Feagin Has Mind On One Pac-10 School

At 6-3, 255 pounds, Jesse Feagin II made a big impact last year at Los Angeles Southwest College. Maybe a little too big. After a hamstring injury sidelined him for two months, his weight started to balloon.

"I've spent most of my summer getting back into shape," said Feagin. And he has. He lost 15 pounds, feels faster than ever, and can't wait to get back on the field. The explosive defensive end has also been busy in the classroom.

"I was all set to go to Oregon when I finished my senior year at Long Beach Jordan High School, but I came up short on the ACT. I was headed to Compton J.C., but Coach (Cornell) Ward convinced me to go to Southwest. And I'm glad I did."

Feagin is scheduled to complete eighteen units by the end of this summer, and his GPA is 2.7. When the Division I recruiters come knocking at his door, he'll be ready for the challenge both on the field and in the classroom. And although he has received interest from Washington and Washington State, he'd still like to transfer to Oregon.

"I took an unofficial trip to Eugene last year and I really liked it," he said. He's also looking for a university that's on the quarter system.

"I'll graduate in February, 2007," he said. "I want to get into a program where I can be admitted in time for spring football," said Feagan who was honorable mention All-Western State Conference last year.

Feagin will have 3 years to play 2 at the next level, and says his favorite part of playing defense is making contact. "I play with intensity and I think of myself as a headhunter. I love to make the big hit." He also plays some tight end, which would explain why Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers is one of his favorite players. And what about on defense? "I love watching Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens). He has great instincts and anticipation."

But Feagin's biggest influence in life doesn't wear a football helmet or shoulder pads. It's his mom. "My mom came to 9 out of 10 games last year," he said. "She's the most important person in my life."

 


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