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Bay Area Recruiting Notebook

Pittsburg quarterback Eli Brickhandler competes at the Grit Grind Hustle Showcase on Oct. 31, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Pittsburg quarterback Eli Brickhandler competes at the Grit Grind Hustle Showcase on Oct. 31, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Antioch football standout off to Big Ten

Antioch senior defensive end Jailen Weaver will take his talents to one of college football’s top programs historically.

Weaver – a member of the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps – committed to Nebraska on Saturday, choosing the Cornhuskers over a top three that included Indiana and Tennessee.

One of the elite players at his position nationally, Weaver accumulated 46 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks when he was a junior.

Local baseball commitments

Heritage senior pitcher Felix Dominguez announced his college intentions Tuesday.

Dominguez committed to Minot State, A Division II university in North Dakota whose baseball program was 8-6 this year before COVID-19 canceled the remainder of the schedule.

Dominguez was 1-0 in three appearances his junior year as Heritage compiled a perfect 4-0 record.

Another baseball commitment in the region came from Drake junior infielder Jonas Salk, who committed to Portland on Friday.

Salk has spent the first two years of his high school career at the varsity level, hitting .257 with 12 RBI and eight stolen bases as a freshman before registering in RBI in four games as a sophomore.

Brickhandler adds pair of offers

Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler added two new offers over the past week.

Brickhandler, who moved to Pittsburg after starring at Whitney High School in Rocklin, was offered by Rocky Mountain College and Saint Anselm – the former an NAIA school in Montana and the latter a Division II program in New Hampshire. His first collegiate offer came from La Verne in February.

As a junior at Whitney last season, Brickhandler helped lead a remarkable turnaround for the football team, leading them to a Sac-Joaquin Section championship game appearance after going winless the year prior. Brickhandler showcased his dual-threat abilities all year, throwing for 2,259 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for another 743 yards and eight scores.

Rocky Mountain College recruiting Bay Area

Like Brickhandler, a plethora of Bay Area football players earned their way to offers from Rocky Mountain College.

Pittsburg receiver Matthew Quesada joined the list of athletes to announce an offer from Rocky Mountain College. Quesada, a transfer from Freedom, led Freedom in both receiving yards (853) and receiving touchdowns (eight) in 2019.

Fellow Bay Valley Athletic league receiver DeNiro Killian Jr., entering his senior campaign at Freedom, also brought in a Rocky Mountain College offer. Killian Jr. caught 35 passes for 549 yards and two scores last season.

Vacaville star adds Cal Poly to list

Vacaville tight end/linebacker Michael Otterstedt’s third Division I opportunity presented itself Thursday.

Otterstedt added Cal Poly to his offer list, which follows up other Division I offers from Davidson and Montana. Cal Poly recently hired Beau Baldwin, a former national championship winning coach at Eastern Washington, to be its newest football coach.

With Otterstedt, Vacaville went 8-3 in 2019 and captured a Monticello Empire League crown. Otterstedt finished with 184 receiving yards and 43 tackles.

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