Junior college has the ability to transform a football player.
It can transform them physically in the form of added weight, additional quickness or improved technique. It can transform them mentally by sharpening their mental focus, increasing their work ethic or teaching them how to fill a role or excel at one position.
It can also transform their priorities list when the top collegiate programs come calling. Location is often high on the list for high school recruits, who often want to stay close to home. For junior college recruits, location isn't always central to their decision.