We here at JCFootball.com know that there are plenty of JUCO prospects in the country that aren't getting a lot of ink and we do our best to highlight those players who are deserving of more attention. Here's an early look at some of the top prospects at their positions, who they have offers from, who is paying a lot of attention to them and why they are so coveted by four-year schools...
Nassau OT Chad Mavety - Mavety has the potential to be the top JUCO prospect in the country regardless of position. He's an absolute monster, measuring in at 6'6" and weighing in at 320 pounds and he's got the athleticism and nastiness to start from the moment he signs with a four-year school. Mavety already has offers from the likes of Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami (Fl), North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and West Virginia and plenty more could be on the way. Right now it appears that Ohio State, USC (no offer), Florida State, Miami and Alabama are the early leaders, but that may change as things move along.
Saddleback WR Eric Lauderdale - Lauderdale had a great freshman season, hauling in 60 receptions for 915 yards and seven touchdowns and that productivity, to go along with his 6'2", 195-pound frame and 4.45 speed has attracted offers from Houston, Illinois, Miami (Fl), Tennessee and Wisconsin and he's got several other programs looking.
East Mississippi OT Avery Gennesy - Gennesy has offers from Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech and LSU and Mississippi appear close to extending full rides. He's got the size and athleticism to play almost anywhere along the offensive line, but appears to be a better fit on the right side wherever he ends up.
Iowa Western OT DeAndre Herron - Herron is already one of the top JUCO OTs on the board and his offers from the likes of Arizona, Ball State, Georgia State, Indiana, Louisville and Middle Tennessee show that schools seem to think so as well. Things have been a bit on the quiet side for him since late March, but once schools get a look at this 6'5", 305-pounder with light feet and long arms, he should see even more offers start to come his way.
Ventura QB Jordan Gehrke - While a freshman at Scottsdale last season, Gehrke threw for 2,388 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He's got an early offer from Weber State and with the amount of yards he's got the potential to throw for this season for a good Ventura squad he should see more offers start to roll in.
DeAnza DT Victor Vernon - At 6'3", 275, Vernon has the ability and versatility to play inside or outside and with the 3-4 scheme becoming the predominant front for college teams his ability to play as a five-tech (3-4 DE) makes him a coveted prospect. He already has offers from Miami and Kansas and you can expect a lot more offers to come in over the next few months. Vernon totaled 17 tackles, two sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and one interception as a freshman in 2012.
Contra Costa CB Dominique Harrison - Harrison has the size (5'11, 185), speed (4.4) and ball-skills (four interceptions in 2012) to be one of the top playmakers in the country this fall and he's got an early offer from Arizona State that validates that opinion. Now, that being said, he's working this season on getting stronger and being more consistent. Expect things to pick up exponentially this spring and summer on the recruiting front.
Pasadena CB Frank Denegal - Because college programs, and the NFL for that matter, are looking for big corners, Denegal is likely to see things really start to heat up after people get a look at him this spring. The 6'4", 200-pounder has the size that coaches covet, but since he sat out the 2012 season after transferring from Compton College, he's one of the best kept secrets in the JUCO ranks right now.
Garden City LB Dvonta Derricott - After a solid freshman season that saw him post 55 tackles and one interception in 2012, Derricott has become one of the hottest linebacker prospects in the country, hauling in offers from East Carolina, Iowa, Kansas, Marshall, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, South Alabama, South Florida, UAB and West Virginia. Derricott has the speed, quickness and size to be an every-down linebacker and that is why he will likely continue to see offers roll in over the next few months.
Trinity Valley TE John Thomas - Thomas is a great blocker and he's got soft hands and outstanding athleticism, so he can be a threat in the passing game as well. He already has an offer from Baylor and the former LSU commitment has schools from the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC looking his way as well.
JCFootball.com Recruiting Blog - 4/24
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