Feb. 1, 2012
Signing Class Highlights l 2012 Signing Class Photo Gallery
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Head coach Bobby Hauck'sthird recruiting class at UNLV is made up of primarily high school players as a list of 20 future Rebels was announced during Wednesday's initial day of the national signing period.
"Like many coaches in the country today, we are excited to finally sign the 2012 recruiting class," Hauck said. "This is a physically gifted group of young men. I have no idea what any of the recruiting services rank any one of these players, as the only evaluation we care about is ours. We think these guys are tremendously talented and they're all winners on and off the field."
The group boasts nine players that were assigned at least three stars by either Scout.com, Rivals.com or ESPNU, which is just one behind the school record set in 2010. The recruits list, which does not include five grayshirts who signed a year ago but joined the program this semester as true freshmen, features 18 high school players and two junior-college players, just one year after inking a class that included eight JC signees.
"We want to build this program primarily around high school student-athletes for a multitude of reasons. One of those is because we believe it adds stability and long-term opportunity for success. We also see the academic success rate of high school athletes being substantially higher. That being said, we're not opposed to junior-college transfers and we are excited about the two young men who signed with us. We feel that JC guys that come in at midyear have a much better opportunity for success."
The group consists of student-athletes whose hometowns are spread among six states and one Canadian province: 10 from California, three from Nevada, three from Texas and one each from Arizona, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.
"We've always said that we'll go wherever we need to go to put together a good class and this year we had good luck not only in Nevada, Texas and California, but the Northwest was good to us as well. We took three players out of the Northwest that we consider to be top-notch prospects. We feel like we stole those three and we're proud of those guys for sticking with us. On the local front, to my knowledge, there were eight Division I NLI signees today from Las Vegas. We offered scholarships to all eight. Three of them signed at UNLV, so I'm happy to say that nearly 40 percent of all Division I signees in Las Vegas signed with the Rebels."
The class is evenly split with nine offensive players, eight on defense and one listed as an athlete. The full breakdown is as follows: 5 DL, 4 OL, 3 DB, 2 TE, 2 QB, 2 WR, 1 LB and 1 ATH.
"If you look across the board we have a lot of players on both front lines," Hauck said. "As we continue to transform the physical make up of our football team, we again have recruited big, physical players. They are athletic, versatile and can play multiple positions."
A complete list of UNLV's 2012 football signees follows.
2012 HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (18)
||Santa Maria, CA
||Ernest Righetti HS
||Kingwood Park HS
||Mission Secondary School
||David Douglas HS
||Garden Grove, CA
||Las Vegas, NV
||Bishop Gorman HS
||Las Vegas, NV
||Bishop Gorman HS
||Elk Grove, CA
||Consumnes Oaks HS
||Channel Island HS
||De LaSalle HS
||R. Santa Margarita, CA
2012 JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES (2)
||Los Angeles, CA
||West L.A. College/USC
||Trinity Valley CC
|*Already Enrolled at UNLV
2012 HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (18)
OL 6-6 330 FR-HS Barstow, CA Barstow HS
A big blocker who is one of four offensive linemen to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... Played both ways in high school but is projected as an offensive player for the Rebels. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Barstow High School under coach Mike Esposito, seeing time on both the offensive and defensive lines ... Earned all-league honorable mention as a senior ... Also was a center on the basketball team and threw shot-put for the Aztecs' track team. PERSONAL: Roberto "Bobby" Reyes Alvarez was born on July 21, 1994, in Barstow, CA ... The son of Roberto and Esperanza Alvarez ... Has three sisters: Blanca, Alisea and Elizabeth.
HAUCK ON ALVAREZ: "Bobby Alvarez is a big, athletic kid that brings a real physical presence to the interior of the offensive line."
