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UNLV lands verbal commitments from five locals

Gorman’s Bobak switches commitment from UNR to UNLV, joins four other locals to verbal with Rebels


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Green Valley HIgh kicker Nolan Kohorst

Updated Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 | 8:37 p.m.

A Closer Look at Nolan Kohorst

Nolan Kohorst, Green Valley Kicker.

A Closer Look at Taylor Spencer

Taylor Spencer, Bishop Gorman Wide Receiver.

A Closer Look at Eric Tuiloma

Eric Tuiloma, Desert Pines Wide Receiver.

Local high school football players are lining up to play for new UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck.

Five of the seven high school seniors from Southern Nevada who took recruiting trips this weekend have committed.

Green Valley High kicker Nolan Kohorst, Bishop Gorman defensive back Taylor Spencer and Desert Pines wide receiver Eric Tuiloma each committed Sunday at the end of their trip.

Gorman defensive Ian Bobak switched his verbal commitment from UNR to UNLV Sunday night following the weekend trip and Desmond Tautofi of 2A Calvary Chapel also committed. Verbal commitments are non-binding and don't become official until the Feb. 3 national signing day.

"It was a really good trip. The atmosphere there was just great," Spencer said. "They sold me on a lot of stuff I didn't know about the school."

Spencer had five defensive touchdowns this fall in helping Gorman go undefeated and win the large-school state title.

He was also being recruited by Utah and Northern Arizona, but liked the direction UNLV's program in headed under Hauck. He compared Hauck's energy to that of first-year Gorman coach Tony Sanchez.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Spencer, who doubled at wide receiver, was a first-team All-Sunset Region selection at defensive back. He had nearly 1,000 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in two years.

Kohorst made 25 field goals during his three-year career with the Gators and was named first-team All-Sunrise Region all three years.

He connected on 10 field goals with a long of 54 yards and was 21-of-22 on extra points as a junior. He was 10-of-14 on field goals as a sophomore in 2007, also making 21 of 22 extra points.

Kohorst, a two-star prospect by, also had offers from Wyoming and Air Force.

His father, Keith Kohorst, played for UNLV in the early 1980s and is the team's optometrist. Nolan Kohorst's kicking coach, Daren Libonati, is a former UNLV kicker.

“I was raised in a house where the ‘R’ word (Reno) isn’t allowed,” Kohorst said. “I probably attended 20 basketball games and five football games before I was 1-year-old.”

Tuiloma had 33 receptions for 640 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009 for the Jaguars. He also played defensive back and had three interception returns for touchdowns over the last two years. Against Cheyenne in the season opener this fall, Tuiloma scored four touchdowns, finding the end zone all four times he touched the ball.

"I tell you what, he's just a playmaker," Desert Pines coach Paul Bennett said. "He never came off the field for me."

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Bishop Gorman football player Victor Belen.

Gorman's Bobak switched his commitment late Sunday. He said Hauck's energy for turning the program into a winner was the ultimate selling point

"(Hauck) is just a good guy," Bobak said. "He is eager to get the season started. He has the drive and the motivation to turn UNLV into a national power."

Gorman running back Victor Belen also took his recruiting trip this weekend and said he wants to commit. He hasn't been offered a scholarship by UNLV, but believes an offer will come within 10 days.

"There is a certain demeanor with (Hauck) where you can tell he demands excellence," said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Belen.

Belen, who rushed for 1,343 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2009, has offers from Northern Arizona and San Diego. He plans to take his trip in Northern Arizona next weekend.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected].

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  1. Finally some kids who aren't RATS and TRAITORS.

    Welcome to UNLV! Welcome Home!

  2. I really like the direction Hauck is taking UNLV football in already.

    Do you Robert?

  3. So far so good with Hauck.

    We will see how this recruiting class shakes out, how spring practice goes and whether on not Hauck disbands Sanfords idiotic idea of going up to Ely for Fall practice.

    So far Hauck says the right things, projects the perfect image and is working hard to go after the right players.

    I like him and think he is the right coach for us!

    BEAT WISCONSIN and everyone jumps onboard.

    I am buying season tickets for sure!

  4. yea if he somehow gets a quality recruiting class that would be great!

    he started so late and if he puts together something good, I'm happy.

  5. Very happy to hear this. Keep recruiting coach!!

  6. Gang: You are right. This is a nice first step for Bobby Hauck and his staff. Las Vegas is a hidden gem on the recruiting trail and all three of these players will make an impact. Check out this story I wrote on Tuiloma earlier this year. He's a stud.

    Also, the kicker Kohorst is the best I've seen in more than a decade of covering high school football. And, more importantly, he's a Las Vegas native who has a passion for the program.

    Taylor Spencer is a pure athlete. I've seen him do some amazing things on the football field (and basketball court). He's a proven winner and will only get better with time. He's a great sign for Hauck.

  7. Any word on what Bobak and Palelei thought about their visit? Any chance that either of them will committ?

  8. KC: I have calls into both athletes. I think Bobak will stick with UNR. He seemed to like it there. Palelei is a wild card. Idaho is real interested in him and I know he will take a trip there, too.

  9. I think all those folks calling for more local recruiting should be loving the fact that the staff apparently has been camped out at Gorman ...

  10. This is crazy. Am I dreaming?

  11. Great to hear that the new staff is recruiting locals.

  12. There's so many good players las vegas for example evan weinstock, dezrick reed "nevada gatorade player of the year" there both studs why won't coach hauck offer those guys, also there's a hidden gem in palo named ernest hall he transferd to palo from del sol he ran for over 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns his jr season while having to share pt with derek eamon. Also suki wilks from Valley that kid has great speed and footwork for his size he's argueblly the best d-lineman in the state of nevada

  13. Wow..somebody pinch me!!!
    This is a great start for our future.


  14. Wow I just got on and didn't even notice the # upped from 3 to 5!!! I am so happy with you Coach Hauck. Keep the energy going and the Stadium will be sold out in no time.

