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Recruiting 2012 - Top JUCO Transfers
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While blue-chip prep stars are normally recruited for the future of a program, junior college standouts are signed for today. When a kid from a two-year school is inked, he’s expected to pay immediate dividends. These athletes, who amass a following at anonymous, exotic-sounding institutions, like College of the Canyons and Saddleback College, are the quickest means for a coach to fill a pressing need. And why not? He’s filled out considerably since leaving high school, has matured on and off the field, and is better prepared to make a quick transition to the FBS. He also has a smaller, two to three-year window of eligibility, fueling a sense of urgency for all parties involved.
Their time is now. Their need is unmistakable. If you start tossing around their names near the water cooler today, they could make you look rather erudite by the end of the summer.
25. OL Daniel Glauser, Florida State
Glauser won’t only be carrying the banner of New Mexico Military Institute in Tallahassee. He’ll be representing Switzerland as he attempts to become the country’s first player to perform at this level. While clearly an unfinished product, it’s that rawness that’s particularly appealing to line coach Rick Trickett and the rest of the Seminoles staff. At 6-6 and 315 pounds, he possesses good size and strength, now needing to refine his technique and footwork. About to join an offensive line that was besieged by injuries in 2011, Glauser seems like a natural fit to enter the mix at either right tackle or one of the guard positions.
24. OT Kyle Long, Oregon
The son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long—and brother of St. Louis Ram Chris Long—has taken the curvaceous route to Eugene. Since leaving high school in Virginia, the middle of Howie’s kids has been drafted by the Chicago White Sox, signed by Florida State to play football and apprenticed at Saddleback (Calif.) Junior College. He’s tall, powerful and very athletic, a natural fit to protect the pocket from the tackle spot. He has a year of eligibility remaining, and will do no worse than provide depth and veteran leadership to an Oregon line losing a pair of starters.
23. DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
The Broncos staff has put out an APB for quality defensive players, especially along the graduation-depleted D-line. Lawrence got noticed at Butler (Kans.) Community College, earning Second Team All-America honors after collecting 27 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Since completing high school in South Carolina, he’s grown to 6-4 and 248 pounds, yet hasn’t sacrificed the closing speed and burst that make him so dangerous looping around the edge. At Boise State, Lawrence has two years of eligibility left to take advantage of a prime opportunity to crack the rotation immediately.
22. LB Will Smith, Texas Tech
Red Raiders head coach Tommy Tuberville has been getting jiggy with the region’s junior colleges ever since he arrived in Lubbock. Smith figures to provide immediate help to a defense that finished last season ranked 114th nationally. While still in need of more mass and muscle, he plays with enough athleticism to makes stops all over the field, and remain in the huddle for all three downs. Texas Tech is hoping to get Smith in the weight room, get him up to speed with the system and then hopefully turn him loose in September.
21. OT Mark Beard, Georgia
Offensive line has been a priority for the Bulldogs, which lose three starters from a unit already thin in terms of depth. Beard will do no worse than earn a spot in the rotation as a member of the two-deep. After getting his grades in order at Coffeyville (Kans.) Community College, he’s ready to compete on a level more in line with his impressive skill set. The 6-5, 290-pounder has a great work ethic, and the long arms needed to keep opposing pass rushers at a safe distance. Once he gets acclimated to his new surroundings, Beard has the kind of personality that’ll get contagious in the locker room.
20. NT Visesio Salt, Utah
Salt had verbally committed to Florida before deciding to play closer to home for the Utes. Since graduating from high school four years ago, he’s spent half of his time on a Mormon mission and the other half resurrecting his athletic career at Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) Community College. Salt is an extremely powerful 6-3, 330-pounder, with the solid base to hold his ground in the middle of the line on running downs. He shapes up as a perfect complement—and eventual successor—to all-star NT Star Lotulelei, giving Utah ample support on the inside for the next two years.
19. QB Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
Right place. Right time. Not only is Wallace at the top of the list among JUCO pocket passers, but he’s being reunited with Rebels head man Hugh Freeze, who coached him for a year at Arkansas State. The 6-5, 215-pounder is coming off a memorable season at East Mississippi Community College, where he threw for an NJCAA-record 4,604 yards and 53 touchdowns. He has a nice feel for the offense that’ll be run in Oxford to go along with the quick feet to make connections on the move. While there’s no guarantee of winning the job, Wallace fills a pressing need at a school that ranked 113th nationally in pass efficiency, and produced just nine touchdown passes.
