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Lobos Add Five on NSD, Bolster incoming roster to 34

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico head football coach Danny Gonzales has announced five incoming student-athletes. The five new Lobos bring the total signing class to 34 players.

New Mexico announced 11 signees on December 21, 2022, and then 18 roster additions last week. Among the five newcomers, three are along the offensive line, and two are defensive backs.

Overall, the Lobos have picked up 21 new players on offense (eight receivers, five offensive linemen, four quarterbacks, two tight ends and two running backs) and 13 on defense (eight defensive backs [seven safeties, three linebackers and two defensive linemen). UNM now has 11 Division I transfers on the 2023 roster, including three from national runner-up TCU and two from UAB.

“Really happy to have filled out of class, being very intentional to fill gaps and bring in not only great players but great students,” said Gonzales. “The competition we will have for playing time and reps will benefit us greatly as we head towards 2023.”

Edward Blacklock
CB | 6-0 | 175 | Fr | HS#
Houston, Texas | Klein Forest HS

*Lettered in football Klein Forest High School.
*Recorded 47 tackles, 2.0 TFLs, eight passes broken up, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
*Returned one interception 85 yards for a touchdown.
*Also ran track at Klein Forest.

Reese Steele
OL | 6-4 | 278 | Jr | JC#
Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa Central CC/Southeast Polk HS

*Lettered in football for two seasons at Iowa Central.
*Named Honorable Mention NJCAA All-America after his sophomore season.
*In 2022, ICCC averaged a nation-leading 482 yards per game, throwing for almost 300 a game, rushing for 183 with 42 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing scores.
*Named All-ICCAC both in 2021 and 2022.

*Lettered in football at Southeast Polk High School.

Sam Telesa
OL | 6-2 | 303 | Sr | TR#
Waipahu, Hawai’i | Georgetown/Aloha HS

*Lettered in football for three seasons at Georgetown.
*Saw action in 27 career games with 16 career starts.
*Was a three-time Patriot League All-Academic Team Member.

*Lettered in football at Aloha High School, starting three years and was a captain all three of those years.
*Named conference honorable mention at center as a sophomore, third team all-conference as a junior and second team as a senior.
*Was a two-time Aloha Lineman MVP and the team’s Family Award recipient
*Also lettered in rugby and track & field.
*Named first team all-state in rugby and helped Aloha win the 2018 state championship.

Ikani Tuiono
OL | 6-3 | 295 | So | JC
Kansas City, Mo. | Independence CC/Snow College/Fort Osage HS

*Lettered in football for one at Independence
*Spent his true freshman year at Snow, where he redshirted.
*Named Honorable Mention All-Jayhawk Conference as a center.
*Ranked a two-time Top-50 JUCO player by ESPN.

*Lettered in football at Fort Osage High School.

Hunter Wiggins
S | 6-1 | 185 | Fr | HS#
San Diego, Calif. | Lincoln HS

*Lettered in football at Lincoln High School.
*Recorded 51 tackles, two pass break ups and four interceptions.
*Helped lead a defense that defeated De La Salle to win Lincoln’s first California State title.
*Listed among California’s top high school senior safeties by Cannon Sports.
*Was a member in 2016 of Point Loma’s Pop Warner Super Bowl Champions, defeating Southeast Dallas in the title game.

Name POS Ht Wt Cl Exp Hometown (Last School)
Aiden Armenta QB 6-3 190 Fr HS# Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva HS)
Edward Blacklock CB 6-0 175 Fr HS# Houston, Texas (Klein Forest 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)
Reese Steele OL 6-4 278 Jr JC# Des Moines, Iowa (Iowa Central CC/Southeast Polk HS)
$D.C. Tabscott QB 6-4 200 So TR Franklin, Tenn. (Father Ryan HS)
Sam Telesa OL 6-2 303 Sr TR# Waipahu, Hawai’i (Georgetown/Aloha 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)
Ikani Tuiono OL 6-3 295 Jr JC# Kansas City, Mo. (Independence CC/Snow College/Fort Osage 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)
Hunter Wiggins S 6-1 185 Fr HS# San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln 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

Signee Breakdown

By Position:
Receiver 8, Safety 7, Quarterback 4, Linebacker 3, Offensive Line 5, Tight End 2, Defensive Line 2, Running Back 2, Cornerback 1

By State/Country/Territory:
California 8, Texas 5, New Mexico 4, Tennessee 3, Mississippi 2, Arizona 2, Georgia 1, Alabama 1, Nevada 1, Florida 1, Missouri, Hawai’i 1, Iowa 1, Switzerland 1