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Sanchez's First Rebel Class Announced

Feb. 4, 2015

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - New football head coach Tony Sanchez announced his first UNLV recruiting class during Wednesday's initial day of the national signing period.

"I am really excited about this recruiting class and pleased with the way our staff handled things with only having three weeks on the road," Sanchez said. "The recruits and the coaches were very receptive and fired up for us to be here at UNLV. I think they really fell in love with this great city and university and responded to the energy and passion of this entire group."

The list of 22 future Rebels is made up of 17 high school players, four junior college players and one transfer from a four-year school. The group includes a trio of midyear JC signees but not the three grayshirts who signed previously and will be freshmen this fall.

"We won't have the luxury of sitting a lot of the guys -- a majority will have a chance to compete right away," Sanchez said. "Coming in with a new staff, everyone here has a clean slate and everyone is going to have to fight for their job. I think that's what the kids want and that's what they will respect - that nothing is going to be handed to them.

"How many JC players we bring in will vary year to year. It's all based on what we need to win. Every decision we make in this program will have nothing to do with people feeling comfortable but will have everything to do with winning football games. Bringing in guys who want to succeed in the classroom and fight on the field."

The class is nearly even with 12 players on defense and 10 on offense. The full breakdown is as follows: 6 DB, 5 DL, 4 OL, 2 WR, 2 RB, 2 QB and 1 LB.

"One of the things we really focused on was becoming faster and I believe that we got some guys that can run. At the same time, defensively, we got some guys that are really physical and will help us win ballgames."

The group consists of student-athletes whose hometowns are spread among seven states: eight are from California, four from Texas, three are out of Nevada, and two each hail from Arizona, Hawai'i and Washington, while one is originally from Illinois but played his JC ball in California.

"We recruited the kids that we wanted to recruit, regardless of what other schools were involved. We went out and attacked our list and we got the overwhelming majority of them to sign with UNLV. We have three locals coming in (including a transfer) and more importantly, identified some really great kids in Southern Nevada for next year and already have seven offers out there for the Class of 2016. Because of the lateness getting in we recruited in a much wider area than we normally would. We looked at some guys across the country but moving forward we really want to make our home base Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington and also the Houston area, where we obviously had a lot of success this year. We feel like we can fill our roster successfully with kids from those areas.

"Overall, I think it's a fantastic class. People say we did a great job in a short amount of time. But no matter how much time we could have had, I don't know if we would have recruited anybody different than this group of kids."

UNLV will hold its spring practice at Rebel Park from March 16-April 18.


UNLV 2015 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS

(22 Total)

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (17)
NAME POS HT WT CL-EXP HOMETOWN PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Soli Afalava DB 6-2 200 FR-HS Hau'ula, HI Kahuku HS
Evan Austrie DB 6-0 180 FR-HS Vallejo, CA Vallejo HS
Xzaviar Campbell RB 5-11 220 FR-HS Bellaire, TX Bellaire HS
Jericho Flowers DB 5-10 270 FR-HS Los Angeles, CA Hamilton HS
Nathan Jacobson OL 6-5 270 FR-HS Snohomish, WA Snohomish HS
Melvin Johnson DL 6-4 250 FR-HS N. Las Vegas, NV Canyon Springs HS
Bailey Laolagi LB 6-1 215 FR-HS Folsom, CA Folsom HS
Gabe McCoy DL 6-2 210 FR-HS Pittsburg, CA Pittsburg HS
Darius Mouton DB 5-10 170 FR-HS Houston, TX North Shore HS
Alex Neale OL 6-3 290 FR-HS Duvall, WA Eastside Catholic HS
Justin Polu OL 6-4 310 FR-HS Henderson, NV Silverado HS
Brandon Presley WR 6-0 180 FR-HS Temecula, CA Great Oak HS
Dalton Sneed QB 6-0 180 FR-HS Scottsdale, AZ Horizon HS
Lexington Thomas RB 5-9 170 FR-HS Houston, TX Benjamin Davis HS
Javin White DB 6-3 180 FR-HS Oakland, CA McClymonds HS
Salanoa-Alo Wily DL 6-0 290 FR-HS Laie, HI Kahuku HS
Darren Woods Jr. WR 6-0 210 FR-HS Missouri City, TX Elkins HS
JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEE (1)
NAME POS HT WT CL-EXP HOMETOWN PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Jay'Onn Myles DB 5-8 175 JR-TR Palmdale, CA Pierce College
JUNIOR COLLLEGE MIDYEAR SIGNEE (3)
NAME POS HT WT CL-EXP HOMETOWN PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Mark Finau* DL 6-3 230 SO-TR Valley Glen, CA LA Valley College
Will Kreitler* OL 6-0 290 JR-TR Gilbert, AZ Scottsdale CC
Kurt Palandech* QB 6-1 190 SO-TR Plainfield, IL Laney College
FOUR YEAR TRANSFER (1)
NAME POS HT WT CL-EXP HOMETOWN PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Zack Singer* DL 6-3 300 SO-TR Las Vegas, NV Kent State

