Rebels Add Two More Football Signees
March 5, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV football head coach Bobby Hauck announced Tuesday the addition of two more junior college players to the school's 2013 recruiting class, which now stands at 22.
Recently signing national letters of intent to play for the Rebels this fall were offensive lineman Doug Saeks (pronounced "SAKES") and running back Shaquille Murray-Lawrence.
Saeks (6-6, 300) started for two seasons at guard for coach Joe Early at Palomar Junior College, which is located in San Marcos, Calif. He became the seventh Comet to sign with a four-year program this year. A native of Portland, Ore., Saeks graduated from Westview High School and is now the fourth offensive linemen and second JC blocker to sign with Rebels.
"Offensive line was not a huge need for us but we got to the end of the recruiting process and Doug was just too good of a player not to take," Hauck said. "He's got good feet, good size and the attitude we look for up front. We think he can play at guard or tackle for us."
Canadian Murray-Lawrence (5-8, 190) played last season at Tyler Junior College in Texas, rushing for 211 yards and three touchdowns on just 21 carries for the Apaches. He was a late addition to coach Danny Palmer's program after his original JC, Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, closed because of financial difficulties after his freshman season.
"Shaq is a talented, fast back with top-end speed," Hauck said. "With our depleted numbers at running back, we expect him to compete for playing time the minute he walks in the door."
The third running back to sign with UNLV this year, Murray-Lawrence joins Niko Kapeli (Henderson, Nev.) and Keith Whitley (Houston, Texas) in the class. He graduated from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in London, Ontario, and will be the third Canadian on the roster, joining offensive linemen Brett Boyko (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Tom Clarkson (Mission, British Columbia).
The updated makeup of UNLV's 2013 signing class is 13 high school players and nine junior-college players. The group includes 13 offensive players, eight on defense and one listed as an Athlete. The full breakdown is as follows: 4 DL, 4 OL, 3 LB, 3 WR, 3 RB, 2 TE, 1 DB, 1 QB and 1 ATH.
The group consists of student-athletes whose hometowns are spread among eight states, one territory and two foreign countries: nine from California, three from Texas, two from Nevada and one each from Arizona, Hawaii, Utah, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Finland and now Canada.
On Monday UNLV opened its 2013 spring practice schedule, which will culminate with the FREE, family-friendly Spring Showcase on Friday, April 12 at Rebel Park from 5:30-6:30 p.m.