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October 4, 2013Bellarmine's Scotty Jarvis was a highly recruited shortstop among colleges on the West Coast. The senior committed to a nationally recognized Pac-12 program in the UCLA Bruins.
"I really wanted to play for a program that could compete at the highest level and get to the College World Series," said Jarvis. "I am looking forward to playing with highly talented players, and being coached by such a well respected coaching staff. In addition, the outstanding academics and living in Westwood made UCLA a great choice for me."
Jarvis was in contact with many programs in the Big West, Pac-12, and West Coast Conference and took multiple unofficial visits up and down the West Coast. He will cap his travels with an official to UCLA in a few weeks.
The 6-foot-2, 185 pounder held a .305 batting average last season with a home run and seven RBIs. Jarvis is a steady hitter who can take the ball to the opposite field. He also has the size and length to stay at shortstop defensively.
"I think the greatest strengths of my game are my hands and footwork in the field, and my hands at the plate," said Jarvis.
To improve, Jarvis added, "I am always working to improve all aspects of my game, but the things I am focusing on most right now are my power at the plate and my running speed."
In the classroom, Jarvis maintains a 3.4 GPA and his favorite subject is math. He's unsure of his future major.
The Bells finished last season with a 25-7 overall record and shared the West Catholic Athletic League title with Serra and St. Francis.
Although Bellarmine will lose a strong senior class from last season, Jarvis has high hopes for his senior year.
"I expect my team at Bellarmine to be in a good place this year," Jarvis finished. "I think that if we put in the work needed, we can win the WCAL Championship again and also make a run at the CCS Championship. It would mean everything to me if we could win both of those."