The 16 players expected to sign with Nevada football today

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The Nevada football team will announce its 2019 recruiting class today during the early signing period. The Wolf Pack has 16 known commitments but could add an additional two players today if everything breaks right. Here is a look at each player Nevada is expected to sign today.

Austin Kirksey

Committed: June 14

Position: Quarterback

Height/weight: 6-3/205

Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

High school: Walton High

In short: Kirksey took an official visit to Nevada's campus in late May and was quick to pull the trigger on the Wolf Pack after also holding offers from UAB, Florida Atlantic, Illinois State and Eastern Kentucky (Walton High announced Thursday he had committed to Nevada). 247Sports and Rivals both list Kirksey as a three-star recruit; ESPN has him as unrated. 247Sports ranks Kirksey as the No. 834 prospect in the 2019 class and the 24th best pro-style quarterback. Kirksey has solid size and is a good athlete who has run the read option in high school to success. Kirksey led Walton to an 11-1 season while completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,475 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions as a junior. He also rushed 77 times for 524 yards and 10 more scores. In January, Nevada became the first school to offer Kirksey, who also has unofficially visited Texas A&M, Baylor, Rice, North Carolina State, Clemson and North Carolina. Nevada went outside its normal geographical footprint to land Kirksey, who is the first player from Georgia to commit to the Wolf Pack since 2009 when Wesley Hollingshed, a defensive tackle, did so. Kirksey is the second straight quarterback to be the first commitment in Nevada's recruiting class. Carson Strong opened the pledges last year.

Blake Baughman

Committed: June 16

Position: Offensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-5/250

Hometown: Auburn, Calif.

High school: Placer High

In short: Nevada offered Baughman a scholarship in January and he took an unofficial visit to campus in early May. He also reportedly held an offer from Boise State, per 247Sports, which lists him as a three-star prospect. Baughman isn't rated by Rivals or ESPN either, making him an under-the-radar prospect in Auburn, a town 100 miles west of Reno. Baughman plays offensive and defensive tackle in high school and has the size to stick at tackle at the college level. He'll have to add weight in college, but Baughman is a solid prospect who was landed in part because of the presence of Nevada's new offensive line coach Angus McClure, a UCLA import who has strong ties in Northern California.

Zac Welch

Committed: June 17

Position: Offensive lineman

Height/weight: 6-4/293

Hometown: El Dorado Hills, Calif.

High school: Oak Ridge High

In short: Nevada hired associate head coach Angus McClure to lead the team's NorCal recruiting and run its offensive line and so far he's producing committed prospects at that position from that area. One day after helping secure a commitment from Blake Baughman, Nevada and McClure landed Welch, who lives just east of Sacramento. Welch also reported offers from Utah State, San Jose State and Azusa Pacific. Welch took an unofficial visit to Nevada in March and committed after his official visit in mid-June. 247Sports lists him as a three-star recruit (ESPN and Rivals doesn't have him rated). Welch also took unofficial visits to Oregon and Oregon State. At nearly 300 pounds, he's physically mature enough to get on the field sooner rather than later and has solid speed (he runs the 100 meters for his track team). "Big, coachable, physical and finishes plays," the Sacramento Bee wrote of Welch.

Logan Arnold

Committed: June 23

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-3/260

Hometown: Yuba City, Calif.

High school: Yuba City High

In short: The Wolf Pack has emphasized size when adding to its defensive line the last two years and Arnold fits that mold. At 260 pounds, he's good size for a prep defensive end who could grow much closer to 300 pounds and eventually play in the interior at the college level. Nevada was the first (and so far only) school to offer a scholarship to Arnold, who is listed by 247Sports as a two-star recruit. He is not rated by ESPN or Rivals. Logan was an honorable mention on the Sacramento Bee's All-Metro team. As a junior, he had 27 tackles, including three for loss, in 11 games. He had one sack, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Kacee Williams

Committed: June 24

Position: Defensive back

Height/weight: 6-1/180

Hometown: Keller, Texas

High school: Keller Central

In short: Williams committed to Nevada during his official visit. A two-star recruit on, Williams also had offers from Texas State, Bowling Green, Stephen F. Austin and Illinois State. He is unrated by Rivals and ESPN. Williams is versatile enough to play cornerback or safety, an important element in the Wolf Pack's five defensive back base system. He has good size for either position. Williams compiled 25 tackles, including three for loss, as a junior last season. He had two interceptions and broke up four passes playing for Keller Central, which sits in a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Avery Carrington

Committed: June 24

Position: Defensive back

Height/weight: 6-2/185

Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.

