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December 11, 2007

Rivals.com All-JC Transfer Team

The early signing period for junior college football players begins Dec. 19, and while seemingly every JC signing is trumpeted as a "player who will help now," that's not always the case.

Indeed, the list of junior college transfers who don't make a huge impact or, in some cases, any impact at all is a large one. But there are numerous players who live up to the hype and play well once they get to a four-year school.

Here is this season's Rivals.com All-JC Transfer Team, comprised of players who attended junior colleges before moving on and finding success.

Rivals.com 2007 All-JC Transfer Team
QB Colt Brennan, Hawaii, Sr., 6-3/196
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Saddleback CC (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
BUZZ: He is third in the nation with 38 TD passes and fourth with 4,174 yards. He is completing 71.4 percent of his passes. He has six 400-yard games and two 500-yard games this season. He had nine 400-yard games last season.
RB Dantrell Savage, Oklahoma State, Sr., 5-9/195
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (Perkinston, Miss.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Columbus (Ga.) Jordan
BUZZ: Though seeing no action in two of the Cowboys' first three games, Savage came on strong to post 100-yard rushing outputs in nine consecutive games. He finished second in the Big 12 in rushing with 1,172 yards.
RB James Johnson, Kansas State, Sr., 5-11/200
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Blinn College (Brenham, Texas)

HIGH SCHOOL: Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial
BUZZ: He ranks third among Big 12 rushers with 1,106 yards. He averages 6.4 yards per carry and has scored 12 touchdowns.
WR Maurice Purify, Nebraska, Sr., 6-4/220
JUNIOR COLLEGE: City College of San Francisco
HIGH SCHOOL: Eureka (Calif.) High
BUZZ: He was third in the Big 12 with nine touchdown catches and finished the season with 57 receptions for 814 yards (14.3 yards per catch). He had seven games with at least five catches, and had 11 catches for 165 yards and three scores in the season-ending loss to Colorado.
WR Steve Johnson, Kentucky, Sr., 6-3/198
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Chabot College (Hayward, Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Fairfield (Calif.) Rodriguez
BUZZ: Johnson emerged as an important cog in the Wildcats' passing attack this season. He had just 12 catches last season, but has 54 this season for 928 yards (17.2 per catch). He also leads the Wildcats with 11 touchdown receptions.
WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State, Jr., 6-2/218
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
HIGH SCHOOL: Canton (Mich.) High
BUZZ: The Big Ten leader in receiving yards, Thomas has caught 75 passes for 1,226 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 139 yards receiving and three touchdowns in the regular-season finale against Penn State.
OT Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-8/350
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Garden City (Kan.) CC
HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Carson (Calif.) Fountain
BUZZ: He's a solid blocker for a line that has allowed just 10 sacks and paves the way for an offense that averages more than 454 yards per game.
OT Mike Gibson, California, Sr., 6-5/302
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Solano CC (Fairfield, Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Napa (Calif.) High
BUZZ: He has started every game at left tackle, protecting Nate Longshore and leading a prolific running attack. The Bears have allowed the third-fewest sacks in the nation.
OG Justin Morsey, Tulsa, Jr., 6-2/282
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Miami, Okla.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Sapulpa (Okla.) High BUZZ: Morsey was the steadiest lineman for a Golden Hurricane team that leads the nation in total offense (542.5 ypg).