DL 6-6 230 FR-HS Santa Maria, CA Ernest Righetti HS
A standout pass rusher who is one five defensive linemen to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... Played both ways in high school on the lines as well at tight end, but is projected as a defensive player for the Rebels ... Ranked the No. 181 DE recruit in the nation by Scout.com. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Ernest Righetti High School under coach Gary Wilson ... Played at tight end, defensive end, defensive tackle and offensive line ... Was part of a Warrior squad that went 9-3 during his senior year ... Earned the Division III Pac-7 Defensive Lineman of the Year award ... Was also named first team all-league and all-area as a DL. PERSONAL: Dominic John Baldwin was born on Sept. 9, 1993, in San Luis Obispo, CA ... The son of Denise and Greg Baldwin ... Has two older brothers, Rory and Ryan, and one older sister, Natalie.
HAUCK ON BALDWIN: "Dominic Baldwin comes from the Central Coast of California. He's a tall, athletic defensive end with great get-off speed. I believe that he will develop into a big presence off the edge for us."
TE 6-3 225 FR-HS Kingwood, TX Kingwood Park HS
An athletic tight end is one of three players from Texas to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... Originally from Florida, he played tight end exclusively and is projected to be a tight end for the Rebels ... A three-star recruit according to ESPNU, which ranks him the No. 63 tight end in the nation. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Kingwood Park High School under coach Jim Holley after being a two-year letterwinner at Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville, FL, under coach Anthony Flynn ... As a senior in the Lone Star State, he had 339 yards on 16 receptions and as a junior he had 41 yards on four receptions and one touchdown ... Earned first-team all-conference honors and all-state honorable mention as a senior tight end ... Also was a four-year letterwinner in basketball for his two schools. PERSONAL: Justin Christopher Chandler was born on Jan. 4, 1994, in Jacksonville, FL ... The son of Felita and Todd Chandler ... Has two older sisters, Jasmine and Tierra ... His father was a defensive tackle at Alabama while his uncle, Thornton Chandler, starred at Alabama before playing five seasons for the Dallas Cowboys as a tight end.
HAUCK ON CHANDLER: "Justin Chandler was kind of lost in the recruiting shuffle after moving from Florida to the Houston area but he's a very talented young man. He comes from a football family. He's excited about his future in Las Vegas and we are too."
OL 6-6 275 FR-HS Mission, BC, Canada Mission Secondary School
A nice-sized blocker that joins fellow Canadian import Brett Boyko at UNLV ... Was the first player to commit to the class of 2012, pledging to the school last July over interest from Washington State, Idaho State and Boise State ... Played both ways in high school but is projected as an offensive lineman for the Rebels ... A three-star recruit according to ESPNU, which ranks him the No. 117 offensive tackle in the class. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Mission Secondary School under coach Kevin Watrin, seeing time on the offensive and defensive lines ... Was a key component for the Roadrunners as a senior as they went 11-2 and won the provincial championship ... Named a provincial and conference all-star as a senior and a conference all-star as a junior when his team finished 7-4 ... Also competed in basketball. PERSONAL: Thomas Arthur Clarkson was born on Feb. 11, 1994, in Mission, British Columbia, Canada ... The son of Dan and Larry Clarkson ... Father, Larry, played college football at the University of Montana and was an eighth-round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 1988 ... He later played four seasons for the CFL's British Columbia Lions ... Has an older brother, Zach, a younger brother, Matt, a younger sister, Annie, and a younger sister, Kota.
HAUCK ON CLARKSON: "I've known Tom Clarkson's father since he was in college at Montana when he was on the same offensive line as (current UNLV assistant coach) Chad Germer. Tom really felt like this program was an extension of his family and wanted to be here despite many other opportunities."
