Football Players Sign With Four-Year Schools
By Bill Ezrin
Following their success at the 2012 Citizens Bank Bowl, the College of DuPage Chaparral Football team recently took part in a different type of celebration, as 24 players signed with four-year colleges and institutions across the country. An additional four Chap gridders are undecided.
Among those continuing their studies and athletic careers, three students will continue at NCAA Division I schools.
After just a single season at College of DuPage 6-foot-7-inch, 330-pound offensive lineman Matt Finnin is heading to the University of Nebraska on a full scholarship. Finnin (Crete) originally attended Western Michigan University but returned home after one season because his father was ill. After briefly attending Eastern Illinois University, he decided to transfer to COD.
"Going through all this stuff with my dad, it was tough handling that off the field," the 21 year old said. "Once you step on the field, nothing else matters. It was a really nice change of pace just to go out there and not have to think about anything else but football."
Chaparral wide receiver, 21-year-old, 6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound Johnny Holton (Miami, Fla.) also moves on to a Division I school, having signed his letter of intent with the University of Cincinnati of the Big East Conference. Holton had a stellar season with the COD team, making an impressive 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at the Citizens Bank Bowl in December.
Finnin and Holton are joined in Division I by 6-foot-1-inch, 185-pound defensive back Marquette Privott (Park Forest). Signing with Western Illinois University, the 19-year-old applauded the COD football program with presenting opportunities not only to play, but with the academic support that allow players to continue their studies at four-year institutions.
"All of us come from crazy backgrounds," Privott said of his fellow Division I signees. "To come together because of the sport of football puts everything into place."
Interim Head Coach Pat Arthurs said the entire 2012 team performed well in the classroom and excelled on the field, stressing that the football program seeks to develop well-rounded student athletes.
"It's about more than winning games," he said. "We want our players to be successful in all facets of college and that means putting in the effort in their coursework and learning to effectively manage their time both on and off the field. The entire coaching staff is proud of the achievements of all our players and we look forward to seeing how they continue to grow at their transfer schools."
Click here for a complete list of 2012 COD Football Players signing with four-year institutions.
Pictured: (from left) Johnny Holton, Matt Finnin and Marquette Privott.