Feb. 2, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Head coach Bobby Hauck brought in players from states ranging from Florida to New York to Alaska to Nevada -- and all the way from American Samoa -- as his second UNLV football class, made up of 23 future Rebels, was announced Wednesday on the initial day of the national signing period.
"This was a good day for UNLV, a real good day," Hauck said. "Rebel Football took a big step forward with this recruiting class. These guys are big, tough football players and along with last year's class, will be the basis for success in the future."
UNLV's class boasts seven players who were assigned at least three stars by Scout, Rivals or Scouts Inc. The group consists of student-athletes whose hometowns are spread among seven states and one territory: 12 from California, three from Texas, two each from Arizona and Florida and one each from Nevada, Alaska, New York and American Samoa.
"We sure covered some ground this year," Hauck said. "We'll go wherever we need to go to put together a good class. Sometimes that is down the street and sometimes that's in Anchorage. Texas is a hot-bed of talent that remains productive for us, as we signed three guys out of there this year."
The recruits list, which does not include three grayshirts who signed a year ago but joined the program this semester as true freshmen, features 15 high school players and eight junior-college players, just one year after a class that included only one JC signee.
"We have a group of junior college players that can provide us some immediate help. It was necessary to recruit a number of JC players because the size of our junior class was so small. The basis of our recruiting remains high school players but we needed to balance the numbers out."
The class is largely even with 12 offensive players and 10 on defense, plus one special teams player. The full breakdown is as follows: 4 DL, 4 OL, 4 DB, 3 TE, 2 LB, 2 RB, 2 QB, 1 WR and 1 PK/P.
"We're trying to change the makeup of our team -- trying to get bigger and more physical and certainly this class answers some of those concerns. It takes some time to develop the young guys but down the road this will provide us a big, physical group."
A complete list of UNLV's 2011 football signees follows.
2011 HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (13)
|Connor Afoa||LB||6-0||215||FR-HS||Henderson, NV||Foothill HS|
|Brandon Baker||DB||6-2||180||FR-HS||Lancaster, TX||Lancaster HS|
|Tyler Bergsten||TE||6-4||230||FR-HS||Pheonix, AZ||Greenway HS|
|Patrick Carroll||OL||6-5||275||FR-HS||La Canada, CA||St. Francis HS|
|Devante Davis||WR||6-3||195||FR-HS||Galeena Park, TX||Northshore HS|
|David Green||DL||6-4||245||FR-HS||Wasilla, AK||Wasilla HS|
|Nick Gstrein||TE||6-3||260||FR-HS||Irvine, CA||Woodbridge HS|
|Kenny Keys||DB||6-4||190||FR-HS||San Diego, CA||Helix HS|
|Andrew Oberg||OL||6-7||260||FR-HS||Islip, NY||Islip HS|
|Elijhaa Penny||RB||6-2||245||FR-HS||Norwalk, CA||Norwalk HS|
|Jake Phillips||TE||6-6||240||FR-HS||Lakewood, CA||Lakewood HS |
|Sonny Sanitoa||DL||6-4||235||FR-HS||Pago Pago, America Samoa||Samoana HS |
|Nick Sherry||QB||6-5||220||FR-HS||Petaluma, CA||Casa Grande HS|
|Nick White||OL||6-6||265||FR-HS||Chandler, AZ||Gilbert HS|
|Fred Wilson||DB||5-11||165||FR-HS||Bakersfield, CA||West HS|
2011 JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES (8)
|Allen Carroll||OL||6-4||300||JR-TR||Oakland, CA||College of the Sequoias|
|Louvan Green||DL||6-2||295||JR-TR||Fresno, CA||College of the Sequoias|
|Princeton Jackson||LB||6-0||230||JR-TR||Houston, TX||Blinn College|
|Eric Johnson*||RB/KR||5-8||175||JR-TR||Green Cove Springs, FL||College of the Sequoias|
|Chase Lansford||P/PK||6-2||190||JR-TR||Yorba Linda, CA||Santa Ana College|
