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Nevada lands top recruit in class, WR Isaac Jernagin (see full 2020 class)

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The Nevada football team got its 11th known commitment in the 2020 class this weekend when defensive back Isaac Jernagin pledged to the Wolf Pack. I'll track all of Nevada's commitments on this page as more pledges come in, so you can bookmark it for future reference. Here's a look at Jernagin.

Isaac Jernagin

Committed: July 8

Position: Wide receiver

Height/weight: 5-9/160

Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

High school: Santa Margarita Catholic

In short: Jernagin is the top-ranked prospect to commit to Nevada in the 2020 class. He's rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, whose consensus rankings place Jernagin as the 723rd prospect in the 2020 class. He also reported offers from USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Utah, Utah State and Florida Atlantic. Jernagin is a two-way standout who is listed as an athlete by 247Sports, a receiver by Rivals and a defensive back by ESPN. So he could play either way, but Nevada plans on lining him up at receiver. While Jernagin is a undersized, he has Pac-12-level speed, which is why he was so highly recruited (he's listed as running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash). He could be an immediate-impact slot receiver for Nevada, which has to replace starting slot Kaleb Fossum after the 2019 season. “I like the offense there a lot,” Jernagin told 247Sports. “I fit in really well and they want to move me all over to take advantage of my speed and mismatches. They want me returning punts and kicks as well and (receiver) coach (Eric) Scott told me they want to get the ball in my hands as much as possible. I like the location of the school as well. It’s close to home but still far enough away to feel like I’m going away to college. It’s a beautiful area, Lake Tahoe is right there near Reno and I like the weather there. You’ll get some snow but I can adapt to anything so I have a lot of interest in Nevada right now.” Jernagin played in Bakersfield before a move this offseason to Santa Margarita. As a junior, Jernagin rushed 34 times for 521 yards and seven scores. He caught 12 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had 30 tackles and one interception. While Jernagin is verbally committed to Nevada, he plans on taking more official visits to other schools, so Nevada will have to fight to keep him on board. "I still plan to take my official visits, but Nevada feels like home for me," Jernagin told 247Sports. "I thought I wanted to look around more, but God had other plans and I'm really excited about my decision."

Charlie Pollock

Committed: July 1

Position: Punter

Height/weight: 6-2/235

Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

High school: Walton High

In short: Pollock hails from the same high school in Georgia as Austin Kirskey, the Wolf Pack's quarterback signee in the 2019 class. Pollock is an unranked prospect on 247Sports, but Kohl's Kicking Camps has him rated 13th as a punter in the 2020 class, writing: "Pollock recently attended the 2019 Southern Showcase. His punting has made huge strides from last year. Pollock has moved into the 5.0 star category. He averaged over 50 yards a punt in the charting phase of camp. Pollock is well coached and someone who can punt at a high level in college. Pollock is a very interesting prospect in the 2020 class. He competed very well in Atlanta and has a chance to play early in college." Chris Sailer Kicking rated Pollock as a 4.5-star recruit, meaning in between Division I and Division II. As a junior, Pollock averaged 39.9 yards per punt on 17 attempts. Nevada was his only scholarship offer, which came after a visit to campus in late June. The Wolf Pack is in need of a punter in 2020 with Quinton Conaway being a senior this season.

Jacob Gardner

Committed: June 24

Position: Offensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-5/285

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

High school: Los Osos High

In short: Gardner is the third straight offensive line commitment in Nevada's 2020 class and the fourth for the Union overall. He's a good-sized offensive tackle who also had offers from MW schools Colorado State, New Mexico, San Jose State and UNLV. 247Sports has Gardner as an unrated prospect (he's a three-star recruit on the site's composite listing). Rivals also has him unrated, while ESPN ranks him as a three-star prospect. The Wolf Pack has only one offensive lineman who is a senior in 2019 in three-year starter Jake Nelson, so it didn't have a lot of numbers to fill that will be lost to graduation, but line coach Angus McClure and the Nevada has loaded up on the position so far in the 2020 class.