*Already Enrolled at UNLV


HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

SOLI AFALAVA DB - 6-2 - 200 - FR-HS - Hau'ula, HI - Kahuku HS A nice-sized defensive back who will look to make an immediate impact at UNLV ... One of two players in the class hailing from Hawai'i as he joins his Kahuku teammate Salanoa-Alo Wily in signing with the Rebels ... Named is pronounced "So-lee AH-fah-LAH-vah." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Kahuku HS under coach Lee Leslie ... Helped the Red Raiders to a 9-3 overall record ... Named to the OIA All-Star Red team ... Finished with 27 tackles and four sacks and one forced fumble as a senior ... Also a three-year letterwinner on the basketball team, was part of the club rugby team and participated with the track team in the 100, 200, 400 and long-jump events. PERSONAL: Soli Kalai Mitch Afalava was born May 21, 1996, in Honolulu, HI ... The son of Mitch and Marvel Afalava ... Has two older siblings: one brother, Samala, and one sister, Manaia ... Cousin Al Afalava played football at Oregon State from 2005-08. SANCHEZ ON AFALAVA: "Soli Afalava is a big, physical kid. He's really rangy and he can do different things for you. He's a guy that may develop into an outside linebacker but we brought him in as a defensive back and think he will fight for playing time immediately."

EVAN AUSTRIE DB - 6-0 - 180 - FR-HS - Vallejo, CA - Vallejo HS A versatile student-athlete who projects as a defensive back at UNLV ... One of a class-high eight Californians signed by the Rebels in 2015. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Vallejo HS under coach Michael Wilson ... Earned all-conference first team honors, named the conference MVP and named to the all-area team at wide receiver as a senior ... Played multiple positions for the Red Hawks, lining up at running back, wide receiver, defensive back and linebacker ... Rushed for 521 yards, had 321 yards receiving, recorded 50 tackles and made five interceptions as a senior ... Scored eight touchdowns four different ways on the year: four rushing, one receiving, two interception returns and one kickoff return ... A three-year letterwinner for the boys basketball team and earned all-conference first team honors as a junior ... Also a state participant in track. PERSONAL: Evan Lee Austrie was born March 6, 1997, in Hayward, CA ... The son of Jefferson and Candace Austrie ... Has one brother, Tyler. SANCHEZ ON AUSTRIE: "The things we love about Evan Austrie are his length and his competitiveness. I got a chance to see him play for his basketball team and really enjoyed watching him compete. He's going to be a great player for us in the future."

XZAVIAR CAMPBELL RB - 5-11 - 220 - FR-HS - Bellaire, TX - Bellaire HS A high-motor runner who is one of four players in the 2015 class who hail from Texas ... One of two Houston-area backs to sign with the Rebels this year. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Bellaire HS under coach Trey Sissom ... Earned first team all-district honors as both a junior and a senior ... Helped lead the Cardinals to a 7-4 record and a playoff appearance last fall ... Rushed for 777 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior ... Led his squad to an 8-3 record as a junior and a playoff appearance ... Rushed for 1,038 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior ... Also competed on the track team for one year. PERSONAL: Xzaviar Tyrone Campbell was born Oct. 5, 1995, in Houston, TX ... The son of Tyrone Campbell and Lacreasha Nelson ... Has one younger brother, DeShawn, and two younger sisters, Montazia and Jaylin Griffin. SANCHEZ ON CAMPBELL: "Xzaviar Campbell is a big, strong, physical back. He has the type of body that he can come in and add depth in the backfield immediately. We expect him to fight for time right away."

