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Two UNLV recruits will serve church missions before joining team

Green Valley’s Perkins, Silverado’s Hunt expected to return for the 2016 college season

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Green Valley holder Kyler Chavez signals good as kicker Conor Perkins’ field goal splits the uprights during their game against Canyon Springs Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. Green Valley won 44-43 on the last second field goal.

Green Valley High kicker Conor Perkins and Silverado tight end Austin Hunt will serve Mormon church missions for two years before joining the UNLV football program.

They are two of four Southern Nevada recruits committed for UNLV’s 2014 recruiting class.

Both are expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday on signing day. The church recently changed the minimum age requirement to serve from 19 to 18, meaning both could leave as early as this summer.

They’d return to UNLV for the 2016 season. UNLV coaches can’t comment on recruits until their letters of intent are received. UNLV is expected to hold roster spots for both recruits, according to their high school coaches and families.

Perkins went 7 for 9 on field goals last fall, including a game winner against Canyon Springs for the Northeast League title. He had three game-winning kicks in the past two seasons and was expected to play immediately at UNLV. Rebel kicker Nolan Kohorost, also a Green Valley product, was a senior last fall.

Hunt, who committed last weekend, is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound blocking tight end. He caught 20 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns last fall.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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