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Highly-touted Tennessee commit cleared to play this weekend for Clayton Valley Charter

An SEC-caliber senior running back is now eligible to play for the Clayton Valley Charter football team. 

Will Stallings Jr., who is committed to play at the University of Tennessee and is a native of nearby Pittsburg, sat out the Ugly Eagles’ first couple of games after transferring from Bishop Gorman high school in Nevada. The 6-1 and 225-pound Stallings Jr. was cleared by the North Coast Section this week. 

They don’t need me, per se, to come out with a win,” Stallings Jr. told the Bay Area News Group before last week’s game against Del Oro. “It’s still a team game, I’m just one player. It’s a team game, so they can always come out with a win without me.

The senior tailback ran for 714 yards and eight touchdowns with Bishop Gorman in 2021. He now joins an Ugly Eagles team that has lost its first two games by seven and four points respectively. Clayton Valley will play at Canyon Springs in Nevada on Friday night. 

“I expect big things from him,” Clayton Valley coach Tim Murphy said through text. “He is an amazing young man and has the rare combination of being a beast on the field and an absolutely great kid and gentlemen off the field. This young man is going to go far!”

When the Bay Area News Group reached out to North Coast Section commissioner Pat Cruickshank for a comment on why Stallings was cleared, Cruickshank said he was not allowed to share information about individual students. 

“I have no idea what took so long,” Murphy said via text when asked about why it took two weeks to clear Stallings Jr.

Stallings Jr., Murphy and the Clayton Valley team, both varsity and JV, were preparing for their trip to Canyon Springs when they got the news. Murphy says that while it can be hectic, his players know how to handle themselves, and that they will benefit from taking the long trip. 

“We’ve never had an issue on the trip,” Murphy said while packed onto one of the three buses transporting Clayton Valley to their destination. “You definitely learn about your boys and they learn a lot about each other.”

 

 

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