Kevin Craft - Mt. SAC - UCLA
Kevin was instrumental in guiding the Mounties to the State Final against CCSF. He also led them to a tremendous comeback in the SoCal final against a very good Bakersfield College. His comeback abilities were further demonstrated when he was thrust into a starting role for the Bruins due to injuries against Tennessee. Craft had a tough go of it in the first half, and then rallied the Bruins to an overtime victory. It’s been a learning experience for him, and he has had some rough times, but the lanky 6’6 signal caller has managed to throw for about 215 yards per game and has 7 TDs. Kevin has the tools with a strong arm and good mobility, and has the advantage of having a former D-1 head coach as a father, so he should improve as time goes by. But the road gets no easier for him as he will end the season against USC,
Jeremiah Masoli - CCSF - Oregon
Jeremy left for Oregon a year early after guiding City College to the State Championship over the Kraft led Mounties. He has stepped right into a starting role for the 24th ranked Ducks, and has been a dual threat problem for opponents. He has been a good game manager and is averaging almost 50 yards a game on the ground. His passing totals are not eye popping, but he has thrown only 4 picks all season. He leads the team in total offense. He was PAC-10 player of the Week against Arizona St. where he accounted for 232 yards of offense in a 54-20 victory at Sun Devil Stadium. With 2 more seasons left after this one finishes, you will hear more and more about this kid in PAC-10 circles.
Boo Jackson - El Camino - Ohio University
The dual threat QB is having a solid season for the Bobcats. He is already nearing 2,000 yards passing at about a 60% clip with 11 TDs. He’s also averaging about 22 yards a game on the ground. Boo will probably best be remembered in the SoCal final two seasons ago against Bakersfield, when he took it upon himself to change the call from a short route for a 1st down, to throw a game winner to Corey Surrency in the back of the end zone in overtime. The Bobcats have lost several close games this year. With a season under his belt, next year, he should lead Ohio on as a contender.
Tyson Lee - Itawamba - Mississippi State
Tyson has a head start on most signal callers in one vital area, intelligence. Lee is the first player in Itawamba history to be both a 1st team NJCAA All American and 1st team Academic All American. He has taken the lion’s share of snaps this season in a rotating role, and has averaged about 140 yards a game passing with a decent QB rating of 116.
Greg Alexander - Santa Rosa - Hawaii
At 6’3 and 230 lbs, Greg has an NFL size body to go with a strong throwing arm. He also set a national record in Juco passing with a career 71 TDs. The QB position has been shuffled quite a bit for the Warriors and Greg has played well while he is in, completing about 60% of his passes. He has alternated with Inoke Fanuki, who gives a different look to opponents. His 123 QB rating leads the team. Fellow JC alumnus Brett Rausch of College of the Desert has also seen some playing time at the position.
David Pittman - Pasadena - Minnesota
David smashed just about every Lancer passing record at Pasadena. His career yardage total there was an astounding 6,346 yards, and led the state in both passing and total offense. His 303 completions last season at a 67% clip is a National Junior College record. With Pittman’s athleticism, the Gophers haven’t quite figured out how to use him, but the Gophers have done well this season. They have only two losses to date. Pittman is undersized for a QB, but his versatility will see him playing the slot, running back punts, and even playing some RB.
Dax Crum - Mesa - Wyoming
Crum has shared the QB spot with returning starter Karsten Sweeney. Dax led Mesa to a 9-2 record last season, earning honorable mention honors on both the NJCAA and Gridwire All American lists. He is completing passes at about a 52% rate and has thrown for just under 500 yards in his part time role.
Jacob Bower - Bakersfield College - Tulsa
Jacob also left the Gades a year early, and put up a good fight for the starting position against 5th year Senior David Johnson. Considering that Johnson has put up fantastic numbers that lead the entire nation in passing efficiency, losing that starting battle is not surprising. Bower has size at 6’3 230 lbs but can also tote the ball with his athleticism. Both of his brothers played PAC-10 basketball. He has played a limited role behind Johnson, but his 78% throwing percentage has Hurricane fans confident that when he takes over the reins next season, the position will maintain its high standards.
Greg Cross - Fort Scott - Pittsburgh
Alex Pettee - LA Pierce - Toledo
Logan Morris - Kilgore - Texas A&M Kingsville
Matt Dardenne - Laney - Stony Brook
LaGarrette Blount - East Mississippi - Oregon
Joining Masoli in the Duck backfield, Blount has put up impressive numbers so far. He is averaging 72 yards a game and 6.9 yards per carry with 12 TDs. LaGarrette is simply put, a good NFL prospect. At 6’3 and 240, he has power, speed, lateral moves and can block, all ingredients to make it on the next level. He ended his Juco career with 2292 yards. He should be a force in the PAC-10 next season, and could be drafted fairly high after that.
