Bobby Hauck Signing Day Comments|
Feb. 5, 2014
SELECT COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH Bobby Hauck AT THE MEDIA CONFERENCE ANNOUCING UNLV FOOTBALL'S 2014 RECRUITING CLASS:
"This is a good day for us as it is for coaches around the country. Our assistant coaches did a nice job in putting this class together. Jimmy Morimoto, our recruiting coordinator, did a great job keeping everybody organized. Year in and year out he does a terrific job."
"If we weren't excited about this class, Something would be drastically wrong. It's not. We are excited about this class. We'll really know about most of these guys in two years but we'll talk about the junior college players as well that we expect to make an immediate impact."
"In terms of the number on the class, we had a very, very small senior class. I know everyone in the room has a pretty good understanding of why we only signed 16 players. We have three grayshirt guys who are already on campus so that really makes this number 19. We only had 16 or 17 seniors on scholarship (in 2013) and that's all you can replace. We expect to be at the maximum 85 in the fall for the first time in a while at UNLV. We're excited about that and though this class is not high in number, I think it's high in quality."
"We'll start with our local signees. I think there were 11 players in the Las Vegas area that signed national letters of intent to division one institutions (FBS). We offered nine of those 11 and signed four of them. Really pleased with the Vegas guys that are coming our way. It's good to keep kids home. We've made that a major point of emphasis from the first day we got here. Sometimes we can get guys to stay and sometimes we can't. We are proud of the four guys this year that decided to stay home and represent their home state at their hometown university."
"Obviously there were some things we needed to address as far as immediate needs. Our top three defensive tackles went out the door as seniors this year so we felt we had to go to the junior college ranks to supplement that area. We took one defensive end in Najee Johnson and two defensive tackles -- Tui Maloata and Billy Tanuvasa -- and we expect those guys to come in and have an immediate impact."
"(Midyear JC signee quarterback) Blake Decker is already on campus. Obviously we're going to have a great quarterback competition with he and Nick Sherry and our young guys as well. It will be extended and should go into the fall and we'll figure out who the starter is sometime before the first game. But I expect those guys will have a heated competition and everyone will improve and we'll be in good hands at the quarterback position."
"This is a quality group of kids. They are fine young men. They come from good families. We know them all intimately, with the exception of (high school cornerback) Chazz Eldridge, who was a late addition to the class. He jumped in late. He was an Arizona commit early on and we're excited about him. It wasn't a wild finish to recruiting for us. There was a little excitement at the end. We lost one and got one."
"I don't think, really, any of them is a reach as far as what they bring to the table. As is the norm in our recruiting, as most of you here know, we recruit big-framed, running players that are going to find a home at some position. We have them labeled in a position but some of them will change and move around the depth chart and roster a little bit. I really think this is a good-looking, explosive group of kids. A little heavy on the defensive side this year. Some good things happening in recruiting for us. Obviously you don't get every single player you want but now it's about the guys you do get and this year the guys we got are tremendous."
ON RECRUITING AFTER UNLV PLAYED IN A BOWL GAME:
"I think it helps, without a doubt. As the season progressed, I think we were able to hang in there with more kids, maybe, than normal. I think it will pay dividends down the road even more. Kids that are juniors now -- we're on their radar a little bit more. Winning games never hurts. When you are in living rooms or guys are on campus with our guys, you can say, `See, it works. Our structure works at UNLV.' We anticipate it being even better next year."
ON NOT SIGNING ANY RUNNING BACKS OR WIDE RECEIVERS:
"As far as the running back position, we had three guys targeted. We didn't get any of those three so we weren't going to beyond that. Our current group is solid. Right now we feel like we have four guys that can play. At wide receiver, we have some grayshirt guys coming in (2013 WR signees Devonte Boyd and Trent Riley) so that's the reason for that."