Rebels sign record recruiting class

UNLV Sports


LAS VEGAS ( – UNLV’s largest early signing class could also become the program’s highest-rated as UNLV football head coach Marcus Arroyo announced a record-breaking second group of recruits during Wednesday’s opening day of the national signing period.

The list of 19 student-athletes features the highest-rated recruit in the Mountain West for the second consecutive season and the highest-rated offensive lineman, defensive lineman and defensive back signed by the Rebels since the introduction of the recruiting star system decades ago. With more additions expected during the traditional signing period in February, UNLV’s already class ranks second in the MW and 68th in the nation according to 247Sports at the time of this release. In the 10 years previous to this coaching staff’s arrival the Rebels averaged a class ranking of eighth in the league and 103rd in the country.

“After conducting an extensive athletic, academic and character evaluation of each of our signees, we are humbled and honored to officially welcome the RebeLVision21 class to our family,” said Arroyo. “Our signees have full trust and confidence in our process and goals and we look forward to welcoming them to campus.”

The group is powered nearly exclusively by high school players with 17 on the list, along with one junior-college transfer and a graduate transfer from the Pac-12 Conference. The position breakdown sees 10 defensive players and nine on offense: 6 DB, 3 OL, 2 LB, 2 DL, 2 WR, 2 TD, 1 RB and 1 QB.

The class consists of student-athletes whose hometowns are spread among six states: nine from California, a full half-dozen from Texas, two from Hawai’i, and one each from Nevada and, for the second straight year, Tennessee.

“We anticipate this class to make an immediate impact, just as the 2020 class did, and feel they are ready to rise to the occasion with a high-character, low-ego, high-output mentality,” said Arroyo. “RebeLVision21 is on track to become the top class in UNLV history and we will continue to diligently recruit to fil our remaining spots.”

Fans who are interested in attending games in 2021 are encouraged to place a season ticket deposit on Season ticket deposits are available for $25 per seat and will lock in the opportunity to purchase season tickets at Allegiant Stadium before the general public.

    NAME                       POS    HT     WT     CL-EXP   HOMETOWN         PREVIOUS SCHOOL        

Anton Ambuehl              OL       6-6     275     FR-HS     Santa Monica, CA  Calabasas HS

Johnathan Baldwin        DB       6-0     185     FR-HS     Houston, TX           Frank Dobie HS

Kamren Blanton             DB       5-11   175     FR-HS     Long Beach, CA     St. John Bosco HS

Nick Dimitris                   DL       6-4     235     FR-HS     Watts, CA               Sierra Vista HS

Cameron Friel*               QB       6-4     205     FR-HS     Kaneohe, HI           Kailua HS

Shaun Grayson              TE       6-4     225     FR-HS     La Mirada, CA        La Mirada HS

Sammy Green               RB       5-8     170     FR-HS     Huntington Beach, CA  Huntington Beach HS

Aaron Holloway             WR      5-11   180     FR-HS     N. Las Vegas, NV  Legacy HS

Kevon Ivy                       DL       6-4     250     FR-HS     Dallas, TX               Duncanville HS

Graham Keating             OL       6-5     275     FR-HS     Murfreesboro, TN   Oakland HS

Jaylen Lane                    DB       6-0     180     FR-HS     Pearland, TX          Shadow Creek HS

Brye Lighon                    TE       6-3     220     FR-HS     Murrieta, CA           Linfield Christian School

Marsel McDuffie            LB        6-1     220     FR-HS     Grand Prairie, TX   South Grand Prairie HS

Kiliniahe Mendiola-Jensen DB       6-2     160     FR-HS     Pearl City, HI          Punahou HS

Deamikkio Nathan         WR      6-0     185     FR-HS     Grand Prairie, TX   South Grand Prairie HS

Cameron Oliver             DB       6-1     160     FR-HS     Richmond, TX        William B. Travis HS

Anthony Rosas              OL       6-3     295     FR-HS     Baldwin Park, CA   Sierra Vista HS

Mychal Victor*               DB       6-3     190     SO-TR     Pomona, CA           Ventura College

Kylan Wilborn#               LB        6-2     240     SR-TR     Northridge, CA       Arizona

*Expected to enroll at UNLV in January                                           #Transfer from a four-year school

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