Golden Recruiting Thread: April 2010

Previous threads: March 2010, Countdown to LOI, January 2010, December 2009, November 2009.

Again, just for general updates on what's happening in the recruiting game. A lot of thanks to solarise for gathering these.

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.

Rival Five-Star Academy at Cal

Notable attendees -

Vei Moala*, DT Grant Union Sacramento
Amir Carlisle*, RB Kings Academy Sunnyvale
George Atkinson III*, ATH Granada Livermore
Jordan Perkins, RB Lodi
Dylan Wynn, DE De La Salle Concord
Blake Renaud, LB De La Salle Concord
{2012} Bart Houston, QB De La Salle Concord
Jordan Rigsbee*, OT Pleasant Valley
Jacob Welter, OG Monte Vista Danville
Nick Sherry, QB Casa Grande Petaluma
Sam Atoe, RB Maria Carrillo Santa Rosa
Brian Moran, OT Sacred Heart Atherton
{2012} Ben Scott, QB Vanden Fairfield
Nathan Falo, OG Indekum Sacramento
Isaiah Henderson, OG Berkeley

(*) holds Cal scholarship offer for 2011

Very happy about Vei Moala’s visit. No indication tho as to whether Mustafa Jalil made it to Berkeley or not. We should hear more after Sunday.

Adam Gorney, Rivals

Max Wittek, QB (Santa Ana, CA)

I see that Brian Kelly wants in on the Thomas-Wittek-Blackwell package.

Highly-touted quarterback Max Wittek (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) has been offered by Notre Dame, ESPN affiliate Web site reports.

"(Head coach Brian Kelly) just said tell him the date I’m visiting, so he can get the red carpet ready," Wittek laughed.

The Irish join USC, Florida, Arizona, Nebraska, UCLA, California, Clemson, North Carolina, Florida State and Duke among others in offering the 6-foot-3, 200-pound ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect.

Wittek completed 136 of 230 attempts (59.1-percent) for 2,126 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions while also rushing for 189 yards and two more scores last fall.

Notre Dame also offered another Watch List talent from Mater Dei, wide receiver Victor Blackwell.

California, UCLA, Florida State and Tennessee are some of Blackwell’s other offers.

He caught 52 passes for 1,044 yards (20.1 average) and 11 touchdowns as a junior. – ESPN

Cyrus Hobbi, OT (Scottsdale, AZ)

Scottsdale Saguaro offensive lineman Cyrus Hobbi told the Republic that Southern California will be offering him a scholarship. He also received an offer from Oklahoma this week, the same day he was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American Game…

Cal has already extended a scholarship offer to Hobbi.

Max Stevenson, TE (Klein, TX)

Junior tight end Max Stevenson (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) picked up his ninth offer over the weekend. Notre Dame is the latest program to offer the 6-foot-5, 223-pounder with 4.6 speed.

The Owls and Cyclones join Baylor, Texas Tech, California, Northwestern, Arizona, Duke, Iowa State and Rice in offering. UCLA, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, TCU, Missouri, Michigan, LSU and Kansas are also showing interest in the athletic prospect.

He has attended Texas Tech’s junior day and the Rebels and Irish are considered the early favorites. – ($)Gerry Hamilton, ESPN

Hamilton’s report differs from Stevenson’s Rivals interview where he said that Cal and TX Tech lead.

Oregon's Junior Day

Potential attendees -

Brennan Scarlett, DE/TE* (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic)
George Atkinson, ATH* (Livermore, Calif./Grenada)
Trey Madden, LB (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo)

(*) holds Cal scholarship offer for 2011

JC Shurburtt, ESPN

Rivals Five-Star Academy at UCLA

Notable attendees -

DeAnthony Thomas*, RB Crenshaw
Max Wittek*, QB Mater Dei
Victor Blackwell*, WR Mater Dei
Jason Gibson*, LB Serra
Jordan Payton, WR Oaks Christian
Antwaun Woods*, DT Taft
Dillon Van Der Wal, TE Oaks Christian
Brian Farley, OT Henry
Christian Heyward, DT Point Loma
Bryan Peters, OT La Mirada
Reggie Coates, LB Crespi
Jared Baker, RB Loyola
Max Gama, ATH La Mirada
Desman Carter, ATH Kaiser
Devin Lucien, WR Crespi
Troy Niklas*, TE Servite
Connor Loftus, K Servite
Jake Van Ginkel, K Upland
Chad Jeffries, QB Glendora
Aaron Almond, ATH Diamond Ranch
{2013} Hayden Rettig, QB Cathedral
JB Salem, DE Newport Harbor
Matthew Lyons, LB Dorsey
Jalen Jefferson, ATH St Bonaventure
Isaac Luatua, C La Mirada
Michael Eubank, QB Centennial

(*) holds Cal scholarship offer for 2011

[DeAnthony] Thomas, one of the nation’s top players, did video interviews. He traded cell phone numbers with other players. And then he dropped news about his recruitment and how he and Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei prospects Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell have talked extensively about playing in college together.
"That would be like Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman," Thomas said. "That would be a dangerous offense right there.

Adam Gorney, Rivals

Bradley Sylve, WR (Port Sulphur, LA)

LSU leads the recruiting of the trackstar w/ 10.35 100m speed.

($)Gerry Hamilton, ESPN -

Under Armour All-American and ESPNU 150 Watch List member Bradley Sylve (Port Sulphur, La./South Plaquemines) is yet another top junior prospect in a loaded crop of Louisiana talent. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Sylve has legit track speed and make-you-miss ability, and the home team is leading an ever-increasing offer list for his future services. "I’ve got offers from Alabama, LSU, Stanford, California, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and USC," Sylve said. "LSU is my favorite. Basically, …

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT (Hyattsville, MD)

Top offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandijo (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) updated ESPN affiliate Web site

“Some of the schools that have already offered are Notre Dame, Alabama, FSU, Tennessee, USC, LSU, Cal, Maryland, Pitt, West Virginia, Boston College, Iowa, among others,” said the ESPNU 150 Watch List talent.

“I don’t have any top groups or anything right now. I plan to travel around this summer and see some schools. I have been to Virginia, Maryland, and Pitt already. I’m going to New Mexico in a few weeks for their spring game,” he said.

Kouandijo continued, “I’m going to take my time, this is just too big of a decision to rush. I think of it as a 10 year plan, what will this prepare me for 10 years from now. This is a bigger decision than just about football.”

“Number one I’m looking at the people in the area, four years is a long time, I want to feel comfortable. Number two, the coaching staff will be a very important part of my decision. Number three is education, gotta have a great education.”

Kouandijo’s older brother, Arie, signed with Alabama’s Class of 2010. “Alabama definitely has my early attention though. How could they not?” he concluded. – ESPN

Cyrus K also visited Penn State unofficially last weekend.

Jason Gibson, LB (Gardena, CA)

Outside linebacker / defensive end Jason Gibson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) is currently holding a dozen scholarship offers, ESPN affiliate Web site reports.

"I’m up to 12 total offers at this time. I have offers from the entire Pac-10 except USC, Florida, and Tennessee. Oregon State and Oregon offered recently. I think Notre Dame is coming soon. USC has been recruiting me hard, but hasn’t offered yet. Right now I would say I hope to hear more from Miami and Oregon."

Gibson added, "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."

He registered 98 tackles and 16 sacks as a junior earning first team all-CIF recognition. As a sophomore, Gibson recorded 67 tackles and 10 sacks. – ESPN

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