Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley has been fruitful for California, providing the Bears with their top-tier quarterback, Zach Kline, in the class of 2012.
And it was when the Bears coaches went to watch Kline throw a year ago that kicker Matt Anderson caught their eye.
“They first saw me when they came out to watch Zack and they liked what they saw,” said Anderson. “So I went to their kicking camp, and I came back and competed against another guy, and won the field goal circuit, and went 10-for-11, and they offered me that day.”
It didn’t take Anderson much time to jump on the offer from the Bears.
“I needed about an hour and half to commit,” said Anderson. “I already thought about it but once I got it, I was ready.”
Anderson said a number of reasons paid off for the Bears.
“They have high academics and that was something I was really looking for,” said Anderson. “Being a hometown school, 19 miles away and the number one public school in the country, that was big for me.”
Anderson said he wants to continue to play the pied piper role that Kline played last season, in recruiting others to Berkeley.
“The better recruiting class is, the better results for me, and I’ll be able to kick more,” said Anderson. “I want to get some top notch players and to perform well.”
Anderson said he will focus solely on PAT, field goals and kickoffs, and will be the emergency punter.