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CCC holds signing ceremony

Got a nice local football item for you. Contra Costa College held a ceremony on Thursday to recognize their four players headed to four-year schools to play next season.
Contra Costa coach Alonzo Carter along with players Niko Aumua, Kevin Hall, Marcus McClarty and Adewale Kehinde

Contra Costa coach Alonzo Carter along with players Niko Aumua, Kevin Hall, Marcus McClarty and Adewale Kehinde

Alameda grad Niko Aumua is headed to Washington State to play defensive end. Those of you who remember him from his Hornet days probably remember him as a big wide receiver. He made the switch once Carter convinced him to try defensive end for a day. That offensive mindset was one that Aumua said took a little work to break.

“I always considered myself a Division I receiver,” Aumua said. “When coach Carter told me to switch it up, at first I didn’t want to do it.”

Once Aumua gave in and made the switch, the scouts came calling and now he’ll head to Pullman to play in the Pac-12.

Along with Aumua, the Comets have a trio heading to New Mexico Highlands, a Division II school. Tight end Kevin Hall (Hayward High), defensive tackle Marcus McClarty (Encinal/Berkeley) and defensive end Adewale Kehinde (De Anza).

“I’ve got to go out there and really work hard to earn a position,” said McClarty, echoing a sentiment shared by all three players.

Hall’s matriculation is especially impressive, because he’s turned things around both on the field and in the classroom. Hall was one of 28 players to finish the semester with a 3.0 GPA or better, and one of 13 to land on the dean’s list at CCC.

“A window opened for me,” Hall said. “… He had a lot of people talking to me and kept me motivated. He gave me little pieces and little teasers that that could be me.”

Ben Enos