusaders on a dominant run over the last three seasons, reaching the semifinals in 2011 and 2012, finishing as state runners-up in 2013. Named Most Valuable Lineman on his team, the two-way starter earned second team all-state honors as a defensive lineman and second team all-Metro League recognition as an offensive lineman. At 5-10 and 255 pounds, Brugato should provide immediate depth and talent on the defensive line for the Wildcats.

Blake Burnett RB, 5-9, 180
Palo Cedro, Calif. (Foothill HS)

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Burnett is a speedy and versatile addition to the Wildcat family. As a senior at Foothill High School near Redding, Calif., he helped carry the Cougars, earning the Offensive Player of the Year award. The three-year letterwinner and team captain has been selected to compete in this summer's Lions All-Star Game. A natural running back, he played many positions in high school and has experience playing in big games, including Northern Section D-1 semifinal and championship games. Burnett is a young man of character and a fine addition to the program.

Anthony Carter WR/ATH, 5-9, 175
Santa Barbara, Calif. (Bishop Diego HS)

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An all-around utility player, Carter should make an impact wherever he ends up fitting in with the Wildcats. The last few season at Bishop Diego, he has been able to make an impact on offense, defense and special teams. Carter earned first team all-state honors as a junior and a senior, as well as an all-city selection in 2013. The two-time all-CIF utility player was an offensive MVP, but at times made just as much impact in the defensive secondary. He is hopeful of playing receiver for the Wildcats but has competed as a quarterback, running back, defensive back and kick returner.

Joey Cassano WR, 5-10, 190
Auburn, Wash. (Auburn Mountainview HS)

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Cassano comes to Linfield from the Seattle suburbs where he was Auburn Mountainview's MVP as a senior. An eight-time letterman in football and baseball, he led the state of Washington with 80 receptions and 1,274 yards and was Associated Press first team all-state. The Lions captain and first team South Puget Sound League receiver is expecting to compete in the Washington East/West All-Star Game this summer. Cassano enjoyed success in baseball where he was team captain and a part of AMHS' 2013 state championship team. Joey maintains a high GPA at AMHS and plans to study accounting at Linfield.

Bryan Cassill DB, 5-11, 190
Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake HS)

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Cassill makes his way to Linfield from Golden Coast College in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he played football for two years. Cassell is originally from Sammamish, Wash., and Eastlake High School, where he was a standout defensive back. In 2011, Bryan was the KingCo Conference Defensive MVP and a first team all-KingCo pick at safety and kick returner. The team defensive MVP is scheduled to compete in this summer's Washington's East/West All-Star Game. Cassill intends to major in business management at Linfield.

Dakota Church DT, 6-2, 240
Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS)

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Church heads to McMinnville from nearby Newberg High School, where he was a dominant three-year performer. The 6-2, 240-pound lineman had success playing on both sides of the ball. As a junior and senior, he earned all-Pacific Conference honors for offense and both all-league and all-state honors on defense. The three-year letterwinner and two-year team captain helped lead the Tigers to a Class 6A playoff run as a senior. Not only was Church named Newberg's Lineman of the Year, he was also a standout wrestler and track and field athlete. Church advanced to the state wrestling tournament three straight seasons, finishing second in the 220-pound class in 2014 and earning the Tigers' Leadership Award. On the track, he competed in the state championship meet in the discus in 2013 and 2014. An avid outdoorsman, Church enjoys hunting and fishing and is considering a career in law enforcement after college.

Palani Correa LB, 6-0, 220
Honolulu, Hawaii (Saint Louis HS)

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Coming to Linfield from the island of Oahu and Saint Louis High School, Correa follows the path of many current and former Wildcats before him. He was a part of a Crusaders team overflowing with talent. Correa anchored the defense at middle linebacker. The 6-0, 215-pound backer was honorable mention in a very stout league in 2013 and can be a wrecking ball for offenses attempting to block him. He is also a member of Saint Louis' wrestling team, where he competed at both 210 and 225 pounds. His teams were ILH champions from 2011-2013. He is heavily involved in the Adopt-A-Highway program, has volunteered in senior living communities, and fund-raised for his local Pop Warner football league.

Kyle Cox WR, 6-0, 180
Portland, Ore. (Westview HS)

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Westview High School sends Linfield another solid skill player in Cox. This honors student was an all-Metro League safety in 2013 and was voted Special Teams Player of the Year at Westview. Cox earned honors in baseball, garnering first team all-league citation as an outfielder. He helped with the Rotary candle lighters party and mentored young athletes in his community. Cox received all-academic honors as a junior and senior from the Metro League as well. He intends to play wide receiver or safety as a Wildcat in the fall while major in business management or finance. He joins fellow Westview commits Mitch Kekel and Hank Kamakaala.

