Lobos Add 18 Mid-Years to Roster
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico head football coach Danny Gonzales has announced 18 mid-year transfers to the 2023 football roster, all of whom are presently enrolled and in classes. The additions include 10 FBS transfers, one FCS transfer and seven junior college transfers.
The mid-year 2-4 (junior college) transfer signing period commenced on December 21 and lasted through last week. One more upcoming signing period, which will include high school student-athletes, is slated for Feb. 1-April 1, 2023.
The 18 incoming players join the previous list of 11 initial signees. Overall, the Lobos have picked up 18 new players on offense (eight receivers, four quarterbacks, two offensive linemen, two tight ends and two running backs) and 11 on defense (six safeties (some of whom can play corner), three linebackers and two defensive linemen). Of the 10 FBS transfers, three are from national runner-up TCU, and two are from UAB, including Blazer starting quarterback Dylan Hopkins.
“These additions significantly add to our football team,” said head coach Danny Gonzales. “Adding transfers from winning programs like TCU and UAB will be a benefit for us, and having 23 new players enrolled and in school getting the benefit of spring practice will really jump start us for 2023. We have already seen their work ethic in terms of lifting, running and meetings, and I’m really excited to get on the field with them.”
Gonzales added in talking about the highly-rater Perkins-McAllister and Bryson Washington, “To get two four-star recruits from high school that have played at the highest level will really bring a toughness and game-changing ability to our defense.”
WR | 5-11 | 185 | *Sr | TR
Roswell, Ga. | UAB/Trinity Catholic HS
*Lettered for three years at UAB, including the final under current UNM offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent.
*Played just five games in 2022, catching six passes for 74 yards, with a long of 36
*Overall played parts of four seasons, catching 22 passes in 21 games for 280 yards with a touchdown on a blocked punt return.
*Has a COVID year available so has two seasons of eligibility left.
*Lettered in football at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Ga.
S | 5-11 | 190 | So | TR
Mansfield, Texas | TCU/Lake Ridge HS
*Lettered for one season and redshirted one season at TCU.
*Played three games in 2021 and one in 2022
*Recorded a pass breakup in his only game of 2022.
*Lettered in football and track at Lake Ridge High School.
*Was rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN and was ranked by ESPN as the No. 28 cornerback nationally and the No. 68 player in Texas
*247Sports has him as the No. 3 cornerback in Texas and No. 31 in the country
*Recorded 12 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble in five games during his senior season.
TE | 6-6 | 250 | Jr* | TR
Zurich, Switzerland | Temple/LaSalle College HS [PA]
*Played three seasons at Temple, lettering in 2022, redshirting in 2021, and having a COVID season in 2020, meaning he has three years to play.
*Saw action in six games last season, mostly on special teams, and played in one in 2021.
*Moved to America in order to pursue dream of playing Division I football, teaching himself the game via YouTube videos … he purchased a one-way ticket.
*Lettered in football, soccer and crew at La Salle.
*Ranked the No. 1 football recruit in Switzerland.
*Also played quarterback, offensive line, defensive line and safety at La Salle.
RB | 5-10 | 198 | Sr | TR#
Dallas, Texas | ULM/Fort Scott CC/Allen HS
*Lettered for one year and redshirted (2022) at ULM.
*Overall he played in 23 games, rushing for 843 yards on 206 attempts with eight touchdowns and a long of 75.
*Led the 2021 Warhawks with 521 yards rushing.
*Also caught 25 passes for 180 yards with two touchdowns with a long of 29.
*Lettered in one season at Fort Scott Community College.
*Ranked among the nation’s Top 10 JUCO running backs (No. 6) by 247Sports.com.
*Lettered in football at Allen High School as a senior, missing most of the year with an injury, but had over 1,300 all-purpose yards for The Episcopal School.
WR | 5-11 | 172 | &Sr | TR
Monroeville, Ala. | Alabama State/Spanish Fort HS
*Lettered for three years and redshirted one at Alabama State.
