NCF On The Trail: Nevada Wolfpack

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Much was made about the SEC’s dominance of the 2014 NFL draft -- as it should be -- but coaches from the Mountain West Conference can also puff out their chests after the success it had. Plus, Oklahoma State’s class is only five deep so far, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: One of the best 2015 prospects in Kansas City learned a lesson about how to handle the recruiting process by watching his teammate go through it this past fall; Iowa picked up commitments earlier this week from twin offensive linemen, helping the Hawkeyes make recruiting waves in the Big Ten; and a West Coast running back is starting to move up the charts with coaches.

Moore savvy about process


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KATY, Texas -- As one of the 18 commits -- and counting -- in Baylor's 2014 recruiting class, Houston Elsik receiver Ishmael Zamora has little, if anything, left to prove.

With nearly a dozen offers and five from power-conference schools, the 6-foot-4, 201-pound prospect secured his college football future when he committed to the Bears on May 21.


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HOUSTON — Trey Roberts hasn't had too many opportunities to play cornerback, his future position at Oklahoma State.

That's because the 2014 athlete from Houston Eisenhower plays quarterback for the Eagles. But on Saturday, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect, who committed to the Cowboys on Wednesday, got a chance to perform defensive back drills with his future position coach, cornerbacks coach Van Malone, during the Mary Hardin-Baylor/Oklahoma State satellite camp at Cypress Ridge High School.


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Texas LB recaps Baylor visit 

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Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) proudly sports eight FBS offers. Ironically, only two are from his home state -- Rice and SMU.


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Georgia quick to offer Watch List RB 

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Many high school prospects are evaluated for months or even years before a college program extends a scholarship offer. Highlights from sophomore seasons are compared to those of junior seasons to see progression and potential. Players who make a name for themselves as juniors are visited as seniors to gauge their possible impact at the next level. And then there are prospects like Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) for whom the entire process takes three or maybe four days.


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DB Caballero attracting more interest 

February, 12, 2013
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2014 defensive back Alex Caballero (Dallas/Woodrow Wilson) is one of the many players hoping to turn the spring into his recruiting sanctuary. If he’s able to do so, he’ll also be able to tell a nice story about his journey to being a college football recruiting prospect.


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OLB Beau Hershberger finds a home 

January, 20, 2013
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Outside linebacker Beau Hershberger (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay) didn't expect to be committed before taking all of his official visits. But this weekend, Hershberger surprised even himself by ending his recruitment early.


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Three-star corner commits to Nevada

January, 18, 2013
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SEATTLE -- Teré Calloway (Seattle/Seattle Prep) stood behind a table surrounded by friends and family at the Seattle Rotary Boys & Girls Club on Friday.

At one end of the table, his Seattle Prep helmet rested on a blue jersey. On the other end, his Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl helmet sat on top of a white jersey.

In the middle, three hats were lined up: Nevada, Southern Miss and SMU.

After giving a short speech, Calloway started to pick up the Southern Miss hat. It looked like a decision had been made. Then he surprised everyone and grabbed a hidden Nevada hat, giving a verbal commitment to the Wolf Pack.

“It was the best mix of coaching staff, academics and also athletically,” Calloway said. “They need cornerbacks. Everyone could see that in the Arizona game. They need me to step in.

“At Southern Miss, I liked the coaches. I really fell in love with the coaches, but you can’t solely depend on that with the coaching carousel. It really came down to academics for me.”

When everyone in the gym realized what happened, D.J. Fenner stood up and shouted. The standout basketball player at Seattle Prep, who signed with Nevada, was excited Calloway would be joining him at the same school next season.

“I had it planned,” Calloway said. “Everyone thought I was going to Southern Miss because of my love for the South. I had to do a little something special. I lied to D.J. about it and everything.”

After Nevada coach Chris Ault decided to retire following this past season, Calloway wasn’t sure where his final decision would lead him. However, after an in-home visit with new Wolf Pack coach Brian Polian, Calloway decided Nevada was the right fit.

“I really enjoyed him,” Calloway said. “My family really liked him. I felt really comfortable with where he’s taking the program.”

Now that he has given a verbal commitment, Calloway has already started to set lofty goals.

“First goal: freshman All-American,” Calloway said. “Second goal: Jim Thorpe Award within three years. And third goal: first-round draft pick. I set my goals high. If I fall, I expect to fall not too far from them, but it’s always motivation. I’m never afraid to set high goals. That’s something I’ve always used.”