JERICHO FLOWERS DB - 5-10 - 170 - FR-HS - Los Angeles, CA - Hamilton HS A highly decorated defensive back out of the Golden State. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Hamilton HS under coach Ernest King ... Helped the Yankees to a 12-4 overall record and a LA City Division II title ... Named the Western League Defensive Player of the Year ... Named the All-City Football Division II Co-Player of the Year ... Also competed in track in the 400 meter dash, on the 4x400 meter relay and 4x100 meter relay. PERSONAL: Jericho Durrell Flowers was born Oct. 17, 1997, in Beverly Hills, CA ... The son of Charles Flowers and Ebony Brown ... Has one older brother, Dominic, and five sisters: India, Asia, Autumn, Sade and Brianna. SANCHEZ ON FLOWERS: "When you watch Jericho Flowers on film you see that he's an explosive kid with play-making ability and has some attitude to him. I also think he has the best name on the whole roster."

NATHAN JACOBSON OL - 6-5 - 270 - FR-HS - Snohomish, WA - Snohomish HS A still-growing offensive lineman out of the Evergreen State ... One of two OL signees from Washington in this year's Rebel class. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Snohomish HS under coach Kai Smalley ... Played on both sides of the ball for the Panthers ... Earned first team all-conference honors as an offensive and defensive lineman ... Named to the all-area first team as an offensive lineman ... Also was a thrower for the track team. PERSONAL: Nathan Mark Jacobson was born Feb. 26, 1997, in Milan, Italy ... The son of Mark and Barbara Jacobson ... Has two older siblings, a brother, Bryan, and a sister, Erika. SANCHEZ ON JACOBSON: "We love this kid. He brings that grit and toughness that we're looking for up front. Nathan is a big, talented guy who I think can compete early in his career."

MELVIN JOHNSON DL - 6-4 - 250 - FR-HS - North Las Vegas, NV - Canyon Springs HS A strong presence up front who projects to be a defensive lineman for the Rebels ... One of three locals in the 2015 class. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Canyon Springs HS under coach and former Rebel fan favorite Hunkie Cooper ... Earned first team all-league honors and was part of the Las Vegas Sun's Preseason All-City Team ... Played on both sides of the line for the Pioneers and helped them capture a Northeast championship as a senior ... Also competed for the track team. PERSONAL: Melvin Terrell Johnson was born June 8, 1997, in Los Angeles, CA ... The son of Melvin and Frances Johnson ... Has two older sisters, Meljane and Meliah. SANCHEZ ON JOHNSON: "Melvin Johnson is a local kid who is very long and rangy. We think his best football days are ahead of him. We need to get him going in the weight room but we feel we got a diamond in the rough."

BAILEY LAOLAGI LB - 6-1 - 215 - FR-HS - Folsom, CA - Folsom HS A hard-nosed but speedy defender out of a top California high school program that finished ranked ninth in the nation in 2014 by USA TODAY ... Last name is pronounced "lau-LONG-ee." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Folsom HS under coaches Chris Richardson and Troy Taylor ... Earned first team all-metro honors as a senior ... Played in two all-star games: the Sacramento Bee 58th Optimist All-Star Game and the Polynesian All-American Bowl ... Helped the Bulldogs to a perfect 16-0 season and a CIF Division I state championship as a senior ... Rushed for 430 yards and 11 touchdowns and made 94 total tackles, including four sacks, and intercepted three passes, returning two for touchdowns ... Also a three-year letterwinner in lacrosse. PERSONAL: Bailey Austin Laolagi was born May 22, 1997, in El Camino, CA ... The son of Val and Pam Laolagi ... Has one older brother, Val Jr. ... Dad played football at Sacramento State from 1991-92. SANCHEZ ON LAOLAGI: "Bailey Laolagi comes from a top-10 high school program. He's been the leader on that team for a long time. His head coach told us Bailey was one of the hardest workers he ever coached and that means something coming from a program like that."

GABE McCOY DL - 6-2 - 210 - FR-HS - Pittsburg, CA - Pittsburg HS A supremely athletic defensive lineman out of California who comes in off a dominant senior year on the gridiron. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Pittsburgh HS under Victor Galli ... Voted the Cal-High North Coast Section Defensive Player of the Year ... Named First Team All-Metro, First Team All-East Bay and Second Team All-Northern California by MaxPreps ... Helped the Pirates to a 10-3 record as a senior ... Recorded 57 tackles, including 17.5 sacks, in his final year ... Also was a two-year letterwinner on the wrestling team. PERSONAL: Gabriel Anthony McCoy was born May 19, 1997, in Antioch, CA ... The son of Kevin and Maja McCoy ... Has three sisters: Kiera, Geah and Kayla; and three brothers: Kevin Jr., Kaden and Kyron. SANCHEZ ON McCOY: "Gabe McCoy kind of burst on the scene his senior year and ended up being North Coast Defensive Player of the Year after he had 17-and-a-half sacks. On film you can see how he will develop into a dynamic pass rusher for us."

