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Rebels get commitments from three prep football players

Wide receiver Darren Woods Jr. was set to attend Air Force and had even committed to the Falcons.

He still plans to play football for a Mountain West school, but instead it will be at UNLV.

“It was a close race,” Woods said Tuesday.

He was one of three new commitments for UNLV. The Rebels also added wide receiver Brandon Presley (6 feet, 165 pounds) of Great Oak High School in Temecula, Calif., and center Alex Neale (6-3, 290) of Eastside Catholic High near Seattle. Presley and Neale announced their commitments on Twitter.

Woods (6-1, 200) caught 54 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns last season at Elkins High in Missouri City, Texas. He is the latest player from the Houston area that UNLV wide receivers coach Cedric Cormier has successfully recruited.

Woods said he was impressed with Cormier and the UNLV staff under first-year coach Tony Sanchez.

“I like the energy they bring and the vision for the upcoming years and how they’re going to rebuild the program and have hit the ground running,” Woods said.

Presley comes off a season at Great Oak in which he caught 88 passes for 1,467 yards and 21 touchdowns. That followed a junior season in which he hauled in 52 receptions for 1,102 yards and 15 TDs.

Neale had committed to Montana before switching to the Rebels. He is a three-star prospect, according to 247sports.com, and ranked as the nation’s No. 23 center.

Contact Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2914. Follow him on Twitter: @markanderson65.

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