Things are picking up for Mesa's Fely

One of the top JUCO linebackers in the state of California over the past couple years has been San Diego Mesa's Josh Fely (5-11, 220). He's an athletic, playmaking linebacker who has sideline-to-sideline speed and three D-1 programs have already made offers and more could be getting into the mix in the near future...

At Oceanside (Ca.) High School, Fely wasn't able to garner much in the way of recruiting attention due to a serious leg injury his junior year.

"I broke my (right) leg my junior year and had to have a plate and seven screws put in," Fely told "I only played in something like two or three games that year and then when I came back for my senior year, we already had all of our linebackers set so I had to play on the defensive and offensive lines and I was just 210 pounds or so and that really wasn't going to get me a lot of attention.

"I signed with Humbolt State and enrolled there and was there for a couple of weeks, but I just wasn't happy there so I came home and Mesa was right here and I felt like I clicked with staff here really well."

As a two-year starter for Mesa, Fely has been a standout at all three linebacker positions, and was outstanding this season posting 104 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss and one interception for a team that finished 1-9 on the season.

"I'm quick and I use my speed well," Fely noted. "At my size, I can't be your typical 6'2", 240-pound guy who can be real physical. I need to use my speed and make plays all over the field and that's what I do best."

On the recruiting front, Fely is hearing from a handful of four-year programs and has three offers already in the bank.

"UTEP, Kent State and San Jose State have all offered," Fely said. "I actually just met with UTEP (Sunday) night and they really want me to come out and visit.

"I'm also hearing a lot from Boise State, Akron and Utah State as well."

Fely said he plans to take two official visits over the next few weeks and then wants to make his decision.

Wherever he ends up, Fely will have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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