The early JC signing period starts today (12-18-02). Prospects from throughout the nation will start signing LOIs now and into the summer. is rounding up the trips, commits, LOI signatures and passing along the info. Don't forget to check our JC Grid-Wire PLUS message board for more information.

Mt. SAC offensive lineman Darren DeLone (6-7, 320) has committed to play for the Cornhuskers of Nebraska. Here's his pre-2002 season bio (courtesy Mt. San Antonio College): Darren DeLone started in 5 games during the 2001 season….1 unassisted tackle and 1 assisted tackle….converted from Defensive Lineman to Offensive Lineman midseason in 01…..possesses the ability to play either defense or offensive lineman….brings good size and strength to the positions….great feet and excellent speed.  High School:  1st Team All Miramonte League - sophomore, junior and senior years…..played in two All-Star games - East vs West  & California vs. Texas…..96 assisted tackles and 50 unassisted tackles and 35 sacks…..played quarterback, tight end, defensive end, linebacker and full back….caught 4 passes on offense and rushed for 85 yards, scoring 8 touchdowns……coached by Joey Mariani at Garey High School….Personal:  born on January 22, 1982….son of Alex and Dorothy DeLone….brother of  Zelda, Carl, Yolanda, Michael, and Diana….likes football and cars…..Communications major……Would like to make it to the league.


Scottsdale offensive lineman Joe Critchfield (6-4, 315) committed to UNLV. He was very impressive at the WSFL Combine last May, despite being only a short time removed from a mission.

Scottsdale WR Matt Miller (5-11, 190) tripped to Idaho with a lot of JCs -- and he committed. Miller is a fearless punt return specialist.

Scottsdale RB Kevin Fain (5-11, 220) tripped to Washington last weekend, but was told he'd have to wait for a scholarship offer. Fain has excellent feet and gobbled up yards during his one and only season in the JC ranks (Coffeyville redshirt; sat out a year).

Scottsdale FS Dominique Jacobs (5-10, 185) has committed to New Mexico State.

Matt Miller to the Vandals

Nino Williams
Unanimous All-Conference

Tyler cornerback Nino Williams (6-1, 190) was a standout performer at last April's Texas Combine. Next year, the December grad will be a standout for either Minnesota, LSU, or Kansas State. A final decision should come any moment.

Tyler WR Paris Hamilton didn't have outlandish stats in 2002, but he has big-time potential. He looks the part of a top-flight wideout and ran sub-4.4 forties at last year's combine. Missouri, Minnesota, or Kansas State will get his signature.

J.C. Grid-Wire All-American DE Ryan Riddle (6-3, 245) of El Camino has committed to California. CB Gerald Fletcher (5-11, 175) will decide between Texas Tech and Oregon St. He made second team All-Conference for El Camino.

San Bernardino Valley TE Sione Fifita (6-2, 245), who is a qualifier, is being wooed by Idaho, San Diego St. one of the Oregons, and San Jose St. Put your money on San Diego St.

San Bernardino Valley RB Donta Jackson will reportedly give up on football. He was pretty talented.

San Bernardino Valley RB Stacy Harris (5-8, 175) is apparently getting serious interest from Idaho and Utah State.

Here are the Cerritos Falcons prospects:

LB Justin Burks to Arizona State over LSU, North Carolina, and Florida.

OL Anthony Guerrero to Florida over Nebraska and ASU. He was a two-time All-Conference player.

Both Burks and Guerrero were first team J.C. Grid-Wire All-Americans.

OT Clint Dato will sign with Rutgers.

OT Richard Estrella, who is a May grad, will probably go to Kansas State.

C Tom Robinson will either go to San Diego State of Kansas State. This is a great long snapper, too!

LB Marcus Miller (6-3, 225) is reportedly leaning toward Kansas State over North Carolina, Oregon, and Marshall.

RB Jermaine Whiten is probably going to Texas A&M-Kingsville while TE Fausto Gonzales may have to go D2. He will probably stay in school and play baseball during the spring.

Mississippi Gulf Coast OLB Iroko Ayodele (6-1, 215) will sign with Ole Miss. He's got a 3.0 GPA and will be a great rover/safety. The coach at GC is very high on him.

