Vernon's star is rising for DeAnza

After an impressive freshman season this past fall that saw him put up solid numbers, DeAnza DL Victor Vernon (6-3, 275) has already hauled in two BCS offers and more could be on the way. got the lowdown on the versatile lineman whose star is definitely on the rise this spring...

As a prep, Vernon graduated from Providence Catholic in New Lenox, Illinois and signed with Indiana to play football. However, when the coaching staff there changed, he decided to make his way to northern California to continue his football career.

"I just didn't fit with the new staff that came in there," Vernon told "I just thought it was best that I go JUCO and DeAnza just seemed like a good place to be, so I headed out here to keep things going."

As a redshirt freshman this past season, Vernon totaled 17 tackles, two sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and an interception for the Dons while playing multiple positions up front.

"I played some strongside (defensive end) and some three-technique (pass-rushing defensive tackle)," Vernon said. "I'm pretty versatile and I feel like I can do whatever is asked of me out there."

"He's a really good athlete and he's strong and he's got a great motor," Dons head coach Dan Atencio said. "He's a guy you can move around, but I think ultimately he'll wind up at end where he can be a real handful for tackles who are trying to block him."

As far as recruiting is concerned, two schools have already offered him and more could be on the way.

"Miami and Kansas have both offered him right now," Atencio said. "He's got a few more that have already called and are asking us about him and it's still pretty early so it's a good sign that a lot of schools are going to start coming after him."

"Both of them want me to commit before the season, but I'm not really sure just yet what I want to do," Vernon said. "I just like playing ball and I want another chance to play D-1, so this is giving me that chance. I can't leave until after the season anyway, because I have to get my AA degree, so it's really something I don't have to be too concerned with right now."

Vernon is a good student and expects to finish up his coursework in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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