Handicapping JC football in the Spring, or early summer, is like trying to stack marbles.
Darned near impossible. In fact, we are not ready to go that far. However, we will give you a preview of the schools that we feel will be among the Top-30 come December.
And, by all means, please note we are putting them in alphabetical order.
BLINN - With 18 starters back in the fold and tough defense, could surprise.
BUTLER COUNTY - Defense, one of the best in 2002, might even be improved.
BUTTE - If the Roadrunners can get by CCSF, Rigsbees lads should be near the top.
CANYONS - Gave it a good run in '02 and have reloaded with some sharp transfers.
CERRITOS - Falcons have skill players returning to contend in rugged Mission Conf.
CHAFFEY - Foes make mistake underrating the Panthers. Lots of returning talent.
COFFEYVILLE - Only four starters return, but Baker looks good for 1000 yards.
COMPTON - Tarters lost just three starters from 7-3 team and should be on improve.
DIXIE - The Rebels keep knocking at the door and 7 starters on O, 7 D will help.
ERIE - Should rule the Eastern seaboard and be a bowl contender.
FEATHER RIVER - 21 starters return from team that went to bowl in first year of play.
FRESNO - Caviglia's Rams are 29-4 in past three seasons. Top guys gone, still OK.
GARDEN CITY - Andre Hall picks up offense. May be best of Kansas teams.
GEORGIA MILITARY - Will miss Hall, but GMC is always tough and should be back.
GROSSMONT - Solid "D" returns. Big-time offense. Need to find a sharp QB.
JOLIET - Won NJCAA title in '02. Loses heavy, but program is solid.
JONES - Nine starters return, including LB Derrick Ducksworth.
KILGORE - Ten returning starters from 6-4 squad. Tough to go unbeaten in SWJC.
LANEY - Loaded up with returning QB, Rodney Roy at RB, and sharp receivers. Surprise team in North.
MOORPARK - Some good honchos back from frosh-dominated 10-1 team.
N. E. OKLAHOMA - Only 5 starters return, but talented transfers supply the rest .
N.W. MISSISSIPPI - Rangers are used to winning and should bounce back from 6-4.
PALOMAR - Comets are always there or thereabouts. Might be in battle for No. 1.
PIMA - Here's a sleeper. Losses heavy, recruiting class outstanding. Watch out.
REEDLEY - J.C. Grid-Wire No. 1 in 2002. QB Robert Johnson keeps them on track.
ROCHESTER - Lead-pipe cinch to be ranked someplace in Top 30.
SADDLEBACK - Solid QB in Brock Farrel and great LBs and DBs make them solid threat.
SAN FRANCISCO - After winning all-time 42-straight, Rush's Rams start new streak.
SNOW - 20 lettermen should help Kilts' Badgers get a bowl invite this year.
TRINITY VALLEY - 20 lettermen, 8 starters and QB Justin Allgood return.
There are others who we expect to be knocking at the door all season. Teams like El Camino, San Mateo, Glendale, Az.., L.A. Harbor, Long Beach, Mississippi Delta and Foothill should be making noises in 2003.