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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Big Ten top juco targets

By Tom VanHaaren



Junior-college prospects are often an outstanding way for programs to fill their rosters. Because of the experience the prospects have with a higher level of play, they can immediately help at positions of need.

Big Ten schools are after plenty of juco prospects to round out the remainder of the Class of 2014. With the 2014 ESPN Junior College 50 rankings releasing today, here is a look at five junior-college targets for the conference.

OL Chad Mavety
Garden City, N.Y./Nassau community college
ESPN JC 50 ranking: No. 8

Mavety has narrowed his list down to Florida State and Ohio State. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman wants to make his decision on his birthday, December 9, but that isn’t set in stone. He is torn between the two schools, so he could need more time to make his decision. Both schools could use the mammoth lineman, but the Buckeyes would benefit greatly as a majority of the starters along the line are seniors.

DT Terrell Clinkscales
Dodge City, Kan./Dodge City community college
ESPN JC 50 ranking: No. 17

Clinkscales is committed to Nebraska, but that doesn’t mean schools won’t continue to recruit him. After visiting the Cornhuskers, the 6-3, 315-pound lineman chose Nebraska over Iowa State and Kansas State among others. Those two schools in particular will likely still recruit Clinkscales, so the Nebraska coaching staff will still have to hang on to the big junior college defender.

DT Jihad Ward
New York/Globe Institute of Technology
ESPN JC 50 ranking: No. 35

Illinois had offered Clinkscales, but missed when he committed to Nebraska. The Illini are still looking to fill that spot with a big defensive tackle and Ward fits the bill. At 6-6, 285 pounds, he would be an outstanding addition to the defensive line. He has already been on campus for a visit so the Illini have a shot here.

DE Joe Keels
Kenosha, Wisc./Highland community college
ESPN JC 50 ranking: No. 42

Keels is currently committed to Wisconsin but is still in contact with other programs. In fact, he will be taking an official visit to West Virginia on December 6. Despite his commitment, Keels says that Wisconsin and Nebraska are his top two with West Virginia on the bubble. He will make his decision on December 17, so there isn't much time to sway him from the Badgers.

OL Kareem Are
Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott community college
ESPN JC 50 rank: No. 45

Much like all other prospects, the decisions of other targets could impact where Are ends up. It seems as though Penn State and Florida State have a good shot at landing the 6-5, 310-pound lineman, but that could change. Mavety also has Florida State in his top group, so this will be interesting to watch how the two impact each other.