Sunday, February 24, 2013
Juco 100 WR down to 3 schools
By Damon Sayles
Few ESPN Junior College 100 players remain unsigned, and wide receiver Jared Dangerfield (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott Community College) is still considered a huge get for many schools. Dangerfield, however, is looking to make a decision soon among three programs.
Dangerfield said Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic and South Alabama are in his final list, and the 6-foot-3, 210-pound juco receiver and West Palm Beach, Fla., native said he may be closer to a decision than many think. He is focused on his academic resume, but he’s also looking to sign a national letter of intent before the final signing day of April 1.
Dangerfield said the three schools are in front primarily for three reasons.
“It’s immediate playing time, and they said they need a playmaker to step in right away,” Dangerfield said. “Plus, they’ve been showing me love since Day 1. Since the first day, they’ve stuck with me.”
A three-star receiver, Dangerfield said all three schools have their positives. While Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic have the advantage of moving to Conference USA in July 2014, South Alabama is a relatively new program looking to make noise as an FBS team competing in the Sun Belt Conference.
“I liked how the [Middle Tennessee] offense looked this year. They’ve got all pieces to turn things around,” Dangerfield said. “They had a winning season, and they’re going to get lot of TV exposure. With South Alabama, I like how they’re a new program, and I want to help a new team win. I could be a part of history for the school. They look like a program on the rise.
“FAU was my first scholarship, and I’m real cool with the coaches. [Assistant] Coach [Jeff] Sims used to be the head coach at Fort Scott. It’s also close to home for me. I’m from West Palm Beach, and the school’s about 35 minutes away from home. They’re recruiting the right people and building them up.”
Dangerfield is ranked No. 85 in the ESPN Junior College 100. He had additional offers from Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois and Bowling Green.