Golden Recruiting Wire: Cal Football Prospects At The Opening

Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

One of the nation's most premiere scouting events, "The Opening," was held earlier this week. How did the Cal recruits do???

Similar to the Elite 11 QB challenge, The Opening is the most recent installment of ESPN's nationwide high school football super camps. 163 players from all over the country gathered in Beaverton, Oregon last week to compete with another in a bevy of different drills. Players from all positions were showcased, and were given the opportunity show their talent through multiple drills. The competition included everything from one on one linemen drills, to team oriented seven on seven competitions.

Let's check out some of the Cal recruits who participated:

Joey Alfieri

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker

Pac-12 schools under consideration: Arizona, ASU, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State.


Alfieri is an athletic linebacker with a nice frame. Given his size he could be ready to play early on in his career. Most of the PAC-12 schools have offered, and a lot of people have him high on Stanford. He definitely can play.

Apparently the real highlight of Alfieri's performance at the Opening was how well he did in the SPARQ competition, placing an impressive 6th place overall.

Budda Baker

Bellevue (Wa.) defensive back

Pac-12 schools under consideration: Eleven Pac-12 schools, with Oregon, UCLA, Washington leading.


Extremely highly ranked prospect from WA, who already is placed in the ESPN top 150. Has a handful of really nice offers on the table from the a lot of top programs. Looks like were not even going after him to hard, which might be an intelligent conservation of resource considering most people have him as a lock at Oregon.

Baker was one of the few players who was invited to play on both sides of the ball at The Opening last week.

John Bonney

Houston (Tex.) Lamar defensive back

Cal, Stanford, UCLA -from the PAC-12.


ESPN 4 star recruit. Although he hasn't broke into the ESPN top 150 or 300, his offer list is extremely impressive, with at least 30 schools from all over the country trying to gain his services. Plays safety, and has very good size, standing at 6'2, and possessing very nice cover skills. Most people have him staying in Texas and heading over to UT or Baylor, but some PAC-12 schools could potentially catch his eye.

Erik Brown - Washington

Fontana (Ca.) Summit wide receiver


Another big time recruit. Rated 178 out of ESPNs 300. He was considering a lot of different PAC-12 schools, including Cal, until he formally committed to UW at the opening a few days ago. Bummer!

Jamardre Cobb

Los Angeles (Ca.) Salesian linebacker

Several Pac-12 schools in contention.


Another big time ESPN top 300 recruit. Great frame and good athleticism, Cobb looks ready to play D1 ball right now. We offered him in May and are still in the running. Looks like Arizona's got the no. 1 spot though.

A friend of his, who recently committed there, has likely sealed the deal for him.

Apparently did well at The Opening, but I wouldn't cross your fingers hoping this guy will end up in Berkeley.

Here's a nice SB Nation article/video on Cobb and his likely school choices from The Opening. Looks like Arizona, Oklahoma, and Florida State are firmly in the lead for his services.

Royce Freeman

Imperial (Ca.) running back

Oregon, UCLA, USC the top schools.


BIG TIME running back from Imperial California. Ranked as ESPNs 154th overall recruit, and has offers from not only all the PAC-12 schools, but several SEC schools including Alabama. Looks like it's really up in the air between UCLA, Oregon, and USC, but Freeman has not been very revealing of which school he favors.

Marcus Griffin

Washington State commit

Bellevue (Wa.) defensive lineman


Not as highly rated as the other guys on this list, and just recently committed to Washington State. A lot of people still think that his recruitment isn't over though, and if that's true, then there's a chance he could end up at Cal. While his commitment was open, he was high on us as well as Arizona and Wazzu. A 300 lb. guy, I would definitely be happy to see his recruitment open up again.

Joe Mixon

Oakley (Ca.) Freedom running back

USC, Oregon, Washington, ASU, Cal the big Pac-12 offers.


The one we've all been waiting on. You're all well acquainted by now with the Oakley powerhouse running back. Unfortunately, as his offer list continues to grow, I fear that the chances of him wearing blue and gold next year also continue to dwindle. Looks like he's really loving USC and Oklahoma, but lo and behold the Cal Bears are still up there in contention.This is a name we'll be hearing about on many Saturdays, as well as Sundays to come.

Adarius Pickett

El Cerrito (Ca.) defensive back

Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington offers


Big time recruit in our backyard. These are the pickups we need to get if we're going to elevate our recruiting. ESPN top 300. He's very high on Stanford, USC, and us, so I can't complain about that. He would be a marquee pickup for the 2014 class.

Luke Rubenzer--Cal!!!

Scottsdale (Az.) Saguaro quarterback

It's been a busy several weeks for Luke. After making the Elite 11 with a solid showing, it was right to The Opening combine after.

John JuJu Smith

Long Beach (Ca.) Poly safety/WR/athlete


One of the top recruits at The Opening, Smith is ranked as the 60th best recruit in the country according to ESPN. As you may have suspected, Smith has offers from everyone and their brother, with the likes of Michigan, Alabama, and Notre Dame topping his list. Some people also have him high on UCLA but I don't see him going there over USC.

Ainuu Taua

Lompoc (Ca.) defensive lineman

Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Utah, Washington are his Pac-12 offers.


Another top tier recruit, ranked 207th overall by ESPN. He's high on UW and Ole Miss but Cal also appears to be somewhat in the mix. He was on the highly regarded "Apocalypse" team roster, which was by far the most stacked team at The Open.


Jaleel Wadood - Cal!!!

Bellflower (Ca.) St. John Bosco defensive back

Recent Cal commit who apparently had a nice showing at The Opening. I didn't get to writing a post on Wadood, but I'm pretty stoked about this 4 star pick up so early on. He'll serve as a great base for the class moving forward into the Fall.

Christian Kirk (2015 prospect)

Scottsdale (Az.) Saguaro wide receiver

UCLA, Cal, Arizona, ASU offers


Teammate of our guy Luke, which I think gives us a good shot at landing him in the first place. Not a lot of attention on ESPN in terms of rankings but still has an extremely impressive offer list from a lot of PAC-12 schools. A little small but definitely a burner. He's high on Florida State, Texas A&M, Oregon. People are saying he could be the top receiver in the West after his showing at The Opening.

No real indication on where Cal stacks up for him though.

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