Bulldog Football Welcomes 21 Recruits

February 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An emphasis on playmakers with speed, along with landing the nation's top high school punter headlines Pat Hill's new crop of Bulldogs. At Wednesday's National Signing Day press conference the Fresno State head coach said this year's recruiting class has him anxious to get the season underway.In all, 20 high schoolers and one junior college transfer signed their letters of intent to play football at Fresno State. Nine of the signees come from right here in the Valley.

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It's the moment all high school athletes hope for at the end of their athletic careers. At Tulare Union, cousins Edward Dillihunt and Marquess Wilson will cheer for each other from afar. Dillihunt is staying home and will play football for Pat Hill at Fresno State.

"I have a family base that supports me all the way," said Dillihunt. "I don't think I would have had that if I would have left."

But Wilson prefers a change of scenery, and is headed to Washington State.

"I just knew from when I was a little kid I always wanted to get out of California and experience life somewhere else," said Wilson.

At Edison, Tevin McDonald is headed to UCLA, and will become cross-town rivals with brother and USC Trojan T.J.

"It's all love," said McDonald. "He's excited for me and I'm excited for him. When we play that should be fun."

Best friend Wesley Flowers will join McDonald in Westwood, and teammate Vante Johnson hopes to come back to Fresno in the fall and haunt the Bulldogs, as a Cal Poly Mustang.

"I'm hoping next year I start and get to match up against Fresno State," said Johnson, "and bring back what could have been at Fresno."

Buchanan linebacker Kelvin Cain joins traditional powerhouse University of Miami.

"It's a great place," said Cain. "Great facilities, great coaches, great players, great football, great traditions."

And teammate Kyle Papendorf will stay in the WAC, bringing a strong Valley football background to the Nevada Wolf Pack.