Nevada football announces early signings
RENO — Second-year Nevada football coach Jay Norvell announced the signing of 17 players to National Letters of Intent on the opening day of the early signing period on Wednesday. Combined with four grayshirts — student-athletes who signed last year and who will enroll at Nevada next month — the class consists of 21 players for the Wolf Pack
Here’s a brief bio on the players signed by Nevada:
6-3, 265, Fr.
Yuba City, Calif. (Yuba City HS)
QUICK HITS: Two-time all-league selection who was the Capitol Valley Conference Lineman of the Year in 2018 as a senior. Multi-sport athlete who also played or lettered in basketball, baseball, wrestling and track and field.
6-5, 260, Fr.
Auburn, Calif. (Placer HS)
QUICK HITS: Two-time all-league pick who was part of two league championship teams in high school. As a junior, helped Placer to league, section and regional titles.
6-3, 240, Fr.
Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin HS)
QUICK HITS: Two-time first-team all-district selection. Had recruiting interest from Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Texas, Memphis and SMU.
6-2, 195, Fr.
Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS)
QUICK HITS: Led Chandler to back-to-back state-championship teams as a junior and senior as the school was ranked in the top 5 in 2017 and top 20 in 2018. Two-time all-region pick who led the team in tackles and interceptions as a junior.
6-0, 190, Fr.
Surprise, Ariz. (Centennial HS)
QUICK HITS: Led Centennial to back-to-back state-championship teams as a junior and senior as the school was ranked in the top 5 in 2017 and top 20 in 2018. Chose Nevada over recruiting interest from a number of Pac-12 and Mountain West schools. All-state selection as a senior. Lettered all four years in football and track and field.
6-3, 220, Fr.
Oakland, Calif. (McClymonds HS)
QUICK HITS: Had offers from more than half of the Mountain West.
6-3, 235, Fr.
Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin HS)
QUICK HITS: First-team all-district selection at Lufkin. His father played football at Arkansas
6-0, 195, Fr.
Arlington, Texas (Martin HS)
QUICK HITS: Three-year letterwinner who was part of three straight district championships. Recorded nearly 200 tackles and was responsible for 11 turnovers in his prep career.
6-2, 255, Fr.
Lancaster, Calif. (Paraclete HS)
QUICK HITS: Full name is Henry Michael Jordan Ikahihifo.
6-3, 205, Fr.
Marietta, Ga. (Walton HS)
QUICK HITS: Two-time first-team all-region selection who threw for nearly 5,000 yards and 54 career touchdowns in high school. Had recruiting interest from Tennessee, Texas A&M, Pitt, Minnesota, Missouri and Kentucky, among others.
6-3, 185, Fr.
Los Angeles, Calif. (Serra HS)
QUICK HITS: As a senior, caught 52 passes for 862 yards and eight touchdowns. Part of a city championship team as a sophomore in 2016 and was an all-league selection as a junior.
6-4, 300, Jr.
Kihei, Hawai`i (Arizona Western)
QUICK HITS: Originally from Maui, transferred to play football and basketball at St. Louis School in Honolulu as a senior … Chose Nevada over offers from Oregon State, Hawai`i and New Mexico, among others … Played 10 games in 2017, recording 23 tackles with two sacks and five tackles for loss.
6-5, 285, So.
Woodland, Calif. (American River Col.)
QUICK HITS: First-team all-conference and all-league selection as a freshman at American River. At Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, was part of two league championship teams and was a two-time All-Metro pick.
6-7, 255, Fr.
Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
QUICK HITS: As a senior in 2017, caught 27 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns; Signed previously and will enroll in January, 2019.
5-11, 170, Fr.
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Cajon (HS)
QUICK HITS: Four-year letterwinner who first a first-team all-league selection as a junior and senior. Picked Nevada over recruiting interest from Nebraksa, Arizona, Florida and Colorado State, among others.
5-9, 185, Fr.
Palmdale, Calif. (Serra HS)
QUICK HITS: Three-year starter in high school. Helped Paraclete High School to a pair of division championships before moving on to Junipero Serra High School. Has two older brothers who played college football, including Melquise Stovall, who competes at Hawai`i.
6-8, 285, Fr.
Orem, Utah (Orem HS)
QUICK HITS: Was a first-team all-region and first-team all-state selection for Orem HS … Led his team to the 2017 Utah state championship … Two-sport athlete who also played basketball for the Tigers; Signed previously and will enroll in January, 2019
6-5, 290, Fr.
Eldorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS)
QUICK HITS: Ranked as the No. 10 player in the region by the Sacramento Bee and the No. 2 offensive lineman in his section. Honors student who started 31 of 38 games in high school, leading Oak Ridge to a 29-9 record in that span.
6-2, 180, Fr.
Keller, Texas (Keller Central HS)
QUICK HITS: First-team all-district as a cornerback. Recorded five interceptions and 14 pass breakups over the past two seasons at Keller Central.
6-3, 195, Fr.
Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Mountain HS)
QUICK HITS: Multi-sport athlete who lettered in football, basketball, baseball and soccer in high school. Had offers from a number of Pac-12 and Mountain West schools. Starred two ways in high school, at wide receiver and linebacker.
6-1, 190, Fr.
Los Angeles, Calif. Crenshaw HS)
QUICK HITS: Led Crenshaw High School to 2017 Class 4-AA state championship in California; Signed previously and will enroll in January, 2019.