Fond Du Lac Preview

There are three new JC football programs competing in the NJCAA this year, and is previewing them all. Our first look is at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, which will play its games in the Minnesota Community College Conference. The Thunder kicked off their season on Saturday against Vermilion.

Name: Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College
Location: Cloquet, Minnesota
Enrollment: 2,000
Conference: Minnesota Community College Conference
Colors: Orange and Black
Mascot: Thunder
Head Coach: Tony DeLeon

"We're located about 15 minutes south of Duluth and about two hours north of Minneapolis," DeLeon told recently. "We really focused our recruiting on northern Wisconsin area and then Minnesota as well.

"We had 47 turn out, but we're down to about 38 guys who decided to be committed to what we are doing. It can be tough when you have to work to put yourself through school and there were some guys who originally came out that figured out they couldn't give us the commitment we needed."

Fond Du Lac has been a college for 20 years and DeLeon said that back in November of 2006 he and Athletic Director Larry Anderson decided to give it a try.

"He told me to check out the numbers for both football and women's softball and after all of that was done, we announced on Valentine's Day that we were going to carry them," DeLeon recalled.

On the talent front, Fond Du Lac has a couple of prospects worthy of moving on to a four year program and he's got a couple of freshman to keep an eye on for the 2009 season.

S Anthony Rucker – "He's a sophomore from Plantation, Florida. He's about 6-1, 200 and ran a 4.3 in our preseason testing. He's also really strong. He put up 225 pounds 17 times this summer as well so he can really be physical and take on blockers. He's on track to graduate in December."

OL Chevy Wheeler – "He plays both ways for us because of our numbers, but I think he projects better on the offensive side. He's a 6-4, 305 guy who is mobile and really quick with good feet. He's on track to graduate in May."

RB Brian Kingsborough – "He's a transfer from Clinton, South Carolina. He's a ‘do-it-all' back. He can catch it, run it and block really, really well. He's 5-10, 215 and he's quick and powerful. He's only a freshman though so he'll be here another year."

OL/TE Taylor Hanson – "Taylor is a freshman. He plays tight end normally, but because of our numbers we had to move him to offensive line. He's about 6-5, 240 so we need to get some weight on him but he's a really talented guy. He may be able to move back to tight end next year if we are able to pull in some offensive line prospects to take his place."

S Jasmine Watkins – "He came to us from Louisville, Kentucky and he's only a freshman, but he can really run and hit. He's big (6-3, 220) and fast (4.3) and he'll team up with Rucker to be an enforcer for us back in the secondary."

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