30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 29): Alumni watch

One question we got early in the process was to work on an alumni watch, so we figured a brief update on our last two recruiting classes might be in order. Jimmy will handle the Cream of the Crop class of 2010, I’ll take 2011.


1. George Atkinson III Granada ATH Notre Dame – Will likely see time on special teams as a true freshman. According to reports, is also an emergency option in the backfield.

2. Marcus Peters McClymonds CB Washington – Listed on the depth chart at cornerback. Might redshirt still, but might not depending on injury situations.

3. Travis Feeney Pinole Valley LB Washington – Has impressed in practice, but depth at safety might allow him to sit a year. Got good reviews in camp.

4. Dylan Wynn De La Salle DE Oregon State – Was a training camp standout, and will not redshirt. Should see time on special teams, at least. All reports have been glowing so far.

5. Blake Renaud De La Salle LB Boise State – Also a training camp standout, also will not redshirt and will play on special teams for sure. Also on the depth chart at LB.

6. Josh Atkinson Granada CB Notre Dame – In position to redshirt for a year. Got some looks in the return game, but won’t be counted on for a year in South Bend.

7. Ricky Lloyd Concord QB Southern Miss. – Currently sits behind a couple older QBs for the backup spot. Might still redshirt, but reports have said that he’s physically and mentally ready to play.

8. Carlyle Garrick Castro Valley LB Oregon – Appears on the Oregon roster, but chances are he’ll redshirt. Missed his senior year at Castro Valley, but still thought of as phenomenal athlete.

9. Roydon Fonua Fremont DL Undecided – No info.

10. Isaiah Henderson Berkeley OL San Diego State – Not listed on SDSU roster.

11. Jared Leaf Alhambra RB Hawaii – Listed on the depth chart at RB. He’s in the mix to get carries, and likely won’t redshirt.

12. Kevin Chase Concord DL San Diego State – Not listed on SDSU roster.

13. Darrell Greene Freedom OL San Diego State – On the SDSU roster and slated to play guard. I would imagine he’s still pointed towards a redshirt, but maybe not.

14. Maurice Poyadue Alhambra DL Fresno State – Bulldogs have a track record of redshirting their freshmen, and Poyadue seems a likely candidate for that.

15. Jacob Welter Monte Vista OL Ohio – Listed on Ohio’s roster. Coming out of high school, was thought of as a strong redshirt possibility.

16. Lyonel Louis El Cerrito LB Undecided – No info

 17. Jalen Rosales Berkeley DL Undecided – Pointed towards Army along with St. Mary’s grad Chris Carnegie. I believe they’ll go to prep school first.

18. Josh Morrow Encinal OL Undecided – No info.

19. Wendell Taiese McClymonds OL Washington State – Still pointed toward becoming a Cougar, but reports have him playing at a JC this year.

20. Trevor Davis Alhambra WR Hawaii – On the roster at Hawaii, but no word on whether he’ll redshirt or not.

Here’s the 2010 guys, in numerical order. This class is utterly ridiculously good!

1. Brett Nottingham, Monte Vista: Nottingham is at Stanford and I wouldn’t expect to see him on the field too much this year, not with some guy named Andrew Luck as the starting quarterback. But Nottingham is in the mix to be Luck’s backup. The depth chart lists him even with Robbie Picazo and Josh Nune. It’s likely that Nottingham is viewed as the QB of the future for Stanford and could take over the starting job after Luck. He will be a redshirt freshman this year.

2. Fred Thompson, Oakland Tech: Thompson, a DT, grey-shirted last year at Oregon State, not enrolling until the winter. He’s on the roster now, but often grey shirts (who do not practice with the team) red shirt the following year, so I’m guessing that’s a possibility.

3. Erick Dargan, Pittsburg: Dargan redshirted last year at Oregon. He had five tackles and an interception in the spring game this year. He could see action on special teams as redshirt freshman.

4: Dave Wilkerson, Monte Vista: Wilkerson saw action in three games off the bench at Cal last year before being injured. He was granted a medical redshirt and returns as a freshman. He’s projected as a starting outside linebacker for the Golden Bears.

5: Sean Mannion, Foothill: Mannion is sitting at No. 3 on the QB depth chart for Oregon State and will be a redshirt freshman this year. He’s been in tight competition with Cody Vaz for the No. 2 spot.

