Two Top Prospects & More from Signing Day

Following is a report on two more of California's top JC prospects as well as Hank Ives' post-signing day report. He compares the number of NJCAA and California JCs signed by D1 schools this past winter.


The early California Top 25 list includes two high-impact guys, who will receive lots of fan mail from D1 schools beginning in May.  

Scott Lee
6-4, 310
Offensive Line
Butte College

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.  


Mark Hetherington
6-2, 210
Fresno City College
Buchanan H.S. (Clovis, California)

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.   




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 talent pool.

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.


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; 
- Tight end Jon Clark (our first team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American) will  be at Houston; 
- Offensive lineman Peni Holakeituai, that little ole 6-6, 320-pounder, at Kansas State; 
- Nate Hahm, TE & Kyle Kidd, DL at Idaho State; 
- Idaho nabbed Kelly Nead, tight end and Kody Kraus, LB;
- Shawn Tidwell DL & Brock Williamson, LB, went to Bucknell; 
- DE Josh Huntsman signed with Morningside College in Iowa
- TE Jon Harline is at BYU, where Cade McMullen OL, will be a walk-on. 

Last, but not least, Quarterback Robbie Haas, who had a fine season with the Vikings as a freshman, transferred to Western Michigan.


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