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Nevada football offers scholarships two legacy players, including Nate Burleson Jr.

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Nate Burleson's son has been offered a scholarship by the Wolf Pack. (Byrne Photos/Nevada athletics)

The Nevada football team has been active offering scholarships to prospects in the next two recruiting classes, with two legacy players earning offers Wednesday.

Nate Burleson Jr., the son of the former Wolf Pack star receiver by the same name, and Marcelles Williams, the son of Maxzell Williams Sr., who played for the Wolf Pack from 1998-99, both got offers this week.

Nate Burleson Jr. is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wideout from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J. An unrated recruit on 247Sports, he also holds scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic and Florida International. According to MaxPreps, the younger Burleson had two catches for 26 yards in two games this season, his junior campaign. Don Bosco was the No. 2-ranked team in the state. Burleson also plays basketball, where he's averaging around 12 points per game, and competes in track and field. He is a class of 2023 recruit.

His father starred for Nevada from 2000-02 before a long NFL career. In three seasons with the Wolf Pack, Burleson Sr. caught 248 passes for 3,287 yards and 23 touchdowns, including a spectacular junior season when he had 138 receptions for 1,629 yards and 13 scores before turning pro. Burleson was a third-round NFL draft pick in 2003 and played 11 seasons in the league before embarking on a successful media career. He is a class of 2012 inductee into the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame. Nate Burleson Jr.'s mother, Atoya, ran for the Wolf Pack's track and field team.

Marcelles Williams is a class of 2024 recruit who already has offers from some of the nation's top programs, including Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Ole Miss, Oregon, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, Louisville and Kansas, among others. A 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back, he was a sophomore at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., last season. After being bumped up to the varsity team as a freshman, Williams had 42 tackles and seven pass breakups as a sophomore for the No. 6-ranked team in California.

Williams was named a first-team sophomore All-American by MaxPreps while 247Sports lists him as a four-star recruit and the No. 70 prospect in his class. His brothers, Max (USC) and Macen (Arizona State), are both defensive backs in the Pac-12. Williams' father, Maxzell, began his college career at El Camino College before transferring to Nevada in the late 1990s, recording a team-high 103 tackles for the Wolf Pack in 1999. Williams also spent some time with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

First-year Nevada head coach Ken Wilson was the defensive coordinator for the Wolf Pack football team during Williams' first season at Nevada. He served as associate athletic director when Burleson played for the Wolf Pack.

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