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DLS LB Barton commits to Cal

By Ben Enos
Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 3:27 pm in East Bay Football.

For those of you who read this blog and double as Cal football fans, your day is here. De La Salle linebacker Michael Barton has orally committed to play for the Golden Bears starting in the 2012 season.

Barton committed Friday, telling defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi (a De La Salle grad) and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast of his decision.

“I was always interested in Cal and when they offered I started developing a really good relationship with coach (Kenwick) Thompson, coach Pendergast and coach Lupoi,” Barton said. “It’s a big family circle because coach (Mike) Blasquez is the strength and conditioning coach there and he started at De La Salle.”

Barton held offers from Arizona State, Colorado, LSU, Oregon State, SMU, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. He said that none of the others had really fallen from contention near the end, but that Cal just stood out. Barton added that he developed a good rapport with Tag McCurdy, Cal’s administrative assistant on defense and assistant linebackers coach.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound inside linebacker is rated as a four-star recruit by most recruiting services. He said the plan is to stay at inside linebacker in Pendergast’s 3-4 scheme, and said that he’ll have many of the same responsibilities he has in the middle at De La Salle.

And, as you might expect, Barton is happy to have made his decision and now be able to focus on his senior season.  He credited De La Salle assistant coach Nathan Kenion for being a big help, and said the whole coaching staff made the process an easy one.

“I had so much support from my family and everyone at the school,” Barton said. “It made it so much easier.”

I was alwayss interested in cal and when ythey offered i started dev a really good relationship with coach thompson, coach pendergasxt and coach lupoi

its a big family circle because coach blasquez is the strength coach there and he started at dls

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  • Joe

    The bay area has spring football?

  • http://google NMCougar 32

    James Logan looks to take league again this year in the MVAL. Kennedy seems to be strong from what I have heard. Even though they got a new coach, they have been getting many transfers from Washington High School. Washington looks to not be as good as they have been in the past because of these kids transferring. Irvington has some skill but not much size. Mission San Jose has some decent players from their JV team coming up. They may compete a little better this year than in past years.
    Newark is Newark will be good but not great.

  • Prep Fan

    Why are many players tranferring out of Washington? How many is “many”? They have had some success the past few years and are now D2 and have a chance at actually winning NCS since they will not have to face DLS or the EBAL teams.

  • DB Coach

    I got to see The DLS Hutchings kid in action at Stanford yesterday he’s going to be somethings real special. Dalis Bruce and Santini really pass the eye test. Bruce is a lot bigger than last season and fast. Watched him make an interception in 1:1′s then turn around and catch a touchdown.

  • ManDown

    ACCAL Spring questions,

    Berkeley- Lost some very good football players to graduation this year. Most of he OL is gone and lost there two year starting QB. That could be a big blow for the jackets as they enter Sims second year as HC. Who’s going to step up from the JV team and play QB? Who will fill out the OL? Those are the big questions for Berkeley but they do have one of the Bay’s best football players in R. James at RB. He makes that team good and will have a big impact like Galvin did a few years ago. I can see Berkeley riding him until they find more guys that will step up for seniors that have left.

    Pinole Valley- Even though they lost star player Travis Feeney, Pinole will be very good this year. They return a bunch of key players from last years team that includes reigning league MVP James Lewis. That guy is the real deal and he will lead Pinole back to the playoffs. I like Pinole’s defense and the fact they have the top RB in the Bay in there backfield makes them a legitimate contender for D2 again this year. I like Pinole team this year but you never know with this team because they are known to fall off at times and look very average.

    El Cerrito- Lost a few key players to graduation but I don’t know if that was a bad thing for this team. They had some young guys playing in key positions last year and if they make strides this year expect EC to be contenders in this division. They have some very good and fast WR’s and the QB they have stepping in for Byrd is a good one. There defense needs to step up and help out there air attack on offense or else nothing will change from this team. I expect struggles early but they will pick it up when league play comes along.

