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RB of the future?

Posted by Alex | October 8, 2008 at 1:04 am | In Recruiting | 1 Comment

Cal has gone a long time without picking up a commitment from a new player.  That changed today with Dasarte Yarnway, a 6′0″ 210 lbs running back committing to the Bears.  Yarnway is rated as the 23rd best running back in the nation, and a 4 star recruit by Scout.com.  He looks to be both a bigger back and a fast back as well with a 40 time of 4.5 seconds.

A CB and a transfer

Posted by Alex | August 1, 2008 at 11:47 am | In Recruiting | No Comments

Vachel Samuels, a CB out of Lynwood, CA has committed to the Bears. Samuels is a 3-star recruit who is listed at 6′1″ 190 lbs with a 4.4 40. It is nice to see that more Southern California players are signing away from UCLA and USC with the Bears.

Donovan Edwards, a JC transfer from Diablo Valley has decommitted from UCLA to join the Bears in the 2008 class (taking the open scholarship from the release of DE Scott Smith to transfer). He is a 6′4″ 270 lbs OL who also runs a 4.7 40. Edwards is a 2008 recruit and will have 4 years to play 3, and will be eligible immediately. Again, it is good to see that Cal can steal prospects, even this late into the 2008 recruiting season.

Recruiting updates

Posted by Alex | July 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm | In Recruiting | 1 Comment

Cal recently signed OL Brian Schwenke out of Oceanside High School. He is a 6′3″ 265 lbs lineman who has played both ways in high school, but will probably focus on offense in college. Besides for being rated a 3-star recruit by Scout.com, Schwenke is also academically focused with a near-4.0 GPA. He chose Cal in part because of Cal’s academic reputation.

Allan Bridgford, a Cal commit, was named to the Elite 11 and is currently participating in the QB camp. He was named the most accurate passer on Day 1 of the camp.

Late 2007-08 Recruit

Posted by Alex | June 13, 2008 at 11:53 am | In Recruiting | 1 Comment

Scout.com reports that defensive back Bryant Nnabuife out of Blinn College in Texas has signed with the Golden Bears. Nnabuife is a 6′2″ 200 lbs player who also runs a 4.38 40. He has played both safety and cornerback in the past and could project to play either position for the Bears. Nnabuife himself prefers to play CB, but is open to playing anything. Eligibility-wise, Nnabuife has 4 years to play 3.

If you will recall, Cal signed Alex Cook out of Blinn College a few years ago. Other than Cook, Blinn has stood out as a JC team as they have placed over a dozen players at Division I colleges as transfers.

First Cal recruit of 2008

Posted by Alex | May 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm | In Recruiting | 4 Comments

Quarterback Allan Bridgford out of Mission Viejo, CA has committed to Cal. He is the first recruit of the new football year. Bridgford is listed as 6′3″ 215 lbs, and is also a good student with a 3.5 GPA. Scout.com lists Bridgford as a 3-star recruit, while Rivals.com lists Bridgford as a 4-star recruit.

This is a good start for Cal, and more importantly, Bridgford already seems committed to helping the team. He reportedly will help call other recruits to convince them to join him at Cal. As Bridgford is a highly rated quarterback, many players will probably want to join with him to form a great class. Bridgford also adds to line of Cal quarterbacks that were highly recruited including Nate Longshore, Kevin Riley, компютриand Brock Mansion.

Signing Day

Posted by Eric | February 6, 2008 at 7:37 am | In Recruiting | No Comments

EDIT: No recruiting surprises — all commits are official. Cal’s 2008 class is rated #35 in the nation by Rivals and #32 by Scout.com.

Today is Signing Day, when verbal commitments from high school and junior college recruits are finalized in official letters of intent.

Coach Jeff Tedford usually lands one surprise recruit at the last minute, so we’ll keep you updated on the progress of the 2008 class.

In the meantime, you can see the list of received LOIs in real-time on the Cal Bears website, as well as the list of verbal commitments on Scout.com.

