Junior-college football players David Orvick and Bryan Oldenkamp have signed letters of intent to play for the University of New Mexico, UNM announced Wednesday.
Oldenkamp, an offensive lineman from Hesperia, Calif., by way of Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., started all 10 games for Chaffey this fall at right tackle. He’s listed on the Chaffey website at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds.
He played only one season at Chaffey and will report to UNM in January as a sophomore.
Oldenkamp told the Daily Press of Victorville, Calif., that he was the first recruit new Lobos coach Bob Davie came to see personally.
“It was kind of a big honor for me,” Oldenkamp told the Daily Press.
Oldenkamp said he also was being recruited by Marshall and North Texas.
“I just decided that the best fit was the University of New Mexico,” he said.
Orvick, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound linebacker from Los Altos, Calif., was a 2011 NorCal all-conference selection at Foothill College in Los Altos. He had 66 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and four quarterback sacks this season. According to UNM, he had scholarship offers from New Mexico State and Cal Poly.
Orvick will report to UNM in January as a junior. Wednesday was signing day for midyear junior college transfers.
Davie has said he prefers to build his program with high school recruits, but the Lobos lose seniors Mike Muñiz and Jon Washington from an already-thin offensive line.
Also, 2011 freshman offensive tackle Earl Johnson has left the program. And Oldenkamp has three years, not two, of eligibility remaining.
The Lobos appear to have plenty of linebackers, but it’s likely that Davie will switch from last season’s 4-2-5 scheme to a 4-3 front next year.
LOBO GRADUATES: Muñiz is one of seven UNM football players who received their undergraduate degrees last week. Kicker James Aho, fullback Chris Biren, safety Bubba Forrest, linebacker Carmen Messina, wide receiver Michael Scarlett and running back James Wright also turned in the pigskin for the sheepskin.
— This article appeared on page D4 of the Albuquerque Journal