UNLV FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES NINE MORE SIGNEES
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV football head coach Tony Sanchez announced nine more future Rebels who signed during Wednesday's initial day of the traditional national signing period.
"We are excited about this group and believe it will have an impact this season and for many more to come," said Sanchez. "Obviously this was the first time with two signing days and we really liked the process. We were able to sign 13 guys in December and then focus on finishing strong with the nine today. There is a lot of talent out there and it benefited us to wait to fill the class."
This portion of the recruiting class is made up of six high school players and three junior-college transfers. UNLV, which is allowed to sign 25 new players this year, announced an early class of 13 in December. That puts the program's total so far at 22.
"We have three scholarships still open and that is by design because there are some other players out there, including looking at grad transfers."
Wednesday's haul is heavy on defense with seven players on that side of the ball and two on offense: 4 DL, 2 LB, 1 OL, 1 DB and 1 TE.
Combined with December's list, the full UNLV class boasts 13 players on defense, eight on offense and one listed as an Athlete. The full breakdown is as follows: 6 DL, 5 DB, 3 OL, 2 LB, 2 QB, 1 WR, 1 RB, 1 TE and 1 ATH.
"Having a full load of 25 scholarships, we were able to hone in on building the defense this year and for the future," said Sanchez. "We added both JC and high school guys so we didn't have to sell out the future for the present."
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (6)
|Octavian Bell||DB||5-10||170||FR-HS||Henderson, NV||Liberty HS|
|Moa Heimuli||DL||6-0||310||FR-HS||Salt Lake City, UT||East HS|
|Malcolm Johnson||LB||6-0||225||FR-HS||Mandeville, LA||Mandeville HS|
|Malakai Salu||LB||6-0||250||FR-HS||Portland, OR||Central Catholic HS|
|Amani Trigg-Wright||OL||6-4||325||FR-HS||Oakland, CA||McClymonds HS|
|Shelton Zeon III||TE||6-4||210||FR-HS||Norcross, GA||Norcross HS|
JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES (3)
|Dominion Ezinwa||DL||6-4||300||JR-TR||R. Cucamonga, CA||Chaffey College|
|Montrice Johns||DL||6-3||335||JR-TR||San Diego, CA||College of the Redwoods|
|Tavis Malakius||DL||6-2||300||SO-TR||Macon, GA||Fort Scott CC|
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (9)
|Austin Ajaike||ATH||6-2||210||FR-HS||Fremont, CA||Bellarmine Prep|
|Patrick Ballard||WR||6-3||195||FR-HS||Houston, TX||Elkins HS|
|Bryan Catchings||OL||6-2||275||FR-HS||El Dorado Hills, CA||Oak Ridge HS|
|Phillip Hill||DB||5-11||185||FR-HS||Spring, TX||Klein Collins HS|
|Bryce Jackson||DB||5-9||200||FR-HS||Chandler, AZ||Chandler HS|
|Chad Magyar||RB||6-2||205||FR-HS||R.S. Margarita CA||Santa Margarita HS|
|Chris Manoa||DL||6-0||325||FR-HS||Chandler, AZ||Chandler HS|
|Tim Mosley||DL||6-3||220||FR-HS||Watts, CA||Dorsey HS|
|Kenyon Oblad||QB||6-3||185||FR-HS||Henderson, NV||Liberty HS|
|Ben Redding||TE||6-4||205||FR-HS||Friendswood, TX||Friendswood HS|
JUNIOR COLLEGE MIDYEAR ADDITIONS (3)
|Max Gilliam||QB||6-3||200||SO-TR||Thousand Oaks, CA||Saddleback College|
|Myles Plummer||DB||6-1||170||JR-TR||Prince George, MD||Coffeyville CC|
|Luca Vartic||DB||6-1||200||JR-TR||Kailua Kona, HI||Arizona Western|
FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION TRANSFER (1)
|Keenen King||OL||6-4||325||SO-TR||Las Vegas, NV||Washington State|
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES
A hometown defensive back from the same powerhouse high school program as December UNLV signee Kenyon Oblad ... One of three locals and three freshmen DBs in this year's class. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada, under head coach Rich Muraco ... Helped the nationally ranked Patriots to three straight regional championships and was a state runner-up as a senior in 2017 ... Played both cornerback and free safety, totaling 52 tackles (33 solo) and two touchdowns during his career ... As a senior, named Las Vegas Review-Journal First Team All-State and All-Southeast League after intercepting four passes and recording 38 tackles for the Class 4A Sunrise Region champs ... Earned team's "Crunch Time" award and was also named the Patriots' break-out player in 2017. PERSONAL: Octavian Dwayne Bell was born in Chico, California ... The son of Will and Kristina Bell ...Has one older sister, Brianna, and one younger sister, Vivian ... Cousin, Mike Bass, played cornerback at Michigan and in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