*Overall he played in 31 games with 97 career receptions for 1,211 yards and 11 touchdowns.
*In 2022 he recorded 23 catches for 286 yards and two TDs, and he led ASU in receiving in 2021 with 44 catches.
*Also averaged 21.5 yards on four kickoff returns and 22.3 yards on three punt returns.
*Lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Spanish Fort High School.
*Caught 27 passes for 483 yards and ran 16 times for 218 as a senior.
QB | 6-2 | 215 | &Sr | TR
Maryville, Tenn. | UAB/Maryville HS
*Lettered for three years and redshirted one at UAB, all under OC Bryant Vincent.
*Overall he played in 32 games, going 318-for-508 for 4,472 yards with 31 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, with a long of 75 yards.
*In 2022, leading UAB to a 7-6 season and a win in the Bahamas Bowl, Hopkins was 136-for-215 (63.3%) with 1,913 yards and 10 TDs.
*Also added 352 career rushing yards and eight rushing TDs, including a 78 yarder in 2019 and a 61-yarder in 2022.
*Lettered in football Maryville High School where he was the consensus No. 2 prep QB in Tennessee out of high school.
*Won a state title in 2017, and was the runner-up for Mr. Football in Tennessee as a senior.
TE | 6-5 | 240 | So# | JC
Modesto, Calif. | Modesto JC/Modesto Christian HS
*Lettered for one season at Modesto Junior College.
*Played in just four games, but caught seven passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 42 yards.
*Had his best game in a 24-7 win over Contra Costa with three grabs for 52 yards and a touchdown.
*Lettered in football at Modesto Christian High School.
LB | 6-3 | 230 | Jr# | JC
Rohnert Park, Calif. | Santa Rosa JC/Rancho Cotate HS
*Lettered for two seasons at Santa Rosa Junior College.
*As a sophomore he recorded 62 tackles, 6.0 TFLs for 21 yards, 3.5 sacks for 12 yards, five pass breakups, two interceptions for 14 yards (with a touchdown) and a fumble recovery in earning All-America, All-Conference and All-State honors, along with being named Team MVP.
*As a freshman he recorded 43 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and a pass breakup.
*Lettered in football at Rancho Cotate High School.
RB | 5-11 | 200 | *Sr | JC
Rio Ranco, N.M. | Coffeyville JC/Cleveland HS
*Lettered three seasons at Coffeyville, one the COVID season so he has two years left.
*Rushed for a career total of 732 yards and eight touchdowns, including 304 and six touchdowns last season.
*Also caught 13 career passes for 78 yards with two more touchdowns.
*Lettered in football at Cleveland High School for coach Heath Ridenour.
*Named the 2018 State Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, rushing for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns
DL | 6-3 | 250 | Jr | TR
Las Vegas, Nev. | Washington State/Desert Pines HS
*Lettered for two seasons at Washington State.
*Saw action in 11 games over three seasons (one the COVID 2020 season), recording one tackle.
*Lettered in football at Desert Pines High School where he was the No. 12 prospect coming out of Nevada regardless of position.
*As a senior was named to the MaxPreps All-State Team, the Nevada All-State Team and was NE Mountain Region Defensive MVP after recording 15 sacks in just eight games.
*As a junior was named Northeast League Mountain Region Defensive MVP after recording 13 sacks, 23 tackles-for-loss.
WR | 6-3 | 205 | So | TR
Henderson, Texas | TCU/Henderson HS
*Played for two seasons at TCU.
*Saw action in five games over his time at TCU without a catch.
*Lettered in football and baseball at Henderson High School.
*As a junior was named first-team all-district and helped lead Henderson to the Texas Class 4A Division I state quarterfinals.
*Rated a three-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports and was ranked by ESPN as the No. 103 wide receiver prospect nationally and No. 85 recruit from Texas.
S | 6-1 | 195 | Jr | TR#
Nashville, Tenn. | TCU/Stratford Comprehensive HS
*Lettered for two seasons at TCU.
