JCFootball.com Recruiting Blog - 4/26

In today's blog we take a look at some of the emerging stars at the JUCO level who may just now be starting to pop up on recruiting radars...

Grossmont S Kweishi Brown - Brown was one of the top ballhawks in the country this past season, hauling in seven picks while also racking up 28 tackles and eight passes defensed as well. Brown doesn't have any offers yet, but two more schools have picked up their interest (Baylor and Kentucky) and he continues to hear from schools like Illinois, Kansas, Memphis, Nevada, USC, Utah and Washington.

Ellsworth WR J.T. Tolbert - Tolbert is an angular receiver who has soft hands and last season he posted 51 receptions for 753 yards and seven touchdowns, leading the Panthers in all three categories while helping them post a 7-4 record including a 30-27 win over Louisburg in the Graphic Edge Bowl. Tolbert has been on visits to several schools this spring including Iowa State recently and he's got schools from the Big 10, the MAC and the Big 12 eyeing his talents, although, at least up to this point, he's yet to receive and offer.

NDSCS TE Lorenzo Mitchell - A rising star in the Midwest Football Conference is Mitchell who has prototypical size for a tight end (6'4, 250) and soft hands as well. He hauled in 15 receptions for 124 yards and a score last season for the Wildcats. He's a superb athlete and he can block and he should start to see things pick up over the next few months on the recruiting front.

College of the Siskiyous OT Brendan Slaight - Slaight is a big, agile athlete, measuring in at a legitimate 6'7" and weighing 330 pounds with got good feet and long arms. He plays left tackle for Siskiyous, but appears to be a better fit on the right side due to his solid run-blocking skills. He doesn't have any offers at this point, but he's had calls from Arizona and Kansas and a few other schools from the Pac 12 have let his coaches know they have their eyes on him.

Snow OT Patrick Au - If you are looking for the biggest JUCO recruit this year, look no further than Au who weighs in 360 pounds and stands just under 6'10" tall. He is quite literally a "mountain of a man" and fits into exactly what Oklahoma likes to do with their offensive linemen and the Sooners became the first of what will likely be serveral schools to offer to huge prospect. Au may be a better fit inside, but regardless, he's not a player you are going to miss on the football field.

College of San Mateo DT Rika Levi - Another huge prospect, Levi has been hard at work this offseason shedding pounds and his down from 398 pounds to a relatively svelt 350. He recently took an unofficial visit to Washington and has been getting interest from schools like Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State and San Jose State. He's definitely a nose tackle type and the coaches that are after him love that he is almost impossible to move off of the line.

Nassau DE Poncho Barnwell - Barnwell is still waiting on his first offer, but he has been talking quite a bit with Syracuse who appears set to really dip their toes into the JUCO ranks this year. Barnwell is athletic and he's got long arms. He flies off the edge and has the speed and athleticism to pursue plays that go to the opposite side of the field.

Mt. San Jacinto LB Dejon Brown - Brown is one of the top returning tacklers in the country, leading the Eagles with 81 tackles and 11 tackles-for-loss while also totaling 2.5 sacks. He has offers from Fresno State and New Mexico and has been hearing from Kansas and Utah as well. Brown can play inside or outside, but he'll likely stay at strongside linebacker at the next level.

L.A. Southwest LB Darryn Walton - Walton is a real thumper inside and has been getting a lot of attention from schools like Arizona State, Oregon State, Rutgers, San Diego State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State, although, up to now, he's still waiting on that first offer.

Butler WR Trey Hallman - As a freshman in 2012, Hallman hauled in 19 receptions for 248 yards. He's not very big, measuring in at 5'8 and weighing 175 pounds, but he's super-quick and he's got the ability to find holes in zones. He would be a perfect fit as a slot receiver in a spread offensive attack.

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