Salt Lake City, UT
A big presence in the middle who was rated a three-star defensive lineman prospect by 247Sports and Rivals ... 247Sports listed Heimuli as the No. 22 player overall in the state of Utah and the No. 114 overall defensive tackle in the country ... Last name is pronounced "hay-MOO-lee." HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at powerhouse program East High School under coach Brandon Matich ... Helped the Leopards to the back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017 ... Finished his senior season with 49 tackles (32 solo) and one sack ... Earned honorable mention from the Polynesian Bowl Committee ... Also played volleyball, basketball, tennis, rugby and competed in track and field during prep career. PERSONAL: Sitaniselao "Moa" Heimuli was born in Salt Lake City ... The son of Kaho Heimuli and Fuloaki Tohi Heimuli ... Has one older brother, Latu, who played defensive tackle at the University of Utah, and two older sisters, Lini and Tupou.
One of two linebackers in this year's Rebel class ... Hails from the New Orleans metro area. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Mandeville HS under coach Josh Buelle ... Played left tackle, defensive end and linebacker during varsity career as the Skippers reached the playoffs each of his three seasons ... As a senior in 2017, posted 53 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, two blocked PATs and one blocked punt ... Recorded 41 tackles with 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior in 2016 ... Played left tackle on the offensive line as a sophomore in 2015, allowing one sack all season ... Earned first team all-district and first team all-region honors as a senior and was named his team's Defensive Most Valuable Player ... The two-sport athlete is a four-year letterwinner in track, competing in 110 meter hurdles, the 200 meter race and the 4x100 meter relay ... Placed second in the district and fifth overall in the regionals in hurdles. PERSONAL: Malcolm Hamaan Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida ... The son of RoDaryl and Antonia Johnson ... Has two older siblings, brother Marcus, and sister Maya ... Cousin, Rasha Roberts, played soccer for Oklahoma and the Jamaican Women's National Team ... Cousin, Rohan Roberts, played soccer at VCU.
Central Catholic HS
A highly decorated defender from Oregon ... Rated as a three-star prospect, No. 16 overall player in the Beaver State and the No. 82 inside linebacker in the country by 247Sports ... Name is pronounced "MAL-ah-khy sah-LEW." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon, under head coach Steve Pyne ... Helped the Rams to back-to-back state championship runner-up finishes his junior and senior years in 2016 and 2017 ... As a senior, recorded 85 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, and an interception return for a touchdown ... Senior year performance earned him Mt. Hood Conference Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-State and All-Conference selections and a Polynesian All-America nod ... Was a National Football Foundation Scholarship recipient in 2017 ... Recorded 120 tackles as a junior in 2016 ... Was a first team all-conference and second team all-state selection that year and was named Defensive Player of the Game in the 6A State Championship ... Earned Mt. Hood Conference Honorable Mention as a sophomore in 2015. PERSONAL: Malakai Vave Salu was born in Portland ... The son of Paula and Ace Salu ... Comes from an athletic family as older brother Nate currently plays football at Portland State and older brother TJ plays at Navy ... Father, Ace, also played at Portland State in the late-1980s.
