Canyons linebacker hopes for D-1 opportunity

College of the Canyons LB Khalil Bass (6-2.5, 230) is a player to keep an eye on this fall. After qualifying late, he opted to go the JUCO route in order to show D-1 schools he could get it done on the field and after a solid freshman season he's already got a handful of schools interested in what he brings to the table...

Bass was a standout prep at one of the top prep programs in southern California, Crepsi (Carmelite, Ca.) High School.

"I qualified late and by that time a lot of schools had moved on from recruiting me," Bass told "I liked the staff here and it was still pretty close to home for me, so I came here and I had a good season."

As a freshman last fall, Bass started every game at the weakside (WIL) linebacker position and posted 60 tackles, five sacks, three passes defensed and on forced fumble for a team that went 6-5.

"I'm a run stopper first and foremost, but I've improved my pass-coverage a lot since last year," Bass said. "I can read plays really well and I have the speed and quickness to get to where the ball is going and I'm a sure-tackler, so I can usually make a lot of plays."

To go along with his prototypical size, Bass also has good speed, posting a 4.6 forty time this spring, and excellent strength (a 395-pound bench press).

As far as recruiting is concerned, Bass is still waiting for that ever-elusive first offer, but he has a handful of schools who made contact during the spring and over the summer.

"Illinois, UTEP, Kansas, San Jose State and Oregon State have all contacted me at one point," Bass said. "San Jose State didn't talk to me, but they spoke to my coach and Illinois talked to me back in spring. I haven't heard from them in a while, but they were one of the schools interested in me.

"Pretty much all the schools recruiting me want to see how I play this fall, so I have to have a good season.

"I just want the chance to play football and show everyone I can play at the highest level."

Because he was a full-qualifier, Bass can leave at any time and plans to sign with a school in December. He'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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