Alumni updates …

So I was sitting around watching College Gameday this morning and I got to thinking …. How many kids from the East Bay are playing D-I football and who should we keep an eye on this year. So I compiled a list of kids from the area playing D-I ball in the Pac-10, Mountain West and WAC along with who is where on their respective depth charts.



ARIZONA STATE- Mike Marcisz (Granada) is listed at No. 3 on the the depth chart at left tackle.

ARIZONA- AJ Simmons (O’Dowd) will see time as the backup TE. Kyle Quinn (Liberty) and Haig Abnous (SRV) are also on the roster.

CAL- For obvious reasons, the Bears rely on more East Bay products than any school in the nation. RB Jahvid Best (Salesian), WR Michael Calvin (San Lorenzo), NT Derrick Hill (McClymonds), OLB Eddie Young (Berkeley), WR Sean Young (Berkeley) are all slated to start today’s opener. Jesse Brooks (O’Dowd), Donovan Edwards (Pinole Valley), and Matt Russi (Monte Vista) also may see time. Giorgio Tavecchino (Campolindo) handles kickoff duties and actually didn’t make the team until Wednesday per the ABC telecast of the game. Also on the roster: Sean Brown (Oakland Tech), Michael Costanzo (Monte Vista), Peter Geurts (Monte Vista), Drew Glover (O’Dowd), Chris Little (Castlemont), Shea McIntyre (Skyline), Nick Rosato (California, 2007 East Bay Defensive Player of the Year), Alex Stroud (De La Salle).

OREGON- The only starter from the East Bay is Ra’Shon Harris (Pittsburg) at DT, but Willie Glasper (De La Salle) will see time in the secondary, he’s currently listed as the backup at left corner. Also on the roster: Hayden Piper (Clayton Valley) and NaDerris Ward (McClymonds).

OREGON STATE- Patrick Henderson (McClymonds) and Latu Moala (Mt. Eden) are both on the roster, but neither is expected to play.

STANFORD- Ryan Whalen (Monte Vista) is starting at WR and led the Cardinal with three catches in the season opening win against Oregon State. Wopamo Osaisai (Pinole Valley) starts at corner.

UCLA- Michael Norris (Skyline) is starting at corner.

USC- Drew McAllister (Monte Vista) will not redshirt at USC. According to some stories out of L.A. he really turned some heads in camp and will be a special teams player in this, his true freshman season.

WASHINGTON- Neither Allen Carroll (McClymonds) nor Willie Griffin (McClymonds) are expected to make an impact in Seattle this year.

WASHINGTON STATE- Kevin Lopina (De La Salle) is the No. 2 QB for the Cougs and LeAndre Daniels (San Leandro) will likely redshirt.


BOISE STATE- TE Chris O’Neil (Miramonte) and C Thomas Byrd (McClymonds) are both starting for the Broncos, while Faraji Wright (Berkeley) is also on the roster.

FRESNO STATE- Nico Herron (San Leandro) is starting at linebacker. Jason Crawley (Pittsburg) and Rashad Evans (James Logan) are both listed as backup receivers. David Gory (Cal) is redshirting at TE and Andrew Shapiro (Las Lomas) is listed as the No. 2 kicker.

IDAHO- Virdell Larkins (Oakland Tech) is starting at safety and Michael Lee (San Leandro) and Tariiq Ikharo (Skyline) are also on the roster.

NEVADA- There are five guys on the roster for Nevada, but only Brandon Fragger (College Park) is on the depth chart as the No. 2 running back. Seems odd since the four others were probably better known in high school: Albert Rosette (De La Salle), Nick Graziano (Campolindo), Jeff Meads (Cal) and Zack Medonick (San Ramon Valley).

NEW MEXICO STATE- J’Barrie Jones (Freedom) is on the roster, but not on the depth chart.

SAN JOSE STATE- Of the eight East Bay alumni, only three are on the depth chart and QB Kyle Reed (McClymonds) is not the starter despite transferring from Cal to do just that. Kyler O’Neal (McClymonds) is No. 2 at his LB spot and Cameron Island (Skyline) is the No. 3 running back. Brandon Rutley (Alhambra), Ralph Johnson (McClymonds), Yonus Davis (Skyline), John Smith (DeAnza) and Jordan Johnson (Foothill) are also on the team. Update on KYLE REED

UTAH STATE- I’ve got to say I’m very happy to see Irvington’s Robert Turbin listed as one of two starting running backs for the Aggies. Was one of the best HS players I’ve had the chance to see and a really nice kid. Rob Hurst (Castlmonet) is starting at corner and the backup QB is Diondre Borel (Freedom).


BYU- Mosese Foketi (Logan) is on the roster.

Colorado State- Anthony Hartz (O’Dowd) is the backup punter.

New Mexico- Ben Contreras (Amador Valley) is the backup center.

San Diego State- Lane Yoshida (Pinole Valley) is the starting kicker. Also on the roster: Rob Andrews (Foothill), Brandon Davis (Castlemont), Hewitt Hunter (Acalanes), Michael Snead (Skyline), Avery Williams (Granada).

UNLV- Frank Summers is the starting running back and Lale Taiese is also on the roster. They are both from Skyline.

