Sanchez Introduces His Third UNLV Recruiting Class
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez announced an impressive class of 18 recruits during Wednesday's initial day of the national signing period.
"I'm excited about this overall class," Sanchez said. "It's a talented group of kids we've worked hard and long to bring in and move this program forward by addressing needs and adding quality depth. There is help here that will contribute immediately in various spots."
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HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (13)
|Noah Bean||TE||6-2||230||FR-HS||Simi Valley, CA||Grace Brethren HS|
|Jeremy Clark||WR||6-2||195||FR-HS||La Mirada, CA||La Mirada HS|
|Greg Francis||DB||6-2||190||FR-HS||Las Vegas, NV||Bishop Gorman HS|
|Marckell Grayson||QB||6-0||200||FR-HS||Las Vegas, NV||Desert Pines HS|
|Farrell Hester II||LB||6-0||240||FR-HS||Las Vegas, NV||Bishop Gorman HS|
|Tariq Hollandsworth||RB||5-11||205||FR-HS||Sacramento, CA||Sacramento HS|
|Spencer Katoanga||LB||6-0||235||FR-HS||Oceanside, CA||El Camino HS/AFA Prep|
|Ashton Morgan||OL||6-5||295||FR-HS||Chico, CA||Pleasant Valley HS|
|Jamaal Neal||TE/H-B||6-0||230||FR-HS||South Gate, CA||South Gate HS|
|Nate Neal||DL||6-3||215||FR-HS||Montclair, CA||Etiwanda HS|
|Justice Oluwaseun||OL||6-2||325||FR-HS||Richmond, TX||Foster HS|
|Daniel Schoene||OL||6-6||305||FR-HS||Bakersfield, CA||Bakersfield HS|
|Drew Tejchman||WR||6-0||185||FR-HS||Acworth, GA||North Cobb HS|
JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEE (1)
|Bruce Hester Jr.||DL||6-1||280||JR-TR||Mesa, AZ||Mesa CC|
JUNIOR COLLEGE MIDYEAR ADDITIONS (4)
|Sid Acosta*||C||6-0||305||JR-TR||Corona, CA||Riverside City College|
|Demitrious Gibbs*||DB||6-4||185||SO-TR||Chula Vista, CA||Southwestern College|
|Roger Mann*||DE||6-3||250||JR-TR||San Diego, CA||Palomar College|
|Jacob Rominger*||LB||6-2||230||JR-TR||Overland Park, KS||Highland CC|
*Already Enrolled at UNLV
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES
Simi Valley, CA
Grace Brethren HS
A big-bodied product who is the only true tight end in this year's Rebel class ... Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Grace Brethren HS under coach Josh Henderson ... Hauled in 40 receptions for 840 yards and 15 touchdowns and helped lead the Lancers to a 9-1 record and a Tri-Valley League championship as a senior ... Earned All-Ventura County First Team honors as a senior and played in the Ventura County All-Star Game ... Earned all-league honors as a junior and was part of a team that went 12-2 ... Also earned a varsity letter at Calabasas HS under coaches Casey and Rick Clausen as a sophomore. PERSONAL: Noah Turrel Bean was born May 14, 1998, in Watts, CA ... The son of Tonya and Eddie Bean ... Has one older brother, Martel, and two older sisters, Tanieya and Ashley ... Uncle Mario Ellis played basketball at Fresno State.
SANCHEZ ON BEAN: "We brought in two tight-end types and Noah Bean is the traditional tight end. He was MVP of his high school all-star game. He has a long frame and is already over 230 pounds."
La Mirada, CA
La Mirada HS
A lean, speedy receiver who looks to add depth to the Rebels' receiving corps. HIGH SCHOOL: A letterwinner at La Mirada HS under coach Mike Moschetti ... Helped lead the Matadors to an 11-3 record, league championship and an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 Championship ... Hauled in 47 receptions for 765 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... Earned first team all-area and All-CIF honors as a senior. PERSONAL: Jeremy Delon Clark was born Aug. 10, 1999, in Whittier, CA ... The son of Sharon Thomas-Clark and Rodney Clark ... Has a younger brother, Nathan.
SANCHEZ ON CLARK: "Jeremy Clark is a long, athletic guy out of La Mirada. He shows the ability to go up and go after the ball aggressively and I think he will have a great future here."
