Football Announces February Signees|
Feb. 7, 2018
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"We are excited about this group and believe it will have an impact this season and for many more to come," said Sanchez. "Obviously this was the first time with two signing days and we really liked the process. We were able to sign 13 guys in December and then focus on finishing strong with the nine today. There is a lot of talent out there and it benefited us to wait to fill the class."
This portion of the recruiting class is made up of six high school players and three junior-college transfers. UNLV, which is allowed to sign 25 new players this year, announced an early class of 13 in December. That puts the program's total so far at 22.
"We have three scholarships still open and that is by design because there are some other players out there, including looking at grad transfers."
Wednesday's haul is heavy on defense with seven players on that side of the ball and two on offense: 4 DL, 2 LB, 1 OL, 1 DB and 1 TE.
Combined with December's list, the full UNLV class boasts 13 players on defense, eight on offense and one listed as an Athlete. The full breakdown is as follows: 6 DL, 5 DB, 3 OL, 2 LB, 2 QB, 1 WR, 1 RB, 1 TE and 1 ATH. "Having a full load of 25 scholarships, we were able to hone in on building the defense this year and for the future," said Sanchez. "We added both JC and high school guys so we didn't have to sell out the future for the present."
The newer group consists of student-athletes whose hometowns are spread among six states: three from California, two from Georgia and one each from Nevada, Utah, Oregon and Louisiana. One of the most geographically diverse classes in UNLV history, the combined list breakdown looks like this: eight from California, three from Nevada, two from Arizona, two from Georgia, two from Texas and one each hailing from Hawai'i, Maryland, Oregon, Utah and Louisiana.
"With the two signing days, we were able to reach out there because you have some time in January to spread yourself out a bit. We also got some new connections going with our new guys on the coaching staff so we have a few guys from places we haven't been before."
UNLV's spring practice begins March 6 and culminates with the Spring Showcase Saturday, April 14 at noon on campus.
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