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February 3, 2010
Nine Football Players Sign Letters of Intent
Nine College of the Canyons football players signed national letters of intent today, capitalizing on their opportunities to play at the next level.
“I am very excited for these young men,” said College of the Canyons head football coach Garett Tujague. “Every single one of these players has persevered through the struggles of being a student athlete, and today is the day that all that hard work comes to fruition. The coaches and myself wish them many successes at the next level.”
As of this date, four Cougars from the 2008 and 2009 squads have signed with Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) universities.
Two Cougars will be taking their talent to the Southeastern Conference. Safety Josh Gibbs already transferred to the University of Kentucky while tight end Mychal Rivera decided to spend his final two years with the new coaching staff at the University of Tennessee.
Second-Team All-Conference honoree and outside linebacker Evan Harrington elected to transfer to the University of Colorado, while offensive lineman Louiszell Alexander will head to the East Coast to join Syracuse University.
After sitting out the 2009 season, Marquis Jackson, the 2008 National Division, Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, is still weighing is options and has yet to sign a letter of intent.
As the academic year continues, Tujague expects more COC football players to commit to four-year schools.
Here is the complete list:
(Player, High School, Position, Destination, Division)
• Louiszell Alexander, Highland, OL, Syracuse, Div I FBS
• CJ Atkins, Cleveland, WR, Montana, Div I FCS
• Karim Barton, Verdugo Hills, OL, Morgan State, Div I FCS
• Arron Fisher, West Orange (Florida), DB, Texas A&M (Kingsville), Div II
• Josh Gibbs, Valencia, DB, Kentucky, Div I FBS
• Evan Harrington, Bowie (Maryland), LB, Colorado, Div I FBS
• Mychal Rivera, Birmingham, WR, Tennessee, Div I FBS
• Stephen London, Valencia, WR, University of Sioux Falls, NAIA
• Eric Ivarsson, Fountain Hills, (Arizona), OL, University of Sioux Falls, NAIA
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