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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 12): Recruiting tales

Today, we’ll stick with the recruiting theme that Jimmy started yesterday. This time, the conversation shifts to the rest of the East Bay.

Irregardless of what teams do well this year, what does this year’s group of seniors look like on the recruiting trail?

On the whole, I think the East Bay should do quite well in recruiting this year. I recently received the Superprep Preseason magazine, and we’ve got more than a few East Bay names out there.

Any discussion of recruiting seems to begin with the Atkinson brothers, George III and Josh. Both are being recruited by the bulk of the Pac-10, and it seems to me that they could each punch their own ticket to the school of their choosing. George is rated as a 4-star athlete on Rivals.com, and Josh is a 3-star at cornerback.

You can’t ignore the talent at De La Salle this year, with DE Dylan Wynn and LB Blake Renaud having already committed to Oregon State and Boise State, respectively. They aren’t the only recruits on Winton Dr. though, as DB Antoine Pickett will likely garner some good interest as well. Wynn and Renaud are both 3-star recruits.

Monte Vista has a couple recruits this year, just one year after Brett Nottingham pledged to Stanford. The Mustangs are led by Ohio-bound OL Jacob Welter, but don’t forget their two talented wideouts, Bryce McGovern and UC Davis-pledge Dane Turner. McGovern already has an offer from Washington State.

Compared to last year, this year’s crop of quarterbacks is a little thin. Right now, Concord’s Ricky Lloyd projects as the top QB recruit and he’s already heading to Southern Mississippi for 2011. A 3-star recruit, Lloyd should shine in a college spread offense. As far as senior QBs go, the next names to watch are Pittsburg’s Julius Mozee and San Leandro’s Chris Musni. If Mozee continues to develop from a strong finish to 2009, he’s going to rewrite the Pittsburg record book. Musni had great numbers last year as well, and is the defending HAAL offensive player of the year. Also keep in mind that we have some tremendous junior talent at QB with De La Salle’s Bart Houston and San Ramon Valley’s Zach Kline heading the list.

I think offensive line could be a strong position, with Berkeley’s Isaiah Henderson, Encinal’s Josh Morrow and Miramonte’s Ross Dolbec all figuring to get interest. That could be a pretty good trio.

The other position that seems relatively stacked this year is linebacker. Pinole Valley’s Travis Feeney has already committed to Arizona, and his ACCAL foe Lyonel Louis of El Cerrito has an offer from the Wildcats as well. San Ramon Valley’s Kyle Egan is drawing some Pac-10 buzz, as is James Logan’s Albert Bell. Watch out for Deer Valley’s whole unit (Garrett Ransom, Lamonte Marshall and DE Trayvon Brooks) and don’t sleep on Berean Christian’s Devin Alexander, who ended last season at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and will probably keep growing.

There are a bunch more names we could throw out, guys like Foothill WR Cameron Rowland, Washington RB/WR/DB Deandre Carter and Pittsburg DB Javen Butler. I think it could be a good year overall. Whatcha think?

Ben Enos