Independence Community College (KS) has gotten a lot of mainstream attention the last two seasons thanks to Netflix’s Last Chance U highlighting players that go to various NCAA conference across the country.
Of all the division one conferences, one that received multiple players from the Independence Pirates is the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The last two years combined a total of eight playmakers from the KJCCC member school have gone on to play in the MAC but weren’t highlighted very much or at all by the popular Netflix series. For those that don’t know already here are former ICC Pirates on MAC rosters.
From the 2017 team is defensive back Zedrick Raymond. Raymond, now a senior at Miami University of Ohio played for two years under head coach Jason Brown at Independence Community College recording 27 tackles and six interceptions for the Pirates before signing with the Redhawks.
During his first season for Miami (OH), the Mobile, Alabama native started all 12 games, recording 37 tackles with two for loss along with one interception and one forced fumble. For 2019, Raymond is projected to garner another spot in the starting lineup.
Another former Pirate from 2017 is defensive lineman, Marqualin Scott. A senior at Eastern Michigan, Scott played just one season at ICC racking up 11 total tackles with one for loss and one sack. Scott also had one interception on which he would score.
His first season for the Eagles saw the Little Rock, Arkansas product appeared in 11 games making three starts on the defensive line. The former Pirate finished the 2018 season, which included an appearance in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl with 22 tackles and one sack.
Also, at Eastern Michigan is Center Richard Bates of Kenner, Louisiana. Bates spent the last two seasons at Independence and played a volatile role on the offensive line for the Pirates.
During his time at ICC, Bates played in 21 games which included starts in each game of 2018 before signing with the Eagles in the early period.
If you thought the Pirates were done with Ypsilanti think again. The Eagles also managed to ink in the 2018 early signing period tight end, Bryson Cannon from Columbia, South Carolina.
Cannon spent two seasons in Independence making 40 receptions in 21 games for a total of 336 yards and two touchdowns. At 6-2, 230 Cannon also serves well as a blocker to clear the way for other ball carriers.
Moving from one part of Michigan to another, one Pirate now makes his home in Mount Pleasant for the Central Michigan Chippewas, defensive back Dishon McNary.
An explosive player in just one season for the Pirates, McNary recorded 28 tackles with two sacks and 10 pass break ups along with one blocked kick attempt. The Chicago born athlete brings a sense of urgency to the game field that keeps constant energy flowing throughout the defensive unit.
Continuing with 2018 players, the list leaves Michigan heading back to Ohio for a couple of former Pirates now making their home with the Zips at the University of Akron. First is defensive lineman John Mitchell.
Playing two seasons for the Pirates, Mitchell recorded 23 tackles with 1.5 for loss and one sack. At 6-3, 305 the junior from Crete, Illinois will be a dominant force during his time with the Zips.
Staying at Akron, next is JaQuize Cross who adds more power to the defensive line for the Zips at 6-3, 310. Only playing one season at Independence, the junior from Huntsville, Alabama recorded 18 tackles with 1.5 for loss.
Cross is an extremely forceful player with great speed and an impact that ball carriers should look to avoid when coming through his area of the field.
Closing out the list is defensive back Trey Fullwood of Tampa, Florida who will make himself known in the backfield for the Rockets at the University of Toledo. In one season for the Pirates, Fullwood recorded 31 tackles and was a heat seeking missile in the backfield through seven games.
With his size and speed, offensive players should be alert when he is in the game as Fullwood will put it all on the line until the final whistle.
All these guys are highly touted, impactful athletes and you can catch them all suiting up this season for their respective teams. Watch out for the MAC! The Pirates are coming!