JCFootball.com Recruiting Blog - 1/6

While many former JUCO stars begin classes either this week or later this month with the schools they signed with, there are still many more that are looking for homes and hope to sign with a four-year school on February 5th. Here's a look at a handful of players and where things sit at this point in time...

ASA DE Torey Hendrick - Hendrick had expected to sign with a school back in December, but the NCAA came back and told him he was short some classes/credits, so he's still working toward that and has yet to make his decision on where he will wind up playing this fall. He currently holds offers from Arizona State, Florida State, Iowa, Kanas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Troy and West Virginia. He had visits to Iowa and MSU set up already, but those were postponed and he's yet to reschedule. Keep an eye out for West Virginia which has gone heavily after JUCO DL this year and seems to have the perfect scheme that Hendrick can fit into. Hendrick finished the season with 26 tackles and led the team with 6.5 sacks and 14 tackles-for-loss last season.


Holmes CB Tee Shepard - The former Notre Dame signee had a solid season at Holmes this past fall, posting 54 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries, one interception and six pass breakups. He has already visited California and will take a trip to Oklahoma on January 17th and USC on January 24th. Word is that the Trojans have the inside track with Shepard who had a very good relationship with DBs coach Keith Heyward when he was at Washington (Shepard was leaning toward the Huskies before the coaching changes). This is definitely a situation that is very fluid and there is a slight chance he will visit Ohio State the final weekend of January before he decides, but USC appears to be in the driver's seat on this one.


Garden City LB Dvonta Derricott - Spoke with Derricott recently and he told me he is still solidly committed to Kansas State and plans to sign with the Wildcats on February 5th. However, there are rumors he will take some visits and is working on setting those up. I am still working on verifying which programs could get visits and will update those when I get credible information. Derricott was one of the top JUCO linebacker prospects in the nation this year and posted 71 tackles, one sack, 11.5 tackles-for-loss, one fumble recovery and three interceptions.


Georgia Military LB LeGrande Harley - Word has been swirling that Harley has committed to South Florida, but I have not been able to get any confirmation on that as of yet. He tripped to Tampa to see the Bulls back at the beginning of December and is scheduled to visit Middle Tennessee in two weeks (January 17th). He also holds offers from Arizona State, Southern Miss and West Virginia. Harley posted 36 tackles, three sacks, three tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries this past fall while helping to lead the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record.


Golden West OT Dominic Granado - Granado has seen his recruiting stock soar over the past couple of months and he is set to take his second official visit on January 17th (Cal). He's already tripped to Arkansas State and word is he might be tripping to Purdue and Marshall before he makes a decision. However, it appears that the Golden Bears are the favorites for him and things could wrap up shortly after his visit to Berkeley in two weeks.


College of San Mateo DT Rika Levi Told JCFootball.com he's working on setting up more official visits. He had planned to visit Washington in early December, but the coaching change altered his plans and he has yet to take any official trips. He said he will be talking to several coaches this week and next week as he tries to set up as many visits as possible before Signing Day (February 5th) and also noted that Kentucky, Auburn and Florida State have all been pushing pretty hard on him of late.


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