WWU gets JC All-America middle linebacker
July 1, 2008
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Middle linebacker Jonathan Ve'e, who earned first-team Junior College All-America honors at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., has signed a scholarship agreement to play football at Western Washington University. Making that announcement was Viking head football coach Robin Ross.
"He gives us a big, physical middle linebacker," said Ross. "Losing (honorable mention All-American) Shane Simmons to graduation and Andre Davis who is recovering from knee surgery, he's going to be a definite help in an area where we've had some major losses."
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Ve'e, who also earned Mid-Empire Conference honors, helped the Eagles to a 10-1 record, a league title, and a victory in the Graffiti Bowl game that decided the Northern California "B" Conference championship.
A team captain, Ve'e was credited with 75 tackles six fumble recoveries, four pass interceptions, two quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns and recovered two fumbles in the end zone. As a freshman, Ve'e led a 9-2 team with 77 tackles.
Ve'e was a first-team CalHiSports.com all-State selection and most valuable player of the Alameda-Contra Costa Athletic League as a senior at Alameda (Calif.) High School. He was a two-time, two-way all-league pick.
JONATHAN VE'E, Linebacker, Junior, 6-2, 250, 20, 1/5/88, Alameda, CA
COLLEGE: Transfer from Laney JC in Oakland, CA ... First-team JC All-American and Mid-Empire Conference pick as sophomore last season ... Helped Eagles to 10-1 record, league title and victory in Graffiti Bowl game for Northern California "B" Conference championship ... Credited with 75 tackles, 2 quarterback sacks, 4 pass interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles and 2 blocked kicks ... Returned two interceptions for touchdowns and recovered two fumbles in end zone for scores ... Team captain ... Honorable mention all-league as freshman on 9-2 squad that won Graffiti Bowl game ... Led team with 77 tackles ... Started and lettered two years ... Also played rugby for Alameda and Haywood club teams.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team CalHiSports.com all-State selection and Most Valuable Player of Alameda-Contra Costa Athletic League as senior at Alameda High School ... First-team all-league on offense (running back) and defense (linebacker) for second straight year ... Helped Hornets to 8-2 record and first round of North Coast Section playoffs ... Finished season with 1,500 rushing yards ... Team MVP as junior on 7-3 squad ... First-team all-league on defense as sophomore, Hornets finishing 9-1, winning league title and losing in first round of playoffs ... Started and lettered three years.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in physical education ... Has daughter, Ionare, born on June 25, 2008.
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