"Both Alabama and USC were here yesterday," Nassau Head Coach Curtis Guilliam said. "As of right now we feel real good about the upcoming season. We have five kids who have DI offers. We have an offensive lineman and a defensive end that are both over 20 offers."
Everyone knows about monster offensive lineman Chad Mavety. Plenty of teams are high on running back Travis Lock and wide receiver Antwane Grant who are both holding big offers. Coach Guiliam expects that linebacker Keeon VIrgile and defensive end Poncho Barnwell will get offers as the spring progresses.
The two that are drawing teams to Garden City right now though are Mavety and another defensive end, Lance McDowell. McDowell, a 6-foot-5 and 310-pound defensive end, has teams coming to New York just to see him. "I told you USC and Alabama were here yesterday. They were really here to see him and they love him. Love him to pieces. He was a second team all-conference pick last year."
These long, athletic defensive ends at the junior college level are a precious commodity mostly because of their versatility. Coach Guilliam says that McDowell could literally line up at just about every spot on a defensive line and credits McDowell's athleticism from his basketball playing days.
"I think that he could, depending on if it's a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme, play or 1 or a 3 or even play defensive end as a 5. He has a 4.85/40 time. This is a former basketball player that averaged over 20 points per game.
"Realistically he could play everywhere on a defensive line. He's got a real good chance to get out of here in December too for a four year school. He is going to take some summer courses to try and get on that schedule. Great kid too. Came here from Mt. Vernon High School."