Six Fresno CC Rams sign with PAC-10 universities

Not since the 1990 Fresno City College football team qualified three, have so many Rams qualified academically and athletically for such prestigious universities. Six Rams have already gone, or will be going to, Pacific Athletic Conference universities.

They are: defensive back Matt Giordano (Buchanan High), Univ. of California, Berkeley; fullback Joe Tomasello (Bullard), UCLA; linebacker Marquell Stinson (Tulare Western) and tight end Tommy Briggs (Merced), Univ. of Arizona; defensive back Rodney Woods (Littlerock), Univ. of Oregon; and tight end Aaron Austin (Dos Palos), who re-signed with Arizona State University after earning his associate degree this past fall.

On this, the National Collegiate Athletic Association's football letter-of-intent signing day, 16 Rams have made their commitments to continuing their higher education and football careers.

Running back and JC Grid-Wire First Team All-American Earl Charles (Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY), has signed and transferred to Marshall University in West Virginia.

Two JC Grid-Wire Second Team All-Americans, FCC record-setting wide receiver Willie Johnson (Edison) and defensive back Rodney Woods (Littlerock, Calif.) have signed with the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Oregon respectively.

Quarterback Mark Hetherington (Buchanan), who set records with Johnson and others, has transferred to Idaho State University. Hetherington was a JC Grid-Wire honorable mention All-American after both seasons at FCC.

All-California Region II offensive lineman David Dirkmaat (Silver Creek, San José) is now at the University of Utah.

Offensive lineman Justin Rich (Tulare Western) has already transferred to Southern Illinois University while offensive center Cody Fannin (Clovis West) signed with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Also joining Fannin at Cal Poly will be wide receiver Danny Idiart (San Joaquin Memorial).

Tight end Tony Curtis (Seaside) will go north to Portland State University while defensive lineman Jacob Leota (Waipahu, Hawaii) will head east to the University of Akron. Fellow defensive lineman George Benson (Skyline, Oakland) will join the Ragin' Cajuns at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

FCC head football coach Tony Caviglia stated that more sophomores are still making visits to various universities and predicted many will be signing as the spring semester progresses.

The Rams were 19-3 over the past two seasons with one conference championship. All three losses were to teams that became the state and national champions both years.

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