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2009 National Signing Day

Coverage of the valley's top prep football recruits

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    Local Stars Sign Scholarships

    Local Stars Sign Scholarships

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    Local high school seniors sign their National Letters of Intent to play football at the Division I level.

  • Questions raised about postgrad football school

    February 14, 2009

    A North Carolina football academy is recruiting Clark County high school seniors for a post-graduation program, saying it can improve their odds of making a college team.

  • Kerwynn Williams, in between parents Kendall and Ingrid Williams, addresses family and friends at his signing party in the library at Valley High School on Wednesday.

    Valley’s electric quarterback signs with Utah State

    February 11, 2009

    After a lengthy recruitment process that involved contacting over 60 NCAA schools, Valley senior Kerwynn Williams finally signed on to play football at Utah State next year.

  • Clark running back Quincy Hatcher tries to dodge Gorman defenders Alex Turner (5) and Evan Palelei (55) on Oct. 3. Turner and Palelei are two of the most sought after defensive recruits for the class of 2010.

    Recruiting frenzy kicks off for pair of Gorman defenders

    February 9, 2009

    Bishop Gorman juniors Alex Turner and Evan Palelei watched the school's national signing day ceremony on Feb. 4 with particular interest. That's because, a year from now, they expect to be inking their own letters of intent with a major Division I university.

  • Valley's Kerwyn Williams takes the ball down the sideline for a large gain at Basic High on Nov. 7.

    Utah State eyes Valley rusher

    February 6, 2009

    Despite rushing for 1,644 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2008, Valley High's Kerwyn Williams was overlooked by Division I programs because of his 5-foot-7 frame. Not anymore. Williams was offered a scholarship by Utah State late Wednesday night and will more than likely sign with the school on Monday, Valley coach John Elwell said

  • Bishop Gorman defensive end Justin Chaisson signs his letter of intent to play college football for Oklahoma at Bishop Gorman High School on Wednesday.

    Bishop Gorman star stays true to Oklahoma

    February 4, 2009

    It has been nearly a year since Justin Chaisson decided he wanted to be an Oklahoma Sooner. Bishop Gorman's hulking defensive end made it official Wednesday, signing a letter of intent to continue playing football in Norman, Okla.

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    Chaisson Signs with Oklahoma

    Chaisson Signs with Oklahoma

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    Bishop Gorman standout Justin Chaisson signs his National Letter of Intent to play football with Oklahoma.

  • Silverado safety Michael Wadsworth, front left, and defensive end Keenan
Graham, front center, sign their national letters of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009.
Graham inked with UCLA and Wadsworth picked Hawaii. Also pictured are
Graham's mother, Jacqueline Maharaj, at bottom right, Silverado Athletic
Administrator Jerry Cornell (back left), Silverado football coach Andy
Ostolaza (back center) and Silverado basketball coach Ron Childress (back

    Silverado stars ink with UCLA, Hawaii

    February 4, 2009

    Andy Ostolaza's office at Silverado High was a popular stop for college coaches on the recruiting trail the past three months. The Skyhawks coach, however, doubts his Henderson-area school will become a regular part of the recruiters' rotation.

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    Graham Signs with UCLA

    Graham Signs with UCLA

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    Silverado star Keenan Graham signs with UCLA as a defensive end.

  • Stress-free signing day for Sanford fills several needs

    February 5, 2009

    Atop Mike Sanford's list of needs to fill with his 2009 recruiting class was help in the defensive backfield. For all the steps forward the UNLV football program took in 2008, the secondary was one area which, if anything, pretty much was stuck in neutral.

  • UNLV cashes in on local recruits

    February 4, 2009

    Five local players were among the UNLV 2009 recruiting class released at Wednesday's press conference, tying the most ever in Rebel history and the most since Mike Sanford's initial class in 2005. With more than 50 high schools in the valley to draw talent from, Sanford says he hopes to continue using the area as a pipeline in the future.

  • Liberty linebacker accepts walk-on spot at Hawaii

    February 4, 2009

    Liberty linebacker Sage Nua has already left his stamp on Patriots history as the six-year-old school's leading tackler (275). On Wednesday he added another honor as the team's first player to reach a Division-I program. A native Hawaiian, Nua will return to the University of Hawaii this fall as a preferred walk-on for the Warriors.

  • Players learn the ropes at Navy prep school

    February 4, 2009

    Garrett Sherwood remembers his first day at the Naval Academy's prep school in Newport, R.I., like it was yesterday. The 2008 Faith Lutheran graduate, who like most Navy football recruits is spending his first year at the prep school to get acclimated to the academy's strict standards, was introduced to those requirements during three weeks of basic training. It was a wakeup call to the military way of life.

  • Las Vegas High's Reggie Bullock runs in his second touchdown of the night against Valley on Oct. 3. Despite posting some of the best rushing statistics in the state, Bullock will not head to a Division I program because of academic problems.

    Las Vegas High star will have to wait on NCAA dreams

    January 31, 2009

    For most of the valley's top high school football players, signing a scholarship offer from a Division I program Wednesday will be a day to remember forever. But for one local star, National Signing Day will be one to forget.

  • Del Sol linebacker accepts walk-on role at UNLV

    February 2, 2009

    Del Sol senior linebacker Jon Kirschbaum will continue his football career at UNLV next fall. The senior, who also had offers from Southern Utah and other smaller schools, will be a preferred walk-on with UNLV.

  • Green Valley quarterback Nick Libonati looks for an open receiver during a home game against Centennial on Sept. 5.

    Green Valley quarterback accepts walk-on role at UNLV

    January 27, 2009

    Green Valley High senior quarterback Nick Libonati has always dreamed about running onto the field at Sam Boyd Stadium and suiting up for his beloved UNLV football program. Now, his dream of playing for UNLV is a reality.

  • Green Valley wide receiver commits to Colorado School of Mines

    January 27, 2009

    Selling himself to a college football program was an easy task for Green Valley High wide receiver Kyle Larimer.

  • Palo Verde running back Sidney Hodge dodges Cimarron-Memorial defensive back Roderick Washington during the Sunset Regional semifinals at Palo Verde High School on Nov. 14. Hodge verbally committed to UNLV on Jan. 26.

    UNLV lands Palo Verde star

    January 26, 2009

    UNLV's football program landed a commitment from another Las Vegas product on Monday. Palo Verde running back and defensive back Sidney Hodge became the fifth local to verbally commit with the Rebels. He said he will gray-shirt and not enroll to January 2010.

  • Palo Verde linebacker Liloa Nobriga charges around the line to apply pressure to Sierra Vista's quarterback on Sept. 5.

    Palo Verde’s Nobriga chooses Colorado

    January 24, 2009

    Palo Verde linebacker Liloa Nobriga has officially committed to Colorado.

  • Navy lands another local football star

    January 21, 2009

    Bishop Gorman offensive lineman Sam Womack verbally committed to Navy on Sunday during a recruiting visit.

  • Cheyenne lineman commits to Utah

    Cheyenne lineman commits to Utah

    January 21, 2009

    Cheyenne lineman Jeremiah Tofaeono was an All-Sunset Region first-team selection on both sides of the ball this past fall in helping the Desert Shields reach the regional semifinals. The chance to play defense in college is why he verbally committed to Utah on Tuesday.

  • Faith Lutheran cornerback and Navy recruit David Sperry gets past Virgin Valley on Oct. 3.

    Navy nabs Faith Lutheran defender

    January 20, 2009

    Faith Lutheran football player David Sperry committed to Navy after visiting the academy in Annapolis, Md. last weekend.