Matt Craig LB, 6-1, 215
Silverton, Ore. (Silverton HS)

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The Silverton Foxes send a solid defensive threat to the Wildcats in Craig. A three-year football and two-year track and field letterman, he was the Foxes' MVP in 2013. Craig has been all-state at three different positions, defensive end (2012), tight end (2013), and linebacker (2013). The all-league and all-state player is representing the South Team in the annual Les Schwab Bowl in June. Matt plans to play linebacker at Linfield, but the Wildcats are looking forward to maximizing his talents on offense or defense.

Austen Dahl DB, 6-1, 185
Bothell, Wash. (Bothell HS)

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Transferring from Humboldt State University, Dahl has found a home at Linfield. Shoulder surgery caused him to take a year off, but he is ready to make an impact as soon as possible in the 'Cats' secondary. In high school, Dahl excelled on both sides of the ball, earning second team honors at quarterback and safety in the very talented Class 4A KingCo Conference. Dahl was a first team all-academic team at Humboldt and intends to graduate from Linfield with a degree in exercise science with aspirations of becoming a personal trainer.

Zach DeLucco TE, 6-6, 210
Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS)

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DeLucco joins the tight end corps for 2014. The two-year team captain and starting tight end earned a first team all-Evergreen Conference citation at the position. DeLucco was a consistent and formidable threat, making two state playoff runs and helping the Thunderbirds finish as the state runner-up in 2012 and 2013. He also earned the WIAA playoffs Sportsmanship Award. Along with football, DeLucco is a threat on the basketball court. He team captain of a very successful Tumwater basketball team that was also the academic state champions in their sport in 2013. He has served as a youth sports camp counselor, is on his leadership committee and is a leader for his community blood and canned food drives.

Jacob Dennis WR, 5-9, 175
Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS)

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Dennis is a promising addition to the Wildcats' wide receiving corps. As a senior at Skyview High School, he accumulated 69 receptions and 1,105 yards on his way becoming a first team all-region receiver. Dennis also experienced success on the defensive side of the ball with seven interceptions, 50 tackles, and first team all-Greater St. Helens League honors. He won the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame scholarship award. Last fall, Dennis and a group of his peers raised over $58,000 on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the Mr./Miss. Skyview competition. The Wildcats are excited to welcome his energy to the team. He joins Skyview teammate Matthew Matteo in the 2014 recruiting class.

Jason Farlow LB, 6-0, 210
Ventura, Calif. (St. Bonaventure HS)

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As a four-year letterwinner at St. Bonaventure High School, Farlow has had quite an impact on his team. The three-year starter helped lead the Seraphs to an 8-4 record and a trip to the second round of the CIF sectional tournament. He earned first team all-Marmonte League , first team all-Ventura County Coaches, and first team all-Ventura County Star honors. Farlow is a solid student who received the prestigious Jerry Dann Award. His speed and strength should help him contribute very early for Linfield's linebacking corp.

Noah Fessler OT, 6-3, 235
Stayton, Ore. (Regis HS)

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Fessler will join the Linfield program for 2014 along with Regis High School teammate Jeremiah Grieser. The four-year letterwinner earned all-conference and all-state honors twice on the offensive line, leading the Rams to a Class 2A state runner-up finish in 2013. Fessler was a second team all-Tri-River League defensive lineman, a three-year basketball letterwinner, and a four-year letterwinner in track. As a basketball player, he earned honorable mention in the Tri-River Conference twice and was named the Rams' most inspirational player. Fessler was Regis' top math student and received the Regis drama department's Most Inspirational Performer award.

Ryne Fuhrmark OG, 6-3, 265
Gilbert, Ariz. (Williams Field HS)

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Fuhrmark comes to Linfield from Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Ariz. This two-year letterwinner was a second team all-section guard and the Black Hawk award winner for football. He helped lead the Black Hawks to a 22-4 record, including back-to-back state semifinal appearances in 2012 and 2013. His success in the classroom was as consistent as his success on the field, achieving honorable mention for the Arizona all-academic football team as well as finding himself on the National Football Foundation's "Top 60" scholar-athletes. Fuhrmark lettered three times in track and won a state championship with his team in 2012, placing fourth individually in the state discus competition .

