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UNLV football lands another recruit from local power Liberty

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Liberty’s Austin Fiaseu (8) returns an interception for a touchdown against Green Valley on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

The UNLV football program received a verbal commitment tonight from local defensive back Austin Fiaseu of Liberty High School.

For the second straight year, the Rebels are in line to sign one of the best players — if not the best player — from powerhouse Liberty. Quarterback Kenyon Oblad, the state’s all-time leading passer, was part of the UNLV 2018 recruiting class. The Rebels also signed cornerback Octavian Bell.

Liberty is the eight-time defending Sunrise Region champions and has been ranked nationally in the top-25 the past two seasons. They play a national schedule and have defeated significant out-of-state competition.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Fiaseu had 34 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks last season. He’s labeled as being an aggressive defender.

“I’d like to announce that I will be staying home to fight for my city! 110% committed to UNLV,” Fiaseu posted on Twitter.

He also had a scholarship offer from UNR.

He’s not the only Fiaseu the Rebels have offered a scholarship to. Younger brother, Zyrus, played both ways for Liberty in 2017 as a freshman, and will be heavily recruited in the next few years.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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