Not much stock in star-rating system

Despite giving up just two sacks as a two-year starter for Cabrillo CC, Justin D'Arcy might prove to be better than his two-star rating, according to his former coach.

Cabrillo Community College coach Steve Cox doesn't use rankings as an indication of success or potential, especially when it comes to his players, namely Justin D'Arcy.

D'Arcy, one of seven offensive linemen in Kansas State's 2004 recruiting class, was given a two-star rating by TheInsiders, despite surrendering just two sacks from his tackle position in 20 games as a starter for Cabrillo.

"We're a smaller junior college and I think because we're small some people don't give our guys much credit," Cox said. "They don't see us like they do with some of the other school around here, even though we play them too. And until you see Justin in person, you just don't understand what he can do. I told coaches that he's the kind of guy that you just have to come see for yourself and they'll appreciate him."

The 6-foot-5 305 pound California native is only JUCO lineman to commit to the Wildcats this year. He was the main horse on a line that blocked for an offensive unit that averaged over 200 yards a game passing and 120 on the ground.

Cox said K-State coaches were impressed with D'Arcy's footwork and his discipline, something that could get him on the field next year. Also K-State coaches have expressed interest moving him to guard because of his 4.90 speed.

"They really liked him once they saw what he could do," Cox said of D'Arcy, who is already enrolled at K-State for the spring semester. "He is very, very athletic. He has good feet and move extremely well for someone at his size. He can do a lot on the line for anyone."

D'Arcy earned first team All-Coast Conference honors as a sophomore and was named Cabrillo's most outstanding offensive lineman. In high school at San Lorenzo Valley, he was a three-year starter, twice selected to the all-conference team.


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