Michigan football coaches comment on De La Salle’s Devin Asiasi

Here are a couple quotes from Michigan football coaches on mgoblue.com regarding De La Salle star Devin Asiasi, who signed with the Wolverines on Wednesday:

Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno said “Talk about an explosive player, Devin is a very explosive guy. We have had a great string of tight ends at Stanford and now here at Michigan and he’s right that at the top.”

Tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said “As a player, he is tenacious, violent and physically bludgeons his opponents. He also has unusual quickness, ball skills and elusiveness for an athlete of his size.”


Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football First Team includes Najee Harris, three De La Salle players

Cal-Hi Sports announced its all-state first-team football squad today, and the East Bay was heavily represented.

Antioch High’s Najee Harris, who was Cal-Hi Sports’ 2015 Mr. Football as a junior, is one of three running backs named to the squad. Harris, who is also the 2015 East Bay Football Player of the Year, rushed for 2,696 yards and 36 touchdowns in his outstanding season.

De La Salle, the 2015 CIF Open Division state champions, were represented by seniors Boss Tagaloa, Devin Asiasi and Antoine Custer.

Tagaloa, selected as a defensive lineman, had three tackles for a loss in the Open Division state championship game and finished the season with 30 solo tackles and 6.5 sacks.

Asiasi and Custer were selected as multi-purpose players. Asiasi had 17 catches for 311 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end, and 49 total tackles, including four sacks, as a defensive lineman. Custer rushed for 1,340 yards, averaging 9.8 yards per carry, and scored 15 touchdowns as a running back. He also had 37 total tackles and three interceptions with 107 return yards as a defensive back.

Tagaloa and Asiasi will announce their college choices early Wednesday afternoon on ESPN2. Custer announced on Facebook on Jan. 19 that he orally committed to Eastern Washington.


De La Salle’s Devin Asiasi, Boss Tagaloa to announce college decision on ESPN2

De La Salle High School football stars Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa will announce their college choices on ESPN2 on Feb. 3, ESPN announced today.

They will be two of 13 players nationally who will be announcing their college choices on that station that day. Asiasi and Tagaloa are scheduled to announce at approximately noon Pacific Time in the De La Salle High gym.

Asiasi announced via Twitter earlier this month that his top five colleges are, in no specific order, Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Asiasi is ranked as the No. 3 senior tight end in the country and No. 1 on the West Coast by espn.com. He had 17 catches for 311 yards (an 18.3 yards per catch average) with five touchdowns last season for De La Salle.

Tagaloa’s final five schools, according to ESPN, are Cal, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. Like Asiasi, the 6-3, 295-pound Tagaloa is rated as a four-star player by espn.com, and he is the top-ranked senior defensive tackle on the West Coast and 13th nationally by espn.com. Tagaloa had 6.5 sacks and 30 solo tackles in 12 games for the Spartans.


2016 De La Salle football schedule includes Utah state champion, and Antioch with Najee Harris

Utah 4A state champion East High-Salt Lake City will be one of the De La Salle football team’s opponents next season, De La Salle athletic director Leo Lopoz confirmed tonight.

“Details are being worked out, but we have a verbal agreement between both schools,” wrote Lopoz in an e-mail to the Bay Area News Group.

De La Salle, the defending CIF Open Division state champion, will host East on Week 3.

On Week 4, the Spartans will host Antioch and Najee Harris, named the state’s Mr. Football for 2015 by CalHiSports.com.

De La Salle opens the season on Week 0 against Amador Valley, followed by a home game against Serra on Week 1. After the Antioch game, De La Salle will face East Bay Athletic League teams and James Logan in the regular season.


Former Oakland Raider and current Bishop O’Dowd football coach Napoleon Kaufman talks about college recruiting

Former Oakland Raider and current Bishop O’Dowd High School football coach Napoleon Kaufman sent a message via Twitter this afternoon to collegiate coaches:
“#DearCoach If you offer one my kids at O’Dowd and then pull his offer…..Don’t ever plan on coming back to the school. Homie don’t play that!”
On Wednesday, mlive.com reported that Downers Grove South-Illinois offensive tackle Erik Swenson said Michigan recently pulled its scholarship offer to him. Swenson had committed to Michigan in 2013.
I talked to Kaufman this afternoon, and he said “This is not about Michigan. This is a collegiate football issue. … This is happening at more than just a few schools.
“I want our kids to be respectful and have character. I want the coaches to have the same thing. … I’m telling our kids if you commit to your school, honor your commitment. If a school commits to you, honor your commitment too.”
He also tweeted this afternoon: “#DearCoach I’m telling these kids that they need character and integrity. If ur not modeling that, I can’t endorse you. Integrity matters!”
Kaufman was a highly-recruited running back at Lompoc High School who chose to play at Washington
“My recruiting process was a lot different because we didn’t have Twitter, Facebook, social media. My high school football coach Dick Barrett was a great buffer for me. This same standard, he was the same way when coaches tried to recruit me,” Kaufman said. “Now a coach has so much of an easier access to a kid. I do think that when it comes to the whole recruiting process, there has to be more of a parental influence involved.”


