Prior to NAU: Two-year letter winner for Doug Madoski at Scottsdale Community College…First Team All-Conference…Named Defensive MVP…Valley of the Sun Bowl champs, WSFL champs, ranked No. 4 in the nation…High School: A 2011 graduate of Horizon High School…Two-year letter winner and one-year captain for Steve Casey...Named Outstanding Defensive Lineman, and First Team All-Region…Personal: Born Siupeli Siliva Anau Oct. 26, 1993 in Phoenix, Ariz…Son of Taufa and Thecla Anau…Has five brothers, Uikilifuka, Tali, Otto, Taliuehau, and Elijah, and four sisters, Veisinia, Maikale, Salote, and Rachel.
“Siupeli is a tough, physical defensive end that plays with great passion. He had a great season at Scottsdale Community College being named first team all-conference and Defensive MVP. He led the team with 90 tackles and an impressive 18 tackles for loss. He tallied six sacks on the season as well. He was also a respected captain on their championship team. When you watch his game video the word that comes to mind is relentless. There was no one we evaluated that played harder than he did. That is a great testament to him and his coaches. He made plays on the opposite sideline simply because of his effort. He will be an impact player for us at NAU.” - Defensive Line Coach Travis Baker
Prior to NAU: Two-year letterwinner and one-year captain at Glendale Community College for Mickey Bell…Named first team All-WSFL and first team All-Conference…Team won the Valley of the Sun Bowl…Played in the Arizona-California All-Star Game…High School: A 2012 graduate of Mesquite High School…Three-year letter winner and two-year captain for Mike Reardon…Named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior…Personal: Born Josh Ray Bamrick Aug. 17, 1993 in Mesa, Ariz…Son of Bob and Sheri Bamrick…Has one brother, Jake.
“Always love when we can get talented local kids like Josh, especially a guy that is a 3.8 student and a team captain. This guy led GCC in tackles for a reason and he’s a hard-nosed guy that will impact our defense immediately.” - Defensive Coordinator Andy Thompson
High School: A 2014 graduate of Diamond Bar High School…Three-year letter winner and two-year captain for Ryan Maine…Named First Team running back and Second Team cornerback…Personal: Born Tyler Anthony Brown July 13, 1996 in West Covina, Calif…Son of Ron and Sonia Brown…Has three brothers, Kennedy, Ronnie, and Delwyn, and one sister, Nicole.
“Tyler is the true definition of an electric playmaker. His ability to change the game whenever he touches the ball is breathtaking. Following after the fast footwork of his father, we will have another superstar Brown playing football in the state of Arizona.” - Running back Coach Jimmy Beal
High School: A 2014 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School…Three-year starter, captain and two-year letter winner for Norris Vaughn…Named All-Region and All-City…Team went undefeated, 14-0, won first state championship in school history…Personal: Born Emmanuel Earl Butler Aug. 27, 1996 in Phoenix, Ariz…Son of Earl Butler and Helen Evans…Has one brother, Isaiah, and one sister, Destiny…Also was a four-year captain in Basketball at Mountain Pointe.
“Was our summer camp MVP for a reason. His combination of size, strength, and athleticism is rare. He will create a lot of matchup problems because of that and I love the kid’s personality. He was one of our first commits and he’s special.” - Wide Receiver Coach Tim Plough
High School: A 2014 graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School…Two-year letter winner and two-year starter for Dennis Bene…Team won states in 2013 at 14-0…In two years, he recorded 167 tackles and 12 sacks…Named First Team All-State, NFF Linebacker of the Year for Arizona, and First Team All-Southern Arizona…Personal: Born Jacob Allen Casteel Nov. 19, 1995 in Rockville, Mary…Son of Jeff and Rosemary Casteel…Has one sister, Sarah…Also played two years for John Kelley at University High School prior to Salpointe.
