Less than 24 hours after the Rebels received news that 3 star wide receiver JJ Johnson from Chandler (AZ) HS decommited from the Rebels due to wanting to make sure he was making the right decision. I did speak with JJ Friday evening and he said that "UNLV is still high on his list" but said he wanted to "reevaluate everything and make sure he was making the right decision for him on the field and for his future."
UNLV will host four recruits at the Wyoming game this afternoon. The recruits who will be in attendance are Chris Brooks, a WR from Newbury Park, CA, Colin Schooler, the #2 ILB on the west coach from Mission Viejo, CA, Noah Bean, an athletic TE that fits the "new school TE" that most schools look for from Grace Brethren in Simi Valley, CA and Cal commit Michael Onyemaobi, a from Chaparral HS in Temecula, CA.
If you notice, all 4 recruits are at positions of "need" for the Rebels.
Schooler would fill a huge void for the Rebels. While they have added Jacob Rominger, one of the better JUCO LB's, they still need to add depth and a player that could come in and make an impact right away. Schooler has that ability and could be a fixture for the Rebels at inside linebacker for years. He reminds me of a young Brian Cushing in terms of football IQ, athletic ability and strength (for his age).
Onyemaobi, a 3 star recruit according to Scout.com is being recruited as a WR by UNLV even though he has given a verbal commitment to Cal as a CB. If the UNLV staff can flip Onyemaobi it would be a huge get for the Rebels. Like a lot of Rebel recruits, Onyemaobi is a high ceiling player with limitless potential and the ability to play right away and would be a playmaker on the offensive end.
It also speak volumes that the Cal commit would be looking at UNLV and that is a testament to Tony Sanchez and his staff. They are doing a great job on targeting and looking at players that want to be a part of the foundation he is trying to build as well as selling the future on UNLV football.
The loss of Johnson opens up a slot for another WR in this class (should he not decide to recommit to UNLV). A name to watch closely is 3 star Las Vegas Centennial WR Savon Scarver. I was told Scarver is attempting to take an official visit at the Nevada game. Scarver, who is also the Nevada 300 meter hurdle record holder, ran a 4.3 forty at a football showcase in Southern California prior to the start of this past season with UCLA, Oregon, USC, Arizona, Washington St and Utah present. He holds offers from UNLV, Nevada, Fresno St. Colorado St., Idaho and Hawaii with Oregon also interested in Scarver.