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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook: Sept. 20

Dominic Childress received his first Division I offer. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Dominic Childress received his first Division I offer. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

From an elite Bay Area runner committing to Duke to a freshman baseball player announcing his Pac-12 future, it was a monster week for high school athletics in the region. Here are some notes from recruiting over the past week in the Bay Area. 

Marin Catholic track star off to ACC

One of the nation’s top runners announced she will take her talents to the ACC.

Marin Catholic’s Sam Wallenstrom committed to Duke, a decision highlighting what has been a phenomenal high school career on the track. 

Wallenstrom was a state champion in 2019, with her time of 2:08.78 in the 800 meters claiming her the No. 1 spot in California during the 101st CIF State Track & Field Championships in Clovis.

During that state championship race, Wallenstrom also earned an award for sportsmanship after assisting a runner who fell.

De La Salle freshman commits

In just his first year of high school, De La Salle baseball outfielder Joe McGee found his home at the next level.

McGee committed to Arizona on Wednesday and will join a Wildcats progra, in a few years that has made two NCAA Tournament appearances since 2016 and most recently won a Pac-12 championship in 2012.

McGee’s talents will add to a De La Salle squad that has won four consecutive North Coast Section Division I crowns and finished as the No. 2 team in the country in 2019 by MaxPreps following a nearly perfect season (29-1).

Antioch lineman announces final three schools

Antioch senior defensive lineman Jailen Weaver selected his top three schools in the recruiting process Saturday.

Waver, tabbed as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 56 weakside defensive end in his class, declared that Indiana, Nebraska and Tennessee are his top three colleges – part of an offer list that also includes Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Fresno State, San Jose State, Texas A&M and Washington State.

As a junior at Antioch, Weaver recorded 46 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks.

Mountain House lineman receives first Division I offer

What has already been a major offseason for Mountain House 2021 defensive lineman Dominic Childress has turned into something even greater.

Childress was offered by Cal Poly on Tuesday, which marked his first offer from a Division I program. 

Childress has been one of the top performers at every showcase he has attended this offseason. After improving his 40-meter dash time by more than one second and shedding more than 40 pounds, Childress’ extensive offseason resume includes a Defensive Line MVP honor at the first Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase in July.

Cal Poly is entering its first season under head coach Beau Baldwin, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cal the past three years. Baldwin also led Eastern Washington to an FCS national title in 2010.

247Sports tabs Childress as a two-star prospect.

Offers roll in for East Bay players

De La Salle junior receiver/defensive back Zeke Berry added an offer from one of college football’s premier schools this week.

Oregon, which is coming off a 12-2 season and a Rose Bowl win in 2019, sent an offer Berry’s way Wednesday.

Berry shined as a sophomore for De La Salle, hauling in 12 catches for 305 yards and one touchdown – an average of 25.4 yards per catch in a run-heavy offensive attack – while helping the Spartans to their 28th straight North Coast Section title.

Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon State, San Jose State and Utah are the other offers for Berry.

A fellow East Bay Athletic League player, Livermore senior quarterback Shaun Smith, was offered by Lewis and Clark on Monday, which is his second offer to play college football following Whittier’s offer in June.

Smith and Livermore continue boosting their profile on the Bay Area high school football scene, recording their first season above .500 in the MaxPreps era (which dates back to 2004) with a 6-5 record while tying for second place in EBAL’s Valley Division.

Meanwhile, Skyline running back/defensive back Kweke Garth Jr. brought in his third offer, this time from Concordia in Chicago. That offer joins Trine and Whittier as his offer list thus far.

Garth rushed for 544 yards and recovered one fumble in 2019, playing a key role in Skyline’s run to a 9-3 record and a trip to the Silver Bowl – the Titans’ best season since winning nine games and a Silver Bowl title in 2004.

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