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Signing Day Central

2012 Nevada Signing Class

Tune in for a live press conference with Head Coach Chris Ault at 2:15 p.m. Pacific time.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School) Highlights
Abe Abdelkarim OL 6-6 315 Fr. Allen, Texas (Allen HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Abdelkarim: "He is a big, strong player who came into his own as a senior. He will do nothing but get better."
Recruited by: James Spady
On Abdelkarim: Was first-team All-District as an offensive lineman in District 8-5A in Texas.
Alex Bertrando LB 6-2 210 Fr. Loomis, Calif. (Del Oro HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Bertrando: "He was the Sacramento Defensive Player of the Year. He fits very well into our scheme and has a very bright future in the Silver and Blue."
Recruited by: Barry Sacks
On Bertrando: Named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Sacramento Bee ... Was a second-team All-American by MaxPreps ... Named to All-State Division 2 team by Max Preps ... Earned second-team all-state honors from Cal-Hi Sports.
Charles Faraimo DT 6-2 270 Fr. Sacramento, Calif. Grant HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Faraimo: "He will be a very exciting defensive lineman. No question, he will make things happen."
Recruited by: Barry Sacks
On Faraimo: Was a first-team All-Delta Conference selection.
Travis Gardner WR 6-0 195 Fr. Chula Vista, Calif. (Eastlake HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Gardner: "He is one of the sleepers in the class. He is an excellent athlete who will excel at wide receiver."
Recruited by: Ken Wilson
On Gardner: Was a two-way starter who also punted in high school ... Is considered one of the top 100 wide receiver recruits in the country this year.
Jarred Gipson ATH 6-0 220 Fr. Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Gipson: "He is a good athlete who has the ability to play on either side of the ball."
Recruited by: James Spady
On Gipson: In 2010, he was second-team as a receivers District 17-5A and earned first-team honors as senior as a wide receiver/tight end.
Brian Guendling DE 6-4 220 Fr. Poway, Calif. (Poway HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Guendling: "He is an all-state player and his conference's player of the year. His height and athleticism will work to his advantage on the defensive line."
Recruited by: Ken Wilson
On Guendling: Named to Max Preps Division I All-State team ... Named first-team all-state by FoxSportNet ... Defensive Player of the Year in the Palomar Conference ... Was a second-team all-state selection as a defensive lineman by Cal-Hi Sports.
Nigel Haikins DB 5-10 205 Jr. Berkeley, Calif. (Diablo Valley College) Watch
Coach Ault on Haikins: "We brought him in to compete this year, and we're anxious to see him do it."
Recruited by: Mike Bradeson
On Haikins: Prepped at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, Calif. ... Turned down offers from BCS programs to sign at Nevada.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School) Highlights
Aisea Hansen OL 6-3 310 Fr. Fontana, Calif. (Kaiser HS)  
Coach Ault on Hansen: "A big, strong athlete who will fit in well with the Union. He's a load!"
Recruited by: James Ward
On Hansen: Was a first-team All-CIF selection ... Also picked to play in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic.
Hasaan Henderson QB 6-5 210 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Las Vegas HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Henderson: "A strong, mobile athlete with excellent size who will be very competitive and continue to grow at the QB position. He has a great upside."
Recruited by: Mike Bradeson
On Henderson: He was a three-year starter and a first-team all-league standout for Las Vegas High.
Marquis Newell DB 6-0 175 Fr. Sarasota, Fla. (Riverview HS)  
Coach Ault on Newell: "His track speed will make him a viable defensive back as we move forward."
Recruited by: Casey Moore
On Newell: Was also a track star (high jump and long jump) at Riverview HS ... Played both receiver and defensive back in high school..
Shane Pennix DE 6-3 240 Jr. Spring Valley, Calif. (Grossmont JC) Watch
Coach Ault on Pennix: "We're expecting him to really enhance our pass rush with his excellent speed off the edge."
Recruited by: Ken Wilson
On Pennix: Was named to the elite first-team all-state team as selected by coaches ... Was a unanimous all-conference selection.
Jerico Richardson WR 5-11 175 Fr. North Hills, Calif. (Bishop Alemany HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Richardson: "Jerico is a great athlete with a tremendous upside who can do it all."
Recruited by: Scott Baumgartner
On Richardson: Named all-conference and all-area as a senior ... Key contributor on one of the top high school teams in Southern California along with Wolf Pack basketball signee Marqueze Coleman.
Markus Smith DB 6-1 185 Jr. Riverside, Calif. (Riverside CC) Watch
Coach Ault on Smith: "Markus comes from an excellent program. With his great upside, he will definitely compete this year."
Recruited by: James Ward
On Smith: Named first-team all-state by JC Athletic Bureau.
Chris Solomon RB 6-0 185 Fr. West Covina, Calif. (West Covina HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Solomon: "He is very tough and athletic and will fit very well into our Pistol Offense."
Recruited by: James Ward
On Solomon: Was twice named the Offensive Player of the Year in his division ... Also named to the MaxPreps Division II All-State Team as a defensive player.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School) Highlights
Xavier Stephens RB 5-11 235 Fr. Tulare, Calif. (Tulare Union HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Stewart: "He is a big, strong back who runs north and south and has great athletic mobility."
Recruited by: Barry Sacks
On Stewart: Was a two-way standout in high school, playing both running back and linebacker ... Comes from same high school that produced Nevada standout and current Denver Bronco Virgil Green and current linebacker Jeremiah Green.
Tyler Stewart QB 6-4 210 Fr. Simi Valley, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Stewart: "A highly recruited, all-everything, proven leader who was his section's player of the year. He has all of the size, skills and stats to be an excellent Wolf Pack quarterback."
Recruited by: Scott Baumgartner
On Stewart: Named the California State Player of the Year (Division IV) by MaxPreps ... A two-time All-CIF selection.
Cody Tuttle TE 6-3 220 Fr. Newbury Park, Calif. (Westlake HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Tuttle: "A very dedicated, skilled and competitive athlete who's future is very bright."
Recruited by: Scott Baumgartner
On Tuttle: Two-time all-conference selection and All-Ventura County pick ... Was MVP for the North in the CIF All-Star game.
Randy Uzoma WR 6-1 200 Fr. Canoga Park, Calif. (Canoga Park HS) Watch
Coach Ault on Uzoma: "A gifted athlete with great speed who has a tremendous upside as a college football player."
Recruited by: Scott Baumgartner
On Uzoma: Was first-team all-city and all-area as a wide receiver ... Was the Los Angeles City special teams player of the year as a kick returner.
Nigel Westbrooks WR 6-1 185 Jr. San Marcos, Calif. (Palomar College) Watch
Coach Ault on Westbrooks: "A quality young man with excellent speed. We're expecting big things from him this year."
Recruited by: Ken Wilson
On Westbrooks: Named first-team all-state by California Community College Football Coaches Association ... Named Palomar's Offensive Player of the Year.
Cortez Woods DT 6-3 255 Jr. Roseville, Calif. (American River College) Watch
Coach Ault on Woods: "He has the talent and attitude to be an outstanding defensive lineman."
Recruited by: Barry Sacks
On Woods: Was a junior college All-American and first-team all-state by California Community College Football Coaches Association ... Prepped at Woodcreek HS in Roseville.

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