Southwestern College Preview

Southwestern College has had talent over the years but has struggled with consistency, in part due to coaching turnover. In 2007, with a coaching change completed, the Jaguars are hoping to become more consistent -- very soon. was able to speak with defensive line coach Eric Sanchez, who broke down the D-1 and D-1AA talent on both sides of the ball.

"We have a lot of young, talented players this year," Sanchez said recently. "Add that to a solid core of returning sophomores and we hope to bring the program to a high competitive level quickly".

Sanchez and several of the assistants followed head coach Ed Carberry from Mt. San Jacinto where they led the Eagles to a 7-3 record and also placed over 20 players at four-year schools.

"There are tons of schools out there that need players and we are all about the kids and getting them out," Sanchez said. "We want them to be great players, but even more, we want them to be great sons and brothers and neighbors and students and, in some cases, fathers".

"We want them to be better people when they leave us and coach Carberry is a great coach who cares about the whole package, not just about the football."

Even though Southwestern hasn't produced a ton of D-1 talent recently, they have several players who are already getting recruited by some major programs following the conclusion of their spring practices…

QB Drew Westling "He's a great person to start with when you talk about our top players. He really came in and took the reigns of our offense and just commanded the respect of his teammates". He understands that the competition will begin when we put the pads on in August and he has to get it done on the field".

"Drew transferred here from Tulsa and isn't like a lot of D-1 guys who come back to a JC program, where a lot of them say ‘I was D-1 so I'm the best'. Drew just came in and was very humble and wanted to earn his teammates' respect and I think he's on his way to doing that. They already like playing with him, but pretty soon I think they're going to get to the point where they like playing for him and that is just so important for a quarterback He's got a great arm, he's mobile and he's really smart. We're very excited to have him lead our offense this year."

WR (slot) Albert Novelozo "He's one of the strongest players in our program, has the hands and ability to be one of the top receivers in our conference.

"He catches the ball really well and he's really strong and quick. He's not just a ‘speed' guy, he's an ‘in-between' guy. He can be physical and he can be a deep threat. It just depends on what you need from him. He's going to be a huge help for us on offense this season.

RB Charles Carter "Charles played for us at Mt. San Jacinto and is from the San Diego area (Castle Park HS). Returning to San Diego was a natural for him.

"We love his size. He's very physical and runs really well downhill. He was All Conference last year at Mt. San Jacinto. LSU took a look at him and they said they liked him a lot.

"He's a big runner with really good speed for a guy his size (6-1, 220)."

OL Eric Burhop "He's another player that played for us at Mt. San Jacinto and decided to follow us as well because he really loved playing for coach Carberry. He plays guard and for a man his size (6-6, 285) he moves really, really well. He gets to the second level really well on running plays and last year he was kind of overlooked because he played next to Vaughn Lesuma who is now up at Washington State and he was just as important to us as Vaughn was.

"He's really smart (math major) and he's a very hard worker and just goes about his business and gets it done on the field and in the classroom."

OL Brian McInnish "He's 6-5, 275 pounds and he plays center or guard. He's an outstanding student with the size to play at the D-1 level."

DE Leonard Brown "L.J. is a great story and he'll be a great player for us. He enlisted in the Navy for several years before coming to us this year and he's going to be a monster for us this year.

"He's big (6-5, 270) and he can really run and he just gets after it really well. He's a good all-around guy and he really helps out the defensive line out a lot. If something needs to be worked on he's the guy that steps up and helps guys.

"He's got great speed and technique and Kansas State, Washington State, Oregon State, and Ole Miss are all after him right now.

"We took him and some of our other players down to USC to watch a practice and the coaches there were just drooling over him and his size. They liked him a lot."

DT Ryan King "He had a really good day at the combine down in Los Angeles and he did really well in the one-on-ones getting the center off-balance and then pushing his way toward the quarterback.

"We expect him to have a big year for us. He's a 1AA guy. Idaho State and Weber State really liked him a lot when they saw him work out with us this spring."

DE Alex Ouji "He's got great size and good speed. Along with L.J. he's our best pass-rusher along the defensive line. He's got great technique and at the combine in L.A. he showed he had a great inside move if the tackle takes away his outside rush.

"He could play for a WAC school or in the Mountain West or Conference USA. It all depends on how he develops this year and what teams are looking for."

LB Tevita Fehoko "He's a big, physical dude who will make a lot of people notice him this fall. He was a walk-on at UNLV two years ago before returning home to Chula Vista. He's just a big, strong guy that can really move".

"He's got excellent size (6-3, 225) and he's very coachable. He'll play outside for us, but he'll be all over the place and make plays everywhere."

LB A.J. Miller "A.J.'s another player who will move all over the place and he'll bring a lot of speed to our defense and he's just really aggressive. He'll create havoc this fall."

CB Chris Siddens "He played a lot last year and he's going to make a ton of plays back there for us. Kansas State, Iowa State and a lot of other schools like that have been looking at him."

"He's really quick and he's going to be a great cover-corner for us."

Safety Ramar Watson "He's a really good athlete who could play in either at the corner or safety position. He had a really good spring for us and he is scheduled to play safety this fall.

Other Southwestern players to keep an eye on: DE Tory Robinson, DT Alex Thomas, WR Kevin Pike, OL Nick Fehoko, WR Devijon Carter, WR Justin Johnson, WR Michael Page, OL Marcus Love and QB David Ortega (Fr.).

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