DL 6-5 225 FR-HS Portland, OR David Douglas HS
Becomes the only Rebel on the roster from the state of Oregon ... Played both ways in high school as a wide receiver and defensive lineman but is projected as a defensive end for the Rebels ... Also made an official visit to Colorado State. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at David Douglas High school under coach Dan Wood, seeing time as a wide receiver and defensive end ... As a senior he had 51 receptions for 784 yards and eight touchdowns and recorded 43 tackles and 15 sacks on defense ... As a junior he played tight end and had eight catches, two of which were touchdowns ... Also recorded 13 sacks on defense ... Earned all-league second team honors as a senior at both wide receiver and defensive end ... As a junior he earned all-league first team honors as a tight end and was second team as a defensive end ... Also was a power forward on the basketball team and ran track for the Scots. PERSONAL: Marcell Wayne Frazier was born on Jan. 8, 1994, in Portland, OR ... The son of Tyrone and Cheryl Frazier ... Has four older siblings: Cherrell, Jasmine, Tyrell and Michelle.
HAUCK ON FRAZIER: "Marcell Frazier is one of the sleepers in this class. He is a talented, fast, big athlete. I couldn't believe when we measured him on his visit that he was over 6-5. He played wide receiver and defensive end in high school. We think he has the right attitude, temperament and frame to be a great pass rusher."
DB 6-0 195 FR-HS Dallas, TX Skyline HS
A speedy athlete who is one of nine players from his high school to sign with Division I programs in 2012 ... Committed to the Rebels last August ... Played both ways in high school as a running back, linebacker and safety but is projected as a safety for the Rebels ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com ... Listed as the No. 137 OLB recruit by Scout.com and the No. 160 running back recruit by ESPNU ... While his last name is spelled with an additional E, he will be one of two Rebels with the same name as 2011 grayshirt signee David Green will be a true freshman this fall. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Dallas perennial power Skyline High School under coach Reginald Samples, seeing time as a running back on offense and linebacker and safety on defense ... Was an integral part of one of the top teams in the Lone Star State as he lost only five games during his prep career ... In 2011, the Raiders went 14-1 and lost in the Texas state semifinals to Southlake Carroll HS ... Rushed for 622 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final prep season en route to earning First Team All-District 5A honors ... Also ran the 200m and 400m for the track team. PERSONAL: David Jerrod Greene Jr. was born on Aug. 24, 1993, in Dallas, TX ... The son of Latoyka and P.J. Waites ... Has a younger brother, Darion.
HAUCK ON GREENE: "David Greene is a quality athlete out of Dallas that we are excited about. He was one of our earliest commitments in this class and stuck with his decision through an active recruiting process."
QB 6-3 185 FR-HS Glendale, AZ Centennial HS
A versatile athlete who is the only player from Arizona to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... Played both ways in high school but is projected as a quarterback for the Rebels .. Listed as the No. 174 QB in the nation by ESPNU while Scout.com ranked him the No. 160 safety in the class. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Centennial High School under coach Richard Taylor, seeing time as a quarterback and wide receiver on offense and cornerback and safety on defense ... Played on three separate teams that made deep runs into the Arizona prep playoffs ... Won a state championship as a sophomore, lost in the state title game as a junior and lost in the semifinals as a senior ... Lost a total of four games during his prep career ... Earned second team all-state honors as a defensive back and second team all-region as a senior at receiver and cornerback ... As a junior he was honorable mention all-region as a quarterback. PERSONAL: Troy Michael Hawthorne was born on Aug. 8, 1994, in Phoenix, AZ ... The son of Susan and Mike Hawthorne ... Father, Mike, played at Abilene Christian in Texas as an offensive lineman ... Has one younger brother, Tanner.
HAUCK ON HAWTHORNE: "Troy Hawthorne came to our camp last summer and when we saw him live we knew he could play. He's a gifted athlete with a live arm. He's got all the throws. He has played many different positions so he is versatile."
DL 6-4 320 FR-HS Stockton, CA Lincoln HS
A heavily honored two-way lineman who is projected as a defensive tackle for the Rebels ... Listed as the No. 162 offensive guard recruit in the nation by Scout.com. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Lincoln High School under coach Brian Gray ... Excelled on both the offensive and defensive lines ... Helped the Trojans to an 11-2 record and a third-round appearance in the San Joaquin Athletic Association playoffs ... Named the SJAA Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior along with being named first team all-section and earning a spot on the Stockton Record's First Team All-Area squad ... Received the McKay Award as the Lineman of the Year from the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame ... Also a thrower on the track team, specifically in shot-put and discus. PERSONAL: Charles "Chuck" Henry Howard was born on June 21, 1994, in San Francisco, CA ... The son of Janise and Norman Howard Sr. ... Has three older brothers: Donnell Williams, Norman Howard Jr. and Johnie Howard.