OG Brandon Walker, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-3/307
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
HIGH SCHOOL: Oak Park (Mich.) High
BUZZ: Walker started for the Sooners as a sophomore last season and kept his starting job this season. He has helped pave the way for a rushing attack that averages 191.8 yards per game.
C Sete Aulai, BYU, Sr., 6-1/297
JUNIOR COLLEGE: El Camino College (Torrance, Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Carson (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Aulai is a two-year starter for the Cougars, who lead the Mountain West and are 15th nationally in total offense at 457.6 yards per game. He redshirted in his first season with BYU in 2005.
DE Luis Vasquez, Arizona State, Jr. 6-3/247
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Arizona Western College (Yuma, Ariz.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ledyard (Conn.) High
BUZZ: He originally signed with Purdue out of high school. In his first season with the Sun Devils, he had 38 tackles, 3.5 sacks, nine tackles for losses, a pass breakup, a quarterback hurry, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
DE Ervin Baldwin, Michigan State, Sr., 6-2/270
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Reedley (Calif.) College
HIGH SCHOOL: Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County
BUZZ: Fellow Spartans DE Jonal Saint-Dic gets most of the notice, but Baldwin has had a solid season in his own right. He has more tackles than Saint-Dic (53-47), the second season in a row he has led Spartans linemen in tackles. Baldwin also has 17.5 tackles for losses, 7.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.
DT Gabe Long, Utah, Sr., 6-3/290
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Fullerton (Calif.) JC
HIGH SCHOOL: Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza
BUZZ: Long was a force in the middle for a tough Utes defense. He originally committed to Arizona, then signed with USC in 2005 but didn't make it academically. This was his second season at Utah and his first as a full-time starter. He has 35 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, four pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
LB Alvin Bowen, Iowa State, Sr., 6-2/216
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Garden City (Kan.) CC
HIGH SCHOOL: East Orange (N.J.) Montclair
BUZZ: He led the Big 12 and ranked fourth in the nation in forced fumbles with five. He also had 99 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss.
LB Joey LaRocque, Oregon State, Sr., 6-2/235
JUNIOR COLLEGE: College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Agoura (Calif.) High
BUZZ: LaRocque is the Beavers' second-leading tackler, with 82. He is part of one of the best linebacker groups on the West Coast. He has 10 tackles for losses, three sacks, two interceptions, three pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.
LB Antonio Steele, Illinois, Sr., 6-2/218
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Long Beach (Calif.) City College
HIGH SCHOOL: Cleveland St. Peter Chanel
BUZZ: Steele, in his second season as a starter, has 83 tackles to rank second on the Illini. He also has five tackles for losses, two picks, two quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.
LB Misi Tupe, Texas A&M, Sr., 5-10/254
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Dixie State College (St. George, Utah)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ogden (Utah) Bonneville
BUZZ: Tupe is the Aggies' second-leading tackler, with 89. He also has four tackles for losses, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and two pass breakups. He had four games with double-digit tackle totals.
CB Justin Tryon, Arizona State, Sr., 5-10/180
JUNIOR COLLEGE: College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
BUZZ: He started every game in his two-season Sun Devils career. He was fifth on the team this season with 50 tackles and had three tackles for losses, 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble.
CB Justin McKinney, Kansas State, Sr., 5-9/191
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Garden City (Kan.) CC
HIGH SCHOOL: Sanford (Fla.) Seminole
BUZZ: Second-year starter was solid for the Wildcats, leading the team with 74 tackles. He also had three interceptions, nine pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.
SS Troy Nolan, Arizona State, Jr., 6-2/204
JUNIOR COLLEGE: College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real
BUZZ: Arizona State leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin and is second in pass efficiency defense. Give some credit to Nolan and his five interceptions. He returned two of those picks for touchdowns.
FS Matthew Harper, Oregon, Sr., 6-0/181
JUNIOR COLLEGE: City College of San Francisco
HIGH SCHOOL: Union City (Calif.) Logan
BUZZ: Harper is part of an active and productive Ducks secondary. He is third on the team with 93 tackles. He has three interceptions, eight pass breakups, two sacks and two forced fumbles. His dad, Willie Harper, was a star defensive end at Nebraska and played 11 seasons in the NFL.
K David Buehler, USC, Jr., 6-2/225
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Santa Ana (Calif.) Junior College
HIGH SCHOOL: Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
BUZZ: Buehler was 16 of 19 on field goals this season after being sparingly used in 2006. Buehler was 13 of 14 on kicks of up to 39 yards.
P Ryan Weigand, Virginia, Sr., 6-2/181
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Pasadena (Calif.) City College
HIGH SCHOOL: Pasadena (Calif.) La Salle
BUZZ: Weigand was second in the ACC and fifth nationally in punting at 45.53 per boot. Just two of his 49 punts were downed inside the 20 because Chris Gould served as the Cavs' "short punt" specialist.
KR Bryan Williams, Akron, Jr., 6-0/195
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Wayne, Pa.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Akron (Ohio) Buchtel
BUZZ: He led the MAC and was second nationally at 31.9 yards per kick return. He took one back for a score against Ohio University. He also rushed for 728 yards for the Zips.
PR Deon Murphy, Kansas State, Jr., 5-10/170
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
HIGH SCHOOL: Houston Klein Forest
BUZZ: Murphy led the Big 12 and was third nationally in punt returns, averaging 17.5 per return on 26 attempts. He took one back for a TD against Division I-AA Missouri State. He also had 57 receptions for K-State, second-most on the team, and five TDs.
ALL PURPOSE Lavelle Hawkins, California, Sr., 5-11/185
JUNIOR COLLEGE: City College of San Francisco
HIGH SCHOOL: Stockton (Calif.) Edison
BUZZ: Hawkins upstaged more heralded teammate DeSean Jackson by topping him in catches and receiving yards. Hawkins leads the Golden Bears with 69 catches for 855 yards, and is tied for the team lead with five touchdowns. He also averages 22.1 yards per kickoff return (862 yards on 39 returns) and took one back for a score against Louisiana Tech.


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