PROSPECT PREVIEW: Butler County CC

Butler County CC of the Jayhawk Conference churns out division one starters like there's no tomorrow. A couple of years ago it was RB Rudi Johnson, who set records at Auburn and is now with the Cincinnati Bengals. And OL Howard Duncan who started all season for the 2000 Oklahoma Sooners. Here's a look at their newest stars, many of whom are on the JC Top 101.

RB Ron McClendon (JC Top 101)
(5-9, 190)
Independence, LA
Comments: Perhaps the best JC running back in the nation although he's undersized. Could be leaning heavily to Ole Miss (unofficially visited in summer) but will take other visits. First Team All-Conference as a frosh last season. Leading the Jayhawk Conference in rushing through three games with 58 carries for 461 yards (7.9 avg.) and six touchdowns. Was SuperPrep's #37 prospect nationally in 1999. Click here for some back-and-forth discussion about McClendon and his counterpart Jermaine Green. Coach says he's one of the most highly recruited kids he's ever seen. "Tremendous athlete. Great leader. Ability to play a lot of different positions: CB, option QB, RB, return man. A difference maker." Not a real inside runner.

RB Jermaine Green (JC Top 101)
(6-1, 220)
Daytona Beach, FL
Comments: Very fast for a big man. Through three games he had 34 carries for 279 yards (8.2 avg.) with five touchdowns. South Carolina is recruiting him as are many other top schools. December grad.

OT Matt Lamatsch (JC Top 101)
(6-7, 310)
Claflin, KS
Comments: Helped lead his 2A high school team to three state championships; three-year starter in HS. Highly regarded prospect out of high school and will be playing on Saturdays next season. Best at pass blocking. Long arms and good feet. 

DT Jermaine Berry (JC Top 101)
(6-0, 290)
Witchita, KS
Comments: All-state in high school. One of the top DLs in the country. Compares favorably to Shaun Smith. Berry is faster although a bit smaller. Benches over 500 and squats 600. 4.7 range forty.

TE Matt Mattox (JC Top 101)
(6-4, 255)
Holton, KS
Comments: An opposing coach says Mattox is a fantastic blocking TE. Incredible feet and technique. Outstanding prospect. Mattox is better than Jason Blevins, who walked on at K-State after turning down many D1 offers. Extremely coachable and athletic. December grad.

WR James Terry (JC Top 101)
(6-5, 190)
Homestead, FL
Comments: Can make big plays in tight coverage. 11 receptions for 255 yards and a pair of TDs through first three games. Auburn (committed) is on school that could win his services. Runs 4.4 and only needs additional strength. Really goes after the ball and then make guys miss.

DB Kijana Thomas
(6-0, 180)
Junction City, KS
Comments: One of the top athletes on the BCCC team. Great hips and speed. S. Carolina has offered; Mississippi State; other schools.

WR Jamal Wilson
(6-3, 210)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Comments: Bounceback from Wisconsin, who played there one year. Tremendous leader with great hands and very polished routes. 4.5 forty range. He's open to all comers where recruiting is concerned.

QB Cedric Stevens
(6-4, 210)
Syracuse, NY
Comments: Oklahoma State has offered, Central Florida, and more. December grad. A rocket arm. Redshirted in 2000 and is just now getting into a groove. A drop-back passer who can create plays when necessary, but could improve speed (4.8)

LB Kedric Session
(6-0, 205)
Palatka, KS
Comments: Second in the conference in tackles through three games with 32 total. All-state selection in high school where he broke his school's single season tackle record with 195. Undersized. Very solid 1AA guy but could play D1 if given a shot. All "in the know" respect Session as a leader of the defense along with Berry.


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