Category Archives: Santa Monca College
Santa Monica College offensive line coach John Landwehr has been offered a Graduate Assistant position at Marshall University and is expected to accept the job according to a source at SMC.
The new position will have him assisting the offensive line at the Huntington, West Virginia school. Marshall is a member of the Conference USA and plays at the Division I Bowl Subdivision
The departure of Landwehr creates the second vacancy at the offensive line position in as many years for the Corsairs.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore had 68 tackles and three interceptions in his two-year career with the Corsairs.
His best game was during his freshman season when he had two interceptions, including returning one for a 40-yard touchdown in the final minutes to secure a victory over San Bernardino Valley.
The Hamilton High graduate is the son of former NFL linebacker Sam Rogers, who spent nine season with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons.
All three students will enter the Phoenix-based campus as juniors in the fall.
McDaniel had 34 tackles and Ross had 30 tackles for SMC last season as the Corsairs won a school-record third straight conference title.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Martin last played football for SMC during the 2011 season.
Santa Monica College sophomore linebacker Christian Ferratti has been offered a scholarship by Division II Minot State in North Dakota.
The sophomore had 21 tackles and two sacks for the Corsairs in eight games last year.
St. Bernard alum and former Santa Monica College assistant coach David Banuelos was officially named the new football coach and athletic director at Verbum Dei, yesterday.
Banuelos spent last year in charge of Compton College where they were 0-10 in his only season. Tarters have gone 2-48 in the last five years including three winless seasons.
Banuelos had two stints as head coach at Pierce College in 1999-2000 and 2002-05. He has also been an offensive coordinator at LA Southwest, LA Valley and Santa Monica College.
Santa Monica College head coach Gifford Lindheim discuss Iowa State signee and Junior College All-American Qujuan Floyd.
Santa Monica College All-American safety Qujuan Floyd on signing with Iowa State today and why bringing a warm jacket on his official visit was a key factor in his decision.
Four Santa Monica College football players are heading to Appalachia as they will sign to play at Division II Glenville State in West Virginia later today, according to SMC head coach Gifford Lindheim.
Among those are former Venice quarterback Alfonso Medina and Westchester wide receiver Ralph Gordon who both last played for the Corsairs in the 2012 season.
Medina, who holds the SMC single-season and career touchdowns records, had transferred to Weber State in Odgen, Utah in December 2012 before leaving the school after spring ball.
Gordon had originally planned on transferring to Houston Baptist University, an FBS school.
Today is the first day that high school seniors and junior college sophomores can sign their National Letter of Intent to four-year universities.
Below is a list of westside players that are expected to sign. It will be updated throughout the day.
QB Alexander Diamont, Indiana (early enrollee)
Santa Monica High:
WR Will Taylor, Western New Mexico
Santa Monica College:
Qujuan Floyd, Iowa State (signed at 8:00 a.m.)
Dejaun Butler, Washington
De-Jon Mitchell, Missouri Southern State
DaJuan Perryman, Missouri Southern State
Dontae Levingston, East Carolina
Alex Cureau, McPherson College
Alphonso Dixon, Ferris State
Alfonso Medina, Glenville State
Ralph Gordon, Glenville State
Eric Kyle, Glenville State
DJ Dixon, Glenville State
West Los Angeles College:
Kaylyn Ayers, Idaho
Chris Glover, Northern Colorado
Looks like Missouri Southern State University doubled up on Santa Monica College players when linebacker Dajuan Perryman committed to the school on Saturday.
The sophomore selected the school along with teammate De-Jon Mitchell
Perryman fells the University was a good match and would excel in the Lions 3-3-5 defense.
“I chose the school because I think I can get a better education and I fit in perfectly with the defense they run, [plus] MSSU [has] a winning mind set,” Perryman said.
He had 40 tackles last season along with 2.5 sacks for the Corsairs.
Santa Monica College sophomore outside linebacker De-Jon Mitchell has committed to Division II Missouri Southern State University, he announced on twitter today.
The former Fairfax student was a two-year player at SMC and had the third highest tackling average for the Corsairs with 4.4 per game.
This included nine tackles against San Bernardino Valley College as well as two contests with seven tackles against Chaffey and the season finale versus Antelope Valley.
Overall, Mitchell had 31 tackles with 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in seven games last season.
Santa Monica College quarterback Brad Hunt ended 2013 on a good note when he signed his letter of intent to Minot State, a NCAA Division II school in North Dakota, he announced yesterday.
The sophomore was one of three different players to start under center for the Corsairs this season as SMC won a school-record third consecutive conference title.
Hunt saw action in seven contests and threw for 775 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 56% of his passes.
His best game was a 328-yard performance coming off the bench in a 44-28 victory over Glendale.
Prior to transferring to SMC, Hunt played at LA Valley College were he started nine games.
Former Santa Monica College center Bryan Polio signed his letter of intent to play at Bethnay College in central Kansas last week according to offensive line coach John Landwehr.
Polio earned All-Pacific Conference honors in 2012. He did not play football this season but earned a full scholarship to the NAIA school.
Bethany College is a 600-student liberal arts college and plays in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Santa Monica College offensive tackle Alphonso Dixon has signed with Division II Ferris State, a school in Big Rapids, Michigan, he announced on facebook today.
The 6-6 320-pound played two seasons for the Corsairs but had to stay an extra semester to earn his Associate of Arts Degree. He had 17 offers from Division I-AA and D II schools last year, but most of them were rescinded once he could not transfer until the spring. Ferris State was one of the exceptions.
“Ferris St. kept calling me, checking on me, and doing everything in there [sic] power to help me. So it was only right I be loyal towards them and sign,” Dixon said on his facebook page.
He is the third SMC player who has signed during the JC mid-year signing period. Two other offensive lineman signed their letter of intent on Wednesday, Dontae Levingston chose Texas Tech and Maurquice Shakir selected Middle Tennessee State.
JC Football: SMC’s Dontae Levingston named All-American; three other Corsairs earn All-California honors [updated]
Santa Monica College offensive lineman Dontae Levingston has been named an All-American by the JC Athletic Bureau and the California Community College Football Coaches Association.
It has been an exciting week for the redshirt sophomore as he will continue is college career after signing with Texas Tech on Wednesday during the first day of the JC mid-year signing period.
Levingston had redshirted at SMU before transferring back to California due to family reason. He played at El Camino College in 2012 before coming to Santa Monica this year.
This is the second consecutive year that a Corsair has been named to the All-American team. Last season, safety Qujuan Floyd was selected and he led a list of three SMC players that made the All-California Region V team.
Other players that were honored include sophomore linebacker Taylor McDaniel, offensive lineman Maurquice Shakir and West Los Angeles College wide receiver LaRon Barnes.