JCFootball.com Recruiting Blog - 7/9

In today's JCFootball.com Recruiting Blog we have some news and notes on some developing situations with several top and emerging JUCO prospects including one, Iowa Western C Austin Stephens who has decided to sign with Utah State and will enroll there next month...

Iowa Western C Austin Stephens - Stephens was a very popular prospect this spring, hauling in offers from Utah State as well as Appalachian State, Old Dominion, South Alabama and Florida International. He was a full-qualifier out of high school, so when the Aggies found out he was available to enroll this summer, they upped their interest level and over the weekend Stephens decided to sign with them. He will have four years to play three once he steps on campus.

Grossmont OT A.J. Allen - Allen, a huge, physically gifted prospect who has started to see recruiting pick up over the past couple of weeks received some good news recently when Kentucky told him they were offering, although it is contingent on him graduating in December, something he told JCFootball.com he is working towards. "I'm taking a lot of summer classes and doing everything I can to make it happen," he said. Allen is also hearing from the likes of Illinois, Utah State, Arizona State, Arizona, Utah and Texas Tech.

Kilgore QB Tanner Tausch - Last season, while leading his team to an 8-3 record, Tausch completed 59% of his passes for 2,051 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He's a strong pocket-passer who has enough escapability to move around in the pocket and keep plays alive. He's been hearing from some lower-level schools, but to this point, he doesn't have any offers.

Tyler DT Jeremy Miller - Miller didn't see a lot of playing time as a freshman last year, but did manage to post seven tackles while working into the rotation inside for the Apaches. He's squatty, measuring in at 6'0 and weighing in at 290 pounds, but he's a real run-stuffer and has been hearing from some FCS programs as well as some D-2 schools. He has the ability to be a real rock inside for the right system, even at the FBS level, but, at least to this point, he has yet to hear from any schools at that level.

Coahoma OT Sylvester Townes - One of the rising stars on the recruiting circuit over the past couple of weeks, Townes is an ideal fit outside at tackle due to his size (6'6", 295) and athleticism (34-inch vertical, 5.1 forty time). He's already got an offer from West Virginia and he's been hearing from quite a few schools over the past few weeks including the likes of Illinois, Southern Miss, Memphis, Western Kentucky, Marshall and Middle Tennessee.

Southwest Mississippi S Steven Joiner - Joiner had a very good freshman campaing for Southwest Mississippi last fall, totaling 40 tackles and four interceptions. He's been hearing from schools like North Texas and Texas State, but he's still waiting on that first offer.

Snow LB Misi Afeaki - Afeaki is the top returning tackler on the Badgers. He totaled 28 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks as a freshman in 2012. He's seen schools like UNLV, Nevada, North Texas and Memphis show him a lot of interest this summer, but so far, no offers have been forthcoming.

Eastern Arizona CB Kendric Randolph - If you're looking for a lockdown type out at corner, Randolph is a player with the traits to be that guy. He's "sticky" in coverage and has a knack for making plays on the ball when it's in the air. He's heard from Northern Arizona, Portland State and Cal Poly, but he does have enough talent to play at a lower-level FBS program. To this point, he has yet to haul in an offer and he'll need to wait until May of 2014 before he can enroll, so that might be what is hold some schools back from offering.

Santa Rosa OT Scott Boyett - Boyett saw tepid interest this spring from schools, but has seen recruiting pick up over the past couple of weeks with schools from the Pac 12, Big 12 and WAC all talking to him and showing him some interest. With is ideal height and solid athleticism, schools seem to like him on the right side and he could see some offers start to flow in once some of the top JUCO tackles in the country start making their decisions.

Coffeyville S Dernard Turner - Turner enjoyed a solid freshman campaign for the Red Ravens in 2012, totaling 47 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and two interceptions. He's a strong tackler and could play in the box, but he has solid ball skills and that could wind up making him an even better fit at free safety. Schools like Western Kentucky, Ohio, Kent State, Illinois and Cincinnati have all shown him some interest and with him being able to leave in December, you could see the offers start to roll in once the season gets under way.

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