    Alameda- Lost most of the OL, both QBs, star RB, and key defenders to graduation. They are in a rebuilding year under first year HC Moyer but expect them to compete for top 4 in league play. I heard the JV team was one of the best they’ve ever had so if they can get guys to step up and contribute early they can make some noise this year. But its always tough when you’re a first year HC and have most of your team be underclassmen. They have a bunch of questions but expect Alameda always to rise to the occasion and compete.

    Hercules, Richmond, and De Anza- All three teams need new coaches to chance the culture of those programs. They all have talent but can’t seem to put it together. If Jfk-Richmond can make a big turn around there are no excuses for these three teams. Im calling these coaches out and get them playing some quality football.

  • ManDown

    ACCAL Spring questions,

    JFK-Richmond- I like what first year HC Byrd did to change the culture at the school and program. He made some good strides last year and I expect some good thing from his team next year with returning star K. Walker. Kennedy was a very young football team last year and the have depth at all positions. I don’t like the offense they run and I think there defense can get a little tougher but they have the players to do so. This team will finish in the top three this year if they get better at excuting there offense better and become more tougher.

    Piedmont- New HC and not a lot to look forward to in this year. Piedmont has had a tough two years after have a very solid year in 08 but maybe this new coach can get Piedmont playing like they used to. Don’t expect a bunch from them this year.

    St.Marys- Lost staring QB, RB, and WR graduation and that isn’t good for the Panthers. On the bright side most of the OL will be back for another year but I don’t expect much from this year next year. Just like Piedmont they will struggle thus year and trying to find guys to step up will be there challenge.

    Encinal- With the success they had last year expect a better team this year from the jets. Even with the loss of Star Players Allen and the huge lineman Morrow, Encinal was a very young team. Half the OL, QB, and defense will be back and expect big things from RB Troder. He will be a very good football player and will open some eyes this year. I don’t know what’s in the water over at Encinal but they seem to always put together these very good teams despite low numbers. The will be contenders for D3 again this year.

    St Patricks/St. Vincent- Lost star RB Naji Patrick and star QB Souza. That would hurt any team but HC Blandon’s Bruins. Like Encinal they seem to just re-load every year and have guys step up out of nowhere. I like St Pats this year to contend for the title but they fall short yet again.

    Moreau- Lost QB and some line but were very young last year. This team seems to get better and better since they went 0-10 a few years ago and I see them just rebuilding ti what they have done over the past two years. I like the way they’ve ben playing Encinal the past two years so what this team needs to learn is to finish and keep a lead. They are in good hands with HC Andrew Cotter behind the wheel.

    Swett and Albany- Have big issues and don’t have much to work with. Swett needs a new offense and Albany needs to change the attitudes of the players. Caching need to step up at these two schools.

  • ManDown

    BSAL Spring questions,

    JFK-Richmond- I like what first year HC Byrd did to change the culture at the school and program. He made some good strides last year and I expect some good thing from his team next year with returning star K. Walker. Kennedy was a very young football team last year and the have depth at all positions. I don’t like the offense they run and I think there defense can get a little tougher but they have the players to do so. This team will finish in the top three this year if they get better at excuting there offense better and become more tougher.

    Piedmont- New HC and not a lot to look forward to in this year. Piedmont has had a tough two years after have a very solid year in 08 but maybe this new coach can get Piedmont playing like they used to. Don’t expect a bunch from them this year.

    St.Marys- Lost staring QB, RB, and WR graduation and that isn’t good for the Panthers. On the bright side most of the OL will be back for another year but I don’t expect much from this year next year. Just like Piedmont they will struggle thus year and trying to find guys to step up will be there challenge.

    Encinal- With the success they had last year expect a better team this year from the jets. Even with the loss of Star Players Allen and the huge lineman Morrow, Encinal was a very young team. Half the OL, QB, and defense will be back and expect big things from RB Troder. He will be a very good football player and will open some eyes this year. I don’t know what’s in the water over at Encinal but they seem to always put together these very good teams despite low numbers. The will be contenders for D3 again this year.