“When you’re voted as the TOP LB in the state according to the Nation Football Foundation BIG22, you’re talking about a great football player. He led the state of Arizona in tackles with 167 and he also had 25 tackles for loss. He’s a team captain, a state champion with Salpointe Catholic, and now he’s a Lumberjack! Another In-State kid that has outstanding potential.” - Defensive Coordinator Andy Thompson
High School: A 2014 graduate of Central High School…Four-year letter winner and three-year captain for John Clanton…Named Defensive Player of the Year twice…Two-time team MVP…Named First Team All-State, Second Team All-State, and three-time All-Section Defensive and Offensive Lineman…Played in the Arizona vs. SoCal All-Star game where he recorded three sacks and four tackles…Personal: Born Kelepi Fifita Aug. 23, 1995 in Phoenix, Ariz…Son of Fusipala Vakameilalo…Has one sister, Peti.
“Kelepi was a three-year starter and captain at Central High School. He received numerous accolades during his high school career including a first team all-state defensive lineman honor his senior year. He is strong, quick, and durable. It was impressive that he never came off the field playing defense, offense, and special teams. He loves to train and it shows up on game-day. He has also shown the ability to be a really productive player. In the Arizona vs. Southern California All Star game he recorded three sacks and four tackles against top caliber competition. In addition to his athletic ability he will be a great teammate at NAU.” - Defensive Line Coach Travis Baker
High School: A 2014 graduate of Chandler High School...Two-year letter winner and two-year starter for Shawn Aguano…Earned Defensive Player of the year honors in 2012 and 2013…Named the 2012 Most Improved Player of the Year…Recorded 44 tackles and seven sacks as a senior…Helped team to the D1 Section I Championship…Teammate of signee Wesley Sutton…Personal: Born Cruz Flores IV Nov. 6, 1996 in Tempe, Ariz…Son of Cruz and Denise Flores…Has two sisters, Sierra and Eliann…Also lettered in Track & Field.
“Cruz is an outstanding defensive tackle with great toughness. He was a dominant player in the middle of a very successful defense at Chandler High School. His production was impressive during his senior season compiling 44 tackles, seven sacks, five tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. He was also named the defensive player of the week four times. When you watch him play you see his determination and competitive nature. He has all the intangibles you want in a guy. He is a really high character person that has been taught to do things the right way. He will be a pleasure to coach and have in our community.” - Defensive Line Coach Travis Baker
High School: A 2014 graduate of Pinnacle High School…Three-year letter winner and two-year starter for Dana Zupke…Recorded 1,001 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns during his senior season…Named AZFCA Division-I All-State Team, All-Section First Team, Arizona All-Academic First Team, and NFF Scholar Athlete Second Team…Holds records for most receptions in a season and career, touchdowns in a season and career, and yards in a career at Pinnacle…Personal: Born Daniel James Galindo May 10, 1996 in Phoenix, Ariz…Son of Daniel and Donna Galindo…Has two sisters, Jennie and Brittany…Also lettered in Track & Field at Pinnacle.
“His football IQ is off the charts! When you watch him, you have to credit his coaches for how developed he is as a route runner and overall football player. This guy is TOUGH as nails and will fit in great with our offensive scheme because of his ability to play multiple positions.” - Wide Receiver Coach Tim Plough
High School: A 2014 graduate of Kingman High School…Three-year letter winner and two-year captain for David Ward…Kingman Offensive MVP and All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2012…Kingman Lineman of the Year, First Team All-River, All-Section, and Second Team All-Division in 2013…Personal: Born Rod Clark Gilleo May 1, 1996 in Oklahoma City, Okla…Son of Ronald and Marie Gilleo…Has two brothers, Trey and Ren, and one sister, Kira…Brother Trey, played offensive line at NAU…Also has one cousin, Dan Finn, that played football at NAU…Also lettered in Basketball at Kingman.
