Hauck Announces UNLV's 2014 Class
 
 
 
 

Feb. 5, 2014

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV football head coach Bobby Hauck's fifth recruiting class at the school was announced during Wednesday's initial day of the national signing period.

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"I like our class," Hauck said. "I feel good about the ability of the junior college transfers to help us immediately and the freshmen to work their way up the depth chart and provide long-term success. We took about our normal number of JC players, which is four to six."

The list of 16 future Rebels marked the smallest recruiting class on record for the school.

"Due to the fact that we had very few scholarship seniors last season, we were able to sign a limited number of players this year and we anticipate being at our maximum number (85 scholarships) in the fall for the first time. Obviously, we had to be extremely selective in the process. We poured over hours of film in evaluating each one of these players we signed."

The list is made up of 10 high school players and six junior-college players. The group includes the program's one midyear JC signee but not the trio of grayshirts that signed previously and joined the program this semester as true freshmen (WR Devonte Boyd, LB D.J. Moffitt and WR Trent Riley).

The class is tilted toward defense with 10 defensive players, five on offense and one placekicker. The full breakdown is as follows: 5 DL, 4 DB, 2 OL, 2 QB, 1 TE, 1 LB and 1 PK.

"Our numbers on the defensive line are depleted so we needed to replenish there both with high school and JC players," Hauck said. "Big guys are hard to find but we signed a bunch we really like."

The group consists of student-athletes whose hometowns are spread among five states and one territory: five are from California, four are from Nevada, three are from Texas, two are from Arizona and one from both Washington and American Samoa.

"As always, we try to keep the locals home and I think we did that to a large degree this year as a large portion of our class is from the state of Nevada. We offered nine of the 11 players in the Valley that will sign today at FBS schools and got four of them. We also continue to have great success in recruiting in the state of Texas."

UNLV, which is coming off of the program's first trip to a bowl game since the 2000 season, will hold its spring practice from March 3-April 11.

UNLV 2014 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS (16 Total Signees)

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (10)
NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Chazz EldridgeDB6-2185FR-HSChino Hills, CAChino Hills HS
Dominique FenstermacherDB5-10170FR-HSPhoenix, AZMountain Pointe HS
Phillip HaynesOL6-4270FR-HSDallas, TXSkyline HS
Tim HoughDB6-0175FR-HSLas Vegas, NVDesert Pines HS
Mike HughesDL6-3295FR-HSLas Vegas, NVPalo Verde HS
Austin HuntTE6-6235FR-HSLas Vegas, NVSilverado HS
Conor PerkinsPK5-8160FR-HSHenderson, NVGreen Valley HS
Gavin PetersonOL6-3275FR-HSKaty, TXSeven Lakes HS
Joseph SalazarDL6-4230FR-HSHouston, TXAtascocita HS
Kevin ThomsonQB6-2190FR-HSAuburn, WAAuburn Riverside HS

JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES (5)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Najee JohnsonDL6-5220JR-TRFairfield, CASanta Rosa JC
Tui MaloataDL6-3260JR-TRMalaeloa, ASMt. SAC
Elexious Perkins IILB6-0210JR-TRPomona, CASan Bernardino Valley College
Blake RichmondDB6-3190JR-TRFairfield, CASanta Rosa JC
Billy TanuvasaDL6-2290JR-TRCorona, CASanta Ana JC

JUNIOR COLLEGE MIDYEAR SIGNEE (1)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Blake Decker*QB6-2205JR-TRMesa, AZScottsdale CC

