31 Maricopa Community College Players Commit to NCAA Division I Football Programs

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The Maricopa Community Colleges continue the tradition of academic and athletic excellence.

Phoenix College's Timothy Patterson (left) and Damon Hendrix (right) are headed to play at Division I schools this fall, 2014.

Phoenix College's Timothy Patterson (left) and Damon Hendrix (right) are headed to play at Division I schools this fall, 2014.

This list is indicative of the outstanding quality of student-athletes in the Maricopa Community College District and the Western States Football League. --Dave Grant, Athletic Director at Glendale Community College

National Signing Day for National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football programs is the opportunity to prepare for the future.

That future is bright for this crop of Maricopa Community College student athletes, who have committed to Division I schools. In all, 31 Maricopa student athletes committed to Div. I schools today: Scottsdale (14), Mesa (9), Glendale (6) and Phoenix (2).

“This list is indicative of the outstanding quality of student-athletes in the Maricopa Community College District and the Western States Football League,” said Dave Grant, Athletic Director at Glendale Community College. “Their dedication is a reflection of the excellent, year-round work that students and coaches do to prepare themselves for academic and athletic careers at 4-year colleges and universities.”

Maricopa Community Colleges has a strong history of students succeeding in both academics and athletics. More than 30 Maricopa Community Colleges sports teams participated in national championship play in 2012; three of them brought home national titles.

In the same academic year, 90 players and 30 full teams received national Academic All-American recognition (by maintaining a minimum 3.6/4.0 GPA and 3.0/4.0 GPA, respectively).

Over the past five years, 425 Maricopa student athletes have been placed at Division I schools for athletics, and more than 1,400 have transferred to a four-year school.

Player (Position, Stats)                 NCAA Division I Program (Conference)

Glendale CC

John LaChapelle (DT, 6-1/290) to Western Illinois (Missouri Valley)
Jerod Cody (DE, 6-3/265) to University of Arizona (Pac-12)
Nick Ziegenbein (OT, 6-9/315) to Western Illinois (Missouri Valley)
Josh Bamrick (MLB, 6-2/240) to Northern Arizona University (Big Sky)
Luis Sharpe (CB, 6-2/190) to Western Illinois (Missouri Valley)
Jehren Ertel (OT, 6-6/280) to Boise State University (Mountain West)

Mesa CC

Claude Pelon (DT, 6-5/275) to University of Southern California (Pac-12)
Demarlon Morris (CB, 6-0/185) to Oregon State University (Pac-12)
Corey Clements (OT, 6-8/340) to Purdue University (Big Ten)
Damani Mosby (DE, 6-3/240) to Kansas (Big 12)
Ronald Perry (OLB, 6-1/215) to Idaho (Independent)
Toni Pulu (DE, 6-3/290) to Texas State University (Sun Belt)
Jalen Rogers (CB, 6-1/185) to University of Hawaii (Mountain West)
Taylor Hanson (OLB, 6-1/220) to Northwestern State (Southland)
Daniel Peterson (OLB, 6-2/215) to Idaho (Independent)

Scottsdale CC

Jonathan Black (DT, 6-5/300) to Hampton University (Mid-Eastern)
L.J. Mosley (OL, 6-4/330) to Youngstown State University (Missouri Valley)
Andre Fils (DB, 5-10/160) to Hampton University (Mid-Eastern)
Bryce Hall (DL, 6-3/295) to Austin Peay University (Ohio Valley)
Calvin Heurtelou (DT, 6-4/295) to University of Miami (FL) (ACC)
Antonio Smothers (OLB, 6-2/230) to University of Arizona (Pac-12)
Patrick Glover (CB, 6-2/205) to University of Arizona (Pac-12)
Braedon Bowman (TE, 6-4/215) to University of South Alabama (Sun Belt)
Blake Decker (QB, 6-2/205) to University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Mountain West)
Teddy Ruben (WR, 5-10/170)    to Troy University (Sun Belt)
Siupeli Anau (DE, 6-3/245) to Northern Arizona University (Big Sky)
Jordan Frost-Dixon (CB, 5-10/190)    to Middle Tennessee (Conference USA)
Tyler Bode (OT, 6-7/300)     to Western Illinois (Missouri Valley)
Isaiah Riddle (OLB, 6-3/205) to Kansas State (Big 12)

Phoenix College

Damon Hendrix (OLB, 6-2/205) to Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)
Tim Patterson (LB, 6-4/250) to Southern University and A&M College (Southwestern)

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The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 regionally accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes.

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