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Nevada Pre-Season Top 2017 Prospects: #1-25

The Nevada 2017 class is loaded this season with some of the best players in the nation. With another season around the corner, here is a look of how Nevada Prep Report rates the players entering the summer:

#1. With the body of an interior lineman and the speed of an edge rusher, Garrett has been arguably the top defensive player in the state the last two seasons for the Gaels. He is a complete player that is college ready and has committed to play football at Notre Dame

#2. Highly confident with a strong arm and a knack for big plays on the move, Martell is writing his own story on the football field. He sees the field extremely well with the ability to drive the ball downfield and create on broken plays.

#3. Rogers is disruptive player on the interior that is a force versus the run as a strong tackler that plays with great leverage on the line. He has the ability to take on multiple blocker with long arms and an explosive burst.

Among the best in the nation, he has options all over the country.

#4. A prototype safety prospect with outstanding range in the secondary and the physicality to make plays versus the run, Bolden is one of the top safeties in the country.

He is a USC commit that is college ready and should be ready to put on a show in his final on the high school level.

#5. There isn’t a more explosive offensive weapon in the country than Ali-Walsh. He brings a tradition frame and amazing feet with unmatched acceleration in space. He made it look easy as he accumulated 2623-yards and 36-scores, he should exceed those totals as a senior with a great list of offers.

#6. Highly coveted, Perry is a playmaker on the edge that brings the foot speed and coverage awareness to develop into an outstanding corner. He plays with high confidence in space and is a good tackler that has gained 4-star status.

#7. An ultra athletic linebacker with the physical skills of a defensive back, Fields is a complete prospect on the edge. He can deliver big hits with excellent tackling ability in space and the ability to get pressure on the passer.

With added height and bulk over the off-season, Field loaded up on offers before committing to Arizona

#8. A rural Nevadan, Mauga is a very productive player off the edge that produced 10 sacks as a junior to lead all returning players. He is a great athlete with the body to play end or shift inside to tackle in college. He has excellent strength and plays with leverage making him a very high end prospect.

#9. The third installment from the Poutasi family, P.J. showed the ability to be a dominant player on the edge as a junior with great feet and hand quickness. He is an aggressive player that maintain a great motor and loves to play the game.

A Louisville commit, he is an early impact caliber lineman that should find a role early in his career.

#10. A speedster with good size and outstanding acceleration, Scarver is an extremely tough cover that can dominate opposing defenders. With a great passer returning to get him the ball, Scarver is poised for a huge senior and is one of the elite sprinter/hurdlers in his class. With great run skills as well, Scaver can also take a short flip for a score in an instant.

#11. Hausman could easily slip into the top 8 this season as he has been extremely impressive since he took on a larger role midway through last season. He has the desired athleticism sought in a top corner with excellent ball skills and awareness in coverage that made him the most productive defender in the Gaels backfield down-for-down as a junior.

#12. In line with the Trojan tradition of large receivers, Grimes is an athlete with good speed, soft hands and the ability to make plays after the catch. He does a good job maintaining position versus physical opponent and can high point the ball to make plays in the red zone.

A USC commit, Grimes looks ready to dominate in his second season as a fulltime pass catcher.

#13. A first year starter, Evans is a player with a strong arm that produces plenty of velocity on his ball while showing great ball security. He has the tool to develop into a high level college passer with the foot speed to rip up opposing defenses.

A Nevada Wolf Pack commit, Evans passed for 1865-yards and rushed for 647-yards totaling 36-touchdowns.

#14. A large corner, Sims is a physical player in the defensive backfield with good ball skills and a smooth backpedal. He does a great job maintaining position in man coverage with long arms and great speed. He has the physical skills to develop into an elite corner or even transition to safety in college with a growing list of options.

#15. A two-way player in the trenches, Kounovsky gets it done with a high motor and great speed. He is a player that can make plays in pursuit on defense with the hands and physical strength to gain penetration into the backfield.

As good as he is on defense, he has excellent feet, balance and power to play at a high level on offense as well.

A bit hidden away at Eldorado, Kounovsky has excellent upside and skill that indicates he can be an early impact player in college.

#16. With great vision, change of direction and acceleration; Morris has had an outstanding high school career rushing for 2965-yards and 36-touchdowns so far. He has committed to the hometown UNLV Rebels with the skill to make plays out of the backfield, in the slot or as a return specialist.

#17. Since emerging as a youth player, Dedeaux is a skilled playmaker on the edge with great vision as an open field runner that is also a standout defender at cornerback. He has outstanding feet and acceleration that allows him to produce big plays over the top with great hand-eye-coordination.

He has logged 2086-yards and 26-scores from scrimmage as a two year starter.

#18. A two year starter that has a 19-5 record, Grayson is a great athlete that can make play with his feet and spread the field with his arm. A UNLV commit, he has the is poised for a huge senior season looking to add to his career totals of 4496-yards and 59-touchdowns.

#19. Thornton put on a show at tight end last season before he lost his quarterback to injury. He continued to shine on the defensive side of the ball as well.

With a great frame, smooth athleticism and impressive speed; he is ready for a huge year on the field in his last year of high school. He has the ability to play tight end, defensive end or linebacker with great versatility in the mold of former Silverado star Ben Jacobs who starred for Fresno State before moving on the to the NFL.

#20. Francis is a large framed safety, Francis is ready for a huge year in the secondary as a full time starter. He has the ability to deliver hits and produce big plays that should make him a very impressive in college prospect.

#21. Raw route running skills and a quarterback with a limited arm saw Harris go for just 322-yards and a single score as a junior but his physical potential is through the roof. One of the top 4 sprinters in the Nevada 2017 class, Harris tops 7-feet as a high jumper with the ability to transfer those skills to the football field.

With better production, he can challenge for 4-star status.

#22. An extremely productive player with 122-tackles and 13 sacks as a two year starter, Hershberger is a football player with great strength and athleticism. He has the frame to develop as a linebacker or an end in the future.

#23. A Northern Nevadan, Williams bring the desired strength, balance and explosiveness to develop into an impressive player in college. He has the position versatility and quick feet that should garner more options this fall.

#24. A high energy linebacker with great instincts and very good speed, Littlefield brings versatility. He is a heavy hitter that sets to tone on the field with good leadership skill. He logged 91-tackles and 2-sacks in his second season as a starter.

#25. A large framed passer, Bollinger plays in an option based offense but he showcased his wares as a pocket quarterback logging 853-yards and 17-total touchdowns as a junior. Showing good footwork and a quick release, he has the ability to drive the ball downfield on deep passes with good touch underneath. Built to absorb contact, he shows the ability to develop into an excellent player down the road.