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Cal Sports Recruiting Thread: November 2009

Continued from the October thread!

Kenny Stills is looking at Cal and UCLA locally, and plenty of your finest football institutions outside.

"I have Oklahoma (Nov. 14), Michigan (Nov. 21) and Florida (Nov. 28). I'm trying to decide between Oregon and Miami for my last visit. Oregon looks great right now and I've always liked Miami a lot. They haven't offered me yet, but sound interested and I can't see them tripping me out there unless they wanted to offer.

"Locally, I'm still looking at Cal and UCLA. If I stay close to home, I'm leaning to Cal right now but Florida and Oklahoma are both really intriguing to me. Florida loses all their playmakers after this season and Oklahoma has a great offense for a receiver."

More on potential recruits, thanks to solarise.

Owa Odighizuwa, DE
Portland, OR

Find out more about Owa’s leadership qualities:

“He doesn’t walk around with a big ego, or anything.” – Jeremy Patrick (Owa’s teammate), regarding all the attention Owa is receiving.

“He’s such a leader and so well rounded that he connects with kids that aren’t necessarily athletes.” – Dan Wood (Owa’s coach)

“If you’re not diverse with the people you know and just stick with one type of person, then you never know what opportunities and experiences you might miss out on.” – Owa himself

What he (Owa) is concerned with is the best fit personally and academically.

He wants to major in business or sports management and maybe work in the sports apparel business.

“I’m approaching it like an interview process,” he said. “You can’t rush to a decision because of a good weekend.”


Cecil Whiteside, LB

Newport Beach, CA

A tragic story about Cecil’s past:

When Whiteside was 5, his father, Martin Hammonds, was shot to death, said Graig Brown, Whiteside’s uncle and legal guardian. Hammonds, a victim of a hate crime, played football, too. He was a tough, small linebacker at Artesia High, Brown said. After he died at age 27, Brown wanted to care for Whiteside as Hammonds was his adopted brother.

"Cecil was in Compton, not doing very well as far as the environment he was in," Brown said. "It was a difficult lifestyle and he wasn’t getting presented the opportunity to succeed. We were able to provide him an opportunity to better his life and move forward and get him into an academic program that would help his future."

"We’re going to be extremely proud when he gets his high school diploma," Brown said. "That was our goal, to get him to graduate high school and have a happy childhood. So everything now is pretty much gravy."

Austin Hinder, QB
Steamboat Springs, CO

If Austin can’t be Tom Brady, he would like to be… Tiger Woods! (Video via Prepticket.com)

In related news:

Josh Shirley, LB
Fontana, CA

Offered a Cal scholarship, the Army All-American LB is visiting Arizona this weekend.

Toney Hurd Jr., CB
Missouri City, TX

Offered a Cal scholarship but committed to Notre Dame.

Micah Hatchie, OT
Waialua, HI

Offered a Cal scholarship, Micah has wrapped up his senior season. He plans to visit Washington and Oregon, and may take all five-official visits.

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