    St Patricks/St. Vincent- Lost star RB Naji Patrick and star QB Souza. That would hurt any team but HC Blandon’s Bruins. Like Encinal they seem to just re-load every year and have guys step up out of nowhere. I like St Pats this year to contend for the title but they fall short yet again.

    Moreau- Lost QB and some line but were very young last year. This team seems to get better and better since they went 0-10 a few years ago and I see them just rebuilding ti what they have done over the past two years. I like the way they’ve ben playing Encinal the past two years so what this team needs to learn is to finish and keep a lead. They are in good hands with HC Andrew Cotter behind the wheel.

    Swett and Albany- Have big issues and don’t have much to work with. Swett needs a new offense and Albany needs to change the attitudes of the players. Caching need to step up at these two schools.

  • S1lverngreen

    DB Coach,
    Agree, Hutch will be a blue chip recruit. With one big D1 (Cal) offer under his belt as a sophomore, he is likely to end up with a dozen or more offers. Reading some of the Cal blogs it’s my understanding that they like him for the outside LB spot. The kid has lots of room for physical growth on that 6’1 frame of his. I saw that Kline was the MVP for QB’s, any other local kids impress you?

  • Triton8

    I know whats in the water………Coach Tenorio. The time he spends and the execution he gets out of those kids offensively is amazing! Based on the talent coming back this year alone, I think they will be a better team than last year. Will they get to the NCS finals for a 4th straight year? That will be tough. With success, comes higher expectations…and that is tough hype to live up to year in year out. I think the Jets are up to it this year!

  • KillerD

    Great breaking it down Mandown, top work at my comments below your takes: Also, would love to see some DFAL and EBAL and HAAL breakdowns from anybody with knowledge. Can those leagues get some love before spring football begins?

    JFK-Richmond- I like what first year HC Byrd did to change the culture at the school and program. He made some good strides last year and I expect some good thing from his team next year with returning star K. Walker. Kennedy was a very young football team last year and the have depth at all positions. I don’t like the offense they run and I think there defense can get a little tougher but they have the players to do so. This team will finish in the top three this year if they get better at excuting there offense better and become more tougher.

    KillerD says: Big Coach Byrd has them flying high and best of all working hard. Eagles are big, fast and nasty and it’s about time. Everything in the east bay football scene when JFK Richmond brings their A game. Look for Eagles to make the Playoffs for the first time in many years, and they will only get better.

    Piedmont- New HC and not a lot to look forward to in this year. Piedmont has had a tough two years after have a very solid year in 08 but maybe this new coach can get Piedmont playing like they used to. Don’t expect a bunch from them this year.

    KillerD says: After one down year will the Highlanders bounce back to the playoffs? Don’t know but that school is known for resiliency and coming from behind when the U-dog, look for a bounce back to .500 in 2011.

    St.Marys- Lost staring QB, RB, and WR graduation and that isn’t good for the Panthers. On the bright side most of the OL will be back for another year but I don’t expect much from this year next year. Just like Piedmont they will struggle thus year and trying to find guys to step up will be there challenge.

    KillerD says: Panthers bring the wood and are solid under their coach. It seems like they Always have OL, it’s as ifffff they secretly steal OL away from other schools, and break them out of the meat locker after each great OL kid gets to hibernate until ready. They will be respectable.

    Encinal- With the success they had last year expect a better team this year from the jets. Even with the loss of Star Players Allen and the huge lineman Morrow, Encinal was a very young team. Half the OL, QB, and defense will be back and expect big things from RB Troder. He will be a very good football player and will open some eyes this year. I don’t know what’s in the water over at Encinal but they seem to always put together these very good teams despite low numbers. The will be contenders for D3 again this year.

    KillerD says: The run of amazing talent and great coaching continues under big Joe. The Jets have engines revvvvved up and the runway is clear. Look for Jets to finish 8-2 or 9-1 and then go deep into playoffs.

    St Patricks/St. Vincent- Lost star RB Naji Patrick and star QB Souza. That would hurt any team but HC Blandon’s Bruins. Like Encinal they seem to just re-load every year and have guys step up out of nowhere. I like St Pats this year to contend for the title but they fall short yet again.

