BleedRebelRed
Kam Blanton is on board, and implied more will follow.

As of today UNLV has 15 offers out to California players for the '21 class, and almost all in the L.A. area.  They are looking strong on several of those... Inglewood WR Orion Peters may be next, and that would be a big addition.  WR Ezaviar Staples was one of the first offers Arroyo's staff made after '20 signing day was over, long before UNLV even had a WR coach.  Blanton's teammate in Long Beach last fall WR Keyonta Lanier got an offer today.  Who will be next to commit?

The Raiders still matter in L.A., recruits are talking about "Raider Stadium"
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rebelraid

I’d say UNLV is pretty heavily on the radar with L.A. kids for all of the reasons you mentioned. Vegas’ proximity to L.A. let’s recruits have that away-from-home experience but stay close enough that family and friends can watch every game.

The stadium is unreal. Any kid lucky enough to get offered to play his career in Allegiant Stadium is going to give it serious consideration at the very least. Those who take official visits here are blown away. And of course the Fertitta Complex is a game-changer also.

Vegas as an NFL city adds a whole new appeal to pursuing a football career as a young recruit. UNLV’s best recruiting classes are ahead, and the L.A. area will be a major part of it for years to come. 

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rebelraid wrote:

Vegas’ proximity to L.A. let’s recruits have that away-from-home experience but stay close enough that family and friends can watch every game.



UNLV needs to become a football brand in Southern California.

L.A. is loaded with talent.  If you look at this map of "close enough that family and friends can watch" schools there are only 4 G5 schools.  At the very minimum the Rebels should be the top recruiting G5 school in L.A.  For California players who aren't prioritized by USC and UCLA there is an advantage that UNLV has over the three... and that is UNLV is not a Cal-State school.
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RebelFanJake91
It sounds like the Stadium and Facilities are playing a huge role in our recruiting to this point. If we are gonna be successful in recruiting we need to recruit well in the states of Florida Texas and So Cal. It already sounds were are getting so cal so next is Florida and Texas 
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As mentioned in the original post, when Kam Blanton committed to UNLV in April he implied that more guys he knew would be coming.

So far that hasn't exploded yet; the guys mentioned in the OP (Peters, Staples, and Lanier) have since committed to Wash St, UCLA, and UNM.

But is UNLV turning the corner on Los Angeles area recruiting?  Rosas today became the highest rated '21 commit, and UNLV's three highest rated '21 commits are all from the L.A area.  Multiple other UNLV targets congratulated Rosas, including his teammate Nick Dimitris.

Build the UNLV brand.
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rebelraid

I see it happening. The momentum at UNLV is exciting and the L.A. area kids are taking notice. The guys committing all want to recruit other high profile players to Vegas. 

I wish we could hold official visits. OV’s are UNLV’s biggest power play right now with everything opening new, but even with OV’s shut down this staff is still winning battles.  

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RebelFanJake91
Let's Go Rebels!!!!
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BleedRebelRed
With 6 of UNLV's 10 commits for '21 coming out of CA this is going well, right?  Not so much.

Fresno St and SDSU have emerged as UNLV's top two G5 rivals for recruits, and UNLV is 2-5 against SDSU and 1-5 against Fresno St (but in reality Fresno St backed off on TE Shaun Grayson a week ago after TE Tre Watson committed).  But surprisingly most of the targets that SDSU is winning are not from California. Two of their commits were from Las Vegas!  It is Fresno that is winning in California right now.

At this point all three schools have nearly identical recruiting rankings, each with 10 commits and all 3-star guys except UNLV's JUCO CB Mychal Victor.  But so far whenever UNLV has gone head-to-head with either of those two it usually has not ended well.

How about UNLV's 63 offers to California targets?  Of 63 targets, 41 have committed already.
  • 6 chose UNLV
  • 6 chose other MWC schools (4 Fresno, 1 SDSU, 1 UNR)
  • 19 chose PAC-12 schools
  • 8 chose other P5 schools
  • other: Harvard, SMU
... so actually as far as who we are losing recruits to, UNLV hasn't lost out to any programs that are surprising (and you can't fault anyone for getting a Harvard education)

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rebelraid
On the flip side, Fresno and SDSU fans are probably thinking, "Dang, we're recruiting great and UNLV is hanging right with us! What's going on in Las Vegas?"
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Lvreb86
Nick Dimitris would be a huge get would suck to lose him to fresno st. If not UNLV go to miss st. 
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BleedRebelRed
Nick Dimitris would be a huge get would suck to lose him to fresno st. If not UNLV go to miss st. 


SDSU is making a late play for Dimitris. They offered him Wednesday.
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COLORADO REBEL FAN
It would be neat if he commits, then he could go up against his H.S teammate everyday at practice.
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rebelraid


SDSU is making a late play for Dimitris. They offered him Wednesday.


They're probably sweet talking him about how they're building a new stadium that'll be finished by the time he's a college senior. 
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COLORADO REBEL FAN

Just my opinion, I think he could become a better student and football player at UNLV.
The nutrition center in the new football complex is at least 10 times better then Fresno State & SDSU facilitates.
It’s the perfect place to get bigger and stronger and make a run for a MWC Championship.

Let’s Go Rebels!!

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