As we're getting into the thick of recruiting season, I thought it would be best to see how some of our coaches are fairing in their own recruiting trips around the state, as well as around the rest of the country.
"Crootin," that's pretty good. Haven't heard that one before.
Also, if you take a look at this instagram photo, it looks like Coach Yenser left the country (presumably to Canada) to pursue a recruit. Pretty impressive stuff, I must admit.
Meanwhile, Coach Likens has been doing most of his work in the Inland Empire.
The airline that just delayed my flight has no idea how much I want to see my son. On a more +note, very productive week in the IE! #GoBears— ROB LIKENS (@CALCoachLikens) May 3, 2014
Due to NCAA rules I cannot retweet or favorite tweets by prospective student athletes.But I am retweeting on the inside this morning #IE— ROB LIKENS (@CALCoachLikens) May 6, 2014
These two guys seem to have all of CA covered, but what's Pierre Ingram been up to?
DALLAS, TX here we go !!!!— PIERRE INGRAM (@PIngram1) May 12, 2014
That covers our coaches, now let's check out some of the players they've been offering recently.
Dion Ray, QB (dual threat), Harvey (La.)
Ray is a very intriguing player. He's garnered mostly small school attention, but several larger schools--all of which favor a more spread attack on offense--have also offered him, including us. This is the second dual threat QB we've offered and started to recruit heavily. Evidently, a running quarterback is something Dykes desires and hopes to build around in the future.
Just heard I received an offer from Cal ! #goldenbears— D-Ray (@__drayyyy) May 12, 2014
Note that Ray is currently listed as having committed to ULL, but all sources seem to say that this is hardly a hard commit. Look for him to open things back up again as more and more large schools start offering.
Harper Sherman, OL, Westminster (BC.)
Sherman is perhaps the first foreign player I recall Cal offering (I'm sure it's happened before though). Not much news on this recruit so far so we'll have to keep things updated as we progress.
Interestingly enough, Sherman is not the only Canadian player we're after this year. Neville Gallimore, DL, and from Ontario, has also been offered by us. Although not much information is out on Gallimore in terms of rankings, the fact that he's been offered by a host of top tier schools makes me think that the kid can play.
TJ Rahming, WR, Powder Spring (Ga.)
Xavier Pegues, DE, Itawamba JUCO (Ms.)
Ulric Jones, DE, Oxford (Al.) JUCO
And here's some 2016 recruits.
Frank Martin, OL, Mater Dai (Ca.)
Also, Fresno's Zeandre Johnson, TE, is getting more and more interest from the Cal recruiting staff. There's some serious speculation that the coaching staff would like him to play DE rather than TE. If that request is true, I believe it's not so much indicative of Zeandre's offensive and defensive strengths, but the team's needs. Simply stated, we're not strong on the defensive line, and at the same time, we don't really use the tight end position in any traditional sort of way (he's basically just another slot receiver out there).
And last but not least, we've also offered James Lockhart, DE, Ennis (Tx.) Lockhart may very well be one of the best ends, if not overall defensive players in the country. Take a look at his offer list if you don't believe me. ESPN has him as the 113th overall best player in the country right now.