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It's time to take an early look at junior college transfers that are poised to make a splash at their respective division one colleges this fall.


Some JC Transfers Prepared to Make Waves at D1s Next Season

It's time to take an early look at junior college transfers that are poised to make a splash at their respective division one colleges this fall. There were a couple hundred young men from JCs nationwide that signed letters of intent in either December or February and approximately 24 of them will make the 2nd Annual JCFootball.com JC Transfer All-American team next December. We have an idea about some of the kids because they transferred early and participated in spring drills. But others will begin making their mark in August.

What follows is a school by school look at JC transfers, who might be the closest to earning a starting job in their first season. Some guys will do more than start, of course. If last season is any indication, several of these guys will make All-Conference in their first season like Robert Ferguson (Texas A&M; Tyler JC) did in the Big 12 or Rudi Johnson (Auburn; Butler Co.) in the SEC. And then it's very possible that you will see a first year JC transfer playing a key role on the national title team like Howard Duncan (Oklahoma; Butler Co.) did for the Sooners.

Without further adieu, here's a run down of the kids we think will be difference makers early in the year for their respective teams. We're starting with some of the nation's top teams:

DT Bryan Savelio (Mesa College). Another former JC on the Gators' roster is second-year LB, Kennard Ellis (SW Mississippi). He played some last season and is entering fall second on the depth chart.

OL Milford Brown (E. Mississippi). Could be next year's Howard Duncan, playing pivotal role on OL for one of nation's top teams. Already penciled in as starter. Another offensive player to keep an eye on is second-year WR, Javon Walker (Jones Co.). He had a hard time getting many reps in his first season but things might be different with Peter Warrick gone to The League.

DT Demetrin Veal (Cerritos). The Vols are lacking depth on the DL, so Veal could get some good playing time. He wasn't there for spring, though, so fall camp is critical.

DT Junior Siavii (Butte / Dixie). The Ducks are really hoping the former Dixie/Butte defensive tackle arrives in good shape and ready to play. He could plug the middle very well for a team opening the season ranked in the Top 10. (click link; story is 1/2 way down page!)
DE Darrell Wright (Reedley). Wright was first-team All-California and J.C. Grid-Wire AA last season. It seems Siavii is getting most of the pub but it Wright, a native of Florida, may be the newcomer to watch in Eugene.
LB David Martin (Los Medanos). Penciled in as second-teamer going into fall.
P Jose Arroyo (Pasadena). Starting P job is his to lose. Didn't have a great spring, however.

DE Andrew Williams (Hinds). We think Williams is a very likely candidate for to earn JCFootball.com JC Transfer AA status. He's second on the depth chart coming out of spring but the word out of Miami is ... WATCH OUT!

DE Alvin "Binky" Steen (LA Harbor). Heir apparent to recently departed DeLawrence Grant and LaDairis Jackson.
DE Jayson Jean-Baptiste (San Jose CC). Opportunity is knocking for Jean-Baptiste. Both DEs from last season are gone to the NFL.
DT James Lee (College of the Redwoods). Could be a force stuffing the run.
LB Jason Lowe (Cerritos). Great player who was injured early on in 2000 season. Now has chance to show his true potential.
CB D.J. Coote (Ventura). Comes out of spring second on the depth chart. Should earn more PT as he becomes familiar with the system and playing at the D1 level.
TE Travon Magee (Santa Monica). Former All-Conference player will complete for job that was left open when Marty Maurer graduated.
TE Jermaine Jackson
(Mt. San Antonio). Former All-Mission Conference player will compete for a starting role.


WR Lawrence "Taco" Wallace (Mt. San Antonio) was all-Mission Conference last year and being looked at as a potential go-to guy in Manhattan, KS. 
QB Marc Dunn (Ricks) was first-team All-NJCAA and first-team J.C. Grid-Wire AA in 2000 after throwing for over 4,300 yards at Ricks. Did I mention 42 TDs, too? Attended spring practice and battled evenly with Ell Roberson.
DE Henry Bryant (Garden City) is undersized but has a motor that won't quit. First-team honors from NJCAA and J.C. Grid-Wire last season.
DT Corey White (Navarro) signed with KSU out of high school. Has great size and could see major PT in '01.
P Rick Gerla (Blinn) will either redshirt or start in his first season. 
CB James Dunnigan (Garden City) was out for spring ball and landed on the second-team going into fall. Played a season at Purdue before transferring to GCCC. Didn't play much last season due to injury.
CB Bobby Walker (Trinity Valley) could be a real one to watch next season. First-team All-Conference last season.


OL Garren Findlay (Snow) will compete for a starting OL spot in the fall. Coming out of spring he was second on the depth chart at RT. He was an All-WSFL selection in '00.


P Brian Bradford (Trinity Valley) went in for spring practice and earned a starting job for the Longhorns.


WR Chris Vance (Fort Scott) is the lone JC in the Buckeye's recruiting class. He could have a real shot at starting since Jim Tressel's squad lost their top four receivers from last year. Made great impression in spring.


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