|Sean Reilly*||QB||6-4||210||JR-TR||Trabuco Canyon, CA||Saddleback College|
|Ken Spigner||DB||5-11||190||JR-TR||Miami, FL||College of the Sequoias|
|Trent Allmang-Wilder*||DL||6-7||280||JR-TR||Palm Springs, CA||College of the Desert|
|* Midyear Junior-College Transfer Already Enrolled at UNLV|
LB 6-0 215 FR-HS Henderson, NV Foothill HS
The only member of the 2011 class from the state of Nevada ... Played both ways in high school but is projected as a linebacker for the Rebels ... Last name is pronounced "ah-FO-ah." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Foothill HS under coach Marty Redmond, seeing time at running back, safety, receiver, punt returner and kick returner ... A knee injury cut his senior season short for the Falcons, who went 10-2 in 2010 ... Despite the missed time, he was named second team All-Sunrise Southeast as a running back by Nevada Prep Report ... As a junior, he had two interceptions and rushed for 703 yards and added 19 receptions for 167 yards and scored nine touchdowns ... Also competed in basketball and track and field as a prepster. PERSONAL: Connor Afoa was born on July 29, 1993, in Castro Valley, CA ... The son of Michelle O'Neil Afoa and Freddy Afoa ... Has an older brother, Dylan, and an older sister, Antoinette.
HAUCK ON AFOA: "Connor Afoa is a physical player who has a real love for the game. He is a talented running back but we're going to play him on the defensive side of the ball."
DB 6-2 180 FR-HS Lancaster, TX Lancaster HS
A tall defensive back who is one of three Texans to sign with UNLV in 2011 ... Ranked the No. 131 CB in the nation by Scout ... Was a prep teammate of 2010 Rebel signee Kenneth Penny at Lancaster. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterman for Lancaster HS ... A first team all-district selection in District 15-4 A last season ... Played on both sides of the ball for coach Andrew Jackson ... Notched more than 90 tackles, seven interceptions and three touchdowns as a senior ... Also lettered in track and field, competing in the 200 meter dash and triple jump for the Tigers. PERSONAL: Brandon Baker was born on May 7, 1993, in Dallas, TX ... The son of Angela Blade and Willie Blade ... Has one younger brother, Armoni, and two sisters, Perry and Phoenix ... Step-father, Willie Blade, played football at Mississippi State and for three NFL teams, including starting 15 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2003.
HAUCK ON BAKER: "Brandon Baker is the second player we've signed out of Lancaster in as many years. He has a chance to become a big, physical safety with great range and on-ball skills."
TE 6-4 230 FR-HS Phoenix, AZ Greenway HS
A three-star prospect by Scouts Inc., who ranked him the No. 70 tight end prospect in the nation ... Also ranked 97th at his position by Scout ... One of three tight ends in this year's UNLV class and one of two signees from the Grand Canyon State. HIGH SCHOOL: Played on both sides of the ball for coach K.J. Anthony at Greenway HS ... Helped lead the Demons to three consecutive playoff berths, including a state semifinal appearance during his sophomore season ... Hauled in 30 receptions for more than 300 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... Also totaled more than 70 tackles, two forced fumbles and one sack on defense ... Was a three-time all-region selection and a two-time all-state honoree as a tight end ... Also lettered in basketball and track and field. PERSONAL: Tyler Stephen Bergsten was born on Jan. 27, 1993, in Phoenix, AZ ... The son of Stephen and Colleen Bergsten ...Has a younger sister, Rachel.
HAUCK ON BERGSTEN: "Tyler Bergsten is a big athlete who has the ability to both block at the point of attack and go down field and catch the ball in traffic."
