Here's what to expect locally on college football's national signing day

Jay Norvell
Jay Norvell is expected to sign 16 players Wednesday. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

College football's first of two signing day periods is Wednesday and we more or less know what to expect.

The Wolf Pack football team is expected to get letters from 16 recruits as it aims to fill its planned 17-player class. Damonte Ranch's record-setting quarterback, Damonte Ranch Cade McNamara, will sign with Michigan. And Bishop Manogue's 3,000-yard man, Peyton Dixon, also will ink a deal. We just don't know with which school.

Here's a look at the key story lines heading into the first national signing day (there's also a national signing day in February).

Nevada adds to the pack

After taking maximum classes of 25 players in each of Jay Norvell's first two recruiting classes, the Wolf Pack is expected to add just 17 players this season, 16 of which are known at this stage. Despite the smaller class, Nevada basically has at least one player at each position minus running back; see more on that in the next section. Here is a look at Nevada's 16 known commitments. (You can read full bios on each player here).


* One quarterback: Austin Kirksey

* Two wide receivers: Justin Lockhart, Melquan Stovall

* One tight end: Henry Ikahihifo

* Three offensive linemen: Blake Baughman, Zac Welch, Trey Price


* One defensive lineman: Logan Arnold

* Two linebackers: Jalen Williams, JaVanz Dornners

* Two safeties: Avery Carrington, Jayce Godley, Dominic Tatum

* Three cornerbacks: Kacee Williams, Cameron Stephens, Kieran Clark

247 Sports ranks Nevada's 2019 class as the 88th best in the nation and the fourth best in the Mountain West.

Peyton Dixon's decision

After rushing for 3,136 yards and 45 touchdowns this season while leading Bishop Manogue to the Class 4A state title game, Dixon narrowed his list of potential schools to Fresno State, Nevada, Wyoming, UNLV and UC Davis. The Wolf Pack has held open one scholarship for a "wildcard" player, a position Dixon could fill if he does indeed commit to Nevada. While Dixon also is high on UC Davis, the only FCS school in his final five, the favorite is Fresno State, which runs a pro-style, run-first offense and is coming off back-to-back MW West Division titles, including a conference championship and postseason win over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl this season. Dixon's decision is one of the few unknowns heading into signing day. He will announce his decision at 11:30 a.m. at Bishop Manogue High.

Cade McNamara to Michigan

The highest-recruited quarterback in Northern Nevada's history (and second highest-rated player ever behind LB Ale Kaho last year), McNamara initially committed to Notre Dame before de-committing later in the process. He then quickly pledged to Michigan and has held firm with that decision ever since. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh visited the McNamara household last week and there will be no drama or hat reveals for McNamara, who has been firm in his pledge to Michigan. McNamara also will enroll in college a semester early, leaving next month so he can participate in spring camp. McNamara picked Michigan over Alabama and USC, so he really had his pick of colleges. McNamara will sign at 12:15 p.m. at Damonte Ranch High.

Lots of local letters being signed

A record nine players with local ties will sign letters of intent with FBS or FCS programs. That includes four kids who played at Folsom High to boost their recruiting but are from Reno. Here are those nine players.

* Damonte Ranch QB Cade McNamara (Michigan)

* Fallon OL Ben Dooley (Boise State)

* McQueen RB JD Kolb (Air Force)

* Bishop Manogue Peyton Dixon (undecided)

* Folsom WR Daniyel Ngata (Clemson)

* Folsom WR Joe Ngata (undecided)

* Folsom QB Kaiden Bennett (Boise State)

* Folsom DL Chandon Pierre (undecided)

* Fallon OL Sean McCormick (Idaho)

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