"From Kingman, Ariz., Rod Gilleo is a very special offensive lineman that we are excited about. He is very athletic and is an excellent basketball player. He has all the tools necessary to be successful at NAU, and we are fortunate to have a player like Rod. His brother Trey was an outstanding lineman at NAU, and we expect Rod to have the same impact on the Lumberjack program." - Offensive Line Coach Andy Stenavich
High School: A 2014 graduate of Marana Mountain View High School…Four-year letter winner and four-year start for Clearence McRae…Personal: Born Corbin Andrew Gouby Sept. 7, 1995 in Tucson, Ariz…Son of Cleve Gouby and Brandi Monroe…Has one brother, Caleb, and three sisters Alexandra, Abigale, and Makayla…Also lettered in Track & Field at Marana.
“Corbin is a guy that we’ve been on since our summer camp and we were thrilled when he got on board. He’s a LONG, sideline to sideline, athletic kid that turned down multiple offers to join the JACKS! Local kid from Mountain View HS that adds to our list of TOP in-state recruits. The sky is the limit for Corbin.” - Defensive Coordinator Andy Thompson
High School: A 2014 graduate of Edison High School…Two-year letter winner and two-year starter for Andre Horace…Two-time All-League First Team…Named Second Team All-Area, Honorable Mention All-Area…Personal: Born Calvin Jevon Gray March 29, 1996 in Hayward, Calif…Son of James Gray and Olivia Jackson…Has two brothers, Brandon and Bryce, and one sister, Briana.
“Calvin is a tall explosive defensive back with a great burst and range from sideline to sideline. He is a former running back that has great vision and a natural feel for the game.” - Safety Coach David Reeves
High School: A 2014 graduate of Turlock High School… Four-year letter winner and two-year captain for James Peterson… Earned All-State as a tight end… All-Conference tight end selection… Personal: Born Patrick James Green December 2, 1995 in Turlock, Calif… Son of James and Christine Turlock… Has a brother, Ryan and one sister, Katie… Also a two-year starter and two-year captain in baseball.
“Patrick is a physical tight end that adds to our strong tight end tradition here at NAU. Patrick shows the ability to contribute in the near future as a potential dominant player at the tight end position. Patrick is a high character as well as a quality person that we look forward to adding him to his future position group and to our NAU football family.” - Tight End Coach Craig Knoth
High School: A 2014 graduate of St. Augustine High School…Two-year letter winner and two-year starter for Richard Sanchez…First team All-Eastern League and All-CIF in 2013…CIF runner-ups in 2012, CIF champs in 2013…Eastern League Champs in 2012 and 2013…Personal: Born Cole Patrick Habib Oct. 24, 1995 in Denver, Colo…Son of Brian and Shannon Habib…Has three sisters, Kaitlin, Mackenzie, and Olivia…Also lettered in Track & Field at St. Augustine.
"I think the entire O-Staff put out a collective cheer when we got the word that Cole was committed. PHYSICAL is the word that comes to mind when you think of Cole. This guy is a BIG dude that loves to put his hand in the ground and get nasty. He comes from a great San Diego program and has been extremely well coached. Add that to the pedigree of his father and we feel he has the potential to be one of the best around. We’re thrilled that he’s a JACK!" - Offensive Line Coach Andy Stenavich
Prior to NAU: Two-year captain and two-year starter at Chabot College…Recorded 75 tackles and forced six fumbles, most in a season at Chabot…Named first team All-Conference and first team All-Region…Team won Central Division Championship and Top of the State Bowl…Played in East Bay vs. Sacramento All-Star Game…High School: A 2011 graduate of Granada High School…Four-year captain and two-year letter winner for Tim Silva…Named first team All-EBAL…Played in Polynesian All-Star Game…Personal: Born Eddie Gregorio Horn Dec. 3, 1992 in Livermore, Calif…Son of Alvin and Thereasa Horn…Has two brothers, Alvin Jr. and Johnny…Also named All-Conference in basketball at Granada…Played against Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz.
