SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- A high school wide receiver and a community college defensive end/outside linebacker have signed a National Letter of Intent or financial aid tender to continue their football careers and academic pursuits at Cal Poly.
Leonte Huerta-Moore from Antelope High School and Chris Evagues of Saddleback College signed this week during the Regular Signing Period for Division I football. The announcement was made Friday by 10th-year Mustang head football coach Tim Walsh and Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman.
Under head coach Matt Ray at Antelope High School, located 15 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento along Interstate 80, Huerta-Moore caught 25 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns last fall, with a season-high seven receptions for 92 yards against Whitney.
The 6-5, 175-pound wide receiver helped the Titans to a 10-2 record, second-place Capital Valley Conference finish and to the quarterfinal round of the CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
Huerta-Moore missed most of the 2016 season due to injury. Antelope was 12-1 in 2016, reaching the semifinals of the CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
"Leonte has great size good speed and raw, but with a huge upside with a tremendous want to be a great player," said Walsh. "We will look forward to his development as we feel he can become something special."
Also recruited by Humboldt State, Point Loma Nazarene, Linfield and Redlands, Huerta-Moore (pictured at left) chose Cal Poly "for the education, great campus and an amazing football program."
Evagues earned 23 sacks, a school record, and 28 tackles for lost yardage in two seasons at Saddleback College.
As a sophomore, the 6-1, 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker notched 38 total tackles (18 solo), including 12.5 sacks and 15 tackles for lost yardage, along with two forced fumbles, one pass breakup and one blocked kick, leading the Gauchos to an 8-3 mark, second-place Southern California Football Association National Division Southern League finish and into the first round of the SCFA playoffs.
Evagues' numbers as a freshman in 2016 include 30 total tackles (17 solo), 10.5 sacks, 13 tackles for lost yardage, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
Evagues earned first-team all-Southern League honors twice and all-state honors in 2016 at Saddleback and was named to the SCFA's All-Academic Team. He is a National Football Foundation Scholar.
As a senior at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Evagues emerged as arguably Orange County's top pass rusher, recording a team-leading 13.5 sacks and 24 hurries, and scoring one touchdown. He notched five sacks against Sunset League champion Edison.
"He was a terror all year long," Tesoro coach Matt Poston said of the first-team All-South League selection. "He's relentless."
Evagues' athleticism helped him finish fourth on his defense with 71 total tackles, including a team-high 51 solo stops, on his way to team defensive MVP honors. He also earned All-CIF-Southern Section West Valley Division and All-Orange County honors and is also an Eagle Scout.
Evagues played in the recent Brea Lions Club Orange County High School All-Star Game after helping the Titans to a 9-3 overall record, second-place South Coast League finish and to the quarterfinal round of the CIF-Southern Section West Valley Division playoffs.
"Chris has great energy as a rush guy and can play three different positions," said Walsh. "We believe that his energy and passion for the game will be contagious. He is one of those guys who is simply a very good football player!"
In addition to Cal Poly, Evagues (pictured at right) was recruited by San Diego, Lamar, Ball State, San Diego State and Southeastern Louisiana. He elected to be a Mustang because "Cal Poly offers a great education and environment to its students. It's a beautiful school and has a great football program."
Cal Poly, which signed nine student-athletes to the National Letter of Intent on February 7, also signed four players during the inaugural Early Signing Period on Dec. 20 in addition to one transfer from West Hills College in Coalinga.
"We are excited to see the end result of a lot of hard work the past year in the recruiting process," Walsh said at a press conference Feb. 7. "We are looking to strengthen our offensive line with three freshmen and a community college transfer. Our offensive skill guys include three running backs and two wide receivers as well as a quarterback."
"We are looking at a host of junior college and four-year transfers to help with some immediacy on the defensive side of the ball, especially in our linebacker positions," Walsh added.
The Early Signing Period ran from Dec. 20-22 while the Midyear Community College Transfer Period was open from Dec. 20 through Jan. 15. The Regular Signing Period opened Feb. 7 and ends April 1.
Cal Poly captured the Big Sky championship in its first season in the conference (2012), has compiled a 26-22 record in its first six years in the Big Sky, has claimed five conference titles in the last 14 years, including four in the eight-year existence of the Great West Conference (2004-11), and earned its fourth NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth in 2016.
The nine previous Regular Signing Period signees:
Jojo Falo, DL, 6-2, 290, San Diego, Calif. (Madison High School/Air Force Prep)
Vatulele Finau, OL, 6-2, 265, Lennox, Calif. (Serra High School)
Dusty Frampton, SB, 5-11, 214, Linden, Calif. (Saint Mary's High School)
Jalen Hamler, QB, 6-2, 200, Los Angeles, Calif. (Lawndale High School)
Daniel Machado, OL, 6-3, 270, San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian High School)
Xavier Moore, SB, 6-1, 188, Tracy, Calif. (Tracy High School)
Anthony Rosales, LB, 6-0, 220, Chino Hills, Calif. (Chino Hills High School/Mt. SAC)
Corey Thomas, LB, 6-2, 200, Upland, Calif. (Upland High School)
Matt Wright, LB, 6-2, 225, Monterey, Calif. (Monterey High School/Hartnell College)
During the Early Signing Period in December, Cal Poly announced the signings of:
Andrew Cokley, OL, 6-4, 265, Folsom, Calif. (Vista del Lago High School)
Dustin Grein, LB, 6-1, 205, Turlock, Calif. (Turlock High School)
Kevin Howell, CB, 5-10, 185, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Thousand Oaks High School/Nevada)
Caden Ochoa, S, 5-11, 185, Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield High School)
Apefai Taifane, OL, 6-3, 290, Amanaye, American Samoa (Leone High School/West Hills College)