Monday, December 19, 2011
Some JC recruiting notes
By Ted Miller
Junior college players are seen as quick fixes. They have less eligibility remaining than that of a true freshman and are often viewed as risky. Some Pac-12 schools barely -- or never -- recruit JC guys. Others recruit a handful every year.
One name: Aaron Rodgers.
OK, a second (and more recent one): John White.
Here's an ESPN recruiting update on what's going on with some of the top JC guys in the nation. It's clear that new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is looking hard at a couple of top prospects.
Writes Corey Long: "With Rich Rodriguez just coming onto the job, he'd like to get some offensive weapons to come in and run his spread option right away. Look for the Wildcats to go hard after former FSU commit De'Joshua Johnson."
Here are some others prospects of note:
Gerald Bowman, S, Los Angeles Pierce
6-foot-1, 215 pounds
Considering: USC, Oklahoma and Miami
One of the nation's top junior college safeties, Bowman was originally an all-state performer while at Philadelphia Imhotep Prep. Bowman has been a two-time all-conference performer while at Pierce. He has taken visits to his top three schools, and also visited Cal. Other offers include Oregon, Ole Miss, Arizona, Tennessee, UCLA and West Virginia.
De'Joshua Johnson, WR/RS
Considering: Arizona, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green
The former Florida State commit wanted to return to Florida to play college football, but it's doubtful that can happen. Recently it appeared like Middle Tennessee was primed to pull a surprise, but Arizona might be the favorite now. Rodriguez recruited Johnson while coaching at Michigan and has a good connection with prospects from Pahokee (Fla.) High School. Oklahoma also offered Johnson, who earned NJCAA All-American honorable mention as a return specialist.
Mike Pennel, DT, Scottsdale (Ariz.)
Considering: Arizona State, Kansas State, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Hawaii
Pennel committed to Arkansas earlier in the process but decommitted on Dec. 5. He will not sign until February and that could force him to check out other options. Pennel has taken visits to Arkansas and Texas A&M so far. Pennel had 13 tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble.
Mohammed "Mo" Seisay, CB, Eastern Arizona
Considering: Arizona, Nebraska, Ole Miss
Seisay made the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2010 while enrolled at Memphis. As of November, he had six interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. Other offers came from Indiana, Arkansas, Kansas State, Illinois and North Carolina.
And here are some notable JC guys who have already committed to Pac-12 teams.
Alexandru Ceachir, OL, Santa Monica (Calif.)
Committed to Utah
Originally from Moldova (a European country located between Romania and Ukraine), Ceachir played European club football before moving to America. He took an official visit to Colorado and also held offers from Arkansas, Fresno State and Utah.
Kyle Long, OL, Saddleback College (Calif.)
Committed to Oregon
Long, son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long, originally committed to FSU on a baseball scholarship and later transferred to Virginia to play football. A former ESPNU 150 prospect in 2008 out of Charlottesville (Va.) Saint Anne's-Belfield, Long was a first-team all-conference performer in 2011. He had offers from UCLA, Washington, Auburn, FSU and SMU.