*Already Enrolled at UNLV

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

CHAZZ ELDRIDGE
DB | 6-2 | 185 | FR-HS | Chino Hills, CA | Chino Hills HS

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A three-star recruit according to ESPN who was the final addition to UNLV's class of 2014 ... A versatile two-way player in high school who is projected as a defensive back for the Rebels ... ESPN ranked him as the No. 186 Athlete in the nation and the No. 171 recruit overall in the state of California ... 247Sports ranked him the No. 180 Athlete in the country and No. 182 overall from the Golden State. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Chino Hills HS under coach Matt Bechtel ... A First Team All-Sierra League and Second Team All-Inland pick last fall ... Was the Huskies' second-leading receiver with 33 catches for 645 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... Totaled 35 tackles, two interceptions and 14 passes defended as a DB in 2013 ... Also returned five kickoffs for an average of 46.4 yards per attempt and took back 10 punts during his final season ... Named to the Cal-Hi Sports Second Team All-State Juniors team on defense after a 2012 season that saw him grab eight interceptions, recover two fumbles and make 49 tackles for the Huskies ... Also a three-time letterwinner in track competing in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, 100- and 200-meter dash and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays ... Also earned one letter playing center field for the CHHS baseball team. PERSONAL: Chazz Nickoli Eldridge was born Aug. 8, 1996, Redondo Beach, CA ... The son of Ron and Tricia Eldridge ... Has one younger brother, Blake.
HAUCK ON ELDRIDGE: "Chazz was a late addition to our class. He was committed to Arizona early. He is a versatile athlete who has good speed and good ball skills. We believe he has the ability to get up on the line of scrimmage and press wide receivers."

DOMINIQUE FENSTERMACHER
DB | 5-10 | 170 | FR-HS | Phoenix, AZ | Mountain Pointe HS

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An athletic ball hawk who is a three-star recruit according to 247Sports and Rivals, the latter of which listed him as the No. 18 recruit in the state of Arizona ... ESPN ranked him as a three-star and the No. 64 cornerback recruit in the nation ... Also recruited by Arizona, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah State and Nevada, Reno ... Name is pronounced "dom-in-NEEK FEN-ster-MOCK-er" ... One of two 2014 Rebel signees to hail from the Grand Canyon state ... Attends the same high school as current UNLV baseball player Zach Cordova. HIGH SCHOOL: An overall three-year letterwinner at two high schools: Mountain Pointe in Phoenix, under coach Norris Vaughn as a senior, and at Marcos de Niza in Tempe, under coach Roy Lopez as a junior and sophomore ... Lined up at WR, S and CB as a prepster ... Finished with 31 tackles, 13 pass breakups and two interceptions last fall ... Earned all-state second team and all-division first team honors as a senior ... Recorded 50 tackles, 15 pass breakups, seven interceptions and three sacks as a junior ... Earned all-state and all-division first team honors as a junior. PERSONAL: Dominque James Fenstermacher was born Sept. 17, 1996, in Camarillo, CA ... The son of Dirk Fenstermacher and Tamika Walton ... Has two brothers, Dirk and Demetrius, and one sister, Vanessa.
HAUCK ON FENSTERMACHER: "Dominique comes from one of the top high school programs in Arizona. He came to Las Vegas to play a game last season vs. Bishop Gorman and really enjoyed his time here, including a trip to check out UNLV while he was in town. He became an early commitment and we're excited to have him."

PHILLIP HAYNES
OL | 6-4 | 270 | FR-HS | Dallas, TX | Skyline HS

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A big, talented blocker who is one of three 2014 signees that hail from the Lone Star State ... Ranked the No. 120 guard in the nation by 247Sports ... Attends the same high school as current UNLV safety David Greene ... Chose UNLV over New Mexico, Toledo and UTSA. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Skyline HS in Dallas, TX, under coach Reginald Samples ... Helped the Raiders to two straight district championships ... Earned all-district first team honors as a senior. PERSONAL: Phillip Ferguson Haynes was born Oct. 7, 1995, in Dallas, TX ... The son of Phillip and Katherine Haynes ... Has one older sister, Kierra.
HAUCK ON HAYNES: "Phillip is a big, athletic lineman from Skyline, which is a school that has produced many great players, including David Greene on our current team, and of course, Runnin' Rebel great Larry Johnson. We think he has great athletic ability and will have a chance to play tackle for us."

