Monday, January 08, 2007

SF Chronicle: Top SI lineman chooses to play at Cal

Mitch Stephens, Chronicle Staff Writer

Matt Summers-Gavin couldn't wait.  The St. Ignatius lineman announced his commitment to Cal on Friday, a day before today's U.S. Army All-Star game in San Antonio.  Summers-Gavin, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound senior who was ranked the top Northern California recruit at any position before the season by, made the West roster but won't play because of a high left ankle sprain.  But the fast, physical lineman is in San Antonio for the festivities. Many of the players make the announcement during the nationally televised game, but Summers-Gavin couldn't contain his excitement.

He told The Chronicle by phone Friday he called Cal coach Jeff Tedford on Christmas with the news.  Summers-Gavin, ranked the state's eighth best recruit overall and No. 11 nationally among tackles, picked Cal over Notre Dame.  "It was just the perfect fit," Summers-Gavin said. "The program is just getting better and better, coach Tedford runs a great program, I have a great relationship with the offensive line coach (Jim Michalczik) and the academic opportunities are excellent."  He helped lead the Wildcats to a 10-2-1 season, a West Catholic Athletic League co-championship and first Central Coast Section title with a 35-20 victory over Los Gatos on Dec. 1.  

-- Versatile Milpitas senior Brandon Carswell, a first-team All-Metro utility player, announced his commitment to USC this week.  The 6-2, 185-pounder, who led Milpitas to its first CCS title by accounting for more than 3,200 yards and 33 touchdowns as a running quarterback, picked the Trojans over Cal.

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