While some of his teammates opted to stay in Oklahoma to play college football, Blanchard High School quarterback Brock Lamle is heading west to Monterey Peninsula College in California.
Lamle signed his letter of intent to play quarterback for MPC last Wednesday, and said that his decision was made after a widespread college search by him and his father.
“Me and my dad really looked for any kind of colleges anywhere for me to play ball,” Lamle said. “We just came across some junior colleges in California and sent them some football film. They contacted us back pretty quickly, so we decided to go out there and take a visit, and I really liked it. It just felt like the right place to be.”
Lamle said he initially had some reservations about attending a school so far away, but his concerns were eased once he got there.
“It felt kind of far and I didn’t know if I wanted to go that far,” Lamle said. “But once I got out there and saw everything, it was clear to me that that’s where I needed to be.”
When he got to MPC for his visit, Lamle said he was able to see how the team interacted with each other, and he felt comfortable with the environment that he was going into.
“The team was really close together,” Lamle said. “They were really tight, and it really seemed like a family atmosphere and they all cared about each other. I like the campus, the set-up was really nice, and it was pretty big for a junior college, but it still wasn’t a massive, four-year campus that most other ones I looked at were.”
Some other colleges Lamle said he was considering included Kansas Wesleyan, Mid-America Nazarene, Santa Monica and Saddleback College.
Monterey Peninsula College is located in Monterey, Calif., and is a member of the California Community Colleges Athletic Association.
MPC is coached by Mike Rasmussen, who has been at the school since 2001. Before that, Rasmussen was an assistant coach for one year at Stanford University in 2000, and head coach at Saint Mary’s College from 1987-1999.
Rasmussen has assistant coach experience at the University of California-Berkeley, Fresno State, Bowling Green and Hawaii. He was an All-Big 10 Honorable Mention quarterback at Michigan State University in 1970-71, and is also in the California Community College Football Hall of Fame for his two years at Fresno City College.
During his senior year at Blanchard High School, Lamle helped lead the Lions to a 13-1 season and a class 3A state championship.
Lamle threw for 2,495 yards and 30 touchdowns, and had a completion percentage of 59.7 percent.