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UNLV football lands top recruit in Basic wide receiver Devonte Boyd

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior had more than 2,500 career receiving yards


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Devonte Boyd of Basic catches a pass during the Henderson Bowl against Green Valley at Basic High School in Henderson on Friday, September 28, 2012.

Updated Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 | 4:22 p.m.

Senior WR DeVonte Boyd

Senior wide receiver DeVonte Boyd talks about the upcoming season

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UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry will have another weapon in the passing game starting next fall.

Devonte Boyd, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Basic in Henderson, verbally committed to the Rebels Thursday.

Boyd, a three-year starter at Basic and one of Southern Nevada’s most athletic players, caught 66 passes for 1,081 yards and 18 touchdowns this fall to finish his three-year varsity career with more than 2,500 receiving yards.

As a junior, he had 65 receptions for 1,118 yards and eight touchdowns, and during his freshman year, Boyd caught 40 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns.

“He is just a hard worker. He has the size. He has the speed,” Cahill said. “He’s a competitor — that’s the biggest thing.”

He picked UNLV over an offer from Utah State, and also had interest from San Diego State, Duke, UNR and others.

Sherry passed for 2,350 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012 in leading a balanced UNLV offense. Boyd said the prospect of playing alongside Sherry was exciting. "To put up numbers like that as a freshman is amazing," he said.

Boyd is also one of the top basketball players in the area and has a lanky frame that can easily be developed. And, for the first time in his life, he’ll be focused strictly on football in the offseason, instead of balancing his time with basketball.

“He has a lot of potential to grow,” Cahill said. “He is going to do big things there.”

Boyd said UNLV coaches expect him to contribute immediately, which was one of the main reasons why he picked the Rebels.

(I picked UNLV) because they aren't afraid to play a lot of freshmen and sophomores," Boyd said.

Boyd is the second local to commit to UNLV’s 2013 recruiting class, joining Liberty High running back Niko Kapeli. Verbal commitments are nonbinding and don’t become official until national signing day in early February.

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  1. I think this means the Rebels will have 2 of the top 10 players from Nevada (according to Rivals) from this recruiting class. Good job by Hauck to keep the talent at home.

  2. Sherry showed signs of being a really good QB. I was hoping he'd get a few more weapons to pick from next year so this is great news.

    A few more very solid players and UNLV is bowl bound! (Did I really just say that? Good thing they don't have drug testing at my job, I suppose)

  3. The Rebels don't need any more wide receivers. They need some defensive backs. David Greene is a good start, but I don't get why they burned his redshirt when he had a broken hand.

    I'm predicting a bowl game for the Rebels next season if they reduce the rushing and passing yards per game allowed by their defense by 25%.

  4. Rebels do need more talent period.

    Who's saying this guy plays WR, coach may ask him or someone else to take one for the team and switch to defense.

    Best of luck to him though, hope he plays well, and graduates from college!

  5. I'm glad Devonte chose UNLV. Best of fortunes Devonte ( go wolves!). @Tmstffrd, "Rebels do need more talent period..." ad infinitum! I've seen some video of Devonte, and I think he will absolutely be a positive as WR; he makes catches plus yardage after the catch. UNLV had way too many dropped passes, which were catchable that killed offensive series. Remember, Hauk has an overriding policy of redshirting freshmen. I don't know if he will with Devonte and other incoming freshman, considering 2013 will be Hauk's determining year for future employment (but it seems to be a good policy for building future players for a chronically under developed UNLV squad).

  6. Congrats....Rebs can never have enough talent! However we need to upgrade the line (juco's?). Cause Sherry was getting killed back there. DB's are needed as well.