Orange Coast College Preview

Orange Coast College has a strong program year in and year out and this year is no exception. Pirates head coach Mike Taylor has plenty of talent on hand to watch out for this fall and he talked with JCFootball.com about some of those players and his outlook on their potential.

Defensively, Taylor has four players with D-1 aspirations and he started with his All-American linebacker…

LB Shaun Mohler "Shaun is my most accomplished player right now. He's just amazing. He has great speed (4.6), excellent quickness and he's just an overall great football player. He's got excellent instincts so he can diagnose plays quickly and when he gets there there's usually a big collision.

"He was 3rd Team All-American last year and he was 1st Team All-Region and All-conference. He led the state in tackles (99 tackles) and he could play either outside position, but weakside is where we use him and he's great. He's really strong too – he bench presses 225 20 times.

"He'll be our top recruited guy I think."

CB Chris Holmesly "He was 2nd Team All-Conference at corner for us and he's a really good kick returner too. He isn't super-fast, but he runs well (4.55) and he's great in our zone coverage. We like him a lot.

"He had four interceptions last year and I think he'll be pretty heavily recruited. He graduates in December."

S Benjamin Soza "Ben is our free safety and he's big (6-2, 195) and rangy. He had four interceptions last year and he runs a 4.6 forty which is pretty good for a safety. His instincts are great and he's able to cover a lot of ground in that area for us.

"We play a lot of cover-two so we need him to be really big for us back there and he really has been. He'll finish up in May next year."

DT Mike Mataafa "He's been offered by Missouri already and if we can get him eligible he's going to be a big-time player for us. He had to sit out last year because of his academics, but he looks okay so far for this year.

"He's 6-2 and about 310 pounds so he's a load inside and can stop the run and he's a good pass-rusher too.

"When he finishes up he'll have two years to play two."




Offensively, Taylor has one player that four-year schools have already had their eye on so far during spring workouts.

WR Nathan Barnett "Nathan Barnett is a kick returner and a wide receiver for us. He's an outstanding return man. He runs a 4.5 and, while he's a bit small (5-9, 185), he's really stocky and built and he's unbelievably quick.

He's also really strong for a guy his size. He was 1st Team All-Mission Conference last year and he'll finish up in December.


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