Feb. 6, 2013
RENO, Nev. – First-year coach Brian Polian ushered in a new era of Nevada football on Wednesday as he unveiled a 21-player recruiting class that will join the Wolf Pack this year.
The class features 11 players on the defensive side of the ball, seven on offense and three athletes. Fifteen of the signees are coming directly from the high school ranks with two sophomore transfers and four junior-college transfers. Of the four junior transfers, three are already enrolled at Nevada and will go through spring drills with the Pack.
“I am very excited about our first class at Nevada,” said Polian, who was named as Nevada’s head coach on Jan. 11. “These guys are what we are looking for here. The star-system and the rankings mean nothing to us. We are interested in the right guys who we feel are going to help us and I’m pleased with the class we brought in.”
The emphasis on defense was highlighted by four defensive backs in the class, including Teré Calloway of Seattle (Wash.) Prep, who stayed firmed on his commitment to Nevada despite nearly two dozen FBS offers.
The class also features a number of players with top-level speed, including defensive back Elijah Mitchell (Corona, Calif.), who has two brothers playing at FBS schools right now and who is the reigning 200-meters champion in the state of California. D’Andre Fuller, who is listed as an athlete, is another speedster who comes to Nevada from Arlington, Texas and is one of two signees from the Lone Star State.
In addition to the thre “athletes,” the class includes three designated skill positions on offense with quarterback Danté Mayes of Pittsburg, Calif., tight end Patrick Clifford of Temecula, Calif., and juco running back Don Jackson, a Sacramento, Calif., native who won a national championship at Iowa Western CC and is already enrolled at Nevada.
The class was announced via social media beginning shortly after 8 a.m. with each of the recruits announced one-by-one on Twitter (@NevadaWolfPack and @NevadaFootball). Video highlights of each signee along with comments from Polian are already available at NevadaWolfPack.com’s National Signing Day page.
2013 Nevada Football Recruiting Class
Name Pos Ht Wt Yr Exp. Hometown (Last School)
Joey Anglemire OL 6-3 280 Fr. HS Wahiawa, Hawaii (Mililani HS)
Julian Brooks DB 6-2 210 Fr. HS North Hills, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS)
Teré Calloway DB 5-10 176 Fr. HS Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)
Patrick Clifford TE 6-3 232 Fr. HS Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
Ziad Damanhoury OL 6-6 290 Fr. HS San Diego, Calif. (La Jolla Country Day)
Kaodi Dike DB 6-2 198 Fr. HS Mountain House, Calif. (St. Mary’s HS)
Faigofie Faaituala LB 6-1 223 Jr. TR Carson, Calif. (El Camino College)
D'Andre Fuller ATH 5-10 160 Fr. HS Arlington, Texas (Timberview HS)
Beau Hershberger DL 6-2 230 Fr. HS Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
Braxton Isaac OL 6-5 286 Jr. TR Davenport, Fla. (Foothill College)
Don Jackson RB 5-10 209 Jr. TR Sacramento, Calif. (Iowa Western CC)
Matthew Lyons LB 6-2 230 So. TR Los Angeles, Calif. (L.A. Pierce College)
Danté Mayes QB 6-2 175 Fr. HS Pittsburg, Calif. (Freedom HS)
Elijah Mitchell DB 5-8 170 Fr. HS Corona, Calif. (Roosevelt HS)
Alec Moreno LB 6-2 237 Fr. HS Poway, Calif. (Poway HS)
Dupree Roberts-Jordan DL 6-0 275 Jr. TR Long Beach, Calif. (Golden West College)
Frank Schnicker ATH 6-0 175 Fr. HS Long Beach, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)
Ian Seau DL 6-2 250 So. TR Oceanside, Calif. (Grossmont College)
Chad Specht OL 6-5 286 Fr. HS Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS)
Kevin Sundberg DL 6-2 279 Fr. HS Fowler, Calif. (Fowler HS)
Travis Wilson ATH 6-1 200 Fr. HS Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)
2013 Signing Day Bios
Wahiawa, Hawaii (Mililani HS)
A two-time first-team All-Oahu Interscholastic Association selection … Earned second-team all-state honors as a senior in 2012 … Was named a 2012 All-Poly All-Star and Elite 100 selection … Was a three-year letterwinner at Mililani HS … Older brother Jared Silva-Purcell also played at Nevada.
Polian: “Joey is a very rugged, physical football player that we believe will have the ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line. Evaluating his film, it became clear that he loves to play the game and when we got to know him as a person over the course of his visit, it was obvious that he fit what we were looking for.”
North Hills, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS)
A 2012 graduate, Brooks has already enrolled at Nevada will go through spring drills … Two-standout in high school who earned All-CIF honors as a junior and senior on defense and all-conference accolades both years as a receiver … Combined for 23 touchdowns in two years as a wide receiver and racked up 10 interceptions as a junior before playing just five games as a senior … High school teammates with Wolf Pack quarterback Tyler Stewart.
Polian: “Julian is a skilled athlete with excellent size and athletic ability. He displayed a skill set in high school where he was a productive receiver, a playmaker as a defensive back and a physical football player in all phases of the game. We look forward to seeing what he can do in the spring as he is here on campus with us now.”
Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)
A two-time all-state selection as a defensive back … Was also a two-time all-conference selection on both sides of the ball as a running back and defensive back … Named a 2012 Semper Fi All-American … Selected to the 2012 Team USA squad … Rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 35 touchdowns in his prep career … Recorded 160 tackles and forced four fumbles on defense … High school teammate of Wolf Pack basketball signee D.J. Fenner.
Polian: ““Teré is an exceptional football player. He displays above average athletic ability, a really high football IQ, and a physicality that most high school defensive backs do not possess. He was also one of the key figures in our recruiting process as he stood firm when many schools tried to get involved late in the process and helped build this class by communicating with his peers. Teré is a great addition to our program as a player and as a person.”
Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
Two-sport athlete who lettered in both football and track and field … As a junior in 2011, started at center and earned first-team all-league honors … Earned first-team all-league and all-valley honors as a tight end during his senior season.
Polian: “Pat is a terrific athlete for someone his size. He runs very well and has good ball skills. He shows a great motor on film, loves the physical part of the game, and has an infectious personality. When we talk about finding guys that love to compete and play the game, we are talking about guys like Pat.”
San Diego, Calif. (La Jolla Country Day)
Three-sport standout in high school … Earned first-team all-league honors on the defensive line as a junior in 2011 and then took first-team all-league accolades on the offensive side as a senior … Was selected for the 2012 Under-19 U.S. National Team.
Polian: “Ziad has great size and is going to be a very good offensive lineman with some time in our strength program and with our coaches. He bends and runs very well for a man his size and likes to play. We look forward to watching his development.”
Mountain House, Calif. (St. Mary’s HS)
Was a three-sport standout in high school, lettering twice in track and field and twice in basketball in addition to his football career … Was a first-team all-area selection as a senior … Played both ways, recording three interceptions and 40 tackles as a defensive back and catching 32 passes for 529 yards as a receiver … Is related to NBA veteran Emeka Okafor.
Polian: “Kaodi is another skilled athlete with great size. One of the most exciting things about Kaodi is that he had extensive experience playing corner in high school and he showed good coverage skills on the outside. That should translate very well as he shifts inside to safety in college. We are very excited to have Kaodi in the program.”
Carson, Calif. (El Camino College)
A mid-year transfer who has already enrolled at Nevada … Goes by “Fie” … Prepped at Banning (Calif.) High School
Polian: ““Fie has a chance to help us immediately as a JC transfer and someone who is here on campus already. He showed good instincts and playmaking ability in junior college and played with a great motor. We look forward to seeing how quickly he develops and where he can fit in our system.”
Arlington, Texas (Timberview HS)
Polian: “D’Andre is a young man that we came onto late in the process, but we feel like we were blessed to do so. He possesses game-breaking speed and displayed unbelievable big-play ability playing versus some of the best high school competition in the state of Texas. He has the ability to show up on all three phases of the football team and we are very excited about those possibilities.”
Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
Enjoyed a standout senior season and helped Granite Bay to a No. 9 ranking in California … Named all-state, all-metro and all-league as a linebacker … Recorded nearly 100 tackles as a senior … His father, Greg, was a receiver at Chico State.
Polian: “Beau showed the ability to play linebacker and defensive end in high school, but we believe he will transition well to defensive end in college. He has the knack for rushing the passer, plays with great effort, and loves to hit people. He is another guy that embodies what we are looking for in our program.”
Davenport, Fla. (Foothill College)
Was a first-team all-conference selection last year at Foothill College … A Pennsylvania native, prepped at Ridge Community High School in Florida … Considered one of the top juco linemen on the West Coast.
Polian: “Braxton is another JC transfer that should have a chance to help us pretty quickly. He has really good height and length, and should add good weight in no time at all. He is a good athlete for a man his size and is very physical on film. He also has the ability to play inside or outside which just adds to his value.”
Sacramento, Calif. (Iowa Western CC)
Led Iowa Western to the junior college national championship in 2010 and was named Co-MVP of national title game against Butler CC … Led the nation in yards per carry with an average of 8.7 … Prepped at Laguna Creek High School where he was the 2010 Sacramento Bee Player of the Year … Also earned conference offensive player of the year honors … Named MVP of the Optimist All-Star Game after his senior year.
Polian: “Don is another JC transfer that has the ability to help us quickly. He is a big back who is a powerful downhill runner. He punishes tacklers and yet has the speed to finish a long run. We are excited to have him here for spring ball and get him ready to contribute.”
Los Angeles, Calif. (L.A. Pierce College)
Originally signed with Washington after a standout career at Dorsey High School … Earned first-team all-city honors as a senior at Dorsey and was also named first-team All-CIF for the L.A. City Section … Was a two-time All-Coliseum League selection in high school … Credited with more than 250 tackles as a junior and senior.
Polian: “Matthew is another JC transfer, but is a 3-for-3 guy who has a chance to be a staple in our defense. He has great instincts, can play in space, and is very physical. Matt is an above-average athlete for someone at his position and we are thrilled to have him in the family.”
