OL JC Ronnfeldt Update

It's been a busy time for <b>JC Ronnfeldt</b> this fall, and the 6-4, 305-pound offensive lineman from Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington has already been through some ups and downs with his football team.

Two weeks ago they won a hard-fought 9-0 battle with Rogers, only to follow it up with a sloppy 28-17 loss to Curtis.

"We had a setback against Curtis," Ronnfeldt told Dawgman.com tonight. "We played tough but didn't get it done. We fumbled a couple of times. We've got homecoming on Friday (versus Emerald Ridge)."

For JC, the loss to Curtis was doubly tough, as are all the other losses. The reason is because he plays both ways for the Gators. While the work involved in getting physically and mentally prepared for double duty is brutal, Ronnfeldt wouldn't want it any other way. "It's terrible for the first two weeks," said JC in reference to the conditioning. "But then you get used to it because you're doing it in practice every day. And it's good to be in shape. I like being in better shape. And I don't like leaving the field. I like to be involved in the game at all times. It's more of a mental thing than physical. Our practices are really hard, so physically we're ready. It's just the mental side of making yourself do it every play. Finding out how tough you really are."

So which side of the ball is tougher, JC? "They are both tough when you're going all out," he said matter-of-factly. "I'd probably say defense, just because you are always chasing people down from the backside. On offense, you're just looking to make a block, but on defense you're always chasing people down."

And Ronnfeldt isn't shy about taking on all comers. "I don't really judge my opponent by size," he said. "Most of the good guys I've played against have been smaller and quicker. Most of the bigger guys I've gone up against just aren't that good, because they are just big. I'd rather go up against a smaller, quicker guy. It's more of a challenge."

With all of his efforts going into football and school, Ronnfeldt doesn't have time for much else, "I'm not home all that often, so it's hard to reach me," he said when asked about fielding calls from college coaches.

JC did say that Oregon State and Oregon called, along with Washington and Nebraska.

The big news tonight was that JC announced a new leader. For a while, Washington seemed to be holding Ronnfeldt's attention the most, but now he's looking south to see what's happening.

"Right now, yeah," JC said when asked if Oregon State was his new leader. "They've been putting the rush on lately, and I'm real interested in them. It's kind of been a slow process. They were the first ones to offer and they were the first ones to come to the school and talk to me. Just getting to talk to the coaches more, I'm just starting to like everything that they've been saying."

Ronnfeldt's been trying to talk to coaches and his parents about finding time to take official visits. He knows he wants to take one to Corvallis, but doesn't know when right now. "I go right from football into wrestling, so it's hard to find the time," said JC.

And the Washington coaches? "They called last Thursday," said JC. "They just wanted to see how I was doing, seeing if I was coming to the game Saturday." He didn't know as of tonight if he's going to go to the Washington-USC game.

And Nebraska? His father's alma mater is still in the picture, although at this point they seem to be a long ways away from Ronnfeldt's mindset. "They are still calling and talking to me," said JC. "I'm sending them film. I don't really know what's going on with them."

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