UNSIGNED SOPHS: Chaz Guinn, AJ Cooper, & More

*UNSIGNED SOPHOMORES* We first noticed Fullerton WR Chaz Guinn (#19) at last spring's JCFootball.com combine in southern California, where he displayed a nice combination of size, speed (4.55), strength (15 reps @ 225; 315# bench), and explosiveness (29.5" vertical). He ended up being the go-to guy for the Hornets, who advanced to the final round of the SoCal playoffs. More...

Chaz Guinn (6-3, 210)
WR
Fullerton College

We first noticed Fullerton WR Chaz Guinn (#19) at last spring's JCFootball.com combine in southern California, where he displayed a nice combination of size, speed (4.55), strength (15 reps @ 225; 315# bench), and explosiveness (29.5" vertical). He ended up being the go-to guy for the Hornets, who advanced to the final round of the SoCal playoffs. "In the post season I squared off against one of the best WRs in the nation, Delanie Walker, when we played Mt. San Antonio. We both combined for 514 yards of total offense and 5 touchdowns. I had 8 catches for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns but was taken out early of the game because we were up by 21," said Guinn. Although some scouts might be skeptical of Guinn's speed, in that playoff game against Mt. SAC he scored on big plays. Right now he has offers from Montana State and Sacramento State. He says that Hawaii and Utah State have been reviewing his film. Four-year programs seeking a focused, intense receiver -- who has better than average height and proven track record in one of the nation's top conferences -- should call Fullerton for a reference and film. Or contact JCFootball.com directly for Guinn's phone number and email address.

Ponch Drew (5-10, 230)
MLB
Glendale CC, Arizona

Ponch made Arizona State's roster as a walk on fullback out of high school, where he was an all state wrestler and running back. He was a two-year starter at middle linebacker for GCC. The NJCAA tabbed him as a pre-season All-American in 2003. "He tallied 30 solos, 64 assists, 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and forced two fumbles," said GCC assistant coach Rafael Tolentino. "Ponch started all 22 games in his career and totaled more than 200 tackles. This past season he was second team All-WSFL. Ponch is instinctive and knows the difference between pain and discomfort." Despite his size, Drew could make an impact at the right 1A program. But it's likely he'll end up being a great pick-up for a lucky 1AA school.

A.J. Cooper (6-2.5, 225)
TE/HB
Glendale CC, Arizona

A.J. Cooper is a great athlete, who is generating moderate D1A interest based on his talent and performance last season. Cooper started on his state championship basketball team in high school and was on the state runner-up football team. "A.J. was selected as a pre-season NJCAA All-American  in 2003 due to the potential he showed during his freshman year. He tallied 40 receptions for more than 600 yards along with leading the team in TD receptions with 8," said GCC assistant coach Rafael Tolentino. A.J. earned second team All-WSFL and can run ""a legit 4.55 in the 40 per Tolentino. "A.J. was mature enough to play X, Y, Z, TE, HB, and FB for us." An official trip to Middle Tennessee State has already been taken.

Joe Tantarelli (5-9, 170)
PK
Glendale CC, Arizona

Joe came to Glendale from Portland State University, and is a San Diego native. He led the nation in scoring and was 50 for 53 in PATs and 15 for 19 in FGs with a long of 47 yards. "Joe also had a very strategic short right kickoff that was very accurate with great hang time," said assistant coach Rafael Tolentino. Joe's stellar numbers earned him first team NJCAA All-American. Without question he's one of the top unsigned / uncommitted JC placekickers nationally.

Brendon Parnell (5-10, 190)
WR
Santa Rosa JC

Brendon was 3rd in the nation in catches with 83 and 5th in yards with 1,200. His size and forty time (4.65) won't wow you, but he's a big play guy with great hands and character. In 2003 CLO Bowl game he caught 8 balls for 135 yards and 3 TDs in the first half. "In the 4th quarter we played him at RB and he ran 12 times for 135 yards and 1 TD," said SRJC head coach Keith Simons.

"I coached several great WRs at Wayne State College (NE), two of whom are still playing in the NFL  – Byron Chamberlain and Kevin Swayne.  Brendon Parnell is the same type of WR. He reminds me of Wes Welker at Texas Tech. Brendon was our go-to guy this season, although and we had a WR (Jesse Martinez; signed K. State) who led the nation with 17 TD catches. When we needed the big catch, Brendon was the guy we went to."

"He has the best hands and hand/eye coordination of any of the WRs I've coached and that includes Chamberlain and Swayne. He is a play maker.  You put on any film and he always made the first guy miss – always," says Simons.

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