NCF On The Trail: West Virginia Moutaineers

Roundtable: Junior college impact

February, 12, 2015
Feb 12
The past several days, we've focused on the incoming freshmen in the Big 12. In today's Big 12 roundtable, we're focusing on the junior college transfers:

Which junior-college transfer will make the biggest impact in 2015?

Chatmon: The door is wide open for receiver DeDe Westbrook to make a major impact for Oklahoma. The Sooners need playmaking receivers, and Westbrook fits the mold. He could be a terrific running mate with Sterling Shepard in Lincoln Riley’s version of the "Air Raid" offense, with the ability to line up in the slot or outside. Westbrook is the No. 14 player the ESPN JC50 as a four-star recruit from Blinn (Texas) Junior College.

Olson: Oklahoma State pulled off one of the better surprise coups of the final week of recruiting by flipping Chris Carson from Georgia. When you look at OSU's running back situation, it's clear he's going to get a lot of work in 2015. He's a complete back and a workhorse capable of answering a big question mark about the Cowboys' offense.

Trotter: I'm a huge fan of both Westbrook and Carson, and I think they are probably the two early favorites to contend for Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors. But on the other side of the ball, incoming Texas defensive end Quincy Vasser could also have a huge impact. The Longhorns are searching for a replacement for Cedric Reed, and Vasser, an ESPN JC50 signee, has the skill set to step in and be a starter from Day 1. It won't hurt him, either, that Texas will have a new defensive line coach, meaning Vasser should open spring ball on equal footing with the returners.

Which junior college transfer is flying too far under the radar?

Chatmon: It worked the first time, right? Receiver Ka'Raun White was somehow overlooked during the recruiting process despite his brother Kevin White becoming a Biletnikoff finalist for the Mountaineers last fall. From his hair free flowing out of the back of his helmet to his ability to run away from defenders, Ka'Raun will spark memories of his older brother. West Virginia needs immediate help at the receiver position, so Dana Holgorsen’s program will be hoping it goes two-for-two with receiver recruits from the White family.

Olson: I've been keeping an eye on Ke'aun Kinner since 2012, when he was perhaps the most productive back in the DFW Metroplex out of Little Elm, Texas. He rushed for more than 2,900 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior but never had the grades to go FBS. At Navarro College, he earned All-America honors in 2014 with more than 1,800 yards of offense and 22 TDs. He packs a lot of electricity into his 5-foot-9 frame, and I bet he'll be productive right away at Kansas.

Trotter: Carson could very well make a huge splash for Oklahoma State, but I'm also intrigued by the other running back they signed, Todd Mays. The East Mississippi Community College product can do it all, including play quarterback, running back, and receiver. He doesn't possess Tyreek Hill's world-class speed. But he can fill the role that Hill did this past season in the Oklahoma State offense as a running back/slot receiver combo player. He could also help the Cowboys on returns, and, who knows, maybe be a threat to pass off trick plays, too.

What team will see the biggest overall impact from its junior college class?

Chatmon: The Mountaineers didn’t need major junior college help, but they got it anyway with White, ESPN JC50 cornerback Rasul Douglas and two other junior college signees (Xavier Pegues, Larry Jefferson) who can help immediately. Douglas will add to secondary that already could be the Big 12’s best unit and Pegues, and Jefferson could kick start the pass rush in 2015.

Olson: I'm definitely a fan of the junior college haul that Oklahoma State put together. Carson is going to get most of the headlines, but defensive tackle Motekiai Maile has the potential to be a monster up the middle. Antwan Hadley is a big 6-foot-4 cornerback, and I'm excited to see what Mike Gundy's staff does with Mays. He's a true athlete -- quarterback/running back/receiver -- and potentially a pretty fun weapon.

Trotter: Overall, the answer to this might be Kansas or Iowa State. Underscoring several immediate needs, the two signed a combined 14 junior college transfers. The Cyclones are banking that ESPN JC50 defensive tackle Demond Tucker can instantly boost what was the nation's worst statistical defense last season. With the fewest returning starters in the league, the Jayhawks will also need multiple contributions out of its massive junior college class.
ESPN 300 prospect Holton Hill is one of only three elite cornerbacks remaining on the board in the 2015 class, and that means coaches are doing all they can to land his commitment.

