The latest season of Netflix’s acclaimed documentary series followed the Independence Community College Pirates and their incredibly talented roster through the 2017 season. In fact, the only thing that outnumbers the number of talented players in season three might be the amount of times that head coach Jason Brown says the word “F***”.
Like season one and two stars John Franklin III, Tim Bonner, and Dakota Allen did for their respective schools, a chunk of those players could even make an immediate impact for an FBS team in 2018. The players below fit that mold for a few lucky G5 programs.
Note: If you haven’t seen the show, I try to spoil as little as possible. But given the nature of this post, that’s a little tough. Sorry.
RB - Kingston Davis - UAB
The 6’1”, 245 pound back who spent his freshman year at Michigan didn’t get a ton of time at ICC being behind the phenomenal Rakeem Boyd (now at Arkansas) and Jamal Scott. But make no mistake, Davis can still play. He walked on at UAB following the 2017 season and showed that he belonged at the Blazers’ spring game where he ran for 71 yards on ten carries and two balls for 46 yards. His physical running style should fit the Blazers’ style of play nicely and that style will compliment Spencer Brown as well. Great get by Bill Clark.
QB - Brandon Bea - Boise State
The quarterback had a tough year in 2017, both in terms of stats (28 of 46, 353 yards, two picks, one TD) and in putting up with Malik Henry... Out of high school, he signed with Montana, but went the JUCO route after not getting any playing time there. Now, he’s off to Boise State as a walk-on and even had a 69-yard touchdown pass in their spring game.
DT - Dantrell Barkley - Charlotte
Barkley, the no. 41 ranked JUCO recruit according to 247 Sports, gives some much needed help to the 49ers entering a make-or-break year for Brad Lambert. At 6’4”, 285 pounds, the North Carolina native could very well start right away. He chose Charlotte over offers from Colorado and Colorado State following the 2017 season.
CB - D.J. Williams - Utah State
Williams was the no.169 JUCO recruit according to 247 Sports last season. He had 58 tackles (38 solo), two fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown) and two sacks in 2017. The JUCO All-American should be a big part of the Aggies’ secondary this year.
DT - Jajuan Blankenship - Tulsa
Another guy from Indy’s stacked defensive front, Blankenship seems like a fit to earn playing time for the the Golden Hurricane. Blankenship spent his freshman year on the scout team at South Carolina before transferring to Independence.
LB - Tim Faison - North Texas
51 Tackles, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries got Faison a ticket to Denton from Independence. The former Purdue player brings some depth to a linebacker group that seems set on improving in 2018. He’s got decent pass coverage ability too, which will come in handy in C-USA. Faison was also a top 250 JUCO recruit according to 247 Sports.
DB - Zedrick Raymond - Miami (Ohio)
The Redhawks have been recruiting well under Chuck Martin and picked up another coveted player in Raymond, who had a huge year with six picks in 2017. Raymond’s a big piece for Miami this year, no question. “Playmaking, instinctual defensive back” is a pretty apt description of him.
OT - Keith Williams - Colorado State
At 6’7” and 275 pounds, Williams certainly has the physical tools to be a D1 offensive tackle. Williams is part of the reason there are some high expectations for the Rams’ offensive line this season.
DL - Marqualin Scott - Eastern Michigan
Seriously, that defensive line was STACKED. Scott had 11 tackles, a pick, and a sack in 2017. Scott has potential to be near the top of EMU’s depth chart.
DB - Ray Buford - New Mexico State
Over the last year I traveled a journey that really tested and grew my faith Some say “Opportunity only knocks once”, but by the grace of God I’ve been given another opportunity So today, I decided to commit to..— Ray Buford Jr (@RayBuf25) December 17, 2017
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Buford, a former Minnesota player who left the school after suspected involvement in an alleged sexual assault, broke up three passes in the Pirates’ first ever bowl win last season. He joins a New Mexico State program that seems to be on an upswing after a 7-6 season last year.
K - Nino Alibegic - Hawaii
The Idaho native gets brought up mainly for two things following the airing of the show, his hair and his buddy-buddy relationship with Malik Henry. He was also a bit inconsistent, hitting 50% of his 12 field goal attempts last year, but hit a few really important kicks to help the Pirates along. Interesting that he ended up at Hawaii seeing as he brings their kicker total for 2018 up to five, but more power to him.
Here’s a few other names that will be around college football outside the P5 who came through Independence in the last few years...
DB Dior Johnson - Murray State
QB Alin Edouard - UTSA
WR Terry Tillmon - Houston Baptist
LB Kirkland Joseph - Stephen F. Austin
RB Robert McKnight - Abilene Christian
OL Isaiah Edwards - Indiana State
DL Creo Argue - Alcorn State
RB William ‘Boo’ McKnight - Northeastern State
OL John Draper - Southeastern