High school: Chandler High

In short: Carrington is a three-star recruit, per, who also had offers from Army, New Mexico State, Liberty and Northern Arizona. Rivals lists Carrington as a two-star recruit and ESPN has him unrated. Carrington committed after his official visit to Nevada, and also took an unofficial visit to Arizona State. Carrington has excellent size for a defensive back and ran a 5.09-second 40-yard dash at Nike's The Opening Regional Los Angeles in March 2017. Playing for one of the nation's top high school programs (Chandler ranked in the Top 25 last season), Carrington had 85 tackles, two interceptions, seven passes defended and two fumble recoveries as a junior. He's been a productive player in an excellent prep program and might be able to help early on in college given Nevada loses two starting safeties after the 2018 season.

Henry Ikahihifo

Committed: June 24

Position: Tight end

Height/weight: 6-3/240

Hometown: Lancaster, Calif.

High school: Paraclete High

In short: One of the higher-rated recruits in Nevada's 2019 class, Ikahihifo is listed as a three-star prospect by, which ranks him the 45th-best tight end in the class. Rivals also lists him as a three-star recruit (ESPN has him unrated). Ikahihifo also holds offers from BYU, Fresno State, Iowa State, Colorado State, Army, New Mexico, San Jose State, UTEP, UNLV and Utah State and could have picked up some Pac-12 offers if he continued to play out his recruitment. A two-way player in high school, Ikahihifo caught 25 passes for 322 yards and one touchdown in 14 games as a junior. He also had 18 tackles and two sacks at a defensive end.

Jayce Godley

Committed: June 29

Position: Safety

Height/weight: 6-0/190

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

High school: Martin High

In short: Godley is an under-the-radar recruit with offers from Air Force, Texas State, Fordham, Incarnate Word, McNeese State and Lamar. He isn't rated by 247Sports, Rivals or ESPN and committed to Nevada one week after an official visit to campus. He comes from a strong prep program as Martin High was No. 100 in the nation in the rankings. Godley was a productive player as a junior with 62 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery. He scored two defensive touchdowns. Godley also ran track, posting a season best of 53.15 seconds in the 400 meters. Godley is the third defensive back (all look like safeties down the road) and third Texan in Nevada's class.

Dominic Tatum

Committed: July 3

Position: Athlete

Height/weight: 6-3/180

Hometown: Culver City, Calif.

High school: Culver City High

In short: Tatum is a three-star recruit by, which pegs him as the No. 1,219th-ranked prospect in the 2019 class. Tatum also had offers form BYU, Bowling Green, Fresno State, Hawaii, Wyoming, SJSU, UNLV and Montana State. Nevada was the second school to offer Tatum, who took an official visit to campus in mid-June before committing in early July. Tatum played receiver and safety as a junior at Bishop Alemany High in Mission Hills. He most likely will slot in as a safety for Nevada, although he has the frame to grow into a linebacker. Tatum had 43 tackles, including two for loss, last season. Per this story, Tatum is related to former Oakland Raider Pro Bowler Jack Tatum, who was a College Football Hall of Famer at Ohio State, so the bloodlines are good.

Cameron Stephens

Committed: Sept. 26

Position: Cornerback

Height/weight: 5-11/165

Hometown: San Bernardino, Calif.

High school: Cajon High

In short: Stephens is a three-star recruit by, which pegs him as the 115th best cornerback in the 2019 class. He also reports offers from Florida, Nebraska, Arizona, Colorado State, New Mexico and San Jose State, so he's a Power 5-level prospect. Stephens is the fourth defensive back in Nevada's class, so that's been a clear focus for the Wolf Pack. Unlike the other three, he's likely to play cornerback rather than safety. He has decent size at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds. Stephens was one of the most coveted cornerbacks in California, and it's a position of need for Nevada, so this is a big pickup for the Wolf Pack. Stephens played in Rancho Cucamonga as a junior and had 24 tackles and two interceptions and has been even better as a senior at Cajon High. Both are top-100 teams in the nation, so he's been well coached at the prep level.

Justin Lockhart

Committed: Oct. 8

Position: Wide receiver

Height/weight: 6-2/185

Hometown: Gardena, Calif.

High school: Junipero Serra

In short: Lockhart certainly has good bloodlines. His uncle is Shaquille O'Neal, who gave him some Twitter dap after he committed to Nevada. Lockhart is a good-sized receiver who has had a well-traveled high school experience (Junipero Serra is the third high school he's played for). In the first six games of his senior season, Lockhart has 33 catches for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. He's averaged 17 yards per catch, so he has big-play ability. lists him as a three-star recruit. Lockhart also reported offers from Utah, Utah State and Fresno State, although Nevada was the first to extend him a scholarship offer, and that paid off in the long run after Lockhart took an official visit to Nevada for the Fresno State game and committed days after. Coach Jay Norvell and staff have shown a good eye for receivers while at Nevada, with Lockhart being the latest to join the group.

Melquan Stovall

Committed: Oct. 24

Position: Wide receiver

Height/weight: 5-10/180

Hometown: Gardena, Calif.

High school: Junipero Serra

In short: Stovall's commitment made it back-to-back pledges from Junipero Serra wideouts for Nevada as Stovall followed the pledge from teammate Justin Lockhart. Stovall also is listed as a three-star recruit. He had offers from Fresno State, Hawaii, Florida Atlantic, Utah State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, UTEP and San Jose State. He has 46 catches for 517 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season and has rushed for two touchdowns while also playing in the secondary. “This wasn’t an easy decision for me," Stovall told "It came down Nevada and a few other school but ultimately, I liked the academics and how I fit in with their offense as well as the opportunity to play early, that’s what pushed them over the top for me. ... Nevada is definitely going in the right direction. They have lost a lot of close games this year and they return a ton of their top players next season. It’s a program on the rise and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Jalen Williams

Committed: Nov. 15

Position: Athlete (likely safety)

Height/weight: 6-2/180

Hometown: Phoenix

High school: Shadow Mountain

In short: An athlete from Arizona, Williams is listed as a three-star recruit by, which also has him as the 111th-best outside linebacker in the class, although he's likely to play safety at Nevada. "I'm a ball-hawk and I can come down and hit," Williams told the Arizona Republic. Williams was highly recruited with offers from Arizona State, Utah, Arizona, Iowa State, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Diego State, Washington State and Wyoming. His top five in August were Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, San Diego State and Iowa State, but he eventually picked Nevada. Williams missed a portion of his senior season with a sprained MCL. In six games, he had 62 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and five pass breakups. He caught nine passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Williams also is a solid basketball player. Shadow Mountain, coached by former NBA star Mike Bibby, has won three straight state titles in hoops. Two of his basketball teammates signed letters of intent to play at the D-I level, one at Arizona State and the other at Grand Canyon. Williams, who averaged 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds last season, has designs on playing basketball at Nevada, too. "I most likely will try to play basketball," he told the Republic. "The football and basketball coaches have a really good connection."

Trey Price

Committed: Dec. 10

Position: Offensive line

Height/weight: 6-5/278

Hometown: Sacramento

High school: Christian Brothers

Previous school: American River College

In short: Jay Norvell said he wanted to shy away from junior-college recruits in this class, but he nabbed Price from nearby American River College, a school he has plundered with regularity the last couple of years. Price is a big-bodied lineman who can play multiple positions. He was only a freshman this season, so Price will have three seasons of eligibility with the Wolf Pack. Price also had offers from UTEP and Old Dominion before picking Nevada. He has the length to play tackle and the experience to potentially step in sooner rather than late for a Union that is losing three starters in seniors Sean Krepsz, Kalei Meyer and Anthony Palomares. Price wasn't a highly rated recruit coming out of high school but did enough after one year of junior college to earn himself an FBS scholarship as one of three offensive linemen in Nevada's 2019 class.

JaVanz Dornners

Committed: Dec. 11

Position: Linebacker

Height/weight: 6-2/220

Hometown: Oakland

High school: McClymonds High

In short: Dornners was recruited by most of the Mountain West and held offers from Nevada, San Diego State, Fresno State, New Mexico, Utah State, UNLV and San Jose State. He is listed as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports. Dornners comes from a powerhouse program in Oakland's McClymonds, which is 38-3 over the last three seasons, so he'll be well-trained when coming to Nevada. He began his career at Moreau Catholic in Hayward. Dornners could play either inside of outside at Nevada (he's projected by 247 Sports at inside backer and Rivals as an outside backer). Nevada loses two of its three starting linebackers and the third member of the group (Gabe Sewell) is a senior in 2019, so fresh blood is required at the position soon. Dornners is a good athlete who has been productive for three seasons as a starter in high school.

Kieran Clark

Committed: Dec. 13

Position: Cornerback

Height/weight: 6-0/185

Hometown: Peoria, Ariz.

High school: Centennial High

In short: Clark is a three-star recruit, per 247 Sports, and a two-star recruit, per, with offers from BYU, Wyoming, Hawaii, South Dakota State and Northern Arizona. He's listed as a cornerback but could serve as a safety in the Wolf Pack's five-defensive back base defense. Playing for Centennial, an elite prep football program, Clark had 14 tackles, one interception and 13 pass breakups this season as Centennial allowed just 85 points in 14 games, all of which were wins. He also had one kick return for 49 yards. Good in the classroom, Clark also was an honorable mention all-academic pick in Arizona. Clark's addition leaves only one scholarship in Nevada's 2019 class.


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