Jocques Crawford - Cisco - Kansas
Crawford’s career was almost cut short by a misdemeanor simple assault charge while a high school star in Memphis that could have been much more serious for him. He got past that to be the Offensive Player of the Year in the NJCAA last season, accounting for almost 2,000 yards on the ground. He’s done a good job for the Jayhawks in a reserve role, having rushed for 214 yards with 4 TDs. He also has demonstrated an ability to make catches out of the backfield, and is a good return man.
Beau Johnson - Butler - Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are having a great season in the arguably toughest conference in the nation this season. They have been putting up huge numbers and have only lost to #1 Texas by 4 points. Johnson has been steady in a reserve role behind star sophomore sensation Kendall Hunter. He is averaging about 34 yards a game with an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. Johnson was the MVP for NJCAA Champion Butler in the title game with an amazing 288 yard 4 TD performance.
Tavares Pressley - El Camino - Florida State
Tyrone Ross - Navarro - Stephen F. Austin
Brandon Banks - Bakersfield College- Kansas State (PHOTO)
A lot of D-1 teams were hesitant to recruit a 5’7 142 pound WR, but Kansas State has lived off of JC recruits for the last decade. Brandon may be small, but I never saw a tougher receiver. He backed down from no one, and gave 110% on the field. After leaving Bakersfield as its all time leading receiver, he has not missed a stride for the Wildcats. Nine games in, he already leads the team with 48 receptions for 883 yards and 7 TDs. This kid is impossible to find on bubble screens, but when you do, you still have to latch on to him, and when you get a paw on him, he has an almost supernatural strength to break loose at 142 lbs drippin’ wet. Mostly, it is the DBs who end up drippin’ wet trying to chase him down.
Aubrey Quarles - Santa Rosa - Kansas State
Aubrey did not make the JC Grid-Wire team last season due to a broken collarbone. But as one of JC football’s premiere recruits, he needs to be mentioned here. Quarles has also been huge for K-State with 30 receptions, and is their main return man. Last year he had about 30 catches and 8 TDs in 4 games before breaking his collarbone. At that rate, he would have latched on to about 80 passes for 20 TDs! He also averaged almost 40 yards a kickoff return in 5 tries. He has 33 catches for the ‘Cats this season. K-State will not need help at wide out next season.
Corey Surrency - El Camino - Florida State
At Elco, Surrency was a man among boys. It was almost impossible for corners to cover him in the end zone with his 6’5 220 lb frame and leaping ability. The Seminoles like to use him for just those purposes. Of his 8 receptions this year, 3 were for TDs and he is averaging almost 20 yards a catch.
David Reed - Pasadena - Utah
After breaking just about every record in the book for Pasadena, and also breaking the national record for receptions in one season with an astounding 111 receptions, Reed has made a significant contribution to Utah’s unbeaten season. He has 15 catches and 2 TDs so far this season.
Carl Moore - Sierra - Florida
Carl is a big target at 6’4 and 220 lbs. At Sierra he had over 2,000 yards in his career. It’s tough to break the lineup on one of the premiere teams of College football, but he has 5 catches thus far this season as he learns the ropes of major college football.
Deryn Bowser - LA Harbor - Akron
Deryn is leading the Zips in receiving with a great 42 catches thus far. He joins fellow Juco receiver Dashan Miller of Bakersfield who has 13 catches and is a kickoff return man.
Conrad Meadows - Moorpark - Northern Arizona
Conrad was one of my favorite players over the past couple of years. The diminutive Wide Out reminds me of letting go of a balloon on bubble screens. You just don’t know which way he’s going. But despite his 5’9 stature, he can go upstairs or over the top to get the ball too. He’s latched on to 26 catches and leads all receivers with 4 TDs. He is also their main return weapon.
Ed Berry - San Mateo - Northern Arizona
Berry has also been a go to guy for the Lumberjacks and has 31 catches midseason. Ed had 55 receptions for close to 900 yards and 12 TDs for San Mateo last season. In High School, he played RB where he set a school record with an 11.79 yards per carry average. He’s is majoring in Criminal Justice.