Zach Grate DT, 6-1, 255
Tumwater, Wash. (Black Hills HS)

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The Wildcats land another solid defensive line prospect in Grate, a graduate of Black Hills High School in Tumwater, Wash. A multi-dimensional athlete, Zach earned all-Evergreen Conference honors on both the offensive and defensive lines. In 2013, he was hailed as an Associated Press all-state performer, as well as an Olympian newspaper all-area team member. A two-year captain for the Wolves, he was the Evergreen Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Grate enjoyed plenty of success off the field, serving as his school's ASB President, maintaining a top notch GPA, and volunteering his time in his community.

Jeremiah Grieser RB, 6-0, 175
Stayton, Ore. (Regis HS)

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The Wildcats are excited to add Grieser to the running back crew for 2014. At Regis High School, he was an accomplished running back, cornerback and baseball player. He amassed 2,300 yards and 34 touchdowns during his senior campaign and earned the honor of being the Tri-River League Offensive Player of the Year. Grieser was a driving force behind the Rams' offense, achieving first team all-league, all-state and Mid-Valley honors. The Wildcats are looking forward to to welcoming this fine young man to the team. He joins Regis teammate Noah Fessler in the recruiting class of 2014.

Jacob Handran TE, 6-2, 190
Salem, Ore. (Blanchet Catholic HS)

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Handran is a multi-dimensional talent. As a tight end and a defensive lineman, Linfield intends on maximizing the talent he has displayed as a Blanchet Cavalier the past few seasons. Along with being his team's Defensive Player of the Year several times, Handran is active in his student government as the Vice President and is a member of the International Club, DECA, National Honor Society. He is a recipient of the President's Educational Award and was senior prom king. Handran also recently joined the 1,000-Pound Club in the weight room and was awarded Optimist of the Year.

James Harrop OT, 6-3, 240
Beaverton, Ore. (Beaverton HS)

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Harrop comes to the Wildcats from Beaverton where he was an anchor of the Beavers offensive line for two seasons. At offensive tackle, he helped propel Beaverton to a 6-6 record in 2013 and a state playoff berth. Along with his athletic endeavors, Harrop donates his time to the Oregon Food Bank and the St. James Church. He plans on becoming a law enforcement officer after college. The Wildcats look forward to welcoming James' enthusiasm and energy to the team.

Will Heck OC, 6-1, 270
Corvallis, Ore. (Crescent Valley HS)

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The 6-1, 270-pound center prospect is a great addition to the offensive line, bringing size, strength and athleticism. The two-way starter was a unanimous first team Mid-Willamette Conference selection at center and also earned honorable mention on the defensive line. A three-year football letterwinner and team captain, Heck is a multi-dimensional athlete at Crescent Valley who also wrestled, played baseball and was a thrower in track. In wrestling, he was a four-year letterwinner and heavyweight champion as sophomore. Will was selected for the Mr./Ms. CV program, which raised more than $61,000 for three local charities. He plans to major in accounting at Linfield with a minor in sports management. An outdoorsman, Heck enjoys fishing, hunting and golf.

Hank Kamakaala DE, 5-11, 215
Portland, Ore. (Westview HS)

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Westview sends the Wildcats another solid prospect in Hank Kamakaala. He joins Westview teammates Mitch Kekel and Kyle Cox in this year's recruiting class. As team captain, Kamakaala spurred Westview to a solid record and a spot in the playoffs. As a senior, he was a first team all-Metro League defensive end and third team all-league offensive guard. He was academic all-league as a junior and honorable mention all-state as a senior at defensive end. His energy and explosiveness is a welcome addition to the defensive end position.

Mitch Kekel LB, 6-0, 220
Portland, Ore. (Westview HS)

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This Westview linebacker was a force in the Metro League in 2013, enjoying first team all-league honors. The three-year varsity letterwinner helped boost Westview to a 7-4 record, helping improve the team's record each year he was involved. Also a two-year letterwinner on the Wildcats basketball team, Mitch maintained a solid GPA and was an academic all-star for three years. Kekel brings energy and enthusiasm to the linebacker corps. He joins Westview teammates Hank Kamakaala and Kyle Cox in the latest recruiting class.

Andrew Killen DB, 5-11, 175
Honolulu, Hawaii (Radford HS)

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Killen hails from Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was a vital team leader on defense. Not only did he help lead Radford to a 7-3 record, he was named the Rams' Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Killen was selected as a HUB all-star in the state of Hawaii, where he played in the Senior Bowl for the West team. A first team all-conference defensive back as a senior, he strengthens Linfield's depth on the defensive side of the ball.

