The Nevada Wolf Pack is beefing up its offensive line.
Head coach Brian Polian announced Wednesday that it has added five players who will enroll at the university next month and take part in spring practices. Three of the five players are offensive linemen and the other two are a defensive lineman and a quarterback.
The quarterback is sophomore Ty Gangi, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from Ventura College in Southern California. He red-shirted one season at Colorado before moving to Glendale last year, where he threw for 2,288 yards and 21 touchdowns with just six interceptions. In his first career game at Ventura, Gangi passed for a school-record 452 yards with five touchdowns. On the season he completed 194-of-300 passes and was named to the All-Northern Conference first team. He also ran for 279 yards and five touchdowns.
Gangi graduated from St. Francis High School in La Cañada, Calif. in 2014 and was a two-year letter winner on the football team. As a senior he accounted for 3,311 yards and 38 touchdowns. He completed 189-of-342 passes for 2,882 yards and 25 touchdowns with only six interceptions, while rushing 117 times for 421 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Two of the offensive linemen will also be sophomores for the Pack in 2016. Sean Krepsz (6-5, 320) red-shirted at Washington State for a season before playing this fall at Riverside Community College in Southern California, where he was first team all-conference and all state. He graduated from Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Riverside, Calif. in 2013. He was a three star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. Jake Nelson (6-5, 260), earned first-team all-conference honors at Saddleback College this year as a freshman. Nelson played football and earned a letter under head coach Mark McElroy and helped lead the Gauchos to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the State Championship game.
The third offensive lineman is Nate Brown (6-5, 270), a prep player from Tracy, Calif. He graduated last spring but delayed enrollment until the upcoming semester at Nevada. He was a multi-sport star at Tracy High School and added strength and weight during the fall. He’ll have four full seasons of eligibility plus a red-shirt year, if needed. Brown also lettered on the basketball team as a senior in 2014, earning second team all-league honors.
The lone defensive player is Nakita Lealao (6-1, 305) from Laney College in the Bay Area. Lealao prepped at Herriman (Utah) High School and served a two-year church mission in between playing two seasons at Laney. He was an all-conference first-team selection this year as a sophomore and will have two seasons available at Nevada. Lealao went on a two-year mission to the American Samoa and returned to Laney for his sophomore season in 2015. He earned All-Bay Valley Conference First Team honors in 2015 with 15 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss and was named the team’s defensive freshman of the year in 2012 with 52 tackles, six sacks and four forced fumbles in his first season. He graduated from Herriman (Utah) High School 2011. He was a three-sport athlete for the Mustangs, earning letters in football, track and field and wrestling and had 64 tackles and 17 sacks as a team captain in his senior year.
All five will join the Nevada program in January.