    I wanna see some more Gorman commits in the next few years. Also, want to see some other kids from neighboring states commit that can help you win games.

  15. Way to go coach Hauck, off to a great start.

  16. Swoop....already won more against Reno than Sanford did in 5 years. That should get Ault good and steamed. I got on ESPN just now and thought they had an error. Had to come on here to check it out! Love the fact that this guy is already stoking the fire for the cannon game. Boy he wasn't kidding when he said he was going to recruit locally. I think he needs to pursue Weinstock pretty hard...and that Suki Wilks kid too. He is a pretty big stud. Keeping Spencer away from Utah and Bobak away from Reno shows me this guy has got this thing moving on the right tracks.

  17. Any truth to the rumor that UNR pulled offers from the kids who visited UNLV after learning they were taking recruiting trips to UNLV?

    That's too funny!! How insecure about his own program is Ault if he has to yank a ride from a kid just for visiting UNLV!!

    F-UNR!! Go Bobby Hauck!!

  18. New York Rebel: Both Bobak and Godkin told me Sunday night that they were disappointed in how Reno's coaches responded. The coaches were outraged. And, yes, both said their scholarship offers were pulled. Godkin said the coaches assumed he was on a trip to UNLV when he was at Navy. ...Talk about adding some intensity to the Battle of Nevada rivalry. I can't wait until Oct. 2 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Should be a good one.

  19. keep this going Hauck, and I am more than happy.

  20. Nice to see that Hauck quickly figured out how to do something that Sanford never was able to do- go to a Las Vegas area high school to recruit! The GV kicker is a stud and to see only two rides for him is a crying shame. UNLV stole this kid. When they can get a kid to stay at UNLV over a Pac 10 school then we know UNLV has really made it. Can they get with Kruger to go after Loyd of Gorman to get him on the football and hoops team? Is Kruger spending any time going after him? His brother only is on a ride up at BYU on the hoops team.

  21. I already have a man crush on Hauck! ;)

  22. Loyd is pretty 5'9...I'm sure that Kruger would let him play on the basketball team, as a walk-on. He could take the football scholarship and once that season is over he can go play basketball and earn his PT. We all already Kruger will give anybody a chance and he LOVES him some guards!

    I do want Loyd on the football team. Hauck has already been to BG to talk to him. A visit/offer will come soon I'm sure.

    That SoCal Fajardo kid got offered by UNLV today too. He was the player of the year this year. He had 2,444 passing yards with 21 TDs (only 2 INTs) as well as rushed for 1,118 yards (5.9ypc) and 9 TDs.

    He is only 5'10, which is the reason some colleges haven't bought into him. His coach says he is a superstar and any coach who takes a chance on him will be thankful.

  23. I have been in Vegas since 87', I cant remember a year that I followed rebel football recruiting like this, Im excited, lets get september here, when do season tickets go on sale.

  24. Dezerick reed, evan weinstock, and sukie wilks, coach hauck needs to get offer these guys there studs. Reed was nevadas gatorade player of the year, weinstock was the 4a player of the year, and suki wilks is just a beast the fastest dlineman for his weight "275" and great footwork. Also del sols qb troy miller put up some good numbers this year

  25. jbravo, we are getting the qb we need in this class if we sign Fajardo (SoCal). He would have 2 years to develop or surpass the 2 upperclassmen QBs, and then it is all his. The offense will be ridiculous in the next few seasons. Our RBs are going to be killin it!!!

    Keep it going Bobby, keep it goin.

  26. Gang: J Loyd already has a football offer from UNLV. He was one of five Gorman players Hauck offered last week. Loyd has also received interest from several other notable schools. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops met with him on campus last Thursday. Loyd might be undersized, but he has legit 4.4 speed. Someone is going to get a great player -- the question is football or basketball or both? Check out this story I wrote about him a few months ago.

  27. Hold the presses. Saying and doing are two different things. Kinda like all the coaches in the last 10 years saying they are going to put UNLV football on the map. Im takin the wait and laugh approach on this.

  28. Another hidden gem is wr mitchell deas from valley h.s. he has the speed and he's a strong receiver.

    Go rebels!

  29. Ray,
    Do you think that Hauck & Kruger could work something out like this: He gets the scholarship from Hauck and is primarily a FB player but when the season is over, he plays as a walk-on for Kruger and earns his PT? He does not need a scholarship from both, does he? That would sell him, I think. And we all already know that Lon gives anyone a chance.

  30. Rebelsfan11, even if Hauck signs Fajardo, don't forget about Caleb Herring. Players and the old coaching staff alike raved about his progression by the end of last season. But the fact that we we would have a couple rivals 3 star QBs in the well would be a beautiful thing. Although ESPN isn't high on Fajardo nor were they on Herring. We shall see.

  31. Rebelsfan11: That is always a possibility, but I'm not sure the UNLV basketball needs another point guard with Bellfield, Anthony Marshall and maybe Cory Joseph. I think there is a better chance that could happen at another school for Loyd.

  32. Ray, I am not saying we NEED Loyd..I am just saying it is a bell&whistle to add onto the scholarship. He is only like 5'9 (if that) right?

  33. I have no idea how UNLV got Kohorst. Must be his family ties. He could very well take over the field goal and extra point duties as well as punting as a freshman. I've never seen a junior kicker in high school take over games like he did. For those who haven't seen him, this is huge. I agree with Kirkland and Ray.