TIM HOUGH
DB | 6-0 | 175 | FR-HS | Las Vegas, NV | Desert Pines HS

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A supremely athletic signee that is one of four this year from Southern Nevada ... An all-around athlete in high school that is projected as a defensive back for the Rebels ... Name is pronounced "HUFF." HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Desert Pines HS for coach Tico Rodriguez ... Earned all-state first team honors on both offense and defense as a senior ... Helped the Jaguars to a 9-2 overall record last fall ... Caught 35 passes for 760 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... Also made three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns ... Ran back four kickoffs for scores as a senior ... Also is a two-year letterwinner for the basketball team as a guard and will earn his second letter on the track team this spring. PERSONAL: Timothy Javalen Hough was born July 10, 1995, in Youngstown, OH ... The son of Tim Hough and Christell Kimberly ... Has two older sisters, Javaughn and Jalynn Kennedy ... Cousin Devin Taylor is a professional basketball player in Germany.
HAUCK ON HOUGH: "Tim is an explosive, multi-sport high school athlete. He can really go. He gets from zero to 50 in a hurry. I envision him doing a lot of good things for this football team. We're going to play him at corner to begin with but he can catch the ball, he can return, he can do a lot of different things."

MIKE HUGHES
DL | 6-3 | 295 | FR-HS | Las Vegas, NV | Palo Verde HS

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A big, talented lineman that played on both sides of the ball as a prepster but will bolster the Rebel defensive line ... A consensus three-star prospect ... Ranked the No. 54 DT recruit in the nation by 247Sports and the No. 4 recruit overall from the Silver State ... ESPN ranks him as the No. 72 DT in the country while Scout lists him as the No. 151 DL in the country ... One of four local signees in this year's class. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Palo Verde HS under coach Darwin Rost ... Earned all-state first team honors from Silver State Prep and all-state second team honors from Rivals as a senior on the defensive line ... Also was a first team all-league selection as a junior and a senior on both the offensive and defensive lines ... Played DT, DE, TE and OT in high school ... Helped the Panthers to a 10-2 overall record, a league championship and an appearance in the state semifinals as a senior ... Recorded 61 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and one blocked field goal last fall ... Helped PVHS finish 11-1 as a sophomore with a league championship and a playoff appearance. PERSONAL: Michael Gerald Hughes Jr. was born April 3, 1996, in Los Angeles, CA ... The son of Michael and Stephany Johnson ... Has two younger brothers, Christopher and Nicholas Johnson, and one younger sister, Tsahi Hughes.
HAUCK ON HUGHES: "Mike joins fellow Palo Verde grad Sidney Hodge on our current team. With our depleted depth on the defensive line, he has a chance to come in and make an impact this fall. We expect him to compete immediately."

AUSTIN HUNT
TE | 6-6 | 235 | FR-HS | Las Vegas, NV | Silverado HS

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A nice sized tight end with good hands ... Ranked the Silver State's No. 11 recruit and No. 75 TE prospect in the nation by 247Sports ... One of four local signees in the 2014 class ... Played both ways in high school as a TE and a DE and also handled the punting and kicking duties. HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Silverado HS under coach Andy Ostolaza ... Earned all-league first team honors both as a junior and a senior ... Made 22 catches for 365 yards and caught four touchdowns as a senior ... Grabbed 15 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns as a junior ... Also was a two-year letterwinner on the basketball team and a two-year letterwinner on the volleyball team. PERSONAL: Austin Gary Hunt was born Oct. 12, 1995, in Las Vegas ... The son of Dale and Linda Hunt ... Has four sisters: Daelyn, Verdawn, Teira, Ferlayna; and three brothers: George, Andrew and Dean.
HAUCK ON HUNT: "Austin is a big, fast athlete. His frame and athletic ability are exactly what you look for in a tight end coming out of high school. We watched him on the basketball court and he has great hands. He will be a good addition."