HAUCK ON HOWARD: "Charles Howard is another guy in this class who weathered extreme pressure during this recruiting process but stuck with his commitment to UNLV. He is going to be a big presence within the interior of our defensive line."
LB 6-2 200 FR-HS Garden Grove, CA Pacifica HS
A two-way player in high school that is the only signee listed as a linebacker in UNLV's 2012 class ... HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Pacifica High School under coach Marcelo Giuliano ... Starred at linebacker for the Mariners but also saw time on the offensive side at wide receiver and running back ... Has competed in track as well for PHS, garnering all-county honors as a junior. PERSONAL: Trent Lee Langham was born on July 10, 1993, in Garden Grove, CA ... The son of Ron and Murlyn Langham.
HAUCK ON LANGHAM: "Trent Langham won the Orange County 100-meter championship last year, running 10.67, and we're excited to see if he can top his time this spring. He's a linebacker that can obviously really get out and run, which we're excited about."
DB 5-10 200 FR-HS Fresno, CA Central HS
A hard-hitting defender that is one of 10 recruits from California to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... Played both defensive back and outside linebacker in high school, but is projected to play safety for the Rebels ... Last name is pronounced "Lee." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Central High School under coach Casey Quinn ... Helped the Grizzlies to an 8-3 record his senior year and 7-3 as both a sophomore and junior ... Earned All-Tri-River Athletic Conference honors all three seasons on the field ... Named Second Team All-Bee from the Fresno Bee as senior. PERSONAL: Matt Kevin Lea was born on Sept. 23, 1993, in Fresno, CA ... The son of Kim and Kevin Lea ... Has two older sisters, Jenny and Shanda and one brother, Justin.
HAUCK ON LEA: "Matt Lea is a physical player that is another guy that we recruited out of our camp after he came in and played well in June. He was another early commit for us. His intensity, toughness and tackling ability will be a big addition to our defense."
DB 5-11 210 FR-HS Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman HS
A hard-hitting defender that projects as a safety for the Rebels ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, which ranked him the No. 5 recruit overall from the state of Nevada ... One of three local signees in the 2012 class, he and Ron Scoggins Jr. both hail from national powerhouse program Bishop Gorman High School ... Grew up around the Rebel program as his father served as the UNLV strength and conditioning coach from 1993-2005 ... Chose UNLV over offers from New Mexico, Navy and Montana. HIGH SCHOOL: Started as a linebacker at Bishop Gorman High School under coach Tony Sanchez ... Named first team all-state in 2010 and second team in 2011 ... Finished with 59 tackles, six sacks and 11 PBU as a senior and turned in 89 tackles and two interceptions as a junior ... Helped the Gaels win three consecutive state championships and compile a record of 43-3 from 2009-11 ... Last fall, BGHS finished 15-1 and ranked fifth in the nation by USA TODAY ... PERSONAL: Marc Philippi is the son of Mark and Tracey Philippi ... The oldest of five children, he has a sister, McKayla and three brothers: Zachary, Jacque and Wynn ... His parents run PSI (Philippi Sports Institute), which is an elite performance training facility located in Las Vegas ... His mother was a multi-sport high school star and is a member of the Butte (MT) Sports Hall of Fame ... His father played football at Montana Tech and went on to coach there and on the high-school level before joining UNLV ... One of the world's top powerlifters, Mark Philippi competed in multiple Strongest Man competitions on ESPN, earning the title America's Strongest Man in 1997 ... Has three uncles that coach football, including Kevin Peoples, who coaches defensive tackles for Arkansas.
