Avery Walls of Eagle Christian Academy in Georgia has committed to the Bears and will enroll next month. A great environment off the field helped convince the four-star recruit to make Cal his home.
One of the prime factors in Cal's favor was the prestigious degree he could earn at the University of California, where he'll enroll next month as an early entrant. Walls has maintained a 3.5 gpa in high school.
"All my final choices were great schools with good football traditions but academically, no one could beat Cal," said Avery. "I really wanted the lifetime security of a Cal degree, where I could support my family, even if I don't play one snap of football.
"There's a great family environment there, too. When I got that family vibe there, with all the people I met at Cal, it really couldn't get any better."
"I've been around Coach Simmons, Coach Lupoi, Coach Pendergast and Coach Tedford on my unofficial and official visits and from when they visited me. I know the Cal coaches are going to take care of you, helping coaching-wise and academically but also to be a better man.
After the jump the Bears reel in recruit after recruit to break into the top-20 classes nationwide. Also, Cal-Fresno State is finalized and JO continues his season in review by looking at the defense.
- Cal's recruiting class has risen to #16 in Rivals' rankings.
- Cal will open the season against Fresno State at Candlestick Park on September 3rd.
- Jason Gibson also emphasized academics and the family atmosphere in his decision to commit to Cal.
- After Todd Barr committed, Moose Jalil said the two will try to complete the D-line trifecta by convincing Vei Moala to join Cal.
- Jason Gibson's coach Scott Altenburg talks about the defensive lineman's play in high school and what lured him to Cal.
- Jordan Rigsbee visited campus last weekend. He talks about his visit to campus and AT&T park. He's excited about potentially playing at a new stadium for two consecutive years.
- JO reviews the D-line and gives it a B+. There's plenty of talent returning next year (and coming in as part of this year's recruiting class), but replacing Jordan will be tough.
- JO reviews the linebackers who earned a B. Just like with the D-line, there is plenty of returning talent but replacing Mike Mohamed will be difficult.
- JO gives the secondary a B. One of the big surprises this year was the emergence of Conte at the safety position.
- Ted Miller celebrates the conference's outstanding seniors, including Cal's Chris Guarnero.