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Lockie commits to Oregon

More proof that the East Bay is quarterback central this year. Monte Vista signal-caller Jeff Lockie has orally committed to Oregon.

“I’ve been kind of eying it for a while. My brother goes there,” Lockie said. “The relationship with the coaches and the offensive setup was the right fit for me.”

Lockie checks in at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and definitely has the wheels and arm strength to be the dual-threat quarterback that Oregon likes. He is rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and a 2-star by Scout.com. He’s also extremely smart, having carried a 4.0 GPA during his junior year.

He becomes the third incoming senior quarterback in the East Bay Athletic League to pledge to a big-time school, joining San Ramon Valley’s Zach Kline (Cal) and De La Salle’s Bart Houston (Wisconsin).

Lockie had an offer from San Diego State, but when Ducks quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich gave the offer, the Mustangs leader knew which way he wanted to go.

And Lockie knows what’s going on at Oregon right now, saying that he did consider the current turmoil regarding football scout Willie Lyles and his relationship. He said he talked it over with his parents before making the committment.

“We’re not going to worry about that,” Lockie said. “ If that’s the place I want to be, then that’s the place I want to be.”

Lockie joins Whitney-Rocklin’s Jake Rodrigues as the Ducks’ 2012 quarterback commits.

Ben Enos

  • s1lverngreen

    Prep,
    Up in Sac you will have two “old and classic” programs..Poly and Grant…North and South bragging rights for 2 big publics…

  • Prep Fan

    No doubt that is a huge game S1. Not a Bay Area game, but one of the top games in the state this year for sure. I’m looking for some more Northern dominance, continuing on last year’s state bowl games.

    Too bad the DLS-Aquinas game is on the road, as that should be a doozy. Do you DLS fans & alum fly out for those out of state contests? I don’t know the level of fanaticism that the DLS supporters have, but I’m sure it is a must see for many Green backers. Will that one be on local TV out here?

  • s1lverngreen

    Prep,
    Yes, I’ll be flying out to FL for this. I went to NJ two years ago got soaked as we got our a*&^& handed to us by DBP. That was a long flight back. I hope we fare better in Florida. ESPN is carrying the Aquinas DLS live.

  • Prep Fan

    ESPN? Sweet! Have a great trip. Good luck to the Spartans, and I’m sure they’ll represent NorCal well in the sunshine state. After that rugged preseason, there is no time to heal before you have to prepare for Livermore and Demariay Drew.

  • Joe

    Does anywhere comprehensibly list televised and on-line streaming East Bay games (or even NCS/OAL games)? Live out of state and would love to watch some of them.

  • Pitt Grunt

    @s1lverngreen,

    Pitt does play Granite Bay on Sept 30. They spanked Pitt last year. If Pitt can somehow beat Granite Bay (a big if), then they might have something special this year. Based on the passing leagues, most are assuming Pitt’s success will be due to the arm of Malik Watson. But based on the feed back from those who watched their most recent camp against Marin Catholic, its the running game that was impressive. Both Feau Vunipolo and Mister Cotton are very good backs. Vunipola is the hard running, difficult to bring down bruising back. Cotton is also tough to bring down but with break away speed. He had a few longs runs for TDs in the Marin Catholic camp this week. IF he gets into the secondary, he’s gone.

  • S1lverngreen

    Grunt,
    You know, i looked at GB’s schedule and I did not see it listed. I would certainly place that in one of the top 10 big games in the Bay Area this year. Is MMC cleared to play? One of the posters mentioned a “rumor” that DLS was making it difficult for him to play

  • scoop

    s1lvergreen, I am referring to Hardy Nickerson Jr

  • S1lverngreen

    Got it…I’ll see him for the first time tomorrow at the BOD 7-7 tourney…

  • Pitt Grunt

    @S1lverngreen,

    Pitt Football has all sorts of fundraisers, one being a card with discounts from local businesses in the community. On that card, the schedule is listed. Looks like its a lock.

