Salt Lake City, UT
Dixie State head coach, Greg Croshaw, has seen a lot of talented athletes come through St. George, Utah. Make no mistake: he knows a good football player when he sees one.
In 2002, he will once again have a loaded squad despite sending off a great class of sophomores after last season. The Rebels have a big offensive lineman transferring in from Ricks, whose football program ended last December. Then there's a transfer from Hinds CC. And incoming bouncebacks from the University of Utah and San Diego State.
The talent well has not run dry, which is a good thing since the WSFL will be tough as nails and the Rebels will entertain Georgia Military College in an out of conference match-up.
At or near the top of the prospect list is insider linebacker, Singa Iloa.
A first-team All-WSFL selection last fall, Iloa (6-0, 240) has the makeup of a prototype insider linebacker. And he comes with a full endorsement from Croshaw.
"Singa came to Dixie last year and is as good a middle 'backer as we've had in my twenty years here," said Croshaw. "He's a strong blitzer with a lot of natural ability. He's also very physical and great at run support." Croshaw pointed out, too, that Iloa calls the defenses and maintains a very high level of intensity on the field.
Although Iloa is LDS, it doesn't look like he will go on a mission. "He's talked about a mission, but right now Singa is looking at where football can take him," said Croshaw.
He is likely to go far on the gridiron provided his academic house is in order. At present, Iloa is on pace to graduate from Dixie in May of 2003 -- summer at worst. To help ensure the spring graduation date he is enrolled in summer classes, which will make many four-year scouts do cartwheels.
Assistant coaches from BYU, Utah, NC State, Syracuse, and Rutgers are among those who have called, written or visited with Iloa. The Wolfpack could have an edge since one of their assistants played at Utah State and used to coach in the WSFL.
Another Dixie State prospect to watch is Jason Lee, who at 6-1 1/2, 190 pounds makes quite an intimidating defensive back. Lee can play either safety or corner and made second team All-WSFL as a freshman last year. It's impressive that Lee made All-Conference as a freshman; even more impressive that he did it after spending two years away from football to work as a plumber!
Croshaw said that Lee was nearly as good as Chad Barney, a Dixie defensive back who signed with BYU after last season.
Lee played high school ball at a small, inaccessible school in San Juan, Utah, where he was All-State. Little to no recruiting attention came his way. After two seasons at Dixie there should be plenty of recruiters knocking, however. Lee is getting lots of early looks from four-year schools who like his combination of size, tenacity, and quickness.
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Dixie State Linebacker Singa Iloa
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