OL 6-5 275 FR-HS La Canada, CA St. Francis HS
A still-growing blocker that was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals ... Ranked the nation's No. 209 offensive tackle recruit by Scouts Inc. ... One of four OL inked by the Rebels in the 2011 class. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years at St. Francis HS ... Started at offensive tackle for coach Jim Bonds ... Helped guide the Golden Knights to three straight playoff appearances, including a 9-3 record as a junior ... Mission League Most Valuable Lineman and a unanimous All-CIF Southern Section Western Division first team pick as a senior ... Named to the all-league, all-west district and all-underclassman teams as a junior. PERSONAL: Patrick Carroll was born on July 16, 1993, in La Canada, CA ... The son of Pat and Liz Carroll ... Has one younger brother, John.
HAUCK ON CARROLL: "Patrick Carroll played in a good program in the L.A. area. He will be a physical presence in the interior of our offensive line in the future."
WR 6-3 195 FR-HS Galena Park, TX North Shore HS
A big athlete out of the Lone Star State who is the lone receiver and one of three Texans signed by UNLV in 2011 ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout ... Ranked the No. 183 WR prospect in the nation by Scout ... The defending state champion in the triple jump chose the Rebels over offers that included a track scholarship from Texas A&M ... A high school teammate of Rebel RB Tim Cornett, who last fall became the first freshman in history to lead UNLV in rushing. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three times as a TE at North Shore HS under coach David Aymond ... Averaged more than 20 yards per catch in helping the Mustangs go 11-2 and earn a district title as a senior ... Named all-district and all-state in the triple jump and also played basketball at NSHS. PERSONAL: Devante Davis was born on Oct. 13, 1992, in Houston ... The son of Tamara and Andre Davis ... Has three brothers and two sisters.
HAUCK ON DAVIS: "Devante Davis plays for one of the top programs in the Houston area. He brings great athleticism, which is exhibited by being the defending state champion in the triple jump and has had numerous jumps long than 50 feet. He turned down a bunch of track scholarship offers because he wants to be a football player."
DL 6-4 245 FR-HS Wasilla, AK Wasilla HS
One of four defensive linemen in this year's recruiting class ... Will continue the recent UNLV tradition of having an Alaskan on the roster as former receivers Casey Flair (2005-08) and Tate Knutson (2007-10) both hailed from Anchorage high schools. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years at Wasilla HS ... Played on both sides of the ball for coach Glen Nelson ... Tallied 26 receptions for 337 yards and four touchdowns as a senior tight end ... Totaled 16 catches for 240 yards and three touchdowns as a junior for the Warriors ... Named all-conference and all-state during both his junior and senior seasons ... Also lettered three years in basketball and baseball and was a two-year letterman in wrestling as a prepster. PERSONAL: David Green was born on July 11, 1992, in Lowville, NY ... The son of David and Amy Green ... Has one older sister, Megan.
HAUCK ON GREEN: "David, I believe, is the first-ever division-one signee out of Wasilla High School. He will have tremendous growth potential as a player in our program."
TE 6-3 260 FR-HS Irvine, CA Woodbrigde HS
A versatile high school player who lined up at six different positions but projects as a tight end for the Rebels ... Last name is pronounced "gah-STRAIN." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman for Woodbridge HS in Orange County ... Played tight end and fullback on offense and DE, NT, SS on defense as well as long-snapper on special teams for coach Rick Gibson ... Had 50 catches for 618 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to earning first team All-Pacific Coast League honors as a senior TE ... Also played center for the Warriors basketball team for three seasons. PERSONAL: Nick Gstrein was born on Oct. 19, 1993, in Newport Beach, CA ... The son of Kay and Paul Gstrein.
HAUCK ON GSTREIN: "Nick is a big, physical tight end. He is probably the most under-recruited player in our class. Physically, I think he'll be ready to contribute this fall."