A big blocker up front who hails from the same prep program as current Rebel defender Javin White ... One of two high school offensive linemen in this year's UNLV class. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at McClymonds High School in Oakland under Michael Peters ... Helped the Warriors to three straight Oakland Athletic League titles and back-to-back state championships ... Played both right tackle and left guard during his career ... Named Oakland Athletic League Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman ... Was a first team all-league selection, an All-Bay Area First Team selection and a second team all-metro honoree. PERSONAL: Amani Andrew Trigg-Wright was born in Berkeley, California ... The son of Brenda Trigg-Wright and Erick Wright ... Has an older sister, Nefertiti Wright.
SHELTON ZEON III
The only tight end in this year's Rebel class ... One of two UNLV signees who call the Peach State home along with JC transfer Tavis Malakius ... Last name is pronounced "Z-on." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Norcross High School under coach Keith Maloof ... Helped the Blue Devils to an 11-1 record and a regional championship as a junior in 2016 ... Finished the 2017 season with 13 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown ... A team captain as a senior ... Also played varsity basketball as a junior and senior. PERSONAL: Shelton Seavo Zeon III was born in Atlanta, Georgia ... The son of Nicole Zeon and Shelton Zeon Sr. ... Dad played running back at Gardner-Webb University ... Has an older sister, Kierra, and a younger sister, Nyemah.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
O'Fallon Township HS/Chaffey College
One of a trio of defensive linemen signed out of junior college in this year's class ... Name is pronounced "dim-IN-yun ah-ZIN-wah." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played defensive end at Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and recorded 29 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one interception during his career. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2015 graduate of O'Fallon Township HS in Illinois ... A two-year letterwinner for the Panthers under coach Brandon Joggerst ... Also wrestled for two years. PERSONAL: Dominion Prosper Ezinwa was born in San Bernardino, California ... The son of Nonny and Prosper Ezinwa ... Has one older brother, Subdue, and two younger siblings, sister, Exalted, and brother, Judah.
JUNIOR COLLEG SIGNEES
San Diego, CA
Del Norte HS/NMSU/College of the Redwoods
One of three JC defensive linemen in this year's UNLV class ... Started career at New Mexico State before transferring to junior college ... First name is pronounced "mon-TRECE." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played in 10 games at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California ... Recorded 42 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in 2017. NMSU: Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: 2015 graduate and one-year letterwinner at Del Norte High School under head coach Leigh Cole ... A First Team All-Pac 7 defensive lineman and an All-Pac 7 California Region II unanimous first team selection ... Also played basketball and competed in track, including high jump, 200 meter, shot put and discus. PERSONAL: Montrice Montgomery Johns was born in Yuma, Arizona ... The son of Yvette Johns, Marie Zeller and David Zeller ... Has five older siblings, brothers Ashton, Patrick and Devontae, and sisters Ariena and Lora.
SO-TR Macon, GA
Windsor Academy/Fort Scott CC
One of a trio of JC defensive linemen in this year's Rebel class ... One of two signees who list their home town in the Peach State along with freshman Shelton Zeon III ... Last name is pronounced "mah-LOCK-e-US." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played one season at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas where he was a teammate of former Rebel quarterback Dalton Sneed in 2017 ... Registered 31 tackles, including 9.0 tackles for loss and one sack ... A JUCO All-Academic selection and member of the 3.5 GPA list. HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman and 2016 graduate of Windsor Academy under coach Jimmy Watts ... As a senior, helped the Knights to a 10-4 record and a state semifinals berth ... Recorded 45 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, 4.5 sacks and had two fumble recoveries during his career ... The two-time all-region selection also earned all-state honors in his final prep season in 2015. PERSONAL: Tavis Malakius was born in Macon, Georgia ... The son of Lurindia and Dwight Malakius ... Has an older brother, Tevin, and a younger brother, Tyler ... Uncle Danny Lockett played linebacker at the University of Arizona and posted a long professional career in the NFL, NFL Europe and Arena Football League.