*Played in 20 games over two seasons, recording four tackles in 2022 and three in 2021 with a pass breakup.
*Had a career-best two tackles (both solos) against Oklahoma State.
*Lettered in football at Stratford Comprehensive High School.
*Was a four-star recruit and ranked by 247Sports as the No. 20 safety in the country and No. 11 overall player in Tennessee
*Totaled 62 tackles with 10 pass breakups and two interceptions his junior year.
DL | 6-3 | 265 | Jr# | JC
Temecula, Calif. | Mt. San Jacinto College/Rancho Christian HS
*Lettered for two seasons at Mt. San Jacinto.
*Over two seasons and 19 games, he recorded 61 tackles, 17.0 TFLs for 86 yards, 9.5 sacks for 71 yards, two forced fumbles, a pass breakup, and interception and two blocked kicks.
*Helped MSJC to a 2022 American Division Championship
*Lettered in football at Rancho Christian High School.
LB | 6-2 | 225 | So# | JC
Rohnert Park, Calif. | Sierra College/Rancho Christian HS
*Lettered for one season at at Sierra College.
*Recorded 56 tackles over 11 games in his one season at Sierra, adding 5.5 TFLs for 21 yards, 2.0 sacks for 14 yards, and three pass breakups.
*Lettered in football at Rancho Cotate High School.
*Earned First Team All-Norcal at linebacker.
S | 6-2 | 190 | Jr# | JC
Long Beach, Calif. | Mt. San Antonio College/Long Beach Poly
*Lettered for two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College.
*As a sophomore recorded 25 tackles, 3.0 TFLs for 16 yards, two pass breakups and an interception which he returned 27 yards.
*As a freshman record 16 tackles and an interception, adding seven pass break ups in just seven games.
*Lettered in football and track at Long Beach Poly.
*Won four Moore League titles in football and was the 100-meter champion, along with winning league titles as part of the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays.
QB | 6-4 | 200 | So | TR
Franklin, Tenn. | Appalachian State/Father Ryan HS
*Lettered for one season and redshirted one at Appalachian State.
*Lettered in football at Father Ryan High School.
*Was a finalist for the 2020 Mr. Football Award for the Division II, Class 3-A level in the state of Tennessee and named the Division II, Class 3-A East Region Offensive Player of the Year.
*Threw for 4,454 yards and 40 touchdowns over his final three seasons at Father Ryan High School in Nashville.
*Was ranked the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports.com.
S | 6-2 | 190 | *Jr | TR
Los Angeles, Calif. | Oklahoma/C.E. King [TX] HS
*Played two seasons (one the COVID year) and redshirted, giving him three years to play.
*Played in 11 games in 2021, recording five tackles and recording two takeaways, an interception and a fumble recovery.
*Overall played in 16 games for the Sooners.
*Played in the 2020 Cotton Bowl, recording a career-high three tackles against No. 10 Florida
*Lettered in football at C.E. King High School.
*Four-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals.
*Touted as the No. 8 safety in the 2020 class by ESPN, No. 12 by Rivals and No. 33 by 247Sports
*Originally chose Oklahoma over Alabama and Texas.
WR | 6-5 | 205 | *Sr | JC#
Belle Glade, Fla. | Iowa Central CC/Glades Central HS
*Lettered for three seasons at Iowa Central, but one was a COVID season so he has two seasons remaining.
*In 30 games he caught 107 passes for 2,027 yards and 24 touchdowns, with a long of 69 yards.
*Last year caught 54 passes for 863 yards and 10 touchdowns.
