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Scouts scramble to sign prospects

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 15:12

As the 2013 fall semester concludes, so does another Comet sports season.

Scouts from universities across the country are scrambling to recruit student-athletes who have shown talent on the field. Contra Costa College is ripe with prospects.

Players from coach Alonzo Carter’s Bay Valley Conference co-championship football team and Rudy Zeller’s second place BVC soccer squad have had interest from top athletic schools in the United States.

They are both currently dealing with the transfer process and no concrete decisions have been made as of yet.

Football players garnering the most attention are defensive backs Dominique Harrison and Antwon Pickket who have been in contact with scouts and coaches from schools such as Cal Poly, San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Berkeley, USC and Oregon.

Pickket is a “bounce back,” Carter said. He went to Sacramento State right out of high school but did not like the way the football program was being run. He decided that he would go to CCC.

Pickket said, “I have learned a lot of life lessons from Carter.”

Harrison has wanted to go to Oregon since he was playing for his high school football team.

“I’ve had a lot of offers from PAC 12 schools,” he said. However he said he is set on enrolling into the college of his choice.

Quarterback Malik Watson has also been contacted by many Division I colleges but is unsure which school he wants to attend. Watson said coach Carter’s program has taught him discipline and respect.

“Coach Carter makes sure that you’re on top of your grades and in tip-top shape on the field,” Watson said. “Even though we have a small program here (CCC) we make the most out of it.”

Carter has been producing more student-athletes who transfer to four-year colleges over the past two years than any other community college football coach in California, Watson said. “Last year we had 11 guys go on to four-year schools.”

“I like winning ­— but I get much more excited about this (transfer) process,” Carter said. “We give these young men an opportunity to get their schooling paid for.”

Zeller’s men’s soccer team also has a number of players who can see a potential move after the winter break.

Left fullback Sam Mendez is talking with Cal Poly and Holy Names, Zeller said. Marcos Solis, who led the team in goals with 10, is a prospect for Cal State-East Bay and left midfielder Bobby Gonzales has had five different colleges contact him, Zeller said.

CCC’s athletic department continues to generate student-athletes capable of brining what they learned from the athletic programs’ passionate coaching staff.

“What is a win,” Carter said. “Is it winning a game or winning in life? Life — it’s bigger than just a game.” 

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