DARIUS MOUTON DB - 5-10 - 170 - FR-HS - Houston, TX - North Shore HS A highly recruited speed merchant in the secondary ... One of four signees out of Texas in this year's UNLV class ... Last name is pronounced "MOO-ton" ... A product of the same high school that produced Rebel assistant coach Cedric Cormier and former program greats Tim Cornett and Devante Davis ... Will also join fellow-NSHS grad Jacobie Russell on this year's squad. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at North Shore HS under coach Jon Kay ... A two-time first team all-district honoree ... Helped the Mustangs to an 8-5 record as a senior ... Made 43 receptions for 567 yards and six touchdowns ... Played on defense as a junior and helped the team to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the third round of the playoffs ... Also participated with the track team. PERSONAL: Darius Deshawn Mouton was born Feb. 17, 1997, in Houston ... The son of Shirlonda Mouton ... Has four sisters: Amanda, Lekeisha, Jameika and Aliyah. SANCHEZ ON MOUTON: "Darius Mouton could have been the most highly recruited kid on our entire roster right now. We got to know him toward the end of the process and he thought it was a great fit at UNLV, so we're excited about him coming in an competing right away at the corner spot."

ALEX NEALE OL - 6-3 - 290 - FR-HS - Duvall, WA - Eastside Catholic HS A tough, gritty player from the Evergreen State ... One of two signees out of the state of Washington in this year's class ... Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Scout ... Ranked the No. 16 center recruit in the nation and No. 15 player overall in his state by 247Sports. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at East Catholic HS under Jeremy Thielbahr ... Helped the Crusaders to a 13-1 overall record and a state championship as a senior ... Earned first team all-state, first team all-area and first team all-district honors ... Also a four-year letterwinner in wrestling and participated in the state meet as a junior. PERSONAL: Alex Paul Neale was born Aug. 2, 1996, in Portland, OR ... The son of Robert and Renee Neale ... Has one brother, Sammy, and two sisters, Lauren and Hillary. SANCHEZ ON NEALE: "Alex Neale is one of two linemen we signed from the state of Washington. His team won the state championship this season. It's obviously a great program with a great history. He also has the chance to win the state championship in wrestling as a heavyweight, which speaks to his toughness."

JUSTIN POLU OL - 6-4 - 310 - FR-HS - Henderson, NV - Silverado HS A tough, physical local product who is one a trio of offensive linemen signed by the Rebels out of high school in the Class of 2015 ... The second Silverado standout to join the program in as many years as tight end Austin Hunt signed last year before leaving for a church mission ... Ranked a three-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout ... Ranked the No. 5 recruit in the state by 247Sports and No. 6 by Rivals ... Last name is pronounced "PO-lew." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Silverado HS under coach Andy Ostolaza ... A first team all-state selection as a senior and a two-time first team all-league honoree ... Played on both sides of the line for the Silverhawks. PERSONAL: Justin Gata Polu was born April 30, 1997, in Honolulu, HI ... The son of To'o and Bonnie Polu ... Has two brothers, Jarvis and Jonah ... Jarvis currenty plays football at Navy. SANCHEZ ON POLU: "Justin Polu is one of the top local recruits in the Class of 2015 and we're proud that he chose to stay home and help us build UNLV into a consistent winner. He is a big, athletic player with a huge upside."

BRANDON PRESLEY WR - 6-0 - 175 - FR-HS - Temecula, CA - Great Oak HS A record-setting receiver from the Golden State who is one of two ball-catchers who signed with the Rebels this year ... Ranked a three-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Great Oak HS under coach Robbie Robinson ... Led the Wolf Pack to a 10-3 record and city championship ... Named the All-Southwestern League Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior ... Named to the all-area first team ... A three-time first team all-league honoree ... Finished his career as the Inland Empire's leader in career touchdown receptions with 43 ... Recorded 88 catches for 1,467 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. PERSONAL: Brandon Thomas Presley was born July 24, 1996, in San Diego, CA ... The son of Michael and Sandy Presley ... Has one older sister, Shelby. SANCHEZ ON PRESLEY: "Brandon Presley is a great student and a great player. He put up some amazing stats this past year. He was all over the field. We see him becoming a dynamic playmaker for us at the receiver position."

