Canyon Springs (North Las Vegas) was one of the most talented football teams in the Las Vegas valley last season and college recruiters took notice.
Pioneers coach Hunkie Cooper told Nevadapreps.com that safety Jamaal Martin
, receiver Trey Evans
, lineman Brandon Johnson
, defensive back Marquon Webster
and linebacker Eddie Iv Smith
all accepted grayshirt offers from Southern University.
Southern, a Football Championship Subdivision school in Baton Rouge, La., went 2-8 last season. All five players will pay their own way for the first semester and then go on full scholarship in January.
Evans was the leading receiver for the Pioneers, who went 7-4 and advanced to the Sunrise Region semifinals. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound standout finished with 37 receptions for 606 yards and six touchdowns.
Webster was second on the team with 49 tackles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions while earning first-team All-Northeast League honors. Smith played in just five games, but finished with 30 tackles.
In addition, Canyon Springs lineman Galyn Graham
, a 6-3, 265-pounder who was a first-team all-league selection on both sides of the ball, signed with NAIA Division I Montana Tech.
Several other football players from Nevada also made college commitments:
* Bonanza (Las Vegas) running back Dasean Martin
is headed to Arizona Western College. Martin was the 4A State Player of the Year and one of the most heavily recruited players in the Nevada after finishing his senior season with 1,148 yards rushing, 1,055 receiving and 31 total touchdowns.
* Agassi Prep (Las Vegas) running back Devonn Porter
picked Division II Chadron State (Neb.). Porter rushed for 1,125 yards and 18 touchdowns while being named the 2A State Offensive Player of the Year.
* Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas) quarterback Joe Portaro
accepted an invitation to walk on at UNLV. The 6-3, 200-pound Portaro led the state with 2,871 yards passing to go along with 24 touchdowns.
* Coronado (Henderson) wide receiver Dylan Kaufman chose Division III Cal Lutheran. Also, Coronado baseball player Steven Pollex will walk on at UNLV.David Schoen works at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and is a former Associate Sports Editor and Turn2 columnist for the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune. You can reach him at ByDavid1@aol.com.