The California recruiting bonanza continued on Friday, as the Bears snagged their fifth commit of the week in Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic wide receiver Matt Laris.
At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Laris will play the Y-receiver spot, just like Logan Gamble, who committed earlier this week.
Laris, who committed after an unofficial visit this past weekend, is very fast, explosive, and dynamic with the ball in his hands.
Laris’s size isn’t the only big number on his resumé. With a 3.6 GPA, he’s a high-academic prospect, as well, with interest from Stanford and Penn.
“He’s not a 4.8 kid,” Eastside Catholic head coach Jeremy Thielbahr said of Laris. “We’re talking about a kid who is a legitimate 4.5, who can go up and get it. He’s great in space. I think he’s more dynamic than just a possession guy. He went against the number-one corner in the country last year and had a 90-yard reception. When you go up against a guy like that from Florida and you’re able to have that kind of production, I think he can play at the highest levels.”
It’s the second commit of the week for new inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler, who hauled in Gamble, as well, and the third receiving commit, including Drew Kobayashi.
To say that Laris was productive last season is an understatement. Laris hauled in 72 balls for 1,394 yards and 16 touchdowns – all team-highs. He also added 40 rushing yards and 10 passing yards for Eastside Catholic, which won the 3A Washington state title in a 35-15 rout of Bellvue.
With the commitment, Cal is now knocking on the door of the top 25 recruiting classes in the nation, at No. 28.