Malik Watson didn't hesitate Thursday when he got a scholarship offer from his "dream school," and the Contra Costa College quarterback gave an oral commitment to San Jose State.

Watson, a former Pittsburg High star, will enroll for the spring semester and join the Spartans for spring football. Watson, who has three years to play his remaining two seasons, calls himself a big fan of San Jose State football who attended four home games this past season.

"They knew me, saw my face a lot," he said.

A call came in Thursday from a San Diego area code. Watson thought it might've been from an aunt, but it was SJSU coach Ron Caragher, instead.

"After about 5 minutes, he just said. 'I want to extend a scholarship offer to you.' I was immediately in tears of joy," Watson said.

  • Defensive end Matt Dickerson, a four-star (out of five) recruit from Serra High, has switched his oral commitment from Notre Dame to UCLA, the Bruins Nation reported. MaxPreps reported three weeks ago that Dickerson's father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Dickerson missed his senior season because of a small vertebrae fracture.

  • Stanford, the 19-time reigning champion, leads the Directors' Cup standings after the fall season. The final sport to be unofficially tabulated was football. The Cardinal has 461.25 points, well ahead of Michigan State (382.5), which beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Stanford's top finish was third in men's water polo. Cal was 37th with 148 points.


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  • Stanford sophomore Aaron Kovar signed a hometown contract with the MLS Seattle Sounders. The attacking midfielder had two goals and six assists in starting all 21 games for Stanford last year.

    Cycling

    The 2014 Amgen Tour of California expects to have the strongest field since its inception in 2006 with nine UCI Pro Teams competing, organizers announced. Sky, which won the 2013 Tour de France with Chris Froome, and the new Trek Factory Racing team are in the field. A stage from San Jose to the top of Mount Diablo is May 13. Monterey will host a stage May 14. The tour starts May 11 in Sacramento and ends May 18 in Thousand Oaks. Other pro teams entered are Argos-Shimano, Belkin, BMC Racing, Cannondale, Garmin-Sharp, Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Orica-GreenEdge.

    Seven domestic teams are expected to be announced next month.

    High school football

    Jake Halas has been named Palo Alto's football coach. Halas, 39, a former defensive coordinator at the school, replaces longtime coach Earl Hansen, who announced his retirement after the season. "We're excited," Halas said. "I didn't know when the time would come. I wasn't rushing, but I knew it would come when I was ready, the opportunity."

    Horse racing

    Floating Feather, winless in 12 races in 2013, posted a 11/4-length victory in the $38,565 feature at Golden Gate Fields. The even-money favorite ran six furlongs in 1:10.64 under Russell Baze.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.