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QB Reilly officially to join UNLV; others could sign early

Quarterback Sean Reilly made it official Wednesday, sending UNLV his letter of intent to play football for the Rebels.

The school didn’t send out a release, indicating the Rebels could expect at least one more player to sign during the early period. Schools are allowed under NCAA rules to make only one announcement per signing period.

All-purpose player Eric Johnson (5 feet 8 inches, 180 pounds) of College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., could be one of those players. Johnson, who also plans to sign early, visits Utah this weekend but has said he favors UNLV.

Those who sign early are able to enroll in January and go through spring practices. It’s a tremendous advantage over those who arrive in late summer.

It’s particularly key at quarterback, where Reilly will attempt to beat out returning players Caleb Herring and Taylor Barnhill. Herring will be a sophomore and Barnhill a redshirt freshman.

UNLV coach Bobby Hauck has said he also plans to sign a freshman quarterback, so it could be a four-man competition in August. Reilly (6-4, 210) comes off a season at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., in which he passed for 2,323 yards and 20 touchdowns.

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

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