Menlo College football welcomes huge recruiting class


Menlo College football coach Mark Grieb and recruiting coordinator Vince Freitas announced the 32-player recruiting class that will join the Oaks this training camp. The class includes 29 true freshman and three transfers.

"It's a big recruiting class which is exciting because we have a lot of guys coming to school and joining our team but more important than that, I'm excited about the type of people we recruited," Grieb said.

East Palo Alto resident Zh'ir James, a defensive back and kick returner, leads the first-year Menlo players. James graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco.

"We have a solid group of lineman and skill players that I think are going to help us at some key positions, but more than anything else, we have a good group of young men coming in," Grieb said. "They're good guys and good students who work hard and excel in the classroom and on the field."

The season opens August 23 when the Oaks welcome Eastern Oregon to Connor Field for a noon kickoff. Six home and five road contests make up this year's slate of games as the Oaks look to build on their 5-5 record a season ago.

The list:

Name Class Position Ht. Wt. Hometown – Previous

Ian Borngrebe FR TE/FB 6'1" 225 Rancho Cucamonga (High), Calif.

AJ Basa* FR RB/WR 5'7" 145 San Diego, Calif. – Morse High

David Birlem JR DT 5'9" 285 Salinas, Calif. – Hartnell College

Blake Brisco FR WR 6'2" 200 Fowler (High), Calif.

Timothy Burke FR LB/DL 6'0" 220 Hilo, Hawaii – Kamehameha

Colby Cahoon FR WR 6'3" 200 Battle Ground (High), Wash.

James Clark FR DB 6'1" 190 Oxnard, Calif. – Santa Clara High

Trevor Daniels FR WR 6'1" 170 North Bend, Wash. – Mout Si High

Michael Daw* FR DB/LS 6'1" 175 Roseville, Calif. – Woodcreek High

Grant Faylor FR WR 5'10" 170 Saratoga (High), Calif.

Siaosi Ha'unga FR OL 6'2" 260 Laie, Hawaii – Leilehua High

Sinaan Hewitt FR OLB 5'11" 195 Rialto, Calif. – Eisenhower High

Kenny Hughes FR DB 5'11" 190 Riverside, Calif. – J. W. North High

Kanoa Iwasaki FR WR 5'9" 150 Lihue, Hawaii – Kauai High

Zh'ir James FR DB/KR 5'8" 165 East Palo Alto, Calif. – Sacred Heart Cathedral

John Lewis FR WR 6'4" 163 Vallejo, Calif. – Benicia High

Sam Maday FR DB 5'10" 190 Benicia (High), Calif.

Blake Mattern* FR QB 6'4" 200 Fresno, Calif. – Sanger High

Andre Matthews* FR OT 6'1" 280 Camden, New Jersey – Dixie M Hollins High

Anthony McBride FR QB 5'10" 170 San Jose, Calif. – Piedmont Hills High

Marcus Mosi JR TE 6'3" 250 San Lorenzo, Calif. – Sacramento State

Josh Neal* FR QB 5'11" 175 Granite Bay (High), Calif.

Wyatt Orozco FR OL 6'2" 247 Los Banos, Calif. – Pacheco High

Tanner Oshiro FR DB 5'9 160 Kaneohe, Hawaii – Saint Louis

Jorge Reynoso FR DT 6'5" 230 Riverside, Calif. – Notre Dame High

Nema Sahebifard JR TE 6'4" 235 Calabasas, Calif. – Los Angeles Valley College

Julian Soto* FR DE 6'2" 225 San Lorenzo, Calif. – Bishop O'Dowd High

Timothy Stimack FR WR 5'7" 170 Santa Rosa, Calif. – Montgomery High

Jacob Sutton FR LB 5'11" 190 Rocklin (High), Calif.

Brandon Takata FR WR 6'0" 170 Sante Fe Springs (High), Calif.

Torenzo Vereen FR OLB 6'3" 210 Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Leilehua High

Mathew Wittmayer* FR OL 6'3" 290 Modesto, Calif. – Grace M. Davis High

*Was team captain

— Menlo Athletics

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