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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook: Sept. 27

Skyler Thomas was offered by Northern Arizona. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Skyler Thomas was offered by Northern Arizona. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Marin Catholic soccer player commits

Marin Catholic girls soccer player Taylor Martin will stay in Northern California for the next part of her journey.

The Wildcats senior forward, also a member of Marin FC, committed to UC Davis, joining former Marin Catholic defender Rachel Dougherty, who is a freshman for the Aggies.

Martin and Marin Catholic advanced to the North Coast Section Division IV semifinals this past season.

Local football stars pick colleges

A pair of South Bay football players decided where they will continue their football careers.

Serra class of 2021 linebacker Eric Myers was the first football commitment of the week, picking Oberlin College as his college destination Wednesday.

Myers and Serra accomplished remarkable feats together during Myers’ junior campaign, with the Padres going 13-2 overall and winning Central Coast Section and Northern California titles before a runner-up finish in the Division I-A state championship game.

As a sophomore, Myers and Serra tallied a 7-5 record and were CCS semifinalists.

Leland senior Siddhant Thadani pledged to the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday afternoon.

Thadani tallied 400-plus receiving yards his junior year while Leland made a run to the CCS Division V championship game.

Mitty baseball star picks UC San Diego

Mitty senior Matthew Halbach announced his commitment to UC San Diego on Tuesday.

Through five games his junior season before the remainder of the schedule was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halbach had a .500 batting average, six RBI and three doubles while Mitty was a perfect 5-0 and outsourcing opponents 44-6.

Halbach also registered one scoreless inning on the mound.

Menlo-Atherton defensive back adds offer

Menlo-Atherton senior defensive back Skyler Thomas saw his second offer come in just two weeks after a strong showing at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase.

Thomas, named the Defensive Back MVP at the Bay Area Top 100 Showcase, was offered by Northern Arizona, joining UNLV as his two offers thus far. 

Thomas garnered a three-star ranking by 247Sports and is the No. 178 cornerback nationally in the 2021 class.

Moreau linebacker sets decision date

Moreau Catholic senior linebacker Kaleb Elams-Orr will select his next destination on Oct. 3.

Elams-Orr, who is a four-star prospect by 247Sports and one of the top 205 players in the 2021 class, is down to Cal and Colorado as his top two schools to play at collegiately.

The Mariners went 8-4 with Elams-Orr on the roster in 2019 and were NCS Division V semifinalists.

Fellow Moreau Catholic standout, Nikko Reed, committed to Colorado on Sept. 2.

Mountain House’s Childress caps high school career

Following a dominant offseason, Mountain House senior defensive lineman Dominic Childress announced part of what his  future holds.

Childress will not play his final season of high school football, as he is ahead 30 credits and on track to graduate in December – just before the regular season is slated to begin for what is now the 2021 spring calendar in January.

A little over a week ago, Childress – who has lost more than 40 pounds this offseason and improved his 40-yard dash time from 6.7 seconds to 5.3 seconds – received his first Division I offer from Cal Poly, which is welcoming in former Eastern Washington national title winning coach and Cal assistant Beau Baldwin as the new leader of its program.

In July, Childress was named the Defensive Line MVP at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase.

St. Francis players have special recruiting week

Two St. Francis football players celebrated momentous days during the week.

Nevada became the first Division I program to offer junior linebacker/tight end Clayton Lynam, who finished with 30 tackles, three tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hurries while helping the Lancers to a Central Coast Section Division I playoff berth.

Under head coach Jay Norvell, Nevada has won seven-plus games each of the past two years and played in two consecutive bowl games – including an Arizona Bowl overtime victory over Arkansas State in 2018.

Fellow Lancer, senior offensive lineman Hudson Mesa, hauled in an offer from Puget Sound, adding to an offer list that features Kenyon, Lake Erie, Linfield, Whittier and Whitworth.

Mesa was an an all-league selection as a junior in the Lancers’ run to the section playoffs.

Three offers roll in for Bellarmine’s Waiss

It was a tremendous week in every sense of the word for Bellarmine senior tight end/linebacker Griffin Waiss.

Three offers to play collegiately came in for Waiss during the week, with California Lutheran, Carleton College and Linfield all sending offers his way in a 24-hour span on Monday and Tuesday.

There is a lot of excitement for Waiss – tabbed as a two-star prospect and the No. 172 tight end in the 2021 class by 247Sports – in Bellarmine’s new system under first-year head coach Jalal Beauchman and company. 

Colleges pour in opportunities for more Bay Area athletes

Throughout the week, colleges from all over sent offers the way of more Bay Area football players.

Freedom lineman Caleb Hunter’s sixth offer was from Pacific University, coming off the heels of a junior season when he recorded 63 tackles, 14 tackles for loss – the second-most on the roster – and five sacks. 

Meanwhile, Bishop O’Dowd senior wide receiver/tight end Ben Martin reveled in a big day Tuesday, as California Lutheran – a program with 18 playoff appearances and 20 conference titles in its storied history – became his first offer.

Salesian 2021 tight end Elijah Satcher’s third Division I offer came from Lafayette on Wednesday. Cal Poly and Lehigh have also offered Satcher, whose play as a junior played an integral role in Salesian’s Division 6-A state title.

Menlo senior receiver/defensive back Chris d’Alencon joined the fray of offers, as Trinity College offered him Wednesday. His offer list also includes Carleton College and Grinnell.

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