The Nevada Wolf Pack football program didn't waste any time in bolstering its greatest need -- the offensive line.
The Wolf Pack announced Wednesday the signing of three offensive lineman and two defensive players on the first day of the midyear signing period. All five will enroll next month and will go through offseason workouts and spring drills.
“We are very excited to welcome these five young men into our program at the mid-year,” Nevada coach Brian Polian said. “We believe that they are high character people who will have the ability to come in and make our program better."
The three offensive linemen are freshmen Daren Echeveria and Chad Specht and junior college transfer Humberto Lopez. The Pack also signed linebacker Michael Spivey and safety Duran Workman, both junior college transfers.
Echeveria is a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder from Antelope Valley (Calif) High School who will likely play tackle. He was also a section champion in wrestling and lettered in track and field.
“Daren is an athletic offensive lineman who has a long frame that will carry more weight as his body develops,” Polian said. “He displayed a toughness in his high school film that made him an attractive prospect to us.”
Lopez is 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and is also slotted to play tackle. A native of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., he played two seasons at College of the Desert. He also played basketball and competed in track and field at Desert Hot Springs High School.
“Bert is very athletic and light on his feet for man of his stature,” Polian said. “He has also displayed a work ethic and desire throughout his time in junior college that leads us to believe that he will be a success here at Nevada.”
Specht signed with Nevada in February but sat out the 2013 season. A product of Fresno, Calif., he earned first-team All-Valley honors as a junior and a senior. He is now 6-5 and 285 pounds.
“We are happy to have Chad back in the fold,” Polian said. “Originally a signee in the 2013 class he suffered an injury in training camp and chose to return home for the fall. Before his injury he had made a very strong impression on our staff and there is no reason to believe that he won’t play himself right back into the mix.”
Spivey is 5-11, 240 pounds and comes to Nevada after two seasons at the College of San Mateo in the Bay Area. He was a running back and linebacker at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon.
“Michael is a very active, hard-playing linebacker who cannot only play inside the box, but has shown the ability to make plays in space as well,” Polian said. “He plays with punch and knocks people backwards.”
Workman (5-11, 200) is a native of Charleston, W.V., who recorded 100 tackles over the past two seasons at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.
“Duran is a very savvy football player with great instincts,” Polian said. “He is a sure tackler and has shown the intelligence and flexibility to play both the free and strong safety positions. Like Michael and Humberto, we would expect Duran to come in and have a chance to compete for playing time in short order.”