Football Players Parker and Gooden Sign Scholarships
Two more MSJC football players signed scholarships on Wednesday to NCAA Division I schools.
C.J. Parker, a two year starter at safety for the Eagles, signed with Purdue University. The Boilermakers are members of the Big 10 Conference and the school is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Parker was named 2nd Team All American Mountain Conference this past season for his play for the Eagles. Parker led MSJC on the season with 61 total tackles. He also recorded 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and had 7.5 total tackles for loss on the season. C.J. is the son of MSJC linebackers coach Greg Parker and is an alum of Paloma Valley High School. Parker had a career high 9 tackles on three separate occasions in 2015, including the opening game of the year against Antelope Valley when he had 9 tackles and a sack.
Jevon Gooden, who was second on the team in tackles in 2015, signed with East Tennessee State Univeristy. ETSU is an
NCAA FCS school and a member of the Southern Conference. The school is located in Johnson City, Tennessee. Gooden who like Parker was a starting safety/nickel back this past year for the Eagles ended the season with 50 total tackles including 10 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Gooden also picked off one pass for the Eagles. Gooden earned 2nd Team All American Mountain Conference status for the Eagles in 2015. Jevon is a native of Jamaica Queens, New York and a graduate of Flushing High School.
MSJC head coach Casey Mazzotta was excited for his latest signees, "I'm happy for all of these guys, they developed a lot both in the classroom and on the field in their time with us." "These guys are both great young men and have bright futures." Parker and Gooden became the fourth and fifth NCAA Division I signees from the Eagles 2015 class. They join Phillip Napoleon (Oregon State), London Miller (Ohio University), and Marlon Archer (Alabama State) who all signed mid-year scholarships.
The MSJC football team had two more players sign NCAA Division I scholarships on Wednesday as CJ Parker (top) signed with Purdue University and Jevon Gooden (bottom) signed with East Tennessee State University. They are pictured with members of the MSJC football coaching staff. (top photo left-right, Sekou Yansane, Greg Parker, Head Coach Casey Mazzotta, and Max Loya)