Best is yet to come for Overton

One of the top returning runners in the California JUCO ranks this year is Mt. San Antonio RB Jamal Overton (5-9, 205). The talented runner's skills were on display every weekend last year and the amazing thing is that it was his first time playing tailback...

"Up until last season, I really hadn't played running back before," Overton told recently. "I signed with Iowa as a corner and mostly played DB in high school, but I just didn't like it there and I came back and (Mt. San Antonio) was the right fit for me and they needed a tailback, so I knew I would get the chance to get some carries and see what I could do."

Things definitely worked out as Overton carried the ball to the tune of 938 yards and 10 touchdowns while also hauling in nine receptions for 88 yards and two more scores and helping to lead the Mounties to an 11-1 record and a state-runner up finish.

"I'm an all-around back. I can do whatever my team needs me to do," Overton said. "I can run inside or make people miss and go outside, I can catch the ball and I can block pretty well too.

"I want to be even more versatile so they can use me in the passing game more and I've also been working a lot on playing running back. Watching film, making sure I'm doing all of the small stuff because last year was really the first time I had every played running back."

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side for Overton, but they should pick up once the season gets underway.

"I had a couple of FCS programs that offered me hoping I could get out this summer," Overton said. "I didn't really consider them too much because I want to go to an FBS program and play. I know I can do it, but right now I still have to show people what I can do."

The one FBS program who has made contact with the talented tailback is Kansas, although that was back in the spring.

"If I get it done this fall and show last year was no fluke, then I think schools will start to take notice of me," Overton said. "I just want to get better every day and help my team any way that I can. The rest will take care of itself."

Overton is on pace to graduate in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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