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Three PCC Football Players Sign D-1 Scholarship Letters
Pasadena City College 2010 football team sophomores Kemonte Bateman, Cordell Robinson, and Reuben Thomas III signed their national scholarship letters of intent today to three NCAA Division I universities.
Bateman, a wide receiver, signed with New Mexico State University and will play for PCC 1978-79 alumnus DeWayne Walker, now the head coach of the Aggies.
Bateman, originally from Crenshaw High, played on the 2009 and 2010 Lancers teams, and finished his PCC career with 55 receptions for 708 yards and eight touchdown catches. He returned a punt for a touchdown as well this past season. Bateman follows another Lancer who recently finished his collegiate career at New Mexico State--JC All-American returner/receiver Marcus Anderson, a 2007 PCC graduate who played for the Aggies in 2008-2009.
Robinson, an outside linebacker and the team's defensive MVP at the 2008 Tremblay Services Bowl, is headed to Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. As a sophomore in 2010, Robinson led the Lancers in quarterback sacks with seven and was third on the squad in tackles with 66. Robinson will play for Bears' head coach Donald Hill-Eley. Robinson came to PCC from Pasadena's John Muir High.
Thomas, an All-National Southern Conference First Team wide receiver, committed to attend Utah State University. The all-purpose threat, who also was a punt and kick returner, a wildcat quarterback and even a part-time cornerback, finished an electrifying career at PCC in 2010. Thomas totaled 1,818 all-purpose yards in his two seasons in just 16 games played.
Like Robinson, Thomas is a Muir High product. He scored 25 touchdowns in his two seasons at PCC. Twice, he ran back punt returns for TDs. As a receiver, the 6-foot, 170-pound Thomas totaled 68 receptions for 1,201 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 17.7 yards per catch.
Thomas will be playing for Utah State head coach Gary Andersen.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Robinson talked about his decision to attend Morgan State in a photo ceremony at PCC's Academic Athletic Zone.
"The school is going to pay for my education long enough for me to get my degree," said Robinson, a communications major. "Earning this scholarship was about doing hard work in the classroom. I had to concentrate on my studies and put myself back on track in order to get back on the field. I was a skinny kid two years ago and I turned myself into a defensive leader on the field as a sophomore. I added 15 pounds, increased my strength, and it paid off. I enjoyed my experience at PCC."
Bateman, a 3.2 GPA student, is also a communications major.
The three Lancers played this past season under interim head coach Dennis Gossard, aided by the guidance of offensive coordinator Shandon Silva and defensive coordinator Seth Morris.
[Photo--Kemonte Bateman (left) and Cordell Robinson (right) signed their scholarship letters to attend four-year unversities Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/02/11