Thursday, September 24, 2015


Edison (Fresno) defensive lineman Leevel Tatum added his seventh offer from Nevada on Thursday, Sept. 24 (photo credit 
From former Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault to current head man Brian Polian, Nevada has a long history of going after Central Valley football talent.

Leevel Tatum of Edison High School in Fresno is the latest 559 prospect to get the Wolf Pack pursuing him, after the 3-star defensive tackle prospect landed his seventh offer from Nevada on Thursday, Sept. 24.

“Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Nevada,” Tatum announced on his Twitter page.

Tatum broke out on the recruiting trail after a stellar junior season that saw 104 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and one field goal block, all leading to all-state second team honors.

Under the Fresno night time sky, Tatum is known for his explosive first step off the ball and his penetration through offensive lines. He relies on his foot explosion and upper body strength to wreak havoc against offenses.

He’s one of three Central Section players to receive a pledge from Nevada for its 2016 class. Hanford High’s Juwuane Hughes (athlete) and Buchanan (Clovis) senior Ben Parker (defensive end) have landed scholarship offers from the Mountain West program. Dinuba quarterback Isaac Leppke and Lemoore ATH Jerald Campbell have received interest from the Nevada coaches.

The Wolf Pack’s current roster has five former Central Valley stars: Asauni Rufus (defensive back, Bakersfield High), Brayden Sanchez (wide receiver, Hanford), Jacob Young (quarterback, Hanford), Blake Wright (running back, Edison) and Rykeem Yates (defensive line, Edison).

For Tatum, the Wolf Pack becomes the fourth MWC program to offer him; joining New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado State.

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