The Cal Poly football team announced Tuesday three additions to the team’s 2016 recruiting class.
Head coach Tim Walsh has added transfers Leroy Mealancon Jr., from College of the Canyons, and Mason Montgomery, out of Butte College, along with Redondo Union High School school senior Cedric Muzik for the upcoming fall season.
The trio are set to join the existing recruiting class of 17 high school seniors and one community college transfer.
Mealancon, a 6-foot-5 and 270-pound defensive lineman, recorded 15 tackles in 10 games as a sophomore in 2015 and 28 tackles in nine game as a freshman in 2014 at College of the Canyons. His career includes 10 tackles for lost yardage, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.
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Also recruited by Hawai’i, Fresno State and Alabama, Mealancon is a 2013 graduate of Paraclete High School.
As a junior in 2011, Mealancon made 49 tackles, including six sacks and seven tackles for lost yardage, to go along with three quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery, helping the Spirits to an 11-3 record, second-place Alpha League finish and 2011 CIF-Southern Section East Valley Division runner-up placing.
Mealancon did not play football as a senior as he exceeded the California Interscholastic Federation’s age limit.
Montgomery, a linebacker/long snapper, recorded 112 tackles, including two sacks and seven tackles for lost yardage, as a sophomore during the 2015 season at Butte. He also notched two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception en route to first-team All-NorCal Conference National Division honors.
He produced double-digit tackles in six of his team’s 11 games, including a career-high 17 against City College of San Francisco.
The 6-1, 235-pound Montgomery also made 70 tackles as a freshman in 2014 along with one sack, one interception and two fumble recoveries. Thirty-three of his tackles were in the final three games of the season, including 13 against American River College.
Montgomery also received offers from Bryant and Division II schools Sioux Falls and Concord.
At Ashland High School (Oregon), Montgomery was a center and linebacker, earning the Grizzlies’ 2013 Dave Kitchell Most Inspirational Award. An all-state linebacker as a senior, he was named Midwestern League Defensive Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.
Montgomery also excelled in wrestling at Ashland, earning the Oregon Class 5A state championship at 220 pounds as a senior, one year after claiming runner-up honors at 195 pounds. Montgomery was 29-0 as a senior.
Pass-rush specialist Muzik, 6-2 and 240 pounds, will join the team as a walk-on after being accepted to Cal Poly. He made 81 total tackles, including 33 for lost yardage and 17 sacks, as a senior at Redondo Union last fall, leading the Sea Hawks to a 10-3 record, second-place finish in the Bay League and a spot in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs.
Postseason honors for Muzik include MaxPreps 2015 California Medium Schools All-State Football Team, All-CIF-Southern Section Western Division Team and Torrance Daily Breeze All-Area Team. He also was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the Bay League.
Muzik, who also played on the junior varsity basketball team as a freshman, made 10 sacks as a sophomore en route to Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore First Team honors and earned All-Bay League and Daily Breeze All-Area honors as a junior, returning one interception for a touchdown.