UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck, like most Division I coaches on National Signing Day, presented a happy face when announcing his 2012 recruiting class on Wednesday afternoon.
The big difference is that Hauck truly meant it this time around.
“I’m really ecstatic with how this has gone,” Hauck said after revealing 20 signees, including a pair of talented mid-year junior college transfers. “I wouldn’t tell you if I wasn’t, but that’s truthful. I’m ecstatic about this class.”
Despite coming off back-to-back two win seasons, Hauck said the response for the Rebels was so strong from recruits that he actually had to tell his coaching staff to hold off on commitments once Christmas rolled around for fear of running out of scholarships.
That strategy paid off on Sunday and Monday when he landed three top caliber recruits at the wire including a pair from state champion Bishop Gorman, S/LB Marc Philippi and OL Ron Scoggins, who both switched from Mountain West rival New Mexico.
Hauck also landed explosive wide receiver Jonavaughn Williams from JSerra High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., who had earlier committed to Colorado.
Overall, the Rebels signed 18 high school players, including nine that garnered at least three stars from recruiting services Scout.com, Rivals.com or ESPNU. Hauck also landed three of the top eight prospects in Nevada in Philippi, Scoggins and Basic High offensive lineman J’Ondray Sanders.
The class features nine linemen, including five defensive, and two highly touted mid-year transfers in 6-foot-5, 250-pound quarterback James Boyd, who originally attended USC out of high school, and DE Parker Holloway (6-5, 235) of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.
Here’s a link to the bios of all UNLV’s recruits:
To hear more of Hauck’s comments, click on the video below: