The UNI Panthers football program added 28 newcomers to the 2016 roster, Head Coach Mark Farley announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016).

Two high school players from Aplington-Parkersburg are among the 10 recruits signed from the state of Iowa. The other 18 student-athletes come from Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Wisconsin, Florida and Illinois.

. Two high school players from Aplington-Parkersburg are among the 10 recruits from the state of Iowa.

The list of UNI's 2016 recruits are as follows, with short biographies for the 10 Iowa players below:

OFFENSE
Spencer Brown, TE, 6-8, 235, Lenox, Iowa (Lenox HS)
Nick Ellis, OL, 6-5, 275, Parkersburg, Iowa (Aplington-Parkersburg HS)
Christian Ellsworth, QB, 6-4, 220, St. Libory, Neb. (Grand Island Northwest HS)
Nick Fossey, WR, 6-2, 180, Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North HS)
Christian Jegen, WR, 6-1, 195, Shawnee, Kan. (Mill Valley HS)
Briley Moore, TE, 6-4, 200, Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South HS)
Christian Perez, TE, 6-3, 245, Harlem, N.Y. (Monroe College/John F. Kennedy HS)
Davonius Reed, OL, 6-2, 285, Parkersburg, Iowa (Aplington-Parkersburg HS)
Jalen Rima, WR, 6-2, 180, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Prairie HS)
Korby Sander, DB, 6-1, 205, Belmond, Iowa (Belmond-Klemme HS)
Jamahl Scott, RB, 5-11, 170, St. Louis, Mo. (Kirkwood HS)
Isaiah Weston, WR, 6-4, 195, Albertville, Minn. (St. Michael-Albertville HS)

DEFENSE
Desmond Chapple, DL, 6-5, 235, Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville HS)
Garrett Graf, LB, 6-0, 200, Verona, Wis. (Middleton HS)
Jake Hartford, DB, 6-3, 210, Circle Pines, Minn. (Centennial HS)
Nikholi Jaghai, DB, 5-10, 170, Miami Gardens, Fla. (Flanagan HS)
Alfonzo Lambert, Jr., LB, 6-1, 200, Rockford, Ill. (Auburn HS)
Marcel Minniefield, DL, 6-2, 295, Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS)
Isaiah Nimmers, DB, 5-9, 176, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Washington HS)
Sonny Onken, DL, 6-4, 245, Norwalk, Iowa (Norwalk HS)
Trey Recknor, LB, 6-2, 227, Mt. Horeb, Wis. (Mt. Horeb HS)
Elerson Smith, DL, 6-7, 200, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis South HS)
Brawntae Wells, DL, 6-4, 258, Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling Catholic HS)
Brison White, DB, 5-10, 215, Woodbury, Minn. (East Ridge HS)
Markail Williams, LB, 6-4, 218, St. Louis, Mo. (Pattonville HS)

ATHLETE
Austin Evans, ATH, 6-2, 195, Kansas City, Mo. (Archbishop O’Hara HS)
Xavior Williams, ATH, 6-0, 175, Burlington, Iowa (Notre Dame HS)

SPECIAL TEAMS
Chris Dobernecker, LS, 6-2, 215, Nevada, Iowa (Nevada HS)


2016 NEWCOMER BIOS - IOWA HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS

Spencer Brown, TE, 6-8, 235, Lenox, Iowa (Lenox HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Lenox High School for Allen Dukes … led his team to a district championship in 2015 … earned first-team all-state as a senior … is a two-time first-team all-district selection for defense, also earning first-team offense in 2015 … racked up 24 receptions for 388 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior, also recording 67 tackles, 17 sacks and four fumble recoveries … also lettered in basketball and baseball, earning first-team all-conference honors in both.
Personal: Son of Liz Jessen and Kurt Brown … has two siblings, Erica and Garrett … majoring in business.

Chris Dobernecker, LS, 6-2, 215, Nevada, Iowa (Nevada HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Nevada High School for Kody Asmus … helped his team to playoff berths in 2011 and 1012 … was named to the all-conference team in 2013 and 2015 … was a team captain and named Lineman of the Year in 2015 … also earned academic all-conference three consecutive seasons … was selected as the recipient of the Chuck Graham – High Standards of Dignity Award by his teammates as a senior … also lettered in baseball and basketball.
Personal: Son of Steve and Stacy … has one siblings, Harold … majoring in business administration … is a part of the National Honor Society and the Honor Roll.

