The "Huskers" picked up Butler RB Kenny Wilson, San Francisco WR Maurice Purify and Fresno DB Andre Jones, all first-stringers on the AA squad, along with OL Carl Nicks, Hartnell, and Victory Haines, Snow and Steve Allen, Fresno DB.
Mississippi will rank high in the top JC recruiting lists, especially with QB Brent Schaeffer, College of Sequoias, signing on. He will have San Bernardino TE Jason Hawkins as a target and receive the ball from center Corey Actis, Bakersfield. Head coach Ed Orgeron has a good eye for JC talent after serving as Pete Carroll's recruiting coordinator, among other major tasks while at Southern California.
For sheer numbers Kansas State probably had the lead with a dozen JC recruits, including four from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. One sleeper we like is CB Ray Cheatham from Independence. Moses Manu out of El Camino should be a fixture at DE for the Wildcats for the next two years.
All three Oregon schools delved deeply into the JC bin and came out looking good.
Oregon chose seven lads who might be half a notch below the limelight, but clearly are loaded with talent. Offensive linemen Jeremy Gibbs, NEO, Fenuki Tupou, Sierra, and Pat So'oalo, Fresno, will be critical to Duck offensive plans. Jameel Dowling, Butte, and Matt Harper, San Francisco, should provide solid defensive backfield help.
Oregon state recruited big on defense and came up with DB Coye Francies, American River, Canyons linebacker stud Joey Larocque and DT Dorian Smith from College of the Desert among a handful of top prospects.
Portland State must have led all Division 1AA schools in JC recruiting, coming up with ten real good looking athletes. Santa Ana QB Daniel Morales should fit right in and Orange Coast LB Dave Ronning, Cerritos DE Dan Kuykendall, and Long Beach safety Damion Porter are already in school. A couple of slick OL out of San Mateo, Andrew Havili and Landon Lausuransaitis, will be heard from.
NOTES: Purdue led the Big-Ten in terms of numbers and Joe Tiller annually gets good mileage out of JC talent. Missouri went for defensive backs who can also play wide-receiver. Tremane Vaughns, Pasadena, Justin Brown, North Dakota State, and Paul Simpson from Chabot all qualify for double honors. The best DB of the lot is probably Castine Bridges out of Diablo Valley.
Alex Fa'agai, Foothill DE decommitted from Oregon State to Arizona State where he will find seven more of his JC brethren. Canyons had four DBs sign with Pac-10 schools, and that does not count Ja'Vonte Holmes, who probably won't get his AA until June or later. Canyons QB Marcel Marquez is still unsigned, but it is our guess he will end up with a D1 school and will do very well. Grossmont DE Roderkus Wright, will most likely bypass college and head straight for the pros. He reminds me a lot of Alfonso Boone of Mt. San Antonio a few years ago. He made All-American in JC, then went directly to the NFL. He now starts for the Bears. Wright is about 23 or 24 and spent a year at Oregon already.
IN OTHER JC BUSINESS the lawsuit between CCSF and the COA has been settled and all allegations dropped. Matt Kofler has succeeded Martin Moss at San Diego Mesa. Seems like just a couple of years ago that Matt was our All-American QB. Ashlee Palmer, Compton DB, decommitted from Nebraska to Washington after an academic glitch kept from transferring at midyear. Butler sent 11 players to major universities. Mike Pompa has resigned as head coach at Southwestern in Chula Vista, Calif. after just one year back on the job. Larry Grant, much sought after LB from San Francisco, was short a math class and had to pull out of Florida. Not to worry ... Grant signed immediately with Ohio State.