Gulf Coast's All-Conference corner Antwain Spann (5-10 1/2, 180) is going to trip Hawaii on 1/10. He was recently named a defensive MVP of the annual Miss. JC All-Star game with 4 pass deflections and 3 tackles. At one point recently he thought about committing to Louisiana-Monroe. We're told he became a Hawaii fan while attending HS in California.

Gulf Coast RB Charles Estes (6-0, 196) will probably end up at Louisiana-Monroe.

Gulf Coast C/G Billy Garner (6-1, 285) is probably one of those under-recruited guys. He will reportedly trip Central Michigan very soon.

East Central RB Ramon Williams (5-11, 220), who is a December grad, is being overlooked after missing more than half the season with an injury. Right now his only D1 offer is Arkansas State. In his 4 1/2 games he averaged over 100 yards per game. He has good vision, is a great practice player, and blocks very well. Williams played quite a bit as a freshman. Was offered by Nevada out of HS. The East Central coaches and at least one D1 scout with whom I've spoken recently feel that Williams has big-time potential.

Kilgore TE James Wright (6-3, 260) backed up Kevin Everett, a Miami Hurricanes commit. Wright is getting serious looks from Arkansas and Iowa State.

LA Valley TE Eddie Whitaker (6-4 1/2, 250) will go to either Maryland (dad lives there) or Nebraska (just tripped). The sophomore from Cleveland HS in the San Fernando Valley had few catches in 2002, but four-year schools think he's a blue-chipper.

LA Valley's superb kick returner/wideout and first team all-conference performer James Norris (5-6, 165) got an offer from Indiana State. He's a December grad.

LA Valley PK Ryan Donohue was only a freshman and may be back. But if the Univ. of Ohio offers...he might leave. He reportedly hit FGs of 54 and 52 in games this year (57 in a scrimmage). Donohue couldn't leave before May.

Butte WR Bobby Bernal (6-1, 200) missed three games due to injury, but that's not deterring four-year schools from knocking. This December grad will attend either Idaho, Minnesota (tripping next week), or Eastern Washington. "He's a good slant, post, and comeback guy due to his size," said Butte coach Craig Rigsbee. Bernal is also a good blocker.

Butte TE Joel Munson (6-4, 230) backed up Cal commit and All-American, Garrett Cross. Look for Montana State (offer; trip next week) to make a major push on Munson, who is a superb decathlete. Graduates in June.

Butte QB Aaron Rodgers is still committed to Cal despite a very strong surge of interest from the Univ. of Washington. This one's a done deal.

Butte WR/CB Mark Onibokun (6-1, 195) has tripped to Cal and will visit Washington in January. The Huskies are recruiting him as a CB. The big man from Tacoma, WA was at Foothill College for one year...then spent a year with the National Guard...before joining Rigsbee's team at Butte. He'll have two to play two.

Butte LB Cam Yeow (6-1, 220) visited Akron last weekend. The May grad will likely sign with them unless others step to the plate soon.

Butte OLB Jared Smith (6-3, 215) carries a 3.7 GPA and graduates in December. He may precede Yeow to Akron. A player from last year's Butte team, CB Doug Casper, will also sign with Akron. He used up his eligibility after 2001 and used the year off to catch up academically.

Butte RB Chris Bruhn (6-4, 220), who played for Butte in 2000-01, is finally getting his AA degree this December. He signed with Washington State out of HS and was thought to be heading there after Butte. Fresno State was briefly in the hunt. Now it could be up in the air since Mike Price announced he's leaving WSU for Alabama.

Bruhn in '01

Butte RG Scott Lee is hoping for an offer from his hometown Hawaii Rainbows. His OL mate at Butte, RT Mark Parrish (6-8, 315), is getting good attention from Northern Arizona and Utah State right now.

Ventura TE Victor Sesay (6-7, 260) is a hoops player turned football player. He is committed to Missouri.

Ventura C Billy Griffin (6-3, 280) is a December grad who will sign with Florida this month. Florida thought he was the best JC center in the nation.

DE Brian Gardner (6-4, 240) is another basketball guy. He committed to San Jose State after a recent visit. December grad.

SS Lonnie McCowan (5-11, 195) is planning to sign with Louisville (tripped).

His brother Jashon McCowan will reportedly trip Alabama State on 1/9.

CB Drakus Langford was nicked up but still managed a decent year after taking 2001 off. This Georgia native is deciding between Georgia and Tennessee. He's a May grad.

