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Valley Christian-Dublin dropping varsity football for 2016

Valley Christian High School in Dublin will not field a varsity football team in 2016 and will instead focus on its junior varsity squad, a change confirmed by athletic director Larry Lopez on Monday.

The Vikings reached the North Coast Section Division 5 semifinals last season, falling to eventual champion Berean Christian 31-28.

Valley Christian football coach Justin Lowell initiated the idea to drop varsity this fall, Lopez said, in an effort to rebuild the program. Lopez noted only nine returnees from last year, though the Valley Christian roster on MaxPreps.com lists 14 non-seniors on last year’s squad. NCS lists the school’s enrollment as 255 based on 2014-15 numbers.

Lowell did not immediately respond to a phone message.

While Lopez said any situation where a program goes from varsity to JV “frustrating” he expressed confidence that Lowell’s plan was the best move. This is not a permanent move, Lopez said.

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Dublin’s Matt Gutwald signs to walk on at Stanford

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.

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Bishop O’Dowd’s Camilo Eifler signs with Washington

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.

Bishop O’Dowd standout Camilo Eifler, right, holds a Washington hat with his arm around former Huskies star and current Dragons coach Napoleon Kaufman after signing a letter of intent Wednesday to play at Washington. Photo courtesy of Lisa Coffey-Mahoney.

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Liberty’s Shurod Thompson signs with Oregon State

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.

Most recently, Thompson played for Team USA in the International Bowl, fielding a punt blocked by friend and Oklahoma commit Jordan Parker and returning it for a touchdown.

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Pittsburg’s Jordan Parker signs with Oklahoma

Pittsburg High cornerback Jordan Parker signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning with Oklahoma, which reached the College Football Playoff this past season. Soon after, Parker tweeted a picture of himself in Sooner gear and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops tweeted “Welcome to the family!”

Parker is a four-star recruit according to Rivals and ESPN. Rivals has him as the 13th-best cornerback and 134th overall prospect this year while ESPN puts him at No. 290 overall. He’s part of a recruiting class that Rivals ranks No. 21 in the nation.

“Really an excellent athlete,” Stoops said of Parker at his press conference. “Just really excited about him. Great quickness, speed … a great player.”

Parker joins fellow former Bay Valley Athletic League standout Joe Mixon of Freedom at Oklahoma, which finished the season No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Parker was the East Bay Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, when he had five interceptions and 10 pass break-ups. He had three picks and six break-ups as a senior, earning a second straight All-East Bay First Team honor, and added 12 total touchdowns on offense in four years at the varsity level. He helped Pittsburg reach back-to-back North Coast Section Division 1 title games.

Most recently, Parker played for Team USA in the International Bowl, blocking a punt that friend and Oregon State commit Shurod Thompson returned for a touchdown.

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East Bay football commits on National Signing Day 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
QB Joey Sweeney (Freedom) Humboldt State
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

*preferred walk-on

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Live updates tonight from state football championships

De La Salle's Antoine Custer (28) returns a punt for a 58-yard touchdown against Pittsburg in the first quarter of their North Coast Section Division I semifinals game at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Antoine Custer (28) returns a punt for a 58-yard touchdown against Pittsburg in the first quarter of their North Coast Section Division I semifinals game at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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Live updates from state championship prep football games tonight

Bellarmine College Prep's Antonio Garcia (24) runs with the ball during the second quarter as the Folsom Bulldogs host the Bellarmine College Prep Bells in the CIF NorCal Division I-AA championship football game at Folsom High School, Friday, December 11, 2015. (Photo by Brian Baer)

Bellarmine College Prep’s Antonio Garcia (24) runs with the ball during the second quarter as the Folsom Bulldogs host the Bellarmine College Prep Bells in the CIF NorCal Division I-AA championship football game at Folsom High School, Friday, December 11, 2015.
(Photo by Brian Baer)

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Live updates from state prep football playoffs tonight

Oak Grove High School's Tyler Mcgovern (2) runs for 17-yards and a first down against St. Francis High School's Corey Wallace (32) and St. Francis High School's De'jon Fort (21) in the third quarter of their CCS Open Division II championship football game at San Jose City College in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Oak Grove High School’s Tyler Mcgovern (2) runs for 17-yards and a first down against St. Francis High School’s Corey Wallace (32) and St. Francis High School’s De’jon Fort (21) in the third quarter of their CCS Open Division II championship football game at San Jose City College in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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Live updates from prep football playoffs tonight

Campolindo's Max Flower (3) raises his arms in celebration as time runs out while playing against Analy during their North Coast Section Division 3 championship game at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Campolindo defeated Analy 38-28. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Campolindo’s Max Flower (3) raises his arms in celebration as time runs out while playing against Analy during their North Coast Section Division 3 championship game at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Campolindo defeated Analy 38-28. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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