RENO, Nev. – First-year coach Brian Polian ushered in a new era of Nevada football on Wednesday as he unveiled a 21-player recruiting class that will join the Wolf Pack this year.
The class features 11 players on the defensive side of the ball, seven on offense and three athletes. Fifteen of the signees are coming directly from the high school ranks with two sophomore transfers and four junior-college transfers. Of the four junior transfers, three are already enrolled at Nevada and will go through spring drills with the Pack.
“I am very excited about our first class at Nevada,” said Polian, who was named as Nevada’s head coach on Jan. 11. “These guys are what we are looking for here. The star-system and the rankings mean nothing to us. We are interested in the right guys who we feel are going to help us and I’m pleased with the class we brought in.”
The emphasis on defense was highlighted by four defensive backs in the class, including Teré Calloway of Seattle (Wash.) Prep, who stayed firmed on his commitment to Nevada despite nearly two dozen FBS offers.
The class also features a number of players with top-level speed, including defensive back Elijah Mitchell (Corona, Calif.), who has two brothers playing at FBS schools right now and who is the reigning 200-meters champion in the state of California. D’Andre Fuller, who is listed as an athlete, is another speedster who comes to Nevada from Arlington, Texas and is one of two signees from the Lone Star State.
In addition to the three “athletes,” the class includes three designated skill positions on offense with quarterback Danté Mayes of Pittsburg, Calif., tight end Patrick Clifford of Temecula, Calif., and juco running back Don Jackson, a Sacramento, Calif., native who won a national championship at Iowa Western CC and is already enrolled at Nevada.
2013 Recruiting Class:
Joey Anglemire OL 6-3 280 Fr. HS Wahiawa, Hawaii (Mililani HS)
Julian Brooks DB 6-2 210 Fr. HS North Hills, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS)
Teré Calloway DB 5-10 176 Fr. HS Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)
Patrick Clifford TE 6-3 232 Fr. HS Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
Ziad Damanhoury OL 6-6 290 Fr. HS San Diego, Calif. (La Jolla Country Day)
Kaodi Dike DB 6-2 198 Fr. HS Mountain House, Calif. (St. Mary’s HS)
Faigofie Faaituala LB 6-1 223 Jr. TR Carson, Calif. (El Camino College)
D'Andre Fuller ATH 5-10 160 Fr. HS Arlington, Texas (Timberview HS)
Beau Hershberger DL 6-2 230 Fr. HS Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
Braxton Isaac OL 6-5 286 Jr. TR Davenport, Fla. (Foothill College)
Don Jackson RB 5-10 209 Jr. TR Sacramento, Calif. (Iowa Western CC)
Matthew Lyons LB 6-2 230 So. TR Los Angeles, Calif. (L.A. Pierce College)
Danté Mayes QB 6-2 175 Fr. HS Pittsburg, Calif. (Freedom HS)
Elijah Mitchell DB 5-8 170 Fr. HS Corona, Calif. (Roosevelt HS)
Alec Moreno LB 6-2 237 Fr. HS Poway, Calif. (Poway HS)
Dupree Roberts-Jordan DL 6-0 275 Jr. TR Long Beach, Calif. (Golden West College)
Frank Schnicker ATH 6-0 175 Fr. HS Long Beach, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)
Ian Seau DL 6-2 250 So. TR Oceanside, Calif. (Grossmont College)
Chad Specht OL 6-5 286 Fr. HS Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS)
Kevin Sundberg DL 6-2 279 Fr. HS Fowler, Calif. (Fowler HS)
Travis Wilson ATH 6-1 200 Fr. HS Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)