4-star RB Deboskie commits

Posted by Eric | January 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm | In Recruiting | 2 Comments
Deboskie commitment
Photo: Rivals.com

Today, running back Covaughn Deboskie made an announcement of his commitment to Cal at the Army All-American Bowl (see video). He favored Cal in the recruiting process over the past several months, and news of his unofficial commitment has circulated for a few days.

Deboskie is a 4-star recruit out of Chandler, AZ; he is 6′0″/195 lbs and reportedly has a sub-4.4 40-yard-dash time (see profile on Scout, Rivals). An excellent student with a GPA above 4.0, Deboskie plans to enroll at Cal in the spring and participate in spring practice.

He chose Cal over ASU and Stanford with offers from Florida, Michigan, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia Tech as well.

Recruiting Update

Posted by Alex | December 20, 2007 at 1:10 am | In Recruiting | 6 Comments

After 2L finals, it’s time to start looking back at some football. Cal picked up a few new recruits after nearly a dozen Cal commits or prospects visited campus last weekend. All three of the prospects should add quite a bit to Cal’s class.

Jarrett Sparks is a WR from Merced who measures in at 6′3″ and 215 lbs with a 4.5 40. Big, tall, and fast. Should be good for us. Sparks is rated as a 3 star recruit by scout.com and a 4 star recruit by rivals.com.

L.J. Washington is a WR from Stockton who measures in at 6′0″ and 180 lbs with a 4.45 40. Also a bigger receiver, though also a bit lighter than Sparks. Washington is rated as a 2 star recruit by scout.com. Apparently Washington and Sparks competed for the most receiving yards this past year in the Central Section. It should be exciting to watch these two WRs play together in the coming years.

Kamaron Yancy is a CB coming out of Pierce College, originally from Fairfax High School. He measures 5′11″ and 185 lbs with a 4.4 40. He is a bit of an older guy, having graduated high school in 2002. At that time, he played in the Cali-Florida Bowl showing that he had a promising career in front of him. However, he chose to stay at home and work for a few years while his parents went through marital problems. This to me shows lots of maturity which will hopefully carry over to the playing field. He has 3 years to play 3 years.

4 star WR commits to Cal

Posted by Alex | October 15, 2007 at 8:58 am | In Recruiting | 3 Comments

The news out of the weekend isn’t all bad. As a consolation, 4-star wideout Marvin Jones committed to Cal over the weekend after taking in the Cal-OSU game. Scout.com reports that Jones met with Tedford after the game and gave his verbal commitment. Scout and Rivals.com list Jones as a 4-star recruit, with Rivals listing Jones as one of their top 100 prospects in the nation. On an amusing note, Jones chose Cal over Oregon partially because of the amount of rain in Oregon.

This is our first huge commitment of the year and should be great for the team. Jones is 6′2″ and 180 lbs, while running a 4.5 40. He gives us another big and fast receiver who could potentially play as a true freshman next year. Matching him up with Nyan Boateng should keep the Cal receiving corp from a dropoff after this year’s superstars graduate or head to the NFL.

Cal picks up Arizona DB

Posted by Alex | September 19, 2007 at 1:11 pm | In Recruiting | 2 Comments

Marc Anthony, a DB out of Arizona has committed to the Bears.  He is a 6′0″ 185 lbs player who primarily plays cornerback. Rated as a 3 star recruit by Scout.com and as a 4 star recruit by Rivals, he is a great get for the Bears.

Anthony is a big cornerback and has the ability to compete physically against the big receivers in the Pac-10.  Yet, he retains enough speed (4.5 40) to keep up with the speed of the conference.  Also, his commitment shows the continually lengthening arms of Cal’s recruiting as Tedford again reaches into another state to pick up a top recruit.  Something interesting of note is that Anthony is a cousin of true freshman DE Cameron Jordan.

Anthony will come in and improve Cal’s young DB corps which already looks quite solid.

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