“Eddie brings the athletic ability, speed, and effort that we have become accustomed to in our secondary. He also brings experience and intelligence to a unit with high expectations. He will be one of those guys you love to come watch.” - Safety Coach David Reeves
Prior to NAU: Two-year starter at College of the Desert for Dean Donty…Recorded 27 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore…High School: A 2012 graduate of South Lake High School…Three-year letter winner and two-year captain for Steven Senters…Recorded 62 tackles, 26 for loss, and four sacks as a senior…Recorded at least 60 tackles three straight years…Named first team all-conference, all-county, all-eastside, all-east metro and all-southeastern elite as a senior…Two-time second team all-conference as a sophomore and junior…Named to the South Lake Hall of Fame…Three-time All-MAC Scholar Athlete…Team won school-record eight games during senior season…Personal: Born Nicholas Lee Johnson March 3, 1994 in Detroit, Mich…Son of Bobby and Melissa…Has two brothers, Myles and Zachary…Also a two-year starter in basketball at South Lake.
“Nick is an impressive young man both on and off the field. He was an all-conference defensive lineman in one of the strongest junior college conferences in the country. He was a team captain at College of the Desert and his coaching staff gave him the highest recommendation. He has a versatile skill set that will be a big asset to our defensive line at NAU. He has excellent foot quickness and a non-stop motor. He is also really intelligent and could play multiple positions along our defensive front. He excels in the classroom which is apparent in the numerous scholar-athlete awards he has received both in high school and junior college." - Defensive Line Coach Travis Baker
High School: A 2014 graduate of Desert Edge High School… Two-year letter winner and one-year captain for coach Welbrock… West Valley Player of the Year… Arizona Cardinals Player of the Year… Personal: Born Elijah Karriem Marks December 29, 1995 in Goodyear, Ariz … Son of Bobby and Lisa Marks… Has five brothers, De-Andre, Khalfuni, Tihad, Malik and Quari and five sisters, Khadijah, Aisha, Mecca, Hakimah, Safiyyah… Also a two-year starter and one-year captain in basketball.
“Sometimes people can put too much on statistics, but you don’t have 2,156 yards receiving and 26 touchdowns unless you can flat out play ball. There’s no question in my mind he’s one of the most dynamic football players I’ve seen in my time as a coach. The sky is the limit for this guy.” - Wide Receiver Coach Tim Plough
High School: A 2014 graduate of O’Dea High School… Two-year letter winner and and two-year captain for Monte Kohler… Named First Team All-State defensive lineman… First Team All-Metro… Metro Defensive Lineman of the Year… Personal: Born Jarius McDade October 5, 1995 in Federal Way, Wash…Son of Wayne McDade and Jeanette Williams…Has three brothers, Julius, Trey and Paul.
“Jarius is a mountain of a man that has incredible size and strength coming out of high school. It is also really impressive that a man that big can move the way he does. In high school he just threw blockers out of the way and swallowed up ball carriers. During his senior year as a captain at respected O’Dea High School, he registered 70 tackles, seven sacks, and 10 tackles for loss. He received numerous awards during his high school career including first team all-state, first team All-Metro, Metro Defensive Lineman of the Year, and Star Times first team all-area. In addition to his talent, Jarius also has an infectious personality and will be a great team leader at NAU.” - Defensive Line Coach Travis Baker
Prior to NAU: Competed at Cal Berkeley for one year…Recorded a game-high-tying six tackles and 0.5 sacks in 2013 spring game.
High School: Attended Valley Christian High School and a graduate of Blue Ridge High School in 2011…Named the top safety and No. 9 player overall in state of Arizona by Rivals…One of the few players in Arizona history to earn All-State honors four times from both the Arizona Football Coaches Association and the Arizona Republic with selections at three different positions (punter, defensive back, quarterback)…Four-time All-Region selection that included 109 touchdowns, 368 tackles and 19 interceptions as he helped lead Valley Christian and Blue Ridge to state championships in 2009 and 2010…Named the MVP of the 2009 2A state title game…Named the Arizona Republic 1-3A Player of the Year his junior year…Personal: Born Jordan James Morgan Nov. 10, 1991…Son of Bill and Carla Morgan…Has a younger sister, Nicole…Plans to major in business law.
