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Utah safety commits to the Nevada football team (see full class)

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Nevada football is putting together its 2021 recruiting class. (NSN)

The Nevada football team received verbal commitments Tuesday from Aedan Seiuli, a safety from Utah. I'll track all of commitments in Nevada's 2021 recruiting class here, so you can bookmark this page for future reference as more pledges roll in. Here is a look at Seiuli, who is the 17th known commitment in the Wolf Pack's 2021 class. Verbal commitments aren't binding. Players can sign official letters of intent in December.

Aedan Seiuli

Committed: Sept. 22

Position: Safety

Height/weight: 6-3/205

Hometown: Spanish Fork, Utah

High school: Maple Mountain

In short: Seiuli is the Wolf Pack's first known commitment in almost two months and hails from The Beehive State, which Nevada has typically nabbed a player or two out of every season. Seiuli is listed as a safety/wide receiver and seems pegged for the defensive side of the ball for the Wolf Pack. At 6-foot-3, he's a big safety who is listed as a three-star recruit on 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit on Rivals. He also had offers from Eastern Washington, South Dakota, Southern Utah, Weber State and Valparaiso, all FCS schools. Nevada offered Seiuli a scholarship Sept. 8 and he accepted it a couple of weeks later. As a junior, Seiuli caught 11 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown and had 35 tackles and an interception. Through six games in his senior season, Seiuli has 14 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns with 32 tackles and two interceptions.

Carlton Brown III

Committed: July 26

Position: Tight end

Height/weight: 6-6/200

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, Calif.

High school: Mission College Preparatory Catholic

In short: Brown is a three-star recruit ranked as the No. 83 tight end in the 2021 recruiting class by 247Sports. He chose Nevada over reported offers from Utah, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah State, UNLV, Fresno State, Cal Poly, Liberty and UC Davis. A two-sport standout, Brown is a tall target, checking in at 6-foot-6, and has been a strong red zone threat in high school. A varsity player during his sophomore and juniors seasons, Brown has caught 43 passes for 812 yards and 16 touchdowns during those years. He's a two-way starter who also plays defensive end in high school and has played defensive back. Also a good basketball player, Brown is an excellent athlete who could play tight end or wide receiver at Nevada depending upon how his body develops.


Trevyn Heil

Committed: July 25

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-4/265

Hometown: Aurora, Colo.

High school: Grandview

In short: Heil is listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, which ranks him as the No. 82 inside linebacker in the 2021 class, although he's expected to play on the defensive line in college. He's listed anywhere from 6-2/235 to 6-4/265. Heil also had scholarship offers from Air Force, Yale and Northern Colorado. According to his MaxPreps.com bio, Heil had 12 tackles in seven games as a junior. His brother, Brycen, a class of 2020 recruit, has committed to play for Northern Colorado.


Dwight Togiola Jr.

Committed: July 23

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-3/250

Hometown: Lacey, Wash.

High school: Timberline

In short: Nevada journeyed to the Northwest to get a relatively rare commitment from a player from Washington in Togiola, who is the first recruit from The Evergreen State to commit to the Wolf Pack's 2021 class. Togiola is a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com who reported offers from Mountain West rivals Hawaii, UNLV and FCS school Eastern Washington. He is ranked as the 101st-best weak side defensive end in his class, a position reserved more for pass rushers than run stoppers. At 6-3 and 250 pounds, Togiola has a big body considering he's going into his senior season of high school. As a junior, Togiola was named second-team all-league defensive lineman in the Class 3A South Sound Conference (there are six divisions of football in Washington, the 3A being the second largest). Nevada was the first college to offer Togiola a scholarship, doing so in April before securing the commitment in July. Wolf Pack running back Vai Taua recruits the Northwest for Nevada.


Dazure Paggett

Committed: July 7

Position: Wide receiver

Height/weight: 5-11/165

Hometown: San Diego

High school: Kearny

In short: Paggett was a lightly recruited player out of San Diego whose only other offers were from Lake Erie College and Southwest Minnesota State, both of which are Division II schools. Paggett is an unrated prospect on 247Sports and Rivals. A two-sport high school athlete, Paggett is a smaller receiver who reports a 4.55-second 40-yard dash time. As a junior, he caught 20 passes for 540 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 27 yards per reception. Defensively, he had 29 tackles and an interception, so he could play offense or defense for Nevada. Kearney went 5-6 and was ranked 560th in the state of California. Paggett also us a standout basketball player for the school. With this addition, the Wolf Pack is betting on its player development abilities.

