Who landed the top JCs?

It's never easy to rank a four-year college's recruiting class before the signees have set foot on the field. But that's what we have done. Here's a look at the schools we think signed the best JC players. In devising the rankings we considered which players stand the best chance of becoming immediate starters or significant contributors next year. Click on the team name to see each school's official signing day press release.

1. CALIFORNIA

Just about every guy they signed is capable of earning a starting spot in fall camp. Lavelle Hawkins is an exceptional kick returner,  and I think that's where he'll make his initial mark. Nuu Tafisi should be a nice replacement for All-Pac-10 DE Ryan Riddle El Camino. One long-time JC coach with whom I sat for a while at the Calif. JC title game said Joe Ayoob was the best JC QB he'd ever seen. The kid can escape pressure,  take a hit,  and sling the ball downfield. Cal needs instant impact at linebacker and they will get it from Mickey Pimentel and Desmond Bishop. This is a great group of JC kids. Rumors are swirling that CC of San Francisco WR Ruben Jackson may also sign with Cal once his transferable credits are in order. He's a great one.

LB Mickey Pimentel
Pima
6-1.5, 220
LB Desmond Bishop
CC of San Francisco
6-2, 245
DE Nuu Tafisi
Mt. San Antonio
6-1, 260
WR Lavelle Hawkins
CC of San Francisco
5-11, 175
QB Joseph Ayoob
CC of San Francisco
6-3, 200

2. NEBRASKA

Nebraska needs to improve in a bunch of areas and,  with the JC guys they signed,  they should see that improvement having signed multiple guys for some positions. The Cornhuskers did not have the personnel at WR or QB to run a spread offense last year. Zac Taylor was arguably the best or second best JC QB in the land last season. The new WRs,  Tyrell Spain and Frantz Hardy,  will become weapons quickly. Ya think the QB will have any luck throwing the fade route to these tall targets? Whoever returns from last year's DL better be watching their backs because Barry Cryer and Ola Dagunduro are capable of earning time -- especially Cryer. Justin Tomerlin is a young DE who may be tried at TE ? and Zach Bowman was among the top five prospects from the WSFL last season. The latter played safety at New Mexico Military and is fast and physical. It wouldn't surprise me to see the two linebackers make the most immediate impact: Dontrell Moore and Steve Octavien. Coach Callahan also got help for his secondary and offensive line.

CB Bryan Wilson
La Pierce
6-2, 190
TE Justin Tomerlin
Butler County
6-6.5, 260
WR Frantz Hardy
Butler County
6-2, 175
WR Tyrell Spain
San Diego Mesa
6-3, 190
OL Brock Pasteur
Mesabi Range CTC
6-7, 315
OT Jordan Picou
Mt. San Antonio
6-3, 310
DT Ola Dagunduro
Compton
6-3, 293
LB Steven Octavien
William Rainey Harper
6-1, 230
QB Zac Taylor
Butler County
6-2.5, 205
DT Barry Cryer
Dodge City
6-3, 285
LB Dontrell Moore
Coffeyville
6-2, 225
CB Zack Bowman
New Mexico Military Institute
6-2, 181

3. LOUISVILLE

The Cardinal got two new starters for their offensive line,  a starter at DT,  a fantastic S, OLB,  and some real speed at WR. Many D1 coaches with whom I spoke during the season said that OT Marcel Benson was a real gem. OL Marcus Gordon was heavily recruited and played against tough competition in Kansas. The Miami Hurricanes signed S, OLB Nate Harris out of HS but he was forced to go the JC route. He's a big-time athlete who is eager to show why he was an All-American in HS. Not sure there's an 'iffy' prospect in this group.

DT Zach Anderson
East Mississippi
6-4, 266
OL Marcel Benson
San Diego Mesa
6-7, 320
OL Marcus Gordon
Highland
6-6, 330
S Nate Harris
Dodge City
6-2, 220
WR Stevin Williams
Dodge City
5-10, 170

4. ARIZONA STATE

The Sun Devils have done a terrific job scouting the JC ranks since HC Dirk Koetter arrived. Their starting lineup is sprinkled with ex-JCs...and this class will definitely ensure the trend continues. I like the fact that two of the kids,  Beau Manutai and Will Kofe,  are older having gone on two-year Mormon missions. S Zach Catanese played for out-of-the-way Shasta College in northern California. He is relishing the opportunity to play on a big stage now. Look for CB, KR Keno Walter-White,  who de-committed from Washington,  to make his biggest impact as a return man as he's very fast and generally a gifted athlete. DB Chris Baloney and DT Shannon Jones are perhaps the biggest sleepers in the class. Baloney has the height and speed coveted by four-year schools these days with so many taller receivers.

