From MaxPreps Nevada Correspondent David Schoen
4:40 p.m. EST Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) will have eight players sign letters of intent to Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Subdivision schools on National Signing Day. Johnathan Loyd is not expected to be one of them.
Loyd, who is also a standout point guard for the Gaels' nationally-ranked boys basketball team, has started to draw interest from several high-major schools and will concentrate on that sport in college.
"He's got some pretty quality basketball offers," Gaels football coach Tony Sanchez said on Tuesday. "That's his passion."
Loyd became one of the fastest rising prospects in the state after a break-out season on the football field. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound defensive back joined the team after the first week of the season and made an immediate impact for the Gaels on special teams.
Loyd scored six kick-return touchdowns and was a first-team all-state selection as a kick returner after helping the Gaels (15-0) to their second Class 4A state title in three years. He had an offer from UNLV and was drawing interest from several other FBS schools.
Signing for the Gaels will be: running back Victor Belen (Samford), defensive lineman Ian Bobak (UNLV), offensive lineman Geoffrey Gibson (Cal), tight end Xavier Grimble (Southern California), linebacker Evan Palelei (Navy), defensive back Taylor Spencer (UNLV) and defensive linemen Alex Turner (Stanford) and Tim Wilkinson (Northern Arizona).
Grimble is the rated as the No. 3 tight end and the No. 36 player overall in Tom Lemming's most recent Top 100. Grimble said he would weigh his options following coach Pete Carroll's departure to the Seattle Seahawks, but will sign with the Trojans after the school hired Lane Kiffin.
In all, close to 30 players from the state are expected to sign with FBS or FCS schools, including five from the Northern Region: Garrett Corbett (San Diego State) and Kyle Roberts (Nevada) of Reed (Sparks), Bishop Manogue's (Reno) Connor Talbott (Nevada), Luke Arciniega (Nevada) of Spanish Springs (Sparks) and David Knowles (Weber State) of Hug (Reno).