Pittsburg, Calif. (Freedom HS)
Was a three-time all-league and all-metro selection from Oakley (Calif.) High School … Led Falcons to NCS Quarterfinals as a junior and senior … Is the school’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns … also plays basketball and baseball and is a Scholar-Athlete.
Polian: “Danté is a true dual-threat quarterback that is perfect for our system. He makes plays with his feet and is a skilled passer who can also beat you by staying in the pocket and throwing the ball. He needs to add weight to his frame, but will have time to do so. He is a terrific person who showed us quickly that he has the intangibles that we are looking for in a QB.”
Corona, Calif. (Roosevelt HS)
Two-sport standout who is one of the fastest athletes in the state … Three-year all-league honoree in football … Has been invited to play in the Inland Empire-San Bernardino All-Star Game … Recorded seven interceptions on defense and scored 12 touchdowns – 10 receiving and two via punt returns … Will be a four-year letterman in track and field and won the state title in the 200 meters as a junior (21.19 seconds) … Brother Immanuel plays at Colorado State and brother Joshua plays at Nebraska … Sister plays soccer at Louisiana-Monroe.
Polian: “Like D’Andre Fuller, Elijah Mitchell increases our team speed the moment he arrives on campus. He can run with anyone in the country. Despite not having great size, he is very physical and loves to compete. He will not only help us in the defensive backfield, but also in the return game. Like so many others in this class, Elijah is also a very high character individual that we are blessed to have with us.”
Poway, Calif. (Poway HS)
As a senior in 2012, earned second-team all-state honors while being named first-team All-CIF North Country and first-team All-Palomar League … Combined for 100 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior and senior … Named second-team all-state while earning first-team all-league, all-county and all-section as a junior in 2011 … Three-sport athlete who also lettered in baseball and basketball.
Polian: “Alec is a very rugged, true inside linebacker. He is a tough football player who knocks people back when he hits them. He also has great size for a second level player. We look forward to him adding his demeanor to our defense and special teams units.”
Long Beach, Calif. (Golden West College)
Was a two-time first-team all-league selection at Lakewood High School … Earned second-team all-league honors at Golden West in 2012 … Was a two-way player in high school, scoring seven touchdowns as a tight end … Was also a basketball standout … Didn’t play football until high school.
Polian: “Dupree has a very unique skill in rushing the passer. Despite his lack of height, he has great strength and the wing span of a man 6” taller. More importantly, he has a great desire to be successful and he plays that way. He was a great find by our coaching staff and as a JC transfer, has a chance to help us quickly.”
Oceanside, Calif. (Grossmont College)
Was the Defensive Player of the Year for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference … Originally signed with Kansas State … Earned juco all-state and all-american honors … Registered 19 sacks and led Grossmont in tackles … Nephew of future NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau.
Polian: “Like Matt Lyons, Ian is a JC transfer but is 3-for-3 and could help us quickly. He is another guy who has shown exceptional pass rush ability and had incredible production last year in terms of pressuring the QB. Ian should have the ability to be an immediate impact player as a situational rusher and develop into a good every down player.”
Long Beach, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)
Missed junior season as a transfer … Was a two-way player at one of the top programs in the area … Also was a track standout.
Polian: “Frank is a guy that we fell in love with because of his attitude and work ethic. He was forced to sit out his junior year due to transfer rules and was a little bit of an unknown, but in his senior year proved to be a very productive and energetic player for one of the best programs in Southern California. We believe he can help us in any number of spots and we are excited to have him with us.”
Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS)
Was a three-year starter in high school … Was a team captain as a senior and earned first-team all-league and second-team all-valley … Helped Clovis West to a valley championship as a sophomore.
Polian: “Chad was an early commit to Nevada and held firm through the transition – and for that alone, we appreciate him a great deal. Chad is another physical guy that loves to compete and play and has really good size. We believe that he is going to develop into a really good offensive lineman that should have the flexibility to play inside or outside.”
Fowler, Calif. (Fowler HS)
Versatile athlete who lettered in football, swimming and track and field while also competing in skiing … Combined for more than 200 tackles and 19 sacks as a junior and senior … Was a first-team all-state selection in football and earned first-team all-league honors in track and field … Took part in downhill skiing in the Junior Olympics.
Polian: “Kevin is a very unique athlete in the sense that he is 6-2 and 280 pounds but still competes as a competitive swimmer and alpine skier. He plays with an unbelievable motor and his production on defense was astounding for an interior lineman. He is a great student and person and again, is another guy in this class that embodies everything that we are looking for in a prospect.”
Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)
Was a first-team All-District 7-5A as a senior in 2012 after earning second-team All-District 5-5A as a junior … Caught 30 passes for 476 yards and three touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 16.3 yards per punt return as a senior ... Is also active in powerlifting and in track and field.
Polian: “Travis is a projection that we are excited to make. He unselfishly played tight-end / inside receiver for one of the best programs in the state of Texas, but we believe he will develop into a linebacker. He shows good athletic ability, has good size and a frame that will carry more, and has a great attitude. Travis wants to be good and will work his tail off to make this transition. We are excited about his future.”