Ty'Rondric Collins

Committed: July 6

Position: Running back

Height/weight: 5-11/190

Hometown: Forney, Texas

High school: North Forney

In short: Collins was offered a scholarship by Nevada on July 4 and committed to the Wolf Pack two days later. He is listed as an unrated recruit on 247Sports and Rivals and also held offers from Texas-San Antonio and FCS schools Abilene Christian, Lamar, South Dakota State and Texas Southern. As a junior, Collins rushed for 1,228 yards, 7.1 yards per carry and 14 touchdowns. He scored multiple touchdowns in five of his 10 games and hit 100-plus yards six times, maxing out with a 237-yard, three-touchdowns performance. He wasn't used very often as a pass-catcher with three receptions for 17 yards. In four varsity games as a sophomore, Collins rushed 26 times for 142 yards and two scores. With only three scholarship running back on its 2020 roster, including two who are juniors, this was a position of need in the 2021 class. Collins is the first running back to commit in Nevada's 2021 class.


Dion Washington

Committed: June 21

Position: Defensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-3/245

Hometown: Las Vegas

High school: Shadow Ridge

In short: Washington is a two-star recruit, per 247Sports.com, and an unrated prospect by Rivals and ESPN. Nevada was the only FBS scholarship offer for Washington, who also drew an offer from Southwest Minnesota State, a Division II school. As a junior, Washington had 20 tackles, including eight for loss, with four sacks for Shadow Ridge, a Class 4A school that finished 3-6 last year, ranking 22nd in the state of Nevada, per MaxPreps. He also wrestled for Shadow Ridge, which finished second in state, and competes in track and field. Washington is the third defensive linemen in Nevada's class, with the defensive front being a need given the Wolf Pack is expected to start three seniors on the line this season. Washington is the third Las Vegas native to commit to Nevada as a scholarship player out of high school under Jay Norvell, joining Austin Arnold and Crishaun Lappin. Washington has enough position versatility to project him as an end or tackle at the next level.

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Jeremiah Bodwin

Committed: June 20

Position: Outside linebacker

Height/weight: 6-3/190

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

High school: Parish Episcopal School

In short: Bodwin is a three-star recruit, per 247Sports.com, whose composite rankings place him as the No. 1,128 prospect in the 2021 class (and the 76th-best outside linebacker). Bodwin is the second nationally rated recruit in Nevada's 2021 class, joining offensive lineman Dominic Eldridge, who also is from Dallas. Rivals and ESPN also rank Bodwin as a three-star recruit, with ESPN giving him a recruiting grade of 77 (out of 100). He reported 17 scholarship offers, including from Michigan State, Kansas, Georgia Tech, UNLV, Air Force, Buffalo, Army, Navy, UTSA and North Texas. Bodwin played last season for Bishop Dunne before transferring to Parish Episcopal School, which went 12-1 in 2019, allowed just 12.4 points per game, was a Division I state championship and ranked 44th in the nation (and 11th in Texas) in the MaxPreps rankings. Bodwin won a state title with Bishop Dunne in 2018. He also is a track and field standout in the 400 meters, long jump and triple jump, so Nevada is getting a lanky and athletic outside linebacker in the mold of former Wolf Pack player Bryan Lane Jr.

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Chace Davis

Committed: June 16

Position: Defensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-5/265

Hometown: Whittier, Calif.

High school: La Serna High

Previous school: East Los Angeles College

In short: Davis is a big defensive lineman who is the first junior-college transfer commitment in Nevada's 2021 class. Davis is listed as an unrated prospect by 247Sports with offers from Akron, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, UTSA, Toledo and Missouri State. In his first active season of junior-college ball in 2019, Davis recorded 14 tackles, including three for loss, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Davis played at La Serna High in Whittier, Calif., and was a senior in the 2017 season when he recorded 25 tackles, including five for loss, and four sacks while being listed as a linebacker. He also spent some time at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., according to the East Los Angeles College website. Nevada's 2020 starting defensive line could include three seniors (Chris Green, Sam Hammond and Kameron Toomer) as well as a junior (Dom Peterson) who could be on draft boards, so defensive line is an area of need. Given Davis' size and the fact he'll be a third-year junior-college player in 2020, he could provide immediate reps for Nevada in 2021.

