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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Utah State
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  The past three days have been fruitful for Utah State's football program as far as recruiting is concerned. Two days after securing a commitment from former Fresno State standout linebacker Justin Rice, another transfer pledged his commitment to the Aggies. Former University of Miami linebacker/defensive end Patrick Joyner Jr. announced his decision Monday on Twitter. Joyner Jr. spent the past three seasons with the Hurricanes, where he saw limited time as a reserve defensive end in four games this past fall as a redshirt sophomore. He made one tackle against Oklahoma State in the Cheez-It Bowl. - Herald Journal Tribune

(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2023 OLB Patrick Joyner Jr.Utah State
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  01/09/21 - Justin RicerSr/2022, Utah State, 6-2, 225 (DS#14 ILB) + More +

  The Utah State Aggies on Saturday received a commitment from a third player who is following new head coach Blake Anderson to Logan from Arkansas State, but that's not the only connection linebacker Justin Rice will have to his new home. For the first few years of his collegiate career, Rice starred at Fresno State before transferring to ASU, meaning he'll be returning to the Mountain West Conference. How good was Rice at Fresno State? He garnered first team MWC honors in 2019 and was named the conference's preseason Defensive Player of the Year in 2020 before transferring late to Arkansas State when it appeared as though the MWC wouldn't play in the fall. Then in his lone season at Arkansas State, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Rice tallied 76 tackles, 18.5 of which went for a loss, which led the entire NCAA. - Deseret News

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Justin RiceUtah State
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  01/06/21 - Logan BonnerrJr/2022, Utah State, 6-1, 220 (DS#44 QB) + More +

  When quarterback Logan Bonner arrives in Logan as an official member of Utah State's football program, he will be joined by a close personal friend. A week ago, Bonner announced he would be transferring from Arkansas State. Wide receiver Brandon Bowling, one of Bonner's go-to targets during the 2020 season, will also be a future Aggie. Bowling made his decision known Monday on Twitter. Bowling is a graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining, while Bonner has two seasons left. Both former ASU players plan on enrolling at USU for the upcoming spring semester. - Herald Journal Tribune

(DS#44 QB) rJr/2022 QB Logan BonnerUtah State
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  University of Miami redshirt sophomore linebacker/defensive end Patrick Joyner has become the first Hurricane on scholarship this postseason to enter the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports first reported Tuesday. Joyner, 6-2 and 225 pounds, is listed by Miami as having one assisted tackle this year. He missed most of 2019 while recovering from offseason surgery, seeing action in one game. As a true freshman in 2018, Joyner played in four games, totaling five tackles. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2023 OLB Patrick Joyner Jr.Utah State
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  01/04/21 - Kyle MayberryrSr/2022, Utah State, 5-10, 180 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Former Kansas cornerback Kyle Mayberry is headed to the Mountain West for his sixth and final season of college football. One of the many KU seniors from the 2020 roster to utilize the NCAA's transfer portal and blanket waiver for an extra year of eligibility, Mayberry announced on Twitter Saturday night he has committed to play at Utah State next season. As a fifth-year senior with the Jayhawks this past year, Mayberry finished with 25 total tackles, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry in his eight appearances, mostly as a key backup. - KUSports

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Kyle MayberryUtah State
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  01/03/21 - Brandon BowlingrSr/2022, Utah State, 5-09, 186 (DS#136 WR) + More +

  Arkansas State University senior receiver Brandon Bowling announced Friday his intention to enter the transfer portal after five years with the Red Wolves. Bowling, of McKinney, Texas, maintains one year of eligibility. Bowling proved a reliable pass catcher for ASU, amassing double-digit receptions in three of his four seasons and winning a pair of bowl games with the Red Wolves. The 5-9 receiver hauled in 39 passes for 507 yards and was ASU's third-leading pass catcher in 2020. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#136 WR) rSr/2022 WR Brandon BowlingUtah State
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  01/03/21 - Logan BonnerrJr/2022, Utah State, 6-1, 220 (DS#44 QB) + More +

  A few things are starting to fall into place for new Utah State head football coach Blake Anderson on the recruiting front. For starters, a quarterback Anderson knows very well will be making his way to Cache Valley. Logan Bonner, who played for Anderson at Arkansas State from 2016-20, announced his commitment to the Aggies on Tuesday on Twitter. One day later, wide receiver Deven Thompkins announced via Twitter he would be returning to USU. Thompkins played the first four games for the Aggies this past season before electing to enter the transfer portal. Both Thompkins and Bonner have two years of eligibility remaining. - Herald Journal Tribune