    Latest rumor from some very cynical Pitt fans (also close friends) is that DLS did in fact release him but he needed summer school to be eligible, which he completed yesterday. I don’t know what issues he had at DLS, but he is fitting in at Pitt. The coaches treat him just like the others, meaning MMC is getting his ass chewed out everyday. RB coach rides him very hard. No special treatment for MMC.

  • S1lverngreen

    @ BOD tourney, Mac canceled last minute…Cardinal Newman, BOD & DLS undefeated so far…

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    Who else is in it??

  • S1lverngreen

    Championship round starting..DLS vs Newman opposite side Alhambra vs Kennedy Fremont …bod lost to newman

  • S1lverngreen

    Correction Cardinal lost to BOD

  • S1lverngreen

    Kennedy vs Dublin, bod vs Dublin
    DLS beats CN

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    How did Cardinal Newman & BOD look at the tourney? I assume DLS won it. They usually play a step faster then most teams at these tourney’s. MAC faked no surprise they don’t blog they don’t have a team. What teams participated?

  • S1lverngreen

    Hey Perkins,
    Not sure who won the overall tourney. DLS played all of the teams there, but bailed before the championship game. I was a very long day and from what I heard Lad did not want to stick around until 6. Not sure what team won the throphy. DLS beat all of the teams with BOD being the most competitive. CN looked good, appeared quck and disciplined. SM Berkeley was there, physically they looked small, no offense intended, however, at one point one parent asked me if it was their JV squad. Dublin also looked strong, their QB threw a nice ball. Alhambra and Kennedy Fremont were also at the tourney. Both of these teams struggled against DLS and BOD. Got to say, I am pretty much done with 7-7, ready for some real football!

  • renegades10

    I understand that DLS participated in the round robin part of play and won all their games and then left.

  • Nuff Said

    DLS and Cardinal Newman left before the championship round leaving only four teams – Alhambra, Kennedy-Fremont, Dublin and BOD.
    Alhambra beat BOD, Kennedy beat Dublin.
    Alhambra beat Kennedy to win the tournament.

  • MV Alum

    Hey all good to see everyone coming in. I have been traveling for work so it has been hard to get out and look at MV but my understanding is they need some work. They lost Dalis Bruce to Don Bosco down in LA and several other players quit. Jeff is a great QB but last year he had McGovern and don’t forget Sullas carried a big amount of the load as well they ran the ball more last year than in years past. Jeff is athletic and I am proud of him committing to a great program like Oregon but I am hesitant to say they are going to be really good this year I need to see more of them before I can provide a real analysis.

  • Football Watcher

    MV will be solid. A talented core of seniors. Lockie throwing to Johnson, Ertz and Scritchfield. Briz at LB
    Neil and Wexler anchoring the lines. 4 of them (with Lockie) are in their third yr of Varsity. They will miss Bruce but they will be good.

  • s1lverngreen

    MV alum, about time! I was wondering where you went. Gades is back, chaltalk is MIA still, Yo Mama makes an appearance here and there and riles everyone up. Perkin, Mandown, Chs, Killer and yours truly are still here. Apologies if I missed any of the regulars from LY. What’s the scoop with your Alma mater? Most of the EBAL followers have all been speculating on your team and the consensus is that it could be a “down” year for your boys, yes?

  • http://ibabuzz eagle12

    Was reading a CAL article, Hardy Nickerson Jr. (BOD) gives his verbal comitt to the Bears over the weekend. Not too surprising ; but, congrats to young Nickerson Jr.

  • s1lverngreen

    Eagle12, I saw him this weekend at BOD, he is a good sized kid with good speed. I think Cal is going to be stacked in the LB department for the next few years, Wilkerson, Barton and JR all local boys that have the potential to be studs at the college level.