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES
Bellarmine College Prep
A versatile athlete who could line up on either side of the ball for the Rebels ... Last name is pronounced "AH-g-kay." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, California, under coach Mike Janda ... Two-way player for the Bells as a running back and outside linebacker ... Ran for 1168 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior in 2017 ... Earned All-Western Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) First Team honors as a senior and was named his team's most valuable player and most valuable offensive player ... Earned all-league second team honors as a junior after scoring 10 touchdowns in 2016 ... Also ran track, competing in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4x100 meter races. PERSONAL: Austin Bawa Ajiake was born in Hayward, California ... The son of Tammy and Matthew Ajiake ... Has two brothers, Jason and Josiah, and two sisters, Olivia and Grace.
PATRICK BALLARD II
Missouri City, Texas
A big, physical wide receiver who will add depth to the Rebels' receiving corps ... Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports ... Comes from the same prep program as current UNLV receiver Darren Woods Jr. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Elkins High School under coach Dennis Brantley ... As a senior in 2017, hauled in 30 receptions for 300 yards and five touchdowns ... Caught 20 passes for 400 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in 2016 ... Also played safety for the Noble Knights. PERSONAL: Patrick Wayne Stanley Ballard was born in Houston, Texas ... The son of Tianjra Tarrant and Patrick Ballard ... Has two younger siblings, Peyton and Brock.
El Dorado Hills, CA
Oak Ridge HS
The only freshman offensive lineman in the early class ... Listed as a three-star recruit, the No. 61 offensive guard in the country and the No. 149 overall prospect in California by 247Sports. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, California, under head coach Eric Cavaliere ... Helped the Trojans to an 11-2 record as a senior starter on the offensive line ... Two-time Sierra Foothill League First Team selection ... Named the Lineman of the Year as a senior in 2017 ... Earned All-Metro second team and USA Today All-State First Team honors as a junior in 2016 ... Received an Army All-American Invite in 2016. PERSONAL: Bryan William Catchings was born in Valencia, California ... The son of Jennifer and Jeff Catchings ... Has three brothers, Michael, Matthew and Reese; and a sister Julianna
Klein Collins HS
The defensive back is listed as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Klein Collins High School under Drew Svboda ... Helped the Tigers to a 14-2 record as a junior in 2016 and an 11-1 record as a senior ... Recorded 45 tackles with three interceptions, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 2017 en route to earning all-district first team honors ... Also named an all-district first team academic selection in 2017 ... As a junior in 2016, registered 31 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups and all-district honorable mention. PERSONAL Phillip James Hill was born in Houston, Texas ... The son of Phylicia and James Hill ... Has two sisters, Jamee and Reniesha.
A safety who was teammates with fellow-signee Chris Manoa at Chandler High School in Arizona. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Chandler High School under coach Shaun Aguano ... Helped the Wolves to a 24-5 record and 6A State Championships the last three seasons ... Finished the 2017 season with 34 solo tackles, 81 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles ... Named Big 25 All-State Defensive Flex Player of the Year in addition to earning all-conference first-team honors and the Wolves' Defensive Player of the Year award ... Recorded 29 solo tackles, 65 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions as a junior in 2016, earning him all-conference first team honors ... Finished sophomore campaign in 2015 with 13 solo tackles, 30 total tackles, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery. PERSONAL: Bryce Alexander Jackson was born in Wheatridge, Colorado ... The son of Kim and Myles Jackson ... Has an older sister, Bria, and a younger brother, Bryant.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Santa Margarita Catholic HS
A talented running back who can also catch passes out of the backfield ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports ... Last name is pronounced "Mag-YAR." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner under coach Rich Fisher ... Played running back and safety for the Eagles ... Finished career with 2,734 rushing yards on 383 carries with 32 touchdowns ... Also posted 80 receptions for 946 yards and five touchdowns ... Registered career highs in rushing yards (1,510), rushing touchdowns (20), receiving yards (578) and receiving touchdowns (4) as a senior in 2017 ... Also plays basketball and runs tracks for the Eagles. PERSONAL: Chad Magyar was born in Mission Viejo, California ... The son of Tracey and Michael Magyar ... Has three older brothers and one older sister ... Sister, Kirstyn, played soccer at the University of Arizona ... Brother, Craig, played basketball at Irvine Valley College ... Brother, Cody, played soccer at Santiago College.
