LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV football head coach Tony Sanchez announced an impressive class of 18 recruits during Wednesday’s initial day of the national signing period.
“I’m excited about this overall class,” Sanchez said. “It’s a talented group of kids we’ve worked hard and long to bring in and move this program forward by addressing needs and adding quality depth. There is help here that will contribute immediately in various spots.”
The Scarlet & Gray list is made up of 13 high school players and five junior-college transfers, including four midyear JC signees who enrolled at UNLV last month and will compete in spring practice (March 1 through April 1).
No less than nine of the 13 high school signees on the list earned at least one three-star ranking from either Rivals, Scout or 247Sports.
“There’s not a single kid on this list that didn’t have some other opportunities. You have to get into living rooms and win some battles if you are going to win on Saturdays. We had 21 scholarships to award this year and we’ll keep a few in our pocket for some other opportunities during the year.”
The class is nearly evenly split this year with 10 players on offense and eight on defense. The full breakdown is as follows: 4 OL, 3 DL, 3 LB, 2 WR, 2 TE, 2 DB, 1 QB and 1 RB.
“In all of these areas, there are needs,” Sanchez said. “One of the biggest things is bringing in four offensive linemen. It’s about as talented a position group that we’ve signed here in my three years. Last season we only had 12 O-linemen on scholarship so this really helps us solidify that area.”
While dominated by signees from the Golden State, the group consists of student-athletes whose hometowns are spread among six states: 11 are from California, three are out of Nevada, and one each hail from Arizona, Texas, Georgia and Kansas.
“These guys are from our recruiting base, right here in Las Vegas, California, Arizona and Texas, but we’ve also expanded a little bit with a young man coming from the Atlanta area and a guy from a Kansas junior college, which is unusual here.”
Sanchez said the list includes a nice mix of junior college and high school players.
“We added for both need and for depth. It’s no longer necessary for guys to come in and play right away but a lot of them will because they’ll earn time on the field. This group adds to an increasingly talented roster and during their time in Las Vegas will help us win games and get bowl eligible and compete for a Mountain West championship.”