Cal Football Golden Recruiting Wire: Two Weeks Left!

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

With only a few days till National Signing Day left, the recruiting news keeps rollin' in! Chris Borrayo and Tony Mekari have committed to Cal but the Bears also lost Dannon Cavil. Also updates on Aaron Cochran and Cameron Hunt.

First and foremost, we have a few new Golden Bears. A day or so ago I was certain that Tony Mekari was a firm commit for Arizona. Here's a tweet from yesterday on how he wasn't even going to visit Cal.

But low and behold, Dykes was able to get Mekari to switch at the last second, and is now a Bear commit.

He's listed as a DT, but could probably play offensive line if really needed. Based on his tape he looks like a very disruptive force. Go Bears!

Seems like the deciding factor was Cal academics, which I absolutely love to hear. Mekari is supposedly an owner of a 4.0 plus GPA, and wants to study either pre-med or business. Check out the story in the tweet below.

As most of you know, Dannon Cavil has decommitted and is now committed to Oklahoma. Really not much of a surprise here. The kid loved Oklahoma, even though they basically offered him a few days before classes started. Although this loss hurts our class ranking, in terms of recruiting, we want players who think of Cal as one of their dream schools, not some other school in the midwest. Best of luck to Danon.

Johnny Ragin- Wilsonville Oregon OLB, seems to be heavily considering us at this point. It's really between us and BYU, where he is committed as of now.

Sounds like he really enjoyed his time in Berkeley while on his official.

Ragin would be a very nice pickup because of his versatility. Although he could be plugged in at both OLB positions, he could also be a fullback if needed.

Under the radar St. Mary's Wideout, Caleb Coleman seems to be a solid commit at this point. He recently sat down and talked with the new coaching staff about how he'll fit into the offense next year.

Marcus Manley, DT from Santa Monica City College, is taking an official to Cal on January 25th.


Just watching a couple plays of this video I can tell that Manley has really nice speed and quickness for a guy that's 6'2, 280. Other than that, I don't know much about him. His high school tape looks very promising, so I'm wondering why he went to SMCC for his freshmen year. Regardless, he may be a steal, and will definitely provide some needed depth on the D line. Word on the street is that we have offered him at this point.

Paramount High School Offensive Tackle Chris Borrayo committed earlier this week and seems very excited to be a Bear. Great to see another addition to our offensive line for next year.

He also seems to be excited about the academic opportunities that Cal has. Great stuff!

Chris Gonzalez, DL/OT from Salesian High School (Los Angeles) will be visiting Cal next weekend. Gonzalez is a very under the radar recruit. He is a little undersized for the O and D lines at this point at 250, but has solid athleticism. Put a little more weight on his frame and I could see him as a DE or as a number of positions on the O-line. He could even play some linebacker and be a Brennan Scarlett like player.


De La Salle LB/TE Austin Hooper has committed to Stanford. It's a real bummer to lose a local commit like this to the Furd, but it happens. He would have been a nice backup to Rodgers and company. I wonder if Stanford will implement him as a TE or DE.

Speedy WR/CB Devin Ross from Bishop Alemany is very high on Cal. As of now he is a Colorado commit, but claims to have Cal as one of his top two choices despite not even having an offer yet.


Reminds me a little bit of Bryce Treggs. I'd really like to see him at corner though. Hopefully we offer him and steal him from MacIntyre.

Also, OL Cameron Hunt seemed to really have enjoyed his official to Michigan. This is not necessarily telling that Hunt will decommit, but it definitely isn't a good sign either. Hunt still has officials to Ohio State, Oregon, and then his final official is to Cal, so we'll still have the last say.

Stay firm with that commit Hunt!

Ray Hudson, TE from Foothill High School, met with the new coaching staff for the first time a few days ago. Wonder why it took them so long to meet with him, but he seems excited to still be on board with the Bears for 2013.

Aaron Cochran is still up in the air. As of now it seems like he's down to us, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. He is still set to decide after his official to Cal on January 18th.

Apparently, Cal Rivals reporters called his home to ask how his in-home went. Guess who picked up the phone?

Drake Whitehurst also went on an official this weekend and loved Cal.

Apparently, he also has some connections with Johnny Ragin and is pitching him to come to Cal as well.

Dykes took both these guys (Ragin and Whitehurst) as well as Goff and Matt Anderson (SRV kicker) to a Cal basketball game this weekend.

We also just offered 2015 Cornerback Marven Tell from Crespi High School.

That's all for this week everyone. Some disappointments, but a few important positives- especially with the additions of Tony Mekari, Chris Borrayo, and the other potential commits on the O/D lines.

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