Football releases 2023 recruiting class


The Fresno State football team runs down the ramp at Valley Children’s Stadium in October 2022. (Diego Vargas/The Collegian)

By Valentina Saldaña, Sports Editor

The Fresno State football roster will look different next season, with new players coming on during the February signing period. 

The 2023 signing class is made up of 24 new ‘Dogs, with 11 of them being first-time players. The other 13 are composed of four Division 1 transfers and nine junior college  transfers. 


Running backs

Devon Rivers, a 3-star running back from Heritage High School, signed with Fresno State back in December. He is the younger brother of Ronnie Rivers and son of Ron Rivers, who were both running backs for Fresno State and played in the NFL. During his senior campaign, Devon rushed for 1,759 yards and had 24 touchdowns. 

Another player who signed back in December is Charles Greer, who was ranked at 3-stars by 247Sports. He played at De La Salle High School, where he rushed 1,251 yards and had 16 touchdowns during the 2022 season.  

One of the February signees is Cal transfer Damien Moore. In the 2022 season, Moore had a total of 22 carries for 101 yards. He was also on the preseason watchlist for the Doak Walker Award. 


Wide receivers

All three wide receivers are transfers from a junior college. 

Tim Grear Jr. played at Ventura College where he was ranked the No. 34 overall junior college recruit in the country by ESPN. Grear Jr. averaged 17.8 yards per catch in the 2022 season. 

Artis Cole appeared in 10 games during the 2022 season for Glendale Community College. This past season he recorded 724 yards and nine touchdowns. He was also selected as an All-Conference wide receiver twice (2021 and 2022). 

Transferring in from San Diego Mesa College is Antoine Sullivan. Throughout his JuCo career he was selected twice to the first team All-Conference, was named to the All-San Diego County team in 2021 and had a total of 1,221 yards with 13 touchdowns. 



There are two additions to the quarterback room, UCF transfer Mikey Keene and the Central Valley’s own Jayden Mandal, who was ranked as a 3-star recruit by 247Sports. During his time at Buchanan High School he passed for 2,844 yards and was named the 2022 TRAC Football player of the year. 


Tight ends

Jake Tarwater, a JuCo transfer from College of the Sequoias, will be joining the ‘Dogs this season. In the 2022 season he recorded 16 receptions, 196 yards and one touchdown. 

Citrus Valley High School graduate Brock Lium recorded 52 receptions, 780 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 2022 season. Lium signed to Fresno State back in December. 

Another player who signed in December is Richie Anderson. He played at Tualatin High School where he holds the record for most sacks in a game, season and in a career. He was also unanimously selected as First Team All-League for tight end and defensive end. 


Offensive line

The offensive line signees for 2023 is made up of all JuCo transfers. Hayden Pulis, a Valley native out of Hanford, played two seasons for Fresno City College. He was selected to the 2022 JCGridiron preseason All-American third team. 

Caleb Barajas, ranked a 3-star recruit by 247Sports, signed during December. He played at Ventura College where he earned honors for both First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State in 2022. 

Joining the ‘Dogs from Cerritos College is Edward Fonua. As a true freshman in 2022, he helped Cerritos win the Western State Bowl, was named All-America, All-National Division Central League and All-California Region III. 


Defensive Line

Another JuCo transfer is Dupre Mendoza, who is joining the ‘Dogs from Mt. San Antonio College. Mendoza started all 11 games this past season and had 38 total tackles and 1 sack. 

Another player joining Fresno State from a Southern California JuCo is Ezra Christensen, who played at San Diego Mesa College. In the 2022 season he had seven sacks, was named First Team All-Conference and Region III All-California first team defense. 

Mordecai Hines, the 3-star recruit signed in December. During his career at Highland High School he had 50 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and was the 2022 Golden League Lineman of the Year. 

Isiah Chala also signed back in December from Archbishop Riordan High School. There he earned First  team all-league and had 34 total tackles with three sacks during the 2022 season. 



The No. 109 linebacker nationally, RL Miller, was originally committed to Arizona State but signed with Fresno State in December. During his career at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, he totaled 32 tackles, five interceptions and eight touchdowns. 

Tuasivi Nomura, the USC transfer and February signee, played 12 games for the Trojans this past season. He had a total of 25 tackles, one quarterback hurry and 1.5 tackles for loss. 



The safeties for the signing class of 2023 includes Kent State transfer Dean Clark and two first-time players. One of them is Brandon Ramirez, the 3-star recruit who played at San Joaquin Memorial on both defense and offense (running back), earning him the CMAC Offensive player of the year. 

Justin Johnson of Inglewood High School signed in December with the ‘Dogs, although he was originally committed to Arizona. Johnson was named first team all-league and had three interceptions, two touchdowns and 15 pass break-ups in his career.  



A February signee for the Bulldogs is 3-star Ah’Marion Ashely from Edison High School (Stockton, Calif.) In the 2022 season, he had 25 tackles, three interceptions, three defensive touchdowns and two sacks. 

Fresno State will start its season in September of this year.