Las Vegas, NV
Bishop Gorman HS
A standout local product who looks to contribute in the UNLV secondary ... Rated as a three-star prospect from Scout and was ranked the No. 21 recruit in the state of Nevada by 247Sports. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Bishop Gorman HS under current UNLV coach Tony Sanchez and then Kenny Sanchez ... Helped guide the Gaels to a perfect 15-0 record in three straight seasons, which included three state titles and being named national champions by USA Today three consecutive times ... Earned second team all-league honors and finished senior season with 43 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team, and two interceptions ... Recorded 38 tackles as a junior. PERSONAL: Greg Michael Francis was born Jan. 11, 1999, in Las Vegas ... The son of Sharitha and Greg Francis ... Has an older sister, Arion, an older brother, Deandre, and a younger sister, Gennah.
SANCHEZ ON FRANCIS: "We lost two safeties last year and we were able to bring in two in this class, including Greg Francis. He was a winner in high school. A national champion. The Bishop Gorman players are not used to losing and we need that attitude here. He's a great rangy guy who does a really good job coming up and has good transitional hips."
Las Vegas, NV
Desert Pines HS
A talented signal-caller who is a local product and was the earliest commit in the Class of 2017, having pledged his services to the Rebels last March ... Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports, which also ranked him the No. 17 recruit in the state of Nevada. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwiner at Desert Pines HS under coach Tico Rodriguez ... Senior season was cut short after suffering an injury in Week One ... Was all-state honorable mention as a junior after throwing for 1,636 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 300 yards and eight touchdowns ... Named to the all-state second team after passing for 2,180 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushing for 209 yards and three more scores as a sophomore ... Named the Nevada Player of the Week following first career start in 2014 ... Led the Jaguars to an 11-2 record as a sophomore and a state championship appearance ... Also a three-year letterwinner on the hardwood for the Jaguars, playing the wing ... Ran track and was part of a state championship 4x200 meter relay team as a junior and helped Desert Pines capture the team state championship in 2016 ... Sports a GPA of 4.197 heading into final semester of senior year. PERSONAL: Marckell Xavier Grayson was born Nov. 5, 1998, in Las Vegas ... The son of Jamie Veal and Marcus Grayson ... Is the oldest of four, including two step siblings.
SANCHEZ ON GRAYSON: "Marckell Grayson's season was cut short last year because of injury but he's proven in his career that he's a talented young man and good decision-maker at the quarterback spot. He's a local kid and he's a winner, having helped Desert Pines dramatically change that program, and we are fortunate to have him here for a number of years to compete."
FARRELL HESTER II
Las Vegas, NV
Bishop Gorman HS
A standout local product who looks to make an immediate impact in the linebacker corps at UNLV ... Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN, which also ranked him the No. 15 recruit in the state of Nevada ... First name is pronounced "FARE-el." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Bishop Gorman HS under current UNLV coach Tony Sanchez and then coach Kenny Sanchez ... Did not lose a game as a prepster and anchored a defense that went 45-0 in three years, won three state championships and three consecutive national titles ... One of the top tacklers in BGHS history ... Earned first team all-state honors as a junior and a senior, first team all-league honors as a sophomore, junior and a senior ... Named the team's defensive MVP as a junior and was also his freshman team's defensive MVP ... Finished with 66 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks as a senior ... Finished with 97 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks and two interceptions as a junior. PERSONAL: Farrell Ashley Hester II was born Nov. 10, 1998, in Las Vegas, NV ... The son of Lola and Farrell Hester ... Has two older sisters, Neomi and Amanda; one younger sister, Zarria; and a younger brother, Yosh.
SANCHEZ ON FARRELL HESTER: "Farrell Hester is about as talented an inside backer we've brought in here. He comes from a national championship football team and hasn't lost many football games in his life. We feel he can come in and help right away."
The lone running back signee in this year's UNLV class ... Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports ... First name is pronounced "tah-REEK." HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Sacramento HS under coach Justin Reber ... Led the Dragons to a 10-2 record and a win in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs ... Earned All-Metro First Team honors, All-Sac-Joaquin Section first team honors and All-Norcal Second Team honors as a senior ... Rushed for 1,569 yards and 23 touchdowns, including a season-high 271 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff victory ... Finished with 1,363 yards and 22 scores in 12 games as a junior and helped the team to an 8-4 overall record and a playoff win in 2015. PERSONAL: Tariq Hollandsworth was born Feb. 26, 1999.
SANCHEZ ON HOLLANDSWORTH: "We return a great stable of backs but add another one in Tariq Hollandsworth who is as talented as anyone in this class. He took Sacramento High School to new heights. He is a very physical runner out of the backfield with a big body that is ready to go. A highly sought-after guy in the Mountain West."
