Nevada Football Focused On Defensive Recruits

Nevada football coach Chris Ault says he focussed on defense in this year's recruiting class, especially plugging holes in the secondary.

Ault says that in terms of speed and skill, it's as good as any class he's recruited.

The 18 high school players who signed national letters of intent to play for the Wolf Pack next year are made up of 16 Californians and two Nevadans.

The Nevadans are Jeff Nady, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound offensive lineman from Douglas High School in Minden and Michael Ball, a 5-foot-10, 225-pound running back at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas.

Nady, who also plays basketball at Douglas, was also being recruited by Colorado State, UNLV, Idaho and San Jose State.

Iowa and Cal also showed interest.

His father, Joe, played baseball at Nevada in the early 1980s and his uncle, Jay Nady, is a Nevada Hall of Famer in football and boxing.

Nevada also signed four junior college players, including Michael Andrews, a 6-foot-3, defensive tackle who will arrive from Arizona Western College with three years of eligibility and two defensive backs from California's Reedley College - Antoine Thompson and Maurice Harvey.

Ault says he expects some of the freshman to end up playing next year and that the J-C transfers should help immediately.