18. WR Marquez Clark, Kansas State
The Wildcats are hoping that QB Collin Klein can upgrade the passing game this year. They won’t ask him to initiate a turnaround on his own. Clark has been brought aboard from Navarro (Tex.) College to provide a spark to the offense and the special teams. In his second season, the one-time Wyoming recruit turned 98 receptions into 1,639 yards and 15 touchdowns. A smaller, quicker type pass catcher, Clark has the ability to take short pitches and turn them into long gains. He’s capable of headlining a corps in Manhattan that welcomes back just one Wildcat who caught at least 25 passes in 2011.
17. LB Zaire Anderson, Nebraska
Okay, so there’s no easy way to replace tackling machine Lavonte David, but Anderson sure appears capable of doing a decent impression for the next two seasons. The pair shares plenty of similarities, from their safety size and closing speed to their penchant for constantly being around the ball. While only 6-1 and 220 pounds, he plays bigger than his size, using his hands and a strong upper body to fight through blocks. Anderson capped a banner two-year stay at Riverside (Calif.) Community College with All-America recognition, bagging a whopping 187 tackles and 16 sacks.
16. CB Kasseim Everett, Oklahoma
The well-traveled Everett is hoping to make the most of his two seasons in Norman. He’ll arrive flush with seasoning, having spent two years at FCS Delaware and one with Pierce (Calif.) College. He displays advanced cover skills, and the physical attitude needed to step up and support against the run. Oh, and Everett is eminently coachable, which will open new doors and raise the ceiling on his potential as a defensive back. While never short on talent or competition on either side of the ball, the Sooners are in the market for a cornerback to replace Jamell Fleming.
15. RB Damien Williams, Oklahoma
With just hours before Signing Day, Williams was still mulling over offers from a handful of Pac-12, SEC and Big 12 programs. He’d twice committed to Arizona State, failing to meet academic requirements, but opened up his recruitment after Dennis Erickson was not retained by the Sun Devils. In two years at Arizona Western, he proved to be one of the JUCO ranks’ most versatile all-around backs. Not only did he lead the NJCAA with nearly 2,000 yards on the ground, but he also caught 20 balls and threw a pair of touchdown passes. Williams has all of the tools of a 25-carry-a-game workhorse, and a motor that never gives out, and Oklahoma, who's in desperate need of running back help, will benefit.
14. RB Kelvin York, Utah
For the second straight winter, the Utes dipped into the fertile junior college ranks of California to find an offensive cornerstone. A year after former L.A. Harbor (Calif.) College RB John White debuted with more than 1,500 yards and 15 scores on the ground, York is headed to Salt Lake City intent on providing more help to a struggling offense. Unlike White, who’s undersized, York is a low-to-the-ground 225-pounder who can move a pile to pick up more yards. USC had shown considerable interest in the Fullerton (Calif.) College standout until he suffered a season-ending meniscus tear in mid-November. He’s rehabbing in the hopes of being available in the spring.
13. OL Menelik Watson, Florida State
The Seminoles’ quest to beef up their offensive line depth has been a rousing success this offseason. Watson could be the crown jewel of the haul, a 6-7, 330-pounder with the light feet and athleticism of a former basketball player at Marist. He’s also a skilled soccer player dating back to his days growing up in England. Although the transfer from Saddleback (Calif.) College needs work from a technical standpoint, his measurables are off the charts, giving the Florida State staff cause for unbridled optimism. If Watson makes the necessary strides in Tallahassee, he’ll be attracting the attention of NFL scouts before long.
12. DT Damien Jacobs, Florida
Originally a Seminole coming out of high school, Jacobs changed lanes while at East Mississippi Community College and decided to become a Gator. He’ll feed into Will Muschamp’s hunger to bolster his team’s depth on both sides of the line. The run-stopping 300-pounder wasn’t your typical interior lineman at the previous level, flashing an ability to get off the snap—and into the backfield—quickly. While playing the same position as Sharrif Floyd, Dominique Easley and Omar Hunter could make a starting gig elusive, Jacobs can still add depth, and push Florida’s holdovers to elevate their games in 2012.
11. OT Donald Hawkins, Texas
Since the Longhorns pursue junior college transfers infrequently, it goes to figure that Hawkins is a special exception. While the 6-5, 320-pounder from Northwest Mississippi Community College will have returning starters ahead of him when he arrives, he’s confident he can play right away. In two seasons since failing to qualify coming out of high school, he failed to allow a sack, displaying the light feet and agility of a much smaller blocker. Hawkins now has an opportunity to get on the launching pad in Austin, surrounded by world-class facilities and a top-notch staff to mentor him.
Recruiting 2012 - Top JUCO Transfers
The Top Ten