Steven Kwak DB, 6-1, 190
Saugus, Calif. (Saugus HS)

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Kwak heads to Linfield from Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif. The three-year varsity letterwinner help the Centurions to a CIF Northern Division semifinal appearance in 2013. Starting for three years at Saugus, he earned the Centurion Spirit Award as well as being named a co-captain. Kwak was also a two-year varsity letterwinner in track and field. He held his own in the classroom and was a member of the male student-athlete leadership committee. Kwak looks forward to graduating from Saugus this spring and heading north to McMinnville in August.

Matthew Matteo OC, 6-2, 265
Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS)

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Joining his teammate Jacob Dennis, Matteo comes to Linfield from Skyview High School in Vancouver, Wash. The four-year varsity letterwinner started for two seasons on the offensive line for the Storm. He and the Storm battled their way to the Washington state championship game in 2011. The scholar-athlete has been selected to play in the 2014 Freedom Bowl Classic. A volunteer with youth football, Matteo officiated basketball for the Boy and Girls Club, participated in the Mr./Miss Skyview pageant and is a three-year letterwinner in track.

Marcus McGovern LB, 6-1, 210
Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS)

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McGovern comes to Linfield from Eugene, Oregon and Sheldon High School where he achieved tremendous success on the gridiron. McGovern is set to represent the Irish in the Les Schwab Bowl this summer after earning first team all-state honors at the Class 6A level. A physical linebacker, he was his conference's Defensive Player of the Year and a force in the second level of Sheldon's defense. Along with his athletic achievements, Marcus got the job done in the classroom landing himself on the Honor Roll. McGovern is an outstanding addition to the Wildcats' linebacker corps.

Carter McKay WR, 6-2, 185
University Place, Wash. (Curtis HS)

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McKay, a standout receiver, made a large impact on the Vikings' offense, despite being in a run-heavy system. He achieved first team South Puget Sound League honors at wide receiver, leading his team in receptions, yards per catch and receiving touchdowns. McKay also started on the defensive side of the ball, where he was second on the team in interceptions and earned honorable mention all-SPSL recognition.  The team captain is expected to be a great addition to the wide receiver corps at Linfield, bringing toughness, football savvy, and solid pass-catching ability. After school, he volunteered his time with special needs students as well with youth football camps during the summer months. 

Remington McKenzie OG, 5-11, 225
Federal Way, Wash. (Todd Beamer HS)

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This Todd Beamer High School offensive lineman and three-year varsity letterwinner was second team all-city in the talent-rich area of Federal Way. As captain for the Titans, McKenzie was extremely reliable at offensive guard and earned honorable mention all-district recognition. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a running start student at his local community college, and boasts one of the highest GPAs of his class. McKenzie follows the Beamer-to-Linfield path of two-sport star Cole Bixenman.

Josh Miller DT, 6-1, 270
Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS)

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Miller is a two-sport star from Oregon City. As a football player, he was a force at defensive tackle, earning first team all-league honors the past two seasons, and second team all-league distinction for another. The three-year letterwinner is a finalist for the National Football Foundation Oregon Scholar Athlete of the Year. Miller has achieved plenty of success in track and field, lettering all four years. He has been an all-league thrower the past two years, twice qualifying for state championship meet in the discus and shot put. Miller is an honors student, has achieved an advanced placement diploma, and intends to major in chemistry at Linfield.

Parker Nielsen TE, 6-2, 215
Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville HS)

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Nielsen transitions from Wilsonville High School to Linfield this fall to join the Wildcats for their 2014 campaign. This first team all-league and honorable mention all-state tight end adds immediate depth to the tight end group. Nielsen is a solid student, making the Wilsonville honor roll the last three years. The business management major at Linfield plans to compete in baseball in the spring.

James Niemala OT, 6-2, 250
Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River HS)

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A three-year varsity letterwinner at Columbia River High School and the defensive MVP in 2013, Niemala led his team to two straight state playoff runs in 2012 and 2013. He earned district first team defense and second team offensive honors as a senior. Niemala is an accomplished wrestler, track athlete and is involved in the martial arts. He placed 11th at the state track and field championships in the shot put in 2013 and is looking forward to competing again in 2014. As a wrestler, Niemala was district and regional champion, team MVP, and placed fifth in state last winter. Kung Fu has also been a large part of his life since the age of seven. The brown belt's hand and foot speed should help him as he competes for playing time at offensive tackle for the Wildcats. He earned five WIAA student-athlete awards and is Columbia River's National Football Foundation award winner.