  • MV Alum

    Silver like I said I haven’t had a chance to see them myself but I am a little worried from what I have heard thru the grapevine. They still have Lockie, Ertz, Stichfield, Troy Johnson (who can run and deeck like no other but his hands are suspect, he needs to take over for McGovern), then with Bruce leaving they will have to use Chang at running back and from what I saw of him last year he is no Sullas. Also they lost Mitch Wenig (neck injury) for good plus Their line lacks what alot of you have been talking about Toughness, you can’t say that about last couple of years teams they had some real tough kids (Turner, McGovern, Sullas, Wilkerson, Sherwood just to name a few). I hate to be pessimistic but tuis could be the year that MV loses which will hurt.

  • renegades10

    MV Alum, I know the past few years the underclass teams have struggled as well. I don’t want to say that people saw this coming but I think it certainly looked like it was going to happen at some point. Its been some up years for SRV on those levels and down for MV. I’m sure it will balance out. And who knows, maybe MV will just surprise everybody. But losing Bruce hurts no way around that. Maybe the team will use the underdog role to its advantage.

  • MV Alum

    R10 yeah I am kinda of preparing for the worse and if they come out and surprise I will be Happy.

  • Oh boy

    MV Alum, that’s a very honest assessment. Most people wouldn’t be that truthful about their favorite team. Except for DLS, everyone has to lose sometime. I grew up watching some really good San Leandro, Skyline, Pitt, Foothill and AV squads. Those schools aren’t what they used to be either…

  • Football Watcher

    Still feel MV will be better than expected. Not known names yet but they are hungry. With 4 three year Varsity players they know what it takes. They played with Nottingham, Wilkerson, La Barbera, McGovern etc.

  • MV Alum

    I feel they have some very good skill players on the outside but the backfield is not what it was and I just don’t know about their line. Losing Welter, Dryer, Mustion, and Selbach all 2 and 3 yr starters is tough so I am wondering if Bergman is going to do a Foothill and try and change up the offense a bit to help Jeff. I hope they come thru, again I haven’t had a chance to see much of them so I am taking alot of this from conversations I have had with people.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    Double days for most schools can start on the 15th scrimmages something like the 26th. Its coming sooner then you know.

  • All About Football

    @MV Alum right on with what you see at MV. It will be a tough year for Lockie losing so many seniors great players and now Bruce, and MV does not have a line to protect Lockie. I think the one to watch this year is Ertz. Johnson can’t hang onto to the ball and Scritchfield is yet to see the field.

  • BVAL Expert

    I seen film of Michael Barton and im really impressed on Punt return DLS put him as the CB, the person that covers the gunner(who lines up as a WR) to run down the field on punts. Never seen a LB have that job. its usually WR or actual CB that does that. Which tells you this kid is fast and could play any position on the field (except DL) because of his speed. Definatley one of the best linebackers in NCS

  • S1lverngreen

    I read that Barton, Houston and Nickerson Jr. have committed to play in the Semper Fi All American game on January 3rd in Phoenix, CBS will carry the game live…pretty cool stuff.

  • ManDown

    Did anyone know that ODowd LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. is committed to CAL?

  • http://ibabuzz eagle12

    @ ManDown….He comitted last weekend.. I posted in #123 about it.

  • BVAL Expert

    Congratulations to two former BVAL players Diondre Borel (Freedom) and Tawian Jones (Deer Valley).. Borel Signed with the Green Bay Packers and Jones with the Raiders.. Today is a good day for the BVAL. If this doesnt make the news on high school then i dont know what would.

  • BlackandRed

    Troy Johnson will be the difference maker at MV this year. He might drop a ball every now & then, but his playmaking skills way over ride that. Great speed & superior route running make impossible to defend. He started varsity as a 135lb sophomore and has played along side McGovern & Turner for 2 years, so he also brings alot of experience. I also heard through the grapevine he will see time in the backfield. He will make Lockies job alot easier. As others have said losing Bruce hurts on both offense & defense.

