Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Runnin' Bulldogs Sign Mauola Malaga and Kapono Asuega

Runnin' Bulldogs Sign 17 More Student-Athletes To Football National Letters Of Intent Courtesy: Gardner-Webb Release: March 23, 2011

   BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb University announced Wednesday that 17 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the Runnin’ Bulldogs and new head coach Ron Dickerson, Jr., bringing the total class to 19.

“This has been a selective process for our coaching staff, and will continue. We wanted to add young men who are capable of helping us win championships and were successful in doing so,” said Dickerson. “We were able to find great fits for our school and football program. Hats off to our staff for the countless hours spent in helping build our roster.”

Gardner-Webb added one January enrollee in linebacker Bradley Taylor (6-1, 220) of Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy, and signed a pair of junior college standouts in nose guard Kapono Asuega (6-0, 280) of two-time junior college champion Mount San Antonio (Calif.) College and offensive lineman Aaron Huck (6-4, 310) of San Jose City (Calif.) College.

Asuega, who played alongside Big South Conference Freshman of the Year Preston Pemasa at Orange Lutheran (Calif.) High, was rated the nation’s No. 70 defensive tackle prospect, and the fifth-best defensive line prospect in California as a high school senior in 2008.

Huck played one season at San Jose City College after spending two seasons at the University of Nevada. Both Huck and Asuega have two seasons of college eligibility remaining.

Huck is one of five offensive linemen to sign with Gardner-Webb, adding necessary talent and depth to that position group. The rest of the offensive line class includes: Rory Gilmartin (6-8, 300) of Downey (Calif.) High; Mauola Malaga (6-3, 285) of Tafuna High in American Samoa, Matt McAlvin (6-5, 295) of Greenbrier (Ga.) High and Ashanti McPhee (6-4, 302) of West Orange (Fla.) High.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs signed players from six different states and American Samoa. The group of six players from Florida marks the most signed by Gardner-Webb from the Sunshine State since moving to Division I in 2000.

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