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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook: Oct. 11

Austin Flax committed to Drake earlier this month. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Austin Flax committed to Drake earlier this month. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Cal lands massive O’Dowd hoops commitment

Bishop O’Dowd senior guard Marsalis Roberson became the latest Dragon to take his talents to Berkeley.

Roberson, tabbed as a four-star prospect by multiple recruiting outlets, picked Cal as his college destination over a top four that included Cincinnati, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara.

As a junior, Roberson and Bishop O’Dowd went a perfect 10-0 in league play, won a North Coast Section Open Division title over Dublin and qualified for the Northern California Open Division championship game before that and the remainder of the postseason was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent Bishop O’Dowd players to play at Cal are Paris Austin, who transferred in from Boise State and just graduated, and Ivan Rabb, a former five-star now who led the Dragons to a 2015 state title.

Valley Christian tight end sets decision date

Valley Christian junior tight end Sam Roush is slated to pick his college destination this week,

Roush, tabbed as a four-star prospect and the No. 5 tight end nationally in the 2022 class by 247Sports, announced on social media that he will commit at 9 a.m. Monday.

The offer list expands all across the country for Roush, including from Cal, North Carolina, Stanford, UCLA and USC. 

Roush tallied 175 receiving yards on 11 catches in 2019, helping Valley Christian to an 11-2 record, a West Catholic Athletic League crown and a spot in the Central Coast Section Division I championship game.

Big offseasons continue for Flax, Thomas, Leaks

Some of the region’s top performers this offseason added to their offer lists during the week.

Mountain View senior wide receiver Austin Flax hauled in an offer from Stetson, which was his 12th offer and came a little less than a month after Drake sent an offer his way on Sept. 16.

Flax has been a do-it-all stanford for Mountain View during his high school career. He caught 42 passes for 849 yards and nine touchdowns his junior year to help the Spartans to a 7-4 record, adding three interceptions, 330 kick return yards and punting the ball 25 times for 790 yards.

At the first Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase in July, Flax was named the Offensive MVP and the Wide Receiver MVP.

Menlo-Atherton senior defensive back Skyler Thomas, like Flax, has garnered offseason recognition as he was named the Defensive Back MVP at the second installment of the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase over Labor Day weekend.

UC Davis offered Thomas during the week, becoming the third offer for the three-star recruit and joining Northern Arizona and UNLV as his three offers thus far.

Another top performer over the past few months, Vacaville Christian senior athlete Jaron Leaks, is experiencing similar success recently.

Leaks, who finished with 395 receiving yards, 40 tackles and one interception in nine games as a junior, was offered by La Verne. The school joins the likes of UC Davis, Pacific and Whittier.

Leaks has played an instrumental part in Vacaville Christian’s rise as a football program, bringing them from a one-win season in 2018 to a 7-5 campaign in 2019 and a trip to the section semifinals.

Top Bay Area linebacker offered by Pacific Lutheran

One of the country’s leading linebackers statistically brought in another offer to play college football.

Pacific Lutheran offered Rancho Cotate senior Mihalis Santorineos, marking his sixth offer next to Colby, Pacific, Puget Sound, Rose-Hulman and Whittier.

Santorineos produced one of the most electrifying junior campaigns of any high schooler in 2019 during Rancho Cotate’s run to a California Interscholastic Federation Division 3-A Northern California title, recording 237 tackles, six fumble recoveries and four sacks.

Bay Area duo gets first offers

Three Bay Area football players – Miles Bailey and Dawson Brown – earned their first college offers this week.

Fresno State was the first school to offer Bailey, a class of 2022 defensive end/tight end at Benicia, and San Jose State did so two days after that. Bailey shined as a sophomore for Benicia, registering 30 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks in its 10-2 season.

Brown, a senior offensive guard at Marin Catholic, also received his first offer – this one coming from the College of Idaho. Brown and Marin Catholic won a Marin County League championship in 2019 and advanced to the North Coast Section Division IV championship game.

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