Big Ten fodder is never hard to find, especially in recruiting. This week was no different as schools put forth enough content to fill an entire notebook. Here’s a look at a few programs that highlighted a busy week in this week’s Big Ten storylines.

ESPN 300 defensive back getting close

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Weekly Commitment Roundup

August, 9, 2013
American Athletic
Hayden Moore QB-PP Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Alex Thomas WR Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory School
HT: 6-0 WT: 167
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Alec Bloom TE-Y Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley
HT: 6-7 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tom Rodrick ILB Leicester, Mass./Leicester
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: #52 ILB
Stars: 2

Elton Dyer WR South Houston, Texas/South Houston
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Positional Ranking: #142 WR
Stars: 3

Darius Joiner OT Temple, Texas/Temple
HT: 6-4 WT: 262
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Henry Smith WR River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Poona Ford DT Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head
HT: 6-0 WT: 285
Positional Ranking: #21 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#275)

Chris Nelson DT Lakeland, Fla./Victory Christian
HT: 6-2 WT: 280
Positional Ranking: #69 DT
Stars: 3

Isaac Stewart ILB Matthews, N.C./Butler
HT: 6-1 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: #27 ILB
Stars: 3

Curtis Akins ILB Byhalia, Miss./Byhalia
HT: 6-0 WT: 208
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Florida
Michael Galati OG Bradenton, Fla./Manatee
HT: 6-2 WT: 292
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Georgia Tech
Will Bryan OG Carnesville, Ga./Franklin County
HT: 6-3 WT: 265
Class of 2015

Terrell Lewis OLB Ocoee, Fla./Ocoee
HT: 6-2 WT: 206
Positional Ranking: #32 OLB
Stars: 4

Miami (FL)
Brandon Powell ATH Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
HT: 5-9 WT: 169
Positional Ranking: #34 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#276)

Jeff Farrar ATH Upland, Calif./Upland
HT: 6-0 WT: 194
Positional Ranking: #21 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#188)

Virginia Tech
Greg Stroman ATH Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson
HT: 5-11 WT: 152
Positional Ranking: #142 ATH
Stars: 3

Big 12

Ronnie Major OT Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville
HT: 6-6 WT: 280
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Class of 2015

Kansas State
D'Vonta Derricott ILB Garden City, Kan./Garden City CC
HT: 6-1 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mark Andrews TE-H Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
HT: 6-6 WT: 220
Positional Ranking: #8 TE-H
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#295)

Ty Barrett OT Dallas/Skyline
HT: 6-5 WT: 310
Positional Ranking: #36 OT
Stars: 3

West Virginia
Devante Averette ILB Iowa Falls, Iowa/Ellsworth CC
HT: 6-0 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Davonte James OLB Springfield, Ohio/Springfield
HT: 6-1 WT: 233
Positional Ranking: #17 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#236)

Big Ten
Michigan State
Robert Bowers DE Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge
HT: 6-5 WT: 210
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jayru Campbell QB-DT Detroit/Cass Technical
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Class of 2015

Pac 12

Jamie Byrd S Dade City, Fla./Iowa Western CC
HT: 5-11 WT: 195
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jeff Worthy DT Santa Ana, Calif./Santa Ana CC
HT: 6-3 WT: 290
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Arizona State
Chad Adams CB Allen, Texas/Allen
HT: 5-9 WT: 162
Positional Ranking: #62 CB
Stars: 3

Jamal Scott ATH Anaheim, Calif./Magnolia
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Positional Ranking: #85 ATH
Stars: 3

Oregon State
Najee Toran OG Houston/North Shore
HT: 6-2 WT: 242
Positional Ranking: #43 OG
Stars: 3

Hayden Lekacz K Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
HT: 6-1 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Antreal Allen CB Auburn, Ala./Auburn
HT: 5-11 WT: 176
Positional Ranking: #54 CB
Stars: 3

JoJo McIntosh S West Hills, Calif./Chaminade College Prep
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: #99 S
Stars: 3

Ricky Town QB-PP Ventura, Calif./Saint Bonaventure
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Positional Ranking: #2 QB-PP
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr. 300 (#42)

