San Ramon Valley High senior-to-be Matt Winaker recently made an oral commitment to Stanford for baseball, but he's also vying for the starting quarterback spot on the Wolves football team.
He seems poised for a memorable school year after fulfilling a major goal in the summer.
"I'm thrilled," Winaker said of choosing the Cardinal. "It's kind of always been my dream to play college baseball, and I also take my studies at school very seriously, so Stanford is a great place to pursue my baseball career and get a great education."
Winaker's parents attended Stanford, but they would have been happy no matter what school he selected, he said.
Winaker, who had a 4.17 grade point average as a junior, also received interest from UC Santa Barbara, Utah, UC Davis, William & Mary (Va.), and Ivy League schools.
He got a chance to interact with Stanford baseball coaches, and get noticed, when he participated in an "extra hacks" hitting camp in November-December at Stanford, he said.
The Farm sort of feels like home to his family.
"I've been going to Stanford football games, basically, my whole life, so I've been around Stanford long before baseball was even an option," Winaker said. "I always thought Stanford was a very cool place."
San Ramon Valley baseball coach Chris de Clercq and Wolves football coach Mark Kessler think highly of Winaker -- a model student-athlete who carried a 4.17 grade point average as a junior.
He also batted .338 last season with a team-high 25 hits as a first baseman/outfielder.
"He's a good kid, obviously," de Clercq said. "Very intelligent, good player, our No. 3 hitter all year."
Winaker says he's made a lot of progress the last couple of years in baseball, but added that "I'm not where I want to be."
Looking ahead to varsity football, Winaker is eagerly preparing by participating in passing leagues and weight lifting, etc. Last fall, he backed up quarterback Cameron Birse, who is now at Arkansas State, in a Wolves program known for quality signal-callers, such as Cal's Zach Kline and Boise State's Joe Southwick.
"I'm very excited," Winaker said of the football team's prospects. "I think it will be a great year. We have a great group of guys and have great team chemistry."
Winaker will follow ex-San Ramon Valley pitcher John Hochstatter to Stanford. The sophomore left-hander had a 3-3 record last season with a 3.88 earned run average.