Bakersfield College’s all-conference defensive lineman Tyrrel Eddington will continue his football career at the Division I level with Eastern Michigan. The East Bakersfield High School graduate will be signing with EMU on Wednesday in a 3 p.m. ceremony at BC.

Eddington finished the season with 29 tackles in his eight games. His year was hampered by injury, but Eddington tied for the team lead with five sacks and was a first team all-conference player.

His time at Bakersfield College was transformational, he said during the season.

“I got a bigger picture about life playing football, coming from when I first started (at BC),” Eddington said in November. “When I first started I was like, it’s college football. I’m not really a fan of school. But now that I’m here, almost at the end of my season, now I’m thinking about the next step in life: going to school, trying to get my things together, getting ready for my career later in life.”

Eastern Michigan plays in the Mid-American Conference. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Eddington was originally hoping to stay relatively close to California but somewhere further north where it is cold, he said in November.

BC will also have five other players signing to four-year schools on Wednesday: wide receiver Jeffrey Jones (University of New Mexico - Division I FBS), defensive back Ernest Harris (Sam Houston State - Division I FCS), defensive backs Cristion Brown and Bobby Robinson (Fort Lewis College - Division II) and linebacker Malik Chatman (Texas A&M-Kingsville - Division II).

Jon Mettus can be reached at 661-395-7389. Follow him on Twitter at @jmettus.

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