El Camino HS/ AFA Prep HS
A disciplined defender who comes to UNLV after attending Air Force Preparatory Academy ... Will be a true freshman this fall ... Last name is pronounced "CAT-toe-WAN-gah." HIGH SCHOOL: A 2016 graduate of El Camino HS in Oceanside, CA ... A two-year letterwinner under coach John Roberts ... Lined up at running back, fullback, tight end and linebacker for the Wildcats ... Helped the team go 7-6 as both a junior and a senior ... Earned All-Avocado League Second Team honors as a junior ... Also was a two-year letterwinner on the wrestling team. PERSONAL: Spencer Churchill Finau Katoanga was born April 30, 1998, in Anchorage, AK ... The son of Lucy and Kirk Katoanga ... Has six younger siblings.
SANCHEZ ON KATOANGA: "Spencer is a guy who was recruited by a lot of Mountain West schools out of high school. He attended the Air Force Prep school and then decided he wanted to do something different. We got on him late so we feel fortunate about adding him out of the San Diego area."
Pleasant Valley HS
A big offensive lineman who is part of a touted foursome of blockers in this year's class ... Comes from the same high school that current UNLV QB coach Ron O'Dell coached at from 1999-2001. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Pleasant Valley HS under coach Mark Cooley ... Led the Vikings to an 11-3 record, a section championship and a CIF Division 4-A State Championship ... Earned all-league and all-section first team honors as a senior ... Helped lead the Vikings to a 12-1 record, a section championship and an appearance in the CIF Playoffs ... Earned all-league first team honors as a junior ... Also is a two-year letterwinner on the hardwood, playing center for the Vikings. PERSONAL: Ashton Joseph Morgan was born April 23, 1999, in Chico, CA ... The son of Amber and Sean Morgan ... Has one younger brother, Zach.
SANCHEZ ON MORGAN: "Ashton Morgan is from the same high school as Aaron Rodgers. He is a big blocker who you can really road grade behind. He'll be a big part of this offensive line class."
South Gate, CA
South Gate HS
A big bodied, all-around athlete who is one of 11 signees from California ... Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at South Gate HS under coach Jose Casagran ... Named the Eastern League MVP as a senior and earned first team all-league honors as a junior and a senior ... Lined up at multiple positions during career and finished with 34 receptions for 788 receiving yards, 1,234 rushing yards, 19 total touchdowns and two interceptions as a senior ... Helped lead the Rams to an 8-3 record and a league championship as a junior ... Finished with 40 receptions for 758 yards, 201 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns as a junior ... Led the Eastern League in receiving as a junior and a senior ... Also earned varsity letters playing at Hawthorne HS as a sophomore and Dominguez HS as a freshman ... Earned All-Oceanside League Second Team honors as a sophomore. PERSONAL: Jamaal Xavier Neal was born April 5, 1999, in Long Beach, CA ... The song of the late Vickie Ann Williams ... Has an older sister, Holly Larie Banks, and one brother, Howard Banks.
SANCHEZ ON JAMAAL NEAL: "Jamaal Neal is an interesting guy. Played receiver, some safety, some linebacker. He did nearly everything in high school. He's a big, big kid with a tremendous upside. He can do a variety of things so we list him as a tight end/H-back."
A still-growing, athletic defensive lineman. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Etiwanda HS under coach Kevin Davis ... Lined up at receiver, tight end, linebacker and defensive end for the Eagles ... Finished senior season with 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and forced a fumble en route to being all-league honorable mention. PERSONAL: Nate James Neal was born Feb. 22, 1999, in Montclair, CA ... The son of Yvette McLeod and Kenny Neal ... Has an older sister, Gabrielle, an older brother, Michael, and a younger sister, Danielle ... Brother Michael recently finished freshman season at Washington ... Mother Yvette was a standout track athlete at USC and was an 11-time All-American.
SANCHEZ ON NATE NEAL: "Nate Neal is a long, athletic player from an athletic family out of Southern California. His mom was a track star at USC. We think he's going to be a big kid and we are excited to have him."
A big-bodied lineman who is the Rebels' only signee from the Lone Star State in 2017 ... Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports ... Last name is pronounced "OLA-wah-SHOWN." HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Foster HS under coach Shaun McDowell ... Lined up on the offensive and defensive line as a prepster ... Paved the way for the Falcons en route to a 14-1 record, bi-district championship and a state semifinals appearance as a senior ... Earned first team all-district honors as a senior ... Helped lead the team to a 10-3 record and a regional appearance as a junior ... Also throws discus on the track team and took fifth at district as a junior. PERSONAL: Justice Adeyemi Oluwaseun was born Feb. 4, 1999, in Sugarland, TX ... The son of Susan and Williams Oluwaseun ... Has one sister, Joyce.