  • BlackandRed

    Also as someone commented “with all the D1 players MV sends out each year why are’nt they competing for the championship more often”? It comes down to the linemen .MV will always have great skill players, but their line will be suspect. It starts with the Blackhawk parents who in T-birds don’t little Johnny playing the line because he is a QB or a RB. He needs to be the star. Mommy and daddy don’t want him doing the grunt work. And that works its way all the way to high school. They just had a kid quit this year who was playing center but wanted to be a running back instead.

  • MV Alum

    B&R I am obviously an MV fan and I will agree that Troy can be a special player but his hands over the last 2 yrs have been extremely suspect he needs to work on this to get to the next level which I believe he can play at. As for the line i think they have had some really good lineman over the last 4-5 yrs, this yr thou just don’t know. As far as T-bird ball they always have good teams and I think every parent has that aspersions to have their kid be a star on the team it is up to the coaches to let the kid know were he needs to play.

  • All About Football

    @Blackandred…… MV has had very good lines but this year is questionable. My problem with Johnson is he is NOT consistent. Dropping a ball every now and then has to be NEVER when you’re facing big guys like DLS, CAL, SRV and others.

  • BlackandRed

    Agreed ABF and I think you will see a different player in the fact he wont be pressing so much. I talked to his dad last year and he said Troy told him that they will throw one ball his way early in the game if he catches it they will come back to him, if he does’nt they won’t. That puts alot of uneeded pressure on the kid. I think this year will be like freshman ball where he does not feel that pressure. I dont remember him dropping one ball as a freshman. He had 12 catches against DLS alone in their only loss that season. We will see.I still say Lockie looks for him early & often.

  • Oh boy

    @B&R….That is too funny. Nothing like Coach Daddy to turn a team’s season upside down trying to live out their Uncle Rico dreams through the son. Ha! Same old story….

  • coachgreen

    Congrats to former OAL standout Seth Smith from Oakland Tech High and New Mexico State, he signed on with the 49ers on Tuesday and is currently in camp doing well. Great to see another inner city kid get an opportunity at the next level. I am sure he will do a great job.

  • BlackandRed

    Not sure what your getting at oh boy, but that kids dad is probably his harshest critic.Not one to make excuses. Just something that came up in conversation between dads.The season will tell the story. I think MV does better than expected,but some young guys will have to step up for sure.

  • BlackandRed

    oh boy, you must be refering to post 139. I get it. And yes this something played out everywhere. But I think it is worse in a place like Danville/Blackhawk.

  • Bigeasy

    MV does lose a lot to graduation this is clear, but they have been in a similar situation before and succeeded just like any other year. In 09 they only returned two top players Wilkerson and Nottingham and went 9-4. Although this year the only big name they return is Lockie I don’t see it being a down year. With Monte Vista’s offense the most important position is QB and if their best player is their QB then they will be fine. This team is not young but it is inexperienced. A lot of the new faces will be seniors that had to sit on the bench behind last year’s team. The names have already been mentioned Neil, Wexlar, Ertz, Johnson, Briz, Scritchfeild, Melin, Stanton, Lim, Turner, Turcott, and Chang. Monte Vista with a good QB does not have down years because of their offense. Now if you want to say it is a down year because they wont play DLS as close then yes you can say they lack the toughness needed to do that. The one overlooked aspect of this team is they may have a bigger then usual line for MV.

  • Danville Resident

    Hey blackandred…… Im sure you are one of those parents who is the first to volunteer when coachy poo needs to ask the PARENTS for money. Why are you the first to volunteer??? Well, as you know blackandred the PARENTS in Danville/Blackhawk ALWAYS give money to coachy poo when he needs it so it make YOU look good like you worked really really hard to get money from the parents…. LOL

    Sounds like YOU don’t like the grunt work but rather speak badly about the good people of Danville/Blackhawk who are yes VERY involved in their children’s sports…. SO WHAT