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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook: Oct. 4

Luke Harris was Piedmont's leading scorer last season. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Basketball
Luke Harris was Piedmont's leading scorer last season. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Basketball

Top Moreau Catholic linebacker stays close to home

Moreau Catholic four-star linebacker Kaleb Elarms-Orr won’t drift far away for his college football career.

Elarms-Orr, tabbed as the No. 205 player nationally in the 2021 class by 247Sports, announced on social media Saturday that he is taking his talents to Cal, beating out Colorado – which was one of his final two schools in addition to Cal.

Elarms-Orr and Moreau Catholic went 8-4 in 2019 and advanced to the North Coast Section Division V semifinals.

Cal is coming off an 8-5 campaign under Justin Wilcox last season, marking its best record since also going 8-5 in 2015.

Piedmont hoops star commits

Piedmont senior boys basketball standout Luke Harris announced where he will play at the next level.

Harris committed to Carleton College on Friday, coming off the heels of a dominant junior campaign when he averaged a team-high 18.6 points per game during Piedmont’s incredible run on the court.

Piedmont ended up with a 24-6 overall record and won a North Coast Section Division IV title for the program’s first-ever section crown. 

SRV lacrosse sensation announces college destination

A premier San Ramon Valley boys lacrosse player committed to one of the premier college lacrosse programs.

Charlie Iler, a class of 2022 midfielder, made his commitment to Johns Hopkins, a program steeped in success throughout its storied history. Johns Hopkins has made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances, has won nine national titles at the NCAA level and 29 Final Four trips at the NCAA level.

Vanden player locks in baseball commitment

Vanden junior pitcher/catcher Isaac Zaldivar will play Division I baseball close by.

Zaldivar, who hit. 462 with four RBIs as a sophomore in four games in addition to his nine strikeouts on the mound, committed to St. Mary’s.

Zaldivar also made numerous appearances as a freshman at the varsity level for Vanden in 2019, notching a .265 batting average. 

Oakland athletes receive slew of offers

It was a massive week for Oakland athletes on the recruiting trail.

Three different Skyline players – running back/defensive back Kweke Garth Jr., safety Julian Jackson and wide receiver Byron Williams – all earned opportunities to play at the next level over the past seven days.

Garth, coming off a 544-yard rushing performance in 2019 while helping the Titans to their best season since 2004, was offered by Pacific University last Sunday. It marked his fourth offer, joining Concordia Chicago, Trine and Whittier.

Jackson, a fellow class of 2021 player, hauled in two separate offers during the week from Concordia Chicago and Pacific. Jackson also has an offer from Trine and recorded 36 tackles and two interceptions in Skyline’s 9-3 season in 2019.

Williams, like Garth, was offered by Pacific on the same day as his teammate and adds to an offer list that includes Trine and Whittier. Williams finished with 244 receiving yards and three touchdowns last year.

Bishop O’Dowd also featured a player who brought in a college football offer, as Pacific offered senior tight end/defensive end Sipili Fonua.

Offers roll in for Livermore duo 

Two Livermore players added to their impressive resumes.

Senior tight end Matthew Polaski brought in two offers, which came from Lake Erie and William Jewell to bolster an offer sheet that also has Carthage, Clarke, McMurry and Whittier on it. Polaski shined in 2019, catching 45 passes for 460 yards and seven touchdowns en route to first team all-league honors while Livermore recorded its first winning season in more than a decade.

Senior linebacker Eli Nuddleman, another all-league selection after registering 120.5 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks as a junior, was offered by Puget Sound. Whittier sent an offer to Nuddleman in June.

Strong offseason continues for Bellarmine tight end

More notoriety keeps on coming for Bellarmine senior tight Griffin Waiss during this extended offseason.

Pacific Lutheran became the fifth school to offer Waiss and the fourth to in the last week, as California Lutheran, Carleton and Linfield all offered Waiss during a 24-hour span last week. Puget Sound is his other offer.

Waiss and the Bells are excited for the 2021 season to roll around and watch Waiss excel in a new college-style system under coach Jalal Beauchman.

Heritage athlete adds college opportunity

Heritage senior running back/defensive back Hanai Muhammad hauled in an offer from Pacific on Friday.

Pacific is just the latest school hoping to add Muhammad to its roster, with Linfield and Concordia Chicago offering him back in August.

Muhammad finished with 441 all-purpose yards as a junior – 218 rushing, 95 receiving and 128 return – while picking off two passes. 

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