HAUCK ON PHILIPPI: "Marc Philippi is a tough, hard-nosed player who has both the desire and the ability to be a great open-field tackler. We're obviously ecstatic to have another player from Tony Sanchez' program at Bishop Gorman join our football team. We're very proud of him and his fellow Las Vegas guys for choosing to stay home and represent their hometown university."
TE 6-6 230 FR-HS Blaine, WA Blaine HS
A supremely versatile athlete who is the first player from the state of Washington to sign with UNLV since 2010 ... Played tight end, running back, wide receiver, defensive end and cornerback, but is projected to line up at tight end for the Rebels ... Ranked the No. 70 tight end recruit in the nation by Scout.com. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Blaine High School under coach Jay Dodd ... As a senior he had 530 yards on 28 receptions for five touchdowns and as a junior he had 492 yards on 26 receptions and seven touchdowns ... During those same two seasons on defense, he added a total of 37 tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions ... Earned First Team All-Northwest Conference honors during his junior and senior years as a tight end ... Also an all-conference basketball player for the Borderites. PERSONAL: Andrew DeeWayne Price was born on Sept. 8, 1993, in Bellingham, WA ... The son of Teri and Darrell Price ... Has an older sister, Akileah, and an older brother, Darrell ... Is a distant cousin of former NFL star Rod Smith.
HAUCK ON PRICE: "Andrew Price is a big, smooth athlete that I had a chance to watch play basketball in December. His football video was good but when I watched him run up and down the court and saw how soft his hands were and how easily he changed direction, I knew we really had something."
OL 6-5 270 FR-HS Henderson, NV Basic HS
A big offensive lineman that is one of three Nevada recruits to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... Played on both the offensive and defensive lines in high school, but is projected to play on offense for the Rebels ... First name is pronounced "j-ON-dray." HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Basic High School under coach Jeff Cahill ... The Wolves went 6-5 his senior year. PERSONAL: J'Ondray Kyle Sanders was born on Nov. 11, 1993, in Denver, CO ... The son of Johnnay Sanders ... Has one younger sister, Johnnay.
HAUCK ON SANDERS: "Sanders' position coach -- former Rebel Jerry Reynolds -- along with head coach Jeff Cahill, produced a big offensive line prospect who we think is just going to get better and better. I don't think J'Ondray has even begun to mature physically so I'm excited to see what he becomes in the next couple of years."
OL 6-2 325 FR-HS Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman HS
A legacy player who is one of four offensive linemen to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... Competes as the same position that his father did while playing at UNLV during the mid-1980s ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, which ranked him the No. 45 guard in the nation and the No. 4 recruit overall from the state of Nevada ... One of three locals to sign with the Rebels this year, he and fellow-signee Marc Philippi both hail from national powerhouse program Bishop Gorman High School ... Chose UNLV over offers from New Mexico, San Jose State and Fresno State. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year starter at Bishop Gorman High School under coach Tony Sanchez ... Helped the Gaels win three consecutive state championships and compile a record of 43-3 from 2009-11 ... Last fall, BGHS finished 15-1 and ranked fifth in the nation by USA TODAY. PERSONAL: Ronald Scoggins Jr. was born on May 23, 1994 ... Ron Sr. lettered for the Rebels from 1983-85 and played for the school's conference and bowl champion squad of 1984 ...His late uncle, Eric Scoggins, played linebacker at USC, including for the 1978 national championship squad.
HAUCK ON SCOGGINS: "Ron Scoggins follows his father to UNLV. We think that he has what it takes to become a big factor both with his physical presence and his attitude on our offensive line. We have many players from his high school on our roster and we're thrilled to have another Bishop Gorman guy."
