Hernandez could be late 2007 signee

Every year, following spring practice, four-year schools start scouring the JC ranks to see if any players are possible late signees for the upcoming fall. One player who has seen an increased amount of interest is College of the Siskiyous OT Ivan Hernandez (6-6, 295). JCFootball.com talked to the big man from COS and he told us he's looking at three or four schools to enroll at this summer.

"I've actually gotten several offers," Hernandez said recently. "I've gotten one from Western Illinois, New Mexico and Sacramento State and Colorado has told me they are very interested in me too."

The native of Oregon who prepped at South Salem High School had some problems qualifying out of high school and decided to head to Siskiyous because of the general location and because he loved the coaching staff.

"Because I'm from Oregon, they are pretty close and that helped out a lot," Hernandez said. "The coaching staff and the players really made me feel at home when I came down to check them out so it was a pretty easy decision."

As a freshman in 2005, Hernandez started every game, but in the offseason he suffered what was thought to be a meniscus tear.

"When I went in to get it worked on, they said it was 100-percent fine," Hernandez said. "They said they looked at the X-Ray and it had a shadow on it which made it look like a tear. I was relieved, but that injury just takes a lot of time to heal, so I sat out last season and redshirted.

"I could have played in the last two games, but the coaches said they didn't want me to waste a year of eligibility on just two games, so I sat and now I'll have three years to play three."

Back to recruiting, Hernandez, who is an athletic left tackle, said that two of the three schools to offer him will be getting a visit in the next couple of weeks.

"Western Illinois and New Mexico are really pushing hard to get me to come and visit," Hernandez said. "Colorado, like I said, they've been showing a lot of interest too so I'm still going to talk to them and see where that goes."

Hernandez was one of the best performers at the Northern California JC Combine held on May 5th and posted a solid 4.7 short-shuttle to go along with an already recorded 5.1 forty time and a 19 reps of 225 pounds.

"I'm still working on my strength and getting my base more solid," Hernandez said. "I squat 450 right now, but I'd like to get that better and just keep working hard on stuff like that. "I'm a really good pass-protect guy and I'm good at run blocking, but I want to get better in that phase."

Hernandez will finish his two-year degree in July and said he expects to make a decision before then.

We'll have more from Hernandez over the next few weeks.

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