2011 Cal Football Recruiting Board

We're still months away from any serious action happening, but it's never too early to take a look at what's out there. Here's the prelim board that solarise set up that we'll try and update all year long.

Quarterbacks

  • There are questions regarding Boehm's mechanics [1].
  • A list of QB recruits have expressed their interest in a Cal scholarship offer from Tedford and Co. They are: Cody Kessler, Centennial HS (Bakersfield, CA), Derrick Brown, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA), Chad Jeffries, Glendora HS (Glendora, CA), Nick Sherry Casa Grande HS (Petaluma, CA).
Name (HLs) HS (Location) Leaders Honors Recent news

Kyle Boehm (I II)
Archbishop Mitty
(San Jose, CA)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Came to Cal Spring Scrimmage [2]; gonna take his time [3]

Parting ways

  • Christian Lemay Butler (Matthews, NC) [4] - Named Georgia his leader
  • Max Wittek Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) [5] - Pledged to USC

Running Backs

  • Without seeing highlights from Darren Ervin, I'd have to say the strongest back of the group looks to be Savon Huggins. RB highlights are always entertaining to watch, and it's easy to see why many coaches covet these recruits.
  • I'm sad to read about DeAnthony Thomas favoring USC early. Hopefully Tedford & Co can sway him for an offical visit to Berkeley.
Name (HLs) HS (Location) Leaders Honors Recent news
Darren  Ervin
Darren Ervin
Lamar
(Houston, TX)
Cal   Pledged to Cal [6];  "It's a great area, a great program and their academics are some of the best around."
Brendon  Bigelow
Brandon Bigelow (I)
Central
(Fresno, CA)
Washington ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Bigelow giving Cal a second look [7]
Aaron  Green
Aaron Green (I II)
James Madison
(San Antonio, TX)
Texas
Oklahoma
USC
Texas A&M
ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Cal made good early impressions [8]
Savon  Huggins
Savon Huggins (I II III)
St Peters
(Jersey City, NJ)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
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Academics 1st priority, making unofficials out West [9]
DeAnthony Thomas
DeAnthony Thomas (I II)
Crenshaw
(Los Angeles, CA)
USC ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
UCLA and Cal trail; Cal not too far away from home [10]

Parting ways

  • Mike Bellamy Charlotte (Punta Gorda, FL) [11] - Clemson leads
  • Isaiah Crowell Carver (Columbus, GA) [12] - Three team battle of Alabama, Clemson and Georgia

Wide Receivers

  • Richard Rodgers is also an accomplished basketball player. He would have received at least Div II offers to play basketball if he weren't such a highly-touted football recruit at either wide receiver or tight end.
  • MinerNiner is high on Antoine Arnold. There seems to be some academic concerns and he might go the JC route [13].
Name (HLs) HS (Location) Leaders Honors Notes
DeAnthony Arnett
DeAnthony Arnett (I II)
Saginaw
(Saginaw, MI)
Mich St ESPN150 Watchlist
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MVP @ NIKE Ohio St camp; Cal, Tenn, ND, USC trail [14]; showed up @ NLA 7on7 combine to shut recruitniks up [15] [16]
Antoine Arnold
Antoine Arnold
Chaparral
(Temecula, CA)
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Recent offer from Nebraska; most interested in Oregon [17]
Devon Blackmon
Devon Blackmon (I)
Summit
(Fontana, CA)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
No clear leader for Blackmon [18]
Victor  Blackwell
Victor Blackwell (I II)
Mater Dei
(Santa, CA)
Cal ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
UCLA trails; has a strong relationship w/ Coach Daft [19]; likes Cal's balance of education and football [20]
George Farmer
George Farmer (I II)
Serra
(Gardena, CA)
USC
Oregon
ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
looking for academics, laid-back atmosphere, team chemistry [21]
Maurice Harris
Maurice Harris
N Guilford
(Greensboro, NC)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Cousin of Keenan Allen
Kasen  Williams
Kasen Williams (I II III)
Skyline
(Sammamish, WA)
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Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Cal, Washington, Florida making the early list [22]
Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
St John's
(Shrewsbury, MA)
    Dad Richard went to Cal; other offers from MD, BC [23]

Parting ways

  • Bradley Sylve South Plaquemines (Port Sulphur, LA) [24] - LSU leads
  • Charone Peake Dorman (Spartanburg, SC) [25] - Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, USC, UNC all in the mix

