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UNLV football closing strong before Wednesday’s signing day

Updated February 2, 2020 - 7:44 pm

New UNLV football coach Marcus Arroyo took quite a risk by not signing any players during the early period in December, but the decision is paying off with a strong finish.

The Rebels had quite a recruiting haul in the final weekend before Wednesday’s signing day.

Here is a recap of the weekend. Most of the information is from 247Sports, which ranks UNLV’s class second in the Mountain West:

■ Tight end Kaleo Ballungay (6 feet, 5 inches, 238 pounds) of Kimball High School in Tracy, California. He is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. Also offered by California, Fresno State, Kansas State and UNR. Ballungay caught 40 passes for 751 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

■ All-purpose back Spencer Briggs (6-0, 205) of Gallatin (Tennessee) High. He is a two-star prospect, according to Rivals. Also offered scholarships by Toledo, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee-Martin.

■ Linebacker Ose Egbase (6-3, 213) of Crespi High in Encino, California. Also offered scholarships by Southern Utah and Dixie State.

■ Safety Ricky Johnson (6-2, 170) of Cypress Falls High in Houston. He is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. Also offered scholarships by Air Force, Army, Texas-El Paso and Abilene Christian.

■ Defensive tackle Waisale Muavesi (6-3, 285) of Timpview High in Provo, Utah. He is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. Also offered scholarships by Washington State, UCLA and Idaho.

■ Linebacker and long snapper Valen Penn (6-0, 215) of Madison High in San Antonio.

■ Wide receiver Kalvin Souders (6-3, 195) of Central Catholic High in Portland, Oregon. He is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. Also offered scholarships by Navy and Idaho State. Souders caught 42 passes for 604 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

■ Cornerback Edric Whitley (5-11, 160) of Weiss High in Pflugerville, Texas. He is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. Also offered scholarships by Miami, Mississippi, Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word.

Contact reporter Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com. Follow @markanderson65 on Twitter.

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