SANCHEZ ON OLUWASEUN: "Justice, who was teammates with Tykenzie Daniels in high school, is another guy in this class who helped take his team further than it's ever been in the playoffs. He projects as a true guard and can really run. We had a tough recruiting battle and Coach (John) Garrison did a great job holding on to him."
A impressively sized lineman who is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports ... Last name is pronounced "SHOW-nee." HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Bakersfield HS under coach Paul Golla ... Helped lead the Drillers to a Southwest League Championship, a Valley Championship, an 11-3 record and a runner-up finish in the state championship as a senior ... Earned first team all-league honors as a senior, first team all-valley and second team all-state as a junior and first team all-valley and first team all-state as a sophomore ... Averaged 10 pancakes per game and held a blocking average of 91 percent for running plays and 96 percent for passing plays as a senior ... Wrestled during freshman and sophomore years of high school ... Won the 2014 CAUSA HS Folkstyle Championship in the heavyweight division and ranked as high as fourth in the nation ... Scheduled to throw discus and shot put for the track team this spring. PERSONAL: Daniel Ryan Schoene was born March 5, 1998, in Bakersfield, CA ... The son of Lori and Craig Schoene ... Has an older brother, Brian, and an older sister, Amanda.
SANCHEZ ON SCHOENE: "Daniel Schoene is one of the stronger kids that I've seen at his age. He's 6-6 and benches 420. He's a tough guy from a Bakersfield team that went deep in the playoffs."
North Cobb HS
An explosive wideout from the Atlanta area who looks to add depth to the talented UNLV receiving corps ... A three-star prospect according to Rivals and 247Sports ... The second Georgia native to sign with the Rebels in as many years as P/PK Evan Pantels came aboard in 2016 ... Last name is pronounced "TECH-min." HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at North Cobb HS under coach Shane Queen ... Made the Cobb All-Metro team as a defensive back following senior season ... Was all-state honorable mention by the Georgia Sports Writers Association ... Finished with 30 catches for 692 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing five games during senior season ... Helped lead the Warriors to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the state quarterfinals ... Earned all-county honors on offense and defense as a junior and a senior and was named the 48-Minute Man of the Year as a senior. PERSONAL: Drew Byron Tejchman was born Jan. 9, 1999, in Pittsburgh, PA ... The son of Sharon and Renaldo Gallagher ... Has an older sister, Savannah Tejchman, and one younger brother, Hendrix Gallagher ... Stepfather Renaldo Gallagher played football and baseball at Illinois State.
SANCHEZ ON TEJCHMAN: "Drew brings a lot of ability after we won a hard-fought battle to get him out of Georgia. We beat out some Power Five schools for him. He played receiver and corner in high school but will be a receiver at UNLV and will push that talented group. He also has skills as a returner."
JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEE
BRUCE HESTER JR.
Mountain Pointe HS/Mesa CC
The only JC signee in this year's class who will join the squad in the fall ... Will look to add depth to UNLV's defensive front. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played in 15 total games in two years at Mesa Community College in Arizona ... Registered 69 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and forced one fumble, broke up a pass and blocked a kick ... Earned a spot on the All-WSFL First Team after helping the Thunderbirds to a 9-2 record as a sophomore. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2015 graduate of Mountain Pointe HS ... A three-year letterwinner under coach Norris Vaughn ... Helped lead the Pride to the Arizona state semifinals each year on varsity and a state championship in 2013 ... Named to the All-Arizona 2014 team and earned all-state honors as a senior after finishing with 13.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks ... Helped lead the team to a 10-3 record as a senior ... Part of a 14-0 team who won the state championship, finished seventh in the country, according to MaxPreps, and handed Bishop Gorman HS one of its two losses in the last four years as a junior ... Helped the team finish with a 12-2 record as a sophomore. PERSONAL: Bruce Allen Hester Jr. was born April 10, 1997, in Mesa, AZ ... The son of Michelle and Bruce Hester ... Has two younger brothers, Michael and Tayeshawn, and two younger sisters, Deja and Jayda.
SANCHEZ ON BRUCE HESTER: "Bruce Hester played at Mountain Pointe High School and beat a team that I coached previously. I'm glad to have him playing with us now instead of against us. He is a true inside guy who is very physical and will push the returners."