DB 6-4 190 FR-HS San Diego, CA Helix, HS
A talented, intriguingly sized athlete who will begin his Rebel career in the defensive secondary. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-sport standout for Helix Charter HS in La Mesa, CA ... Helped the Highlander football team to an 11-1 record and appearance in the CIF San Diego Section semifinals as a senior under coach Troy Starr ... Had two key interceptions in his team's Grossmont Hills League championship-clinching victory over Steele Canyon ... Also a starter on the Helix basketball team and was named first team all-league as a forward a year ago. PERSONAL: Kenny Keys was born on Feb. 25, 1993 ... The son of Syvonne McNair and Kenny Keys Sr.
HAUCK ON KEYS: "Kenny Keys is a tall, athletic defensive back. He has the potential to play many different positions before his collegiate football career is over."
OL 6-7 260 FR-HS Islip, NY Islip HS
A big-framed prospect that is a rare Rebel football recruit from the Empire State ... Is the second member of the Oberg family to earn a scholarship to UNLV as his sister, Shannon Oberg, lettered for the Lady Rebel basketball team in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons ... One of four offensive linemen signed by the Rebels in 2011. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered two years at Islip HS ... Started at offensive tackle and also played on the defensive line for coach Jamie Lynch ... Helped guide the Buccaneers to a 9-2 record and a Big Four Championship as a senior ... Helped lead Islip to a playoff appearance during junior season ... Registered more than 60 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior ... Also lettered in basketball three times, averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds per game as a sophomore and junior. PERSONAL: Andrew Oberg was born on March 7, 1992, in Bayshore, NY ... The son of Ted and Kathy Oberg ... Has two younger brothers, Tighe and Tristen, and four sisters, Shannon, Caitlin, who played basketball at Baylor and is now a senior at Furman, Sarah and Meghan ... His mother played basketball at Alabama.
HAUCK ON OBERG: "Andrew's sister, Shannon, played basketball at UNLV and she was instrumental in getting Andrew on our radar. He is the tall, athletic offensive tackle we're looking for. "
RB 6-2 245 FR-HS Norwalk, CA Norwalk HS
A super-sized offensive weapon that was the only freshman running back signed by the Rebels in 2011 ... A three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scouts Inc. that is ranked the No. 42 Athlete prospect in the nation by Rivals and the No. 50 Athlete by Scouts Inc. ... Also ranked the nation's No. 18 fullback recruit by Scout and the No. 61 prospect in the state of California by Rivals ... Named PrepStar All-West Coast Region ... Chose the Rebels over Washington. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman at Norwalk HS ... Also played linebacker and defensive end for coach Jesse Ceniceros ... Helped guide the Lancers to three straight playoff appearances and a 26-12 mark during his career ... Named the Wave Newspapers East Region Player of the Year as a senior after rushing for 2,005 yards with 18 touchdowns ... Also totaled 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks on defense ... Rushed for 1,569 yards and 22 touchdowns and added 62 tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions as a junior ... Named all-state medium school division last season and all-area following both his junior and senior campaigns ... A two-time Suburban League MVP and All-CIF honoree ... Also lettered in track and field, competing in the 100 and 200 meter events as well as throwing the shot put and discus. PERSONAL: Elijhaa Anthony Penny was born on Aug. 17, 1993, in Norwalk, CA ... The son of Robert and Desiree Penny ... Has three brothers, Robert, Rashad and Brionne, and one sister, Breonna.
HAUCK ON PENNY: "Elijhaa is a big, fast, physical running back -- the type of player at that position who can wear defenders out."
TE 6-6 240 FR-HS Lakewood, CA Lakewood HS
A tall, physical prospect that is one of three tight ends signed by UNLV in 2011 ... Also made an official visit to San Jose State. HIGH SCHOOL: Played tight end and defensive line for coach Thadd MacNeal at Lakewood HS ... Was a four-year letterman for the Lancers ... Helped guide program to three straight playoff appearances, including the Moore League Championship during his junior season and a CIF semifinal showing as a sophomore ... Registered more than 60 total tackles, nine sacks and four forced fumbles during his senior campaign ... Named second team all-league as a senior. PERSONAL: Jake Edward Phillips was born on Sept. 4, 1993, in Torrance, CA ... The son of Robert and Crissa Phillips ... Has two older brothers, Wade and Cole.
