Golden Recruiting Thread: March 2010

This is your place to discuss all new recruiting news, rumors, events, stories from any of the major recruiting sites concerning Cal football, Cal basketball and anything that might be tangentially related to Cal.

Something I've been working on lately related to recruiting will be revealed soon, but right now things are too busy for me. For now, solarise will be your main guide, as he has been the past few months. Updated Junior day post will be coming tomorrow, and hopefully a story about Darren Ervin's commitment.

Here are his latest links:

Nathan Hughes, DE (Klein, TX)


6’6" – 245
4.8 40

Offers: Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Colorado, Houston, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Okie St., Oregon, Stanford, TCU and Texas Tech.

Interested in: LSU, Oklahoma and Texas.

Prep: As a sophomore 83 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 6 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 10 games. As a junior 86 tackles, 11 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Analysis: Hughes has an amazing frame for a high school kid. He has a great work ethic and motor, which is essential at the DE position. He does a great job getting off blocks, even though he was often double and even triple teamed. He also utilizes his hands very well, and does not let blockers get into his body. Nathan does a great job against the run, and because the teams in his league are primarily running teams, it’s hard to gauge where he is as a pass rusher. Hughes needs to work on his initial burst and his speed, but he will be a beast at the next level.

MIchigan Sports Zone

[WBB] Chairese Culberson, SF (Berkeley, CA)

No. 26 junior Chairese Culberson has an early top three

Chairese Culberson, the 6-foot wing prospect from Berkeley High School (Calif.) has an early list of leaders in her recruitment. According to her Cal Ballaz club team coach Leroy Hurt, California, Washington and UC-Santa Barbara are in the mix currently. She is the No. 26 ranked prospect in the 2011 class according to ESPN HoopGurlz.

ESPN On the trail
Viliami Moala, DT (Sacramento, CA)

When you size up Vei Moala, you have to stand back a few feet for the full view. He’s that immense.

Grant High School’s 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman has size 16 feet and hands the size of "shovels," according to Pacers coach Mike Alberghini.

Wide shoulders, massive thighs, but no overhanging gut. He also has an engaging smile and a personality that belies his ferocious play.
"He’s the total package," Alberghini said. "A leader, a good person, a good student, a great player. He’s everything."

The Sacramento Bee

Viliami Moala (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) revealed his most important decision factor for ESPN affiliate Web site

"I pretty much want to stay close to home," he said. "I want to be close enough for my parents to be able to see me play. That’s a major factor." Moala added that the education provided by the school would be equally important.

That said, USC, Washington, Washington State, California, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State among others could be in the mix for his services.

Alabama, Florida and Miami-FL are among the schools away from home that recruited the ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect.

ESPN On the trail

Youtube – Vei Moala (from 1:25) Sacramento Bee’s Bee’s Prep Football Player of the Year candidates

Savon Huggins, RB (Jersey City, NJ)

Offers piling up for explosive RB Huggins

Savon Huggins has been on the national radar since his freshman year, and the soon-to-be senior showed why he will be a dominant force for Jersey City’s St. Peter’s Prep this fall. The running back has been a highly recruited playmaker since his sophomore season, with a rare blend of size and breakaway speed. Huggins impressed with good hands as a receiver in the passing drills, having shown marked improvement in his route running over the past year.

On signing day, Huggins hauled in an offer from Alabama’s Nick Saban. This past Friday he got an offer from Notre Dame in the mail. With the offers piling up, Huggins will continue to be one of the most sought-after backfield prospects in the nation. Along with ’Bama and ND, Huggins has received offers from Penn State, Rutgers, Miami and Florida — but there is currently no leader in the mix.

"Things are going well and I’m excited about everything that has been happening so far," Huggins said. "But right now, I am really just focusing on getting ready for my last season at the Prep."

Huggins also vowed that this year, Prep will beat Don Bosco, the North Jersey program that finished this year as the No. 1 team in the nation according to several polls, including MaxPreps and

Kristian Dyer, Sports Illustrated

Ray Hamilton, TE (Strongsville, OH)

Class of 2011 prospect Ray Hamilton (Strongsville, Ohio) has received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame bring his total up to roughly 20, ESPN affiliate Web site reports.

Oklahoma, Boston College, California, Michigan Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Stanford and West Virginia, where his father Tom played college ball, have also extended scholarship offers.

"I have no favorites, but at the same time I’m definitely genuinely interested in a good amount of schools and taking it one day at a time," Hamilton said. "I’m doing my research on each school so when I make the ultimate decision, I’ll be making the right choice for the next four or five years of my life."

He also explained what he wants in a program, "I want to feel the campus atmosphere. It should feel like a home away from home environment. Definitely want to build a relationship with the whole coaching staff, but in particular you want to build a relationship with the position coach because ultimately that’s who you’re going to be spending the majority of your time there with."

"Also the academics. When football is all said and done, whenever that is for me, what’s my degree going to do for me for the rest of my life? Where can I network and how good of a degree is it? You want to set yourself up for life after football."

ESPN On the trail

Another package deal in the works?

Defensive lineman Gabe Wright (Columbus, Ga./Carver) informed ESPN affiliate Web site that he and Under Armour All-American running back Isaiah Crowell may choose the same school.

"I think we gonna be a package deal. You will be getting two if you get either one of us probably," he said.

Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are among the many schools that have offered the Columbus Carver pair.

Wright added, "I don’t want to spend too much time with recruiting this summer. I think I want to trim my list some and focus on those schools more. I’m just looking for a school I fit into at. I would like to play early, I mean who doesn’t want to play early. I’m also looking for a school that can fill the stands."

Crowell Youtube HLs

ESPN On the trail

More from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Carver-Columbus football stars Isaiah Crowell and Gabriel Wright tend to be talked about as a pair. As a result, they are often thought of as a package deal in recruiting. But that’s not necessarily the case. "They’re separate individuals," Carver coach Dell McGee said Thursday morning. "I’m not saying they wouldn’t [consider signing with the same school]. But I think they both have different things they’re looking for and they both have different personality types." Of course, every school would like to sign both of these elite prospects. Both are consensus top 10 prospects in the state of Georgia for the Class of 2011. I have Crowell (6-foot, 204 pounds) No. 1 in my "Tentative Top 10″ and Wright (6-3, 273) No. 5.

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