Here’s a look at the junior college and transfer players we know have committed to Utah State
Alfred Bowden, a 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback from Phoenix Junior College
Has an interesting story. In addition to being a terrific cornerback, he’s lucky to be alive. Almost two years ago, Bowden was on a bus returning to Arizona from a skiing trip in Colorado. The bus crashed in a tragic accident that resulted in the death of several Deer Valley High classmates on a remote stretch of highway in southeastern Utah. Bowden was injured, but recovered and is now playing football again. His sister, Jasmine, was one of nine killed in the accident, unfortunately.
Gavin Jones, a 6-3, 185-pound safety from Snow College and Orem High.
An immediate candidate to step into the role vacated by graduating James Brindley. Jones prepped at Orem High, but has spent a pair of seasons at Snow where he was the defensive team caption last season. He had 56 tackles for the Badgers, who finished the season 10-2 with a bowl win over Grand Rapids Community College.
Xavier Martin, a 5-11, 200-pound receiver from Grossmont Junior College in California.
Was a second team all-Southern California JC selection after leading Griffins with 28 receptions for 383 yards and five touchdowns. Grossmont spread the ball around with 2568 passing yards. Nine players had 12 or more receptions for the team which finished 7-3. He should battle for playing time right away and will enroll in time for classes in Januray and a spring training session.
Dontell Watkins, a 6-3, 205-pound receiver from Butler County JC in Kansas
Had only 16 receptions for 370 yards and three touchdowns on a run-first team that is a balanced power in junior college football. He did lead the team in yards per catch at 23.1, suggesting he’s got some speed to go with his size — something the Aggies desperately need.
Evan Huahulu, a 6-3, 330 defensive tackle transferring from SMU.
Big, nasty and eager to show he’s got what it takes to be a force on a Division I team after leaving SMU midseason. He’ll have to sit out the upcoming season and will then have two seasons to show his stuff at Utah State as a hole-plugging run-stuffer