(DS#44 QB) rJr/2022 QB Logan BonnerUtah State
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  01/02/21 - Kyle MayberryrSr/2022, Utah State, 5-10, 180 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Another senior from KU football's 2020 roster who entered the portal, cornerback Kyle Mayberry, announced on New Year's Eve that he's narrowed down his potential landing spots. Mayberry tweeted out his list of top six schools where he would like to transfer: Western Kentucky, Connecticut, Utah State, Texas Tech, Oregon State and Liberty. As a fifth-year senior at KU, Mayberry finished the 2020 season with 25 total tackles, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry in his eight appearances, mostly as a reserve. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Kyle MayberryUtah State
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  12/22/20 - Justin RicerSr/2022, Utah State, 6-2, 225 (DS#14 ILB) + More +

  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: Justin Rice, Arkansas State, LB,...Leading the nation in tackles for loss (18.5), Rice is a Bednarik Award semifinalist and was on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List this season. He piled up 18.5 tackles for loss to go along with 76 tackles and 7.0 sacks. His tackles total included 57 solo stops that are tied for the fourth most in the country, while he ranks tied for 17th in total sacks. An East-West Shrine Bowl selection, Rice was named the Mountain West Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year before transferring to A-State from Fresno State. He made an immediate impact on A-State's defense as his 76 tackles not only led the team, but also rank eighth in the Sun Belt. - Arkansas State Football

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Justin RiceUtah State
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  12/22/20 - Brandon BowlingrSr/2022, Utah State, 5-09, 186 (DS#136 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION: Brandon Bowling, WR,...Bowling recorded career-best numbers while playing in all 11 A-State games, including nine as a starter. He finished the season with 39 receptions for 507 yards and seven touchdowns, ranking sixth in the Sun Belt in receiving touchdowns, 12th in total receptions and 13th in receiving yards. His seven touchdown passes tied the eighth most in school history for a single season. - Arkansas State Football

(DS#136 WR) rSr/2022 WR Brandon BowlingUtah State
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  12/22/20 - Logan BonnerrJr/2022, Utah State, 6-1, 220 (DS#44 QB) + More +

  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION: Logan Bonner, QB,...Bonner started every game at quarterback for the Red Wolves in 2020, completing 156-of-262 passes for 1,863 yards and 18 touchdowns that ranked as the 11th most in school history for a single season. He completed multiple touchdown passes in six games, including a career-high four against South Alabama. Bonner also threw for at least 200 yards in three outings and finished with a 137.4 pass efficiency rating that ranks seventh in the Sun Belt. - Arkansas State Football

(DS#44 QB) rJr/2022 QB Logan BonnerUtah State
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  12/17/20 - Stephen KotsanleeFr/2024, Utah State, 6-1, 205 (DS#18 P) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Stephen Kotsanlee, P,...Kotsanlee, a 6-1, 205-pound freshman punter from Melbourne, Australia (Box Hill HS), finished the season punting 37 times for an average of 40.7 yards per punt with 17 of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He also had four punts of at least 50 yards on the season, including a season-long of 63 yards, and not one of his punts ended up in the end zone for a touchback. Overall, he ranked fourth in the MW and 65th in the nation with his average of 40.7 yards per punt. - Utah State Football

(DS#18 P) Fr/2024 P Stephen KotsanleeUtah State
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  12/17/20 - Nick HeningerSr/2021, Utah State, 6-2, 230 (DS#87 OLB) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Nick Heninger, DL,...Heninger, a 6-2, 230-pound defensive end from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS/Utah), was third on the team with 42 tackles, and led the team with 3.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss as he started all six games at defensive end/outside linebacker. He also led the team with three forced fumbles, which tied for second in the MW and tied for fourth in the nation. He was also 10th in the MW in tackles for loss per game (1.2) and 15th in the MW in tackles per game (7.0). - Utah State Football

(DS#87 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Nick HeningerUtah State
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  12/17/20 - Shaq BondSr/2021, Utah State, 5-10, 190 (DS#26 SS) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Shaq Bond, DB,...Bond, a 5-10, 190-pound senior safety from Decatur, Ill. (MacArthur HS/Southwestern JC), earned honorable mention all-MW honors for the second-straight season as he started all six games and finished second on the team and ninth in the MW with 7.8 tackles per game. Overall, he had 47 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss to rank second on the team, to go along with a team-best three pass breakups and one interception. He finished the year with three double-digit tackle games, including a season-high 12 stops against San Diego State. He also had a career-high two pass breakups against the Aztecs. - Utah State Football

(DS#26 SS) Sr/2021 SS Shaq BondUtah State
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  12/17/20 - Demytrick AliifuarSr/2021, Utah State, 6-3, 315 (DS#31 C) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Demytrick Ali'ifua, OL,...Ali'ifua, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound senior offensive lineman from Hayward, Calif. (San Leandro HS), played in 312 offensive snaps this season and graded out at 87 percent as he started the first two games of the season at center and the last four at left guard. He finished the year with 18 knockdowns. - Utah State Football

(DS#31 C) rSr/2021 C Demytrick AliifuaUtah State
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