Go East, young men

FLC football team goes West for two more skill players

The Skyhawks went West for some young men.

Two junior college students from California signed National Letters of Intent this week to play football for Fort Lewis College.

Malcolm Manuel plans to play cornerback and wide receiver for the Skyhawks after two seasons at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif.; Dewaun Wesley, after two seasons at Los Angles Harbor College, is the Skyhawks’ third running back in their 2013 class of recruits.

At 5-10, 175 pounds, Manuel caught 23 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown for the Rustlers in 2012.

A 2010 graduate of Cabrillio High School in Carson, Calif., Manuel holds three school records – longest interception return (97 yards), most passes broken up in a season (15) and most interceptions in a season (6).

“Malcolm provides a lot of athleticism,” first-year FLC head coach John L. Smith said in a news release. “He’s a kid that can start at two positions. ... He could see dual action for us.”

Wesley earned second team All-Central West Conference accolades and CWC Player of the Week Honors his sophomore year at Los Angles Harbor as a 5-9, 185-pound running back.

He rushed for 604 yards on 102 carries for a 5.9 yards-per-carry average, scoring seven touchdowns for the Seahawks. He also caught six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.

At Centennial High School in L.A., Wesley was a one-year starter.

“Dewaun is definitely what we need at running back,” said Smith, who began spring practices with the Skyhawks on Monday. “He’s got the ability to make you miss, enough durability to be an every-down player, can catch the ball and is very athletic.”

The addition of the two players brings the Skyhawks’ recruiting total to 13 this offseason, one for each senior the program lost to graduation.

FLC finished 0-10 last year, 0-9 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

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