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Golden Recruits: Looking Ahead to 2011

Rivals is reporting at least one Bear might be committing to us soon ($) (Update: MoragaBear is saying to hold your horses, he hasn't been offered yet, but he will be coming to Cal this weekend.) The recruit in question is Darren Ervin, a running back from Lamar High in Houston, Texas. We'll be sure to let you know the specifics once they're released, but since it's just speculation we won't report on the news quite yet. But big props to Kenwick Thompson for continuing to recruit hard in the Lone Star State.

Although Signing Day seems like it just happened yesterday, solarise hasn't been neglecting the recruiting trail for next year. After the jump, take a look at some of the top recruits Bears fans should have their eyes on going into next season. All thanks go to him for finding these links. I just did random YouTube searches. Enjoy!

DeAnthony Thomas, RB (Los Angeles, CA)

DeAnthony Thomas, five-star running back from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, is listed as the No. 1 player in the country. Thomas holds scholarship offers from schools across the nation, but lists early favorites as UCLA, Southern Cal, Arizona State, Cal and Washington.

Andrew Bone,

George Farmer, WR (Gardena, CA)
Under Armour All-American wide receiver George Farmer (Gardena, Calif./Serra) has refuted the notion that he’s already bound to the Trojans, ESPN affiliate Web site reports.

"You know I love USC, it’s a great school. But I don’t know about all that with me being a USC lock," Woods said. "We’ll see, but I plan to keep my options open and take all five official visits. I’m just looking for a school with great academics. I’m also looking for a laid back atmosphere to be around. I also will look at team chemistry as a big factor to me as I evaluate these schools."

"I have about 14 offers right now," he continued. "Most of the Pac-10 has offered including USC, Cal, UCLA, among some of them. Miami and Florida have also sent me an offer at this point. I don’t have any top group, I’m looking at everybody with an open mind right now."

Woods Farmer caught 41 passes for 891 yards (21.7 average) and 12 touchdowns while also rushing for four more scores last fall.
Jordan Rigsbee, OT (Pleasant Valley, CA)

One of the top offensive line prospects from the state of California next year will be standout Jordan Rigsbee (Pleasant Valley, Calif./Pleasant Valley), who is hearing from schools all over the region and has a school out of the ACC at the top of his board.

Rigsbee is the younger brother of Cal offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee and could be an even better prospect. He’s earned all-league, all-section and first team all-state underclass honors last season.

Rigsbee plays guard for Pleasant Valley, but he is but is an explosive, very athletic prospect that plays with a mean streak.

($)Greg Biggins, ESPN

Savon Huggins, RB (Jersey City, NJ)

Running back Savon Huggins of Jersey City, N.J., has several offers, including Clemson and USC. Some other offers are North Carolina, Miami, Rutgers, Northwestern, Alabama, Florida, Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia, Cal, Stanford, Duke, Connecticut and Boston College. He is also hearing from Notre Dame, Penn State, and Central Florida, and is expecting offers from each. His sole junior day visit has been to Rutgers, and he has taken unofficial visits to Wake Forest, Miami, and Penn State. Huggins plans to take more unofficials to USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, South Florida, Duke, and Cal.

YTube | Rivals Interview

Brennan Scarlett, TE (Portland, OR)

It’s a shaping up to be a pretty good year for talent in Oregon next year and Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) two-way standout Brennan Scarlett is a big reason why.

Scarlett is a national prospect with eight offers currently on the table. The athlete is getting looks at both defensive end and tight end. It will be interesting to see if Scarlett stays home or leaves the state to play his college ball.

"Recruiting is going good right now," Scarlett said. "Oregon State was my first verbal offer. They offered at their summer camp following my sophomore year and then put it in writing September 1st of last year. My written offers are from Oregon, Washington, Cal, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Stanford and BYU in addition to OSU.

($)Greg Biggins, ESPN

Dude looks like he could beast it up in any offense he gets placed in, and with Anthony Miller a senior in 2011 he could be ready to step up and fill the mantle. All the Pac-10 offers make me wary; the only place I want to see him in the conference is in gold and blue.

Mustafa Jalil, DT (San Diego, CA)
Cathedral (San Diego, Calif.) defensive lineman Mustafa Jalil gave an early commitment to San Diego State. He has, however, opened things up and will be taking a pair of unofficial visits later this week.

It’s an unusually strong year for defensive tackle prospects out West this year and Jalil is a big reason for that. He’ll be a three-year starter for one of San Diego’s top programs and his recruitment has really picked up in the last month.

“I now have offers from San Diego State, Cal, Arizona State and Washington and I’m hearing from a ton of others,” Jalil said. "This Thursday I’m going to UCLA’s junior day and it would be huge if I got an offer from them.

Jalil is from the same school as Alex Crosthwaite.

($)Greg Biggins, ESPN

[2011] Cyrus Kouandjio, OT (Hyattsville, MD)

"I am not going to base my decison on what he [brother Arie Kouandjio, to ’Bama] did," Cyrus told Scout in this story. "Of course it’s a good thing he is there, but it’s not going to influence my decision. If I find another school that fits me like a glove, like Alabama did with Arie, then I will go there. With my brother going there they are going to have something no other school has—family. That being said, I love Alabama. I like Alabama a lot."

Cal has already offered. Should be interesting if the brotherly connection drives him to Bama or drives him away (some brothers just want to pave their own way).

Bama Beat

And finally, looking way ahead to 2012 (what's the difference between admiring 15-16 year olds as compared to 16-17 year olds anyway?), we have one potential Bear blossoming in LA.

[2012] Bryce Treggs, WR (Bellflower, CA)

5-11, 170
4.5 40
4.1 Shuttle

Although he’s just a sophomore, wideout Bryce Treggs (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) already has one offer [AZ St] on the table and has a chance to be a national recruit in a couple of years.

Treggs had a very solid sophomore season catching 33 balls for 533 yards and three touchdowns. He has excellent speed and hands and knows the game well because his father, Brian, played receiver for Cal in the early 90s.

"I grew up watching Cal and I’ve liked them since I was a little," Treggs said. "That’s my top school and I plan to camp there this summer. I’m also going to camp with Arizona State, Oregon, USC and I’ll be going to the Nike Camp as well.

Youtube Sophomore HLs

($)Greg Biggins, ESPN

Recruiting threads will be starting up again in the Fanpost section come March. Look out for them!