Four more dominoes fell for the Fort Lewis College football program, including its first skill-position player.
Ameer Deggs, a 5-9, 170-pound running back transfer from Eastern Arizona College, was one of four recruiting chips announced Tuesday by new head coach John L. Smith.
Deggs is from Plaquemine, La., where he was a three-year starter at quarterback, running back and cornerback in high school. The former district MVP is “a little bit smaller, but the thing you don’t sacrifice is speed,” Smith said in a news release to The Durango Herald.
“We have to do our best to get the ball in his hands,” Smith said of the former prep track star. “He has the chance to break it any time he touches it. We’ll try to create ways to get the balls in the hands of the playmakers.”
The other three recruits are another college transfer and a pair of Piedra Vista High School players from Farmington: Brandarius Johnson, a 6-2, 255-pound defensive end from Saddleback College, and Kolt Muñoz – a 6-1, 230-pound linebacker – and Dylan Terry – a 6-1, 255-pound lineman – from Piedra Vista.
“Brandarius is a very explosive, mobile athlete on the defensive side,” Smith said of the Las Vegas native. “He provides a lot of versatility for us – he’s a great defensive kid who can run, change directions and has a great knack for getting to the football.”
Smith said Johnson’s “speed and agility” are assets that could translate to multiple positions on the defensive line.
“He can also play a down end and rush off the edge as well,” Smith said. “He could also provide you enough depth to move inside at times. He’s had that kind of experience in the past.”
Muñoz played five positions for the Panthers: defensive end, fullback, guard, linebacker and tight end.
“Kolt is the type of player who not only improves our depth at linebacker, but he’s the type of guy who could be on all of your special teams as well,” Smith said. “He is somebody who can get on the field real early on special teams.”
Muñoz started one year at Piedra Vista, while Terry started three seasons – on both sides of the ball. The Panthers’ placekicker was a first-team all-state selection on the defensive line and a second-team all-state selection on the offensive line.
“We’ll probably start Dylan on the defensive side of the ball, but he’s a player who has the capability to move to the other side,” Smith said. “There’s nothing better than an offensive lineman who started out as a defensive lineman. He can get a lot bigger and a lot stronger, but he can provide some depth to begin with.”
The Skyhawks’ recruiting class currently stands at nine players, including: defensive tackle C.J. Anderson, tackle Chris Friesen, guard Arthur Ray Jr., linebacker Ryan Ross and defensive end David Sweet.