DALTON SNEED QB - 6-0 - 180 - FR-HS - Scottsdale, AZ - Horizon HS An athletic quarterback out of the Grand Canyon State who was UNLV's earliest commit of the year when he pledged to the former coaching staff last June ... One of two signal-callers in this year's class and will join fellow Arizona native Blake Decker under center for the Rebels ... Ranked as a three-star recruit by both 247Sports and ESPN ... Listed as the No. 79 pro-style QB and No. 28 overall recruit from his state in the 247Sports composite rankngs. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Horizon HS under coach Kris Heavner ... Earned All-State Division I honorable mention as a senior and an All-State Division I first team selection as a junior ... Passed for 3,565 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 984 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior ... Threw for 3,740 yards and 44 touchdowns as a junior ... Also a two-year letterwinner on the baseball team. PERSONAL: Dalton Michael Sneed was born Feb. 10, 1997, in Scottsdale, AZ ... The son of Mike and Tracey Sneed ... Has two sisters, Tori and Riley ... Uncle Taber LeMarr played football at Wyoming and the University of San Diego. SANCHEZ ON SNEED: "Dalton Sneed was the one kid who was committed to UNLV when we got here and the more we watched his film and got to know him, the more we saw that there was no reason to change that. It was a great decision by the previous staff and we are excited to have him join us and start competing in the quarterback group."

LEXINGTON THOMAS RB - 5-9 - 170 - FR-HS - Houston, TX - Benjamin Davis HS A super-speedy back who is one of four signees out of Texas in this year's UNLV class ... Will join fellow Lone Star State product Keith Whitely in the Rebel backfield. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Benjamin Davis HS in Aldine, TX, under coach James Showers ... Earned all-district first team honors as a senior ... Also a four-year letterwinner in track. PERSONAL: Lexington Ryan Thomas was born Jan. 8, 1996, in Houston, TX ... The son of Warren Williams and Stacy Thomas ... Has two brothers: Gavin Thomas and Dylan Williams, and one sister, Monique. SANCHEZ ON THOMAS: "He is the most explosive guy on this list as he is probably the fastest guy in the class. We are excited about Lexington. He is a dynamic player who can carry the ball, motion out and catch the ball out of the backfield."

JAVIN WHITE DB - 6-3 - 180 - FR-HS - Oakland, CA - McClymonds HS An athletic ball hawk from the Bay Area ... Played on both sides of the ball but projects to be a defensive back for the Rebels ... A three-star prospect by Rivals ... First name is pronounced "JAY-vin." HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at McClymonds HS under coach Michael Peters ... Helped lead the Warriors to a 12-0 record and an Oakland Section Silver Bowl championship ... Named to the All-Oakland Athletic League First Team as a senior ... Earned All-East Bay second team honors and second team all-metro honors ... Also participated in track in the 110 meter hurdles and the high jump. PERSONAL: Javin Durrell White was born Feb. 21, 1997, in San Diego, CA ... The son of Michael White and Janica Carter ... Has one older sister, Lacora Cornist. SANCHEZ ON WHITE: "Javin White is another long, rangy kid. He was looked at as a wide receiver by a lot of people but we see him as more of a defensive back. He gives you that type of length and speed needed in the secondary."

SALANOA-ALO WILY DL - 6-0 - 290 - FR-HS - Laie, HI - Kahuku HS A big but supremely athletic player who played on both sides of the ball for traditional island powerhouse Kahuku but looks to add size to the defensive line for the Rebels ... One of two signees this year from Hawai'i as he will join prep teammate Soli Afalava at UNLV ... Ranked a three-star prospect by both 247Sports and Scout ... Listed as the No. 98 DT in the nation and No. 12 prospect in his state by 247Sports ... First name is pronounced "SAH-la-NO-ah AH-lo." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Kahuku HS under coach Lee Leslie ... Led the Red Raiders to a 9-3 record as a senior ... Named the OIA Defensive Player of the Year and earned the Iron Man Award, given to the best two-way player in the state ... Named to the OIA All-Star Red team ... Led the Red Raiders with 536 rushing yards and anchored a defense that allowed only 13.4 points and 181 yards per game. PERSONAL: Salanoa-Alo Jeremy Aofaga Wily was born Jan. 14, 1997, in Laie, HI ... The son of Aofaga and Kim Wily. SANCHEZ ON WILY: "You watch Salanoa-Alo Wily on defense and you see how physical he plays. But then you watch him on offense running the football and it's unbelievable how athletic and explosive he is. Obviously he's not going to be a running back here but don't be surprised to see him in the goal-line packages."

