JCFootball.com Recruiting Blog - 6/5

Things have been picking up for several emerging stars on the JUCO recruiting circuit. Today, JCFootball.com takes a look at a few including one prospect who is close to making his decision...

Nassau DE Dion Roche - An emerging star for Nassau this spring, Roche has seen lots of schools stop by and inquire about his skills and availability. At 6'4" and weighing nearly 250 pounds, Roche is an impressive looking athlete. He played in just three games as a freshman for the Lions last fall, totaling seven tackles and three tackles-for-loss, but the expectation is that he will put up much bigger numbers this fall.


Trinity Valley TE John Thomas - Thomas is an emerging star right now with three offers – Auburn, Baylor and Florida – and several more schools eyeing his skills. Thomas is big, he's a physical blocker and he's got the soft hands and athleticism you're looking for in a medium-range target in the passing game. Definitely a player to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months.


ASA RB Drew Harris - At 6'1" and 220 pounds, Harris is a big-time back who has already started to garner a lot of early attention. He signed with Virginia Tech out of high school and is poised to be one of the top JUCO tailbacks in the country. Schools like Syracuse, Rutgers, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Virginia Tech are all after him and more are expected to get in the mix very soon.


NE Oklahoma DE/LB Josh Jones - Jones had a great freshman season for the Norsemen last fall, totaling over 40 tackles, two sacks and three tackles-for-loss. He's very fast off the edge and he can even play in reverse pretty well, but he's at his best attacking the line of scrimmage and getting after the quarterback. Schools like Arkansas, Arkansas State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon State and Tulsa all made the trip to Oklahoma to see what he could do and all seemed to come away impressed although none have extended offers to this point.

Grossmont CB Kweishi Brown - So far, Arkansas is the only school that has offered Brown, but he told JCFootball.com recently that Utah and Washington appear close to offering as well. Brown is very talented and is one of the top ball-hawks in the country, totaling seven interceptions as a freshman for the Griffs last season.


Pasadena OL Raul Martinez - Martinez continues to rise up the charts as he recently added Michigan State to his list of offers. Martinez projects better inside, but he's got the size, length and athleticism to slide outside if necessary. He's very physical when asked to run-block and he's got the athleticism to pull and lead the play down the field.


Blinn OT Will Juarez - Juarez is just starting to get noticed by four-year schools and has piqued the interest of Oklahoma as well as Missouri and a couple of other Big 12 and SEC programs. He's athletic and he's got enough size to play tackle, but he might be a better fit inside, depending on the school that's after him.


Fort Scott DT Abu Lamin - Lamin's name continues to be one of the hottest in the country as he recently added his 11th offer and now has full rides from the likes of Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Ball State, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Oregon State, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Texas Tech and USC. He recently visited Arkansas and came away impressed so the Razorbacks could be the early leaders for his services.


Snow OL Darren Denucci - Denucci has scheduled a visit to Wyoming this week, he actually leaves today and returns home on Friday, and will make his decision very soon. The center prospect visited Georgia State a little over a week ago and said the visit couldn't have gone better and was very excited about the direction of the program. His final four are Southern Miss, Nevada, Georgia State and Wyoming and, after this week, he will have visited all of them. The sophomore-to-be hopes to make his decision within the next week or two and then plans to enroll at the school he signs with during the summer. We will have a story on his decision when he makes it.


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