The early JCFootball.com California Top 25 list includes two high-impact guys, who will receive lots of fan mail from D1 schools beginning in May.
In 2000, Lee was among the most dominant offensive linemen in
Northern California while playing at Yuba College. He transferred to Butte after the season, where he was slated
to be a starter. However,
he did not complete enough units in order to play in 2001. A year later he is keeping himself in game shape and should
be a force on a much-improved Butte O-line in 2002.
He has great feet. Very
athletic and strong. Will
have 2 x 2 eligibility at the next level.
Of the freshman quarterbacks in California in 2001, none made more of
an impact than Mark Hetherington. He
re-wrote the Fresno City College record book as he completed 146 of 250
passes for 2,342 yards with 30 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions.
Led his team to an undefeated regular season (10-0).
Mobility has been the only question.
Big frame, thick hips. "Off
season will be very important as he focuses on football exclusively for
the first time in his life," according to head coach Tony Caviglia.
NJCAA SCHOOLS SEND 184 TO DIVISION I
According to one coach, who spends considerable time browsing the
networks and newspapers after signing days, a total of 184 players from
NJCAA schools (does not include California schools) signed with a
total of sixty-nine different D1
teams this year. The
previous year, sixty-eight D1 schools plucked 185 gems from the NJCAA
The Southwest Conference -- made up of Texas schools and Northeastern
Oklahoma A&M -- made the biggest jump going from 28 athletes in 2001
to 37 last year. Kansas led
the way with 45 players, who are expected to dot D1 rosters, which is
just one more than Mississippi.
California schools saw a huge jump in the numbers of signees during
the past recruiting season. A
total of 189 players inked letters of intent in the recent months,
compared to just 101 the previous season.
That's a total of 373 JC athletes who should be in D1 lineups
during the 2002 season. A
lot of players to keep track of, but one of the items you will be
reading in the pages of J.C. Grid-Wire PLUS. Keep an eye out for
our detailed ALUMNI REPORTS during the season.
RICKS GIVES UP FOOTBALL
Most of you probably know by now that Ron Haun's Ricks Vikings have not only given up football, but all athletics at the school, which is now named BYU-Idaho.
Here is a list of the Ricks lads who will be playing elsewhere in 2002:
- Defensive lineman Carl Tuitavuki, at Arizona;
Last, but not least, Quarterback Robbie Haas, who had a fine season with the Vikings as a freshman, transferred to Western Michigan.