11:33 PM PST on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Mike Clausen, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback who led Riverside North to a 14-0 season and CIF Eastern Division championship, said Tuesday he will play football at UNLV.
Clausen decided late Tuesday after meeting with UNLV head coach Mike Sanford and assistant coach Tony Dews. He can sign a national letter of intent Feb. 7.
"I like the coaching staff," Clausen said. "It's very family oriented. It's a homey environment."
Clausen chose UNLV over Utah State, which also offered him a scholarship. Clausen favored UNLV because Sanford is an offensive-minded coach and employs a spread offense. With starting quarterback Rocky Hinds recovering from knee surgery, Clausen said Sanford promised him a chance to compete for the quarterback position next year.
"Knowing the head coach was an offensive kind of guy, I know I would get my fair share in the offense," Clausen said.