Reno, Nevada is home to one of the fastest rising off-season football programs in the west region, The Reno Heat Ballers.  The Reno Heat program was founded in late 2017 by Coach Sydney Helu and Notis after partnering up with former NFL Veteran Duke Williams to help bring national attention from colleges to the abundance of talent that Northern Nevada has to offer.

The first Reno Heat practice was conducted in a park with just 21 athletes.  After getting kicked out of that park and bouncing from site to site looking for a place to workout, the Reno Heats purpose and mission was recognized by the community and the program was given the opportunity to develop a partnership to train and study out of the No Limit Sports Lab Facility.
The Reno Heat also work alongside an elite off-season lineman training program Hog Heaven. Hog Heaven is coached by former NFL Lineman Charles Manu and Jerome Johnson.  Together, these two programs cover the gamut of football talent that Northern Nevada has to offer. The No Limit Sports Lab Facility is the home of these two programs. “The Lab” is a common used nickname for the facility, it not only houses and trains these amazing programs but also offers academic support creating a complete one stop shop to help athletes produce on and off the field.

The partnership of Sydney Helu “Coach Heat”, Duke Williams and Notis, the founders of Reno Heat, have thrust Reno, Nevada into the national recruiting scene with colleges from all over the country coming in to offer local talent.  Within the first year, fifteen (15) different players within the Reno Heat program received D1 Scholarship offers.

A city typically known for being the smaller Las Vegas stepbrother and an old Johnny Cash song, has come out of obscurity and continues to redefine that small towns also have big time talent waiting to be found.

2019 Reno Heat Alumni College List
Peyton Dixon – Fresno State
Preston Helu – Idaho State
Wyatt Draeger – Idaho
Chandon Pierre – North Dakota
Ben Dooley – Boise State
Sean McCormick – Idaho 
DJ Jackson – Nevada
JD Kolb – Air Force
Dylan Black – Oregon State

Jeshua Fixel – Nevada

Reno Heat 2020/21 Spotlight

OLB Jackson Laduke (Spanish Spring) 6-3, 212

Offers: USC, Arizona State, UCLA, Boise State, Colorado, Fresno State, Nebraska, Kansas State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Washington State, Utah, Vanderbilt, Yale, UNLV

  • One of the fastest rising stocks in the nation
  • Film is fun to watch, hitter
OL Joey Wright (Bishop Manogue) 6-7, 295

Offers: Washington State, Nevada, Fresno State, Eastern Michigan

  • Elite size with good hands
  • NFL Draft potential
2022 Lineman Sioape Vatikani (Bishop Manogue) 6-3, 270

Offers: Nevada

  • One of the top lineman in the nation Class of 2022
  • Started as a freshman on varsity
LB/SS Vai Kaho (Bishop Manogue) 6-2, 205

Offers: Nevada, BYU

  • Active and explosive defender
  • Flies around making plays
DL Tali Helu (Bishop Manogue) 6-2, 260
  • Elite strength on the Dline, good bullrush
  • Excellent against the run
Jordan Dudick (Spanish Springs) 6-5, 190
  • Big and athletic outside WR
  • Catches the ball well in traffic, good after the catch
2021 ATH Elijah Tau-Tolliver (Sparks) 5-11, 180

Offers: Idaho State

  • Started both sides as a sophomore
  • Explosive athlete with good open field sped
WR Brock Richardson (Churchill County) 5-9, 185
  • Quick playmaker who can also contribute in return game
  • Will be 3 year starter on both sides
ATH Elijah Jackson (Churchill County) 6-0, 160

Offers: Idaho State

  • Baller - projects at WR/DB at next level
  • 2018-19 Nevada State Champion (Football, Basketball)
ATH Tommy McCormick (Churchill County) 5-11, 170
  • Excellent hands, ability to get open
  • D1 Genes
OL Benni Otuafi (Churchill County) 6-3, 280
  • Excellent size and activity for interior D lineman
  • Productive junior season