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UNLV football announces record-breaking 2020 recruiting class

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Posted at 9:33 PM, Feb 06, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UNLV football head coach Marcus Arroyo announced a record-breaking recruiting class on Wednesday during the opening of the national signing period.

In less than two months into his new job, Arroyo announced the group that consisted of 28 student-athletes - featuring a school-best 22 recruits earning at least three stars, according to 247Sports.

UNLV Athletics also said these numbers do not include a pair of highly touted four-year transfers.

The previous UNLV record was 12 three-star athletics signed back in 2010.

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The impressive haul includes both the highest-rated high school player and highest-rated transfer to choose the Rebels since the introduction of the recruiting star system in decades, according to the athletic department.

"Our goal was to enhance our overall roster in a very short amount of time," said Arroyo. "You're looking at about 30 calendar recruiting days that our staff had to put this class together, and that's a big accomplishment without sacrificing our core values and traits. "

The group is powered primarily by high school players with 23 on the list, along with three junior-college transfers and a pair of four-year transfers from TCU.

"We took a risk in not signing anybody during the early period, but I felt with our evaluation process -- and the staff I had in place thus far -- that we could build a solid class the right way - our way," Arroyo said.

The breakdown has 14 defensive players, 13 on offense, and one special team performer: 5 LB, 5 DL, 4 DB, 4 OL, 3 WR, 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 TE, and 1 P.

"We want to do this by building a foundation that is set up to last, and this gives you a longer period of growth and development," Arroyo said.

The class consists of student-athletes with hometowns that are spread among 12 states and two countries that include California, Washington, Texas, Nevada, Australia, and others.

"We took a risk in not signing anybody during the early period, but I felt with our evaluation process -- and the staff I had in place thus far -- that we could build a solid class the right way - our way," Arroyo said.

UNLV opens spring practice on March 24 with opening the 2020 season against California on Aug. 29 to open the new Allegiant Stadium.

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"The new Fertitta complex and Allegiant Stadium help in everything we do and it certainly helped us sign this class. Number one, we weren't afraid to go anywhere to find the right guys. And number two, the contacts our coaches had, and our ability to accurately evaluate guys, helped us not focus on where they're from – but more on who they are," Arroyo said.


-Kaleo Ballungay TE 6-6 250 FR-HS Tracy, CA Kimball HS
-LeShaun Bell LB 6-3 220 FR-HS Thousand Oaks, CA Calabasas HS
-Doug Brumfield QB 6-5 215 FR-HS Inglewood, CA Junipero Serra HS
-Spencer Briggs RB 5-10 195 FR-HS Gallatin, TN Gallatin HS
-Charlton Butt P 6-2 205 FR-HS Victoria, Australia Bacchus Marsh Grammar
-Daniel Caloca DL 6-3 285 FR-HS Brawley, CA Brawley Union HS
-Jalen Dixon DL 6-2 250 FR-HS Seattle, WA O’Dea HS
-Dylan Downing* RB 5-11 220 FR-HS Carmel, IN Carmel HS
-Ose Egbase LB 6-4 215 FR-HS Encino, CA Crespi HS
-Zyell Griffin WR 6-2 185 FR-HS Vancouver, WA Evergreen HS
-Jeremiah Houston* DB 6-0 185 JR-TR Inglewood, CA Long Beach City College
-Alven Johnson DL 6-4 275 FR-HS Baton Rouge, LA Thrive Academy
-Ricky Johnson DB 6-2 160 FR-HS Houston, TX Cypress Falls HS
-Jeminai Leuta-Ulu OL 6-3 330 FR-HS Anaheim, CA Servite HS
-Alex Lines TE 6-5 245 FR-HS Gilbert, AZ Higley HS
-Prince Lollar Jr. LB 6-1 250 JR-TR Oak Harbor, WA Scottsdale CC
-Alani Makihele OL 6-3 350 FR-HS Anchorage, AK West HS
-Marcus Miller OL 6-4 300 FR-HS Castro Valley, CA Castro Valley HS
-Waisale Muavesi DL 6-2 300 FR-HS Provo, UT Timpview HS
-Kue Olotoa* LB 6-2 205 JR-TR Costa Mesa, CA Riverside CC
-Adam Plant Jr.*# DL 6-5 250 SO-TR Las Vegas, NV TCU
-Tyson Player DB 6-1 180 FR-HS Columbia, SC Ridge View HS
-Justin Rogers*# QB 6-4 240 SO-TR Shreveport, LA TCU
-Brennon Scott LB 6-1 235 FR-HS Lancaster, TX Bishop Dunne Catholic HS
-Tiger Shanks OL 6-5 345 FR-HS Lake Oswego, OR Lake Oswego HS
-Kalvin Souders WR 6-2 195 FR-HS Portland, OR Central Catholic HS
-Kyle Williams WR 6-0 175 FR-HS Hawthorne, CA St. Monica Catholic HS
-Nohl Williams DB 6-0 170 FR-HS Oxnard, CA Pacifica HS