But the Bulldogs also welcomed three highly touted transfers.
The last two recruiting classes are by far two in head coach Pat Hill's 13 years in Fresno. If you add Knox and Toailoa to the 2008 class, it easily pushes the Bulldogs' class into one of the top 50 in the country, maybe top 40.
Knox is former four-star prep All-American back out of Los Angeles (Calif.) Birmingham High School. He was Scout.com's 30th rated RB in the nation with offers from Florida State, Notre Dame, and Florida among others. In his final season at Birmingham, his 2,210 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns added to his career record of 6,995 yards and 103 touchdowns, the best in L.A. City Section history.
Toailoa was rated one of the nation's top 50 defensive linemen in the nation by Scout.com. He was a Scout.com "3-star All-American" as well.
Knox transferred from UCLA this summer after talking with Utah and Fresno State. Bulldog head coach Pat Hill offered him a scholarship on his visit to Fresno in June, and Knox committed to the Bulldogs. But he must sit the 2010 season per NCAA transfer requirements. He will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2011.
Toailoa (pronounced toe-uh-loa) signed with Nebraska out of Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, but the ‘Dogs also recruited him. He redshirted in 2008 at Nebraska while recovering from consecutive shoulder surgeries. In 2009, he was moved to offensive guard.
Toailoa left Nebraska this summer and visited Fresno State and Cincinnati ultimately deciding on the Bulldogs. He will be on scholarship but like Knox must sit out the 2010 season.
Slocum decided to come home after being dismissed from the California football team last August. He enrolled in junior college to improve his academic standing to gain admission into Fresno State as well as achieve the 96 transferable units to be eligible to walk on and play for the Bulldogs as a fifth-year player. Slocum did both, and he be eligible to participate in fall camp. Since he did not play in 2009, he is eligible this season.
Slocum is expected to contend with Robbie Rouse, Michael Harris, and A.J. Ellis for immediate playing time this season. Slocum is easily the biggest and powerful back of the bunch. He can immediately step in and fill the void of the big back vacated by Ryan Mathews, Lonyae Miller, and Anthony Harding.
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