Get it on Cal fans! Tomorrow is National Signing Day. We are one day away from finding out who will be the newest members of our proud California Golden Bears family.
Many thanks to all the contributors and commentors of the previous recruiting threads. Huge props must go out to Tedford & Co who have worked tirelessly to give us Cal fans a potentially EPIC National Signing Day.
Let's begin with a summary of Cal's 2010 verbal commits (HT dballisloose):
WR Kaelin Clay, 5’10" 175 Long Beach, CA
WR Tevin Carter, 6’3" 190 Los Angeles, CA
WR Terrance Montgomery, 5’10" 180 Los Angeles, CA
WR Coleman Edmond, 6' 0" 200 Woodland Hills, CA
TE Jacob Wark, 6’4" 240 Portland, OR
RB Trajuan Briggs, 5’11" 192 Van Nuys, CA
OL Alex Crosthwaite, 6’5" 303 San Diego, CA
OL Geoff Gibson, 6’5" 315 Las Vegas, NV
OL Chris Adcock, 6’3" 282 Mesquite, TX
QB Austin Hinder, 6’5" 180 Steamboat Springs, CO
LB Dave Wilkerson, 6’3" 238 Danville, CA
LB Cecil Whiteside, 6’3" 220 Newport Beach, CA
LB Nick Forbes, 6’0" 224 Frederick , MD
LB Chris Martin, 6’4" 240 Aurora, CO
S Michael Coley, 6’1" 200 Hyattsville, MD
CB Adrian Lee, 6’0" 190 Dallas, TX
After the jump, we take a look at the Golden Recruits who will be announcing on National Signing Day.
Arie Kouandjio, OT (Cal???, Alabama, New Mexico, Maryland, $C)
Arie Kouandjio was part of Cal's big recruiting weekend on 12/11/09 with his high school teammates Michael Coley (Cal verbal commit) and Lorenzo Waters (Rutgers verbal commit). Following the Army All-American Bowl, Arie took official visits to Alabama, Maryland, and $C.
From Arie -
"Football and education was a big deal at DeMatha," said Kouandjio, "so I feel I’m going to be a step ahead of everybody else and I can’t wait to see what I can do." (LINK)
"I’ve got a great lower body. I’m pretty strong and quick and feel like my quickness allows me to be ahead of the defensive lineman that line up against me.
"But I still want to get faster and improve my footwork." (LINK)
Ego Ferguson, DE (Cal, Miami-FL, LSU, FSU, Notre Dame, Texas Tech)
J.R. "Ego" Ferguson is one of the strongest and most coveted recruit in the 2010 class. He also visited Cal officially the weekend of 12/11/09. Greg Biggins of ESPN called Ferguson "a natural fit" at DE with Chris Martin in the 3-4 defense (LINK). Cal might have a good shot here since Chris Martin and Ego are close friends. As a matter of fact, Ferguson is also good friends with Arie Kouandjio and Nick Forbes. The trio from Maryland roomed together during the Army All-American Bowl.
From Ego Sr -
"When J.R. was a freshman I put him in private school at St. John's for the academic structure," Sr explained. "Then I put him in Hargrave for that military structure that the Army gives." (LINK)
From Robert Prunty, Ego's former coach at Hargrave and now Texas Tech's D-Line coach -
"J.R. Ferguson is an outstanding player who will play in the NFL," Prunty said. "Hargrave has produced many good players and Ferguson ranks at the top of that list.
"Ferguson has a great motor, plays with a low pad level and has exceptional leverage," Prunty continued. "He was a joy to coach."
Ego has been traveling coast-to-coast to narrow down his choices. What's the chance of Ego joining his friends at Memorial Stadium next year?
Gabe King, DE (Cal, Oregon)
Gabe King is one of the finest recruits coming out of Greensboro, North Carolina along with Keenan Allen and Chris McCain. After moving to South Eugene, Oregon for his senior year, King suffered a torn meniscus but was still selected to the Army All-American Bowl.
From King himself -
"I love to observes and listen. I’m big on the mental part of the game. I love being coached and learning about football.
"I think I’ve got a lot of great athletic ability and potential. I have a lot of natural talent but just need to learn more and put it all together. If I get any faster, it would be scary." (LINK)
An unnamed source already has King committing to Cal (LINK), but nothing is final until the LOI is signed and delivered. Will Cal score the much needed pass rush help in the form of Gabe King?
Keenan Allen, ATH (Cal, Clemson)
6-3, 195 40: 4.56
Keenan Allen was an early verbal commit to Alabama. During the Army All-American Bowl, Keenan Allen & Chris Martin roomed together and developed a friendship. When Allen's brother Zach Maynard decided to transfer from Buffalo, the two started taking official visits together, first to Clemson then to Cal.
From Johnny Roscoe, Allen's high school coach -
"In terms of guys who can just do it all, Keenan's versatility makes him the best I have ever coached. If we need a touchdown, he can certainly do that for us, but what makes him special is that if I needed him to play offensive guard, he would do it without complaint and block his man," said Roscoe. "He takes the mentality on every play that he can do something to change the course of the game even if he is on defense or special teams. He plays quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety and kicks for us as well. Who knows what else he will do in the playoffs." (LINK)
Can Cal upset the national champ 'Bama Tides in this recruiting battle?
Zach Maynard, QB (Cal, Clemson)
Zach Maynard's career at Buffalo ended when Turner Gill accepted the head coach position at Kansas. A dual-threat QB, Maynard showed some promise at Buffalo:
Will the brothers Maynard & Allen unite in Blue & Gold?
Aaron Harris, LB (Cal, SE Louisana St)
Little is known about Aaron Harris from Westfield High in Houston, TX. Could Harris be another diamond in the rough for Tedford & Co after MikMo?
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR (Cal, Nebraska, Oklahoma)
6-3, 190 40:4.40
Kenbrell Thompkins is an explosive JUCO WR who committed to play for the then-Kiffin's Tenn Vols. When Kiffin took the $C head coaching gig, Thompkins decommitted w/ Ahmad Dixon, Markeith Ambles, and Brandon Willis. Since then there are nonstop rumors about Thompkins' LOI situation and academic status.
Thompkins belongs in the Football Bowl Subdivision with the big boys. He is an immediate pass-catching threat who has the size and speed to play in a pro-style offense. Is Kevin Riley about to get another weapon in the passing game?
Chris McCain, LB (Verbal commit to Oregon)
Another highly touted recruit from Greensboro, North Carolina, Chris McCain considered Cal early on but verbally committed to the Quacks after an official visit to Eugene. Speculations abound when his high school friends Gabe King & Keenan Allen both began to seriously consider Cal.
From Craig Haubert, Scouts, Inc. -
"The east coast prospect [McCain] is an athletic and versatile player with nice upside. At 6-foot-6 and about 205 pounds he needs to add bulk, but has tremendous size potential. He is a good tight end and could fill that role in Eugene if needed, but will likely best be utilized on defense." (LINK)
Will McCain change his mind about being a Duck?
All the drama. All the suspense.
The National Signing Day 2010.