6: Ryan Murphy, Oakland Tech: Murphy is also at Oregon State and is the No. 3 safety for the Beavers as a redshirt freshman. He’s projected to have a bright future.

7. Toni Pole, James Logan: Pole is a redshirt freshman at Washington State and a projected started as the left defensive tackle.

8. Rickey Galvin, Berkeley: Galvin was supposed to return kicks for Washington State last year but was injured early. He received a medical redshirt and is the No. 2 running back on the depth chart this year.

9. Forrest Hightower, Concord: Hightower redshirted last year at San Jose State and enters this year as a backup cornerback for the Spartans.

10. Damante Horton, Oakland: Horton, another Washington State guy, is the first on the list who saw significant playing time as a freshman. He played in seven games, recording 15 tackles. He returns as a starting corner back for the Cougs.

11. DiAndre Campbell, Oakland Tech: Campbell is at Washington and will be a redshirt freshman. He had a great camp, it’s been said, and could earn his way into the WR rotation. Check out this video.

12. Kristoff Williams, Deer Valley: Williams redshirted at Washington State and is listed as WR for the Cougars. He’s not listed on the depth chart, but could see action.

13. Tyrone Duckett, Encinal: Yet another Washington State guy. He also redshirted last year and is No. 3 on the depth chart at strong safety.

14. Adonis Smith, Serra/Bishop O’Dowd: This is from the days when we included the San Mateo area in Cream of the Crop, although Smith is from Oakland and a former O’Dowd player. Smith played nine games as a freshman RB at Northwestern, carrying 46 times for 196 yards. He entered fall camp as a co-backup at RB, but did not make the two-deep chart for the opener.

15. Vince Buhagiar, Clayton Valley: The LB at San Jose State may have had the best freshman year of this class. He was a third-team Phil Steele Freshman All-American and was fifth nationally among freshman with 89 tackles. He started all 13 games for the Spartans and was second on the team and ninth in the WAC in tackles.

16. Robert Jiles, Pittsburg: Signed with Washington State, but isn’t on the roster.

17. Tracy Clark, Pittsburg: Clark redshirted at Washington State and is now listed as the No. 3 left cornerback.

18. Sione Tupouata, Fremont: Tupouata played at Snow College in Utah last year and had 55 tackles and six sacks. He should play again this year for Snow and has committed to playing for Utah, just as he did out of high school, and should join them in 2012 for his junior year.

19. Cedric Lousi, Washington: Lousi played in all 13 games as a DE for San Jose State last year and made 26 tackles and had 1.5 sacks. He’s a returning starter at DE for the Spartans.

20.  Terron Ward, De La Salle: Ward, who grey shirted, is a freshman at Oregon State and could see time as a backup running back and a kick returner. Here’s a little more on him.

Ben Enos

  • Prep Fan

    Trevor Taft from Cal High is at Nevada, made the team this year as a walk on and looks to be a redshirt this season.

  • Great, thanks Prep Fan. Feel free to chime in with other updates everybody. This is by no means a complete list of how alums are doing. Obviously, for us to track and follow every single East Bay alum through college would be a lot of work. Cream of the Crop gives us a nice little shorter list of names to go through and see what they’re up to.

  • Reggie Hammond

    John Brown (ehs) 1/2 on the depth chart. Might start. Boise State.

  • Ben actually mentioned to me last week that we are both going to soon be turning into huge Boise State fans with Brown possibly starting at nickel back, Joe Southwick entrenched as the No. 2 QB behind a Heisman candidate (where have I heard that before regarding an EBAL QB?) and Blake Renaud set to see action on special teams. It’s definitely going to be fun to watch college football this year, even though my work schedule rarely allows me to watch much.

  • hsfootball

    kruger story jr. – heritage, is at washigton state university. the cougars have him on the roster as rb.


    Will Oliver (heritage) is at UCLA and possibly not red shirting as OT…. We will know more on Thursday:)

  • MV Alum

    I heard Bryce McGovern has been doing well in camp but has alot of competition at Berkeley. I believe Sullas is playing at Foothill JC and Alverez from Cal is playing for Chabot.
    Jon Sarmenta is playing baseball at DVC as well.