CB Will Poole could be the best at his position nationally. Problem is, he's only got one year of eligibility at a D1 (Boston College bounceback). So far Kansas has stepped to the plate and offered. Southern Cal, Florida, and others are still evaluating whether they want a one-for-one guy. He had a phenominal season; a human highlight film.

The Ventura player that is so far overlooked is DE Bryan Easterly (6-3, 245). He was named 1st team All-Conference for the second year in a row and is a predictor. Coach describes him as a 'gem' who can 'flat out play the game.' Easterly is ready to go right now.

Look for College of the Canyons TE Brian Miller (6-5, 225) to start getting lots of looks. The graduate of Valencia HS was named All-Conference after hauling in over 30 balls for nearly 400 yards. Miller is frequently split out wide and has excellent hands. Caught a TD pass in the recent Calif. State Championship game.

Canyons DL Lex Maka (6-4, 260) has been offered by San Diego State.

Glendale (Ariz.) DE JC Braker (6-6, 245) is a hot commodity right now. Washington and Nebraska have made a recent move. Texas Tech, Arizona, and Temple are also vying for this May grad's attention.

Glendale (Ariz.) CB Carl Marshall (6-1, 180) may not get out until late summer, but he's worth waiting for. Arizona and Texas Tech are showing him the most love right now.

Glendale (Ariz.) S Eric Wright (6-2, 180) recently visited Temple and we think he tripped Indiana early in fall. He'll have to really focus on academics now through spring or summer.

Glendale (Ariz.) DE Gerald Johnson (6-4, 225) was termed the Freak early in the year due to his combination of size and 4.4 speed. He sure looked the part of a future NFL'er at the WSFL Combine last May. He's having a good semester, but academics may still force him D2. Recently tripped Temple.

Glendale (Ariz.) LT Cole Leslie (6-6, 260) is getting looks from NM State, N Arizona, and SW Missouri.

Glendale (Ariz.) punter Adam Klettlinger (6-0, 180) is being recruited by Portland State, Idaho State, and Oregon. The latter may drop Adam if a HS prospect takes an offer.

Glendale (Ariz.) TE Justin Walker (6-2, 233) is waiting for an offer from E Michigan. He carries a 3.8 GPA and wants to major in engineering. Was reportedly the top pass-catching TE in the conference. Two-year starter.

NE Mississippi DL Eric Holcombe will sign with Florida.

And finally, here are some Dodge City tidbits:

QB Walter Washington (6-1, 240): Visited Nebraska, Temple , Troy State . May visit Iowa and/or Kansas State . But it looks like he is going to go to Nebraska .

RB Gerard Jackson (5-10, 220): Visited Illinois and Troy State and has been offered by Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, and Indiana. Will probably commit to Illinois this week unless someone else comes in late.

Walter Washington

OL Travis Triplett: Visited Kansas State; is going to visit South Carolina and Clemson; has been also offered by Florida, Purdue, Kansas, and Oklahoma State.

OL Woodly Telfort (6-8, 310): Visited Southern Miss. Will visit Florida, Clemson, and South Carolina . Has many offers.

DL Freddy Saint-Preaux: Visited Temple . Will visit Texas A&M, South Carolina . Was also offered by Alabama, Purdue, Clemson , Arizona , Mississippi State , and Kansas .

LB Leon Cesar (6-1, 225): Visited Temple, La Tech, Troy State , and Middle Tennessee. Offered by Nevada, Houston , Tulsa , and UCF..

CB Reynaldo Hill (6-1, 185): Visited Nebraska, Tennessee, Miss. State , Kansas State. Will visit Florida and is also looking at Illinois and South Carolina . It looks to be between Florida and Tennessee.

CB Donald Defrand (6-1, 175): Visited Nebraska, Kansas State and Texas Tech. Will visit Florida State and Tennessee . Also looking at UCF, Iowa State ,  and South Carolina . It's between Texas Tech and Florida State right now!

OL Jeremy Hazen (6-4, 275): Visited Hofstra and will visit Boise State .

WR JR LaBarge (6-4, 185): Will visit Boise State and Louisiana - Monroe .

RB PJ Smith: Committed to Central Florida .

RB Jeff Womack (5-10, 195): Committed to South Florida .


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