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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook

Mountain View receiver Austin Flax had more than 1,000 all-purpose yards as a junior. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Mountain View receiver Austin Flax had more than 1,000 all-purpose yards as a junior. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Mountain View receiver is Division I bound

One of the region’s top athletes will play Division I college football next season.

Mountain View senior receiver Austin Flax committed to Drake on Friday morning, picking the FCS program in Iowa over an offer sheet that included 10-plus other schools.

Flax shined as a junior for the Spartans, finishing with 849 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in their successful 7-4 season. But Flax also made a mark in every other phase of the game, tallying three interceptions, 330 kick return yards and then punting 25 times for 790 yards.

This offseason, Flax has been one of the top performers, highlighted by an Offensive and Wide Receiver MVP nod at the first Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase in July.

Flax is also a standout in track and field, registering marks of 21’10” in the long jump, a 37’6” triple jump, a 42’5” throw in the shot put (10 lb.) and a 69’1” discuss, per Athletic.net.

Two East Bay football players commit

A pair of football players out of the East Bay committed over the past week.

Cal senior offensive lineman Charlie Reynolds and Campolindo offensive tackle Jelani Matai Bell are each off to play at the next level, with Reynolds pledging to Azusa Pacific and Bell to Army.

Reynolds, who helped Cal to a 7-4 record in 2019 and a spot in the North Coast Section playoffs, picked Azusa Pacific over offers from Cal Poly, Dartmouth, Occidental, San Diego and UC Davis.

Bell, part of a Campolindo team that went 10-3 a year ago and was the NCS Division II runner-up, also held offers from Northern Arizona, Sacramento State and Wyoming.

Marin Catholic commitment

Marin Catholic senior defensive lineman Kai Peterson-Davison will stay close to home for his college football journey.

Peterson-Davison committed to San Jose State on Saturday, adding to a program that is amidst its best stretch in decades. The Spartans are 3-0 for the first time since 1982.

UCLA in the cards for young De La Salle pitcher/outfielder

Just a sophomore, De La Salle pitcher/right fielder Cal Randall announced his commitment to one of the Pac-12’s top baseball programs.

Randall is heading to UCLA in three years, joining a school whose baseball roster has featured another De La Salle player in recent years – pitcher Justin Hooper, who won two NCS championships as a Spartan and is currently in the Kansas City Royals’ organization.

UCLA has won two Pac-12 titles and appeared in four NCAA Tournaments since 2015. The Bruins most recently won a national title in 2013.

Whittier offers Marin Catholic lineman

Another offer came in for Marin Catholic senior long snapper/defensive end Joe Rafter, this time from Whittier.

Whittier adds to a list of offers that includes George Fox and The Catholic University of America.

Rafter and Marin Catholic compiled a remarkable campaign in 2019, going 11-2 overall and advancing to the North Coast Section championship game.

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