Two Washington State-bound football players — Robert Taylor of Deer Valley and Chima Onyeukwu of Pittsburg — who are transferring from local community colleges to four-year universities, with high schools listed if from the East Bay.
Dublin High’s Matthew Gutwald signed a letter of intent Wednesday to be a preferred walk-on at Stanford, spurning other Pac-12 and Division 1 schools who offered scholarships.
“I had a lot of other offers to choose from, but … it came down to academics,” Gutwald said.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman is a three-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout, the latter listing him as the eight-best guard in the state. Gutwald was selected to the All-East Bay First Team Offense this past season.
“He’s got the whole package,” said Dublin coach John Wade, who also praised his smarts.
Gutwald narrowed his options down to Stanford and Notre Dame before deciding Tuesday to aim at joining the Cardinal.
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) February 4, 2016
Bishop O’Dowd High linebacker Camilo Eifler signed a letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play for Washington, completing a verbal commitment he made in July.
Eifler, a consensus four-star recruit, is listed as the No. 6 linebacker nationally by Scout and No. 11 by Rivals. Scout has him as the No. 94 overall prospect, Rivals has him at No. 118 and ESPN at No. 280.
Eifler had 40 tackles (nine for a loss), an interception and a forced fumble his senior year. His coach the last two seasons was Washington alum Napoleon Kaufman, a former Oakland Raider.
— Coach Petersen (@CoachPeteUW) February 3, 2016
Liberty High safety Shurod Thompson signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Oregon State.
Thompson, who transferred from Pittsburg for his senior year, is a consensus four-star recruit rated as a Top 10 safety in the nation by Rivals and ESPN. The former has Thompson as the No. 148 prospect overall and the latter lists him as No. 170 overall.
According to Rivals, Thompson received offers from nine other Pac-12 schools. He decommitted from Cal in June, according to SBNation, and joins an Oregon State recruiting class ranked No. 41 by Rivals.
Thompson had six touchdowns as a running back with Liberty last season (his defensive stats were not listed on MaxPreps). While at Pittsburg, the safety snagged six total interceptions in two seasons.
— Beavers Football (@OSUBeaversFB) February 3, 2016
East Bay football players committing on National Signing Day include five to Pac-12 schools and two to other Power 5 schools. Here’s the full list:
DE Dante Abono (Alhambra) San Jose State
OT Jasaan Andrews (Skyline) Azusa Pacific
TE Devin Asiasi (De La Salle) Michigan
OL Meeko Barjona (Pittsburg) Humboldt State
K Matt Blair (Campolindo) UC Davis
ATH Antoine Custer (De La Salle) Eastern Washington
LS Johnny Den Bleyker (Moreau Catholic) UCLA
QB Kevin Davidson (San Ramon Valley) Princeton
OLB Camilo Eifler (Bishop O’Dowd) Washington
TE Giovanni Fauolo (Freedom) UNLV
OL Saia Fonongaloa (Pittsburg) Cal Poly
DL/OL Alex Glover (Saint Mary’s) Humboldt State
*OL Matthew Gutwald (Dublin) Stanford
DB Brooklyn Hardiman (De La Salle) Southern Oregon
WR Trey Hoskins (Dougherty Valley) Weber State
*DL Jake Javier (San Ramon Valley) Cal Poly
DB Miles Johnston (De La Salle) Southern Oregon
LB Nick Kane (San Ramon Valley) Brown
SS Scott Lewis (Berean Christian) University of San Diego
QB Troyante McConico (Pinole Valley) Wayne State
WR Marqel McCoy (Concord) UC Davis
CB Jordan Parker (Pittsburg) Oklahoma
RB Tamarick Pierce (Saint Mary’s) Eastern Washington
OLB Darius Powe (El Cerrito) Nevada
WR Noah Sol (Monte Vista) Northern Colorado
RB/LB Clayton Stehr (Miramonte) Brown
OL/DL Sterling Strother (Campolindo) Yale
DT Boss Tagoloa (De La Salle) UCLA
CB Shurod Thompson (Liberty) Oregon State
OL/DL Eric Ting (Miramonte) Pomona-Pitzer
DL Seperini Togiai Aumua (Hayward) Sacramento State
WR/RB Ricky Walker III (San Leandro) Hawaii
WR Isaiah Williams (Freedom) University of St. Francis
WR Jairus Woodson (Valley Christian) Northern Arizona
Michigan coach and web-celeb Jim Harbaugh hit stops in the East Bay on Tuesday, as evidenced by numerous posts on social media that showed Harbaugh at Antioch and De La Salle high schools.
Harbaugh visited the De La Salle campus today to visit uncommitted prize recruits Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa, De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed to Phil Jensen of Bay Area News Group via text. Both players will also be visiting Michigan this weekend, Alumbaugh confirmed.
Last week, Asiasi, a tight end ranked 44th in the ESPN 300 for the class of 2016, narrowed his list of college choices to five, in no specific order: Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. Tagaloa is 95th on the ESPN list.
Harbaugh was also at Antioch High today, to try and land junior running back sensation Najee Harris, who made an early oral commitment to Alabama last spring. ESPN ranks Harris seventh in the nation for 2017 recruits. Wherever Harbaugh goes, cameras are put to use. He joined Antioch officials, including principal Louie Rocha, head coach John Lucido and offensive coordinator Brett Dudley for a photo.
Dudley later tweeted about meeting Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. And the wheels keep turning in the recruiting world.
Special thanks to Trine Gallegos for the photo at Antioch High.
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