In part one of our football recruiting update, the depth of this year's class is the best that we have ever seen in Nevada. The great thing is the many new schools that we are seeing coming into Nevada to recruit local athletes. This is raising the stakes and providing new opportunities that many players have never seen before. With many of our top players having grades to get into college right now, colleges have been flooding the market to get after some impact players.
Lets talk about how this is all happening. One is Coaching Changes at key schools that understand the Nevada pipeline. Having Dennis Erickson take the Arizona State job is a positive sign for recruits. The Devils have been everywhere on local players top programs. They already have one local commitment in Josh Jordan of Gorman and they should get several more.
Like it or not, David White the former Gorman Coach deserves credit. He helped get his kids to big time programs and also helped in getting marginal players scholarships as well. While he has since moved on to a Top 10 program in Oklahoma, he has two former Gorman players on their roster and one from Cheyenne. His efforts raised the bar for local Coaches and they have done a better job in getting their kids to combines and to help make their stats more available to national websites (like NSN here).
Combines and College Summer Camps have been a boon for local recruits. We have already seen multiple players of different levels skyrocket after attending camps on their own. Jordan goes to the ASU camp, blows everyone away and he gets a ride. Kyle Wolak of Spring Valley had a so so Junior Season at QB, but he hit the Combine and College Camp circuit and now he is being heavily recruited by Louisana Tech, Colorado and Wyoming.
Kids are finally realizing that they need to take their future into their own hands. No longer can they just rely on their High School Coach to get them in front of College Coaches. Corbin Brown of Sierra Vista sent tapes everywhere after the end of the season. While being a bit undersized at Safety, he already has two offers including one from Wisconsin. He is being pursued by Auburn as well.
Schools like Auburn do not recruit Nevada. Now they are. Same can be said for West Virginia, Rutgers, Louisana Tech, Hawaii, Nebraska and Michigan. If you can only count the number of smaller D1 and D1A programs that do not have the budget to look at prospects out West and you will realize that if you do not promote yourself they will never find you. Aaron Bagsby's play at Prep School opened up a door to UCONN where we are seeing this Big East school now looking out to Nevada for players.
Lets look at the recruits so far, we will have more recruiting updates in our next story.
Beau Orth - Gorman - ASU, Army, Yale
Cejay Ceniza - Sierra Vista - Hawaii, Nevada, UNLV and UTAH
Deangelo Butler - Cheyenne - ASU, Sac State, UNLV, Utah State
Kris Anglin- Sierra Vista - Fresno St, Iowa State
Keola Antolin - Gorman - Commitment to Arizona
Michael Ball - DP - Commitment to Nevada
Devonte Christopher - Canyon Springs - being sought after as an Athlete - Nebraska, SDSU, Stanford, Wyoming, UNLV, Oregon and All IVY League schools
juron Criner - Canyon Springs - UNLV, ASU, AZ, Utah and Nevada
Robert Drye - Shadow Ridge - Harvard, Stanford, OSU and UNLV
Lawrence Guy - Las Vegas - Nevada,UNLV, SDSU, Oregon, Michigan, Arizona
Chris Jones - Shadow R - Athlete prospect - Colorado camp MVP, UNLV, Utah, Boise, OSU, Illinois, USC and UCLA
Kamana Kaimikaua - Gorman - UNLV, Utah, BYU, Colorado, Cal
Preston Davis - Shadow Ridge - Colorado, Boise,Cal, Nevada,UNLV,Utah
Kyle Wolak -QB - Spring Valley - La Tech, Colorado, Hawaii, Wyoming
Our next update will include an update on WR Samuels from Canyon Springs who is wildly recruited by everyone from USC, Rutgers, West Virginia and all in State. His frame and potential has college coaches drooling. CS has to be the school with the most recruits over all and with so many schools watching tapes on their players, they are bound to see a ton of talent on the other side of the ball as well. Again, all positive for Nevada athletes.
We will also go into the efforts in the North for McQueen star players, in addition try to get updates on Jacob Anderson of McQueen and Brett Hinckley of Manogue that are also fast risers.
Note that top QB's last year in the state Gifford of Las Vegas who signed with UNLV as a QB and Tony Maldanado of Reed who will play WR at Nevada as a local walkon got plenty of notice from their play. Play hard and they will notice.