Brooks Abel: Officially an Aggie, LaPan also signs

We reported that Brooks Abel, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman from the College of the Siskiyous had made a verbal commitment to Utah State.

But when USU coach Gary Andersen released a list of mid-year transfers coming to USU from junior colleges or other schools, Abel wasn’t on it.

Now we’re updating that.

Yes. Just signed officially tonight,” Abel told the Deseret News Sunday evening. “I’m pretty excited.”

The reason for the delay isn’t as complicated or as scary as some Aggie fan might have imagined. He was just waiting for a couple of things to take care of themselves before he put ink to paper and faxed it in to Andersen in Logan.

Abel, a college freshman who will have three years of eligibility to play at USU, was in the middle of finals at the Northern California school. His family and home is in Washington State, however, and he wanted to be home with that family when he signed to play for a Division I school.

Now that he’s done that, he’s an Aggie.

Another big man coming to Utah State is Santa Ana JC offensive lineman Jeremy LaPan, a source close to the USU football program told the Deseret News. The 6-6, 300 pounder will be a junior at USU and will also arrive in Logan in time for classes in January.

LaPan was a first team all-Southern Conference selection this past season when he helped Santa Ana 4-6 record.

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