Tight Ends

  • Ray Hamilton fits the prototypical TE for Tedford. He has the strength to punish the secondary and fights for extra YAC. No indication as to how well he sustains blocks from the highlight reels.
Name (HLs) HS (Location) Leaders Honors Notes
Ray  Hamilton
Ray Hamilton (I II III)
Strongsville
(Strongsville, OH)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Attended Michigan's Spring Game [26]; looking for campus atmosphere - home away from home, and relationship with the whole coaching staff, especially the position coach [27]
Troy  Niklas
Troy Niklas
Servite
(Anaheim, CA)
  Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
 

Parting ways

  • Ben Koyack Oil City HS (Oil City, PA) [28] - Pledges Notre Dame
  • Jay Rome Voldosta HS (Valdosta, GA) [29] - Down to Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Clemson. Georgia may lead. Senior Rome went to Clemson.
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins Gig Harbor HS (Gig Harbor, WA) [30] - Announcing decision on June 1st; UCLA, Washington, Florida lead
  • Max Stevenson Klein Oak (Klein, TX) [31] - Pledged to Oklahoma

Offensive Linemen

  • At 6-7, 322lb, Cyrus Kouandjio is so powerful that he dominates the line of scrimmage w/ ease on his highlight reel. Kouandjio doesn't seem to have plans for a West Coast trip yet. Hopefully that will change.
  • The recent offers are Patrick Flavin, OL Benet Academy (Lisle, IL), Spencer Drango, OL Cedar Park HS (Cedar Park, TX), and Andre Yruretagoyena, OL Chaparral HS (Scottsdale, AZ). I am waiting to find out more about these athletes.
Name (HLs) HS (Location) Leaders Honors Notes
Conor Hanratty
Patrick Flavin (I)
Benet Academy
(Lisle, IL)
    Visited UCLA for Spring practice
Cyrus Hobbi
Cyrus Hobbi
Saguro
(Scottsdale, AZ)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Looking for academics and haven't visited any schools yet [32]
Kiaro  Holts
Kiaro Holts
Warren Central
(Indianapolis, IN)
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Maybe a package deal w/ teammate Kris Harley who pledged VA Tech [33]
Cyrus Kouandjio
Cyrus Kouandjio (I)
DeMatha
(Hyattsville, MD)
'Bama ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Brother Arie attends 'Bama; unofficialed MD, VA, Pitt, PSU, Iowa, Bama and NM; taking his time w/ recruiting [34];
Jordan Rigsbee
Jordan Rigsbee (I)
Pleasant Valley
(Chico, CA)
Cal
Oregon
Boise State
ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Brother Tyler on the Bears' squad; knows and feels comfortable w/ all the guys and coaches [35]
Spencer Drango
Spencer Drango (I II)
Cedar Park
(Cedar Park, TX)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
 
Brandon Shell
Brandon Shell (I)
Goose Park
(Charleston, SC)
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Scout300
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Uncle is Art Shell; unofficialed the Gamecocks for its Spring Game [36]
Andre Yruretagoyena
Andre Yruretagoyena (I)
Chaparral
(Scottsdale, AZ)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
 

Parting ways

  • Brendon Austin Chaparral (Parker, CO) [37] [38] - Notre Dame, Stanford, Colorado lead
  • Matthew Hegarty Aztec (Aztec, NM) [39] - Pledged to Notre Dame
  • Christian Westerman Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) [40] - Pledged to Texas
  • Conor Hanratty New Canaan (New Canaan, CT) [41] - Pledged to Notre Dame