A big-bodied defensive lineman listed as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN.com ... Rated the No. 18 prospect in Arizona and No. 102 overall at his position by ESPN.com ... Teammates with fellow-signee Bryce Jackson out of Chandler High School in Arizona. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Chandler High School under coach Shaun Aguano ... Helped the Wolves capture three straight 6A state championships and a 24-5 record over his final three seasons ... Finished senior season in 2017 with 56 tackles and 12 sacks ... Earned all-state defensive tackle honors and was named the region's Defensive Player of the Year ... As a junior in 2016, recorded 41 tackles and 4 sacks ... Was an all-region defensive tackle selection and an all-state second team selection that season ... First season as a full-time starter in 2015, totaled 40 tackles and 1.5 sacks. PERSONAL: Christopher Esafe Manoa was born in Mesa, Arizona ... The son of Viniseni and Sisilia Manoa ... Has two younger siblings, Walter and Sokopeti ... Cousin Deuce Lutui played football at USC and for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL.
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, including the No. 55 defensive end in the nation and the No. 93-ranked prospect in California. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Dorsey High School under coach Charles Mincy ... As a senior in 2017, finished with 8 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, two blocked punts and one blocked field goal en route to earning Coliseum League First Team honors ... Helped the Dons to a 8-2 record as junior after recording 10.5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles ... Also played basketball at Dorsey. PERSONAL: Timothy Kobe Mosley was born in Compton, California ... The son of Rexanya Pearson and Che Mosley ... Has two older brothers, Chris and Joseph, and one older sister, Reshe.
A highly decorated local standout quarterback who is the Silver State's all-time passing king ... Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports ... Ranked the No. 7 and No. 9 prospect in the state of Nevada by 247Sports and Rivals, respectively. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year starter at quarterback at perennial power Liberty High School under coach Rich Muraco ... Led the Patriots to a 44-9 record as a starter and four straight Sunrise Region championships ... Finished career as Nevada's all-time leading passer with 11,828 yards, completing 718 of 1,220 career attempts with 116 touchdown passes ... Three-time All-State quarterback selection (2015, 2016, 2017) ... Two-time Sunrise Region SE Division Offensive MVP (2016, 2017) ... Three-time Sunrise Region SE Division First Team honoree (2015, 2016, 2017) ... Three-time LHS Team MVP (2015, 2016, 2017) ... Completed 169-of-309 passes for 2,699 yards and 28 touchdowns during senior campaign in 2017 ... As a junior in 2016, threw for a career-high 3,784 yards with 38 touchdowns ... During sophomore season in 2015, posted 3,106 yards and 34 touchdowns passes ... In first year as a freshman in 2014, threw for 2,239 yards with a 16 touchdown passes. PERSONAL: Kenyon Jeromy Oblad was born in West Jordan, Utah ... The son of Jody and Jeromy Oblad ... Has an older sister, Berkeley, who is an All-American volleyball player at the University of Utah.
