Junior Seau’s nephew among Nevada recruits
RENO, Nev. — Coach Brian Polian’s first recruiting class at Nevada is heavy on defense, including four speedy defensive backs and a star linebacker who is the nephew of future NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau.Ian Seau is among 21 players who signed formal national letters of intent on Wednesday to play for the WolfPack. The class consists of 15 high school players and three junior college transfers, three of which have already enrolled at Nevada.The 6-2, 250-pound Seau started his career at Kansas State. Last year, he was a junior college All-American at Southern California’s Grossmont College, where he had 74 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and forced three fumbles in 10 games.Nevada also landed Beau Hershberg, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker from California’s Granite Bay High. Scout.com listed him as one of the top 150 prospects on the West Coast. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal he chose Nevada over Navy and Air Force.Polian was special teams coach at Texas A&M before he was hired last month after Chris Ault retired in December.”Looking at this class overall, I’m really excited,” Polian said Wednesday. “To think we could put this group together in less than a month is really exciting.”The class is heavy on linebackers and defensive backs because the WolfPack lose six of its seven starters at those positions.The new cornerbacks include D’Andre Fuller, a highly recruited prospect from Arlington, Texas; Elija Mitchell, the reigning 200 meters champion in the state of California; and Tere’ Calloway, a two-time state all-state selection from Seattle Prep High School who said he had offers from nearly two dozen schools.The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Mitchell of Corona, Calif., runs 100 meters in 10.5 seconds and 200 meters in 21.1. He was recruited by Boise State, Colorado State and Army and had an offer to run track at Wisconsin.Calloway’s offers include Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Colorado and Purdue.
WOLF PACK RECRUITSJOEY ANGLEMIREAnglemire is a 6-3, 280-pound offensive lineman from Mililani High in Wahiawa, Hawaii . . . His brother Jared Silva-Purcell is a former Pack player. “I’m very happy we got a player from Hawaii,” said Polian, who recruited linebacker Manti Te’o out of Hawaii for Notre Dame four years ago.JULIAN BROOKSBrooks, 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 . . . He is from the same high school as Wolf Pack red-shirt freshman quarterback Tyler Stewart . . . Had 10 interceptions as a junior.TERE CALLOWAYThe 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 . . . High school teammate of Wolf Pack basketball recruit D.J. Fenner.PATRICK CLIFFORDMade transition from center to tight end his senior year at Chaparral High in Temecula, Calif. . . Is 6-3, 232 pounds. “He has an infectious personality and loves the physical part of the game,” Polian said.ZIAD DAMANHOURYPlayed offensive and defensive line at La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day High . . . Played on Under-19 national team . . . The 6-6, 290-pounder is expected to play offensive line for the Pack.KAODI DIKEPlayed football, track and basketball at St. Mary’s High in Mountain House, Calif. . . . Had three interceptions on defense and caught 32 passes on offense as a senior . . . Is 6-2, 198 pounds and is projected by Polian as a safety in college.FAIGOFIE FAAITUALAGoes by “Fie.” Has already enrolled at Nevada after playing at El Camino College in Carson, Calif. . . . The 6-1, 223-pound linebaqcker went to high school at Banning, Calif. . . “He has a great motor and can help us immediately,” Polian said.D’ANDRE FULLERThe 5-10, 160-pound Fuller doesn’t have a position yet . . . Polian says Fuller possesses “game-breaking speed and big-play ability.” . . . Polian said Fuller might play offense, defense and special teams for the Wolf Pack. “We are very excited about those possibilities,” Polian said.BEAU HERSHBERGERHershberger is a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker from Granite Bay (Calif.) High . . . Could end up at defensive end . . . Father Greg played wide receiver at Chico State . . . Expected to be big-time contributor on special teams as a freshman, Polian said.BRAXTON ISAACIsaac 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. “He should have a chance to help us pretty quickly,” Polian said.DON JACKSONThe 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 . . . Jackson was 2010 Sacramento Bee Player of the Year at Laguna Creek High.MATTHEW LYONSThe 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.DANTE MAYESMayes is a 6-2, 175-pound pistol quarterback from Freedom High in Pittsburg, Calif. . . “I’m told he looks like Colin Kaepernick when Colin was a freshman,” Polian said. “I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on him.”ELIJAH MITCHELLMitchell 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 . . . Brother Immanuel plays at Colorado State and brother Joshua plays at Nebraska.ALEC MORENOThe 6-2, 237-pound linebacker from Poway (Calif.) High was one of the first players of this class to give the Pack a verbal commitment last August . . . Had 17 sacks combined as a junior and a senior . . . Also played baseball and basketball at Poway.DUPREE ROBERTS-JORDANThe 6-foot, 275-pound defensive tackle also played tight end in high school at Lakewood (Calif.) High . . . Played last year at Golden West College in Long Beach, Calif. . . . “He has a wingspan of a man six inches taller,” Polian said.IAN SEAUThe 6-2, 250-pound Seau spent his red-shirt freshman year in 2011 at Kansas State before play at Grossmont College this past season . . . Nephew of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau . . . Defensive Player of the Year in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in 2012.FRANK SCHNICKERThe 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.”CHAD SPECHTThe 6-5, 286-pound offensive lineman comes to the Pack from Clovis (Calif.) West High . . . Gave the Pack a verbal commitment last fall. “He has the flexibility to play inside (guard) or outside (tackle),” Polian said.KEVIN SUNDBERGThe 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.TRAVIS WILSONWilson 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.— Sports reporter Joe Santoro compiled this report.