    KillerD says: The little school keeps churning out wins and players. Commitment to off season program is huge and look for Bruins to muster up at least 7 wins before the playoffs begin.

    Moreau- Lost QB and some line but were very young last year. This team seems to get better and better since they went 0-10 a few years ago and I see them just rebuilding ti what they have done over the past two years. I like the way they’ve ben playing Encinal the past two years so what this team needs to learn is to finish and keep a lead. They are in good hands with HC Andrew Cotter behind the wheel.

    KillerD says: I told you last year and will say it again, this is a program on the Rise. Moreau will win 7 or 8 regular season games and enjoy the playoffs before departing the BSAL to join their cousins in MVAL in 2012.

    Swett and Albany- Have big issues and don’t have much to work with. Swett needs a new offense and Albany needs to change the attitudes of the players. Caching need to step up at these two schools.

    KillerD says: Albany is quizzical but if the new coach can turn things around, they have talent to win some games in 2011 and 2012. 3 wins tops this year. Swett is puzzling, that Double Wing is just like going Back to the Future. If they have the horses up front and in the backfield, the chariots will race to 5 wins. If not…another 3-7 slog fest

    EBAL, DFAL or HAAL anyone???

  • EastBay Fan

    Also caught the Stanford Nike Combine yesterday (yes, it rained, it hailed – the camp never slowed a minute). There was a tremendous turnout of quality talent from around the country, but the local kids held their own. Mostly watched offense until the end sessions. Believe or not, there were 80 quarterbacks at the camp. Kline was solid, as usual – great mechanics, strong arm. He is a slight, thin kid, though, and looks to have some work to do to get ready for the next level. Really didn’t distinguish himself in the passing one on one’s at the end of the combine (these camp MVP awards seem to be a self-fulling prophesy). Houston from DLS had a solid day. Anderson (Miramonte) looked okay, but my sense is that he is more of a “game” player. From the sophomore contingent, Miroglio (BOD) and Mayes (Freedom) looked sharp, and along with a huge kid from Washington (6′-5″ Max Browne) who had a big arm, looked to be at the top of their group. Shaq Thompson (RB/Safety) out of Grant in Sacramento looks to be a beast – it will be a shame if Cal loses him.

  • ManDown

    HAAL Spring questions,

    Hayward- Don’t expect too much from the farmers this year. They lost there stud player Gaines and not much coming back. I don’t know what happened to Hayward but they have the talent and number to be a very good football program. They barely beat the weak teams and lost to any good team they played last year and I don’t expect that to change. They need to put a off season program in place and run better schemes both on offense and defense before I can see it getting any better over there in the STACK.

    San Lorenzo- HC Jacob Wright can never seem to get it right. They went to sub 500. a year ago to bottom of the league yet again. They need a makeover down there because they have some very good football players that come through that school. Another team that is under achieving under coach Wright. He need to be gone

    San Leandro- What happened over there? They used to be a power house churning out great football players and great teams every year. It was De La Salle then SL every year ranked number one and two. That team doesn’t look the same at all very small and skinny players that look like they don’t lift weights. They return a very good RB next year but lost there QB and some key players in that team last year. I expect more struggles and Bowers job should be on the line after this year.

    Bishop O’Dowd- They will win this league without much comp. nobody else in the HAAL is really close at this point. The return there QB, Nickerson Jr, and good lineman this year and expect them to be very very good. If they make another jump under second year coach Hardy Nickerson expect this team to go deep in the playoffs contending for the D3 title.

    Arroyo- HC JB did a good job in his first year running the show and expect them to make more strides in his second year. He has made those boys tougher and playing with confidence and I like that. He has changed the culture over there and also return M. Young. he will be a good one and maybe HAAL’s best player next year. I expect big things from them and to finish second to O’Dowd.

    Castro Valley, Mt. Eden, Tennyson- All these teams have a long way to go. Are in the rebuilding stages but I can see Castro Valley making big strides next year.