HAUCK ON PHILLIPS: "Jake Phillips is exactly what we're all looking for at the tight end position. He will bring a physical presence to our offense."
DL 6-4 235 FR-HS Pago Pago, AS Samoana HS
One of four defensive linemen in this year's Rebel class ... Last name is pronounced "SUN-e-TOW-ah" ... Follows in the footsteps of two graduating UNLV defensive linemen that also hailed from American Samoa (Isaako Aaitui and Daniel Mareko). HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year letterman playing for coach Simon Mageo at Samoana HS ... Registered more than 30 tackles along with 7.5 sacks as a senior for the Sharks ... Was a two-time all-league selection ... Also lettered in baseball as a pitcher and first baseman and basketball as a center and power forward. PERSONAL: Sonny Miki Sanitoa was born on Sept. 25, 1993, in Los Angeles, CA ... The son of Larry Sanitoa and Deanna Fuimaono ... Has four brothers, Stefan, Shanahan, Sloane and Sheyenne, and two sisters, Savannah and Simone.
HAUCK ON SANITOA: "Sonny is little bit of an unknown, coming from American Samoa. There is a history of solid football players from that part of the world and we have had some of those at UNLV. His high school film would indicate that he is next in line of the solid performers."
QB 6-5 220 FR-HS Petaluma, CA Casa Grande HS
An impressively sized quarterback who is the only freshman signal caller in this year's class ... Listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals ... Ranked the No. 86 quarterback prospect in the nation by Scouts Inc. and the No. 103 QB by Scout ... Named PrepStar All-West Coast Region ... Originally committed to Colorado before the coaching change in Boulder sent him instead to Las Vegas. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered twice on varsity at Casa Grande HS under coach Trent Herzog ... Helped the Gauchos to an 11-2 record as both a junior and senior, including two Sonoma County League championships ... Passed for 2,700 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior and 2,500 and 28 scores as a junior ... Saw time at defensive end as well ... Also a three-time letterman in basketball as a power forward. PERSONAL: Nick Sherry was born on Feb. 13, 1993, in Santa Rosa, CA ... The son of Nancy and Steve Sherry ... The youngest of six children, he has five sisters: Christiana, Stacia, Briana, Amelie and Elise.
HAUCK ON SHERRY: "Nick Sherry was a highly recruited quarterback in the Bay Area. He's your classic drop-back type quarterback with good athletic ability. I'm proud of Nick for sticking with his commitment despite intense recruiting pressure from some major programs over the last couple of weeks."
OL 6-6 265 FR-HS Chandler, AZ Gilbert HS
One of four offensive linemen in this year's UNLV recruiting class and one of two 2011 signees from the Grand Canyon State. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterman for Gilbert HS ... Started at offensive tackle and also played on the defensive line for coach Dan Dunn ... Named to the Arizona All-Star game following his senior season ... Totaled more than 90 tackles and had eight sacks as a junior defensive end ... Named to the all-region and all-state team as a junior ... Helped guide the Tigers to a 12-1 record and state championship in 2009 ... Voted MVP of state championship game as a junior ... Also lettered once in baseball. PERSONAL: Nick White was born on Sept. 30, 1992, in Mesa, AZ ... The son of George and Cindy White ... Has an older brother, Chris ... Father played football at Wichita State.
HAUCK ON WHITE: "Nick White is another tall, physical offensive lineman who has a chance to grow into a dominant force up front."
