Recruiting Focus: The DL

Now that we know WHO will be joining the Vandal defensive line next season, here is a closer look at each of the new athletes.<br> <br> <i>(Editor's Note: This image appeared on the official Southwestern College website, easily one of the best documented JC programs in the West).</i>

Since roughly the last game was played last season, we've been told that the coaching staff would focus their attention on fortifying the defensive line this recruiting year. Well, they did. In doing so, we may have as much depth to draw from, going into a season, as we've had in quite some time. Five JC transfers and 3 highschool graduates (including Lake City All-State linbacker Nick Pilon) were added to the Vandal roster this recruiting season. Below is a closer look at each of the athletes brought in to shore up what many believe was the "weakest link" on last year's defense.

Interior Defensive Linemen:

Ryan Atoe, 6-2, 314, College of the Redwoods

Jason Jones, 6-4, 325, Pasadena City College

Johnny Parra, 6-3, 310, Southwestern College

Geoff Zuber, 6-4, 272, Gold Beach High School

Kelly Talavou, 6-2, 310, Fountain Valley High School

Defensive Ends:

Nick Pilon, 6-4, 231, Lake City High School

Kody Kraus, 6-3, 228, Ricks College

Kelly Nead, 6-4, 236, Ricks College

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