CONCORD -- Five players that helped the De La Salle High football team to a fourth straight state championship made their college choices official on Wednesday.
Michael Hutchings, D.J. Moffitt, Austin Hooper and Xavier Banks all signed national letters of intent on signing day, and Victor Egu is also headed to a four-year school. The football players, and Spartans soccer player Andrew Konstantino (Saint Mary's College) were all present at a signing ceremony at the school Wednesday afternoon.
Egu turned down offers from several Pac-12 schools to attend Yale, where he expects to play linebacker. He signed academic scholarship papers Wednesday.
Hutchings, the most heralded recruit from De La Salle in nearly 10 years, faxed his letter of intent to USC early in the morning. The four-star linebacker committed to the Trojans early in the summer and didn't waver from his pick even after the program losts its defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
"(USC) did have a rougher season than expected, and I did second guess things a little bit," Hutchings said. "But after sitting down and going over everything with my coaches and my parents again, it was an easy decision. (USC) has a great combination of academics and athletics."
Hooper, a three-star recruit, is headed to Stanford where his uncle, Greg, was a fullback from 1979-1982. He will play tight end for the Cardinal but was also a standout at defensive end for De La Salle the last
"It was the school and the program more than anything," Hooper said. "The school is the best one in the Pac-12 (academically) and has the Pac-12 championship. With the best school and best football it couldn't be too wrong of a decision."
Moffitt, a linebacker, signed with UNLV after committing less than a week ago and will likely greyshirt. Banks, a defensive tackle, heads to Southern Oregon, a NAIA school.
The group gathered for breakfast at a Walnut Creek restaurant to sign and fax their letters together.