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Trio of locals commits to UNLV football program

At least three local high school football seniors gave oral commitments to UNLV on Sunday.

Bishop Gorman defensive back Taylor Spencer, Desert Pines defensive back Eric Tuiloma and Green Valley kicker/punter Nolan Kohorst all picked the Rebels at the conclusion of their official recruiting visits to UNLV. All three seemed excited to join new coach Bobby Hauck’s program.

"I’m looking forward to making a name for UNLV," said Spencer, who chose the Rebels over scholarship offers from Utah, Idaho and Northern Arizona. "I want to be part of this."

Spencer and Tuiloma said UNLV’s coaches recruited them as safeties, though they also were standout receivers in high school.

Tuiloma said he chose the Rebels over an offer from Northern Arizona. Fresno State and Idaho also expressed interest.

"Pretty much everything impressed me," Tuiloma said of his visit. "The players, the coaches were great."

Kohorst’s father, Keith Kohorst, said his son picked UNLV over offers from Air Force and Wyoming.

"This was the place for him," Keith Kohorst said. "The coach was real energetic. You can just feel the energy."

Players are not bound by oral commitments. The first day they can sign is Feb. 3.

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