Ikner makes the switch

In a bit of a surprise, JCFootball.com has been able to confirm that Mt. San Antonio CB Arness Ikner (5-9, 175) has switched up and decided to sign with Middle Tennessee after saying earlier this month he was set to sign with Illinois...

According to those in the know, Ikner hadn't fully committed to Illinois until the Illini academic people were able to go over his transcripts to make sure he had taken all of the proper credits.

Apparently, that wasn't the case so the talented corner decided to sign with Middle Tennessee, becoming the fifth JUCO player to join the Blue Raiders during the early signing period.

In addition to Ikner, the Blue Raiders also signed Palomar TE Jared Bamber, Bakersfield QB Logan Kilgore, Feather River WR Jamar Brown and West Hills C Jeremiah Black.

Ikner is a versatile player who played both safety and corner for the Mounties the past two seasons.

Ikner prepped at Pasadena High School, but only received tepid interest from D-1 programs, so he decided to head to the best JUCO program he could find in order to boost his stock.

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin, who was coaching here and is now up at Washington, he recruited me here and showed me how they would get me ready for D-1 ball," Ikner told JCFootball.com recently. "I wanted to give myself a chance to play D-1 football and this was the best place I could have chosen."

As a freshman, the Mountie coaching staff did whatever they could to get him on the field even throwing the diminutive prospect in at safety.

"I had a minor knee injury, so they threw me in at safety," Ikner said. "I felt like I did well and it helped me get that physical mentality that you need to play against the best.

"This year I played almost exclusively at corner and that's where I'll play at the next level."

This year, Ikner, playing his more natural position, was outstanding for the Mounties, posting 62 tackles and 15 passes defensed along with a team-leading seven interceptions.

"I run well and anticipate well so that allows me to break on balls well," Ikner said. "I feel like I can come up and play physical or I can play zone and read the play and then break on the ball."

Now that he's enrolled, Ikner will have three years to play two at Middle Tennessee.

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