Ronnfeldt names a leader

It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win, and Decatur's <b>JC Ronnfeldt</b> will take a 'w' any way he can get one. The 6'4", 310-pound lineman from Federal Way played a big role both ways in the Gators' 9-0 victory over the Rogers Rams in Puyallup Friday night. And Ronnfeldt is the first to admit that the game won't be seen on any highlight films any time soon.

"It was ugly, but you don't get style points," Ronnfeldt told Dawgman.com after the game was over. "We'll take what we can get right now. We worked hard, pulled it out and made the plays when we needed to at the end. I was proud of the team. It was won and lost in the trenches, and even though we didn't get an offensive touchdown, we won the battle of field position."

JC took on the Rams' top lineman, Washington verbal commit Dan Milsten. "A couple of times," he said about the trench warfare with the 6'5", 260-pound Milsten. "He's a good player and I like to go up against the best to see how good I am. It was a good deal."

At 310 pounds, 99 percent of the prep linemen out there would either be playing one way or getting gassed in a hurry, but JC is the rare exception. "I've been working hard, running extra sprints in practice, just trying to get myself in shape to play both ways," he said. "That's what I'm going to have to do to get us wins. I've been trying hard, but I know that there's room for improvement."

Ronnfeldt had the opportunity to go to the Michigan-Washington game at Husky Stadium two weeks ago, and didn't hesitate. "It was great, I loved it," said JC. "I loved the whole experience. It was great getting a chance to sit with the other recruitss. My Dad (John) enjoyed it. He was able to go with me and my next-door neighbor too. He's a big Husky fan."

Any recruits he knew? "Dan (Milsten) was there, and Isaiah Stanback was there too. A couple of the Kentwood guys were there, the Quarterback, (Carl) Bonnell was there. It was cool to just sit there and talk to all of them."

The big man from Decatur also got first-class treatment from the Washington coaches. "I talked to Coach Neuheisel and Coach Hart after the game. They kept telling me to 'Think Husky.' They made a great impression."

Good enough to put the Dawgs at the top of his short list? "I think Washington's at the top right now. I'm starting to like Washington more and more. The more I learn about them, the more I like." He didn't go to the Idaho game, but is planning on attending the Stanford game November 3rd.

With the battle for JC's services seemingly narrowing down to the Huskies and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, it may not be too long before Ronnfeldt makes his decision. "I don't know if I'm going to do it real soon, but I'm going to try and see if I can take a trip to Nebraska," he said. "I haven't set any trips up yet. I need to sit down with my family and figure that out. I might go to see one of their games, but I'll have to see where it fits in with our schedule."
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