Nick Ellis, OL, 6-5, 275, ParkeRsburg, Iowa (Aplington-Parkersburg HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Aplington-Parkersburg High School for Alex Pollock … is a two-time first-team all-district selection … earned second-team all-state in 2015 … invited to the Iowa Shrine Bowl … helped his team to playoff berths in 2014 and 2015 … also lettered in basketball, earning first-team all-conference.
Personal: Son of Lisa and D. Jay … has two siblings, Dylan and Jaycie … majoring in business … member of the National Honor Society … four-year Honor Roll selection.

Isaiah Nimmers, DB, 5-9, 176, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Washington HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Cedar Rapids Washington High School for Paul James … named a team captain … led his team to three district championships, one conference championship and a state runner-up finish in 2014 … earned second-team INA all-state as a senior … was first-team all-district as a wide receiver and named to the first-team all-area as a defensive back in 2015 … has 45 receptions as a senior, finishing with 870 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns along with three interceptions … selected to all-conference and all-metro second-team as a defensive back in 2013 … also named first-team all-district in 2013 … also lettered in track and field, earning a conference title in the 400 hurdles.
Personal: Son of Laurence and Eara Nimmers … has one sibling, Noah … majoring in exercise science.

Sonny Onken, DL, 6-4, 245, Norwalk, Iowa (Norwalk HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Norwalk High School for Paul Patterson … named the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Iowa Preps Defensive Player of the Year … earned Iowa Preps and Elite all-state honors … three-time all-district selection … earned Warren County Player of the Year … led his team to the state championship game in 2015 … helped his team to four consecutive seasons in the state playoffs … first freshman in Norwalk history to play and start for the varsity team in his first season … racked up 86 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and a touchdown as a senior … also lettered in basketball and track and field … is third all-time in school history in the discus.
Personal: Son of Dendra Lee and Patrick Onken … has two brothers and a sister … majoring in business … is a four-time academic all-district selection.

Davonius Reed, OL, 6-2, 285, Parkersburg, Iowa (Aplington-Parkersburg HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Aplington-Parkersburg High School for Alex Pollock … named second-team all-state in 2015 and all-district as a junior … earned the Iron Man lifting award in 2014 and 2015 … helped his team to the state playoffs during his junior and senior seasons.
Personal: Son of Patricia Whitlatch … majoring in management.

Jalen Rima, WR, 6-2, 180, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Prairie HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Prairie High School for Mark Bliss … named first-team all-district and all-metro as a senior along with third-team all-state … was also all-district and all-metro as a junior … holds the school record for touchdowns in a season with 16 … named a team captain … has 22 receptions for 567 yards and 541 rushing yards for 16 touchdowns as a senior … averaged 19.4 yards per play in 2015 … also lettered in basketball, baseball and track and field … was the Conference Athlete of the Year in track as a junior, also earning all-metro, all-state and all-conference … was the 200 and 400 meter state champion … named all-conference and all-metro in basketball and baseball.
Personal: Son of Todd and Molly … has two siblings, Bailey and Payton.

Korby Sander, RB, 6-1, 205, Belmond, Iowa (Belmond-Klemme HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Belmond-Klemme High School … three-time first-team all-district … was named District Offensive MVP as a junior and a senior … also earned first-team all-state in 2015 … only played in six games a senior, still racking up 1,679 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns … rushed for 1,879 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior … was named second-team all-district as a freshman … also lettered in basketball, baseball and track and field … was two-time all-conference in baseball … holds the school record in the 200 meters in track and is a two-time conference champion in the 100 and 200 meters and a state champion in both events.
Personal: Son of Mike and Dawn Sander … has two siblings, Ryann and Tate … majoring in exercise science.

Brawntae Wells, DL, 6-4, 258, Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling Catholic HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Dowling Catholic High School for Tom Wilson … helped his team to back-to-back state championships, including an undefeated season in 2015 … was named a team captain … earned all-state, all-district and elite all-state as a senior … racked up 22 solo tackles, 12 assisted, six tackles for loss and six sacks … also lettered in basketball.
Personal: Son of Tanya Wells and Kevin Dunigan … has two brothers … majoring in family services.

Xavior Williams, ATH, 6-0, 175, Burlington, Iowa (Notre Dame HS)
High School: Lettered in football at Notre Dame High School for Nick Breuer … earned first-team INA and Des Moines Register all-state as a senior … is a three-time first-team all-district selection and a two-time winner of District MVP as a wide receiver … also was selected to the INA and Des Moines Register all-state second-team in 2014 … holds the school record for career all-purpose yards, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns … had 1,847 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior, also adding 799 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground … also lettered in track and field, helping his team to a state championship in 2015 … was a state champion in the 4X100 meters, also finishing in second in the long jump and third in the high jump.
Personal: Son Aimee Hingst … has three siblings, Xander, Nadiya and Quinn … majoring in exercise science.