Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive end Ian Bobak always knew he’d end up playing in Nevada.
But he thought it would be in Reno, and that’s why he committed to the Pack in December.
Then came the new staff to UNLV, and Bobak realized there was no place like home.
“Coach (Bobby) Hauck and his coaching staff, they know how to win,” said Bobak. “I want to be at UNLV as they turn it around. So I committed to UNLV.”
Bobak visited UNLV this month and was wowed by the coaches and players.
“What stood out to me the most was the eagerness of the players just to get out there and compete,” said Bobak. “With Coach Hauck, this guy is going to turn the program around. I’m going to go with a bold statement and say he’s going to make UNLV football a household name by my junior or senior year. He’s bringing in high caliber players and he knows how to win.”
Off the field, Bobak likes what UNLV offers.
“UNLV, as an academic institute, filled all of my requirements of what I’m looking for in a school,” said Bobak. “And I get to play in front of my family every week.”
Bobak is eager to begin his time with the Rebels.
“With a new coach, everyone has to go out there and compete for a starting chance. I’d like to play early, at least on special teams. They want me as a defensive end.”
Bobak said he’s relieved to get things done.
“I’m definitely relieved with the process,” said Bobak. “After missing my junior year, I didn’t think I was going to be able to earn a scholarship, and now here I am and I have an offer to choose the best fit for me. It’s definitely a big relief for me off my shoulders.”
Bobak is also excited to be close to home.
“I still have the luxury of being in the dorms but then driving home for laundry and a home cooked meal,” said Bobak.