Theliar ready to take his show on the road

One of the big-time wideouts in the California JUCO ranks last year was College of the Desert WR Edgard Theliar (6-3, 190). The young man who hails from Florida set the world on fire with a big freshman season and that has translated into a lot of early recruiting attention. caught up with Theliar recently and he talked about recruiting as well as how his offseason has gone so far.

"Oh it's been a lot of fun," Theliar said. "I've been working on getting bigger and stronger and on my technique.

"I've been working out in Florida with some of the guys in the NFL Draft and they've helped me with some of my techniques and my routes.

"Guys like Mike Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie work out at the same place I do and we all worked out together and we competed every day so that's helped me a lot."

Theliar hails from Bradenton, Florida and he was a standout at Manatee High School on the gridiron, but because of some family issues he didn't get the grades necessary to qualify so he had to go the JC route.

"I was ok in school, but then I just had some family situations come up where I had to take care of things and my schoolwork suffered," Theliar said. "I was real close and a couple of schools wanted to check out my last semester before they offered me, but it just didn't happen so I came out here to COD.

"They were the one school who was always checking up on me and making sure I was doing ok. They really made me feel at home and I loved the coaches and my receivers coach a lot."

It also didn't hurt that Desert had one of the top JC quarterbacks in the country in Brent Rausch.

"Brent was great last year," Theliar said. "Without a quarterback, you could be the greatest receiver in the country, but if you don't have a quarterback you can't do anything."

Rausch ended up signing with Hawaii and that is one of the schools that has piqued Theliar's interest so far.

"Oh with Brent there, I'm looking at them pretty hard," Theliar said. "Actually, I've got it broken down to a top 13 right now.

"Oregon is my top school and they are pretty close to offering me. I'm supposed to go up there for their spring game at the end of this month, but I'm not sure if that's going to be able to happen or not. Funds are a little tight at this point.

"USF is another one I like because of their system and because I'm from Florida that helps a lot. Then I got Hawaii, Florida State, UCLA, LSU, Texas, Miami, Florida, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Arizona State and Oregon State.

"All of those schools are talking to me and sending me stuff. Oregon is the one that's recruiting me the hardest right now and I like them a lot."

With his size and speed, Theliar is a wideout that has a chance to take it the distance anytime he gets his hands on the ball and he put up huge numbers at COD last fall posting 56 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.

He earned First Team All-Foothill conference, First Team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American honors for his efforts.

"I call myself a 'speedy possession receiver'," Theliar noted. "I want to get stronger and become more polished this summer, but my speed is good (4.4) and I feel like the ball is mine anytime it goes up in the air."

Theliar is hopeful he can finish up his two-year degree in December, but there is a slight chance he will need one more class and thus would have to remain for one more quarter.

Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

We'll continue to track Theliar's progress over the next few months and update things as they change.

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