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Will new facility lead to top level recruiting?

With the last of the sacred oak grove protectors out of their well-fed perch, will the imminent Student-Athlete High Performance Center drive up top level recruiting?  With the exception of last year, the Tedford era has put Cal as consistently the second best program in the Pac-10 but rarely do Cal's recruiting classes "rank" as second best in the Pac-10. Even though California is such a mecca for elite athletes, Cal usually gets one out of the top 100-150 prospects (i.e. Desean, Best, Vereen, Deboskie) according to sites like rivals and scout . 

Judging by the numbers Cal sends to the NFL and on-the-field success, Tedford seems to to know which possibly underappreciated talents will fit well in his systerm better than the recruiting rankings.  I know Tedford is looking for character and there are academic standards, but will the SAHPC at least make Cal #2 in the Pac-10?  Tracking prospects that Cal has offered, we seem to lose top prospects to not just to UCLA and Oregon but recently to even Arizona State and Arizona.  Even at SC, I  know we don't have Snoop or starlets chillin' at practices, but it I still don't understand why some high school All-American would want to compete with six other high school All-Americans tailbacks or against three other All-Americans QBs for one spot.

I have great hopes for Cal basketball recruiting with Greg Gottlieb's retention, his track record at SDSU, and Monty's reputation (although his reputation seems to be that he doesn't like recruiting.)

The opinions expressed in a FanPost are, in every way, reflective of the opinions of every California Golden Blogs Marshawnthusiast. Moreover, they are reflective of every employee of SBNation, including Tyler "Blez" Bleszinski.

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