  • ManDown

    Triton8, I’ve been down on Encinal in the past but the continue to prove me wrong. But this year I think can be one of there better years with all the talent they have coming back. I like what they’re doing down there with HC Tenerio.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    Encinal plays Hayward High week 1 next year.

  • ManDown

    Why? That will be a blowout

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    I heard Encinal dropped EC because they were so pissed out how poorly they played lastyear. Specifically losing to JFK & Campo. Hayward is a D-II school. Always have talent to finish any where from 1-3 in HAAL.

  • ManDown

    DFAL Preview,

    Miramonte- They lost some key players but they also return a lot of very good players including stud QB ross Anderson. I expect this team not to miss a beat this year and will be a top of the division again. They did lose HC Wade but Schram will have that team ready every week to win.

    Alhambra- Still in a rebuilding faze since the great year they had in 09 but the Dogs always seem to do well in league play. They lose all the stars fromlast year but I hear 09 RB Calhoun has a little brother that is even better than him.

    Las Lomas- Lose RB Waters and that is a big blow. He was the reason they were any good last year but I think they will be better than what they were last year.
    Watch out for Las Lomas this year.

    Dublin- Expect coach Wade to have Dublin contending in the playoffs this year. Although I don’t think they will win league or even come in top three but I think Dublin somehow sneaks in the playoffs which will big big for that program.

    Camplindo- B. Stephens is going to be a good QB this year but they need to somehow build some pieces around him. He will need a lot of help if Campo wants to compete in this league because the other teams in this league are looking good next year. I expect more struggles from them losing there whole OL to graduation.

    Acalanes- I have mixed feeling about this team. I like what HC Ivankovich has done with this team over the past few years but They lose there QB and some key skilled players on the team. On a good note the whole OL comes back in another year under coach Ivankovich’s system. Its a toss up on how good they will be.

    Dougherty Valley- They over achieved last year and back to the bottom of the league they go.

  • ManDown

    PERKIN, I see but Encinal could’ve played a better team than Hayward. How about dipping in the EBAL, BVAL, DFAL? Its time for Encinal to show how good they really are but playing Hayward is the same as playing EC.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    I think Hayward has shown they are a lot better then EC over the last few years. Could potentially upset League favorites with their Fly offense which really suits thats schools talent.
    EC 09 year was great but any possibility they upset anyone now? PV seems back in control of the ACCAL after a 3 year hiatus. EC use to play B-High real tough when it was the rivalry game the last game of the year. Now its a joke. They couldn’t even get in the play-offs last year.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    I heard they called Granada, Las Lomas, & Cardinal Newman for Week 1 but neither team wanted to play. CN said they want no rematches with possible play off teams. Doesn’t make too much sense if they beat an Encinal team probably guarenteed #1 seed.

  • ManDown

    True PERKIN. Hayward is better I just wish we could see Encinal play one of the better teams and if they put in a call to the schools you mentioned then its nothing you can do.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    My Jury’s still out on BOD. Great year last year but losing some key guys both RBs & that WR I think. But that QB was just a 10th grader & will be good. I also heard their JV team was loaded(as usual always a lot of talent) so I would make them the favorites. Wouldn’t be surprised if another team steps it up this year. Really gonna come down to who has the most productive off-season.

    I don’t know whats up with SL so I don’t know if they’re that top team or a 3-5 team. Thinks have changed there. OC is gone to Albany. Not good for them. They finish under 3rd or 4th.

    I would see Tennyson, SLZ, Mt. Eden at the bottom. CV above those teams.

    So out of Arroyo & Hayward they could be 2,3 but no lower then 4 for either team. With Arroyo we’ll see if Barnes was building for the future like he said or that team had a talented senior class that he did a good job of organizing. Read a lot of blogging on them being young but had a lot of seniors on their All-League team. No idea how good their JV were.

    Hayward is like that weird team you just never know about. Talent is still there. They had a physical team last year as usual. Played O’dowd tough for a half. Just who knows. Could wbe top 2 or finish 5th.

