FOUR & MORE: Best Inland Area JUCO Teams
JUCO FOOTBALL 2016
BEST INLAND AREA TEAMS
1. Riverside City College — The Tigers’ 2016 roster is a sight to behold. A deep mix of out-of-state and international players mixed with some of the best local players of recent history. Nationally-recruited QBs continue to flock to Wheelock Stadium to get some Tom Craft tutelage, and get some playing time before hopefully moving on. On this year’s list of running backs are Seth Acda (Vista Murrieta), Craig Lee (Redlands), Jake Taylor (Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World) and P.J. Walker (Perris Citrus Hill).
2. Mt. San Antonio College — The Mounties are in damage control following an on-the-field incident on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, vs. Ventura College. Sophomore offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer has been arrested after allegedly punching a referee. While the optics are certainly bad, this will prove a blip for what is historically one of the nation’s best at producing next-level talent.
3. Chaffey College — Fourth-year coach Rod Hadaway has definitely kept local talent local, and brought in two athletic dynamos in Joshua Johnson (Fontana Kaiser) and Jamal Scott (MoVal Rancho Verde) at the running back spot.
4. Victor Valley College — The Rams have attracted a bunch of Las Vegas-area talent, and Andrew Kanatsky (Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda) and Sultaan Sullivan (Phelan Serrano) are poised to get playing time.
Mt. San Jacinto College — The Eagles don’t yet have a roster available on their athletics’ site, but they did shutout Compton College, 43-0, in their season opener on Saturday, Sept. 10.
San Bernardino Valley College — New coach Jason Vandiver has some of the best Riverside Poly players from the Bears’ 2014 CIF-Southern Section Inland Division finals run.
College of the Desert Coach Ben Knapp has some agile size up front with 6-foot-5, 285-pound sophomore Kevin Parise (Coachella Valley) leading the way.