Racean Thomas RB Oxford, Ala./Oxford
HT: 5-11 WT: 202
Positional Ranking: #5 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#34)

Mississippi State
Gerri Green DT Greenville, Miss./Greenville Weston
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Marvin Zanders QB-DT Jacksonville, Fla./Raines
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Positional Ranking: #33 QB-DT
Stars: 3

Texas A&M
Rodney Anderson RB Katy, Texas/Katy
HT: 6-1 WT: 205
Positional Ranking: #9 RB for 2015
Stars: 4

Alex Aukerman Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove
HT: 6-1 WT: 205

Brigham Young
Tyler Cook-Nolan OLB Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta
HT: 6-3 WT: 212
Positional Ranking: #91 OLB
Stars: 3

Kavika Fonua S Syracuse, Utah/Syracuse
HT: 6-0 WT: 203

Evan Akins OT Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville
HT: 6-5 WT: 285

Jake Banholzer DT Rolla, Mo./Rolla
HT: 6-2 WT: 261

Notre Dame
Matt Dickerson DT San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra
HT: 6-5 WT: 275
Positional Ranking: #27 DT
Stars: 4

Richard Yeargin III OLB Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South
HT: 6-3 WT: 225
Positional Ranking: #25 OLB
Stars: 4

Conference USA
Florida International

Tyler Sayles DE Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
HT: 6-1 WT: 242

Eric Bowie OLB Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish
HT: 6-1 WT: 219

Jeremy Smith TE-Y Tulsa, Okla./Berryhill
HT: 6-4 WT: 230

Jalen Stewart DT Columbus, Miss./Columbus
HT: 6-1 WT: 260

Kevin Strong DT Cleveland, Texas/Cleveland
HT: 6-1 WT: 280

Mid American
Zach Gingerich K Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine
HT: 6-3 WT: 202

Bowling Green
Jalen Brady QB-PP Southfield, Mich./Southfield
HT: 5-11 WT: 204

Skylar Hartley OG Hilliard, Ohio/Bradley Hilliard
HT: 6-1 WT: 317

Northern Illinois
Mayomi Olootu Jr. CB Allen, Texas/Allen
HT: 5-8 WT: 170

Mountain West
Air Force
Chandler Hawkins S Bellflower, Calif./Saint John Bosco
HT: 5-11 WT: 175

LaJuan Hunt RB Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South
HT: 5-9 WT: 192

San Diego State
Rayshawn Boyce DE Los Angeles/Salesian
HT: 6-2 WT: 216

Sun Belt
Georgia State
Chandon Sullivan CB Winder, Ga./Winder-Barrow
HT: 5-10 WT: 174

Adrian Goodacre OG Carthage, Texas/Carthage
HT: 6-3 WT: 305

David Griffith OLB Plano, Texas/Plano
HT: 6-1 WT: 195

Cody McGuire ILB Monroe, La./Sterlington
HT: 6-2 WT: 230

Kaylon Watson ATH Mexia, Texas/Mexia
HT: 5-11 WT: 200

Texas State
Cedric Gambrell DE Cleveland, Texas/Cleveland
HT: 6-5 WT: 225

Brelynd Goods OLB Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire
HT: 6-3 WT: 209

Stedman Mayberry RB Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge
HT: 5-10 WT: 180

Western Kentucky
Evan Sayner DE Paducah, Ky./Lone Oak
HT: 6-3 WT: 250

Versatile RB talks Texas Tech offer 

April, 5, 2013
Running back Corey Avery (Dallas/Carter) is the first to admit he has an appreciation for the SEC. The best part about his recruiting process, however, is that because he’s still without an SEC offer, he can research other programs in other conferences.

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Tales From the Road spotlights schools that have a strong tradition of producing elite college players and feature current elite prospects.

Cleveland St. Ignatius

Who They Have: ESPN Watch List OT Jimmy Byrne, OLB Kyle Berger, S Dameon Willis Jr.

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T.J. Harrell to lean on visits 

March, 29, 2013
T.J. Harrell (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) is going to be leaning heavily on visits.

The 6-foot, 197-pound two-way athlete has a bunch of offers, but to distinguish them, he's going to have to see what the school is like behind the brochures he gets in the mail.

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