  • W/Fan

    Mandown and Killer D knockin it out of da park!
    Lookin to see DVAL can’t wait to see EBAL

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    ACCAL it comes down to PV & B-High.
    FOr PV it one thing & one thing only can they develop a QB who can complete passes. They’ve been so so 08 09 but very consitent job by the coaches. When they’ve lost to the EC’s or the Alameda the 08-09 its because other teams stack the box & have made them throw. They have a passer they win league.

    B-High 2010 team was suppose to be an All-Star team so I have to feel as though they under achieved. Not a bad thing for a 1st year coach. He should struggle a little coaching kids for the 1st time & if he good they’ll start rolling. I think this guy Simms has proven he can win. Any worse then a league title & 9-1 or 8-2 year should be considered underachieving.

    EC will finish 3rd but get rolled by the top 2. They have shown that they can’t compete in the trenches with the big boys. 3rd in this league isn’t saying much.

    Alameda new coach losing a lot but he has been on staff for the last 10 seasons. He had to beg, borrow, & steal to get the job so I expect improvement. Finish 3rd & not get roled against the top 2 would be a good season.

    Hercules showed improvement almost had their 1st winning season in school history. Got them still at 5 but wouldn’t be surprised if they finished 3rd or 4th. Didn’t have that good of athletes last year & still .500 may be on the way up.

    DA & Richond would both be lucky not to be 0-10. 2 or 3 wins from either team should get their coaching staff ACCAL coach of the year.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    DFAL
    Miramonte shoud get it done but how steady will the coaching staff be without the Wade. Great coach. Schram needs to keep a steady diet of running the FB & staying under Center. Do more of what they did in 09. Thats where he’s good. I Veer. Spread & Schram throwing has spelt doom in the past. Wouldn’t be surrised if LL beats them for league title.

    Like LAs Lomas to finish no worse then 2. very young team last year a lot of 10th graders. Might be their year.

    Camplindo coach Macy has always done a steady job. Good D. Solid O. Needs a thrower to make it work. May have it Stephens. Finish 2-3.

    Dublin & ACalanes fight it out for 4-5. Acalnes stick to your run & you’ll be fine. Parents make you throw you’re done. Dublin has descent athletes coming up. Wade has proven he knows what he’s doing.

    Don’t lke the job Hern has done at Alhambra. In 09 he seemed like he would take this program to the next level since he had been feeding good JV teams for years. Lil different when you have to sit in the big seat. Losing a lot of athletes & he isn’t coaching JVs to keep pumping good teams. I think they finish 5-6. Been this way for years usually a good team every 2-3 years. Other years mediocre. But I don’t thin he’s as good Silveira.

  • c.sparks

    GREAT PREDICTIONS FROM EVERYONE ALL AROUND

  • dnrapp

    a new OC at SL can only make them better. Coach was not a good in game play caller.

  • WARRIOR JACKET

    I agree that the ACCAL Title will come down to the PV-Berkeley winner. Last year Berkeley coaches under utilized alot of their talent. Coaching at times was suspect, especially last years PV game. Game preparation strategies will vastly need to improve next season. I expect some improvement from El Cerrito due to assistant coaching changes.

  • KillerD

    Mandown and Perkin, very detailed first rate takes on those teams and leagues thanks.

    Observations:

    Hayward is MUCH MUCH better than El Cerrito historically and the Encinal vs. Hayward game might be one of the Most entertaining games in 2011. Certainly one of the best ones that weekend.

    Dougherty Valley is a program upcoming and I like their chances, with Las Lomas iffy and Acalanes beatable and even Alhambra and Campo not overly dominant. Watch out for DV…look for 7 wins from them and coach Bob Spain to return to bigger things in the NCS with is DV squad.

    EBAL anyone got breakdowns of the teams and their needs and projections?

  • ManDown

    I guess Hayward is better than EC and reason why is I think Hayward has more toughness within there players than EC. As it was noted eailer that EC need to be better in the trenches and there defense is terrible. They have good play makers all around but they can’t block or tackle anyone. And until that happens expect the same out of EC.

