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Bagley Signs To Play Football With La Verne
All smiles after signing with University of La Verne was OHS senior Robby Bagley, who played three seasons with the varsity football Mustangs. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Hard-hitting Oakdale Mustang outside linebacker and strong safety, Robby Bagley has come to a decision on where he will be playing football this upcoming fall and beyond. On Tuesday, April 19 Bagley signed with the University of La Verne. Bagley will take his talents to Southern California to compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to play for the Leopards.

“They really wanted me to go sign with them and wanted me to play right away. I looked at it from a scholastic standpoint as well,” Bagley said. “They offered a lot of money towards my school needs. My education is my top priority. They have smaller classes and take the time with their students. That is important to me.”

Bagley had offers from other schools including Humboldt State and Avila University as well.

“I’m excited for a lot of different reasons. I can’t wait to play and get back on the field but more so, I am excited to grow up and become a man and get my education,” the senior standout said.

Bagley played three years on the varsity team under head coach Trent Merzon.

“He is a good kid, thrilled to see him furthering his education as well as playing college football. La Verne got a good one with unlimited potential,” Coach Merzon said of his former player.

La Verne is an NCAA Division III school and is coming off an 8-2 overall record in 2015. The team went 5-0 at home and reached the NCAA DIII National Championship First Round where they fell to St. Thomas of Minnesota last November. Bagley and the Leopards start the 2016 season at Puget Sound on Saturday, Sept. 3 with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.