The most formidable presence at Haas Pavilion on Monday night was a 6-foot-8, 280-pound high school senior from Elk Grove.

Arik Armstead, rated the nation's top overall college football prospect by Scout.com, wants to be a two-sport athlete in college.

Cal hopes he decides to become the next Tony Gonzalez and bring his multisport talents to Berkeley.

"I know about Tony Gonzalez," said Armstead, referring to the future NFL Hall of Fame tight end. "He was a guy who did it at a high level in both sports, and he went to Cal, so it's big."

Armstead apparently is so good he can't decide whether he wants to play offensive tackle or defensive end in college. Make no mistake, he also wants to play power forward.

"It's definitely serious," Armstead said. "I'm going to play both in college so the balance of both programs will be a big factor in my decision."

Armstead is being recruited for football by 11 Pac-12 schools -- everyone except Stanford -- along with the likes of LSU, Alabama, Notre Dame and Texas. Most of them are telling him he can play both sports.

Among 21 recruits who visited Cal for football two weekends ago, Armstead said he's talked with both Jeff Tedford and Mike Montgomery about his desire to play two sports.

Both are on board with the idea, he said. Tedford "is good with everything. He said he and coach Montgomery would work it out. Cal's definitely a serious contender."

If he picks Cal, Armstead will be back in Berkeley soon. He is completing online work in order to graduate midyear from Pleasant Grove High and wants to enroll in college for the spring semester, in time to practice with the basketball team and prep for spring football.

  • Here are Cal walk-on freshman Raffi Chalian's significant high school statistics: 15 points and seven assists per game and a 4.7 grade-point average. And there's this: He scored a perfect 1,600 on the math and critical reading portions of the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

    "I was mad. I called my dad right after (the SAT) and told him I missed one math question," Chalian said. "I couldn't decide between two answers, so I knew I got it wrong. Turns out I got it right."

    Chalian also scored all 500 points on the multiple-choice portion of the SAT's writing section, but "only" 250 of 300 on the essay.

    Even during his years at Stanford, Bears coach Montgomery said he'd never had a player who scored so high on the SAT.

    "Raffi's a really good kid," Montgomery said of the 5-foot-11 guard from Whittier. "Initially he was a little over his head, but he's gotten better. He's a competitor."

    He's also a pre-med major who plans to also attend the Haas School of Business.

    The smartest guy on the team?

    "I'd like to say me," Chalian said, "but when it comes to the coach's plays, obviously Harper (Kamp) and Jorge (Gutierrez), they know every little detail."

  • Want to get Santa Clara athletic director Dan Coonan fired up? Just ask him about the new 25-foot by 131/2-foot video screen that has been installed at the Leavey Center.

    "I'll talk about that all day. It's my baby. It's awesome," Coonan said. "It's huge, especially for the size of the facility, and it's crystal clear. It really enables us to do some things from a game-day atmosphere standpoint that kind of step it up even more."

    The screen, fixed above the end-zone seating to the left of the team benches, was the gift of an anonymous Broncos donor who also does not wish its cost to be to revealed.

    The video board will make its fully functional debut on Dec. 29 when the Broncos host the 45th annual Cable Car Classic.

  • The San Jose State women, 3-8 under first-year coach Tim La Kose, already have equaled or exceeded the program's win total in three of the past five seasons. If they reach seven victories, they'll be guaranteed their best season since 2005-06.

    Contact Jeff Faraudo at jfaraudo@bayareanewsgroup.com.