UTAH- Corbin Louks (San Ramon Valley) just scored a touchdown against Michigan and will see a lot of playing time as the No. 2 QB. Brent Casteel (Antioch) has three catches for 34 yards as of right now and is a starting reciever. Mo Neal (San Leandro) is a backup linebacker.

WYOMING- Orlando Arnold (Richmond) is the No. 2 TE for the Cowboys

Big 10

MINNESOTA – Logan U’u (Skyline) is on the roster, but not the depth chart.

PURDUE – Roberto Mcbean (Berkeley) is on the roster, but not the depth chart.


OHIO – The hero of the state title game for De La Salle, Travis Carrie, will most likely be redshirting this year for the Bobcats.

TOLEDO – Joe Bates (Skyline) is a starting corner.


MARSHALL – Chuck Walker (Hayward) is on the roster, not the depth chart.

UTEP – Josh Ferguson (Hayward) is on the roster, not the depth chart.


By schools: Skyline 10, McClymonds 9, De La Salle 5, Monte Vista 5, Berkeley 4, O’Dowd 4, San Leandro 4, Cal 3, Castlemont 3, Pinole Valley 3, SRV 3, Campolindo 2, Clayton Valley 2, Foothill 2, Freedom 2, Granada 2, Hayward 2, Logan 2, Oakland Tech 2, Pittsburg 2. The rest have 1: Acalanes, Alhambra, Amador Valley, Antioch, College Park, DeAnza, Irvington, Las Lomas, Liberty, Miramonte, Mt. Eden, Richmond, Salesian, San Lorenzo, Ygnacio Valley.

By leagues: OAL 24, EBAL 21, HAAL 12, ACCAL 8, BVAL 6, DFAL 6, DVAL 4, MVAL 3, BSAL

* I didn’t find any East Bay alumni in the ACC, SEC, Sun Belt, or Big East conferences.

–NFL QB updates– Matt Guiterrez (De La Salle) was released today by New England, making his the third East Bay QB alum to be dropped by an NFL team since training camps began. Kyle Wright (Monte Vista, 49ers, Vikings) and Sam Keller (Raiders) were the other two. Dennis Dixon (San Leandro) has made the Pittsburg Steelers 53-man roster. Ken Dorsey (Miramonte) will be the third string QB in Cleveland. Update on Wednesday, Sept. 3 by Jimmy Durkin — One name that was omitted here was Josh Johnson (Oakland Tech), who is No. 4 on the depth chart in Tampa Bay.

Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.

  • hank hill

    what a cool compilation. good representation from the east bay. thanks for sharing with us kyle


    Turpin was a stud in high school….Man he should have gone to Logan….best of luck to all the college players…

  • O’Dad

    That’s great stuff! thanks….

  • Kyle doesn’t mess around. He’s already linked to my Kyle Reed update. Another SJSU/East Bay-related update, Yonus Davis is the Spartans starting running back again this year after missing all but two plays last year. The last time he was healthy, he ran for 1,007 yards and SJSU won a bowl game.

  • dale

    I believe theres some east bay products in the big XII. i know former srv star roy helu is the back up running back at nebraska, clayton valley has an alum playing for kansas, and btw isnt jamel hamler playing at fresno state? he was a baller at san leandro

  • Michael Bower

    Yes, former San Leandro products receiver Jamel Hamler and corner Damion Owens are both starters for Fresno State along with Herron.


    Dale, Helu is doing well there. I guess he figured out how to put his head down and run hard!!

    Good for him…

  • Kyle Bonagura

    Didn’t get to the Big XII yet…

  • Vegas Bill

    Had a chance to check out the UNLV v Utah State game last night. Dorel and Turbin both played. I still do not know why Turbin went to this turd of a program. He looked ok, but his line was undersized and beaten a lot. He did score 1 TD ( disputed, he never crossed the goal line) and rushed for 36 yards on 13 carries

    Dorel actually gave UNLV fits he ran for 78 yards on 15 carries and was 8-16 for 80 yards and no picks through the air.

    Frank was Frank when they gave him the ball. He rushed for 89 yards on 14 carries. But, whoever was calling the plays should be fired.Whenever they got Frank out wide he got big gains, one for 29 yards. They just kept pounding him up the middle and he would get 2-3. Hopefully this is not a sign of how plays will be called. As I am a UNLV fan so I was as pissed as Frank about the lack of touches.

    I will keep you updated on all who come through Sam Boyd stadium this year.

  • XTower

    Wow, what a blast from the past. I must say that it’s nice to see Virdell Larkins on a roster.
    And NaDerris Ward transferred to Oregon, huh? Interesting …

  • EBAL Fan

    X-Tower — you hit Burning Man last weekend? How you doing?

  • E_Culb

    The OAL is representing BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!

  • hs fan

    this is sweet, thanks

  • Coach B

    TJ Ward – Starting SS Oregon (Antioch resident / DLS)
    Deleon Eskridge – Starting RB Minnesota (Serra, played at Antioch)
    Dont’t forget Maurice Jones-Drew and Derek Landri on Jacksonville.
    Joe Mortenson – Kansas LB (Clayton Valley)