CB Keno Walter-White
San Diego Mesa
6-1, 175
S Chris Baloney
College of the Sequoias
6-0, 190
LB Beau Manutai
Dixie State
6-2, 245
S Zach Catanese
Shasta
6-3, 215
DT Will Kofe
Dixie State
6-2, 270
DT Shannon Jones
Sierra
6-3, 295

5. MICHIGAN STATE

I'll be eager to see if undersized DE Jonal Saint-Dic can be a difference-maker for the Spartans. He's a guy who had more than 20 sacks in two seasons for Hudson Valley CC. The defensive line should also get a boost from David Stanton and Bobby Jones. The former helped anchor an incredible DL for Canyons,  which finished 14-0. Meanwhile,  Jones was heavily recruited out of HS but ended up at North Dakota State College of Science where he didn't go against many D1 athletes. OT Kenny Shane will be a starter at some point in his career. CB Demond Williams may become the team's starting KR and should see duty in the secondary next year.

DT David Stanton
College of the Canyons
6-5, 265
DE Jonal Saint-Dic
Hudson Valley
6-1, 256
OL Kenny Shane
Pima
6-7, 320
WR Emory Jones
NE Mississippi
6-4, 215
CB Demond Williams
Pima
5-11, 180
DE Bobby Jones
North Dakota St. CS
6-5, 280

6. SAN DIEGO STATE

DT Dallas Mauga
Grossmont
6-1, 297
TE Steve Schmidt
Butte
6-5, 235
CB Josh Gomez
Palomar
6-0, 185
OL Ramsey Faipai
Cerritos
6-4, 295
DT Sean McMaster
Diablo Valley
6-2, 265
OL Nick Smith
Diablo Valley
6-6, 295

7. IOWA STATE

DE John Machado
Itawamba
6-4, 240
DT Thomas Patton
CC of San Francisco
6-4, 290
TE Walter Nickel
Dixie State
6-4, 240
OL Paul Fisher
Dixie State
6-7, 330
OL Scott Fisher
Dixie State
6-8, 320
LB Alvin Bowen
Garden City
6-2, 215

8. OREGON STATE

RB Nate Wright
Fresno
5-10, 180
CB Edorian McCullough
CC of San Francisco
5-11, 190
CB Aaron Miller
Fresno
6-2, 205
DT William Vea
Los Angeles Harbor
6-2, 280
TE Jason Vandiver
Fullerton
6-4, 260

9. ARIZONA

WR B.J. Vickers
Santa Monica
6-3, 210
TE Brandyn McCall
Golden West
6-5, 250
S Michael Johnson
Tyler JC
6-3.5, 200
TE Paul Nichols
Coffeyville
6-3, 230
OL Adam Hawes
Yuba
6-5, 290

10. KANSAS

DE Rodney Allen
Garden City
6-2.5, 265
LB Paul Como
Saddleback
6-2, 240
OL Marcus Anderson
CC of San Francisco
6-3, 280
OL Jake Cox
Iowa Central
6-5, 295
WR Brian Murph
Butler County
6-2, 190
DT Wayne Wilder
Garden City
6-2, 295
LB Eric Washington
Minnesota West CTC
6-2, 215

11. OREGON

P Matt Dragich
El Camino
6-1, 210
OL Palauni Ma Sun
Fresno
6-5, 330
LB Jason Turner
West Los Angeles
6-2, 230
LB Blair Phillips
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
6-2, 240
OL Pat So'oalo
Fresno
6-5, 300
LB Chris Mulvanny
Diablo Valley
6-0, 215
WR James Finley
Compton
6-3, 200

12. MISSOURI

DE Chad Marshall
Mississippi Delta CC
6-2, 240
OL Louis Pintola
Pasadena
6-5.5, 310
DT Demarcus Scott
Mississippi Delta CC
6-2, 270
DE Jamar Smith
NE Oklahoma A&M
6-2, 265
OL Matt Russell
Solano
6-6, 315
S Darnell Terrell
Coffeyville
6-4, 215

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WR DeAngelo Ramsey
Fresno
6-2, 209
TE John Miller
Chabot
6-2, 255
DE Charles Campbell
Chabot
6-4, 225
LB Tone Taupule
Compton
6-1, 215
CB Jason Martin
Mt. San Antonio
5-9, 170
WR Daniel Smith
La Pierce
6-1, 210
WR Matt Askew
West Hills
6-3, 200
DT Ryan Davis
Orange Coast
6-0, 270
QB Steve Wichman
San Joaquin Delta
6-3, 215
OL Matt O'Donnell
San Jose
6-4, 288
WR Adrian Smith
Compton
6-4, 190

14. UNLV

CB John Guice Jr.
Grossmont
5-9, 185
P Brian Pacheco
Glendale CC
-, -
QB Jarrod Jackson
Grossmont
6-1, 205
WR Chris Butler
College of the Canyons
6-3, 250
DT Cedrick Fisher
Santa Monica
6-3, 320
CB E.J. Whitley
Victor Valley
5-9, 170

