Fresno State Football

Bulldogs load up on JC tight ends and beat Boise State in the process

Tedford on MW title, Red Wave and Las Vegas Bowl

Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford talked up the Red Wave and a Las Vegas Bowl matchup against Arizona State the day after the Bulldogs won a Mountain West title with a 19-16 overtime win at Boise State. The Las Vegas Bowl is Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.
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Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford talked up the Red Wave and a Las Vegas Bowl matchup against Arizona State the day after the Bulldogs won a Mountain West title with a 19-16 overtime win at Boise State. The Las Vegas Bowl is Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.

Fresno State received commitments for its 2019 recruiting class on Sunday from two of the top junior college tight ends in the nation, and in the process got Boise State again.

Raymond Pauwels from Glendale Community College in Arizona and Juan Rodriguez from Butte College committed to the Bulldogs.

Pauwels had a scholarship offer on the table and was on an official visit to Boise State last weekend when Fresno State won the Mountain West Conference championship with a 19-16 overtime victory.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Pauwels caught 56 passes for 612 yards and one touchdown in his sophomore season and is a first-team all-Western State Football League selection. He visited Fresno State this weekend and committed Sunday.

He is rated the No. 7 junior college tight end in the nation by 247Sports.

The 6-4, 240-pound Rodriguez, who caught 14 passes for 325 yards (23.2 yards per catch) and two touchdowns, also visited Fresno State this weekend, and had offers from Louisville as well as two Mid-American Conference programs.

He is regarded as the No. 5 JC tight end, again by 247Sports.

Pauwels and Rodriguez could rise quickly in a position group that returns Jared Rice but loses seniors Kyle Riddering, David Tangipa and Gunner Javernick.

Rice is the Bulldogs’ second-leading receiver this season with 51 receptions for 624 yards and three touchdowns. Riddering also has three touchdown catches and Tangipa has one.

Fresno State, which will play Arizona State in the Dec. 15 Las Vegas Bowl as the conference champion, also has junior Cam Sutton and redshirt freshman Daniel Moraga and freshman Austin Alexander and Jared Torres in the position group.

Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada
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