Combs nabs offer from Nevada and commits

As teams scramble to fill holes in their roster, some JUCO players have started to take center stage as we get ever closer to the start of training camp. One who recently signed with Nevada is former Modesto QB Devin Combs (6-2, 235) and he spoke recently with about his recruitment as well as what makes him such a special signal-caller...

"I committed to Nevada a couple of days ago," an excited Combs told "I had been talking to them for about a month and they liked that I fit into their offense perfectly with what I could do on the football field and that's why they offered me.

"I took a trip out there and just felt really comfortable. I liked the coaches, especially coach (Chris) Ault. There just aren't that many great coaches out there that can match what he's been able to do, so I really was excited about the opportunity and I feel like I couldn't ask for a better situation with their offense and the fact that the competition is wide-open with Colin Kaepernick graduated now and playing in the NFL."

In addition to his offer from the Wolfpack, Combs had offers from Wyoming, Army, Idaho State and San Jose State, all of whom wanted him to come in this summer.

"I really loved it out there when I visited Army," Combs admitted. "The problem was, they don't transfer credits and I had 60 credits already and I was going to have to go to a prep school so I was actually going to be negative like 30 credits.

"Nevada is going to transfer all my classes and I should have a chance to get my MBA while I'm there since I'm already so far ahead of things."

After enjoying a solid prep career at Oakdale (Ca.) High School, Combs expected to sign with UC Davis back in 2008, some family issues arose that caused him to pass up the opportunity.

"I just had some family stuff to take care of and I couldn't go (to UC Davis)," Combs recalled. "After that, I just started going to school part-time and working and I was out of it a couple of years, but then I really started to miss it and Modesto was real close and it would allow me to go to and from home pretty easily.

"They also had a great system with a track record or producing a lot of good quarterbacks, so I figured it was exactly where I needed to be."

As a freshman last fall, Combs completed nearly 60% of his passes for 2,271 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while leading the Pirates to an 8-3 record while also rushing for 556 yards and six more scores.

"I'm a dual-threat guy and I can throw out of the pocket or on the run too," Combs noted. "In high school I was mostly a roll-out, movement guy, but this past year in the offense (Modesto) ran, I was more out of the pocket.

"I feel comfortable doing both and with Nevada's offense, it's a perfect fit for me."

In addition to his outstanding instincts, Combs also has the dimension of speed, running a 4.5 forty to go along with his outstanding size and strength (17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench).

Combs will enroll at Nevada next month and will have four years to play three once he steps on campus.

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