“We are excited to have Jordan back in Arizona, as a transfer from the Cal football program. He brings size, speed, and great ball skills to our secondary. We expect great things this spring and fall for him.” - Safety Coach David Reeves
High School: A 2014 graduate of North Canyon High School…Three-year letter winner and two-year captain for Cornelius Bowick…Two-time Section First Team…Personal: Born Bryant O’Georgia June 11, 1996 in Detroit, Mich…Son of Tammy Squaire…Has one brother, Gary…Also a three-year letter winner in track at North Canyon.
“One of, if not THE BEST overall athlete in the state. He’s going to also compete in Track & Field for NAU. He is an explosive athlete with the capability of scoring on any play he touches the ball. You can’t teach what he has.” - Wide Receiver Coach Tim Plough
High School: A 2014 graduate of Agua Fria High School…Four-year letter winner and two-year starter for Craig Holland…All-Academic, All-State Honorable Mention, First Team All-Region…Holds the record for longest run, 97 yards…Played in the SoCal vs. Arizona All-Star game…Personal: Born Marquice Paige Aug. 27, 1996 in St. Louis, Missouri…Son of Malika Rucas…Has one brother, LaShawn Strickland, and one sister, Ramika Boazc…Also lettered in Track & Field, placing eighth in States in 2013.
“Marquice is the most exciting running back in the state of Arizona. His combination of toughness and elusiveness made it look too easy at times for him to find the end zone. I knew when we offered him as a junior he was going to be something special and help continue the tradition of NAU signing the top running backs in the state of Arizona.” - Running Back Coach Jimmy Beal
High School: A 2014 graduate of Madison High School…Three-year letter winner and two-year starter for Rick Jackson…All-League First Team and All-League Second Team…2010 C.I.F. Champions State Runner-Ups, 2012 State Champs…Holds the record for school’s 40-yard dash time…Personal: Born Vincent Donell Parrish Apr. 9, 1996 in San Diego, Calif…Son of Vincent Parrish and Erica Edwards…Has one brother, Donnell Parrish, and one sister, Lei’lani…Also a four-year letter winner in Basketball and Track & Field at Madison…Three-time All-League First Team and Track Athletic of the Year.
“There are fast football players and there are guys that have what I call LONG SPEED. Vincent is an immediate deep threat for us. His length and ball catching ability are a special combination. He comes from a great program in San Diego and we expect big things from him.” - Wide Receiver Coachy Tim Plough
High School: A 2014 graduate of Hart High School…Three-year letter winner and three-year starter for Mike Herrington…Named First Team All Foothill League in 2012, 2013…Named 2013 Foothill League Lineman of the Year…First team All-Santa Clarita Valley- Defensive Lineman and L.A. Daily News All-Area Offensive Lineman in 2013…Named team’s Lineman of the Year in 2013 and won the Team Player Award three years in a row…Holds school records for bench press (400 lbs.) and bench press reps (40 at 185 lbs.)…Team won 2013 CIF Northern Division Championship and was runner up in California State Regional Championship…Played in 2014 L.A. Daily News East-West Game, and at College of the Canyons…Personal: Born Blake Ryan Porter Oct. 5, 1995 in Valencia, Calif…Son of Jack and Jennifer Porter…Has two brothers, Brooks and Aaron, and one sister, Mackenzie…Also considered Fresno State, Cal Poly and San Jose State.
"Blake is a physical interior offensive lineman from Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Calif. He dominated his league on both sides of the ball, but will be coming to NAU to be a center/guard on the offensive line. His toughness and his high football I.Q. will allow him to excel in this program." - Offensive Line Coach Blake Porter
Prior to NAU: Played two years at Chaffey College for Robert Hadaway…Named second team All-Conference both years…Team was 9-2 and won conference in 2013…High School: A 2012 graduate of Moreno Valley High School…Played four years for Ted Wadkins…Personal: Born Andrew Robateau Aug. 27, 1994 in Los Angeles, Calif…Son of Allen and Loretta Robateau…Also played basketball in high school.
