There are no fewer than five high schools in California named after Junipero Serra, and while the one in San Mateo, Calif., produces its fair share of baseball players (Cal's Tony Renda, home run king Barry Bonds, Jim Fregosi) and football players (Tom Brady, Lynn Swann), and the one in Gardena, Calif., has produced such recent football stars as the Bears' Jason Gibson and the USC duo of Marqise Lee and George Farmer, the Serra of the Month this month, as far as Cal is concerned, is JSerra, in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
On Wednesday, the Bears basketball staff offered 2016 standout Jayce Johnson, and just over a week earlier, the Cal football staff offered Lions offensive tackle Luke Wattenberg.
"They offered me last Monday," Wattenberg told BearTerritory. "They like who I am off the field as much as on the field – in the classroom, and stuff like that."
Wattenberg boasts a 3.7 GPA, and a "nasty" disposition on the field, according to what offensive line coach Zach Yenser told the 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman.
"I called him about a week before, and he came to my school, then he offered me after watching me at practice," Wattenberg said. "I think he likes how I play nasty, with quick feet and he likes how long I am."
Given that he still has two years to grow, the Bears like Wattenberg potentially as a tackle, but also as a guard.
"I really like them because, at JSerra, we run the same offense as Cal," Wattenberg said. "We've got all of our schemes and techniques from Cal, so we're very similar. It's a big program, and it's just exciting."
The offer from the Bears was Wattenberg's first, but is almost assuredly not his last.
"I got one on Saturday from Oregon State, as well," Wattenberg said. "I love the Beavers, as well. It's a great school."
BYU has been sniffing around, as well, and invited Wattenberg to its team camp this summer. Wattenberg also wants to come up to Berkeley for the Bears' camp.
This coming weekend, Wattenberg is slated to compete in the CIF Prelims in the discus and shot put. His personal best in the discus is 172 feet, 1 inch, and he also has a 53-feet, 7-inch shot put personal record.
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