BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI
Special to MyLVsports.com
National Signing Day is still six days away. But that hasn’t kept southern Nevada’s most high profile football prospects from already choosing their collegiate homes.
Bishop Gorman, which is coming off its fifth consecutive state championship, has been the big winner as National Signing Day approaches, with six seniors already giving verbal commitments to their future college programs.
Along the offensive line, seniors Nick Gates (Nebraska), Zach Singer (Kent State) and Tryson Mook (Colorado Mesa) are set to sign their letters of intent along with defensive backs Armand Perry (Arizona State) and Dylan Weldon (Columbia).
Senior dual-threat quarterback Randall Cunningham II will also join his teammates on Signing Day in front of his classmates, but not on a football scholarship initially. Cunningham will be joining the USC track program as a high jumper after posting a personal best 7-feet, 3¼ inches, which ranks him as the best in his age group nationally. But Cunningham has said he also plans to try and walk on as a member of the Trojan football team his sophomore season if a spot opens up.
Sticking with the Sunset Region, senior Legacy athlete Casey Hughes gave his verbal commitment to the University of Utah back in December, while Bonanza left tackle Jordan Knapp will be playing his collegiate ball at Weber State.
Hughes, rated as a two-star athlete by Rivals.com, rushed for 1,034 yards and 14 touchdowns in his lone season at running back and also had 69 tackles and an interception at defensive back. Knapp, also rated a two-star prospect by Rivals, finished a productive three-year career with the Bengals in the fall.
A trio of Sunset Region linemen are also poised to sign their letters of intent. Green Valley offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby (Oregon) and Liberty defensive lineman Jarvis Polu (Army) are both ranked as three-star prospects by Rivals while Valley defensive lineman Noble Hall (San Diego State) garnered two stars.
UNLV has also been a big winner locally with verbal commitments from four prospects.
Palo Verde’s versatile lineman Michael Hughes will make an attempt for early playing time with the Rebels after finishing his prep career with 139 tackles and 13 sacks while incoming Green Valley kicker Conor Perkins will try to take over for his departing Gator predecessor Nolan Kohorst.
The Rebels also gained verbal commitments from Desert Pines wide receiver Tim Hough and Silverado tight end Austin Hunt.
Foothill Falcon quarterback Drew Doxtator, Palo Verde linebacker Jake Ortale, Bishop Gorman cornerback Daniel Stewart and Desert Oasis and Centennial running backs Jocquez Kalili and Lantz Worthington are among other local prospects that are expected to sign on Wednesday.
Robert Vendettoli is editor of Silverstatepreps.coom