Football Adds Junior College Defensive Linemen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fullerton College defensive linemen Chima Ike and Steven Garcia have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Northern Arizona University and join the program this spring, Head Coach Jerome Souers announced.
Ike, a 5-10, 255-pound defensive tackle, played two seasons at Fullerton College after transferring from Nevada. He recorded 28 tackles with six tackles for loss and two sacks as a sophomore. He was a three-year letter winner and two-year starter at Walnut High School, setting school records for sacks and tackles for loss. He recorded 97 tackles with 21 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior, earning All-CIF first-team and All-San Antonio League honors twice (2008, 2009). He also helped his high school track team to the league championship and earned the individual discus title. He earned Scholar-Athlete honors at Fullerton and plans to study political science.
Garcia, a 6-2, 235-pound defensive end, was a two-year starter at Fullerton and earned Southern California Football Association's All-Southern Conference second-team honors. He recorded 41 tackles with 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumbled as a sophomore. He helped his team to the 2010 Golden Empire championship as a freshman, recording 36 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He was a two-year letter winner at St. John Bosco, where he was a second-team all-conference selection. He was Scholar Athlete at Fullerton and plans to study kinesiology/nursing at NAU.
Both players will enroll in school this spring and be available for spring practice. The Lumberjacks lost four seniors on their defensive line depth chart, including Blayne Anderson, Isaac Bond, Alex Hutton and Dan Pela. They combined to make 31 starts during the 2011 season.
The Lumberjacks are coming off a 4-7 season in 2011 but return 15 starters in 2012, including eight on offense and seven on defense.