It’s been a very busy week for Utah State’s football program on the recruiting trail, and Friday was especially productive.
That’s because the Aggies secured verbal commitments from four different athletes. One of those players, high school senior cornerback DeMarcus Griffin-Taylor, has scholarship offers from more than 20 FBS teams, including notable Power 5 Conference programs like Florida, Florida State, Michigan and TCU.
The other players — all high school seniors — who pledged their commitment to USU will likely be preferred walk-ons. Those athletes are kicker Will Ferrin, wide receiver Kanen Eaton and defensive lineman Dymente Faamafoe.
Griffin-Taylor is a versatile performer who has played a few different positions during his high school career. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder spent this senior season at Olympic High in Charlotte, North Carolina, but used to attend Washington Union High in Fresno, California.
As a senior for the Trojans, Griffin-Taylor recorded 26 tackles, including 3.0 for a loss, in 10 games. He led his team with two interceptions and nine other passes defended.
Griffin-Taylor also made an impact for Olympic as a receiver and kickoff returner. No. 4 averaged 31.3 yards on nine kickoff returns, one in which he brought back 85 yards for a touchdown. Additionally, Griffin-Taylor caught nine passes for 171 yards and one score and returned four punts for 42 yards.
In addition to receiving scholarship offers from more than 10 Power 5 Conference programs, the 3-star cornerback was also offered by Mountain West powers Boise State and Fresno State.
“No time for explanation I’m off this,” Griffin-Taylor posted on Twitter with a picture of himself with a U-State logo. “... 100% Committed.”
Meanwhile, Eaton gives the Aggies a tall receiving target they’ve been coveting with the graduation of Ron’quavion Tarver and Jalen Greene. The 6-4, 180-pounder went on a visit to USU last weekend.
The Columbia River (Vancouver, Washington) senior has offers from a few smaller four-year programs and has also drawn interest from FBS programs Air Force and Oregon State.
“After careful consideration and talking with my family... I would like to announce my commitment to Utah State University! Thank you to the coaches for giving me this opportunity to continue my football career,” Eaton posted on Twitter. “Excited to see where this road takes me!!!”
An injury limited Faamafoe to five games as a senior at Alta. The 6-2, 290-pounder finished with 14 tackles, including 2.0 for a loss, and 1.0 sacks during the 2018 campaign. As a junior, Faamafoe tallied 36 tackles and 3.0 sacks.
Faamafoe was offered scholarships by FCS programs Southern Utah and Idaho State, plus has a preferred walk-on offer from Utah.
“I’m all in,” Faamafoe posted on Twitter. “#Aggieup. thank you for everybody that helped me through out the process! @CoachKAndersen @CoachBojay.”
Ferrin had a stellar senior season for Davis High as he earned second-team all-state honors and first-team all-region accolades. Ferrin was successful on 13 of 17 field goal attempts, with a long of 45 yards, and went 16 of 16 on PATs. Additionally, 33 of his 40 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.
Ferrin averaged 38.1 yards on 46 punts, to boot. He was also being recruited by Utah, Oregon State, Colorado and UNLV, among other programs.
“It’s a blessing for me to be able to announce that I have received an offer and COMMITTED to Utah State University,” Ferrin posted on Twitter. “I will be serving a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before enrolling in school. Big thank you to Dan Zeidman, Jamie Kohl, and Chris Sailer as well as everyone else who has supported me through the years. #AGGIEUP.”
Ferrin is a 5-star kicker according to Chris Sailer Kicking.