Wade Ransom DB/LB, 6-2, 200
Portland, Ore. (Franklin HS)

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The Wildcats welcome another solid defensive back prospect in Ransom from Portland's Franklin High School. The 6-2, 200-pound safety was a staple in the back row, leading the Quakers to a state playoff appearance and a 7-4 season. Ransom was voted team MVP by his teammates and was a first team all-city linebacker. He intends to develop into Linfield's linebacker/defensive back hybrid for 2014. The Wildcats are excited to have his experience and leadership on this year's squad.

Jake Reimer LB, 5-11, 210
Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood HS)

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The 5-11, 200-pound linebacker achieved first team all-state status as well as an invitation to play in the Les Schwab Bowl All-Star Game. The Northwest Oregon Conference Defensive Player of the Year was part of two state championship-winning programs at Sherwood, once in baseball (2013) and football (2012). Along with his athletic accolades, Reimer carries a GPA at the top of his class and is a member of the National Honor Society. He received the city's Academic Excellence Award and was named the Health Student of the Year. The 'Cats are excited to see him in action in the fall.

Grant Rubado TE, 6-3, 205
McMinnville, Ore. (McMinnville HS)

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Another talented and well-rounded student-athlete makes his way to Linfield from McMinnville High School. Rubado, a three-year starter for the Grizzlies, earned second team all-Pacific Conference honors as a tight end. As MSH salutatorian he will graduate with one of the highest GPAs of his class and is involved with many extracurricular activities. Recently, he won the prestigious Mr. Mac High competition, raising a little over $4,000 to benefit Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Nate Sample DB, 6-0, 185
Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS)

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As a two-year starter for Chandler High in Chandler, Ariz., Sample only improves the talent of the Linfield secondary for 2014. This versatile performer played strong safety, outside linebacker and was a force on special teams at Chandler. In 2013, Sample helped lead the Wolves to an 11-3 record, an undefeated regional record, and a trip to the Arizona state Division I semifinals. In addition to being a fine scholar-athlete, Sample is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He comes to Linfield from a program coached by Linfield alumnus Shaun Aguano, a teammate of coach Joseph Smith during the early 1990s. He plans on studying exercise science at Linfield.

Brian Satterwhite LB, 5-10, 210
Tualatin, Ore. (Horizon Christian HS)

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Horizon Christian linebacker Satterwhite will represent Linfield in the East-West Shrine Game this summer. The West Valley League Defensive Player of the Year, he was a first team all-state linebacker and a second team all-state offensive lineman. As team captain and ASB president, Satterwhite knows what it takes to be a leader on and off the field. He has volunteered his time with the Bridgetown Night Strike, as well as school-wide serve days and the Portland Marathon. The Wildcats are excited to add Satterwhite's toughness to the program this fall.

Asa Schwartz DE, 6-0, 225
Chelan, Wash. (Chelan HS)

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A very talented and versatile athlete, Schwartz comes to Linfield from Chelan, Wash. He was a dominant football player and wrestler for the Mountain Goats, winning back-to-back state wrestling championships at 220 pounds, and achieving Associated Press all-state honors as a senior defensive lineman. The two-time, first team all-league defensive end received first team conference honors in track and wrestling as well. Asa amassed 12 letters in his three sports at Chelan. More than just an athlete, Schwartz was senior class president, National Honor Society member and won excellence awards in English, Spanish and physical education. He was also a member of the honor roll.

Andrew Schwieterman CB, 5-10, 180
Silverdale, Wash. (Central Kitsap HS)

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A three-year varsity letterwinner and captain in both football and basketball, Schwieterman was selected as the Class 4A Narrows League Defensive MVP. Racking up 68 tackles and four interceptions from the secondary, he received all-state honors as a defensive back and will represent LInfield in the Washington East/West All-Star Game. An offensive threat as well, he earned first team all-conference honors as a wide receiver. A well-rounded student-athlete, Schwieterman was selected as "Cougar of the Year" by his coaches and teammates. He enrolled in six advanced placement classes and mentored over 50 kids through different football camps.

