Nevada Wolf Pack's 2014 Recruiting Class

Nevada announced its 2014 recruiting class made up of 27 signee, 22 new signees and 5 mid-year signees. The class features 12 offensive players, 14 defensive players and 1 athlete who could play both ways. We break down each player in the class and provide video highlights.

The class includes 14 line players on the offensive and defensive line, as well as tight ends. It was first full recruiting cycle for Brian Polian's staff at Nevada after their rushed 2013 class that they put together in the weeks after he took over for long time Wolf Pack coach Chris Ault.

It is a class made up of players from 8 different states, an indication of how serious Coach Polian is about expanding Nevada's recruiting territory. Players from as far away as Honolulu, HI and Dotham, AL.

James Butler - RB - 5-9 200lbs - Bloomingdale, IL - Saint Francis HS
Polian: "James possesses the physical tools to be a terrific college running back in the framework of the Pistol offense. He has a great combination of size, speed and vision. While a little short, James is powerfully built and difficult to tackle. We are also excited about James' arrival as he helps us open a new recruiting area in the Midwest."
138 carries, 1,185 yards, 19 TD's, 8.6 avg, 8 catches for 111 yards, 13.9 avg.
Video Senior Year Highlights

Andrew Celis - WR - 5-11 185lbs - San Quentin, CA - Marin Catholic HS
Polian: "Andrew is a very polished high school football player from Marin Catholic. We had him in camp and we were blown away by his ball skills and route running. Drew understands football and his knowledge translates on the field. He was an incredibly productive player in high school and played all over the field. He is a great addition to our wide receiver corps."
87 catches for 1,350 yards and recorded 2,600 all-purpose yards
Video Senior Year Highlights


Patrick Choudja - DE - 6-3 225lbs - Oakley, CA - Freedom HS
Polian: "Patrick has a combination of size and pure pass rush ability. Most speed rushers are undersized - Patrick has the unique ability to rush the QB, but also has the stature and strength to play a power game at the line of scrimmage. He has not played that much football so his upside is great and he could develop into a difference-maker for our defense."
81 tackles with school records in tackles for loss (25) and sacks (18) to go along with three forced fumbles and 3 PBUs as a senior
Video Senior Year Highlights

Wyatt Demps - WR - 6-4 200lbs - Elk Grove, CA - Pleasant Grove HS
Polian: "Wyatt is a threat because of his size and ball skills. At 6-4, he creates matchup problems for smaller DBs and shown the ability to run away from people in the open field. Wyatt is a great addition because of the uniqueness of skill set and giving us a big target in the passing game."
Caught 35 passes for 775 yards and 13 touchdowns … Also recorded four interceptions as a defensive back
Video Senior Year Highlights

Daren Echeveria - OL - 6-5 270lbs - Antelope Valley, CA - Antelope Valley HS
Polian: "Daren is an athletic off ensive lineman who has a long frame that will carry more weight as his body develops. He displayed a toughness in his high school fi lm that made him an attractive prospect to us. We hope that he will develop into a core player for us on the off ensive line in the future."
Recorded 22 pancake blocks in a championship game as a senior
Video Senior Year Highlights

Hunter Fralick - QB - 6-2 210lbs - Sparks, NV - Spanish Springs HS
Polian: "We are really excited about Hunter because he has a proven skill set that we have evaluated in a camp setting and through high school film. But we are also excited to get a player who we believe can win games in the MW at the quarterback position and is also in our own backyard. We have to keep the best players in Northern Nevada at home and we were able to do that with Hunter."
Combined to throw for 5,388 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior and senior while rushing for 1,222 yards and 19 touchdowns
Video Senior Year Highlights

Kendal Johnson - DB - 6-0 180lbs - Lafayette, LA - St. Thomas More HS
Polian: "Kendall is a really good skill player. He was productive on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and as a defensive back in high school and we believe he will become a really good college corner. He has a combination of legitimate speed, height, and ball skills that should help him become a productive player here for the Pack."
As a receiver, caught 60 passes for more than 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior and senior … Record three interceptions, 35 tackles and eight pass breakups as a senior after a junior season with fi ve picks and 11 PBUs
Video Senior Year Highlights


Jarid Joseph - LB - 6-2 220lbs - Lakewood, CA - Lakewood HS
Polian: "Jarid was a very productive player and leader for Lakewood High in Southern California. He also has great upside because he has the flexibility to play inside or outside linebacker and should also be a dynamic player in the kicking game."
Twice earned first-team all-league honors. Was named defensive lineman of the year as a junior … Earned linebacker of the year honors as a senior
Video Senior Year Highlights

