March 5, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California added the final piece to its 1998 recruiting haul Thursday when Juan Jimenez, a Junior College All-American Scholar Athlete and JC Grid-Wire second team All-American from El Camino Community College, signed a national letter-of-intent to play football at Cal, head coach Tom Holmoe announced.
A big hitter who hails from of Los Angeles, Jimenez is a 6-0, 210-pounder with 4.6 speed in the 40 who has played both linebacker and rover during his prep and JC career, but is projected to contend for playing time at linebacker for the Golden Bears.
In addition to earning All-American honors during his career at El Camino CC, Jimenez was a second team all-state selection as named by the California State Junior College Coaches Association and was twice a named to the All-Mission Conference first team.
The all-time leading tackler in El Camino CC history with 235 stops, Jimenez recorded 118 tackles as a sophomore in 1997, including 12 for loss. He also had six interceptions, 17 pass deflections, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries last season.
"We are very pleased to be able to have Juan join our program at Cal," said Holmoe. "He's a big hitter who flies around the field and should be able to have an immediate impact on our defense and special teams. He's also an excellent student and we believe he'll make a big contribution to our football team over the next two seasons."
Jimenez originally attended Dorsey High School in Los Angeles where he was an all-city first team selection as a senior and a three-year All-Southern Pacific Conference first team honoree. While at Dorsey, he registered an amazing 320 tackles, including 34 sacks. He also snared 10 interceptions. Those numbers attracted the likes of Miami (FL), UNLV and Fresno State, who all recruited Jimenez out of high school. Jimenez instead elected to attend El Camino CC to work on his academics where he has earned a 3.5 GPA. He chose Cal this week over offers from Arizona, Minnesota, Kansas and Pittsburgh.