CONOR PERKINS
PK | 5-8 | 160 | FR-HS | Henderson, NV | Green Valley HS

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A strong-legged local product that is one of four signees who hail from Southern Nevada in the 2014 class ... A three-star recruit according to Scout ... Ranked the state's No. 17 recruit and the No. 27 PK prospect in the nation by 247Sports. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Green Valley HS in Henderson, NV, under coach Brian Castro, who lettered as an offensive lineman at UNLV from 1994-95 ... Earned all-state first team honors as a senior ... Made 11-of-15 field goals, including a 47-yarder, as a senior and connected on 46-of-50 extra points ... Also played wide receiver and caught 19 passes for 200 yards and six touchdowns ... As a junior, connected on 10-of-14 FGA, including a career-best 49-yarder ... Also lettered as a guard on the basketball team. PERSONAL: Conor Dallen Perkins was born July 21, 1995, in Las Vegas ... The son of James and Cari Perkins ... Has one brother, Colby, and two sisters, Ciera and Carli ... Ciera is a gymnast at Boise State.
HAUCK ON PERKINS: "Conor is a local guy who will be a very good kicker on the collegiate level."

GAVIN PETERSON
OL | 6-3 | 275 | FR-HS | Katy, TX | Seven Lakes HS

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A big-bodied Texan who will add future depth to the Rebel offensive line ... Ranked the No. 35 center recruit in the nation by 247Sports ... One of three signees in the 2014 class who hail from the Lone Star State. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Seven Lakes HS under coach Lidel Wilson ... Earned all-district first team honors as a senior ... Played on the offensive and defensive lines as well as at TE, FB and lined up in the backfield when running the wishbone. PERSONAL: Gavin Flait Peterson was born July 17, 1995, in Katy, TX ... The son of Jim and Lori Peterson ... Has one older sister, Larah, and one younger brother, Brock.
HAUCK ON PETERSON: "Gavin is an aggressive, physical and very versatile offensive lineman. We see him potentially as a great center because he is very intelligent and has the temperament for that position. However, he is a player who can play anywhere on the line."

JOSEPH SALAZAR
DL | 6-4 | 230 | FR-HS | Houston, TX | Atascocita HS

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An athletic defensive lineman who will add depth for the Rebels ... The No. 112 DE recruit in the nation according to 247Sports ... One of three signees this year that hails from the Lone Star State. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Atascocita HS in Humble, TX, under coach Craig Stump ... Earned all-district second team honors as a senior ... Last fall helped the Eagles to a 10-2 overall record and an appearance in the second round of the playoffs ... Also lettered one year in track and competed in the long jump, triple jump 400-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay. PERSONAL: Joseph Castro Salazar was born Feb. 21, 1996, in Houston, TX ... The son of David and Donali Salazar ... Has one older brother, Antonio, and one younger sister, Sofia.
HAUCK ON SALAZAR: "Joseph is big, fast aggressive defensive end. He's got a tremendous frame and upside. His potential is limitless. I see him being a great pass rusher. He has good times on the track and will be a big-time defensive end before he is finished."

KEVIN THOMSON
QB | 6-2 | 190 | FR-HS | Auburn, CA | Auburn Riverside HS

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An athletic QB out of Washington who is one of two signal-callers in this year's Rebel class ... Ranked the No. 53 dual-threat QB in the nation and No. 20 overall recruit in the state by 247Sports ... Will join Andrew Price and Trent Riley as Rebels hailing from the Evergreen State. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Auburn Riverside HS under coach Bryant Thomas ... Named the league's offensive back of the year and earned all-league first team honors as a senior ... Also named to the News Tribune All-Area Team ... Slated to play in the Washington All-State game in June ... Helped the Ravens to a 7-3 overall record and co-league championship as a senior ... Recorded 2,132 yards of total offense with 24 touchdowns ... Helped turn around a team that went 1-9 his junior year ... Also a three-year letterwinner in baseball and earned all-league second team honors as a junior. PERSONAL: Kevin Patrick Thomson was born Sept. 2, 1995 ... The son of Jim and Connie Thomson ... Has two older sisters, Tracie and Amanda ... Amanda played basketball at Cal State Northridge.
HAUCK ON THOMSON: "Kevin played in a high school program that is not a traditional power but led them to a playoff appearance as a senior. He's an athletic quarterback who has all the throws. He's a very intelligent, well-rounded player with a great feel for the game."

JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES

NAJEE JOHNSON
DL | 6-5 | 220 | JR-TR | Fairfield, CA | Rodriguez HS/Santa Rosa JC

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A speedy defensive lineman who will be expected to bolster the Rebels' front ... One of five signees in this class out of the Golden State ... Joins high school and junior college teammate Blake Richmond in signing with UNLV in 2014 ... Name is pronounced "NAH-gee" ... Hails from the same JC that produced former UNLV and NFL lineman Martin Tevaseu. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent three years at Santa Rosa JC under coach Lenny Wagner ... As a sophomore he played in seven games for the Bear Cubs and recorded 22 total tackles, including a team-high three sacks, and forced and recovered one fumble ... Also made eight receptions for 210 yards and a score ... Redshirted at SRJC after graduating high school in 2011. HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Rodriguez HS in Fairfield, CA, under coach John Bent ... Played defensive end and earned honorable mention all-conference as a senior ... Also a two-year letterwinner on the track team, competing in the 100- and 200-meter dash as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. PERSONAL: Najee Rashad Johnson was born Feb. 26, 1993, in San Francisco, CA ... The son of Anthony and Anya Johnson ... Has one older sister, Khadeejah, and two older brothers, Aljinon and Rajan.
HAUCK ON JOHNSON: "Najee was the fastest player on the Santa Rosa football team this year playing at end. He is going to give us a pass rusher off the edge and a player at the rover position in our nickel package. He can get to the quarterback so we're anticipating he'll compete to make an impact in the fall. Tackles around our conference will struggle with his speed."

TUI MALOATA
DL | 6-3 | 260 | JR-TR | Malaeloa, AS | Leone HS/Mt. SAC

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A part of UNLV's big group of defensive linemen in this year's class ... Name is pronounced "TWO-ee mah-low-AH-ta" ... Will be expected to compete for immediate playing time ... Comes from an athletic family and follows in the footsteps of a trio of UNLV defensive linemen that prepped in American Samoa (Isaako Aaitui and Daniel Mareko, who completed their collegiate careers in 2010, and current Rebel Sonny Sanitoa) ... Hails from the same JC program that produced 2013 Rebel signee Asten Koki. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons for former UNLV staffer Bob Jastrab at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA ... Recorded a team-high 6.5 sacks and 16 TFL as part of 49 total tackles as a sophomore ... Added two forced fumbles and a field goal block for the Mounties, who finished 9-2 in 2013 ... Also briefly attended Chabot JC. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Leone HS in Pago Pago, American Samoa ... Played along the line and in the secondary for the Lions. PERSONAL: Tuivasa Nicholas Maloata was born Oct. 3, 1993, in West Covina, CA ... The son of Faleupolu Maloata and Theresa Aiono ... Has a younger sister, Arrielle, and three brothers, Faleupolu Jr., Austin and Avery ... Faleupolu, was a teammate of his at Mt. SAC while Austin just signed with Oregon out of high school.
HAUCK ON MALOATA: "Tui is wrapping up his academic work at Mt. SAC and will be involved with the team as soon as possible. We expect him to make a big impact here right away. He comes from a football family and the expectation is that he will be ready to roll in August."

ELEXIOUS PERKINS II
LB | 6-0 | 200 | JR-TR | Pomona, CA | Diamond Ranch HS/San Bernardino Valley College

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The only linebacker in this year's group ... Name is pronounced "elex-E-us" ... A versatile defender who also excels on special teams. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at San Bernardino Valley College ... Coach Kevin Emerson's Wolverines finished with a record 8-3 last fall ... In 2013, he had 72 total tackles and four sacks ... He also blocked a total of five field goal and punt attempts on the year. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Diamond Ranch HS ... Lettered two seasons for coach Roddy Layton ... Played DB, RB, LB, DE, WR and TE for the Panthers ... Also lettered in soccer as a forward and goalie and in track, competing in the 400 meters, shot put and discus. PERSONAL: Elexious Jourdon Delmane Perkins II was born April 24, 1994, near Pittsburgh, PA ... The son of Elexious and Dayna Perkins ... Siblings are: Jourdon, Jonathin, Domonic and Nakia Perkins; Iman Marshall and Micah Solomen.
HAUCK ON PERKINS: "On film, Lex makes plays all over the place, whether it's blocking kicks, making tackles or interceptions. We anticipate that he will provide us a veteran presence in a young linebacker corps. He's a fired-up player on the field who shows a lot of passion for the game of football. He is an exciting player."

