The Nevada football team is in the process of buildings its 2022 recruiting class. We will track all of the Wolf Pack's verbal commitments here until national signing day in December. Verbal commitments aren't binding until athletes sign an official letter of intent. On Thursday, the Wolf Pack received its first known verbal commitment when KeeKee McQueen pledged to the program. Here is more on him.
Committed: June 10
Hometown: Spanaway, Wash.
High school: Spanaway Lake
In short: McQueen is listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com who also had scholarship offers from Utah State, UNLV and Eastern Washington. McQueen took an official visit to Nevada the weekend of June 4 and committed to the Wolf Pack a few days later. McQueen, the No. 20 prospect in Washington, will be a four-year varsity player. As a freshman, he had 64 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. As a sophomore, he had 41 tackles. And during last year's COVID-19-shortened season, he had 25 tackles and one interception in six games. In his prep career, McQueen has 130 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions and three forced fumbles on defense while adding 152 rushing yards (48 attempts) and 205 receiving yards (23 catches) while scoring four touchdowns, all coming last season. While not possessing big size, McQueen fits the mold of the kind of cornerback Nevada has recruited under Jay Norvell, which emphasizes speed and toughness over height. Also a track star, McQueen said he isn't planning on taking any more official visits and is locked in with Nevada.
"The biggest reason I picked Nevada is because I felt like it was a perfect fit for me and I got such a good feeling about everything there and could really picture myself playing ball for them," McQueen told 247Sports. "I was the top recruit there and I felt the most wanted by the coaches there and I think that plays a big role in making your decision. I knew it was the place for me when I met the rest of the coaches and felt that at-home type of feeling with every single one of them. The coaches were very honest with me about everything, and I talked to and met a lot of the players on the team and the main thing that they all mentioned is how everyone is treated like family and how it’s a brotherhood. I felt and witnessed that while being around everyone and hanging with the team, and that’s a big thing for me."
The Wolf Pack has recruited the Pacific Northwest more actively in recent seasons, with running backs coach Vai Taua focusing on that area. McQueen is the latest player the Wolf Pack has pulled out of Washington. One of his lead recruiters was first-year defensive backs coach Riccardo Stewart.