WR 6-2 175 FR-HS Elk Grove, CA Cosumnes Oaks HS
A speedy athlete who is one of two wide receivers to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... A three-star recruit according to Scout.com, which ranked him the No. 155 receiver in the class ... ESPNU ranked him as the No. 177 WR ... Also took an official visit to UCLA. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Cosumnes Oaks High School under coach Bryan Gomes ... As a senior he had 38 receptions for 400 yards and seven touchdowns and as a junior he had 278 yards on 19 catches ... Also a punter for the Wolfpack, he averaged 39.0 yards per punt his senior year ... Earned All-Sierra Valley Conference honors at wide receiver and was honorable mention All-Metro as a senior ... Also ran the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay on the track team. PERSONAL: Michael Lamont Thomas Jr. was born on Dec. 27, 1993, in Sacramento, CA ... The son of Nicole and Michael Thomas Sr. ... Has two younger sisters, Kennedy and Camryn.
HAUCK ON THOMAS: "As well as good height and reach, Michael Thomas has great track speed. He's run a 10.6 in the 100 meters and is exactly what we're looking for at the wide receiver position."
DL 6-5 225 FR-HS Oxnard, CA Channel Island HS
A versatile athlete who played defensive end, tight end and wide receiver, but is projected to line up at defensive end for the Rebels ... Ranked the No. 94 tight end recruit by Scout.com and No. 98 by ESPNU ... Visited Utah the week after his UNLV visit and chose the Rebels over offers from the Utes, Hawai'i and Idaho ... Last name is pronounced "VOL-o-UN-gah" HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Channel Island High School under coach Gary Porter ... As a senior he helped the Raiders to a 7-4 finish and an appearance in the first round of the playoffs ... An All-Pacific View League and All-Ventura County selection as a senior ... Also named PVL Defensive Lineman of the Year for 2011 as well as fourth team all-state as a tight end ... Caught 57 passes for 787 yards and eight touchdowns during his final season ... Also a standout on the basketball team as a center and on the volleyball team as a middle and outside hitter. PERSONAL: Jeremiah Isaiah Valoaga was born on Nov. 15, 1994, in Oxnard, CA ... The son of Jeremiah and Celina Valoaga ... Has a younger brother, Jaylen, and a younger sister, Janesa.
HAUCK ON VALOAGA: "We had lot of success recruiting Central California this year, Jeremiah chose UNLV over some very good programs. He's a versatile guy who can play multiple positions. We're going to play him at defensive end because he wants to play defense and we think he can develop into a great pass rusher."
WR 5-11 190 FR-HS Brentwood, CA De La Salle HS
A speedy SoCal athlete who is the first Rebel to sign with UNLV out of prep powerhouse De Le Salle High School since defensive back Joe Miklos in 2001 ... Played on both sides of the ball for the Spartans but is projected to line up at receiver for the Rebels. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at De La Salle High School under coach Bob Ladouceur ... Helped the Spartans to a CIF Championship as a senior ... Led the squad with 985 yards on 42 receptions, which included 10 touchdowns ... Also played safety, finishing with 24 total tackles to go with an interception and a forced fumble ... Returned 14 punts for a 15.0-yard average, including a 90-yarder, and four kickoffs for 108 yards ... Team was ranked No. 1 in California and was ranked in the top-10 nationally in several different polls in 2011 ... Also competes on the track team in the 110m and 300m hurdles. PERSONAL: Anthony Michael Williams was born on Sept. 18, 1993, in Fresno, CA ... The son of Shelley and Dwight Williams ... His father played football for Texas Southern ... Has two brothers, Demetrius and Chris.
HAUCK ON WILLIAMS: "Anthony Williams is another quality wide receiver prospect. We're fired up to have a guy out of Concord De Le Salle's storied program. He's a grounded, hard-working, tough receiver who also excelled on the defensive side of the ball. We're hoping his physical style of play will be contagious on our football team, especially among the wide receivers."
ATH 6-2 200 FR-HS Rancho Santa Margarita, CA JSerra HS
A two-way player who is the only signee listed as Athlete in the 2012 class ... Played wide receiver, cornerback and safety ... A three-star recruit according to Scout.com, which ranked him the No. 147 WR in the class ... Was also the team's kickoff and punt returner ... Also took official visits to Colorado and San Diego State ... First name is pronounced "JOHN-ah-VAUGN." HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at JSerra High School under coach Jim Hartigan ... Earned all-league honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Also a basketball player for the Lions as well as running the 100, 200 and 4X100 relay for the track team. PERSONAL: Jonavaughn Rishard Williams was born on May 28, 1994, in Dodge City, KS ... The son of Jacqueline and Rick Williams ... Cousin Tank Williams played safety at Stanford and then for the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots of the NFL.