Marcus Sharpe WR, 6-2, 195
Palm Desert, Calif. (Palm Desert HS)

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Sharpe comes to Linfield from Palm Desert, Calif. The 6-2, 195-pound receiver has a big upside for the future as a Wildcat. As Palm Desert High School's No. 1 target, he hauled in a team-high 20 receptions for 337 yards in a run-heavy offense during his senior campaign. Sharpe earned second team all-Desert Valley League honors and helped the Aztecs to a close second-place finish in the hotly contested DVL. Twice named to the honor roll, Sharpe has worked hard off campus as well, holding a steady job the past two years.

Scott Skurdahl LB, 6-1, 210
Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood HS)

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The Sherwood Bowmen send another solid player to the Wildcats in Skurdahl. The three-year starter was voted captain but lost the majority of his senior season to a broken arm. Led by Skurdahl on the defensive side of the ball, the Bowmen played in three straight state championship games, from 2011 to 2013. He earned second team all-league honors at linebacker and honorable mention all-league running back recognition as a junior. The National Honor Society member played baseball for a very successful Bowmen program and is on course to graduate with the second-highest GPA of his class. Skurdahl has coached youth football and has ascended to the level of Eagle Scout.

Clarke Smith LB, 6-1, 220
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lakeridge HS)

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Smith comes to Linfield from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High School. The 6-1, 225-pound linebacker is a terrific addition to a talented group of young backers. As a senior, Clarke tallied up 108 tackles, leading the Pacers in that category. Smith works hard in the classroom, earning a position on Lakeridge's honor roll. He joins Lakeridge teammate James Andrew on his migration to Linfield is very excited to become a part of the Wildcat family

Derek Van Leeuwen WR, 6-3, 180
Ontario, Calif. (Ontario Christian HS)

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Hailing from Ontario Christian High School, Van Leeuwen makes his way north to become a Wildcat. As a junior and senior, Derek received first team all-league and all-CIF honors. While maintaining a solid GPA, the Knights No. 1 receiving target broke the school record for receiving yards in a season. Along with football, Derek is an accomplished soccer and volleyball player, receiving all-league distinction in both sports multiple times. The Wildcats look forward to adding his athleticism to the receiving corps.

Michael Vasquez DE, 5-11, 210
Encino, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite HS)

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Vasquez migrates north from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif., to join the 'Cats for 2014. The 5-11, 210-pound defensive end played both end and linebacker for the Celts. He racked up 97 solo tackles and his 4½ sacks helped set the pace for the Celts on defense. He received second team all-Serra League honors. The Wildcats are excited welcome Vasquez and his great attitude to the program.

Matthew Walser OG, 6-3, 250
Vancouver, Wash. (Camas HS)

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After experiencing plenty of success with the Camas Papermakers, Walser heads south to join the Linfield football program this fall. With the help of Walser's leadership, the Papermakers made deep playoff runs each of the past three seasons, including a state runner-up finish in 2013. Each of those years, he helped Camas earn Greater St. Helens League championships while reciving second team all-league honors on the offensive line in 2012 and 2013. This scholar-athlete has been student of the month, earned three Academic Achievement Awards from the Camas faculty, and passed five different advanced placement exams. The four-year football letterwinner spent time volunteering at the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Portland Rescue Mission and with the Vancouver Half Marathon.

Isaac Williams CB, 5-11, 170
Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon HS)

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A graduate from La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, Calif., Williams plans to play football this fall at Linfield. The 5-11 cornerback brings several great qualities to the 'Cats' secondary, including his length, mobility and football IQ. As a senior, Williams was honored as a first team all-league and second team all-CIF cornerback. His six interceptions, 40 tackles, forced fumble and defensive touchdown were key to La Costa's success on defense. The team MVP also was among the elite in the classroom, boasting an honor roll-worthy GPA and a spot on the U-T San Diego All-Academic team. Williams is excited to make the transition to Oregon to join the Wildcats.

Smith summarized his ninth recruiting class:

"These freshmen are well-rounded young men. They are strong athletes, strong students and character is important to them. They chose Linfield because of the powerful academic-athletic combination and the program's culture of excellence. I believe much is expected of football players here at Linfield, yet these young men yearn for that challenge. Having high expectations and demands placed upon them is why each chose to attend Linfield. This class has the potential to maintain the culture of excellence here and strive to raise it. They are coming to Linfield to be challenged and developed, and as a coaching staff we will do our best to see that happen."

Linfield begins the 2014 season Sept. 13 in Orange, Calif., against the Chapman Panthers.

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2014 recruiting class
Strongest positions are linebacker and tight end