Fennell is ready to lead the Cerritos attack

Cerritos is loaded with talent, but the key to a big season for almost any program is the play of the quarterback. This year, the Falcons' attack will be led by Morgan Fennell (6-2, 215), an athletic signal-caller who prefers to let his arm get things done, but with the feet and speed to make defenses pay if they aren't careful...

"I consider myself a pocket-passer with enough speed and athleticism to hurt you if you're not careful," Fennell told JCFootball.com. "I have good escapability, but I am a guy who likes to stick with the play and let it develop. A lot of athletic quarterbacks won't wait and if their first read is taken away, then they take off."

With his big frame and 4.65 speed, Fennell is the ideal quarterback for today's offenses and he plans to show that this season after sitting behind Arizona-bound B.J. Denker this past fall.

"B.J. and I were on the same level as far as our development, but he was a great fit for what we were doing last year," Fennell said. "We competed, but it was all friendly. There wasn't any bad blood. Now it's my chance to show coaches what I can do and I'm really excited to get this season going.

"I've been working a lot on my consistency and my accuracy and my speed. In today's offenses, you have to have the speed to get away from the rush. You don't necessarily have to be a dual-threat guy, but you have to be able to get away from the pass-rush and keep the play alive. Speed is a major factor in playing quarterback today."

As a senior at state-power Long Beach Poly (Ca.) High School, Fennell saw quite a few schools come through and several appeared poised to extend an offer, but things didn't work out as he thought they would.

"I had an offer from Morgan State, but I wanted to wait and see who else came in and offered," Fennell recalled. "I thought I was all set to get an offer from SMU to go play for coach June Jones there, but they ended up giving it to another player.

"UNLV also looked like a place I could have gone, but that one didn't work out either, so I decided to go the JC route in order to get an offer from a four-year school."

While he's still waiting for an offer, Fennell said his coaches have been speaking with four-year schools about him, although he has yet to find out which ones are the most interested.

"Honestly, I'm not really worried about recruiting right now," Fennell admitted. "I'm just trying to get ready for our season and I figure stuff like that will take care of itself.

"My coaches have told me not to worry about it too much right now. They just want me and the rest of our team focused on getting ready for the season and getting better. That stuff will take care of itself."

Fennell redshirted in 2010 and played sparingly in 2011 so he will have two years to play two after the 2012 football season.

We will have more in the future on this rising JUCO quarterback recruit.

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