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Stallings Jr. inspired by father

Will Stallings Jr. has four Division I offers. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Will Stallings Jr. has four Division I offers. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Pittsburg sophomore safety and running back Will Stallings Jr. looks up to his father, a Marine, as a source of inspiration whenever he steps on the field.

“He’s been through it all,” Stallings said. “I look up to him. He just passes his knowledge down to me. I just take it in and just keep pushing for more.”

Right from the onset of his football career at 5 years old, Stallings – and many others – knew he was special and destined for big things.

Which is just what he’s doing today.

Through one varsity game, Stallings has one touchdown for the No. 3 team in the Bay Area and boasts four Division I offers – Arkansas State, Charlotte, Nevada and Pittsburgh.

He is just the latest Pittsburg class of 2023 prospect to bring in collegiate offers, joining four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada, four-star receiver Rashid Williams and receivers Keynan Higgins and Israel Polk.

“We’ve got some dogs,” Stallings said. “We’ve got some real dogs and real competitors. There’s a lot of talent on this field.”

Entering this season for Pittsburg, Stallings said he’s really added to his game.

A 6-foot, 210-pound athlete, Stallings got faster, stronger, more agile and added to his stamina.

“I’ve grown a lot,” Stallings said. “For knowledge for football, knowing my position, what I’m supposed to do and I’m just competing a lot.”

And Stallings is excited to continue competing with his Pittsburg teammates this year, part of a loaded squad that is 1-0 and added some new pieces this year after winning 11 games and a Bay Valley Athletic League title in 2019 in addition to a runner-up finish in the North Coast Section playoffs.

“Team goals undefeated, beat everybody,” Stallings said. “Individual goals – get better every game, show off my talents and just stay aggressive and compete.”

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