Quarterbacks Press Taylor of Butler Community College (Kan.) and Jake Laudenslayer of Mendocino College (Calif.) joined Laney College (Calif.) all-purpose back Troy Evans and Bakersfield Community College safety Brandon Miller by signing with the Thundering Herd, Wednesday.
Biographical capsules in alphabetical order on each signee follow:
Troy Evans, Running Back, Laney College (Calif.) Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 200-pounds Hometown: Hayward, Calif. (Hayward H.S.)
Led the Golden Gate Conference in all purpose yards with a 162 yards per game average last season...rushed for 407 yards and four touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore...recorded 224 yards on 18 punt returns...added 559 yards on 25 kickoffs for a 22.4 yards per return average.
Jake Laudenslayer, Quarterback, Mendocino College (Calif.) Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 225-pounds Hometown: Modesto, Calif. (Grace Davis H.S.)
Threw for 2,884 yards and 30 touchdowns against 10 interceptions for Mendocino last season ...also rushed for 294 yards and a touchdown...led the Mid-Empire Conference in passing (288.4 yards per game) and total offense (317.8 yards per game)...a two-time first-team all-conference selection at Mendocino...also played receiver as a freshman...has three years to use his two years of eligibility.
Brandon Miller, Safety, Bakersfield Community College (Calif.) Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 195-pounds Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow International H.S.)
Earned Southern California Football Association second-team honors at Bakersfield Community College despite playing in only six games...was credited with 29 tackles, three tackles for loss and recovered a fumble last season...played high school football at Withrow International in Cincinnati.
Press Taylor, Quarterback, Butler Community College (Kan.) Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 210
Hometown: Norman, Okla. (Norman H.S.)
Threw for 2,294 yards and 22 touchdowns against six interceptions and rushed for 304 yards...completed 60.8% of his passes en route to leading Butler to a second straight NJCAA national championship...completed 22-of-30 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown in a 37-30 win over Snow College in the Top of the Mountain Bowl...named second-team All-Jayhawk Conference...rated as the #60 overall junior college player in the country by Rivals.com...younger brother of former Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor...his father Sherwood played defensive back at Oklahoma, lettering from 1977 to 1979.