DARREN WOODS JR. WR - 6-0 - 210 - FR-HS - Missouri City, TX - Elkins HS A talented student-athlete who comes to UNLV with both athletic and academic accolades ... One of four Texans in this year's class ... One of two receivers who signed with the Rebels and follows in the footsteps of another Houston area receiver product, Devante Davis (2011-14). HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Elkins HS under coach Dennis Brantley ... Lined up at wide receiver but also performed the team's kicking and punting duties ... Earned first team all-district honors as a wide receiver ... Helped the Knights to a 9-2 record as a senior ... Caught 54 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns ... Went 4-for-5 on field goals and connected on 26-of-29 PATs in 2014. PERSONAL: Darren Keith Woods Jr. was born July 15, 1997, in Missouri City, TX ... The son of Darren and Barrencia Woods ... Has one brother, Devin, and one sister Kayla ... Father played college football at Houston in the early 1990s. SANCHEZ ON WOODS: "Darren Woods is a big kid who runs extremely well and a guy we are really excited about. He's got the athleticism and physicality needed to compete right away and to also contribute on special teams."


JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEE

JAY'ONN MYLES DB - 5-8 - 175 - JR-TR - Palmdale, CA - Palmdale HS/Pierce College A highly recruited defensive back from the Golden State who will look to vie for immediate playing time at the corner position ... A consensus three-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports ... The No. 83 JC recruit overall, No. 8 CB and No. 23 California product in this year's class according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent two years at Pierce College in Los Angeles ... Recorded 32 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and made a team-high three interceptions, returning two for scores last fall ... Also broke up six passes ... As a freshman, recorded 26 tackles, including one sack, made four interceptions and four pass breakups ... Also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and a punt for a score. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Palmdale HS ... A two-year letterwinner under coach Jeff Williams ... Earned first team all-conference honors as a senior and was all-state honorable mention ... Also competed on the track team. PERSONAL: Jay'Onn LaVelle Myles was born Feb. 25, 1994, in Van Nuys, CA ... The son of Nathaniel and Kena Myles ... Has four brothers: Nathaniel Myles Jr., Isiah Barnes, Dondre and Ra'Vonn. SANCHEZ ON MYLES: "Jay'Onn Myles is probably the most vibrant of all the guys we recruited this year. He's a colorful guy with a great personality. He had a lot of other options so we're obviously pleased he decided to become a Rebel and we expect him to help us immediately."


JUNIOR COLLEGE MIDYEAR ADDITIONS

MARK FINAU DL - 6-3 - 230 - SO-TR - Valley Glen, CA - Cathedral HS/LA Valley College A talented athlete who will look to bolster the Rebel defensive line off the edge ... A rising sophomore who will have three years of eligibility ... One of three midyear signees who has already enrolled at UNLV and will take part in spring practice with the Rebels ... Last name is pronounced "FEE-now." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played one season at Los Angeles Valley College ... Appeared in seven games for the Monarchs and recorded 16 total tackles as a freshman. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 graduate of Cathedral HS in Los Angeles, CA ... Earned one letter under coach Kevin Pearson ... Played defensive end and also saw time at linebacker for the Phantoms ... Earned second team all-league honors as a senior. PERSONAL: Mark Finau was born Aug. 7, 1996, in Inglewood, CA ... The son of Vili and Sofia Finau ... Has one brother, Josh, and two sisters, Manvna'a and Ahilupi. SANCHEZ ON FINAU: "It's hard to get two words out of Mark Finau but you watch him on the field and he is plenty loud with his play. He'll be a defensive end for us and we need him to compete right away on our line."