BLAKE RICHMOND
DB | 6-3 | 190 | JR-TR | Fairfield, CA | Rodriguez HS/Santa Rosa JC

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One of just two defensive backs in this year's Rebel class ... A nice-sized free safety who chose UNLV over TCU and Utah State ... Hails from the same JC that produced former UNLV and NFL lineman Martin Tevaseu. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Santa Rosa JC where he was a teammate of fellow-Rebel signee and former high school teammate Najee Johnson under coach Lenny Wagner ... Named All-NorCal Conference after posting 68 total tackles and four pass breakups as a sophomore to go with 44 takedowns and an interception as a freshman for the Bear Cubs. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Rodriguez HS in Fairfield, CA ... Lettered three seasons for coach John Bent ... Played both sides of the ball for the Mustangs, lining up at WR and CB ... Earned First Team All-Salano County Athletic Conference ... Also lettered three times in basketball as a guard. PERSONAL: Blake Everett Richmond was born July 30, 1993, in Vallejo, CA ... The son of Bruce and Doris Richmond ... Has two older brothers, Bruce Jr. and Cameron, and one sister, Candice ... Cameron completed his collegiate career in 2013 as a WR at Idaho State.
HAUCK ON RICHMOND: "Blake is a great kid who has shown terrific range at the safety position. He's a physical presence on the field and we can't wait to watch him making plays all over the field wearing Scarlet and Gray. Blake can have an immediate impact on our secondary both versus the run and the pass."

BILLY TANUVASA
DL | 6-2 | 290 | JR-TR | Corona, CA | Corona HS/Santa Ana JC

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One of two JC defensive linemen in this year's UNLV class ... Name is pronounced "TAH-new-VAH-sah" ... Chose the Rebels over New Mexico and New Mexico State. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Santa Ana JC ... Named Second Team All-Southern Conference by the SCFA after posting 8.5 quarterback sacks and 15 TFL as a sophomore ... Also had 52 total tackles for the Dons under coach Geoff Jones. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Corona HS ... Lettered three seasons for coach John Brondam ... Played on both sides of the ball for the Panthers ... Earned first team all-conference honors and was named the team's defensive MVP as a senior. PERSONAL: Billy Tanuvasu was born Oct. 21, 1994, in Huntington Beach, CA ... The son of Richard and Lisa Marez ... Has a younger brother, Jarod ... His uncle Ma'a Tanuvasa played nine years in the NFL as a defensive lineman for four different teams, including winning two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.
HAUCK ON TANUVASA: "Billy is a quick, explosive player. He's got the traditional defensive tackle physique. He also has great punch -- we love the way he gets off the ball and separates from offensive linemen. When he committed to us he called from another trip and said he couldn't see himself playing for anyone other than UNLV."

JUNIOR COLLEGE MIDYEAR SIGNEE

BLAKE DECKER
QB | 6-2 | 205 | JR-TR | Mesa, AZ | Mountain View HS/Scottsdale CC

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One of two quarterbacks in this year's class but the program's only midyear signee ... A NJCAA Second Team All-American who put up gaudy stats last fall ... A highly honored signal caller who enrolled at UNLV last month and will take part in 2014 spring practice with the Rebels ... Ranked the No. 8 JC pro-style QB in the nation by 247 Sports ... An experienced player that served a two-year church mission in Mexico after high school. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Starred at Scottsdale CC for coach Doug Madoski ... Led the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in 2013 with 269 completions in 456 attempts for 4,241 yards and 47 touchdowns with 11 interceptions ... His numbers for touchdowns and passing yards per game led the entire National Junior College Athletic Association last fall ... Also rushed for 390 yards and four scores as a sophomore ... Named the Offensive Player of the Year for both the ACCAC and Western States Football League ... Led the Fighting Artichokes to 10 straight wins, including a 50-42 victory over Dodge City CC in the Valley of the Sun Bowl on Dec. 7. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Mountain View HS in Mesa, CA ... Earned two varsity letters playing quarterback for coach Tom Joseph ... Earned honorable mention all-state for the Toros, who finished 12-1 during his senior campaign. PERSONAL: Blake Tod Decker was born Sept. 28, 1990, in Abilene, TX ... The son of Tod and Liz Decker ... Has two sisters and a younger brother ... His father was a wide receiver at Ball State.
HAUCK ON DECKER: "Blake's here on campus and he's already made an impression with this team. He's a veteran, experienced player. We expect to have him be part of a tightly contested and extended quarterback competition this spring AND fall camp."