*Lettered in football at Glades Central High School.
|Name||POS||Ht||Wt||Cl||Exp||Hometown (Last School)|
|Aiden Armenta||QB||6-3||190||Fr||HS#||Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva HS)|
|Skylar Cook||S||6-0||195||Fr||HS#||El Centro, Calif. (Central Union HS)|
|$Marvin Covington||S||5-11||195||So||TR||Mansfield, Texas (TCU/Lake Ridge HS)|
|$Devon Dampier||QB||6-0||195||Fr||HS#||Saguaro, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)|
|$Ryan Davis||WR||5-11||185||*Sr||TR||Roswell, Ga. (UAB/Trinity Catholic HS)|
|$Magnus Geers||TE||6-6||250||*Jr||TR||Zurich, Switzerland (Temple/LaSalle HS [PA])|
|$Andrew Henry||RB||5-10||198||Sr||TR#||Dallas, Texas (ULM/Fort Scott CC/Allen HS)|
|$Jeremiah Hixon||WR||5-11||172||&Sr||TR||Monroeville, Ala. (Alabama State/Spanish Fort HS)|
|$Dylan Hopkins||QB||6-2||215||&Sr||TR||Maryville, Tenn. (UAB/Maryville HS)|
|$Everett Hunter||TE||6-5||240||So||JC#||Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC/Modesto Christian HS)|
|$Dimitri Johnson||LB||6-3||230||Jr||JC#||Rohnert Park, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC/Rancho Cotate HS)|
|$Gabriel Lopez||DL||6-3||250||Jr*||TR||Las Vegas, Nev. (Washington State/Desert Pines HS)|
|$Caleb Medford||WR||6-3||205||So||TR||Henderson, Texas (TCU/Henderson HS)|
|$Duke Miller||WR||6-1||170||Jr||JC#||Raleigh, Miss. (East Mississippi CC/Taylorsville HS)|
|$Dereck Moore||S||6-3||187||Fr||HS#||Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge HS)|
|$Alex Murrell||WR||6-3||200||Jr||JC#||San Jose, Calif. (Foothill College/Piedmont Hills HS)|
|$D’Arco Perkins-McAllister||S||6-1||190||Jr||TR#||Nashville, Tenn. (TCU/Stratford Comprehensive HS)|
|$Hunter Rapolla||DL||6-3||265||Jr||JC#||Temecula, Calif. (Mt. San Jacinto/Rancho Christian HS)|
|$Mihalis Santorineos||LB||6-2||225||So||JC#||Rohnert Park, Calif. (Sierra College/Rancho Cotate HS)|
|$Aaron Smith||S||6-2||190||Jr||JC#||Long Beach, Calif. (Mt. San Antonio/Long Beach Poly)|
|$Devon Smith||OL||6-6||290||Jr||JC#||Biloxi, Miss. (Jones College/Biloxi HS)|
|$D.C. Tabscott||QB||6-4||200||So||TR||Franklin, Tenn. (Father Ryan HS)|
|$Matthew Toilolo||OL||6-3||305||Fr||HS#||Long Beach, Calif. (Orem [UT] HS)|
|Nic Trujillo||WR||6-2||180||Fr||HS#||Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS)|
|$Bryson Washington||S||6-2||190||*Jr||TR||Los Angeles, Calif. (Oklahoma/C.E. King [TX] HS)|
|$D.J. Washington||WR||6-5||205||*Sr||JC#||Belle Glade, Fla. (Iowa Central CC/Glades Central HS)|
|Jayden Wilson||LB||6-2||215||Fr||HS#||El Paso, Texas (Austin HS)|
|Evan Wysong||WR||5-10||170||Fr||HS#||Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS)|
italics are from December NSD announcement
Bold are new announcements
#Has a redshirt year avaialble
&Utilizng his super senior season due to COVID 2020 season
*Has a super senior season available due to COVID 2020 season
$enrolled for Spring 2023 semester
Receiver 8, Safety 6, Quarterback 4, Linebacker 3, Offensive Line 2, Tight End 2, Defensive Line 2, Running Back 1
California 9, Texas 4, New Mexico 3, Tennessee 3, Mississippi 2, Arizona 2, Georgia 1, Alabama 1, Nevada 1, Florida 1, Switzerland 1