Pac-10 Team Likes T.J. Prell

Ventura (Calif.) College defensive end T.J. Prell (6-4, 240) was hoping to sign with a Division I school following his strong senior season in 2004, where he helped lead Ventura (Calif.) High to the CIF Division IV Championship game.  But academics forced him to head two miles west to play for the Pirates in 2005.

Now, with his academics lining up, Prell will head into his sophomore campaign with a new chance to impress colleges and get that elusive scholarship.

"Washington State is the main school that is interested in me," said Prell.  "I'd like to play in the Pac-10.  That's what I'd really like to do."

Following an all-CIF season in 2004, Utah State, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State were the strongest suitors for Prell, but he saw playing at Ventura College as the best option for him.

"I felt that the JC route was the best for me.  It let me get my work down academically.  I'll have my A.A. in May and be ready to play next season," said Prell.

Prell said regardless of any opportunities to play at the next level this spring, he plans to be back at Ventura College in the fall.  He will have three years to play two.

This past season, Prell had 59 tackles and three sacks for the Pirates, earning all-Western State Conference honors and being named the defensive rookie of the year.  During his senior season at Ventura High, he was an all-CIF selection.

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