7 players sign letters of intent

Rick Gomez

For the Cerritos College football players, a lot was said but nothing was done prior to last Wednesday’s National Letter of Intent Day until seven players signed and officially committed to Division I universities.

So far, seven have signed with Division I schools:

  • defensive end Ryan Davis (Cal),
  • defensive tackle Johnny Tivao (Washington),
  • cornerback LeQuan Lewis (Arizona State),
  • cornerback Lorenzo Caldwell (New Mexico State),
  • wide receiver Kevin Williams (Utah),
  • defensive end Matt Agaiava (Sacramento) and
  • linebacker Matthew Moody (North Dakota State).

Defensive end Ryan Davis verbally committed to Cal before changing his commitment to Washington, after visiting the school just a week before signing day.

When all speculations were out the window and it was time to sign, Davis went back to Cal.

“(Washington) had convinced me,” Davis said after his visit to Washington. “But I wanted to go somewhere with the best academics.”

After a week of contemplation over the two schools, Davis came to the conclusion to sign with Cal.

“There were three main reasons in signing with Cal: its established coaches, its winning tradition, and of course its academics,” Davis explained.

Although Davis played defensive end for the Falcons last season, he will be converting to outside linebacker to fit Cal’s defensive scheme.

Fellow defensive lineman Johnny Tivao originally favored Cal but ultimately signed with Washington.

“I thought I wanted to go to Cal but Washington was nice: the vibe, the coaches and the people,” said Tivao in his decision to commit with Washington.

Washington was the first PAC-10 team to go 0-12 in conference history and Tivao hopes to change that around.

“I want to go up there and show what SoCal players are all about,” Tivao said.

Moody will also be moving on to play for North Dakota State after a one year with the Falcons.

The linebacker joined Tivao to make the all state team last season after being co-leader of sacks with 5 and recording 62 tackles, 8 ½ for loss.

At least five more players are expected to sign in the upcoming weeks.