Defensive Linemen

  • Jesse Hayes, DL Moeller HS (Cincinnati, OH) is another recent offer. Waiting for more info to come in.
  • Vei Moala recently added offers from Alabama, Fresno State, LSU and Florida [42].
Name (HLs) HS (Location) Leaders Honors Notes
Mustafa  Jalil
Mustafa Jalil (I)
Cathedral
(San Diego, CA)
Cal ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Pledged to Cal [43]; "I went there (to Cal) for a junior day and just fell in love with it myself. I knew it was the place I wanted to be and asked my parents to come up with me for a visit, and they thought it was the perfect fit." [44]
Todd Barr
Todd Barr (I)
Lakewood
(Lakewood, CA)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Has a good relationship w/ Tosh [45]; Cal, Arizona, UCLA recruiting Barr the hardest [46]
Ray Drew
Ray Drew
Thomas Central
(Thomasville, GA)
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Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Expecting a late decision [47]; made unofficials to the Gamecocks, Clemson, Tenn, Auburn, and Florida [48]
Jesse Hayes
Jesse Hayes
Moeller
(Cincinnati, OH)
    Likely to wait until at least end of summer before making college decision [49]
Christian Heyward
Christian Heyward (I)
Point Loma
(San Diego, CA)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
USC target [50]
Vei Moala
Vei Moala
Grant Union
(Sacramento, CA)
Cal
Oregon
Oregon St
UCLA
USC
Washington
ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Family ties to current Trojans Christian Tupou and Loni Fangupo [51]; wants to stay close to home, education just as important [52]
Jermauria Rasco
Jermauria Rasco (I II)
Evangel Christian
(Shreveport, LA)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
LSU, 'Bama, Texas, USC [53]; intelligent and wants to be an engineer [54]
Brennan Scarlett
Brennan Scarlett (I)
Central Catholic
(Portland, OR)

Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Can also play TE [55]; taking official visits before reaching a final decision
Danny Shelton
Danny Shelton
Auburn
(Auburn, WA)
Washington Scout300  

Parting ways

  • Sterling Bailey East Hall (Gainesville, GA) [56] - Revealing his choice on May 14; choosing from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee
  • Jadeveon Clowney South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC) [57] - UNC leads followed by Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama, LSU
  • Jalen Grimble Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) [58] - Pledged to USC
  • Nathan Hughes Klein Oak (Klein TX) [59] - Pledged to Oklahoma
  • Tim Jernigan Columbia (Lake City, FL) [60] - Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee 
  • Greg Townsend Jr. Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, CA) [61] - USC, Washington, Oregon, TCU and Miami-FL
  • Gabriel Wright Carver (Columbus, GA) [62] - Auburn leads followed by Georgia, Alabama

Linebackers

  • Colt Lyerla is a workout monster. Check out these Youtube clips [63] [64].
  • Kris Frost might prefer to play wideout over linebacker.
Name (HLs) HS (Location) Leaders Honors Notes
Nathan Broussard
Nathan Broussard (I)
Plano West
(Plano, TX)
 
Has offers from Stanford, Tulsa; Cal a possibility; llikely to move to defensive end in college [65]
Jason Gibson
Jason Gibson
Serra
(Gardena, CA)
Cal ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
"I’m just looking at the surroundings, how comfortable I feel there. I really want to see if there was no football for me, could I still live there. I’m hoping to make my decision during the middle of my senior year, but I’m not certain on that." [66]
Rob Hankins
Rob Hankins (I II III)
Parish Episcopal
(Dallas, TX)
Miami
Cal
Arizona
ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Couldn't find anything not to like about Miami [67]; Cal one of his top choices [68]
Kris Frost
Kris Frost
Butler
(Matthews, NC)
Michigan
Auburn
UNC
Cal
G'Cocks
ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Projects at LB; unofficialed to Auburn a couple of times; visiting Cal & USC this summer; parents attending games important [69]
Colt Lyerla
Colt Lyerla (I II)
Hillsboro
(Hillsboro, OR)
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Has combination of size and speed to play five or six positions [70]; compared to Brian Urlacher & Brian Cushing [71]

Defensive Backs

  • More DB offers are likely. Josh Atkinson has spoken to Coach Al Simmons and is waiting for his offer.
  • Both George & Josh Atkinson have won 100m Track & Field events w/ 10.61s.
Name (HLs) HS (Location) Leaders Honors Recent news
George Atkinson III
George Atkinson III (I)
Granada
(Livermore, CA)
  Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Projects as Safety by Scout.com but could play DB, RB, WR; looking for play time early, academics, and close team atmosphere.[72]
Avery walls
Avery Walls (I II III)
Union Grove
(McDonough, GA)
  ESPN150 Watchlist
Scout300
Rivals250 Watchlist
Looking at depth chart, campus, relationship with the players, the coaches, and academics. [73]; visited Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC on a West Coast trip [74]
Marqise Lee
Marqise Lee
Serra
(Gardena, CA)
  Scout300 Projects as Safety; another accomplished basketball player who should make a name for himself in the camp circuit. [75]

Parting ways

  • Doran Grant St Vincent St Mary (Akron, OH) [76] - Ohio State #1, Michigan State #2
  • Jabriel Washington Trinity Christian (Jackson, TN) [77] - pledged to Alabama

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