Upland High School graduate Marquis Wimberly has committed to UNLV.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver is headed into his sophomore year at Chaffey College and was relieved to have the recruiting process behind him.
“The whole process is stressful, fun, there’s pressure. It has a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “Having the decision out of the way is a big relief. Now I can just work on getting better and showing what I can do.”
Wimberly had seven offers with UNLV joined by Idaho, South Alabama, North Arizona, Northern Texas, Georgia State and Weber State.
He said the campus atmosphere and coaching staff made the difference. Wimberly said he hit it off right away with new head coach Tony Sanchez.
“I liked the atmosphere of the campus and the town,” he said. “And I really like coach Sanchez both as a coach and as a person.”
Wimberly caught 49 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games last year for the Chaffey Panthers.
He said he is looking forward to competing for a starting spot in 2016. Typically community college players that move on to Division I schools are brought in to contribute right away since they only have two years of eligibility left.