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Andrew Madrigal

Committed: June 14

Position: Offensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-4/280

Hometown: Norco, Calif.

High school: Norco High

In short: During Jay Norvell's tenure, the Wolf Pack has usually grabbed three or four high school offensive linemen per class, and Nevada is on track to do that again in 2021. Madrigal is the second prep offensive lineman to commit to Nevada in 2021, joining Dominic Eldridge, the first verbal pledge in the class. Madrigal is listed as a three-star recruit from 247Sports.com and rated as the 128th-best offensive tackle in the class. He also held offers from FBS schools Colorado State, Eastern Michigan and Army as well as FCS schools Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Idaho, Sac State, Northern Arizona and Bucknell. Madrigal is a honor student who posted a 4.5 GPA as a high school junior. With offers from a number of Ivy League schools, the Wolf Pack will get an intelligent offensive lineman with a big frame. Madrigal played for Norco High in Riverside County as part of a Cougars program that ranked 39th in the state and 423rd in the nation last season, per the MaxPrep rankings. Norco's quarterback, Shane Illingworth, is a four-star recruit who signed with Oklahoma State. Norco averaged nearly 450 yards and 51.2 points per game last season.


Wilburn Smallwood

Committed: June 12

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-2/223

Hometown: Lufkin, Texas

High school: Lufkin High

In short: Smallwood is the third defensive lineman to commit to Nevada out of Lufkin High in the last three classes, joining Breylon Garcia and Javasia Brunson, who were true freshman at Nevada in 2019. Smallwood is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and also held offers from FCS schools Texas Southern and Lamar. Smallwood is listed by 247Sports as the No. 103 weakside defensive end in the 2021 class. He has a smaller frame that Garcia and Brunson, so he could be a rush end or outside linebacker at the next level. Smallwood made first-team All-District 8-5A as a junior. Head coach Jay Norvell has raved about the work ethic and love for football for players from East Texas, and he went back to that pipeline for the Wolf Pack's latest defensive line recruit.


Zachary Lewis

Committed: June 10

Position: Cornerback

Height/weight: 5-11/180

Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.

High school: Hamilton High

In short: Lewis began his high school career as a wide receiver before switching to being a two-way player as a junior and having a standout season defensively. He posted 49 tackles, three interceptions, two caused fumbles and a fumble recovery and will slot in with Nevada's defensive backfield. On offense, Lewis caught 23 passes for 408 yards and ran 14 times for 138 yards and a touchdown. Banks also held offers from Washington State, Northern Arizona and Army. "The coaching staff is amazing," Lewis told the Arizona Republic. "I love them. The weather is great. It's not too far away from home." Hamilton High is routinely one of the best programs in the Arizona and ranked fourth in the MaxPreps rankings in the state in 2019. Lewis is rated as a three-star recruit on 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit on Rivals.com.


Caleb Manson

Committed: May 22

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-6/220

Hometown: Orange, Calif.

High school: El Modena High

In short: Manson is an unrated prospect on 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN whose only scholarship offer came from Nevada, which extended the offer in early April. At 6-foot-6, Manson is a lanky defensive end from Southern California. He played on El Modena High's varsity team as a sophomore and junior and had 24 tackles, a team-high five sacks and two fumble recoveries in seven games last season, with his year being ended prematurely with a knee injury. His high school went 5-6 overall and ranked 281st in California in the MaxPreps.com rankings in 2019. Manson has an excellent frame from a defensive lineman and will have to add weight as he makes the transition into college as head coach Jay Norvell has worked to beef up Nevada's front line with players pushing 300 pounds. He's a project player who could pay dividends down the road.