DB 5-11 165 FR-HS Bakersfield, CA West HS
A true cornerback prospect who was rated a three-star signee according to Scout, which ranked him the No. 105 CB recruit in the nation. HIGH SCHOOL: A product of West HS ... Played on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and defensive back for coach Chad Grider ... Rushed for more than 700 yards with five touchdowns and tallied six interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior ... As a junior he totaled 76 tackles with one interception and one forced fumble ... Named first team all-area, team MVP and a hometown all-star as a senior ... Also lettered in basketball and track and field as a prepster. PERSONAL: Fred Wilson was born on Feb. 21, 1993, in Bakersfield, CA ... The son of Fred and Andralette Wilson ... Has a younger brother and three younger sisters ... Father played football at Fresno State and mother was a member of the track and field team at Cal State Bakersfield.
HAUCK ON WILSON: "Fred Wilson is a gifted athlete with good top-end speed, which is a prerequisite for being a good college cornerback."
2011 JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES
OL 6-4 300 JR-TR Oakland, CA McClymonds HS/Washington/College of the Sequoias
The only junior college offensive lineman signed by UNLV in 2011 is expected to compete for playing time this fall ... A highly decorated high school player who originally signed with Washington ... Becomes the 18th former Pac-10 Conference scholarship player to later join UNLV since the Rebels moved to the Mountain West Conference in 1999. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at College of the Sequoias under coach Curtis Allen ... Played alongside three other Rebel recruits while blocking for the Giants. WASHINGTON: Redshirted the 2008 season with the Huskies before transferring to junior college. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of McClymonds HS and played all along the offensive line for coach Eric Culberson Jr. ... Named to PrepStar's "Dream Team" as the No. 87 overall prospect in the nation ... Named the No. 2 prospect in the East Bay in the Contra Costa Times' 2008 "Cream of the Crop" survey ... Earned All-Metro first team honors from the San Francisco Chronicle ... Named second team all-state by CalHiSports ... Played in the Under Armour All-America High School game in Orlando following his senior season ... SuperPrep rated him the No. 61 prospect in the Far West region ... Rivals ranked him the No. 39 football recruit in California and the No. 16 guard in the country ... Scout tabbed him the No. 55 player in California and the No. 27 guard in the U.S. ... Earned first team all-state underclassmen and first team all-league honors as a junior ... Also played basketball for the Warriors. PERSONAL: Allen James Carroll was born on Jan. 31, 1990, in Oakland, CA ... The son of Ernest Carroll Jr. ... Has one brother, Isaiah, and one sister, Jennifer.
HAUCK ON CARROLL: "Allen is a big prospect out of the Bay Area who signed with Washington out of high school and ended up transferring to junior college. We are counting on him to provide immediate help on our offensive line.
DL 6-2 295 JR-TR Fresno, CA Fresno HS/College of the Sequoias
A highly recruited defensive lineman who should challenge for immediate playing time ... Named a 2010 First Team All-American by JC Athletic Bureau ... Chose the Rebels over Iowa State, Oregon State and Baylor ... One of four UNLV signees this year from the same junior college located in Visalia, CA ... First name is pronounced "lou-VON." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at College of the Sequoias for coach Curtis Allen ... Named Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year after recording 42 tackles and two sacks and one interception as a sophomore for the Giants ... Also named First Team All-California by the CCCFCA. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Fresno HS ... Lettered for years for the Warriors ... Recorded 77 total tackles as a junior under coach Hector Verduzco. PERSONAL: Louvan Joseph Green Jr. was born on May 17, 1990 ... The son of Louvan Sr. and Angela and Rodney Brown ... Has one older brother, Harold.
