Eleven athletes from the 680 Drivers Water Polo Association club committed Wednesday to continue their careers in college, ten of them to play water polo and another for swimming. Here are the athletes, their high schools, their new university and any accolades from last season:
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
Here are the East Bay high school players committing to colleges in soccer and water polo:
The signing period for football, soccer and men’s water polo got underway Wednesday. Readers are sending in their photos of East Bay athletes signing their national letters of intent for college.
Readers can send us their signing photos to email@example.com and we will post them here.
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.
CALI SOONER . pic.twitter.com/EQFuankh6E
— Jordan Parker (@_OfficialJay1) February 3, 2016
— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) 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
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
Hitting the big stretch with playoffs starting three weeks from today (yes, really!). Rankings reflect results before tonight’s action because of National Signing Day on Wednesday. Here are the boys rankings and here are the girls rankings. Check back here tonight for updates of final scores:
Head-Royce 63, Athenian 60
Valley Christian 52, Redwood Christian 50
College Prep at Bentley, not available
(14) Pittsburg 65, Liberty 52
(6) Freedom 92, Deer Valley 67
(7) Heritage 74, Antioch 47
(8) Dougherty Valley 63, Alhambra 45
Las Lomas 64, Acalanes 60
(10) Miramonte 60, Campolindo 48
Clayton Valley Charter 72, Northgate 62
Concord 74, Berean Christian 17
Mt. Diablo at Ygnacio Valley not available
(4) Monte Vista 82, Granada 45
(1) De La Salle 85, Livermore 34
Foothill 52, California 47
Amador Valley 37, San Ramon Valley 36
Washington 52, Mission San Jose 33
(3) Moreau Catholic 82, Irvington 36
(9) Newark Memorial 64, American 41
(12) James Logan 84, Kennedy 41
El Cerrito 58, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 54
(5) Salesian 52, St. Joseph Notre Dame 45
Hercules at Saint Mary’s, not available
Kennedy 78, De Anza 64
Athenian 52, Head-Royce 45
College Prep 67, Bentley 54
CSD 69, California Crosspoint 10
Redwood Christian at Valley Christian, not available
St. Elizabeth at Fremont Christian, not available
(11) Heritage 61, Antioch 29
(12) Pittsburg 56, (7) Liberty 55
Deer Valley 75, Freedom 20
(1) Miramonte 102, (5) Campolindo 38
Dougherty Valley 56, Alhambra 46
(10) Acalanes at Las Lomas, not available
Mt. Diablo 57, Ygnacio Valley 32
Northgate at Clayton Valley Charter, not available
Concord at Berean Christian, not available
(4) Carondelet 95, Livermore 32
California at Foothill, not available
Granada 40, Monte Vista 31
San Ramon Valley at Amador Valley, not available
Mission San Jose 57, Washington 31
Moreau Catholic at Irvington, not available
American 55, Newark Memorial 53
(14) James Logan 81, Kennedy 13
(2) Salesian 65, (15) St. Joseph Notre Dame 53
Kennedy at St. Patrick-St. Vincent, not available
(9) Saint Mary’s at Pinole Valley, not available
Albany at Richmond, not available
El Cerrito at De Anza, not available