Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 | 9 p.m.
The UNLV football program grabbed a verbal commitment today from another local product for the 2014 signing class. And it’s another well-put-together recruit.
One of Rebels’ coach Bobby Hauck’s desires on the recruiting trail is to sign players easily passing the eye test.
At 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, Silverado High tight end Austin Hunt fits that description. Hunt verbally committed to UNLV following a weekend recruiting trip, becoming the fourth Southern Nevada product to commit with the hometown program.
“I like the growth the program seems to be having and their determination to be better,” Hunt said.
Hunt was an all-Northeast League selection at tight end, thriving in Silverado’s run-first offense as a blocking tight end. When they did pass the ball, he was the No. 1 option in grabbing 20 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns last fall.
He’s more than fine with the label of being a blocking tight end and realizes that’s likely why he was offered a scholarship. UNLV coaches said they’d use him in the run game and split out on certain pass plays.
“It keeps you thinking and always trying to help your teammates,” Hunt said of being involved in Silverado’s running and passing games. “You have to know everything (about the offense), all of the blocking schemes and routes.”
He was also recruited by Northern Arizona and Weber State, but neither school offered a scholarship.
Hunt joins Green Valley kick Conor Perkins, Desert Pines wide receiver and defensive back Tim Hough, and Palo Verde defensive tackle Michael Hughes Jr. as locals to commit with UNLV.
Verbal commitments are nonbinding until an athlete signs a national letter of intent. Signing day is Feb. 5.