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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook

Bellarmine senior Griffin Waiss boasts five college offers.
Bellarmine senior Griffin Waiss boasts five college offers.

Bellarmine tight end picks PAC-12 school

A few weeks after receiving a preferred walk-on offer from Washington, Bellarmine senior tight end Griffin Waiss decided that was the school for him.

Waiss announced his commitment to the Huskies on Thursday, choosing the preferred walk-on route over a slew of offers from California Lutheran, Carleton, Linfield, Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound – all Division III schools.

In a previous interview with Waiss, whose GPA sits at a 4.0, he detailed his excitement with the more spread and RPO heavy scheme under the new coaching staff.

“I’m really excited because I know last year I think the scheme just made me primarily a blocker. I was primarily a run blocker, and that’s fun in its own sense,” Waiss said. “As a tight end, I really want to be a hybrid player. I want to get receptions, too, and I’m excited for this new scheme to get me the ball a little bit more often.”

Campolindo’s Max Weaver commits

Campolindo senior wide receiver and defensive back Maxwell Weaver’s college destination was selected on Monday, committing to an FCS program in Davidson.

Weaver, who was first offered by Davidson in March, was one of Campolindo’s top targets during the 2019 season. His 534 receiving yards were the second-most on the roster, while his six touchdown receptions led the way.

The Davidson pledge also had one interception in Campolindo’s 10-win season. 

Brickhandler’s offer list grows

Despite no games currently taking place yet, Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler continues to make a name for himself.

Brickhandler, who moved to Pittsburg early in the offseason after originally playing at Whitney High School in Rocklin, received an offer from Iowa Wesleyan out of the Division III level. The Iowa Wesleyan offer joins the likes of La Verne, Lawrence Tech, Rocky Mountain College, Saint Anselm.

The dual-threat quarterback ignited an incredible turnaround during his junior campaign at Whitney, throwing for 2,259 yards while rushing for another 743, guiding Whitney to a Sac-Joaquin Section title game appearance a year after the program failed to record a win.

Serra duo receives offers

Two Serra players brought in offers last week: 

  • Senior lineman Sioeli Helu was offered by Lafayette College, an FCS school in Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. Helu, a soon-to-be three-year varsity player whose career numbers include 35 tackles and four sacks, also boasts offers from Air Force, Army, Dartmouth, Fordham, Idaho, Montana State, Navy, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Sacramento State, Stetson and Yale.
  • Luther College, a Division III school in Iowa, offered senior linebacker Fynn Williams. Williams, who was one of the top performers at the first-ever Routes vs. Coverage Showcase in November, led Serra in tackles last season (71) in its run to Central Coast Section and Northern California crowns.

McPherson colleges offers trio of Bay Area players

Three Bay Area football players garnered offers from McPherson College out of the NAIA level: 

  • Skyline senior fullback/tight end Ian Prchlik announced his offer on Dec. 31. A varsity captain, Prchlik is also a star in the classroom and has a 4.3 cumulative GPA. His other offers are from Rose-Hulman and Whittier.
  • McPherson College was the first offer for South San Francisco senior center Luis Bernardino. Bernardino is a staple of South City football under Dion Evans, who said Bernardino’s sacrifice to move to the center position this offseason gave his team two extra wins this season.
  • St. Vincent de Paul senior quarterback Colby Furia was the third Bay Area athlete who hauled in a McPherson offer. Furia, a transfer from Cloverdale, has seen his recruitment pick up over the past six weeks, with offers pouring in from La Verne, Pacific and Willamette before McPherson College became offer No. 4.

Other offers

  • Doane University, an NAIA school in Nebraska, became the first program to offer Angelo Rodriguez senior receiver Anthony Homa. Homa moved to the Bay Area from the Buffalo region, where his 479 receiving yards as a junior at Grand Island High School ranked 66th in the state of New York.
  • New Mexico Highlands was offer No. 1 for Menlo-Atherton senior strong safety, outside linebacker and tight end Eric Stuart. Stuart’s 64 tackles ranked third on the Bears roster a year ago.

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