JC Prospect Update

The early Junior College signing period started yesterday. Prospects around the country will be signing letters of intent now and until the end of summer. The following is rundown of the players that Oregon State is looking at.

WR Willie Johnson
6-4, 210, 4.45 | Fresno City College

The Beavers have offered 6-4, 210 receiver Willie Johnson a scholarship, but Johnson is being heavily recruited by several other schools including Oregon, UCLA, and USC. The physical receiver helped led the Ram's go 9-2 record and a spot in the Northern California Championship game. Johnson caught 58 balls for 1,015 yards (17.50 avg) and 14 touchdowns. His longest catch of the season was a 67-yarder.

He set Fresno City College's school career TD record (17) and the single game reception record in his second season with Fresno. Fresno wider receiver coach, Fred Biletinikoff Jr , says Johnson is the best receiver he has ever coached. The fast, physical receiver has been compared to Randy Moss due to his great play on the field. Johnson was named to the All-Central Valley Conference team after the 2002 season.

Although numerous Pac-10 schools have offered Johnson a free ride, rumor has it that that he is going to take the four required classes to move on and then sign with Tennessee.


QB Mark Heatherington
6-2, 225, 4.8 | Fresno City College

Oregon State has not offered quarterback Mark Heatherington a scholarship despite him completing 58% of his passes for 2,265 yards, 29 touchdowns, and six interceptions. The strong armed quarterback is the teammate of the aforementioned Willie Johnson. Heatherington's 2002 performance earned him a spot on the All-Central Valley Conference team.

While at Fresno CC he broke 12 school records, including the schools career passing record, and helped the Rams to a number one ranking for the majority of the 2002 season. Rams head coach, Tony Caviglia, had this to say about Heatherington, "Mark is a pro-style QB. He has average mobility. That is not his specialty. He is a drop-back passer that can really fire the ball."

Currently, he is being heavily recruited by Idaho State and Nevada. Both have offered Heatherington a scholarship.


RB Gerard Jackson
5-10, 235, 4.55 | Dodge City Community College

Dennis Erickson and his staff have offered the big back a scholarship, although his primary interests are in the University of Illinois and the University of Indiana. As a freshman he led the Jayhawk conference in rushing while at Dodge City Community College.

During the 2002 season Jackson helped the Conquistadors win their first playoff game since 1992, when he rushed for 137 yards on 30 carries. He was also part of the top offensive unit in the Jayhawk conference. Jackson carried the ball 248 times for 1,325 yards (5.3 avg), 6 touchdowns and a 132.5 yards per game average.

Jackson was a unanimous choice to the 2002 first team offense.



Other Notes:

  • CB Gerald Fletcher (5-11, 175) of El Camino will decide between Texas Tech and Oregon State this year. He made second team All-Conference for El Camino.

  • San Bernardino Valley TE Sione Fifita (6-2, 245), who is a qualifier, is being wooed by Idaho, San Diego St. one of the Oregons, and San Jose St. Put your money on San Diego St.

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