SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wide receiver Dalton Hunkle and safety Tyrone Duckett became the latest members of the 2013 Sacramento State football recruiting class. The pair will join offensive lineman Justin Aysse and safety Robby Kendall as midyear transfers who will enroll in January.
Hunkle is a 6-foot-2, 210 pound receiver who played at Mt. Jacinto JC. In 2012, he finished fourth among all California junior college players with 1,144 receiving yards and was tied for fourth with 73 receptions. His nine touchdowns tied for 26th in the state while his 104.0 receiving yards per game ranked eighth.
The Murrieta, Calif., native had six 100-yard receiving games, including an 11-catch, 201-yard effort against El Camino JC. He also had 11 receptions at Southwestern JC for 130 yards. Those numbers helped Hunkle earn first team all-state and first team all-Mountain Conference honors in 2012.
A 2009 graduate of Murrieta Valley HS, Hunkle was named all-Southern Section, all-valley and first team all-Southwestern League as a senior after catching 63 passes for 694 yards and three touchdowns.
Duckett comes to the Hornets from Washington State. He redshirted for the Cougars in 2010 before playing in 11 games in 2011, mainly on special teams. He finished the season with four tackles, including a pair of solos. Following a coaching change, he was moved to running back in 2012 but did not appear in a game.
At Encinal HS, Duckett was named first team all-state (medium schools) by CalHiSports.com and also garnered first team all-East Bay accolades by the Contra Costa Times and all-Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle. He also took home first team all-Bay Shore Athletic League honors and was second team all-Northern California by GoldenStatePreps.com. Defensively, he recorded 67 tackles with five sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles. On offense, he rushed 97 times for 938 yards and 13 touchdowns. After his senior season, he played in the East Bay vs. Sacramento all-star game and was ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Sacramento State lost only 13 players from its 2012 team which finished the year with a 6-5 overall record. The team is projected to return 17 of its 22 starters.