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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook

Jaron Leaks practices at Vacaville Christian on Jan. 13, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Jaron Leaks practices at Vacaville Christian on Jan. 13, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Amador Valley athlete makes Division I commitment

Amador Valley senior receiver and defensive back Josh Heverly committed to a Division I university, announcing he will soon attend the University of San Diego in the FCS.

Heverly committed to San Diego over numerous other offers, including Air Force and Morehead State – both of which are also Division I programs.

At Amador Valley, Heverly is a standout in every which way, earning himself first team honors at both receiver and defensive back as a junior after going for 716 receiving yards, 25 tackles and four interceptions in the Dons’ special 2019 season that featured an East Bay Athletic League Valley Division title.

Leaks announces college destination

Vacaville Christian senior receiver Jaron Leaks put an end to his recruitment Monday evening.

Leaks committed to Western Oregon, a Division II school whose most previous season in 2019 ended with a 7-4 record. Leaks chose Western Oregon over offers from the Georgia Knights Prep Academy, La Verne, Lawrence Tech, Pacific, UC Davis, Valley City State and Whittier.

Despite injury last year, Leaks tore apart opponents in an incredible campaign for Vacaville Christian, improving its win total from one in 2018 to seven in 2019 – along with a Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII semifinals appearance – as Leaks tallied 395 receiving yards and 40 tackles.

Clayton Valley lineman picks Cal Poly

Clayton Valley Charter senior offensive lineman Tyler Charbonneau committed to Cal Poly just two weeks following a preferred walk-on offer from the coaching staff.

Charbonneau and the Ugly Eagles provided a masterful postseason a year ago, following up a 5-5 record against a daunting East Bay Athletic League schedule with five straight wins and a state championship. 

Marin Catholic duo caps recruiting process

Two Marin Catholic football players committed to the next level.

Senior linebacker Jared Lyon committed to the College of Idaho, picking the College of Idaho over an October offer from Rocky Mountain College.

Fellow senior, lineman Cameron Taylor, committed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Granada baseball star is off to Pac-12

Granada sophomore left-handed pitcher and first baseball Josh Morano pledged to a Pac-12 school on Friday.

Morano picked the University of Arizona, a program that has made two College World Series appearances since 2012.

Bay Area offers: 

  • Bellarmine senior defensive end and outside linebacker Russell McKeever received an offer from Adolphus College. It marked his third offer next to Linfield and Pacific.
  • Benicia junior defensive back and receiver Croix Stewart notched his third Division I offer from Colorado State. All three of Stewart’s offers hail from Mountain West schools – Colorado State, Fresno State and San Jose State.
  • El Cerrito senior defensive back Mark Edwards got his first offer from Clarke.
  • Foothill senior receiver and defensive back Keijon Simpkins was offered by Pacific, marking his first offer on the recruiting trail. Simpkins and Foothill won six games in 2019 and advanced to the North Coast Section Division II semifinals.
  • Liberty senior receiver Biz Reifel’s first offer came in from Culver-Stockton. Reifel, a Freedom transfer, finished with 198 receiving yards and two touchdowns for Freedom as a junior. 
  • Livermore senior tight end Matthew Polaski got an offer from Pacicic Lutheran, joining Carthage, Clarke Lake Erie, McMurry, McPherson College, Pacific, Whittier and William Jewell. Polaski had 45 catches for 460 yards and seven touchdowns en route to All-EBAL honors in 2019, keying Livermore’s remarkable season to its first winning record in the MaxPreps era, which dates back to 2004. 
  • Oak Grove senior running back and linebacker Elias Herrera brought in an Iowa Wesleyan offer just five days after a star showing at the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, when he totaled 66 yards offensively and was named the West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week. Herrera had 60-plus tackles, eight tackles for loss, four caused fumbles and two interceptions as a junior at Oak Grove.
  • A second Division I offer came in for Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler, this time from Presbyterian. Brickhandler, who received a University of San Diego offer last week, has an impressive resume that include 3,002 total yards and 26 touchdowns a s junior at Rocklin’s Whitney High School while also being named the first-ever West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week earlier this month.
  • Pittsburg senior athlete Bryant Anthony Weekly’s latest offer was from Dixie State, which tags alongside FBS offer in Florida Atlantic, Fresno State and Utah State. Weekly recorded 37 tackles and two interceptions at Freedom last season.
  • St. Francis senior lineman Antonio Vakameilalo brought in a Missouri Valley College offer. Vakameilalo’s other offers include Eastern New Mexico, McPherson, Northwestern St. Paul and Whittier.
  • Vacaville Christian junior defensive lineman Zack Mercado’s first collegiate offer came from La Verne. Mercado was an unstoppable force his sophomore year, registering 119 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles while earning the region’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

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