BYU's Search for Top JC Talent at Home in Provo

BYU's junior varsity team lines up against one of the country's top junior college teams at Provo High School this afternoon in Georgia Military College, but the underlying objective of this matchup for the Cougars is to gauge the big play ability of a trio of GMC playmakers they are actively recruiting.

In my Sept. 30 article on (, I analyzed the top GMC skill players the Cougars should be recruiting. I attended, watched and reviewed one of GMC's games in Milledgeville, GA, and came away with these observations about the three GMC players BYU is now after:

TIM AUTRY, a 6-0, 215-pound defensive back. Autry reportedly has 4.3-4.4 forty speed and it showed. He hits hard and has great lateral quickness. Smart "angling moves" (instincts) to the ball. He reminds me a little of Norm Nixon, BYU defensive back on the 1990-1991 teams, though quicker and slightly shorter. Autry has received primary recruiting attention from Louisiana State, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State. He wears No. 24 and is from Daphne, AL.

ADRIAN HOLLOWAY, a 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver. Fast, but not Nate Soelberg speed. Runs a 4.5 forty. Runs precise routes and has great hands. What I like most is he has a serious attitude (intense) and has long arms with great leaping ability. Not reticent or fearless across the middle. Adrian wears No. 18 and is from Fort Myers, FL.


MERCI FALAISE, a 6-5, 315-pound offensive tackle. Excellent pass protection skills with quick feet and a very smart player. No one got by him all night. Being recruited by Clemson, Kentucky and Kansas. Merci wears No. 69 and is from Washington, GA.


TBS will be there to cover this important JV game and its underlying overtones for BYU's gridiron future.

It goes without saying, based on graduations, LDS mission returners and departures, that BYU's greatest need for talent will be defensive backs, offensive linemen and playmaker wide receivers.

BYU will offer as many as 22 scholarships this year – with some players leaving immediately for Church missions from high school.

In another previous Oct. 17 TBS article, I listed and wrote mini-profile about the top 20 junior college players BYU might look to recruit. This article lists another 10 top JC players I believe BYU should also include on their recruiting radar screens.

#21 – Jeremy Fairrow, a 6-1, 210-pound cornerback from Independence JC in Kansas. BYU is apparently already recruiting Fairrow. An absolute sleeper; he would add great depth to the cornerback corps with Brandon Heaney, Eddie Scipio and Shannon Benton.

#22 – Ken Shelton, a 6-1, 180-pound wide receiver at Trinity Valley JC. Stellar receiver. Nabbed 11 catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns in his last game.

#23 – Lonnie Davis, a 6-6, 280-pound offensive tackle at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. A consistent top 20 JC powerhouse. From Jacksonville, Florida, Davis could be another sleeper.

#24 – Scott Mitchell, a 6-4, 215-pound wide receiver from Mt. San Antonio JC in California. From Clear Creek, Texas, he is one of the top receivers in his conference.

#25 – Rodney Mars, a 61, 220-pound safety at Independence JC in Kansas. BYU is apparently also recruiting Mars. Could BYU land a package deal (Fairrow & Mars) from Independence JC this year?

#26 – Marc Liggins, a 6-8, 300-pound offensive tackle at Indepedence JC in Kansas – and teammate of Fairrow and Mars.

#27 – Todd Watkins, a 6-3, 185-pound wide receiver at Grossmont JC, where BYU signed Reynaldo Brathwaite from. Watkins has been Conference Player of the Week twice. The last game Watkins caught seven passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns. As a bonus, Watkins is also a "kicker" with 36 of 36 PATs and 6 of 9 field goals so far this season. Will Brathwaite have some influence here? Watkins would be a great "get" for BYU.

#28 – Chanti Bloomer, a 6-0, 180-pound cornerback also from Grossmont JC. Bloomer was also named Conference Player of the Week twice this season. Could Brathwaite help land this "tandem" from Grossmont?

#29 – Cleannord Saintil, a 6-1,185-pound wide receiver at Highland Community College in Kansas. One of the top conference receivers. Absolutely dominates his team's offensive production statistics. He is the "go to" clutch player and BYU needs as many of these as it can get.

#30 – Brandon Bruner, a 5-11, 175-pound cornerback from Northeast Oklahoma JC. Under the recruiting radar screen, he will be a "diamond in the rough" for someone who signs him.

Meanwhile, here is the top 20 JC recruit I listed in my Oct. 17 article based on the "need" positions at BYU:

#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. 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. 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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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: (see above)

#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.

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

#12 – Merci Falaise: (see above).

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

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

#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.

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

#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.

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

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

#20 – Adrian Holloway: (see above).

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