HAUCK ON GREEN: "Louvan Green is a highly recruited defensive line prospect. We are excited that we were able to hold on to him despite visits to a lot of different places. He's another guy who we expect to come in and offer immediate help. "
LB 6-0 230 JR-TR Houston, TX Cypress Ridge HS/Blinn College
A high-energy athlete who is expected to push for immediate playing time at linebacker for the Rebels ... Ranked a four-star prospect by Scout and a three-star by Rivals ... A first team JC All-American who was tabbed the No. 27 junior-college recruit in the nation by Rivals ... Also interested in playing baseball at UNLV before he finishes college. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Tallied 56 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, including one returned for a 60-yard touchdown as a sophomore at JC powerhouse Blinn College in Brenham, TX ... Played two seasons for coach Brad Franchione ... Helped the Buccaneers win the 2009 national championship when he was a teammate of future Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Cypress Ridge HS in Houston ... Played on both sides of the ball as a running back and linebacker for coach Gary Thiebaud ... Helped the Rams reach the semifinals in both his junior and senior seasons, going 11-2 and 9-2 respectively ... Tallied more than 120 tackles to go along with four sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior ... Made 114 total stops and added two forced fumbles and one interception as a junior ... Named district MVP, all-region and a TD Club finalist as a senior ... Also lettered four years in baseball, playing first base and outfield. PERSONAL: Princeton DeDeon Jackson was born on May 18, 1991, in Houston, TX ... The son of Richard and Sabrina Jackson ... Has one brother, D.J., and three sisters, Tori, Shayla and LaPrincia ... Cousin Ja'Gared Davis is a middle linebacker at SMU.
HAUCK ON JACKSON: "Princeton is a highly regarded junior college linebacker who came on his visit with his parents and simply fell in love with UNLV. He's a great guy who will provide a much-needed spark at linebacker."
RB/KR 5-8 175 JR-TR Green Cove Springs, FL Fleming Island HS/College of the Sequoias
One of three midyear transfers for the Rebels, he enrolled in January and will take part in spring practice ... Signed to compete at running back for UNLV, he is also a threat at receiver and kick returner ... Recently named the Football Athlete of the Year for the College of the Sequoias by the Visalia Quarterback Club. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played his sophomore season at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA, rushing for more than 800 yards during the 2010 season ... Also averaged 26.6 yards on kickoff returns and 9.5 on punt returns ... Missed the 2009 season because of a broken collarbone ... Competed his freshman year at Reedley (Calif.) College ... Named first team all-state at both running back and all-purpose back in 2008 after rushing for 796 yards and 14 TDs while averaging 32.8 on kickoffs and 10.4 on punts. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Fleming Island HS in Orange Park, FL ... Lettered three years for coach Neal Chipoletti ... Also competed in track for the Golden Eagles. PERSONAL: Eric Maurice Johnson was born on March 26, 1988, in Jacksonville, FL ... The son of Cassandra and Fredrick Johnson ... Has one brother and three sisters.
HAUCK ON JOHNSON: "Eric Johnson is an explosive player with the ball in his hands. He has a chance to hit a homerun with every touch and gives us a new dimension on the field with his tremendous speed."
P/PK 6-2 190 JR-TR Yorba Linda, CA El Dorado HS/Santa Ana College
A decorated booter who will look to compete at punter for the Rebels in 2011 as well as for place-kicking duties along with sophomore Nolan Kohorst ... The son of former longtime NFL kicker Mike Lansford. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Santa Ana College ... JC Gridwire's Preseason All-America placekicker in 2010 ... Made 11-of-18 attempts in 2009 as a freshman with a season-long field goal of 50 yards ... As a sophomore in 2010, went 8-for-11 with a career-long of 52 yards en route to earning second team all-conference honors ... Also handled punting duties as a sophomore, averaging 43.7 yards per punt with six placed inside the 20-yard line and a long of 60 yards ... Named First Team All-California Region V as a punter. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of El Dorado HS ... Handled all kicking duties for coach Jeff Baily ... Named first team all-league and second team all-county as a senior. PERSONAL: Chase Michael Lansford was born on July 22, 1991, in Orange, CA ... The son of Michael and Teresa Lansford ... Has an older sister, McCall ... Mike Lansford, one of just seven barefoot kickers in league history, spent nine seasons playing for the Los Angeles Rams under former UNLV head coach John Robinson. Mike, who retired in 1992 as the Rams' all-time leadings scorer, also played for another former UNLV head coach, Harvey Hyde, when Hyde was on the staff at Pasadena City College.
