Nevada recruiting analysis


The class

Recruits: 24

Top prospects: Several three-star players signed with the Wolf Pack, including defensive lineman Rykeem Yates, athlete Teondray Caldwell, linebacker Burton DeKoning and offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola. They also got running back Anthony Knight, who was once an NC State commitment. Their top commit, safety James Lark, has yet to sign his letter of intent.

Needs met: Coach Chris Ault wanted to improve his defense, and he most certainly did that. Fourteen of the new players are on the defensive side of the ball. That includes five linemen, a huge area of need because the Wolf Pack lose four of their five top players. They also were able to bring in several tight ends with Virgil Green leaving, and several running backs as well with the departure of Vai Taua.

Analysis: This class could help right away, because nine of the players are mid-year transfers and already enrolled in school. That means they can participate in spring practice. No question Nevada has some major holes to fill with the departure of some of its best players. Coming off the best season in school history, the Wolf Pack are going to want to keep their momentum going before they move on to the Mountain West in 2012.