Frank Poso

Committed: June 23

Position: Offensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-5/339

Hometown: San Jose

High school: Branham High

In short: At 339 pounds, Poso is one big boy. He's a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and ESPN who also had offers from Fresno State, New Mexico, Wyoming and William & Mary. Rivals.com rates him as a two-star prospect. Nevada was the first school to offer Poso, which weighed heavily in his decision. “Being my first offer really stood out to me and after this weekend, it just sealed the deal,” Poso told the Bay Area Media Group. “I’ve visited multiple times, and this weekend on my official visit it truly felt like home and the players and coaching staff were so supportive." Poso suffered a tibia injury at an Arizona State camp in early June, which ended his summer camp workouts early (recruits pick up a lot of offers during this period). The injury is not expected to hinder his senior season at Branham High, which was ranked as the No. 653 football school in California last season. Poso has the height to play tackle, his position in high school, although his weight could push him to the interior of the line. 247Sports' composite score ranks Poso as the No. 977 recruit in the 2020 class.

Grant Starck

Committed: June 20

Position: Offensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-5/285

Hometown: Springfield, Ore.

High school: Thurston High

In short: Starck is a three-star composite recruit by 247Sports who had offers from Nevada and Idaho. He played both ways in high school and is a coach's son, so he has a high football IQ and knowledge of how to play both sides of the line. He'll be an offensive lineman for the Wolf Pack, almost certainly at tackle. While Starck's offers are not overwhelming, he's had a strong showing on the spring/summer circuit and is a well respected prospect by those who have seen him play in person. OregonLive.com ranked him as the fifth-best prospect in the 2020 class in Oregon and said "his lack of offers feels criminal" and he's "likely to add several offers before the start of the high school football season." BattlePrepWest.com wrote of Starck: "As of right now probably Oregon's top O lineman from a projection standpoint. Unquestioned D1 athlete. Football family and son of 6-7 head coach Justin Starck. Showed off overall athleticism earning 1st team all state honors on both sides of the football. Helped the Colts to the 5A state title. Starck has separated himself from all of the other lineman in Oregon. He is now a clear cut #1. If he stays healthy look for multiple Pac-12s to go on him at some point." His father, Justin, is the athletic director and head coach of Thurston High (his son's school) and was a two-year starter at Oregon in the early 1990s who had a brief pro career, including winning the 1995 World Bowl. “He’s a gamer,” Justin Starck told the Eugene Register-Guard of his son. “He’s been around it so long he typically doesn’t get overwhelmed by the opponent or by the moment. Never intimidated, never nervous, it’s like he’s built for it.”

Chandler Galban

Committed: June 19

Position: Quarterback

Height/weight: 6-2/202

Hometown: Frisco, Texas

High school: Lone Star High

In short: Galban took an official visit to Nevada in May (we wrote about him then) and committed to the school one month later. He also held offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Monroe, New Mexico, UTSA, Dartmouth and Columbia and is rated by 247Sports.com as a three-star recruit who is ranked the 41st-best dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class. Rivals also lists him as a three-star recruit. As a junior at Tomball High last year, Galban completed 106-of-168 passes (63.1 percent) for 2,122 yards, 16 touchdowns and three interceptions. He ran 76 times for 469 yards and two touchdowns and was named first-team All-District 14-6A. He played for Burnet High as a sophomore and completed 115-of-196 passes (58.7 percent) for 1,183 yards, 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In 2019, he will play for Frisco Lone Star High, his third high school in as many seasons. Nevada has only three scholarship quarterbacks on its 2020 roster (Malik Henry, Carson Strong, Austin Kirksey), so it wouldn't be a big surprise if the Wolf Pack took multiple scholarship quarterbacks in the 2020 class.

Clarence Dalton

Committed: June 17

Position: Running back

Height/weight: 5-10/213

Hometown: Galveston, Texas

High school: Ball High

In short: Dalton is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and ESPN who also had offers from SMU and Texas A&M Commerce. He committed to Nevada following an official visit to campus. Dalton plays both ways in high school but should slot in at running back for the Wolf Pack. As a junior, he rushed for 1,337 yards on 160 carries (8.4 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns in nine games. He also had 16 catches for 172 yards. He was named the District 10-5A-I Offensive MVP as a junior after being the District 23-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore. Dalton is the second running back in Nevada's class, joining Seattle's Avery Morrow, who is a taller and leaner back at 6-1 and 205. They'll help replace Kelton Moore and Jaxson Kincaide, who are both seniors in 2019. “Everything it was amazing," Dalton told MWCconnection.com about his visit to Nevada. " The coaches really showed the love, it stood out to me, and so did the the way they and the players push each other. I was able to talk to the coaches about everything from football to life, the things I love to do, and the plays I like to run. As a running back, my best traits are my stiff arm and my ability to make the first two people miss.”

