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The high school football season in the San Diego Section wrapped up with three teams capturing CIF State Championships in early December but the off season news cycle is in full force.

Here are news and notes from around the section since the conclusion of the football season:

Coaching movement around the county

Robbie Owens, the head football coach at Helix High School, caught many by surprise earlier this week when he announced his resignation to become the Defensive Coordinator at Keiser University, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“My goal is to be a head coach at the college level,” Owens told John Maffei of the San Diego Union Tribune.

Owens finished with a 53-20 overall record in his six seasons at Helix and guided the Highlanders into the CIF Championship game in each of his five full seasons, winning the Open Division title in 2017 and 2019.

Helix has announced the Damaja Jones, a 2001 graduate of the school, will become the new head coach. Jones has served as the Highlanders defensive coordinator since 2008.

Troy Everhart, resigned as head coach at Fallbrook High School after three seasons. Everhart led the Warriors to five wins this past season, their highest total since the 2015 season. He has already accepted the position of head coach at Troy High School in Ohio, having already coached in Ohio earlier in his career.

St. Augustine parted ways with head coach Joe Kremer last week after four seasons. Kremer finished with a 23-17 record during his tenure with the Saints including a CIF Division 1 Championship in 2018.

Danny Mitchell, the head football coach and athletic director at Christian High School, has resigned to take the position of offensive coordinator for the Vienna Vikings of the European Football League. Mitchell finished with a 9-7 record in his two seasons with the Patriots.

San Diego High School hired Syd Reed as their new head football coach following the resignation of Charles James. Reed comes to the Cavers after one season as the head coach at Mar Vista where he led the Mariners to a 5-5 record.

Head coaching vacancies still remain at St. Augustine, Patrick Henry, Escondido, Mar Vista, Christian and Fallbrook.

College commitments are flowing in

With National Signing Day coming up on February 2nd, many of San Diego's top players in the 2022 class are finalizing their college decisions.

St. Augustine defensive lineman Gracen Halton, who showcased his athleticism at wide receiver this season, decommitted from Oregon this week. Halton took an official visit to Oklahoma last week.

Lincoln offensive lineman Kendall Williams, who was a longtime Nevada commit, officially visited Washington State last weekend and subsequently gave his commitment to the Cougars.

Despite recent offers from Miami, LSU, and Tennessee, Lincoln defensive back Jahlil Florence has narrowed his list down to USC and Oregon. Florence was previously committed to Oregon before backing off when head coach Mario Cristobal left for Miami. Florence will announce his college decision Monday.

University of San Diego has closed strong heading into signing day, grabbing commitments from three of San Diego's most productive playmakers from this past season. Wide receiver Conor Lawlor (Scripps Ranch) was the first to commit and has since been joined by running back Jalen Shaw (Scripps Ranch) and wide receiver Xavier Van (Helix).

Patrick Henry standouts Elijaih Lux (RB) and Omar Hammond (WR) both committed to Portland State after visiting earlier this month.

Former San Diego standouts ready for the NFL

The upcoming 2022 NFL Draft is expected to have as much talent from the San Diego Section as any draft in recent memory.

Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd (Otay Ranch), Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave (Mission Hills) and San Diego State defensive lineman Cameron Thomas (Carlsbad) have all been mocked as first round picks by several publications.

San Diego State punter and kicker Matt Araiza (Rancho Bernardo) is one of several local prospects that could hear their name called in the later rounds of the draft. Joining Araiza is Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods (Helix), UCLA wide receiver Kyle Philips (San Marcos), Oregon running back CJ Verdell (Mater Dei Catholic), and Weber State return specialist Rashid Shaheed (Mt. Carmel).

Playoff divisions set for 2022

The San Diego Section has released the updated playoff divisions following the conclusion of the 2021 season. Among the notable movements are Rancho Bernardo and Poway. Both schools moved up to division one while Grossmont, Granite Hills, and San Marcos all moved down to division two.

Mater Dei Catholic, who cruised to a perfect 13-0 season, moved up to division two. Under the current format, teams are limited to moving up or down one division in a season.

You can view all of the updated divisions here.