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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook

Kole White goes through drills during an El Cerrito practice on Oct. 21, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Kole White goes through drills during an El Cerrito practice on Oct. 21, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Bishop O’Dowd athletes commits to Lehigh

Bishop O’Dowd senior athlete Harrison Jenkins will play Division I football.

Jenkins committed to Lehigh University, an FCS school in Bethlehem, PA, on Thursday, choosing Lehigh over offers from Carnegie Mellon, Davidson, San Diego, Southern Oregon and Valparaiso. 

Lehigh went 4-7 in the first season under Tom Gilmore in 2019.

Former Dublin multi-sport athlete makes college decision

Class of 2020 Dublin athlete Nick Costello committed to UC San Diego to play baseball on Wednesday.

Costello starred in football, basketball and baseball for the Gaels. He was a First Team All-East Bay Athletic League Valley at receiver, defensive back and as a specialist, along with honorable mention nod in basketball this past season during Dublin’s run to a runner-up finish in the North Coast Section Open Division.

Reeder picks Stanford football

St. Ignatius outside linebacker Duke Reeder committed and signed to Stanford as a preferred walk-on in football.

Reeder, also a lacrosse standout, will join a Stanford program under Davis Shaw that has won two Rose Bowls since 2012 – including the most recent one in the 2015 season.

St. Ignatius went 9-3 this past year and split a West Catholic Athletic League title with Serra and Valley Christian.

Valley Christian pack brings in offers

Four Valley Christian football players added offers last week: 

  • Senior defensive end Max Dickson Jr. was offered by McPherson College. Dickson has 53 career tackles in two years as a Valley Christian varsity player.
  • Senior defensive back Andi Etok was offered by Pacific University. Etok transferred to Valley Christian after playing at Oak Grove, where he helped the program to a Central Coast Section runner-up finish in 2019.
  • Senior receiver Charlie Kinne received a preferred walk-on offer from San Jose State, which recorded a perfect 6-0 regular season and is nationally ranked at No. 24 in the Associated Press Poll. Kinne transferred to Valley Christian after being a do-it-all player at Los Altos.
  • Senior offensive/defensive lineman William Wright hauled in a La Verne offer, which was his fourth offer next to Carthage, Pacific and Whittier.

McPherson sends out numerous offers

McPherson College, an NAIA school in Kansas, offered a slew of Bay Area prospects over the past few days: 

  • El Cerrito senior receiver/defensive back Kole White. White finished with six touchdowns (five offensively and one an interception returned to the house) as a junior.
  • Justin-Siena senior quarterback Hudson Beers. Beers shined his junior campaign, throwing for 2,942 yards and 30 touchdowns – his 2,924 passing yards ranked 44th in California, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.
  • Marin Catholic defensive end/long snapper Joe Rafter. Concordia Wisconsin, George Fox, Nichols, Pacific, The Catholic University of America and Whittier are Rafter’s other offers.
  • San Marin senior tight end/defensive end Shawn Arnold. Culver-Stockton is the other offer for Arnold, who is also a basketball and volleyball player. 
  • St. Francis senior defensive lineman Antonio Vakameilalo. Eastern New Mexico, Northwestern St. Paul and Whittier are the three other offers for Vakameilalo, who is coming off a 26-tackle 2019 season. 

Offers across the Bay Area

  • Heritage senior offensive lineman Vicente Hughes’ third offer came from Jamestown, adding to an offer sheet that includes Concordia and Puget Sound.
  • Fresno State was the first offer for Jesse Bethel junior athlete Simeon Harris. Harris tallied a league-high eight picks his sophomore year. 
  • Kennedy-Richmond senior offensive/defensive lineman Jaylen McDaniel’s first offer was from Clarke University in Iowa. McDaniel and Kennedy came within three points of winning a North Coast Section Division VI title, and the program’s 11 wins were its most in the MaxPreps era, which dates back to 2004.
  • Mountain View senior receiver/defensive back Ryan Cambouris earned his third offer this past week from Wooster College, joining Linfield and Puget Sound. Cambouris has 154 career receiving yards and three interceptions in two varsity seasons at Mountain View.
  • New Mexico State offered Serra senior lineman Sioeli Helu, who is a soon-to-be three-year varsity player and whose career statistics include 35 tackles and four sacks, including Central Coast Section and Northern California titles in 2019. Other offers for Helu include Air Force, Army, Dartmouth, Fordham, Idaho, Montana State, Navy, Northern Arizona, Sacramento State, Stetson and Yale. 
  • Black Hills State became the first offer for Serra senior receiver/defensive back David Silk after registering 106 receiving yards and one interception when the Padres won 13 games and appeared in a state championship game in 2019.
  • Offer No. 7 for Woodside defensive end Cody Bowers was from Lewis & Clark. Bowers, who had 43 tackles and six sacks through six games last season before suffering a knee injury, also holds offers from George Fox, Lincoln, Pacific, Puget Sound, Whittier and Whitworth.

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