Elijhaa Penny said he will bring something different at running back compared to what UNLV already has on its football roster.
"I heard they have pretty good running backs," he said. "I also heard there aren’t too many running backs like me, a big, physical running back. It will be good to compete against those other running backs."
Penny (6 feet 2 inches, 240 pounds) of Norwalk High School has committed to the Rebels. He once committed to Washington, but withdrew the pledge. Oregon State, Colorado, Kansas and San Jose State also offered scholarships.
He rushed for 2,065 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, and had one 330-yard, six-TD game. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the nation’s No. 42 athlete and California’s No. 59 prospect. Scout.com gives him two stars and ranks Penny as the nation’s No. 17 fullback, though he said he will play running back for the Rebels.
"I like the new coaching staff they brought in," Penny said of UNLV. "The future sounds promising at UNLV."
UNLV also has received commitments from these players:
— Cornerback Kenneth Spigner (5-11, 190) of College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. The former Toledo signee has received scholarship offers from Tennessee, Missouri, Cincinnati and Central Florida among others. He also is a Scout two-star prospect.
— Offensive lineman Patrick Carroll (6-5, 275) of St. Francis High in La Canada, Calif. He is rated by Rivals as a three-star prospect and by Scout as a two-star recruit.
— Offensive lineman Andrew Oberg (6-7, 260) of Islip (N.Y.) High. His sister, Shannon, is a former Lady Rebels basketball player.
— Defensive lineman Jake Phillips (6-6, 240) of Lakewood (Calif.) High.