“Andrew is a talented defensive end that we believe can be dominant against the run and the pass. He was a two-time all-conference player at Chaffey College and a vital part of their conference championship season in 2013. He has excellent lower body strength and you can really see his explosiveness when he makes contact with ball carriers and blockers. He is a smart guy that made the Dean’s List each semester at Chaffey College. He does things the right way and will lead by his example both on and off the field.” - Defensive Line Coach Travis Baker
Prior to NAU: Played two years at the University of Nevada-Reno for Brian Polian…High School: A 2012 graduate of Tulare Union High School…Four-year starter and three-year letter winner for Derren Bennet…City champs three years in a row…Earned the Bob Mathius Award for three years rushing over 1,000 yards…Played in Cal-State All-Star Game…Personal: Born Xavier Stephens Jan. 5, 1994 in Hanford, Calif…Son of James Graham…Has four brothers, James, Michale, Elbert, Eleden and one sister, Kendrea.
“We feel we hit the jackpot with X! He was a RB at Nevada and chose to transfer here to play LB, which speaks to his athleticism. Add that to his overall attitude and he’s going to be a special player for us. Love guys that can run around and create havoc. X is that type of guy.” - Defensive Coordinator Andy Thompson
High School: A 2014 graduate of Sahuaro High School…Three-year letter winner and two-year captain for Scott Mckee…Named USA Today First Team All-State Defensive back, and First Team All-Southern Arizona Wide receiver…Also named First Team All-City, All-City Wide receiver, and Arizona Daily Star Second Team All-Southern Arizona Defensive back…Recorded 23 total touchdowns, 1,168 yards receiving, and five interceptions in his career…Holds the school record for touchdowns in a game with six…Personal: Born Cole Darian Sterns Oct. 8, 1995 in Tucson, Ariz…Son of Darian and Roberta Sterns…Has one brother Bryce, and one sister Brielle…Has two cousins, Torrie and Ki Andre who attended NAU…Has a cousin, Jordan, who played football at Oklahoma State, and one uncle, James, who played basketball at Baylor…Also considered South Dakota State and North Dakota.
“Unbelievable talent with exceptional play making skills! Cole is one of if not the best playmaker from the state of Arizona. Scored touchdowns as a DB, WR, and return specialist and will contribute to our program in all three phases.” - Cornerback Coach TJ Rushing
High School: A 2014 graduate of Chandler High School…Two-year starter and one-year captain for Shawn Aguano…Named the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year… Helped team to the D1 Section I Championship…Teammate of signee Cruz Flores IV…Personal: Born Wesley Malik Sutton Feb. 9, 1996 in Scottsdale, Ariz…Son of Marc and Theresa Sutton…Has one sister, Alyssa…Also lettered in Track & Field where he competed in the state meet in long jump.
“Extremely gifted athlete from one of the state’s best high school programs, Chandler High. Wes will bring a great mix of athleticism and physicality to the cornerback position. He’s a smart, fast, and physical player, exactly what we are looking for in a corner.” - Cornerback Coach TJ Rushing
High School: A 2014 graduate of Pinnacle High School…Four-year starter and three-year letter winner for Dana Zupke…Named Arizona Republic All-State D-I punter, Tribune First Team All-State, NBC Sports All-Fever Team as top punter in Arizona, and top punter in Arizona from Gridiron Arizona…Helped team reach playoffs all four years…Played in Canyon Coast All-Star game…Personal: Born Ben Thomas Sweet Dec. 19, 1995 in Fort Wayne, Ind…Son of Jon and Susan Sweet…Has one brother, Adam, and one sister, Allison.
“We are excited to have Ben coming. He brings a strong leg and a competitive spirit to our program. We expect Ben to compete for playing time this fall.” - Special Teams Coach David Reeves