JUNIOR COLLEGE MIDYEAR ADDITIONS
Thousand Oaks, CA
Thousand Oaks HS/Saddleback CC
A veteran quarterback who started his career at the University of California before transferring to Saddleback College in Arizona ... Expected to enroll at UNLV in January and compete in spring practice ... A four-star quarterback according to 247Sports and Rivals coming out of Thousand Oaks High School in 2016 ... Last name is pronounced "GILL-um." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played in 10 games in 2017 at Saddleback College in Arizona ... Led the Gauchos to a 7-3 record under head coach Mark McElroy ... Completed 101 of 148 passes for 1,185 yards 10 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a long of 46. CAL: Redshirted the 2016 season after signing with the Pac-12 school out of high school. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2016 graduate and two-year letterwinner at Thousand Oaks High School under head coach Mike Leibin ... Compiled 7,624 total yards of offense and was responsible for 91 touchdowns during two campaigns as the varsity starter as a junior in 2014 and senior in 2015 ... Threw for 6,333 yards and 69 touchdowns on 428-of-599 passing (71.8%) while adding 1,291 yards rushing and 22 scores ... Over 25 games, led the Lancers to an 18-7 overall record while reaching the Southern Section North Division playoffs both seasons, which included a runner-up showing as a senior ... A first team All-State Medium Schools selection by Cal-Hi Sports and All-Southern Section Northern Division pick as a senior in addition to sharing the All-Ventura County MVP honor and being named first team All-Los Angeles Daily News, All-Ventura County Northern Division and an All-Camino League selection. PERSONAL: Max Gilliam was born in Ventura, California ... The son of Heather and Jeff Gilliam ... Has one younger sister, Brooke.
Prince George, MD
Thomas Dale HS/College of DuPage/Coffeyville CC
A safety who will look to compete immediately in the Rebel secondary ... One of three JC transfers in the early signing class ... Expected to enroll at UNLV in January and compete in spring practice. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played in nine total games in 2017 at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas ... Registered 32 total tackles and two pass breakups ... Spent the 2016 season at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2016 graduate of Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Virginia ... Earned one varsity letter under coach Kevin Tucker. PERSONAL: Myles Shamon Plummer was born in Maryland ... The son of Pamela and John Plummer ... Has four brothers.
Kailua Kona, HI
Konawaena HS/St. Louis HS/ Arizona Western CC
A good-sized defender who will look to make an immediate impact in the Rebel secondary ... Expected to enroll at UNLV in January and compete in spring practice ... A three-star prospect coming out of high school in Hawaii in 2016 ... Last name is pronounced "VAR-tic." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two years at Arizona Western College in Arizona ... Registered 110 total tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 10 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2016 graduate of traditional powerhouse St. Louis High School ... Senior season was cut short due to injury ... Spent first three years of high school at Konawaena High School, where he was a three-year letterwinner under coach Cliff Walters ... Helped lead the Wildcats to a 30-6 record and three straight state playoff appearances ... Finished his Konawaena career with 69 tackles, five interceptions and one defensive touchdown ... Also played running back as a freshman, rushing for 456 yards and three touchdowns ... Played receiver his sophomore year and had 15 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns ... Three-time first team all-region selection, earning the honor in three different categories - athlete, wide receiver and defensive back ... Was a First Team All-State defensive back selection as a junior in 2015 ... Also ran track and was a four-time state qualifier in the 100 and 200 meter races. PERSONAL: Luca Dacian Kalani Vartic was born in Santa Clara, California ... The son of Allison Iwalani McCalla ... Has one younger brother, Kawehi ... Mother, Allison, was an All-American for the UCLA women's tennis team before playing professionally.
Las Vegas, NV
Arbor View HS/Washington State
A Las Vegas native who is transferring home to UNLV after two years in the Pac-12 Conference ... Will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2018 season per NCAA transfer rules ... Coming out of Arbor View High School, was rated a three-star prospect ESPN.com, Rivals.com and by Scout.com ... Rated the No. 1 tackle prospect in Nevada and No. 67 tackle prospect in the country by Scout.com ... Ranked the fourth overall prospect in Nevada by ESPN.com and the sixth overall prospect in Nevada by Rivals.com. WASHINGTON STATE: Redshirted his first year in Pullman in 2016 and did not play his redshirt freshman season in 2017. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman and 2016 graduate of Arbor View High School ... As a senior, helped AVHS to a 9-2 record and the Sunset Region Championship Game... Blocked for an offense that averaged 283.7 rushing yards per game ... Named first team All-State and All-Northwest League ... Selected to play in the Southern Nevada Lions All-Star Game ... Named first team All-Northwest League as a junior in 2015.
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