TBS Reviews Football-rich JC Talent Pool for BYU

As BYU battles the inconsistencies and uncertainties created by its LDS "revolving missionary" system, its short term recruiting efforts for top-level skill position players will continue to seek and sign "golden nuggets" from the junior college ranks.

The junior college football world is loaded with talent and BYU could certainly use some of that "fill-in" talent during the next 2-3 years as head coach Gary Crowton continues to establish better year-to-year player and program consistency.

We have identified football talent in geographic-specific areas among the top Junior College football programs in the country.

BYU has recruited junior college players most heavily in California, Utah, Kansas, Texas and now Georgia Military College. It appears the strongest JC football talent is found mainly in California and Kansas.

BYU continues to enjoy most of its JC recruiting success from Dixie State College and Snow College in Utah.

This is my Top 20 list of uncommitted JC prospects in the positions BYU has immediate needs for scholarship offers. I have also added three JC "long shots."

Undoubtedly, there are a number of JC athletes the Cougars may be actively recruiting that we are not aware of.

BYU has certain needs for superior impact players, especially at skill positions. We have focused primarily on defensive backs, wide receivers, linebackers and offensive linemen. There is also a "sleeper" running back in this list that could play either running back or converted to receiver.

This list was compiled based solely on players I believe would have an interest in BYU – plus a little bias here of my personal player preferences.

#1 Taitusi Lutui: 6-6, 360/5.10 – OT – Snow College. Offered by BYU. No. 1 ranked JC OL recruit in USA and No. 2 ranked JC player overall. Rated a five-star athlete. Is LDS and has several relatives at BYU, including second cousin Ofa Mohetau.

#2 – Shawn Huntsinger: 6-3, 285 – Center – College of the Canyons. All-Conference as a freshman. Technically sound player. Uncommitted. Rated No. 1 Center in JC nationally. Huntsinger would provide much needed help at this critical position. College of the Canyons is currently ranked the No. 1 JC team in the country. The players are well coached and the team is loaded with talent.

#3 – Trevor Brackett: 6-2, 185/4.45 – WR – College of the Canyons. The "go-to" guy in every game. Dominates opposing defenses. Somewhat under the recruiting radar screen. Uncommitted. A "sleeper."

#4 – Tyron Brackenridge: 5-11, 180 – CB – Chaffey JC, (California). Four-star rated. Recruited by Washington State, Kansas and Hawaii. Ranked No. 2 cornerback nationally in JC football. Uncommitted.

#5 – Kevin Stanley: 6-1,185 – CB – Victor Valley JC. Ranked No. 7 cornerback nationally in JC football. Five interceptions in first six games this year. Leads his conference in interceptions. A top conference punt/kick returner. Excellent hitter with good size. Uncommitted.

#6 – Jeremy Stewart: 6-2, 230/4.5 – LB – Compton CC. Ranked No. 3 linebacker nationally in JC football. All-California Region First Team. Great instincts. Uncommitted.

#7 – Marcus Crawford: 6-1, 220 – RB – College of the Canyons. A touchdown machine averaging over 120-plus yards per game. Star of the No. 1 ranked team nationally. Apparently fallen under the recruiting radar screen for some reason. A running back sleeper. Could be converted to WR. Very athletic. Uncommitted.

#8 – Robert Spells: 6-1, 185/4.4 – WR – Tyler JC, (Texas). Ranked No. 4 JC receiver in the country. A track star and sprinter. Conference leader in receiving and kick off returns.

#9 – Tim Autry: 6-0, 215/4.3 – Safety – Georgia Military College. Hard hitter. Very fast. Great lateral quickness. Primary recruiting attention from LSU, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State. Uncommitted.

#10 – Sean Hammons: 6-0, 175/4.5 – WR - Butler JC, (Kansas). Excellent hands. Dependable receiver with good speed. Most importantly, Hammons is scheduled to graduate early. Uncommitted.

#11 – Jamar Flournoy: 6-0, 215/4.48 - Safety – Hutchinson JC, (Kansas). BYU is already recruiting Flournoy. Rated a three-star athlete. Uncommitted.

#12 – Merci Falaise: 6-6, 315 – OT – Georgia Military College. Ranked the No. 4 JC offensive tackle in the country. Very smart. Not much gets past Falaise (pass rush). Currently receiving recruiting attention from Clemson, Kentucky and Kansas. Uncommitted.

#13 – Albert Griffin: 6-0, 180 – CB – College of the Canyons. Recruited by BYU. Plays on the No. 1 JC team in America.

#14 – Josh Hargis: 6-3, 175 – CB – Palomar JC, the No. 8 ranked junior college team in America. Interception machine. Led conference in interceptions at Vista High School. Uncommitted.

#15 – Terrell Stanley: 6-2, 200 – WR – College of the Canyons. One of top receivers in the conference. Very good hands and very athletic. Second best receiver on team behind. Uncommitted.

#16 – Ron Rockett: 6-1, 190 – Safety – Palomar JC. Leads team in tackles; top three in conference. Hard hitter. Uncommitted.

#17 – Degawn Mobley: 6-2, 195 – WR – Community College of San Francisco. Four-star rated and leads team in receiving at this "pass happy" JC. No. 2 ranked juco WR nationally. Uncommitted.

#18 – Edmund Pringle: 5-10, 195/4.4 – CB – Butler JC, (Kansas). Flying under the recruiting radar screen. Very fast. Good coverage skills. Uncommitted.

#19 – Charles Manigo– 6-2, 195 – Safety – College of the Canyons. Leads team in tackles for No. 1 JC team in USA. Uncommitted.

#20 – Adrian Holloway: 6-2, 190/4.5 – WR – Georgia Military College. Great hands and leaping ability. Uncommitted.


Dashon Goldson: 6-1, 205 – Safety – Coffeyville JC, (Kansas). Coach says Goldson is "in the mold of Kenny Easley." Enough said. A Playmaker. Signed with University of Washington out of Narbonne High School in California.

Albert Toeaina: 6-7, 325 – OT – Community College of San Francisco. No. 2 ranked JC OL in USA, behind Taitusi Lutui and No. 4 ranked player overall. Signed with Oregon out of high school. Great feet. Very powerful with long arms. The whole package.

Ryan Powdrell: 6-1, 250 – LB – Saddleback CC. No. 1 ranked JC player in USA. A high school All American and projected JC All American. Many Pac-10 teams pursuing. BYU has apparently offered Powdrell. Committed to Fresno State out of high school. Likely headed to USC, his favorite.

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