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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook: Oct. 18

Mountain House lineman committed to Cal Poly. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Mountain House lineman committed to Cal Poly. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Valley Christian tight end commits

Valley Christian junior tight end Sam Roush will stay close to home for his next venture.

Roush, one of the top five tight ends nationally in the 2022 class by 247Sports, committed to Stanford on Monday afternoon, becoming the first pledge in the 2022 recruiting class.

Roush, who finished with 175 receiving yards on 11 catches while guiding Valley Christian to a league title and a runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section Division I championship game, picked Stanford over offers from Arizona State, Cal, Duke and USC, among others.

Stanford’s roster also features another Bay Area tight end in Livermore graduate Bradley Archer, who was a three-time all-league selection in the East Bay Athletic League and is now entering his second season as a part of the Cardinal football program.

The Cardinal are known as “Tight End U” and have produced countless NFL players at the position, including 2018 Super Bowl champion Zach Ertz, and boast the most NFL Draft selections at the position of any school in the country over the past decade (eight).

Mountain House lineman makes history

Mountain House senior defensive lineman Dominic Childress etched his name in the record books this week.

Childress celebrated his Cal Poly commitment last weekend, becoming the first football player in school history – Mountain House High School opened its doors in 2014 – to commit to a Division I university.

This offseason has been an incredible one for Childress, whose 40-yard dash time has improved by 1.4 seconds (6.7 to 5.3 seconds), along with shedding more than 40 pounds and adding the Cal Poly offer in September before ultimately committing this week. He was also named the Defensive Line MVP at the first Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase in July.

Tamalpais water polo star commits

A pair of standout Tamalpais athletes are off to the next level.

Senior water polo sensation Abby Moll, who is only entering her third year competing in the sport and has been a varsity player ever since, committed to UC San Diego. Moll and Tamalpais won a California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Division III title her junior year.

Tamalpais also came away with a North Coast Section Division II crown in 2019.

Offers pile on for Bellarmine back

Offers No. 5 and 6 came in for Bellarmine senior running back Joaquin Moreno on Monday.

Moreno, entering his third year as a varsity player, was offered by Pacific and Whittier, a pair of NCAA Division III schools. Other offers for Moreno include Cal Lutheran, Kenyon, Puget Sound and Rose-Hulman.

Last season, Moreno finished with a team-high seven rushing touchdowns and averaged 5.6 yards per carry as Bellarmine qualified for the Central Coast Section playoffs.

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