UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck said his program “took a big step forward” as the Rebels revealed their 2011 recruiting class. Among the 23 players signed by the Rebels, seven were rated as three stars or better by recruiting services Scout or Rivals. Among the notable members: quarterback Nick Sherry from Petaluma, California, who originally committed to Colorado; running back Elijhaa Penny from Norwalk, California, who chose UNLV over the University of Washington; offensive lineman Allen Carroll, a junior college transfer who originally played at Washington back in 2008; linebacker Princeton Jackson, who played the last two years at Blinn College in Texas, where he was a teammate of Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton in 2009; and punter/kicker Chase Lansford, the son of longtime NFL placekicker Mike Lansford.
Notable about the Rebels’ class…it includes only one player from the state of Nevada, linebacker Connor Afoa from Foothill High School in Henderson. Hauck noted that the Rebels recruited eight Nevada players in his first class a year ago, and said that this was just a lighter year in terms of the talent available in state.
The class also includes defensive lineman David Green from Wasilla, Alaska. Green is believed to be the first-ever player from Wasilla High School to sign with a division-one level team. Wasilla is best known for being the hometown of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Coach Hauck jokingly said Green will be “the second most well-known person from Wasilla.”
Overall, the class has 15 high school players and eight junior college transfers. Geographically, it covers seven states and one territory. The most members, 12, hail from California, followed by three from Texas, two each from Arizona and Florida, and one each from Nevada, Alaska, New York and American Samoa. The class has 12 offensive players, 10 defensive, and one on special teams.
Hauck said he and his staff are “trying to get bigger and more physical and certainly this class answers some of those concerns.”