COMBINE WRAP: Scottsdale CC Prospects

Scottsdale CC played host to the first annual WSFL Combine and their players showed very well. The Artichokes won the conference in 2001 and should compete well again in 2002. Here's a look at a few of their top prospects.


This is PART TWO in a series of articles highlighting prospects from schools represented at the combine.

Post-WSFL Combine Group Photo

Joe Critchfield
Offensive Guard
6-3 1/2, 300
Scottsdale CC
December Graduate

Big Joe is getting back into football shape after spending two years in Uruguay on an LDS mission. He's now at Scottsdale after spending his freshman season at Eastern Arizona, where he started four or five games. From what we saw at the combine, Critchfield is getting back into football shape very quickly. He demonstrated tremendous flexibility ("The kid can do the splits!" - Bontemps), excellent quickness (4.67 shuttle), and decent speed (5.44). 

Although BYU may lead for his services, no firm commitment has been made. Southern Miss, Arizona, Arizona State, and Kentucky are also very interested in Critchfield.

Describe your strengths and a few areas you'd like to improve in: "I do have quick feet, but speed is my weakness. I need to better mentally prepare for games, instead of just trying to go out there and intimidate."

What schools are looking at you early in the recruiting process? "Arizona State, Arizona, BYU, Kentucky, Nebraska, Georgia, Cal, and Southern Miss."

What are your personal goals? "I just want to show my skills so I can land a scholarship. I want us to go to another bowl and win it this time."


Jeremy Rose
Defensive End/Tackle
6-6 1/2, 290
Scottsdale CC
December Graduate

There's no question that Jeremy Rose will be one of the most heavily recruited JC defensive linemen in the country. He has already received offers from Mississippi State, Alabama, and Arizona. Those first two schools will probably get trips.

Meanwhile, Brigham Young is very interested and will probably make a big push for him soon. The Cougars may feel that they have an edge on this St. Louis, Missouri native, who is LDS. A host of other universities are writing letters. Is there a darkhorse? Rose was born in Fresno, California and would apparently give them a trip per Coach Bontemps.

Rose played on the interior last year but is moving to end this season. He has the quickness to get around the edge and wreak havoc on the quarterback. At the combine he ran pair of 5.1 forties and a 5.04 shuttle. Coaches will have him working on technique and adding strength in the weight room over the summer.

Describe your strengths and a few areas you'd like to improve in: "I'm a good pass rusher, but I need to be in better shape. I also need to work on my technique a lot."

What schools are looking at you early in the recruiting process? "Alabama, Mississippi St., BYU, Nebraska, U of A, Georgia, and Kentucky."

What are your personal goals? "Just try and get to the championship."

Shawn Sullivan
Offensive Tackle
6-5, 280
Scottsdale CC
December Graduate

Sullivan was one of the bigger bodies at the combine. According to Coach Bontemps, this is an athlete with significant upside. He only has two to play two, which means that whichever schools signs him will expect an immediate contribution. "Sullivan started a couple of games for us (last year) at guard. He battled a hip flexor injury," said Bontemps. If he gets a little faster and stronger, a D1 or 1AA offer could come his way.

Describe your strengths and a few areas you'd like to improve in: "I need to improve in all areas, especially speed. I need to be as good as I can."

What are your personal goals? "I want to work hard every game, and make it somewhere so I can support my family."

Ryan Place
Tight End
6-4, 255
Scottsdale CC
December Graduate

Right now, according to one Scottsdale CC coach, Place is penciled in as a starter. He will see his first significant action this fall after playing behind Matt Walters, who signed with Michigan State. "Ryan played a couple of games at center for us last year due to injuries," said offensive coordinator Arna Bontemps. To be a good D1 prospect he'll have to develop a better 'feel for the ball' and become more 'physical in stature.' He certainly has the frame to carry more muscle. At the combine Place ran a 5.1 forty and put up 225 seventeen times.

Describe your strengths and a few areas you'd like to improve in: "I have good strength and good hands. I need to work on my speed and quickness."

What schools are looking at you early in the recruiting process? "Rutgers, Georgia Tech, and SW Missouri."

What are your personal goals? "I have other tight ends to beat out for a starting position, so I want to do that. I want to have five receptions a game. I want our team to go a bowl game, and be #1."

Matt Miller
Wide Receiver
5-10, 171
Scottsdale CC
December Grad

Matt Miller opened the eyes of four-year coaches in attendance at the combine. He is a precise router runner and repeatedly beat DBs during one-on-one drills. Coach Bontemps says: "Matt is one of the best kids on the team. He did very well (last year) against Glendale's All-American safety, Eric Blackwell."

"Colorado State is real interested and wants him. Matt has an incredible work ethic. He started at wide receiver, kick returner, and punt returner for us as a freshman. He's like a horse! A blue-collar type person, who doesn't believe anyone can guard him," continued Bontemps. 

Boise State is another schools taking a look.

At the combine, Miller ran two 4.45 forties and posted a 4.01 shuttle. His 35-inch vertical and 18 reps of 185 pounds were also good numbers.

Describe your strengths and a few areas you'd like to improve in: "I run good patterns. I have good hands and good speed. I do need to get off the bump and run better."

What schools are looking at you early in the recruiting process? Pretty much all of the Pac-10, Boise St., Colorado State, Kentucky, and Alabama."

What are your personal goals? "We want to get back to the Valley of the Sun Bowl. Personally, I just want to go out and get a division I scholarship."



Kevin Fain
Running Back
5-9 1/2, 209
Scottsdale CC
December Graduate

Fain is a transfer from Coffeyville CC, where he redshirted in 2001. Then he sat out the fall of 2001, leaving him two to play two at a D1. Has the inactivity slowed him down? At the combine he posted a 4.5 forty, 4.39 shuttle, and put up 225 pounds a total of 24 times. Those numbers are decent and accompany his 35.5-inch vertical. 

"Great balance. He's a little taller than he plays. Kevin catches the ball very well out of the backfield and he's hungry. But he'll have to beat out Steve Walker, our returning starter," said Bontemps. "He's a D1 tailback from what we've seen and from what (four-year) coaches have said."

Fain, who is a native of Melbourne, Florida, has gotten early looks from Georgia and ASU. 

Monty Hoffman
6-0, 200
Scottsdale CC
December Graduate

A very athletic QB, who will battle for the starting job this fall. He posted a nice 4.69 forty time as well as 4.45 shuttle and 11 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press. wishes to thank the Scottsdale coaching staff and Eastern Arizona head coach, Kevin Haslam, for their help in running this first-year combine. Special thanks go to Arna Bontemps, who was an excellent point man for us!


Part Three of our WSFL Combine series will showcase the talented players from Glendale CC.


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