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Head coach Brian Polian and the University of Nevada football team unveiled its 2016 signing class Wednesday on National Signing Day as 23 prep and collegiate standouts have signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Wolf Pack.

Entering his fourth season at Nevada after leading the program to consecutive bowl games, Polian’s third full signing class and fourth overall at Nevada consists of 23 players hailing from eight different states. 

“National Signing Day is an exciting time because we are able to wrap up a year’s worth of effort and welcome the newest members of our team into the Wolf Pack family,” said Polian, who led Nevada to victory in the inaugural NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl last season. “This year is no different as we feel good about adding another class of student-athletes to the foundation that we have been building here at Nevada.”

The Wolf Pack’s 2016 signing class consists of 12 defensive players and 11 offensive players. The class hails from California (14), Nevada (2), Texas (2), Utah (1), Florida (1), Virginia (1), Alabama (1) and Canada (1). 

“I feel like we have addressed some significant needs, that we added some players who might have an immediate impact, and that we have continued to build the core of the program for the future,” Polian added. “Most importantly, our staff feels strongly that we have added another group of young men who have high character, place an emphasis on their education, and who will represent the University and the community the right way.”

On defense, the Wolf Pack added five defensive backs in Daniel Brown (Carson, Calif.), Kevin Howell (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Daq Irby (San Diego, Calif.), Daylon Johnson (Conroe, Texas) and Marcus Lucas (Mobile, Ala.). 

Nevada added four defensive linemen with Max Christensen III (Smithfield, Utah), Nick Gregg (Sparks, Nev.), Nakita Lealao (Hayward, Calif.) and Kameron Toomer (Las Vegas, Nev.) joining the program. 

The Wolf Pack also received National Letters of Intent from three linebackers in Lawson Hall (Harbor City, Calif.), D.J. Powe (El Cerrito, Calif.) and Alec Simpson (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).

On offense, Nevada inked four offensive linemen to join the Union and also signed an additional seven skill position players.

The Pack’s signees on the offensive line all hail from California and each stand at 6-foot-5. Nate Brown (Harbor City, Calif.), Carl Burton-Hill (Dixon, Calif.), Sean Krepsz (Riverside, Calif.) and Jake Nelson (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) will each join the Union next season with Brown, Krepsz and Nelson already enrolled as midyear signees.

Nevada also signed three running backs, highlighted by graduate transfer Akeel Lynch, who rushed for 1,318 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons at Penn State. The Wolf Pack also added incoming freshmen running backs Isaiah Hamilton (Sacramento, Calif.) and Jaxson Kincaide, who rushed for 1,289 yards last season at powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Polian’s 2016 signing class also added two wide receivers and one tight end. Trevion Armstrong (Richmond, Va.) and David Harvey (New Caney, Texas) join Nevada as true freshman receivers for the upcoming season. Miles Beach (Los Gatos, Calif.) is the lone tight end in Nevada’s signing class.

Nevada also signed one quarterback in Ty Gangi (Glendale, Calif.), a mid-year signee out of Ventura College who passed for 2,288 yards 21 touchdowns last season.

“Today is the culmination of a lot of work and I want to thank our coaches, our support staff, and their families for all that they have done to bring this all together,” said Polian. “Today is also a celebration of the future and I have no doubt that we have added some terrific people to our family who will help us as we continue to try and build towards a Mountain West Championship.”

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