Feb. 1, 2006
On The Class
"I feel like the skills we have acquired in this class are exceptional. We have very, very good speed and the physical abilities of the linemen will allow them to contribute, possibly early, but they will definitely provide depth for now and in the future.
"I am very proud of our staff. They worked hard during the process and it's obviously very competitive. I am very proud of their efforts and it been a tremendous success as we wrap things up today."
On Andrew Larson
"We addressed the need for a punter with Andrew Larson from Saddleback. He was a huge signing for us. He was heavily recruited and with the loss of David Lonie he fills an immediate need."
On The Class of Linemen
"With the two inside guys, in Michael Costanzo and Derrick Hill, and the two outside guys in Keith Browner and Rulon Davis, we have people who can really rush the passer. And add in Tyson Aluala from last year's class...We feel pretty good about those slots. Rulon Davis is a guy who can really run and will help us on the edge. We also feel like we are very athletic with our offense linemen."
On Targeting Student-Athletes
"We have 17 California players. I think there are eight from southern California...I think we have six players who are coaches' sons and you notice that at some level. They are students of the game and see things a little differently."
Immediate Impact Players
The JC guys obviously. Mike Gibson has a chance, Mark Gray has a chance, Rulon Davis has a chance and Larson. We have four junior-college kids and there is a reason why you recruit them. If you didn't feel they could come in and compete, you probably shouldn't have been recruiting them."
On Kevin Riley
Kevin is a very good player. He was the player of the year in Oregon. He came to our camp and really impressed us. I saw him at the Nike combine. He throws a great deep ball and he's a student of the game. He's a guy who has been around football all of his life. He has the tools to be successful in our offense.
On Darian Hagan
I don't know if you saw the city championship (L.A), but he was very instrumental in winning that game. He can really run. He will play on the corner for us to start out but he can play safety. Because he can run so well and has great range, he could come in and compete early."
On The Buzz
I really believe there are some players here like Derrick Hill, Tracy Slocum, James Montgomery, those guys bring a lot of sizzle...Darian Hagan. I think a guy that will really be a sleeper who wasn't highly recruited was Jeremy Ross. He was in our camp and we were really excited about him. He will be a guy that could be a sleeper that not a lot of people know about."