Jacob Lacaden - LB - 5-11 215lbs - Kapolei, HI - St. Louis School
Polian: "Jacob is an aggressive defender, a ball hawk, and a football junkie. He has been a hybrid safety/outside linebacker and that should bode well for him as he transitions to outside linebacker for us. He was a highly decorated high school player in Hawaii and should be factor in short order for us."
Was the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year in the state. Recorded 198 tackles during his junior and senior seasons
Video Senior Year Highlights

Humberto Lopez - OL - 6-5 305lbs - Desert Hot Springs, CA - College of the Desert
Jc transfer, will come in as a Junior with 3 to play 2.
Polian: "Bert is very athletic and light on his feet for man of his stature. He has also displayed a work ethic and desire throughout his time in junior college that leads us to believe that he will be a success here at Nevada. We hope that with his size, strength and experience he will be able to come in and compete right away for a spot on the off ensive line."
Earned second-team all-conference honors
Video Sophomore Year Highlights

Mat McDermand - OL - 6-5 265lbs - Overton, NV - Moapa Valley HS
Polian: "Mat was very important to us because not only does he make us better in the front, but he is also an in-state prospect and it is pivotal that we win recruiting battles in Nevada. Mat is physical, but also very light on his feet for a big man and should be a very good addition to our off ensive front."
Earned Lineman of the Year honors as a senior and was a two-time alldivision, all-league and all-state selection
Video Senior Year Highlights

Kalei Meyer - DT - 6-1 285lbs - Waipahu, HI - Kamehameha HS
Polian: "Kalei gives us a stout interior player who is strong enough to hold the point at the line of scrimmage. He comes from a great program in Kamehameha in Hawaii and should be a really good addition to our interior defensive line in the future."
Was a three-year starter who earned All-Hawaii Team and All-ILH as a defensive tackle
Video Senior Year Highlights

Jeremy Miller - DT - 5-11 300lbs - Arlington, TX - Tyler JC
JC transfer, will come in as a Junior with 3 to play 2.
Polian: "We are excited to welcome Jeremy into the Pack. Jeremy gives us a stout body in the interior defensive line and valuable experience as he has played a good level of competition at Tyler JC. We also know his high school program well back in Texas and feel confi dent that he will fi t in well with us here."
As a senior in 2011, had 65 tackles, including 12 for a loss, two forced fumbles and one sack
Video Sophomore Year Highlights

Matt Moen - TE - 6-3 240lbs - Cibolo, TX - Steele HS
Polian: "Matt is a very physical tight end who is a dominant blocker on the line and a very capable receiving threat. He is also a proven winner having played for a Texas State power at Cibolo Steele High outside of San Antonio. Matt is another great addition to our program from the Lone Star State."
As a senior caught 28 passes for 579 yards and seven touchdowns
Video Senior Year Highlights

Elijah Moody - DB - 5-11 175lbs - Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Poly HS
Polian: "Elijah has a unique skill set in that he is capable of playing both corner or safety. He shows good range, ball skills, and is a willing tackler. He also comes from a Southern California powerhouse program in Long Beach Poly, so he understands a winning culture. He will give us added flexibility within the DB group."
Named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram "Dream Team" … Twice earned Defensive Back of the Year accolades and was a two-time firstteam all-league selection
Video Highlights

Kelton Moore - ATH - 5-11 200lbs - Arlington, TX - Juan Seguin HS
Polian: "Kelton is similar to Asauni Rufus in the sense that he also played quarterback in high school and we project a position change for him in college. Kelton was one of the most productive and well thought-of off ensive players in the DFW metroplex this past year and that is high praise. He has good size and athleticism and can play any number of positions here for the Pack."
Named District MVP after his senior season in which he threw for 1,620 yards and ran for 2,135 yards
Video Highlights

Ahki Muhammad - DB - 5-9 180lbs - Hayward, CA - James Logan HS
Polian: "Ahki is an explosive cornerback who can move his feet and tackles extremely well. For a high school DB, he is a really physical football player and that should serve him well in our scheme. We have been following him his since his junior year and we are excited to add him to this special class."
Ran for 1,100 yards and 23 touchdowns while recording 23 tackles with 11 pass breakups and four interceptions
Video Senior Year Highlights

