JC ALUMS TO WATCH
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 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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