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February 5, 2014

50 players make a decision on NSD

This recruiting cycle saw 19 players that originally started their high school career in Nevada sign with FBS programs on National Signing Day.

A few left their decision for the last second as Jarvis Polu made the last second switch to Navy over Army and former Bishop Gorman star lineman decommitted from BYU in the fall before quietly submitting his name to the Cougars staff on NSD.

Gael quarterback Randall Cunningham was signee left off the list though his status was known early as he has opted to compete as a long jumper at USC.

Among the FBS class, there are a few potential instant impact players in the mix as Nacua, Michael Hughes, Zack Singer and Casey Hughes are among players considered ready to play right away.

Overall, the FBS class was had great overall numbers and depth. The impact of the class will be felt more in the future and there are plenty of players to follow as they develop.


Air Force
WR Aaron Zanin-Banks Las Vegas

DE Jerod Cody Glendale CC (Centennial)

Arizona State
S Armand Perry Bishop Gorman

DE Isaiah Nacua Timpview (Bishop Gorman)

DT Jarvis Polu Liberty

QB Hunter Fralick Spanish Springs
OL Matt McDermand Moapa Valley
DT Cliff Porter Hug

OT Tyrell Crosby Green Valley

QB Taz Wilson Chattahochee (Sierra Vista)

RB Nathan Starks Cherry Creek (Bishop Gorman)

TE Austin Hunt Silverado
DT Michael Hughes Palo Verde
DB Tim Hough Desert Pines
K Conor Perkins Green Valley

Kent State
DT Zack Singer Bishop Gorman

OT Nick Gates Bishop Gorman

San Diego State
DE Noble Hall Valley

DB Casey Hughes Legacy

Preferred Walk-on

QB Stevie Farmer Athens (Canyon Springs)

RB Jocquez Kalili Desert Oasis

Iowa State
TE Jake Ortale Palo Verde

WR Trae Carter-Wells Reed
LB Nieamiah Lane Legacy


Only tree players joined the FCS level this recruiting cycle in former Truckee star Morgan Nevin joined Sacramento State for the spring and Weber State rolled the dice on Shamir Geisinger.
Defer has been one of the state's elite pass rushers and should find a spot in the linebacker rotation for Montana during his career.

Nevin is expected to be an immediate contributor for Hornets while Geisinger isn't a kid that hit the radar but he has the speed and physical potential to develop into a future impact player.

Sacramento State
LB Morgan Nevin Santa Barbara City JC (Truckee)

Indiana State
OT Marcus Smith New Mexico Military (Mojave)

LB Evan Defer Damonte Ranch

Weber State
RB Eric Wilkes Desert Pines
CB Shamir Geisinger Spanish Springs

Division II

The D2 level should benefit from plenty of high quality player that were skimmed over by larger school. There were plenty of high quality linemen still available late that should rise to become starters in the future with focused work in the weight room.

Dixie State grabbed Nevada Player of the Year Tyler Newman. If he maintains his high school magic, he can be a key player for the program in the future with his impressive intelligence.

Linebacker J Henderson, Danny Otuwa and Demarrius Oliver are other key players to watch along with a host of defensive backs.

Black Hills State
DT Dylan Weasa Foothill

Colorado Mesa
OG Jordan Knapp Bonanza
OG Tryson Mook Bishop Gorman
LB J Henderson Shadow Ridge

Colorado School of Mines
WR Riley Hoff Bishop Gorman
LB Randolph McLean Pershing County
CB Mason Rhoads Douglas

Colorado Pueblo
QB Herman Smith Victor Valley (Desert Oasis)

Dixie State
QB Tyler Newman Liberty
OG Scott Hughes Liberty
OG Zach Lurgis Legacy
DE Hayden Solis Faith Lutheran
LB Danny Otuwa Faith Lutheran

Henderson State
RB Farrell Victor Feather River CC (Las Vegas HS)

University of Mary
LB Demarrius Oliver Valley
DB Salah Boyce Arbor View
DB Devon Turner Arbor View
S Ryan Naki Desert Pines


Several player signed with NAIA schools including a major haul for high powered Southern Oregon. Lantz Worthington and Malik Davis are great fits within the SOU style of offense and should eventually move into the lineup during their career.

The program also grabs a potential impact defender in Isiah Carter, Carter is a high level player with great speed but lack of size limited his options.

Dakota State
FB Ivaylo Iliev Mountain View Christian
OL Levar Colbert Durango

Graceland (IA)
LB Ismail Seura Bishop Gorman
LB/S Kenyan CokerBishop Gorman

Montana State Northern
QB Morgan Dirickson Churchill County
RB Trent Tarner Churchill County
OL Brennan Lewis Churchill County
LB Dakota Schelling Churchill County

Montana Western
WR Josh Shaver Lowry

Southern Oregon
RB/WR Lantz Worthington Centennial
WR/CB Malik Davis Desert Pines
OL Terry Dodd IV Cheyenne
DE Kaveo Walker Feather River CC (Las Vegas HS)
LB Isiah Carter Canyon Springs
CB Austin Cooper Canyon Springs
CB Raequan Bascombe Canyon Springs

Waldorf College
OL Matthew Sink Legacy


Several elite athletes didn't come off the board on Signing Day but showcase the ability to eventually be game changers in college.

Many decided to put off the SAT/ACT test until January making them unrecruitable as they have yet to qualify but you could see them added to four year rosters in the fall.

LB/DE Nieamiah Lane, RB Jocquez Kalili, QB Drew Doxtator, RB/WR Antraye Johnson, WR Trae Carter-Wells and DL Eric Anderson are among player to keep an eye out for in the fall.


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