Football: Polian lands first Wolf Pack recruiting class
Brian Polian has had a busy first month as the Nevada Wolf Pack head football coach.
“We put this recruiting class together in a little over three and a half weeks,” said Polian on Wednesday as he announced his first Wolf Pack recruiting class. “When you take that into account, this class is very impressive.”
Polian, who said he has saved one available scholarship in case “something meets our needs in the spring,” announced the signing of 21 players to National Letters of Intent. The class consists of 15 high school players and three junior college transfers, three of which have already enrolled at Nevada.
“When we finally got a chance to look at this class as a whole as a staff, we’re real excited about it,” said Polian, who was announced as the Pack head coach to succeed Chris Ault on Jan. 11. “These are our kinds of guys.”
Polian said, above all else, he wanted a group of players who are “competitive, play physically and mentally tough and are good citizens who love the sport of football and like to practice.”
More specifically, he said, the goal was to add speed to the roster.
“We certainly have increased our team speed,” Polian said. “We needed difference makers, some home run hitters and we got that.”
Two of the home run hitters Polian got on signing day were defensive back Tere Calloway of Seattle Prep and D’Andre Fuller, a 160-pounder who doesn’t have a position yet. Fuller, of Arlington, Texas, didn’t consider the Wolf Pack seriously until Monday.
“A BCS school pulled its offer and we were blessed to be able to get him,” Polian said.
Calloway was the first player Polian recruited personally after becoming the Pack’s head coach.
“I was up in Seattle pretty quickly and I have no doubt in my mind that saved it,” he said. “Once we made him an offer a dozen other BCS schools offered him and he never wavered.”
Polian’s first recruiting class consists of 11 defensive players and three others who could also end up on the defensive side of the ball. The class also includes just one quarterback (Dante Mayes of Pittsburg, Calif.) and one running back (Don Jackson of Iowa Western College).
The Pack signed four junior college defensive players who will be counted on to boost the pass rush right away: Ian Seau, Dupree Roberts-Jordan, Faigofie Faaituala and Matthew Lyons.
A closer look at the Wolf Pack’s 21-player recruiting class:
Anglemire is a 6-3, 280-pound offensive lineman from Mililani High in Wahiawa, Hawaii . . . His brother Jared Silva-Purcell is a former Pack player.
Brooks, a 6-2, 210-pound defensive back from Sierra Canyon High in North Hills, Calif., has already enrolled at Nevada and will take part in spring practices starting in late March
The 5-10, 176-pound Calloway was a two-time All-State player at Seattle Prep . . . Scored 35 touchdowns as a running back in high school.
Made transition from center to tight end his senior year at Chaparral High in Temecula, Calif. . . Is 6-3, 232 pounds.
The 6-6, 290-pounder is expected to play offensive line for the Pack.
Played football, track and basketball at St. Mary’s High in Mountain House, Calif. Is 6-2, 198 pounds and is projected by Polian as a safety in college.
Goes by “Fie.” Has already enrolled at Nevada after playing at El Camino College in Carson, Calif. . . . The 6-1, 223-pound linebacker went to high school at Banning, Calif.
The 5-10, 160-pound Fuller doesn’t have a position yet . . . Polian says Fuller possesses “game-breaking speed and big-play ability.”
Hershberger is a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker from Granite Bay (Calif.) High . . . Could end up at defensive end.
Isaac is a Pennsylvania native who graduated from Ridge High in Florida. The 6-5, 286-pound offensive lineman comes to the Pack from Foothill College.
The 5-10, 209-pound Jackson signed with the Wolf Pack last fall. He led the nation’s junior college running backs with an average carry of 8.7 yards at Iowa Western College.
The 6-2, 230-pound Lyons, from Dorsey High in Los Angeles, spent his freshman year in 2011at Washington . . . Played last season at Los Angeles Pierce College.
Mayes is a 6-2, 175-pound pistol quarterback from Freedom High in Pittsburg, Calif.
Mitchell is a 5-8, 170-pound defensive back from Roosevelt High in Corona, Calif. . . He won the 200-meter dash in California last spring as a junior with a time of 21.19 seconds.
The 6-2, 237-pound linebacker from Poway (Calif.) High had 17 sacks combined as a junior and a senior.
The 6-foot, 275-pound defensive tackle also played tight end in high school at Lakewood (Calif.) High.
The 6-2, 250-pound Seau is a nephew of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau . . . Defensive Player of the Year in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in 2012.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Schnicker also doesn’t have a position yet . . . “We fell in love with him because of his work ethic,” Polian said. “He can help us in any number of spots.”
The 6-5, 286-pound offensive lineman comes to the Pack from Clovis (Calif.) West High.
The 6-2, 279-pound defensive tackle is also an avid swimmer and skier, Polian said . . . Had over 200 tackles and 19 sacks combined his junior and senior year at Fowler (Calif.) High.
Wilson is yet another Pack recruit who isn’t tied down to a single position . . . The 6-1, 200-pounder caught 30 passes for Cedar Hill (Texas) High last year as a tight end and averaged 16.3 yards on his punt returns.