Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Yes, signing day was only a few weeks ago, but that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about recruiting for next season! Let's see who Dykes and co. are after for 2014
The Bears are doing what they said they would, and are recruiting aggressively on the local level. Just this week we offered promising El Cerrito receiver prospect, Jalen Harvey.
Cal offered El Cerrito WR Jalen Harvey a few days ago. One of my favorite prospects in 2014. Check his highlights: youtube.com/watch?v=IQz_T6…— Marc Tausend (@ManBearCal) February 24, 2013
Harvey is a guy who has all the tools physically. Only a junior, but standing at 6 feet tall, and around 190 pounds, Harvey has the type of frame that can easily be built upon at the next level. He also has great speed, supposedly having run the 40 in 4.55 seconds. That is really fast for a 17 year old kid.
The film says it all. Harvey looks extremely explosive, and also seems to have a very nice pair of hands. I'm really glad we're going after this guy early. He doesn't have a lot of offers yet, but look for his list to expand dramatically as the year goes on.
Zaire Andre, WR/CB, Inglewood High School. Andre is a player similar to Harvey. Decent size, but more of an athlete than a receiver I think. I think he has enough speed and agility to play corner if needed to. Right now Andre's only offer is from Houston, but the PAC-12 schools are beginning to take interest in him. USC invited him to their junior day a few weeks ago.
As of now, don't think we've actually offered him, but we are definitely showing him some interest, and he seems to be very interested in us.
Bear Territory (Rivals) >> Inglewood WR high on Cal buzztap.com/-32Y6hN— Cal Golden Bears (@calbuzztap) February 21, 2013
Quenton Nelson, OL/DL, Redbank Catholic High School (NJ). I knew nothing about Nelson until Cal offered him just a few weeks ago.
#Cal has just offered Quentin Nelson, OL out of NJ— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) February 19, 2013
Not surprising that Nelson hasn't been given any formal ratings by the scouting services-still much too early in the game for that. What is really telling is Nelson's offer list though. For a kid who still has a year of high school football to play, it's extremely impressive.
Everyone seems to be after this kid; even Stanfurd offered him recently. Watching his film, it's not hard to see why everyone wants him. Nelson is 6'5, 285, and could be a force on either side of the ball in college. Although I could see him turning out to be a great OL, his propensity for literally living in the backfield on defense makes him a very attractive nose tackle prospect as well.
No news yet as to what schools Neslon is favoring. Stay posted.
Johnathan Vickers, RB, North Florida Christian High School.
Vickers is a very balanced running back with great size. Alabama wants him bad, and for good reason: he fits their system almost to a tee. We offered him a few weeks ago. No word on where his interest is; he is getting a lot of attention from the SEC though so this one might be a bit of a long shot.
Jaleel Wadood, S, St. John Bosco High School.
He's an ASU commit as of now, but we all know that commitments this early almost always change. Wadood is an extremely athletic safety, with good ball skills and a high football IQ. Although a bit undersized at 170, Woodard seems to be able to make up for that with his athleticism. We offered him a few days ago; he's got offers from a handful of other PAC-12 schools and looks to be garnering increasing interest.
Jalen Brown, WR, Mountain Pointe High School (AZ).
I watched Brown's tape for about 45 seconds. That's all I need to see. This guy is an absolute freak. Good size-stands at 6'2-, good speed, but his ball skills in the air are incredible. Clearly has a great body control and coordination. Reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald the way he high points the ball so well. Brown was a stud on the varsity squad as a freshmen, and started getting national interest after his sophomore campaign. After a strong junior year, Brown is loaded with offers from the nation's top programs.
We just offered him recently. He would be a huge snag if we are able to land him.
Manny Wilkins, QB, San Marin High School.
Wilkins is from the same league Goff played in (as well as yours truly!), the MCAL. Talent usually goes unnoticed here, but Wilkins has been turning heads for several seasons now. He's big, standing at 6'3, and can run as well. No offers yet, but Oregon has been talking with him for quite sometime. No surprise there since he fits their system so well. Cal coaches just recently visited with Wilkins.
Damien Mama, OL, St. John Bosco High School.
Mama is a force on the OL and seems really stoked on getting an early offer from Cal.
The dude is absolutely massive, standing at 6'5, and weighing in at a massive 340! Mama has offers from everywhere, and his stock will continue to rise as the year progresses.
Some other recent offers:
Another Bosco kid, Naijel Hale, CB, was also recently offered by Cal.
Hale will be participating the upcoming USC junior day.
Kaleb McGary, OL, Fife (Washington)
Just offered him recently. Big time recruit, but looks to be high on Washington as of now. He's around 6'8, so he could be a major force at the tackle position. Somewhat perplexing-Washington wants him on the d-line. I wouldn't want him there, but I guess he could also be a good defensive end if he develops the speed.
Apparently he loved UW's junior day.
It definitely would be a big time steal if we could pick this guy from UW's backyard. His interest amongst the PAC-12 schools is definitely heating up.
We also offered Mountain Pointe OL, Natrell Curtis
Mt. Pointe OL Natrell Curtis tells me #Cal has offered.— Justin Hopkins (@JHopkins247) February 14, 2013
Not that its indicative of any favoritism at this point, but he did participate in Arizona and Arizona State's junior day, and says he will be doing the same for UCLA next week.
Natrell Curtis impressed by ASU’s Junior Day - the four-star Phoenix Mountain Pointe lineman reports on Tempe visitarizonastate.scout.com/2/1261563.html— Devils Digest (@DevilsDigest) January 28, 2013
Four-star guard Natrell Curtis talks Arizona's junior day, says he will attend the same event at UCLA next weekend. footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?SI…— Robert Cassidy (@Cassidy_Rob) February 3, 2013
Curtis is a big boy, weighing in at over 300 pounds. His size has garnered him interest from most of the PAC-12 schools, along with some offers from perennial powers such as Ohio State.
Saeed Blacknall, WR, Manalapan HS
Cal just offered him. Looks like the ACC is all over this guy. I like that because it gives us a distinct contrast from the majority of the schools who have been talking to him.
The kid really impresses in his tape. He looks like he could start at D1 program right now.
Brock Ruble, OL, Dematha High School (MD)
Huge offensive line prospect that Cal recently offered. He's 6'9, and over 300 pounds. An impressive 2 sport athlete (plays basketball as well).
And continuing on with the out of staters, we also offered Union High School (OK) WR, Jeff Mead. Mead is big on the in state OSU Cowboys and OK Sooners.
Adding to the Cal offer, Union's Jeff Meed reporting a Washington State offer. Already holds offers from OU, OSU and Clemson. #okpreps— Michael Knight (@Michael_Knight1) February 21, 2013