Recruiting Blog - 5/20

As we continue to keep our eyes focused on the future, we also need to make sure we keep up with top JUCO players who are looking to sign or recently signed with four-year schools. Up first is East Los Angeles DT Demetrius Campbell who said he has a leader emerging, where Navarro DE Andre Ross may end up and where Ventura QB Jordan Gehrke and L.A. Pierce S Paris Taylor signed over the weekend...

East Los Angeles DT Demetrius Campbell - Campbell continues to talk to Washington and West Virgina about enrolling this summer, but a new team has started to emerge as a possible leader -- Miami. The Hurricanes recently got involved with Campbell and he said things could start picking up soon if his transcripts are in order. What has schools the most interested is his versatility since he can play inside or outside, depending on the scheme. Last season, as a sophomore starter who played both defensive end and defensive tackle, the 6'4", 290-pounder totaled 45 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble.


Navarro DE Andre Ross - Ross is an impressive looking prospect who already has offers from the likes of Oklahoma, TCU, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Troy, Texas A&M and West Virginia. He's visited Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech and said he plans to make a decision soon.


Ventura QB Jordan Gehrke - Gehrke had a solid freshman season for Scottsdale in 2012, totaling 2,388 yards through the air to go along with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and earned 2nd team All-ACCAC honors. He had received an offer from Weber State and was getting a lot of interest from Arkansas, Alabama and Oregon, but when Colorado came in and offered and wanted him for this coming fall, that was all she wrote. He signed with the Buffaloes late last week and will start classes in Boulder on June 6th.


L.A. Pierce S Paris Taylor - Taylor is a big, physically gifted safety prospect who had lots of schools eyeing his talents, but only had one offer - Fresno State. That all changed late last week when Washington State came through and offered him. He accepted on Friday and signed with them over the weekend. He's got the ability to 25 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception as a redshirt freshman for the Brahmas in 2012. He can play free or strong safety and will be counted on to challenge for playing time this fall.


Lackawanna OT Jermaine Eluemunor - Eluemunor is emerging as one of the top JUCO talents in the country and he's got the offers to prove his worth. Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Eluemunor told Scout.com's Brian Dohn that he plans to visit USC, UCLA, Arkansas and Alabama with visits to USC (June 17th) and UCLA (June 7th) already set up. The expectation is that he will likely wind up staying east of the Mississippi, but with USC's need for linemen and UCLA's prowess with recruiting offensive linemen, anything is possible.


Fort Scott DT Abu Lamin - Lamin has continued to emerge as one of the top JUCO DT prospects in the country, garnering a new offer from Arizona State to go along with Arkansas, Ball State, Southern Miss and Texas Tech. He redshirted in 2012 and is an ideal fit as a three-tech, pass-rushing defensive tackle prospect.


Pasadena DT Gus Ferrat - Last season, Ferrat posted 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery and so far he's been drawing interest from several schools including Oregon, Kansas State and Washington State who all have picked things up over the past couple of weeks.


Snow CB Lee Crosby - Keep an eye on Crosby whose stock continues to rise this spring. He's been hearing from BYU, Cincinnati, Purdue, SE Missouri State, Utah, Utah State and Wagner and more schools from the Big 10, Pac 12 and Mountain West have dropped by and picked up his transcripts. As a freshman in 2012, Crosby totaled 12 tackles and one interception while playing in the nickle and dime packages for the Badgers.


Fresno FB Dakota Gordon - While the fullback position isn't used as much anymore in today's offenses, Gordon has the ability to be an H-back or a devestating lead-blocker in the right system. His coaches love his tenacity and think he could be a solid receiver out of the backfield when called upon.


Jones RB Adarrius Perkins - The Mississippi State bounceback moved from defensive back to running back and will be counted on this fall to be a big-back for Jones this fall. He's been hearing from several schools including the three in-state FBS programs -- Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.


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