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Hauck pursues juco talent to quickly improve Rebels

In its search for immediate help, UNLV is bringing in only junior college football recruits this weekend, with at least six players scheduled to visit.

One is quarterback Sean Reilly (6 feet 4 inches, 210 pounds) from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. He completed 60.6 percent of his passes this season for 2,323 yards and 20 touchdowns, with six interceptions.

UNLV coach Bobby Hauck has said he hopes to sign one quarterback out of junior college and another out of high school. Freshmen quarterbacks Caleb Herring and Taylor Barnhill return next season.

Two players from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., are also in town.

One is receiver/returner Eric Johnson (5-8, 180), who reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. He was an All-American two years ago at Reedley (Calif.) College before missing last season with a broken collarbone. Johnson averaged 25 yards on kickoff returns this season and 10.6 on punt returns and rushed for 717 yards with a 6.2-yard average.

The other College of the Sequoias prospect is defensive lineman Louvan Green (6-6, 280), the Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year after making 42 tackles, including seven for loss and two sacks.

Also scheduled to visit:

■ Defensive lineman Dennell Wesley (6-3, 315) of Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. He is also considering Houston, Texas Tech and Kansas State.

■ Linebacker Thomas Tutogi (6-1, 235) of Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. He has also received scholarship offers from Southern California and Washington.

■ Kicker/punter Chase Lansford (6-3, 195) of Santa Ana (Calif.) College. He made 7 of 10 fields with a long of 52 yards and averaged 43.7 yards on punts.

Contact reporter Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2914.

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