    Will Strauss (Heritage) is playing football at Annapolis for Navy

  • pirate football

    i knew that lb kid from clayton valley was goin to do well at san jose state, i saw him at the practices and allstar game in sac he really stood out to me

    hey jimmy u should become a wsu fan all these eastbay kids there,they should b good,i hear rickey galvin has looked great in sring and fall camps, and some guy at the pitt scrimmage asked ur boy ben where was his tan lol

  • Ben Enos

    I can confirm I was heckled from the stands at Pirate Stadium. It was my celebrity moment for the year!

  • pirate football

    hey ben i had to agree with the guy where is the tan lol whats up with patrone woods anybody

  • Oh boy


    You spent a week in hawaii and I haven’t seen your piece on island high school football haha. No scouting report on st. louis, kamehameha, or punahou?

  • Ryan Rodriguez

    DeAndre Carter recent graduate of Washington H.S. of Fremont is expected to be a big part of the Offense @ Sac.St. this season! He from all accounts may have locked up a starting spot @ WR!

  • Prep Fan

    I saw an article in the print edition about SJSU this morning that mentioned Travis Raceti from College Park was looking to get some playing time at SJ St. this season. They seemed to pick up a lot of local kids over there recently.

  • Pirate Football,
    We’re definitely big WSU fans now here as well. The East Bay is going to be a major reason for the resurgence of the Cougs.

  • PrepFBFan

    Mario Brown Bishop O’Dowd 2010 – Eastern Washington University

    2011: Earned second-team preseason All-Big Sky Conference honors by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview. Listed as a starter at running back on preseason depth chart.

    2010: Played in all 15 games as the backup to two-time All-American Taiwan Jones, including three games as the starter. Brown rushed for 23 yards on 13 carries and caught a career-high five passes for 57 yards (including several key plays)in EWU’s come-from-behind 20-19 win over Delaware (1/7/11) in the NCAA Division I Championship Game

  • Eagle Eye

    Morrow from Encinal is playing at Laney. He should be starting considering his size.

  • Eagle Eye

    Morrow from Encinal is playing at Laney. He should be starting considering his size and talent.

  • pirate football

    hey jimmy maybe u should tell that to cal they dont seem to recruit much of the bay

  • ManDown

    Eagle Eye, How does Laney look this year?



    Thanks for the info on Mario Brown at EWU. I watched him practice and play often when he was at BOD; exciting player to see in action. Glad to hear that he is succeeding in college. Credit goes to former BOD coach Paul Perenon for pushing Mario to develop habits and expectations so that Mario would be able to handle the challenges of playing college football and being a student. I know that Perenon went well beyond what most coaches would do to help Mario make progress and be in a position to accept a football scholarship. Hopefully, Mario remembers all of the time and effort his coach invested in him to get his scholarship. Great job, Mario for your early college accomplishments! And I know Perenon is very proud of how Mario has progressed and grown up!

  • Pirate Football,
    The argument about Cal is kind of dead now. Four of the top players from the East Bay this year have orally committed to Cal (Kline, Barton, Nickerson Jr. and Walker).

  • pirate football

    jimmy for real dead i think not, its like every few years they recruit a few local kids, now i do however understand that some local kids cant get n due to grades and test scores. it is cal berkeley, a very good academic school. but they have let some many kids go elsewhere, now of course some kids want to get away from the bay but not all. i was told by mo jones-drew himself some years ago that if cal wouldve recruited him earlier he wouldve stayed home. and they have been having qb problems since aaron rodgers left, now jimmy how many really good qb’s have we had n the eastbay alon since then 1 year is just 1 year they have 4 players lets see if they keep that trend up n the future.

  • PrepFBFan


    Then you will also appriciate that Mario was named to the 2010 Big Sky Conference All-Academic team.

  • Waterboy

    J’Ron Erby (Ygnacio Valley) is rostered at Wayne State as a DB, will likely see time as a true freshman.

    Grant Jones (Ygnacio Valley) is rostered at BYU as a TE/WR, will redshirt his freshman year.

    Patrone Wood (Ygnacio Valley) enters his sophomore season at Seton Hill U. and is rostered as a DL.


    St. Mary’s (2010) Henry Organ is on the Portland State roster as a redshirt freshman SS.

    St. Mary’s (2011) Chris Carnegie is at Army’s prep school for the 2011 season.

  • Kyle

    Jimmy = WSU fan. Awesome. See you on Friday.