UNLV 2014 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS BY POSITION
(16 Total Signees)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)
NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Mike HugheszDL6-3295FR-HSLas Vegas, NVPalo Verde HS
Najee JohnsonDL6-5220JR-TRFairfield, CASanta Rosa JC
Tui MaloataDL6-3260JR-TRMalaeloa, ASMt. SAC
Joseph SalazarDL6-4230FR-HSHouston, TXAtascocita HS
Billy TanuvasaDL6-2290JR-TRCorona, CASanta Ana JC

DEFENSIVE BACKS (4)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Chazz EldridgeDB6-2185FR-HSChino Hills, CAChino Hills HS
Dominique FenstermacherDB5-10170FR-HSPhoenix, AZMountain Pointe HS
Tim HoughDB6-0175FR-HSLas Vegas, NVDesert Pines HS
Blake RichmondDB6-3190JR-TRFairfield, CASanta Rosa JC

QUARTERBACKS (2)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Blake Decker*QB6-2205JR-TRMesa, AZScottsdale CC
Kevin ThomsonQB6-2190FR-HSAuburn, WAAuburn Riverside HS

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (2)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Phillip HaynesOL6-4270FR-HS Dallas, TXSkyline HS
Gavin PetersonOL6-3275FR-HSKaty, TXSeven Lakes HS

LINEBACKER (1)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Elexious Perkins IILB6-0210JR-TRPomona, CASan Bernardino Valley College

TIGHT END (1)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Austin HuntTE6-6235FR-HSLas Vegas, NVSilverado HS

PLACEKICKER (1)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Conor PerkinsPK5-8160FR-HSHenderson, NVGreen Valley HS

*Already Enrolled at UNLV

UNLV 2014 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS BY HOME STATE (16 Total Signees)

CALIFORNIA (5)
NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Chazz EldridgeDB6-2185FR-HSChino Hills, CAChino Hills HS
Najee JohnsonDL6-5220JR-TRFairfield, CASanta Rosa JC
Elexious Perkins IILB6-0210JR-TRPomona, CASan Bernardino Valley College
Blake RichmondDB6-3190JR-TRFairfield, CASanta Rosa JC
Billy TanuvasaDL6-2290JR-TRCorona, CASanta Ana JC

NEVADA (4)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Tim HoughDB6-0175FR-HSLas Vegas, NVDesert Pines HS
Mike HughesDL6-3295FR-HSLas Vegas, NVPalo Verde HS
Austin HuntTE6-6235FR-HSLas Vegas, NVSilverado HS
Conor PerkinsPK5-8160FR-HSHenderson, NVGreen Valley HS

TEXAS (3)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Phillip HaynesOL6-4270FR-HSDallas, TXSkyline HS
Gavin PetersonOL6-3275FR-HSKaty, TXSeven Lakes HS
Joseph SalazarDL6-4230FR-HSHouston, TXAtascocita HS

ARIZONA (2)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Blake Decker*QB6-2205JR-TRMesa, AZScottsdale CC
Dominique FenstermacherDB5-10170FR-HSPhoenix, AZMountain Pointe HS

WASHINGTON (1)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Kevin ThomsonQB6-2190FR-HSAuburn, WAAuburn Riverside HS

AMERICAN SAMOA (1)

NAMEPOSHTWTCL-EXPHOMETOWNPREVIOUS SCHOOL
Tui MaloataDL6-3260JR-TRMalaeloa, ASMt. SAC

*Already Enrolled at UNLV

 

 

 
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