Drew Scolari

Committed: May 15

Position: Quarterback

Height/weight: 6-2/165

Hometown: Reno

High school: Bishop Manogue High

In short: A local, Scolari is the grandson of former Nevada football coach Chris Ault. Scolari is a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com whose lone FBS scholarship offer came from Nevada. As a two-year starter at Manogue, Scolari has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 4,311 yards with 52 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while rushing for 843 yards and 10 more scores. He's led the Miners to two 4A regional titles and the 2018 large-class state championship game. Scolari has good size, mobility and football IQ and will look to add some weight and zip to his throws as he body develops. Scolari said his decision to commit to Nevada was not based only on family ties but added it will be special to play for the program his grandfather built. “It will mean a lot," Scolari said of playing for Nevada. "To be playing on the field with his name on it will be something special and something that my family will take a lot of pride in."

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Zion Burns

Committed: May 10

Position: Defensive back

Height/weight: 5-11/180

Hometown: San Tan Valley, Ariz.

High school: Poston Butte High

In short: A two-way player in high school, Burns is listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com as a safety, although he's been a productive running back in his high school career. Burns visited Nevada in early March after being offered a scholarship in late February. His two other scholarship offers were from FCS schools Austin Peay and Abilene Christian while Northern Arizona expressed interest. Poston Butte High is southeast of Phoenix and went 5-5 last season, rankings 67th in Arizona in the MaxPreps rankings. Burns had 39 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception as a junior while rushing for 1,542 yards (9.8 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns in just nine games. Nevada lacks depth at running back, so if things don't work out in the secondary, the position Nevada is recruiting him, he could also have a future in the offensive backfield. "Me and my family decided that Nevada was the best choice for me," Burns told 247Sports about his commitment to Nevada. "The coaching staff there treated me like family." New defensive coordinator Brian Ward's recruiting area is Arizona, and he's landed his first player from the Grand Canyon State since arriving in Reno.


Drue Watts

Committed: May 8

Position: Linebacker

Height/weight: 6-0/212

Hometown: Chatsworth, Calif.

High school: Sierra Canyon High

In short: Watts is a stout linebacker who is unrated on the recruiting services (he doesn't have a 247Sports, Rivals or ESPN recruiting page). Nevada offered Watts a scholarship in early April; it is his only scholarship offer to date. What he lacks in offers, he made up for in production. During 14 games in his junior season, Watts had 131 tackles, including 15 for loss, four sacks, six quarterback hurries, six passes defended and a forced fumble. He didn't rack up those stats on a bad team, either. He played for Sierra Canyon High, which might be known for its basketball program (LeBron James and Dwyane Wade's sons played for Trailblazers), but the football team went 14-2 and was ranked 58th in the nation by MaxPreps.com. Sierra Canyon made it to the CIF I-AA state title game, losing to Fresno's Central High. Sierra Canyon is the alma mater of former Nevada starting quarterback Tyler Stewart. Watts has received a combine invitation to the Polynesian Bowl. Nevada's new defensive coordinator Brian Ward also coaches the team's linebackers and has snagged his first commitment at that position in Watts.

Dominic Eldridge

Committed: May 6

Position: Offensive line

Height/weight: 6-5/300

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

High school: Pinkston High

In short: Eldridge is a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and the No. 905 national recruit in the class. He's rated as the 86th best offensive tackle. Eldridge also held offers from Hawaii, Kansas, Liberty and Louisiana-Monroe as well as FCS schools Austin Peay, Illinois State, Incarnate Word, Missouri State and Tennessee State. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, he has good size and an ideal frame with long arms to play tackle. Eldridge played in talent-rich Dallas, although his Pinkston High team went 1-9 overall last season and 0-6 in district play with the program being 5-45 over the previous five seasons, so it's not highly recruited. Nevada's first-year offensive line coach, Bill Best, came to the Wolf Pack from Rice, which is 240 miles south of Dallas, so he has recruiting ties in the Lone Star State. Eldridge's 247Sports composite score of 0.8499 (out of 1.0000) would have ranked him as the top recruit in the Wolf Pack's 2020 class, so Nevada is starting its 2021 class with one of its highest-rated commitments in the Jay Norvell era (he has the third-highest recruiting grade of a Norvell commit).


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