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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook

Rocco Schramm competes at The Opening on Nov. 14, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Rocco Schramm competes at The Opening on Nov. 14, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Monte Vista multi-sport star announces destination

Monte Vista junior athlete Rocco Schramm made his decision for the next level.

Schramm, a standout football and lacrosse player, committed to Colgate for lacrosse, following in a collegiate sports tradition steeped in his family – his father, George Schramm, played football at Colorado State.

With an impressive work ethic, Rocco Schramm is up at 4 a.m. every morning to lift weights.

Dublin 2021 pitcher commits

Dublin senior pitcher Zach Lydon committed to play Division I baseball in college, announcing he will be a student-athlete at the University of Nevada Reno.

Lydon made three appearances during the shortened 2020 season, compiling a 2-0 record with a 0.49 ERA. He struck out 22 batters in 14.1 innings compared to a mere six walks.

The right had six strikeouts in 8.2 innings his sophomore year in 2019.

Moreau Catholic basketball’s commitment

Moreau Catholic senior point guard Donovan Tynes ended his recruitment last week after committing to Lake Forest College, a Division III school in Illinois.

Tynes was the fourth-leading scorer for Moreau Catholic a year ago, posting 6.6 points per game. His top performance was a 15-point outing in a 73-57 victory over Liberty in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.

First Division I offers for Bay Area quarterback duo 

Two of some of the top quarterbacks in the Bay Area garnered their first Division I scholarship offers. 

Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler brought in an offer from the University of San Diego, adding to an offer sheet that includes Black Hills State, Iowa Wesleyan, La Verne, Lawrence Tech, Rocky Mountain College and Saint Anselm.

Brickhandler, fresh off a masterful junior campaign when he was previously at Rocklin’s Whitney High School (3,002 total yards and 26 touchdowns), is a star in Los Angeles for the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, most notable producing a 183-yard and three-touchdown effort in the second week of the season for Xclusive Speed to earn West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week honors.

Serra junior dual-threat quarterback Dominique Lampkin’s first Division I offer was from a fellow FCS school in Illinois State.

Lampkin was thrown into the fire as a sophomore in 2019 and never looked back after replacing the injured Daylin McLemore, who is now a quarterback at Arizona State, throwing for 750 yards and eight scores next to 448 rushing yards and four scores in Serra’s run to a California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Division I-A title.

Others Bay Area offers: 

  • Bishop O’Dowd senior receiver and tight end Ben Martin’s third offer came in from La Verne. His other offers are from California Lutheran and Puget Sound.
  • Branham senior quarterback Nick Bandanza’s first collegiate offer arrived from Pacific. Bandanza helped guide Branham to its best season ever in 2019, finishing with 1,414 passing yards, 22 scores through the air, 678 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns in the Bruins’ incredible 11-2 season and runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section Division IV championship game.
  • Colorado State offered Benicia junior defensive end Miles Bailey, joining Fresno State and San Jose State. Bailey finished with 30 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks while Benicia won 10 games and was a North Coast Section Division III semifinalist. 
  • Clayton Valley Charter senior linebacker Dylan Seeley received a preferred walk-on offer from Western Oregon. Seeley, the MVP of the state championship game, totaled 75 tackles, one interception, one blocked field goal and one forced fumble as a junior. 
  • San Diego State was the latest offer for De La Salle junior cornerback and receiver Zeke Berry. Berry, who had 305 receiving yards last season, also holds offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State and Utah.

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