WILL KREITLER OL- 6-0- 290 - JR-TR - Gilbert, AZ - Gilbert HS/Scottsdale CC A gritty offensive lineman who will look for playing time this fall at the center position for the Rebels, who lost ironman Robert Waterman to graduation ... Reunites with his JC quarterback at UNLV in the form or 2014 starter under center Blake Decker ... One of three midyear signees who has already enrolled at UNLV and will take part in spring practice with the Rebels ... Ranked the No. 3 JC center in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports ... Last name is pronounced "KRITE-ler." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two season at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona ... Helped the Fighting Artichokes to an 8-3 record as a sophomore ... Named to the NJCAA All-America Second Team and earned first team all-conference honors ... Helped the team to a 10-1 record and a league championship as a freshman ... Earned second team all-region honors. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of Gilbert HS in Arizona ... A three-year letterwinner under coach Dan Dunn ... Played on both sides of the ball, seeing time on the offensive line at center and on defense at middle linebacker ... A two-time first team all-region honoree at center. PERSONAL: William F. Kreitler was born July 8, 1995, in Phoenix, AZ ... The son of Bill Kreitler and Debra Wiedenbauer ... Has one older brother, Zac Kreitler, and two older sisters, Jennifer Burr and Melissa Burr. SANCHEZ ON KREITLER: "Will Kreitler is a junior college All-American and when you watch him play, he is a nasty guy in there in the middle. We want every single one of our players to compete with the same kind of moxie that he does."

KURT PALANDECH QB- 6-1 - 190 - SO-TR - Plainfield, IL - North HS/North Dakota/Laney College An athletic quarterback who will look to compete for playing time this fall ... The former transfer will have three years of eligibility at UNLV ... One of three midyear signees who has already enrolled at and will take part in spring practice with the Rebels ... Last name is pronounced "PAL-in-deck." JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played one season at Laney College in Oakland, CA, which is also the alma mater of UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez and former UNLV star RB Frank "The Tank" Summers ... Led the Eagles to a 6-5 record and an appearance in the Bulldog Bowl in 2014 ... Finished with 1,634 passing yards and 17 touchdowns ... Also rushed for 390 yards and five scores. NORTH DAKOTA: Redshirted his freshman season at the FCS school located in Grand Forks. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of Plainfield North HS in Plainfield, IL ... A two-year letterwinner under coach Tim Kane ... Earned All-Southwest Prairie All-Conference honors as a junior and senior ... Also named all-area as a junior and senior ... Threw for 981 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 684 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior ... Made 17 tackles and had three interceptions as a defensive back ... As a junior, threw for a school-record 1,337 yards and seven touchdowns ... Also was a three-year starter on the basketball team and two-year starter in baseball during his prep career. PERSONAL: Kurtis Palandech was born Nov. 11, 1994, in Plainfield, IL ... The son of Paul and Julie Palendech ... Has one older brother, Kyle. SANCHEZ ON PALANDECH: "Kurt Palendach is originally from Illinois but graduated from the same JC that I did - Laney College. Laney produces some tough guys and he did a great job during his one year there and is a great addition to our quarterback group."


FOUR-YEAR TRANSFER

ZACK SINGER DL - 6-3 - 300 - SO-TR - Las Vegas, NV - Bishop Gorman HS/Kent State A versatile local product who transferred to UNLV after spending his freshman season at Kent State of the Mid-American Conference ... Enrolled in classes this semester and will participate in spring practice with the Rebels ... Must sit out the 2015 season per NCAA transfer rules and will be a redshirt sophomore in 2016 ... A three-star prep performer who was ranked the No. 12 player overall from the Silver State in 2014 according to 247Sports. KENT STATE: Played on the defensive line in 10 of 11 games as a true freshman for the Golden Flashes in 2014 ... Recorded a total of 18 tackles, including one tackle-for-loss as a true freshman ... Totaled a season-high four tackles in three different games: at Ohio State (Sept. 13), vs. Army (Oct. 18) and vs. Toledo (Nov. 4). HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 graduate of Bishop Gorman HS... A four-year letterwinner under current UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez ... Played on both sides of the ball as an offensive and defensive lineman ... Helped guide the Gaels to four consecutive state championships during his time on campus ... Earned all-state honors all four seasons ... Also earned one letter in baseball as a senior and was a four-year letterwinner in wrestling ... Finished fourth at the state wrestling tournament in the 285-pound division as a senior. PERSONAL: Zachary Saul Singer was born April 18, 1996, in New York, NY ... The son of Phil and Stephanie Singer ... Has one younger brother, Jonah. SANCHEZ ON SINGER: "Zack is going to be a great addition to the Rebel family. He's a powerful, hard-nosed player who will bring a physical presence to our team."


