D.J. Moffitt to sign with UNLV

Less than a week before signing day, De La Salle linebacker D.J. Moffitt gave an oral commitment to play at UNLV.

Moffitt (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) will enroll at UNLV in January of 2014 unless a fall scholarship opens up. He said he could use the fall to get bigger, strong and faster, and isn’t bothered by possibly having to wait to join the team.

“After my official visit, I just felt like it was the right decision,” Moffitt said. “I like the staff and what they have going on there.”

Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout and Rivals, Moffitt is the fourth member of the De La Salle defense to commit to a Division I school. Michael Hutchings (USC), Austin Hooper (Stanford) and Victor Egu (Yale) will also ink their letters of intent next week.

Moffitt, who had offers from Arizona, Colorado, Washington State and Nevada among others, said UNLV was his only official visit.

He will join former De La Salle teammate Anthony Williams at UNLV.

Hutchings, Hooper, Long receive all-state honors

Three East Bay football players were selected to Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state first-team. De La Salle’s Michael Hutchings and Austin Hooper were selected to the first-team defense while James Logan’s Warren Miles Long was a multi-purpose selection. De La Salle and Narbonne-Harbor City were the only schools to have multiple first-team selections. Hutchings, a USC-bound linebacker, was already named California’s Mr. Football by Cal-Hi Sports. Hooper is a defensive end headed to Stanford. Long, who thrived at running back and linebacker this year, will play at Northwestern.

Check here for the full first-team list.

Additionally, Clayton Valley’s Joe Protheroe was selected to the second team as a running back. Third team picks include Freedom WR Darrell Daniels, Pittsburg OL Antonia Huey, De La Salle RB Tiapepe Vitale, San Ramon Valley kicker Matt Anderson, De La Salle DL Victor Egu, De La Salle LB D.J. Moffitt and Foothill FB/LB Griffith Gates.

The full second and third team lists can be found here.


De La Salle’s 2013 football schedule

There will be no national powerhouses for the De La Salle football team in Justin Alumbaugh’s first season as head coach. But since the Spartans are no longer playing a full East Bay Athletic League schedule, there are a few more opportunities for them to take on some out-of-section squads in 2013. A road game at Servite, which lost to De La Salle in the 2010 Open Division state bowl game, is the furthest the Spartans will travel this season. Here’s the full schedule.

Week 0: At Livermore

Week 1: At Serra

Week 2: At St. Mary’s-Stockton

Week 3: Del Oro

Week 4: San Ramon Valley

Week 5: At Servite

Week 6: Bye

Week 7: James Logan

Week 8: Amador Valley

Week 9: At Monte Vista

Week 10: California


DLS’ Victor Egu switches up commitment

After originally committing to Cal, De La Salle High’s Victor Egu now plans to play football at Yale.

Egu, expecting to play linebacker at Cal, had given his verbal commitment to Jeff Tedford in early November. After Tedford was fired, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior didn’t see himself fitting in the Bears’ system anymore.

“The new coaching staff informed me that they wanted me to play defensive end, which I was fine with,” Egu said. “But they were full at that position. They didn’t need me really. I thought, I’m not going to stay where I’m not really needed.”

Egu, who held offers from several Pac-12 schools as well as Notre Dame and Nebraska, switched his commitment to the Ivy League school this week.

“They were a school that was after me really early in the process,” Egu said of Yale. “Education was also a factor. I know football isn’t everything and with a degree from Yale I’ll have a wide range of opportunities.”

Egu played defensive end for the Spartans in their 15-0 season, but expects to play linebacker at Yale.


Michael Hutchings of De La Salle named Mr. Football

De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings was named Mr. Football by Cal-Hi Sports, an honor reserved for California’s top high school football player. The USC-bound senior joins Amani Toomer, D.J. Williams and Derek Landri as former Spartans to win the award.

Hutchings is the first East Bay player to earn the honor since Landri in 2001. He’s also the first linebacker to be named Mr. Football since Williams in 1999.

Hutchings, who led De La Salle to a fourth consecutive Open Division state title last month, recently participated at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.


Donations for the family of Montreal Blakely

The Concord High football community is mourning the death of senior Montreal Blakely. The defensive starter with a 3.6 GPA was killed Saturday night in San Francisco.

Coach Brian Hamilton passed on this information for those able to help the family, which is struggling to pay for the for funeral costs.

“First, we would like to thank you all for the outpouring of love and support since we all learned of Montreal’s passing.  We are so proud of the family we have built here over our nine years, and so grateful for your support now in this time of great sorrow.

Many of you have asked how you can help in this time of despair.  Again I am humbled by the selflessness you all have already demonstrated.  While there is never a good time to lose a son, a brother, a teammate, or a friend, losing a loved one so close to Christmas is especially difficult for all.

For those of you who are able to help his family in this time of tremendous need, you can help assist with Montreal’s expenses in a number of ways.  You can visit our website chsminutemenfootball.com and click the donate button.  Also on the site is information about how to donate by check.  If you live near the campus you can leave your donation in the main office during school hours.  Also, Friday night at 5:00 p.m. in the gym, the team will be selling Christmas ornaments decorated with the number 9 in honor of Montreal.  Finally if you plan on joining us at the vigil being held Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the gym we will have collection boxes at the door.

Finally, we want to thank you again for your thoughts and prayers and let you know they have been a great comfort to us all.  We hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and pray that Montreal’s family finds some solace in this time of peace on Earth and good will to men.”



Final East Bay football poll

Here is our final East Bay football poll of the 2012 season.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 15-0 75 1
2. James Logan 12-2 70 2
3. Clayton Valley 12-2 63 9
4. California 9-3 59 4
5. El Cerrito 13-1 58 3
6. Freedom 9-3 49 5
7. Pittsburg 8-4 44 8
8. Amador Valley 8-5 42 14
9. San Ramon Valley 6-5 31 10
10. Campolindo 10-2 30 7
11. Northgate 9-3 25 13
12. McClymonds 9-4 23 15
13. Monte Vista 6-5 12 6
14. Concord 10-3 8 NR
15. Foothill 5-6 6 11

Also receiving votes: Miramonte (7-5, 3 points), Newark Memorial (9-3, 2). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


Holiday Classic all-star game is Dec. 22

The Holiday Classic all-star game, pitting the top Contra Costa seniors vs. their Alameda County counterparts, will be held Saturday, Dec. 22 at Pittsburg High. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

The Contra Costa team will be coached by Pittsburg’s Victor Galli and his staff. Washington’s Ken Wittmer will head the Alameda team, along with his staff and the James Logan staff.

Here are the teams:

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