RJ Taylor

Committed: June 14

Position: Offensive line

Height/weight: 6-3/298

Hometown: Yucaipa, Calif.

High school: Yucaipa High

In short: Nevada usually devotes three or four spots per recruiting class to its offensive line and Taylor is the first lineman in the 2020 class. He's an interior linemen who can slot in at center but likely will be a guard for the Wolf Pack. He's a two-star recruit by 247Sports.com and was named to the all-area team by the Sun/Bulletin, one of just two juniors to make the offensive team. Nevada was his first scholarship offer. At 300 pounds, Taylor has the size to potentially play early in his Wolf Pack career, with Taylor having good athleticism and a nasty streak. After his commitment, Taylor told MWCconnection.com: “The biggest reason why I committed was the coaching staff. The staff was amazing and their résumés were incredible. The coaches were very personal, which I liked a lot. It honestly just felt like home. I didn’t feel at home at the other visits I went on. I fell in love with Nevada. The staff got to know me as myself not RJ Taylor the football player, which I really liked. I told them my hobbies were fishing and off-roading and almost every coach could have an hour-long conversation about either one of those things with me, which I really enjoyed. They also spent time trying to get to know me and not just talk about football, which really stood out to me. They really like me at left guard because I can pull very well but they also love me at center because I’m nasty. Right now just left guard. But I’m versatile, I’ve played every spot on the O-line and played D-end, 3 tech, nose tackle and even a bit of linebacker.”

Avery Morrow

Committed: June 9

Position: Running back

Height/weight: 6-1/205

Hometown: Seattle

High school: Garfield High

In short: The early bird got the worm on Morrow, who committed to Nevada, which was the first FBS school to offer him a scholarship (Montana State had offered from the FCS ranks). Morrow committed after his official visit to campus. He's from Garfield High in Seattle, where former Nevada basketball star Marcelus Kemp starred. Morrow is a good-sized back and will be one of the taller backs in recent Wolf Pack history. He doesn't play for a high-profile team as Garfield went 3-7 and was ranked 89th in the state of Washington in 2018. Morrow is a three-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN and a two-star recruit by Rivals. “I was one of the bigger cats down there,” Morrow said of his visit to Nevada to SBLiveWA.com. “They like my running style, because I run through tackles and got some speed too. I keep on pushing because I like to run the ball.” He played only 2.5 games last season because of a broken rib, so he didn't have a lot of recruiting film, which could make Morrow a steal for Nevada if the Wolf Pack can hang on to him through signing day. With Kelton Moore and Jaxson Kincaide being seniors this season, running back is a need in the 2020 class.

Vai Kaho

Committed: April 28

Position: Linebacker

Height/weight: 6-2/210

Hometown: Reno

High school: Bishop Manogue High

In short: Kaho became the first Northern Nevada prospect to commit to the Wolf Pack in Jay Norvell's first four recruiting classes. The Bishop Manogue product also had offers from BYU and Sacramento State. His older brother, Ale, is currently playing for Alabama. Kaho is a three-star recruit, per 247Sports.com and ESPN. Rivals lists him as a two-star recruit. As a junior, Kaho had 81 tackles, two sacks, two fumbles recovered, one interception and one forced fumble for the Miners, who won the 4A Regional title before making it to the state championship game. With excellent size, he could play linebacker or safety at the next level. I'd expect him to end up a middle linebacker who could play early in his career for the hometown school as Nevada loses two linebacker starters from the 2019 roster.

Jackson Lataimua

Committed: April 26

Position: Safety

Height/weight: 5-11/195

Hometown: San Mateo, Calif.

High school: Junipero Serra High

In short: Nevada offered Lataimua a scholarship in February, which at the time of his commitment remained his only offer. The three-star recruit is a versatile player who has played running back and slot receiver, although most of his recruiting has come on the defensive side of the ball. "I love defense, I love to hit and cover," Lataimua told 247Sports.com. "Nevada watched my film and they liked how I play." Wyoming, San Jose State and Montana State also had been recruiting Lataimua, who pulled the trigger quickly to commit to Nevada as the first pledge in the Wolf Pack's 2020 recruiting class. As a junior, Lataimua recorded 59 tackles, an interception and a sack. Lataimua is one of the top defensive backs in the Bay Area and fills a position of need for the Wolf Pack at safety.



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