The Nevada football team received a verbal commitment from defensive end Caleb Manson on Friday. 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 Manson, who is the fifth known commitment in the Wolf Pack's 2021 class. Verbal commitments aren't binding. Players can sign official letters of intent in December.
Committed: May 22
Position: Defensive end
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.
Committed: May 15
High school: Bishop Manogue High
In short: A local, Scolari is the grandson of former Nevada football coach Chris Ault. Scolari is an unrated 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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Committed: May 10
Position: Defensive back
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.
Committed: May 8
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.
Committed: May 6
Position: Offensive line
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).