Dougherty Valley’s Trey Hoskins commits to Weber State

Dougherty Valley High senior wide receiver/defensive back Trey Hoskins has orally committed to Weber State, he announced on Twitter on Sunday.

“The next 4 years I’m going to be a wildcat lol going from Dvhs wildcats to Weber wildcat”, Hoskins tweeted.

The 6-foot-3, 165-pound Hoskins was selected as a first-team all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League defensive back this past fall. In 10 games last season, he had 31 total tackles and two interceptions. Offensively, he caught 43 passes for 574 yards and eight touchdowns.

Hoskins committed to Hawaii in September, according to espn.go.com. In his tweet Sunday, Hoskins wrote “This has been a long process and I guess my other school wasn’t meant to be.”


MLK Classic lineup for Monday’s games

A number of top East Bay high school boys basketball teams will face squads from out of their area at the MLK Classic on Jan. 18 at Cal’s Haas Pavilion. Here’s the lineup:

10 a.m. – Albany vs. Newark Memorial

11:30 a.m. – Berkeley vs. Manteca

1 p.m. – Salesian-Richmond vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F.

2:30 p.m. – El Cerrito vs. The Albany Academies-N.Y.

4 p.m. – Moreau Catholic vs. Sacramento

5:45 p.m. – De La Salle vs. Orange Lutheran

7:30 p.m. – Bishop O’Dowd vs. St. Francis-Mountain View




De La Salle football star Devin Asiasi lists his top five colleges

De La Salle High School’s Devin Asiasi tweeted his top five college choices last night. In no specific order, he listed Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington.

Asiasi is listed as the No. 15 senior football player in the nation, regardless of position, in the ESPN 300, and the No. 2 senior tight end in the nation. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Asiasi is also listed as the No. 2 California senior in the nation, regardless of position, in the ESPN ranking. He had 17 catches for 311 yards (an 18.3 yards per catch average) with five touchdowns last season.

According to espn.go.com, Asiasi is scheduled to visit Washington on Friday, Michigan on Jan. 22 and USC on Jan. 29. He visited UCLA in December.


East Bay high school basketball scores for Tuesday 1/5

Tonight is the first evening of league basketball action for the DFAL, DVAL , EBAL and MVAL, and there are several nonleague games. Here’s our list of final scores for tonight. Check back here for updates as final scores roll in:

CSD 58, Contra Costa Christian 40
Dougherty Valley 71, Dublin 63
Miramonte 74, Acalanes 41
Las Lomas 65, Campolindo 56
Berean Christian 64, Ygnacio Valley 51
Clayton Valley Charter 73, Mt. Diablo 30
College Park 58, Northgate 53
De La Salle 61, San Ramon Valley 40
California 81, Granada 59
Monte Vista 61, Amador Valley 40
Foothill 53, Livermore 28
Moreau Catholic 92, Mission San Jose 45
Newark Memorial 55, Washington 49
James Logan 87, Irvington 40
Kennedy 43, American 42
Athenian 71, Bay Tech 47
Heritage 79, Vintage-Napa 64
Pittsburg 77, Oakland Tech 73, OT
College Prep 56, The Bay School-S.F. 53
Benicia 74, Saint Mary’s 68, OT
Lodi 73, Fremont 63
Valley Christian 62, Patten Academy 42
CSD 34, Contra Costa Christian 30
Dublin 53, Dougherty Valley 37
Miramonte 89, Acalanes 34
Campolindo 83, Las Lomas 25
Clayton Valley Charter 79, Mt. Diablo 12
Northgate 41, College Park 35
Ygnacio Valley at Berean Christian, not available
Monte Vista 40, Amador Valley 24
California 52, Granada 44
Foothill 63, Livermore 34
American 63, Kennedy 22
Newark Memorial 65, Washington 43
James Logan 67, Irvington 32
Mission San Jose 46, Moreau Catholic 27
Hercules 48, Concord 33
Lincoln-Stockton 56, Liberty 39
Albany 64, College Prep 55
Athenian 47, Livermore Charter Prep 21
Emery 69, Head-Royce 37
Envision Academy 53, Richmond 34

De La Salle football coach national finalist

Justin Alumbaugh, De La Salle High’s football coach, is one of six finalists for the U.S Army All-American Bowl National Coach of the Year Award, the bowl selection committee announced this afternoon.

Alumbaugh led the Spartans to the CIF Open Division state championship bowl victory on Dec. 19 with a 28-21 win over previously undefeated Centennial-Corona. De La Salle’s only loss this season was in its opener to Trinity-Euless-Tx. by the score of 26-21. De La Salle (13-1) finished the season No. 1 in the nation in the MaxPreps.com Freeman Rankings (Centennial, the previous No. 1 team in those rankings, is now No. 2). In the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25, De La Salle is ranked No. 3 behind Katy-Tx. (16-0) and Colquitt County-Moultrie, Ga. (15-0)

Centennial coach Matt Logan is the only other California coach of the six national finalists. Katy coach Gary Joseph is also a finalist.