HAUCK ON LANSFORD: "With the addition of Chase Lansford, we hope to provide competition for both punter and kicker. He's got a strong leg with a refined technique and really upgrades our specialists."
QB 6-4 210 JR-TR Trabuco Canyon, CA Trabuco Hills HS/Saddleback College
A nice-sized, strong-armed quarterback who is the first junior college signal caller signed by UNLV since Jarrod Jackson in 2005 ... One of three midyear transfers for the Rebels, he enrolled in January and will take part in spring practice. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent the 2010 season starting for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and led the Gauchos to an 8-3 record that included wins over three teams ranked among the top 25 ... Passed for 2,425 yards and 26 touchdowns with just six interceptions ... Spent his freshman season at Orange Coast College. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Trabuco Hills HS in Mission Viejo, CA ... Threw for more than 4,000 yards and 39 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons for the Mustangs ... Also punted for coach Jason Negro ... Named All-CIF, All-South Coach League and voted to Orange County All-Star Game. PERSONAL: Sean David Reilly was born on June 16, 1989, in San Diego ... The son of Lorraine and John Reilly ... Has an older sister, Sharon.
HAUCK ON REILLY: "Sean Reilly is a tall, strong-armed quarterback with a tremendous amount of football intelligence. He provides us with much-needed depth at the position and he'll begin competing for time at the position this spring."
DB 5-11 190 JR-TR Miami, FL Jackson HS/College of the Sequoias
A true cornerback who will be expected to vie for immediate playing time in the Rebel secondary and as a kick returner ... Ranked a three-star prospect by Rivals ... Last name is pronounced "SPIG-ner." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Took a medical redshirt during his sophomore year at College of the Sequoias ... Played alongside three other Rebel signees under coach Curtis Allen ... Totaled 36 tackles, two interceptions and one touchdown on a kick return for the Giants in his freshman season. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School ... Played in the secondary and also returned kicks for coach John Harris ... Helped guide the Generals to three playoff berths in four seasons, including an 11-1 record and district championship during his freshman year ... Registered 96 tackles and scored two special teams touchdowns during his senior season, helping Miami Jackson to a 9-3 mark and playoff appearance ... Named first team all-county and first team all-state as a senior ... Received honorable mention all-county and all-state honors as a junior. PERSONAL: Kenneth Miguel Spigner was born on Jan. 28, 1989, in Miami, FL ... The son of Kenneth Spigner Jr. and Tonnika Adams ... Has three brothers, Laveris, Kendall and Curtis, and two sisters, Dimini and Kaodi ... Cousin of Jacquies Smith who plays defensive tackle at the University of Missouri.
HAUCK ON SPIGNER: "We signed four players from the College of the Sequoias. Kenneth was the first to decide UNLV was the place for him and helped us recruit the other three. He will be a dynamic player in both the return game and at the cornerback spot."
DL 6-7 280 JR-TR Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs HS/College of the Desert
A tall, physical defensive end that will look to compete for immediate playing time ... Chose UNLV after also making official visits to Washington State, Baylor, San Jose State and Kansas State ... One of three midyear transfers for the Rebels, he enrolled in January and will take part in spring practice. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent two seasons playing at College of the Desert for coach Dean Dowty ... In 2010, he had five quarterback sacks, 21 total tackles and four pass breakups for the Roadrunners and was named Central Division East Conference first team by the Southern California Football Association. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Palm Springs HS ... Named his league's Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior ... Also played tight end and receiver for the Indians ... Helped coach Steve Fabian's squad win the Desert Valley League championship in 2008. PERSONAL: Trenton Louis Allmang-Wilder was born on May 18, 1991, in Palm Springs, CA ... The son of Trina Allmang and Israel Wilder ... Has two brothers, Israel Jr. and Eric.
HAUCK ON ALLMANG-WILDER: "Trent is the type of player we were lacking - a big, physical presence at defensive end. We hope he will help us in being more successful at pressuring the quarterback."