This One had to Feel Good for Rolovich

This One had to Feel Good for Rolovich

Marin Catholic WR Drew Celis committed to Nevada on Sunday, and it had to have felt good for the Nevada staff, especially OC Nick Rolovich, a stand out QB at Marin Catholic from 1996-97. Any time a program from outside the big 6 conferences is able to sneak a recruit away, it's a good day, but this one probably felt especially sweet.

College football is a competitive enterprise, but it's especially cut throat when it comes to recruiting. When Brian Polian was announced as Chris Ault's replacement and it became apparent the University of Nevada was not going to hire from within the Chris Ault coaching lineage, Jim Mastro, a coach very familiar to and well respected by Nevada fans, swooped in a got one of Nevada's top recruits for 2013 to flip to Washington State, QB Isaac Dotson.

It happens, especially when there is a coaching change, and Mastro can't be blamed for taking advantage of an opening when he saw it. These coaches are paid to win, they like to win and loyalty to a program he coached at for over a decade certainly wasn't going to stop him from getting a player he wanted. Nevada wasn't paying his salary any more, Washington State was.

Right before signing day, Dotson announced he would be signing with the Cougars in Pullman, WA. It was a stinging blow for a Nevada staff that was already behind the power curve in recruiting for the 2013 class. Chris Ault's unexpected departure was late in the recruiting cycle and that left the Nevada staff little time to recruit as it was.

So, for Rolovich, who was the primary recruiter on Celis, it had to have left a little spring in his step when he offered Celis a scholarship and got a verbal from him.

Rolovich can't talk about a player who hasn't signed his Letter of Intent but he appeared positively giddy on his twitter feed on Sunday.

The athletic Celis excels on both sides of the ball but according to Drew, he is being recruited as a WR and return man for Nevada. He is the first WR committed to the 2014 class and will look to fill the ranks after Seniors Brandon Wimberly, Juniors Richy Turner and Aaron Bradley graduate. Celis hails from one of the winningest programs in California over the past 10 years and is a two-time all-state underclass selection as he put up big numbers during his junior year, 72 receptions for 1,255 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season, Marin Catholic lost 35-38 in the DIII California state championship to Madison.

"It really came down to being close to home and all the friends, family and support system that are there for me in Reno. I love the school and love the area" Celis said.

"I came up for a camp my sophomore year and have attended a few more camps since then so I felt really comfortable up there."

"The coaches said they liked how mentally and physically tough I am and that I keep my composure. I don't let a bad play linger too long, I let it go and focus on what's next." He added "They said they are looking to recruit guys who are good in the classroom, good people and good athletes."

"My goal for my senior year is to just keep getting bigger, stronger and faster and I just want to win. And I want to get back to state and win it."

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