desmond williams weber state signing day graphic 2019 class

Signing day graphic for Desmond Williams, a Boise State player who signed Dec. 21, 2018, to play football at Weber State as part of the 2019 recruiting class.

OGDEN — Weber State football added two more players to its 2019 signing class before the early signing period closed last week.

The Wildcats announced Desmond Williams and Justin Haase as additions to the 2019 class as the early period closed Dec. 21. Williams comes from Boise State and will be a junior, and Haase is a prep prospect from Washington.

That brings WSU's early signing total to five players. Williams and Haase join prep defensive backs Maxwell Anderson and Jacob Sharp, and junior college running back Daniel Wright Jr., in the class.

Williams is a 5-foot-11, 205-pound defender who played a hybrid linebacker/nickel defensive back position for two seasons at Boise State. In 27 games, he recorded 58 tackles, including eight for loss, forced three fumbles and returned one of his own forced fumbles for a touchdown.

Williams was a three-star recruit from Corona, California, out of high school and will have two years to play two seasons, having redshirted 2016, and is immediately eligible. His signing announcement listed him as a safety, instantly bolstering a defense losing seven starters to graduation.

Haase is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound prep athlete from Puyallup, Washington, and is rated as a two-star prospect by 247 Sports. He played receiver and linebacker at Puyallup High and was listed as an "athlete" upon his signing, meaning his position is yet to be determined.

His film shows Haase as a quick, long-strided receiver who makes plays with his hands and his size. He caught 55 balls for 1,065 yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games as a senior, according to MaxPreps. With his size, it seems likely Haase would play either receiver or safety in college.

Junior college players can still sign in a window that closes Jan. 15. The standard signing period opens Feb. 6, 2019. Head coach Jay Hill told the Standard-Examiner before early signing he plans to sign 10-15 players total for the 2019 class, plus add a few returned missionaries.

Weber State finished the 2018 season with a 10-3 record and a second straight shared Big Sky title, a first for the program. The 2019 season begins Aug. 31 at San Diego State.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @bhein3/@WeberHQ and at facebook.com/WeberStateSports.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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