CONCORD -- From the Pac-12 to the Ivy League, De La Salle High is sending another large contingent of football players to colleges across the country.

Five members of the Spartans' 2013 team, which went 14-1 and reached the Open Division state final, made their college choices official during National Signing Day on Feb. 5.

Sumner Houston (Oregon State), Das Tautalatasi (Arizona State), Kevin Griffin (Washington State) and Larry Ross (Portland State) inked letters of intent while Larry Allen III signed commitment papers with Harvard, as the Ivy League does not offer athletic scholarships.

A sixth member of the football team, Marquis Morris, signed a track scholarship with USC. The Spartans' top receiving option last season is the defending state champion in the 110 high hurdles.

As has become tradition, the football players signed their letters together during an early morning breakfast at a local restaurant before faxing in their letters at school.

"It's great to have signing day with them, my best friends," Houston said.

At lunch, the school also honored cross country standout Blair Hurlock (Stanford) and soccer player Kash Choudhary (Whitworth).

Griffin, Houston and Tautalatasi all made De La Salle's varsity team as sophomores and helped anchor some exceptionally strong defenses ever since. All three made their commitments to Pac-12 schools last summer and didn't waver.

Houston, who is 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, earned East Bay Defensive Player of the Year honors as a defensive tackle, but will likely play defensive end at Oregon State.


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He'll be joining former Spartans Dylan Wynn, Terron Ward and Tyler Anderson in Corvallis.

"I like the atmosphere, I like the position that the team is in," Houston said. "It's a great fit for me. I like their style of play and just everything about it, I just fell in love. I'm really happy with where I'm going."

Griffin, a cornerback, wasn't the only one in his family to make his college choice official last week. His stepbrother, D.J. Calhoun, became official at Arizona State. The El Cerrito linebacker graduated early and is already enrolled in Tempe.

"I wish I could have signed next to him, that was one of my dreams, too," Griffin said. "But everything happens for a reason. I'm just proud of both of us."

Tautalatasi is headed to Arizona State along with several other Bay Area recruits. He's especially close with Monte Vista tight end Brendan Landman.

"I played with him in Pop Warner football," Tautalatasi said. "It's pretty cool how we grew up playing on the same team and we'll play on the same team again."

Tautalatasi expects to play safety in the desert. He was also a solid running back at De La Salle for multiple seasons before dislocating his elbow last fall. He was limited to defense when he returned from the injury.

Allen III, a 6-3, 285-pound offensive lineman, turned down offers from the Pac-12 to play at Harvard next year.

Ross, a defensive end, parlayed a stellar senior year into a scholarship at Portland State, a FCS school that competes in the Big Sky.

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