LA Pierce Signing Day

Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce College's roster features a number of talented prospects, many who signed with Division-I and Division-II programs today...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce College hosted a JUCO Signing Day ceremony on Wednesday morning, as a number of the Brahmas' prospects signed with Division-I and Division-II programs.

"This is a big morning for our players. We want to give them the notoriety and the publicity that they so much deserve. We are very, very proud of these guys," said head coach Efrain Martinez.

The biggest announcement came from tight end Beau Sandland, who held offers well into the double-digits and had narrowed his decision to Arizona State, Miami, and Nebraska, ultimately picking up a Hurricanes' hat and making it official by signing and sending in his letter of intent.

"I had a lot of great options, and it was tough to say no to those, but at the end of the day, I felt that the best thing for me and my family, both academically and with football, was Miami," said Sandland after the ceremony.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound prospect will join the team in January and has three years to play two.

Highly-touted defensive tackle Marquel Combs ended his recruitment a few days ago, announcing he would be attending Kansas. Combs, who chose a Jayhawks' hat over California and Washington State options, is looking forward to helping the program rebuild.

"I just felt comfortable with [head coach] Charlie Weis and [defensive coordinator] Dave Campo and what they have told me. I feel really good about my situation. We have a really good class of junior college guys who I feel like can come in and help immediately, so I like what I saw. I felt like it was the best opportunity for me," he said.

Combs decided to announce a few days before Signing Day to help out with JUCO recruiting. He'll be joined at Kansas by close friend and Pierce linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore.

Also announcing on Wednesday was linebacker Jens Jeters, who will be attending Texas San Antonio, linebacker Jordan Stanton, who is headed to Wyoming, cornerback Martin Hill, who has signed with Murray State, and offensive lineman Steven Oviedo who will be attending Florida Tech, a Division-II program.

Though already home for the holidays, a few other Pierce players signed on Wednesday, including the Arizona State bound Joe Morris, and Austin Whalen, who will be attending Duquesne.

Coach Martinez said he expects another fifteen players to sign in February, including cornerback Howard Wilder and top receiver prospect Jaelen Strong, and that close to another ten could sign throughout the spring.

The Brahmas' head coach wrapped the ceremony raving about the talent of his team.

"People think it's about the Xs and the Os, but it's really not. I tell the coaches when they come in the spring, 'I think I'm going to be a good coach this year.' Basically what that means is that I see the level of talent that we have. These guys make us look good. I joke around with coaches, tell them 'we are awful coaches, but we know it, and since we know it, we're going to hide it. How do we hide it? We get us good players,'" he laughed.

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