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2013 UNLV football recruiting: Rebels land three-star linebacker

UNLV picked up a commit from the No. 43rd rated linebacker in D.J. Moffitt.

Ethan Miller

The UNLV Rebels picked up their highest rated recruit this past week when LB D.J. Moffitt (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) decided to verbally commit to UNLV. Moffitt had offers from Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State, Houston, Utah and Washington State. He also had interest from Cal and Oregon, but never received a scholarship offer.

One reason that Moffitt decided on UNLV is that other larger name programs were wanting him to make a decision before he was ready:

"There was some interest with those schools, but it didn't work out with them because of some communication issues," he said. "I think they wanted me to commit a little earlier. Where I'm going, I'm happy with it ... I knew UNLV was my No. 1."

This is a huge get for UNLV who has struggled to lure in top talent, and is a real steal for UNLV. Defense has been a real issue for the Rebels for a while and one player won't make a huge difference, but he will make a difference.

Moffitt excels at tackling (he better be able to do that well) as well as being able to drop into coverage when needed. Heres is more from ESPN recruiting about Moffitt:

Moffitt displays the instincts and nose for the football which allows him to make big plays when defending both the run and pass. Has the size and athleticism for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. His frame appears capable of supporting additional bulk over time. Although there is the need to come to balance when tackling in space, his playing strength and ability to punish ball carriers is evident.

Moffitt is UNLV's 18th recruit for the 2013 recruiting class.

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