Another week of games and another week of recruiting in the Mountain West. While many teams didn’t do as well in the win column as fans would’ve hoped, they were still able to be productive on the recruiting trail. Possibly, no program was busier this week than the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. This week takes a look at how they recruiting class is shaping up so far.
Spotlight on UNLV:
At a glance, the Rebels have nine known commits, good for 97th in the nation according to Rivals and 102 on Scout/247. Rivals gives them 1 three-star recruit in the class, while the other site has them down for a much large total of 5 three-stars. Surprisingly, only 1 player is from in-state Nevada, but they are doing well in Arizona and Texas, securing 3 verbal pledges from each state. They also have a fairly balanced class thus far, with 4 commits listed as offensive players, 4 as defensive players and one as a ATH.
Highest Ranked Commit(s):
Two were included here. The first is Rivals three star, WR Patrick Ballard. While his offer list is short, he is tall in stature. At 6’3 he has the potential to be a tall pass-catcher that all offenses covet and all QB’s love to throw to.
Second is the highest player listed on Scout/247, DT Chris Manoa. He already possesses ready-made size to clog up the holes in the trenches at a listed 320 pounds. Again, the offer list may be bare but the talent is not.
UNLV picked up a commitment this week from a big defensive end, Timothy Mosley. He has nice size at 6’3.5" and 240. His other listed offers include Florida A&M and Arizona. He hails from Dorsey in California. He had this to say about his choice:
“I committed because it feels like a good fit for me to my family and coaches and the people that support me, and not to far from home. The whole staff shows love. Coach Samuel loves my versitility on the defensive line ans Coach Sanchez likes my playmaking ability.”
As mentioned below, UNLV handed out a total of three known offers. Mountain West Connection caught up with one of them, RB Chad Magyar. Here’s what he had to say:
“I've been in communication with UNLV since summer. I’ve been talking to Coach Burkett throughout this whole process and went to one of their camps. They just recently came down to watch my game against Mayfair and called me the following day to give me an offer. I have a great relationship with Burkett, who is also the running back coach, and their offense is very similar to mine which would make the transition process a lot easier. Even thought I’m focusing more on my senior season rather than recruiting, BYU and UNLV are the two schools I’m in contact the most.”
That’s your look at UNLV recruiting for the week. While 9 commitments does not make a class and there is a long time between now and February, it’s never too early to start looking at players and following them along over the course of their senior seasons. Coach Sanchez and his staff will continue to build this class and the players mentioned will serve as the foundation.
- RB Chad Magyar was offered by UNLV
- TE John McCartan (a Fresno State commit) was offered by UNLV
- RB/LB Austin Ajiake was offered by UNLV
- OLB Semisi Saluni was offered by Wyoming
- OL/DL Jack Bolduc was offered by Hawaii
- LB Kyle Beaudry was offered by Hawaii
- WR Cedric Tillman was offered by Hawaii
- RB Kenan Christon was offered by SDSU
- 2019 ATH Melquan Stovall was offered by SJSU
- DE Timothy Mosley committed to UNLV