15. WASHINGTON STATE

DT Bryan Tarkington
Moorpark
6-5, 280
OL Derek Hunter
Fullerton
6-4, 285
RB Lorenzo Bursey
West Los Angeles
5-9, 170
S DeWayne Patterson
Chaffey
6-2, 195

16. KANSAS STATE

DT Willie Williams
Hutchinson
6-4, 303
DT Steve Burch
Dodge City
-, -
DE Ricky Miller
Orange Coast
6-3, 255
CB Justin McKinney
Garden City
5-10.5, 180
OL Mike Friesen
Bakersfield
6-6, 318
RB Jimmy Niutapuai
Orange Coast
6-1, 260

17. NEW MEXICO

WR Thomas Wilson
Butte
6-2, 190
OL Brian Ramsay
Butte
6-8, 320
OL Michael Justice
Pasadena
6-6, 343
QB Chris Nelson
Garden City
-, -
TE John Mulchrone
Palomar
6-4, 225
DE Ryan Boyd
Santa Rosa
6-3, 250
DE Tyler Donaldson
New Mexico Military Institute
6-4, 240
S Aleem Harris
Chaffey
6-4, 220
S Darvin Peterson
Tyler JC
5-10, 200
S Othellus Swift
Garden City
5-9, 180

18. HOUSTON

S Kellan Yancy
La Pierce
6-1, 180
LB Scott Lee
Saddleback
6-4, 245
WR Jeron Harvey
Dodge City
6-5.5, 220
LB Kenny Atkins
Bakersfield
6-2.5, 225
LB DaVell Lauder
Merced
6-2.5, 241

19. TULSA

DT William Washington
Bakersfield
6-6, 290
LB Martelle Narcisse
Coffeyville
6-0, 250
LB Steve Craver
Kilgore College
6-1, 225
S Marchon Tatmon
Chabot
6-0, 197
LB Alain Karatepeyan
La Pierce
6-3, 245
WR Idris Moss
Chaffey
5-11, 175

20. BOISE STATE

DL JC Dennis Ellis
College of the Canyons
6-3, 265
WR JC Jerard Rabb
Saddleback
6-3, 200
OL JC Jadon Daily
Phoenix
6-0, 287

21. NEVADA

WR Kyle Sammons
Santa Rosa
-, -
OL Fred White
Bakersfield
6-2, 280
OL Reid Jacobs
Eastern Arizona
6-4, 295
DT Charles Manu
Feather River
6-3, 200
LB Jason DeMars
Sacramento
6-2, 245
LB Selevasio Fauolo
Fresno
6-3, 215
CB Joe Garcia
Long Beach
6-0, 180
DE Jay Dixon
Saddleback
6-4, 255

22. SAN JOSE STATE

RB Allan Webster
Foothill
6-1, 235
QB Kevin Brown
Cerritos
6-1, 195
OL Keith Jackson
El Camino
6-5, 320
DT Freddy McCutcheon
El Camino
6-2, 295
RB Alfred Guidry
Fullerton
6-0.5, 200
OL Shane Lapka
Fullerton
6-3, 280

23. MARSHALL

OL Wesley Jones
Hinds
-, -
DT Juan Underwood
Pima
6-3, 294
LB Brandon Souder
Los Angeles Southwest
6-2, 230
S Timmy Jones
NW Mississippi
5-10, 190

24. LOUISIANA TECH

S Keeven Moore
NE Oklahoma A&M
5-11, 195
S Marquis Spurgon
Itawamba
6-0, 183
CB Anthony Moss
Jones County JC
5-11, 185
CB Lurico Woods
NE Mississippi
5-10, 170
CB Sandy Collins
Pearl River
5-10, 190
CB Melvin Ellis
Itawamba
5-11, 170
LB Jason Anthony
Holmes
5-10.5, 236

 

High impact unsigned sophomores,  include:

Los Medanos WR ,  All-Purpose threat Justin Amaral will either walk on at Cal or see if a D1 offer comes is way in spring. Teammate Delo Hilton,  Safety,  needs a few more classes in order to attend Cal. If everything falls into place it sounds like he'll get a scholarship with the Bears. DT Duane Frelot is another 1 ,  1AA prospect for Los Medanos. He'll get a nice scholarship,  too,  once he wraps up a few more classes this spring.

El Camino cornerbacks Charles Clavens and Steve Akarim are still unsigned. The former has offers from Central Michigan and Middle Tennessee State,  but he's still waiting to make a decision. Right now he's home in Florida with an AA degree in hand. Apparently,  the Chippewas of CMU may have also offered Akarim.

The best unsigned QB around? That's Colt Brennan of Saddleback. He's still taking classes and hoping Hawaii comes through with an offer.

 


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