One of the main goals for Bob Casey as a junior college football coach is to help his players land at four-year schools.
The Merced College coach is happy to see 15 of his players move on.
"Without a doubt it's one of the goals," Casey said. "It's always a process. A lot of work has to be done on their end. They have to take a certain amount of transferable credits. It's a testament to these guys getting it done in the classroom as much as anything else."
There will be Blue Devils scattered all over the country with players going to schools in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, North Dakota, Georgia, Ohio, Washington and Kansas.
Marquaveus Jackson and Lawrence Martin are both going to Division 1 schools with Jackson headed to Tennessee State and Martin to the University of South Florida.
Alex Young (Angelo State, Texas), Nick Siedelhofer (Henderson State, Arkansas), Admir Mujakovic (Minot State, North Dakota), Travontae Butler (Lane College, Tennessee), Tony Pullings (West Virginia Wesleyan), Wilson Jean (Arkansas Monticello) and Joe Taulaki (Midwestern State) are all landing at Division 2 schools.
Oraian Bentley (Point University, Georgia), Kylieel Robinson (Point University), Montory Bellamy (Malone College, Ohio), Brandon McFadden (Webber International, Florida), Alfonso Miranda (Whitworth College, Washington) and Bernard Bolden (St. Mary's College, Kansas) all will play at NAIA schools.
"It's one of the best classes we've had the last couple years," Casey said. "I don't see it changing because our sophomore class is a lot bigger group and they've been taking care of business in the classroom."
The Blue Devils baseball team is also sending seven players on to four-year colleges.
Ace Derrick Velasquez signed with Fresno State in the spring.
Merced College is sending a trio of players in Grant Silva, Kirk Rocha and CJ DeDedeaux to Tabor College in Kansas.
Sammy Ramirez and John Armendariz are both headed to Bethany College in Kansas and Josue Aguilar will play at Stanislaus State.