UNLV 2015 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS BY POSITION

(22 Total)

DEFENSIVE BACKS (6)
NAME POS HT WT CL-EXP HOMETOWN PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Soli Afalava DB 6-2 200 FR-HS Hau'ula, HI Kahuku HS
Evan Austrie DB 6-0 180 FR-HS Vallejo, CA Vallejo HS
Jericho Flowers DB 5-10 170 FR-HS Los Angeles, CA Hamilton HS
Darius Mouton DB 5-10 170 FR-HS Houston, TX North Shore HS
Jay'Onn Myles DB 5-8 175 JR-TR Palmdale, CA Pierce College
Javin White DB 6-3 180 FR-HS Oakland, CA McClymonds HS
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)
Mark Finau* DL 6-3 230 SO-TR Valley Glen, CA LA Valley College
Melvin Johnson DL 6-4 250 FR-HS N. Las Vegas, NV Canyon Springs HS
Gabe McCoy DL 6-2 210 FR-HS Pittsburg, CA Pittsburg HS
Zack Singer* DL 6-3 300 SO-TR Las Vegas, NV Kent State
Salanoa-Alo Wily DL 6-0 290 FR-HS Laie, HI Kahuku HS
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (4)
Nathan Jacobson OL 6-5 270 FR-HS Snohomish, WA Snohomish HS
Will Kreitler* OL 6-0 290 JR-TR Gilbert, AZ Scottsdale CC
Alex Neale OL 6-3 290 FR-HS Duvall, WA Eastside Catholic HS
Justin Polu OL 6-4 310 FR-HS Henderson, NV Silverado HS
QUARTERBACKS (2)
Kurt Palandech* QB 6-1 190 SO-TR Plainfield, IL Laney College
Dalton Sneed QB 6-0 180 FR-HS Scottsdale, AZ Horizon HS
RUNNING BACKS (2)
Xzaviar Campbell RB 5-11 220 FR-HS Bellaire, TX Bellaire HS
Lexington Thomas RB 5-9 170 FR-HS Houston, TX Benjamin Davis HS
WIDE RECEIVERS (2)
Brandon Presley WR 6-0 175 FR-HS Temecula, CA Great Oak HS
Darren Woods Jr. WR 6-0 210 FR-HS Missouri City, TX Elkins HS
LINEBACKER (1)
Bailey Laolagi LB 6-1 215 FR-HS Folsom, CA Folsom HS

UNLV 2015 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS BY HOME STATE

(22 Total)

CALIFORNIA (8)
NAME POS HT WT CL-EXP HOMETOWN PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Evan Austrie DB 6-0 180 FR-HS Vallejo, CA Vallejo HS
Mark Finau* DL 6-3 230 SO-TR Valley Glen, CA LA Valley College
Jericho Flowers DB 5-10 170 FR-HS Los Angeles, CA Hamilton HS
Bailey Laolagi LB 6-1 215 FR-HS Folsom, CA Folsom HS
Gabe McCoy DL 6-2 210 FR-HS Pittsburg, CA Pittsburg HS
Jay'Onn Myles DB 5-8 175 JR-TR Palmdale, CA Pierce College
Brandon Presley WR 6-0 175 FR-HS Temecula, CA Great Oak HS
Javin White DB 6-3 180 FR-HS Oakland, CA McClymonds HS
TEXAS (4)
Xzaviar Campbell RB 5-11 220 FR-HS Bellaire, TX Bellaire HS
Darius Mouton DB 5-10 170 FR-HS Houston, TX North Shore HS
Lexington Thomas RB 5-9 170 FR-HS Houston, TX Benjamin Davis HS
Darren Woods Jr. WR 6-0 210 FR-HS Missouri City, TX Elkins HS
NEVADA (3)
Melvin Johnson DL 6-4 250 FR-HS N. Las Vegas, NV Canyon Springs HS
Justin Polu OL 6-4 310 FR-HS Henderson, NV Silverado HS
Zack Singer* DL 6-3 300 SO-TR Las Vegas, NV Kent State
ARIZONA (2)
Will Kreitler* OL 6-0 290 JR-TR Gilbert, AZ Scottsdale CC
Dalton Sneed QB 6-0 180 FR-HS Scottsdale, AZ Horizon HS
HAWAII (2)
Soli Afalava DB 6-2 200 FR-HS Hau'ula, HI Kahuku HS
Salanoa-Alo Wily DL 6-0 290 FR-HS Laie, HI Kahuku HS
WASHINGTON (2)
Nathan Jacobson OL 6-5 270 FR-HS Snohomish, WA Snohomish HS
Alex Neale OL 6-3 290 FR-HS Duvall, WA Eastside Catholic HS
ILLINOIS (1)
Kurt Palandech* QB 6-1 190 SO-TR Plainfield, IL Laney College

*Already Enrolled at UNLV


 

 

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