The Nevada Wolf Pack football program has earned verbal commitments from a dozen recruits this off-season, according to ESPN.com.
The Wolf Pack, according to ESPN.com, also has offers out to 10 other recruits: offensive tackle Arik Armstead of Elk Grove, Calif., defensive tackle Aziz Shittu of Atwater, Calif., inside linebacker Joe Robinson of Temecula, Calif., outside linebacker Jeremiah Allison of Los Angeles, fullback E.J. Fatu of Spring, Texas, safety Chris Solomon of West Covina, Calif., wide receiver Grant Childress of Tyler, Texas, wide receiver James Harrington of Cedar Falls, Iowa, offensive tackle Dylan La Frenz of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and guard Tavita Taito of Antioch, Calif.
The first day recruits can sign a National Letter of Intent is Feb. 1.
The following players have given the Wolf Pack a verbal commitment:
HASSAN HENDERSON, Las Vegas (Nv.) High: Henderson is an exceptional athlete at 6-4, 210 pounds. A quarterback in high school, Henderson could switch position at Nevada. “”He is just a phenomenal athlete,” Las Vehas High coach James Thurman told the Las Vegas Sun last summer. “I tell recruiters he’s a kid with a 380-pound power clean, a 300-pound squat and he’s one of the fastest kids out there.”
TYLER STEWART, Sierra Canyon High (Chatsworth, Calif.): Another quarterback, the 6-3, 200-pound Stewart originiall gave a verbal commitment to San Jose State in December. He led Sierra Canyon to the CIF Division IV state title.
CODY TUTTLE, Westlake High (Westlake Village, Calif.): The 6-3, 225-pound Tuttle is a versatile athlete and will likely wind up at tight end with the Wolf Pack. “I’ve played quarterback, receiver, tight end, linebacker and even defensive end,” Tuttle told an internet recruiting web site. “I have a passion for football and will play anywhere that helps my team.”
CHARLES FARAIMO, Grant Union High (Sacramento, Calif.): Faraimo is a 6-2, 275-pound defensive tackle.
RANDY UZOMA, Canoga Park (Calif.) High: The 6-2, 205-pound Uzoma is a big wide receiver with a ton of talent. He also had offers from Idaho, Air Force, San Jose State and Oregon. Uzoma, who also played some defensive end in high school, dominated a high school combine last spring in Long Beach, Calif., running a 4.47 in the 40 and turning in a 35.8 vertical leap. Getting Uzoma’s signature on a Letter of Intent, though, might be a struggle. Uzoma, who grew up in Nigeria and didn’t play football until two years ago, also has received a late offer from Oregon and is attracting attention from most Pac-12 schools now.
JARRED GIPSON, Cypress Creek High (Houston, Texas): Gipson is a 6-foot, 196-pound wide receiver. Gipson played with current Utah State quarterback Chuck Keeton in high school.
BRIAN GUENDLING, Poway (Calif. ) High: Guendling is a 6-4, 220-pounder that can play either defensive end or linebacker. He has a 30-inch vertical jump and runs the 40 in 4.59. He also has received offers from Idaho and New Mexico State.
XAVIER STEPHENS, Tulare (Calif.) Union High: Stephens is a 6-2, 225-pound running back. Comes from same high school that produced, among others, former Wolf Pack tight end Virgil Green. Ran for 1,334 yards and scored 33 touchdowns this year. Also received offer from UNLV.
ALEX BERTRANDO, Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) High: A 6-3, 215-pound outside linebacker, Bertrando had 74 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions for Del Oro (13-2 record) this season.
ABE ABDELKARIM, Allen (Texas) High: Abdelkarim is a big (6-6, 315-pound) offensive tackle. He also had received an offer from Texas-El Paso.
ABEL DEHARO, Los Angeles Valley College (Canoga Park, Calif.): Deharo is a 6-3, 295-pound guard that could see plenty of playing time right away. Deharo, who played left tackle this past season, is also a former high school teammate of Uzoma.
CORTEZ WOODS, American River College (Sacramento, Calif.): Woods is a 6-3, 265-pound defensive end and gave the Pack a verbal commitment last October.