Friday, December 28, 2012
Nevada commits react to Ault's retirement
By Erik McKinney
Nevada has one of the smaller 2013 recruiting classes, but news of head coach Chris Ault stepping down after 28 years leading the Wolf Pack hit home for all three of Nevada's high school verbal commitments.
Quarterback Isaac Dotson (Newport, Wash./Newport) committed to Nevada last June, in large part because of his ability to succeed in Ault's pistol offense. He was caught off guard by Ault's decision on Friday.
"It's pretty shocking news," Dotson said. "I'm still taking the whole thing in. I'm going to talk things over with my family and wait and see how everything plays out."
Dotson's commitment was big for Nevada, which beat out offers from New Mexico and Washington State for the quarterback.
Nevada's top-ranked commitment, linebacker Alec Moreno (Poway, Calif./Poway) said he wasn't in a rush to make a decision in the immediate aftermath.
"As of right now, I'm waiting to see who the new head coach and AD [are]," Moreno said. "Hopefully it doesn't affect the rest of the recruiting class."
Moreno was another big win for Nevada on the recruiting trail, as the 6-foot-2, 225-pound inside linebacker selected the Wolf Pack over offers from Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico State, San Jose State and UNLV.
As for Nevada's most recent verbal commitment, offensive tackle Chad Specht (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West) said this decision alone won't change much for him.
"As of right now I am still interested in signing with Nevada, because of the university itself and [offensive line] coach [Darren] Hiller -- he is a great guy, and I like his coaching style," Specht said. "I've already talked to him today, and he has told me my offer is secured."
Specht added that things could change as a new coach is put in place, and the future of Hiller with the Wolf Pack will certainly be a situation Specht continues to monitor.