California has just landed the best offensive player on the nation's best high school baseball team.
After taking an official visit to Oregon, then unofficials to Cal State Fullerton and San Diego, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan corner infielder Quentin Selma spent this past weekend in Berkeley, and, on Monday, pulled the trigger and committed to California, joining Casey Slattery (who committed this weekend), as well as middle infielder Darren Baker, outfielder Sam Cachola, center fielder Connor Mack, big SoCal righty Michael Weisberg and shortstop Sam Wezniak as part of the 2017 recruiting class.
"I loved everything about Cal," said Selma, who has a 3.93 GPA. "The people that are there are really so genuine, and I think everybody's very intelligent there. It's easy to have conversations, campus is absolutely beautiful, the area around it is really bustling. It's really a nice pocket within the big city. It gives you opportunities to go over to San Francisco and have some fun, go see a Giants game like we did, or you can stay close to town. There are good places to eat. It was sweet. I liked it a lot.
"I loved the coaches, they're all really good dudes. I've heard good things about all of them. I like what the program is about. I went to a couple games this year, and the fans were really into it. They have a solid fan base. The education is absolutely amazing, as well."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1711382-go-premium-with-be... Projecting at third base, Selma has the tools to be a very special offensive talent. There are plenty of reasons why the Ducks and Titans were hard after him. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, he has a short, compact swing and will hit for average as well as enough power to be a middle-of-the-order bat around which the Bears can build.
"It was the swing," Selma said, of what attracted Cal. "I work the gaps, have a little bit of power, and I think I fit into the mold of what they're doing, offensively."
Selma played for a Buchanan team that went 30-1 overall, and won the national championship after winning 13 straight games to end the season, including the Central Section title against Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North, which finished three gams back of Buchanan in the Tri-River League. Hitting a blistering .443 with 43 hits, 29 runs scored, 29 RBIs, 10 doubles, five triples and four home runs, slugging a team-high .773 with a team-best 1.303 OPS, and playing in all 31 games, Selma was named the Tri-River League Offensive Player of the Year.
Selma also drew 12 walks, took a team-high seven HBPs and reached twice on errors, for a .530 on-base percentage. While he's not exceptionally fast, he did steal three bases on three attempts.
Beyond even that, he had a 1.31 ERA in 11 relief innings, with 16.0 innings pitched, with 17 strikeouts to eight walks and a .119 batting average against, trailing only Oregon State's top 2016 signee Grant Gambrell as Buchanan's best man on the mound. Gambrell, arguably, was Selma's only competition for the OPOY honors, hitting .363 with nine doubles, five home runs and 35 RBIs.
With all of that offense, though, it's easy to overlook Selma's defensive prowess. While he looks like a prototypical first baseman, he profiles his range, arm and defensive tools are going to play very well at third.
Another number that should open some eyes? His 3.93 GPA.
The official visit that sealed the deal for Selma started with dinner and a Friday night Giants game, and was followed by Saturday player-run batting practice (the Bears officially begin fall ball on Oct. 7). Selma had already been on an unofficial visit to Berkeley during the summer, right after the Bears offered, so he'd seen almost all of what there was to see.
He was surprised, however, to see another Clovis celebrity in 2018 quarterback Adrian Martinez, who was visiting after receiving his Cal offer last month.
"You run into other athletes, and Clovis West isn't too far from Buchanan, so we had some mutual friends," Selma said. "I think we're both pretty friendly guys, so I met him through a mutual friend, and I've seen him a couple times. We'd hung out a couple times, so it was good to talk to him. I knew he had an offer from Cal, but I didn't know he was going to be there."
Following the football team's win over No. 11 Texas, Selma got to go back and hang out with the Bears players, and his host, outfielder Jonah Davis. Davis, a former Nevada commit who hit the eject button when the Wolf Pack changed coaches, was unattached during the crucial June and July after his senior year, before finally finding a last-minute home with the Bears.
"One thing I really liked, he's honest," Selma said of Davis. "He told me everything that's going on, told me how good a guy that [pitching coach Thomas] Eager was, and [David] Esquer, and Flip (Brad Sanfilippo), talked to me about the approach, about team chemistry, what they're about. He was easy to talk to. He was a really great guy. I could tell he was a great guy just being around him for two days, and I really can't wait to play with him and the rest of those guys the next couple years. They're all really great dudes, and they all seem to be all about baseball, and that's what I'm definitely looking for."
While Selma wasn't quite as last-minute as Davis, a player of his caliber is rarely available this late in the recruiting cycle, during which players usually commit a year or two ahead of graduation.
"I really wanted to see all my options," Selma said. "I wanted to make sure that I was making the absolute right decision, so I wanted to see everywhere that I could. I wasn't trying to make any mistakes."
That said, he still wanted to wait just a day longer, after the visit, to be sure he wasn't pulling the trigger amid the afterglow
"I gave it a day to settle in," he said, "and talk to my parents about it. Then, I gave them a call today."