Cliff Porter - DT - 6-5 260lbs - Reno, NV - Hug HS
Polian: "Cliff ord is very exciting because his upside is so big. He is a terrific athlete for a man his size and he will only get better. He was another member of this class that we had in our camp who showed us unique athleticism for a young man who was 6-5 and 260 pounds. Like Hunter Fralick, it was important for us to welcome Cliff into the family because he is local, coming from Hug High."
Averaged six tackles a game and blocked 12 kicks in his career
Video Senior Year Highlights

Malik Reed - DE - 6-1 220lbs - Dothan, AL - Dothan HS
Polian: "Malik is a pass rusher. He has a great get-off and ability to turn the corner. He is a young senior, at 17 years old, and should grow physically into a complete defensive end in our system. He comes from an area of the country where they play really good football and we are excited about his future."
Was named Super 12 All-Region and team Defensive MVP as a senior after recording 92 tackles, eight sacks, 12 TFLs and 12 quarterback hurries at Dothan
Video Senior Year Highlights

Asauni Rufus - DB - 6-0 185lbs - Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield HS
Polian: "Asauni is a dynamic athlete and a highly decorated high school quarterback who led his team, Bakersfi eld High, to a state title. We project him to play safety in college and he has shown the physical skill set, football IQ, and leadership ability to make a smooth transition."
Had a standout season as a senior, rushing for 1,857 yards and throwing for 1,504 and accounting for a total of 44 touchdowns as he led his team to a state championship … Was Central Valley MVP and the CIF Section Player of the Year
Video Senior Year Highlights

Korey Rush - DE - 6-1 260lbs - Salt Lake City, UT - East HS
Polian: "Korey has a great combination of pass-rush ability and a stout frame to hold up against the run. He possesses the twitch to play end, but also has a the body type and strength to play inside as well. Korey suff ered a season-ending injury as a senior and has showed great perseverance in getting back healthy and onto the basketball court."
Registered 17.5 sacks as a junior and four as a senior
Video Highlights

Brandon Scott - TE - 6-3 225lbs - Yucaipa, CA - Yucaipa HS
Polian: "Brandon finished his high school career as one of the most productive wide receivers in the history of the inland Empire. We believe he will make a smooth transition to tight end and become a threat in the passing game while creating problems for opposing safeties and linebackers."
Finished his senior season with 64 catches for 1,260 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Video Senior Year Highlights

Jordan Silva - DE - 6-4 240lbs - Murrieta, CA - Murrieta Valley HS
Polian: "Jordan's senior fi lm is impressive as he was disruptive as both a defensive end and a tackle. He plays really hard and has the length and athleticism to be a good interior defensive lineman in college. As he fi lls out, he will become a problem for opposing guards. Jordan is a great addition to a really solid D-line class."
Combined for 202 tackles and 19 sacks in three seasons.
Video Senior Year Highlights

Cristian Solano - QB - 6-1 170lbs - San Fernando, CA - San Fernando HS
Polian: "Cristian was one of the most productive QBs in California as a senior and showed great leadership in leading his team to a city championship in Los Angeles. We believe that he has the tools to play quarterback at the this level once he adds to some good weight to his frame. We love his makeup and he and Hunter should give us a great pair of quarterbacks for the future of this program."
Passed for 4,162 yards, 43 TD's and only 5 INT's. Also rushed for 126 times for 1,427 yards and 23 TD's.
Video Senior Year Highlights

Chad Specht - OL - 6-5 305lbs - Fresno, CA - Clovis West HS
Polian: "We are happy to have Chad back in the fold. Originally a signee in the 2013 class, he suff ered an injury in training camp and chose to return home for the fall and grayshirt. Before his injury, he had made a very strong impression on our staff and there is no reason to believe that he won't play himself right back into the mix. Chad has a very bright future."
Was named first-team all-Valley as a junior and a senior
Video Senior Year Highlights

Duran Workman - DB - 6-0 200lbs - Charleston, WV - Saddleback College
JC transfer, will come in as a Junior with 3 to play 2.
Polian: "Duran is a very savvy football player with great instincts. He is a sure tackler and has shown the intelligence and flexibility to play both the free and strong safety positions. We would expect Duran to come in and have a chance to compete for playing time in short order."
Combined for 100 tackles, including six for a loss, seven pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble in two seasons.
Video Junior College Highlights

Blake Wright - RB - 5-10 200lbs - Fresno, CA - Edison HS
Polian: "Blake is another explosive running back in this class. He has excellent vision and feet and made some impressive open field runs last season at Fresno Edison. He is bigger than people think and displayed above average ball skills as a receiver out of the backfield. He should become another good option for us on offense."
As a senior, rushing for 1,361 yards and 12 touchdowns as the team went 11-2 overall
Video Senior Year Highlights


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