Juco spotlight: Hutchinson C.C.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Two of the most sought junior-college prospects nationally and a pair of Tennessee pledges headline a stable of potential major-college signees for the class of 2013 at Hutchinson Community College.

The Blue Dragons, of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, opened with two wins in three games, getting contributions aplenty from receiver Jatavius Stewart and defensive tackle Toby Johnson, both coveted by a throng of elite programs.

Stewart, from Rock Hill, S.C., counts Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee, Iowa and Kansas State among his more than 20 suitors. An expected May graduate from junior college, he will have two years to complete two seasons of eligibility.

Johnson, a December graduate with three years to play two seasons at the next level, has received scholarship offers from USC, Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

“Those two are the most highly recruited guys we have,” Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said.

By no means, though, are they the only players bringing traffic to Hutchinson this fall.

Redshirt freshman linebacker De’Vondre Campbell and sophomore defensive tackle Ben Bradley fit among Tennessee’s 17-man recruiting class.

Campbell’s upside is significant, Rhoades said, and Bradley, despite attracting less attention than Johnson, is equally talented.

“He’s a great run defender,” Rhoades said of Bradley. “He’s hard to move, but he’s special in terms of pass rush, too. He’s got good hands and pass-rush moves.”

Redshirt freshman defensive end Demetrius Alston, a former high school teammate of Bradley in Norcross, Ga., is pledged to Cincinatti.

Hutchinson linebackers Antonio Longino and Kenny Flowers have also generated notable interest. Both have offers from Texas A&M, among others.

Rhoades said Flowers “packs a punch” but that Longino ranks as the Blue Dragons’ best linebacker when healthy. He has yet to play this season because of an injury.

Other defensive prospects include end Carnell Simon, a redshirt freshman set to graduate in December, and safety Bradley Gallon, also an expected December graduate.

Offensively, running back Terrell Lane broke a school rushing-yardage record for a single game with 308 yards on 29 carries last week against Garden City C.C. Interest has intensified from Minnesota, Kansas State, Memphis, Troy and South Florida, Rhoades said, though none have offered.

Athlete Kody Cook plays receiver and quarterback for Hutchinson. He also punts.

“He’s a slash guy for us,” Rhoades said. “That’s kind of a lost deal in football – a guy who can do a lot of things. A lot of teams saw him do that on his film and like him.”

Receiver Antonio Johnson, with offers from Troy and Middle Tennessee State, is another December graduate with a redshirt year available.

“He’s the biggest of the receivers we have,” Rhoades said. “He’s got speed, good shake, runs good routes and gets open.”

Kansans Miguel Johns, a receiver, running back LaQua Mayes and tight end Connor Thierolf have also gained notice, as has kicker Michael Mesh.

Rhoades said he also plans to graduate four offensive linemen in December – sophomores Solomon Normore and Matt Holt and redshirt freshmen Devonte Danzey and Colby Hamel.

From the O-line group, Danzey, out of Tampa, Fla., counts offers from South Florida and Kansas. The Jayhawks have impressed the Hutchinson right tackle, Rhoades said.

“Real good feet and a real good player,” the coach said. “He’s a road grader.”