Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 | 1:26 p.m.
New UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice has earned high praise for his early results in recruiting, especially by securing a verbal commitment from four-star guard Katin Reinhardt and being in contention to land several other top 100 prospects.
Now, it’s time to give another UNLV coaching staff props on the recruiting trail.
The Rebel football program this week received a third commitment for the 2012 signing class, receiving a solid verbal from Dallas running back David Greene, according to recruiting website Rivals.com. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Greene, who is considered a three-star recruit by Rivals on its five-star scale, also doubles at linebacker for respected Texas power Skyline High.
The UNLV scholarship offer was Greene’s first, but he was being actively recruited by the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Mississippi, Rice and Texas A & M. You could easily argue UNLV received a gem of a recruit by making the first offer.
Skyline had 11 players receive Division I scholarships for the 2010 signing class, including two Under Armour All-Americans. In a testament of Skyline’s depth, Greene likely won’t start at running back and is competing for second-string carries. Two other Skyline players are committed to the University of Texas, including Peter Jinkens who also plays linebacker and running back.
Programs such as Texas have most of their recruiting class secure before the end of summer for the February signing day. In comparison, UNLV’s first commitment last year was received in the middle of December, and not until January 2010 in Hauck’s first year when he was hired in late December.
Greene is the third to commit to Hauck for the class of 2012 in showing the strides the second-year coach is making in recruiting. A two-win team such as UNLV could be viewed as a last option for some recruits, but Hauck has been able to sell recruits on the Rebels being a contender in the Mountain West Conference in the near future.
It has apparently worked.
Earlier in the summer, a pair of linemen committed — Tom Clarkson (6-foot-6, 290-pounds) from British Columbia, Canada, and Trevor Hemsath (6-foot-6, 285-pounds) from Douglas High in Northern Nevada. Clarkson, whose father Larry played in the Canadian Football League, reportedly also had an offer from Washington state.
Commitments are non-binding and don’t become official to national signing day in February.