Recruiting picks up for Tirogene

Last year, Compton College had a tough season. They struggled to a 1-9 record, but it wasn't because they didn't have talent. This year, the Tartars have a different outlook and one of the playmakers they will be counting on is WR Steve Tirogene (6-3, 190) who had a big freshman season. So far recruiting has been humming along nicely for the gifted wideout and he updated us on things recently...

Tirogene and his parents immigrated from Haiti when he was two years of age.

They settled in Pompano, Florida and he enjoyed a standout prep career at Deefield Beach High School.

"After I got done at Deefield Beach, me and about nine or 10 of my friends from south Florida decided to head up to Dodge City to play," Tirogene told recently. "When we got there, it was just a bad situation because they had brought in like 100 guys to play and you can only have like 22 play and when you're only there for two years, that's just really discouraging."

Tirogene said he thought about quitting, but several of his friends had found Compton College to be a friendly environment for them and they suggested he should join them.

"I was ready to quit and head home and get a job," Tirogene said. "But I really wanted to play ball, so I came out to Compton and I've done a complete 180 and now I really have found the love back for the game."

Last year as a freshman, Tirogene put up huge numbers for an offense that struggled to move the ball.

"He had 58 catches as a freshman last year and over 1,050 yards and 11 touchdowns, so he should get some accolades this year before the season starts," Compton head coach Jason Brown told earlier this summer. "He's 6-3, 190, real rangy and he's got great hands and he's surprisingly strong for his stature. He blocks well down field and he's a 4.4 guy that can stretch the field.

"He can run the dig route, the curl route and he really uses his hands well, he never lets the ball get into his body."

This summer, Tirogene said his focus has been on getting stronger so he can be more physical and to stay healthy.

"I've really been focused in that area," Tirogene said. "I've been in the weight room six days a week and I know I'm a lot stronger than I was last year."

On the recruiting front, Tirogene's skills have resulted in recruiting attention from BCS schools across the country.

"Illinois is close to offering me, but they haven't officially done that yet," Tirogene said. "Oregon, Hawaii, Cal, Oklahoma and Florida State have all been calling me and sending me things, but they aren't as close as Illinois is to offering me."

Because he redshirted at Dodge City in 2006, Tirogene will be able to sign in December and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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