Attrail Snipes - Bakersfield College - Kansas State
Maurice Clark - Saddleback - Louisville
Dan Delahoussaye - Golden West - Chapman
Tanner Maher - Fullerton - Tarleton
If the last name sounds familiar, yes Maher is longtime JC coach Tom Maher’s son who coached Pasadena and is now Fullerton’s QB coach. Tanner’s dad also was a pretty good player in his day spending time with the Denver Broncos in the seventies. Maher has made an immediate impact with 8 catches and 2 TDs so far. Ultimately, he would like to coach on the D-1 level, and with his pedigree, I’m betting he makes it.
Pat Wilkinson - Georgia Military - Tennessee Chattanooga
At 6’7 and 250 lbs, Wilkinson is an imposing figure for Safeties and Linebackers trying to cover him. He had 500 yards for GM last season, helping them to a 9-2 record. Pat has only 1 TD thus far this season, mostly due to the fact that TC does not have a very prolific offense. But if Chattanooga can recruit someone that can get him the ball next season, his numbers will improve dramatically.
Rock Keys - Jones County- Louisville
Rock is another tall TE at 6’6 and about 240. He was mainly used as a blocker for Jones, but needs to put on a little more weight on the D-1 level. He does have great blocking skills, so a few more pounds could get him more playing time on running plays. He’ll have to work very hard for it because the guy in front of him is a sophomore.
Maurice Graham - COS - Marshall
Big! Fast! A physical anomaly! What else can you say about a kid who is 6’5 and about 300 lbs., but has been timed at 4.7 in the forty? Graham may eventually go back to his roots as an Offensive Lineman if he keeps eating.
Mike Diaz - Cerritos - Arizona
Mike is coming off of a knee injury but the huge 6’5 340 ex Falcon didn’t let it stop him from becoming the starting Left Guard midway through this season. The Wildcats have proven to be a pretty tough team this season, and they will return almost everyone and their backups on the O line next season. In fact, the whole team is chock full of underclassmen that will make Arizona a formidable team next season.
Robb Houser - Butte - Pittsburgh
Houser has picked up the offensive scheme very quickly and his quickness has him roaming from sideline to sideline to block opponents. His obvious intelligence and the fact that he is a coach’s son have put him farther along than most JC transfers to big programs. He is a backup now, but could earn his way into the lineup by next season with his hard work ethic.
Brent McNeil - El Camino - Oregon State
Brent did a lot of eating since moving to the Beavers and is up to 325 lbs from the 280 he weighed at Elco. He has followed former Warrior and starting Beaver QB Lyle Moevao to Oregon. He is the nephew of former star UCLA runner Freeman McNeil. He is currently a backup Tackle
Andrew Mitchell - Snow - Oklahoma State
Mitchell started as a TE and ending up an Offensive Lineman which demonstrates his athleticism. He is the backup Right Tackle for the 8-1 Cowboys, but may be switched to a guard next season. He is certainly versatile enough to play anywhere on the line.
Ben Contreras - CCSF - New Mexico
Ben is a backup at the Center position but has played extensively this season. Contreras came into camp a little out of shape, but is deemed by the coaching staff to be very intelligent and versatile. He may eventually be switched to a guard position, but take a lesson here boys, you have to work hard on the D-1 level because everyone is talented. I think Ben has learned that lesson and will become a starter next season for the Lobos. New Mexico hasn’t had a lot of success in the win column, but they have played a pretty grueling schedule that includes TCU, Tulsa, Arizona, Utah, and BYU.
Cedric Mack - El Camino - Florida International
Mack was highly recruited out of Elco after a stellar career there and settled on rising football program Florida International. Currently he is a backup, but should see more playing time by next season.
Jimmy Rogers - Mississippi Delta - Marshall
Marshall recruited this kid because of his outstanding footwork. He is a backup at Right Guard, but is projected to start next season. He passed on some SEC and Big-12 teams to play for the Thundering Herd. Besides being light on his feet, he has very good power off the line. He should be a mainstay on that front line by next season.
Mike Manternach - Iowa Central - Central Missouri
After a stellar season at Iowa Central, Mike has fit in nicely for the Fighting Mules. He is expected to be a force on the offensive line by next season.
Lionel Mapp - Georgia Military - Alabama State
This 6’7 370 behemoth is a work in progress for the Hornets. He has unusually quick feet for a guy this big. Alabama State defenders are glad he’s on their side.
Tevita Halaholo - San Mateo - Tulsa
The 6’6 320 lineman is grey shirting this year but expected to make an immediate impact next season.
Zach Williams - Glendale CA - Washington State
I’m not positive, but Zach may be redshirting this season.
Mike Hernandez - Cisco - Tarleton State
Mike has taken over the Right Guard spot and has made an immediate impact for the Texans. Tarleton recruited him for his versatility and he has not disappointed them. Brother Tim plays Safety for Cisco.