HAUCK ON WILLIAMS: "Jonavaughn Williams is a guy who received a lot of recruiting attention early on and got caught up in the shuffle. In the end he decided on UNLV for a variety of reasons. He has good athletic ability to play on either side of the ball both in the secondary and at wide receiver."
JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES (2)
QB 6-5 250 JR-TR Los Angeles, CA Jordan HS/USC/West Los Angeles College
One of two midyear junior-college signees to join the Rebels this season along with Parker Holloway ... Listed as a three-star JC recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... He becomes the fifth former USC player and 19th former Pac-12 Conference player to transfer to UNLV since the school joined the Mountain West in 1999 ... He is also the third former Trojan QB to make his way to Las Vegas, following Jason Thomas (lettered 2000-02) and Rocky Hinds (2006) ... A solidly built athlete who enrolled in January and is expected to compete at quarterback this spring ... JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent the 2011 fall semester at West Los Angeles City College but did not compete. USC: A highly sought-after recruit who signed with the Pac-12 school in February of 2009 and spent time practicing at tight end, quarterback and defensive end during his time with the Trojans ... Redshirted the 2009 season with a knee sprain ... Appeared in two games on defense during the 2010 season but did not record a statistic. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of David Starr Jordan Senior High ... As senior defensive end and quarterback, his 2008 honors included SuperPrep All-American, PrepStar All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, EA Sports All-American second team, Max Preps All-American second team, SuperPrep All-Farwest, PrepStar All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Golden State Preps All-Southern California first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star first team and All-L.A. City MVP ... Turned in 106 tackles, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries on defense and completed 280-of-450 passes for state-best 4,266 yards and 44 TDs in 2008 ... Also ran for 608 yards on 84 carries with two TDs, plus he played some at wide receiver and linebacker ... As a junior in 2007, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and All-L.A. City Defensive Line MVP ... He had 104 tackles and 11 sacks, plus threw for 2,499 yards and 23 TDs in 2007 ... Also played four years on the Bulldogs' basketball team as a center/power forward, being named All-L.A. City as a senior ... Also competed in baseball and track as a prepster. PERSONAL: James Boyd was born on Oct. 10, 1991, in Bakersfield, CA ... The son of Helen Boyd.
HAUCK ON BOYD: "James Boyd transferred here from USC and West LA and has two years left. He wanted a chance to try to break into the quarterback depth and he'll get that opportunity here."
DL 6-3 235 JR-TR DeSoto, TX Trinity Christian Academy/Trinity Valley CC
One of two midyear junior-college signees to join the Rebels this season along with James Boyd ... A highly recruited defensive lineman who should challenge for immediate playing time ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com ... Chose UNLV over interest from North Carolina, Syracuse, Memphis and Arkansas State, among others. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College located in Athens, TX ... Helped coach Brad Smiley's Cardinals finish 8-3 in his sophomore season ... In eight games played, he had four sacks for a loss of 25 yards. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, TX ... Played defensive end, tight end and slot receiver for coach Mike Helmer ... Also competed in track, baseball and basketball for the Tigers. PERSONAL: Parker Kristian Holloway was born on Jan. 29, 1992, in DeSoto, TX ... The son of Perry and Darlene Holloway ... Has two older brothers, Preston and Javiar, and a younger sister, Stephanie ... His uncle, Cornell Holloway, played football at Pitt and then three seasons for the Indianapolis Colts as a defensive back.
HAUCK ON HOLLOWAY: "Obviously when you recruit junior college players you do so to fill a specific need. We need immediate help at the defensive end position and we're counting on Parker Holloway to provide that."