Aragon makes plays in the secondary

During the summer, LA Pierce CB Chaz Russell ended up signing late with West Virginia and he's now on the Mountaineers' roster. However, Russell wasn't the only top defensive back prospect in Pierce's secondary. S Chris Aragon (6-1, 210) has also garnered lots of interest from D-1 schools after taking a circuitous route to becoming a top JC safety prospect.

"Oh man, it's been a long road," Aragon said with a chuckle when asked how he ended up at Pierce. "I actually was pretty much a full-qualifier out of high school, but I didn't get much attention, so I headed up to Milford Academy in New York.

"I got to play with a lot of great players there. LeSean McCoy who's starting at Pittsburgh was there and Craig Cooper who's down at Miami was up there too and Bo Harris was there. He's playing linebacker at Auburn, so there as a lot of talent on that team and it helped me get a lot better."

After completing some courses at Milford, Aragon was set to play at Tulsa, but some credit transfers got in the way and so he decided to return to his home in southern California where he was a star at Crestview High School in Encino, California.

"I just wanted to be closer to my family and get back to California," Aragon said. "I played for Santa Monica last year and I had a pretty good year, but Pierce is closer to home and that's why I came here during spring semester.

"It was just the perfect fit for me."

Aragon was the perfect fit in Pierce's secondary which lost Russell, but also features another big-time safety prospect in David Coates.

Last year at Santa Monica, Aragon totaled over 50 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery while also being named First Team All-Western States for his efforts.

"I had a good year, but I want a better one this year," Aragon said. "Now that I sorta know how to read plays better and I've worked really hard on my footwork and my overall speed, I think I'm going to have a good year."

On the recruiting front this time around, Tulsa is still in the mix, but other schools have also told Aragon he's on their radar as well, including a school familiar with the Pierce secondary.

"West Virginia has been talking to me a lot," Aragon said. "They saw me this spring because of Chaz, so they know about me and they said they like me a lot. Oregon, Middle Tennessee and Oregon State are the other ones.

"I'm not really looking to make an early decision, but I'd like to get some offers so I can start getting to that decision-making process. I'm patient though, so I'm more worried about my season than recruiting right now."

Besides the D-1 interest, Aragon said he also has an offer from Deleware State sitting on his dresser at home.

Aragon will graduate this December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

Pierce takes on Fullerton on the road this weekend.

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