Fresno State has enrolled three junior college transfers in its 2013 recruiting class, all of whom will participate in spring practices and could step into major roles right away.
Patrick Kim, an offensive lineman from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, was brought in as a center and could also play guard and gives the Bulldogs a bigger body to work with trying to replace center Richard Heleiko and guard Matt Hunt.
Coach Tim DeRuyter offered some quick thoughts on Kim, who started his college career as a walk-on at USC after playing at Ayala High in Chino Hills:
‘’We think he has a great chance to come in and compete at center,’’ DeRuyter said. ‘’He’s got good size. He’s 6-4. He’s 295. He’s very quick. And with our seniors (Richard Helepiko and Matt Hunt) missing from last year, he can play either the guard or the center spots. I think just bringing him into the fold is going to really add to our depth and help us out this fall immediately.
Kuwada: At 295 pounds he obviously has a good head start physically on guys he will be competing with, thinking here about Lars Bramer and Bo Bonnheim …
‘’Oh, no doubt. And we want to have competition. We want those guys to understand, we can’t be comfortable. We’re going to get guys at a certain size and hopefully they’ll use that as inspiration to work harder and get more size on them. For Lars, it’s his senior. Hopefully he’ll go out as hard as he possibly can and Bo needs to get a little bigger as well. This offseason is going to be one of competition and guys are not going to be comfortable.’’
What stood out about Kim, watching him on tape?
‘’I think he’s real athletic. He plays with a great motor. He can get to the second level. He’s what we’re looking for in an inside guy.’’