Quarterback Brian Burrell, offensive lineman Patrick Kim and safety Rodney Mathews have enrolled in classes at Fresno State as mid-year junior college transfers and will be able to work out with the team and participate in spring football practices, which are scheduled to begin on Feb. 25.
“I’m really excited about Rodney, Patrick and Brian joining our team,” Coach Tim DeRuyter said, in a statement released through the athletic department. “To have them here for the spring semester will give them a great opportunity to compete for a position as well as get a jump on their academic progress.
”These are outstanding young men with strong character and solid academic backgrounds. I look forward to seeing them compete this spring.”
Burrell (6-foot4, 210 pounds) led Bakersfield College to the 2012 CCCAA State Championship last season with an 11-2 record. He was a CCCFCA Region IV all-state first-team selection and selected to the Northern Conference first-team in the Southern California Football Association.
He threw for 2,555 yards with 27 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Burrell will have three years to complete his two remaining seasons of eligibility.
Mathews (6-0, 190), from Citrus College, was a 2011 first-team All-West Conference selection and in 2012 was selected to the CCCFCA Region IV all-state first-team. He set a Owls’ record with 54 solo tackles in 2012 and had a team-high 89 total tackles on the season. In his career at Citrus, Mathews racked up 158 tackles, ranks second in school history with nine interceptions and third with 14 pass breakups.
He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Kim (6-3, 295) was a walk-on at USC coming out of Chino Hills Ayala High, redshirting in 2010 and did not play in 2011. He transferred to Mount San Antonio College where he helped the Mounties average 421.5 total yards and 34.6 points playing both at guard and at center. Mt. SAC fell to Bakersfield College in the 2012 CCCAA State Championship game.
Kim will have two years to complete his two remaining years of eligibility.