By Bill Paterson
Elk Grove High School sophomore second baseman Dom Nunez has verbally committed to UCLA, the College World Series runners-up.
Nunez started for the Thundering Herd varsity as a freshman last spring. He batted .392 with seven doubles, a home run and 19 RBI.
"Dom will continue to play second base, along with his future position of shortstop, and also will see time behind the plate at catcher as well," said Elk Grove coach Jeff Carlson in an e-mail.
It's rare for a sophomore to be offered so early. The only other player who comes to mind is former Yuba City star Max Stassi, who verbally committed to UCLA before his sophomore year. Stassi wound up signing with the Oakland A's.
Nunez is the second Elk Grove player to verbally commit.
Cal-Hi Sports' State Junior Player of the Year J.D. Davis committed to Cal State Fullerton this summer after receiving multiple D-I offers, according to Carlson.