    Hayward’s football team underachieved big time last year. They lost too many games down the strech examples ODowd, SL, CV, and even against Northgate. All those games should have been wins. Lets see what Moreno will do with his new squad.

  • ManDown

    EBAL,

    DE La Salle- They continue to dominate this division and I see next year being possibly one of the best year. They seem to have many more better athletes than they’ve had over the past couple of year with guys like Hutchings, Barton, Houston, Teo, and some freshman coming that will make a big impact.

    Monte Vista- They return there QB and that will make a difference for this team. They lost probably a pair of the best hands you will see in McGovern and D. Turner but expect Wr’s Dalis Bruce and Shane Ertz (Zach’s little brother) to help out QB Lockie and become one of the best air shows all year long. They lose some leadership along the line but they still were a bit young. I expect MV to be a very good team this year.

    SRV- Kline is one of the Top QB in the US and expect them to ride his arm all season. Don’t know how far that will get them with losing alomost everybody else that was a key player on that team. We’ll see what happens with them but I see a 5-6 win team as of right now.

    Cal- They lose some good players but with this team its all about Line play. That what makes this team good every year because they win it in the trenches and they are gonna run right at whoever is in there way. I don’t expect Cal to miss a beat this year and by the way there defense will be rock solid.

    Foothill- Seeney is one of the top 3 coaches in the bay area and he alays has his teams prepared even with lack of talent. You have to give props to them because they rise to the occasion every eek and surprise everybody after wining big games against teams they’re expected to lose to. I see another 6-7 win season for them.

    Granada- Had the best season last yer and I don’t see it getting any better with losing the twins. They were the heart of that team and I hope they can muster out a 5 in season.

    Livermore and Amador Valley- Getting 4-5 wins will be hard for both these teams.

  • chalktalk

    whats so badd at albany
    chime in plz

  • ManDown

    Albany is a team that is very soft and they need a coach that will push them to be very good. They get some good players from time to time but with losing all the time scares other potential good players away. The new coach they have will have a tough job but lets see what he can do.

  • chalktalk

    when u say soft
    like slapem and they wont slap u back

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    Is Moreno back at Hayward?? I thought their coach was Bill Bishop.

  • ManDown

    I thought Bishop was too but I heard Moreno is back in charge of things. Can someone confirm?

  • DonJuan

    All of you haters on here better get ready for the Dons. 2010 was a preview. HAAL Champs in 2011. What u say SL? We gon beat that ass again. We gon get all them Crusaders to move down the street and become Dons. Bounce with me Beezies.

  • DB Coach

    #108 Silverngreen, sorry for the delayed response. Shaq was impressive seems to be a little out of shape. But even so he has incredible control in all DB drills. Surprised at the very good body control of Hutchings who appears to be still growing, he as the kit already (I really like that kid). Rio’s was very athletic as well as Johnny Johnson who is probably the best pure corner and still young. Bruce is probably the most polished DB I’ve seen.

  • s1lverngreen

    Coach,
    I’ve heard Thompson is a beast. Highly regarded by the recruiting and ranking sites. One of the few 5 star athletes in California. I hope he follows his big bro’s footsteps and re commits to Cal. One last question, who was Hutchings working with? LBS or Wide outs? Thanks Coach!

  • renegades10

    From what I know Shaq was at Stanford with a bum ankle. And Hutchings drew rave reviews at the LB spot so I’m assuming that’s where he was working out at Stanford.

  • ManDown

    DonJuan, Who do you guys have coming back. You guys lost a bunch of key players from last years team. Will you be able to get past Hayward or ODowd?

  • DB Coach

    Hutchings was working with the L Backers along with Santini. At this point that is probably were he will be more productive growing into the next level preperations. Your welcome!

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    Hayward High is posting for an Interim Head Coach so maybe Bishop is gone.

  • ManDown

    Thats what I heard. Word is that he “Stepped Down” but from my understanding Hayward was able to get Moreno back this coming football season.