Calloway is good friends with Notre Dame freshman corner KeiVarae Russell. Calloway had Russell send his stats from this season, and Calloway is setting his goals above what Russell accomplished in his first college season.

Calloway has plenty of work to do to reach those goals. On Friday, though, he was able to enjoy the moment as the weight of a difficult decision was lifted off his shoulders.

“It takes a lot of stress away,” Calloway said. “It’s fun at first, but it really takes a toll with all the offers and all the coaches calling. And now that I know where I’m going, I can get set on being the best player I can be for that program.”

More juco talent for the Sun Devils 

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Three-star tight end-H De'Marieya Nelson (Stockton, Calif./San Joaquin Delta College) committed Thursday to sign with Arizona State, multiple sources report. He officially visited the Sun Devils last weekend.

Fresno State, Memphis, Nevada, San Diego State (Dec. 7 official visit), Texas Tech, Utah State (Dec. 14 official visit) and Western Michigan also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, who is ranked No. 80 in the ESPN JC 100.

Following junior college film evaluation, ESPN wrote, "Nelson is an intriguing jumbo athlete who lines up just about everywhere on offense. Projected best as an H-back, he is on the shorter side as far as tight ends go, but on the high side of versatility and athleticism... fits into many roles, even as a fullback or Wildcat QB."

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A tough choice awaits DT Nick Terry 

October, 23, 2012
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Like many high school football recruits, defensive lineman Nick Terry (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) is finding that official visits can provide both clarity and confusion to the recruiting process. With visits to Nevada and Washington State concluded, and Boise State and Oregon State upcoming, the picture is still somewhat cloudy.

"It's actually made my decision a lot harder," Terry said of the visits. "I had a really good time at both of them. Washington State is trying to build the program back up and trying to get as many good athletes as they can. And with Nevada, I have a very good relationship with [defensive line] Coach [Barry] Sacks and I feel really comfortable over there."

With visits to Boise State on Nov. 2 and Oregon State at a later date -- plus a possible visit to Fresno State -- upcoming, Terry said he anticipates that feeling of comfort to extend to every campus and trip he takes, so he'll need to look deeper into his options.

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Nevada was able to get wide receiver Kaodi Dike (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary's) on campus this past weekend, and despite a loss by the Wolfpack against San Diego State, the 6-foot-2, 194-pound athlete came away impressed.

"The visit was good," Dike said. "The atmosphere was nice. I got to talk to Coach [Barry] Sacks and some of the staff and I really liked it. Even though they lost, they played pretty well."

Dike took the unofficial visit along with his teammate, Na'im McGee, who is also being recruited by Nevada. Dike said that while he wasn't entirely familiar with the Wolfpack's campus or program, they made a statement with a season-opening victory at California. Nevada is now 6-2, falling in both losses by just one point.

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A decision on a commitment won't likely come soon from wide receiver Da'Mari Scott (Los Angeles/Cathedral), but the 6-foot, 197-pound receiver said after last Friday's game that he'll likely begin taking a closer look at his five scholarship offers -- Boston College, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada and San Diego State.

But with no clear leader, Scott said he will look to balance the task of narrowing down finalists while keeping his options open in case additional offers arrive. He said Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Washington State have expressed interest recently, while Washington remains a school that he would be very interested to hear from. Scott said he is doing his best to keep his focus on the season in the hopes of adding offers.

As for visits, he said Boston College and Nevada will likely receive officials, while he is keeping the other spots available.

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An official visit to Boise State over the weekend had junior college cornerback Mercy Maston (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield) feeling blue.

The famed blue at the Broncos' stadium wasn't the only thing that led to Maston's commitment to Boise State on Tuesday, but it helped.

"It was a good visit," Maston said. "I liked the team and I liked the 'smurf turf' a lot...I'm done. I'm not taking anymore visits."

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Oregon State adds to its 2013 class 

September, 27, 2012
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The Oregon State Beavers continue to hammer California's Inland Empire, as Mike Riley's program earned a commitment from cornerback Walter Jones (Redlands, Calif./Redlands) on Wednesday.

Jones is the sixth player from the region in Oregon State's eight-member 2013 class thus far.

He announced his commitment via twitter, with a simple message: "Just committed to Oregon State!! #gobeavs"

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