Three Venice High School football players have committed to play for Division I college football teams, including two of the top programs in the country.
High school football players from across the country made their college decisions Wednesday, February 1st, which was national signing day for college football players.
Western League champion Venice High School was well represented with three of its star senior players signing letters of intent to receive scholarships and play for three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams.
Running back Kenny Ashley signed with NCAA Bowl Championship Series (BCS) runner-up USC, Venice coach Angelo Gasca said.
Free safety Jonas Mouton signed with the University of Michigan and defensive end Ansley Clevil committed to Washington State University, according to Gasca.
USC was the Pacific 10 Conference (Pac 10) champion this season with a 12-1 overall record, Michigan tied for fourth place in the Big 10 Conference with a 7-5 record and Washington State was ninth in the Pac 10 with a 4-7 record.
Gasca said the Gondoliers are excited for their athletes to have a chance to play for such competitive Division I teams, especially USC and Michigan, which are considered college football powerhouses.
“We’re very happy for them to go to such prestigious schools,” Gasca said. “It’s not very often that you have players go to schools with the caliber of Michigan and USC and it’s a testament to their abilities.”
This season Ashley led the league in scoring with 150 points and was ranked second in rushing with 1,510 yards. Mouton finished third in the league in receiving with 471 yards and he also represented the west in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
Clevil finished the season with 55 tackles and he also had nine sacks.
Ashley had previously made a verbal commitment to play for Mississippi State University, but he made the late switch to the USC Trojans when a scholarship opened up, Gasca said.
“He had a tough decision on his hands but he couldn’t pass up on it,” Gasca said of Ashley’s choice to play for USC.
Mouton also faced a tough choice between USC, Michigan and the national champion University of Texas Longhorns, but he ultimately went with the best school for him.
“In the end he thought that Michigan was the right place for him,” Gasca said of Mouton. “He felt that he fit in with the players and coaching staff. He was real happy to be able to go there.”