JUNIOR COLLEGE MIDYEAR ADDITIONS
Centennial HS/Riverside City College
A talented center who looks to compete to replace the only departed starter from UNLV's offensive front ... One of four midyear signees who is already enrolled and will compete in spring practice. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent two seasons at Riverside City College in California ... Led the Tigers to a 10-2 record as a sophomore and an appearance in the Southern California Football Association championship game ... Helped the Tigers finish with an 8-3 record as a freshman. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2015 graduate of Corona Centennial HS in Corona, CA ... A four-year letterwinner under coach Matt Logan ... Lined up at center and at both tackle positions as a prepster ... Led the Huskies to a Pac 5 Championship and a 13-3 record as a senior ... Finished with a 12-3 record as a junior with a league championship ... Went 14-2 as a sophomore and was part of a regional championship squad. PERSONAL: Sid Vincent Acosta was born June 11, 1997, in Orange County, CA ... The son of Patrisha and Rueben Acosta ... Has an older brother, Edwardo, and older sister, Samantha, and a younger brother, Issac. SANCHEZ ON ACOSTA: "Sid is a veteran player who is used to winning at Centennial High School and at Riverside. He is a big, powerful kid but with good feet. With our losing Will Kreitler, it was important to bring someone in to play at center right away. We think Sid's leadership and experience will allow him to push for a spot in what will already be a deep offensive line."
Chula Vista, CA
Chula Vista HS/Southwestern College
An athletic defensive back who will have three years of eligibility at UNLV ... One of four midyear signees who is already enrolled and will compete in spring practice. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent one year at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, CA ... In lone season with the Jaguars helped the team to a 9-2 overall record ... Registered 34 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, five pass breakups, three interceptions and returned one pick for a touchdown. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2015 graduate of Chula Vista HS ... A two-year letterwinner under coach Drew Westling ... Lined up at receiver, safety, cornerback and running back and was the Spartans' kick returner ... Earned the Bob Mears Coaches Award ... Also earned varsity letters playing basketball, volleyball and on the Spartans' track team. PERSONAL: Demitrious Terrell Gibbs was born Aug. 17, 1997, in San Diego, CA ... The son of Kelli and Dion Gibbs ... Has a younger brother, Darius.
SANCHEZ ON GIBBS: "Demitrious Gibbs was a highly sought-after guy. He is a big, long, athletic player who will add much-needed depth to a young group back there. He can play multiple positions in the secondary and has three years to play. We loved his range and length."
San Diego, CA
Rancho Bernardo HS/Palomar College
An athletic lineman who looks to add depth to the Rebel defensive front ... One of four midyear signees who is already enrolled and will compete in spring practice. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent two years at Palomar Junior College ... Finished with 66 total tackles, 9.0 sacks, 21.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception in 18 total games for the Comets ... Grayshirted 2014 season after graduation. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 graduate of Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego ... A two-year letterwinner under coach Tristan McCoy ... Earned second team all-league honors as a senior. PERSONAL: Roger J. Mann was born Jan. 18, 1996, in San Diego, CA ... The son of Diane and Ron Mann ... Has one older sister, Corynn, and two younger sisters, Juliana and Carissa.
SANCHEZ ON BEAN: "Roger is a big, strong guy with good hands who we think can develop into a dynamic pass-rusher on this level. He has a phenomenal football IQ and will be a big addition to that group up front."
Overland Park, KS
Blue Valley NW HS/Highland CC
A physical athlete who looks to immediately bolster UNLV's linebacker corps ... A three-star player according to Rivals ... One of four midyear signees who is already enrolled and will compete in spring practice. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent three seasons at Highland Community College in Kansas ... Played in 15 games over two years and recorded 63 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, 5.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two pass breakups ... Earned all-league honorable mention as a sophomore after helping the Scotties to a 7-4 record ... Helped the team finish with a 5-5 record as a freshman ... Redshirted the 2014 season as a quarterback before moving to the defensive side of the ball. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 graduate of Blue Valley Northwest HS ... A two-year letterwinner under coach Mike Zeguins ... Served as the Huskies' quarterback and earned all-league honorable mention as a senior ... Led the Huskies to a 7-3 record and a district title. PERSONAL: Jacob Alexander Rominger was born Dec. 27, 1995, in Springfield, MO ... The son of Rebecca and Phillip Rominger ... Has two younger brothers, Isaac and Seth.
SANCHEZ ON ROMINGER: "Jacob is an explosive guy who had a great JC career in Kansas. We are excited to add him to a talented group of returning linebackers. We wanted one older guy in that group to add maturity and he is from a good program and a good family and physically is ready to play now."