Dec. 21, 2005
HONOLULU - Three sophomores and two junior college transfers will enroll at Nevada in January and be able to take part in spring drills, Head Coach Chris Ault announced today on the first day of the mid-year signing period.
As WAC co-champions and preparing here this week for Saturday's Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, recruiting has gone extremely well for Ault and his staff this year.
All five signees hail from California. They include sophomore offensive guard Mike DeMars, junior defensive back Devon Walker, junior offensive lineman A.J. Slater, sophomore defensive lineman Sam Stewart and sophomore defensive lineman Mundrae Clifton.
"I'm real pleased because all of these players will compete immediately. With three sophomores in this class, this will provide us with good depth for a longer period of time," Ault said.
DeMars, the younger brother of Nevada junior linebacker Jason DeMars, is a sophomore from Sacramento City College. At 6-2, 310 pounds, he was a state champion heavyweight wrestler at River City High School in Sacramento. A three-year starter at River City, he was a CIF state freestyle and Greco-Roman champion and a top-four finisher nationally in both disciplines. A two-time All-American, he earned All-Capitol Valley Conference honors and played in the Sacramento Optimist All-Star game. He will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Pack.
Walker, a 6-0, 180-pound defensive back from Cerritos (Calif.) College, was a two-year starter and had 42 tackles this fall and 32 last year as a freshman. He had two interceptions and was named defensive player-of-the-week three times as a sophomore. He attended Gahr High School where he lettered three times and was team captain in earning all-conference honors on both offense and defense. He was also the conference Player-of-the-Year.
Slater, a 6-5, 304-pound offensive lineman, started two years at Santa Ana (Calif.) and was named Freshman-of-the-Year and Offensive Player-of-the-Year this fall in the Mission Conference. He earned second-team All-America honors at Santa Ana College. At Newport Harbor High School, he was team captain, Offensive Player-of-the-Year and a first-team all-conference honoree.
Stewart is a 6-3, 275-pound defensive lineman. The sophomore will have three years of eligibility for Nevada. He was named the Mission Conference Player-of-the-Week against Saddleback College when he had two sacks, a fumble recovery, four tackles-for-loss, a pass breakup and 21 tackles. He started three years at Tustin High School and earned all-conference honors.
Clifton, a 6-2, 290-pound defensive lineman, went to Southwestern (Calif.) Junior College and earned first-team all-conference honors as a freshman. An academic all-conference selection, he was on the all-star team and was one of the top 10 college prospects in San Diego, where he attended Mira Mesa High School.
The high school and fall junior college signing day is February 1, 2006.
Chris Ault and his staff signed five mid-year transfers Wednesday.