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Oregon DL transfer Louie Cresto joins the Nevada football team on scholarship

Louie Cresto was a two-year walk-on at Oregon before transferring to Nevada. (Oregon athletics)
Louie Cresto was a two-year walk-on at Oregon before transferring to Nevada. (Oregon athletics)
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The Oregon-to-Nevada pipeline created when the Wolf Pack hired Ken Wilson as its head coach off the Ducks' staff continues to be plentiful for Nevada.

The Wolf Pack picked up a verbal commitment from Oregon transfer Louie Cresto on Monday. A two-year walk-on for the Ducks, Cresto is a 6-foot-7, 265-pound defensive end originally from Twin Falls, Idaho. A source confirmed to NSN that Cresto will join Nevada on scholarship. He is the fifth Oregon walk-on to get a scholarship at Nevada, joining RB Cross Patton, OL Kai Arneson, WR Spencer Curtis and TE Cooper Shults.

Cresto was at Oregon from 2021-22 and appeared in three games, all coming last season. He didn't record a stat for the Ducks but will add more depth to Nevada's defensive line, which lost several key players this offseason, including All-Mountain West honorees Tristan Nichols and Sam Hammond as well as starters Kam Toomer and Zak Mahannah and productive reserves Daniel Grzesiak and Jack Powers.

In high school, Cresto was a first-team 4A All-Idaho honoree after recording 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a senior. He was third-team 4A Great Basin Conference as a center after his junior season. He opted to walk on at Oregon over offers from FCS schools Idaho, Idaho State and Montana State. Cresto was an unrated prospect on He entered the transfer portal in April and has four years of eligibility remaining at Nevada.

"Blessed to say I am committed to The University of Nevada!" Cresto tweeted. "Thank you @CoachKWils @jace_parker52 @CoachLapuaho for this amazing offer and opportunity! #HomeIsNevada #Wolfpack"

Cresto is part of Nevada's expanded 2022 recruiting class after the NCAA allowed teams to sign over the single-class maximum of 25 scholarship players.

Since then, Nevada has added seven scholarship players, including Cresto, Illinois wideout Dalevon Campbell, junior-college offensive lineman Josh Grabowski, Utah State defensive tackle James Hansen, Oregon State linebacker Junior Walling, San Jose State offensive lineman Bryce Petersen and Texas high school defensive back Kaden "K.K." Meier. Nevada is expected to add up to 10 players on scholarships above the typical single-season scholarship limit. Teams are allowed 85 scholarships per roster.

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