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2012 Cal Football Recruiting Preview: Offensive Linemen Needed

Solarise is taking a much-deserved break, so I'll be filling in for him.

As we transition from an excellent 2011 class that bodes well for the future of Cal football, it's incredible to imagine that 2012 has the potential to be even better. The 2011 was very defensive-heavy, although the offensive talent shouldn't be underrated. With Cal already securing the talents of quarterback Zach Kline, it'll be interesting to see who they can add to next year's squad, which will tilt toward the offensive side of the ball.

What does Cal need?

  • Offensive linemen is priority one, and offensive tackles is the most important sub-category. Everywhere down the line, we need a slot that needs to be filled, particularly with three juniors and two seniors likely to start on next year's line. Thankfully, this is a LOADED class, particularly on the West Coast.
  • Four to five offensive linemen will be a necessity, and Cal will need at least three of them to be impact players if they plan to resurrect that dominating run attack that terrorized the Pac-10 a few years.
  • Wide receivers will be particularly important, with Marvin Jones, Michael Calvin and Coleman Edmond moving on (and you never know if Keenan Allen leaves after his junior year). Expect three to four receivers.
  • Punter is also important with Bryan Anger a senior. Cal will likely try to find another walk-on kicker to ensure Jed Barnett has steady competition when Giorgio Tavecchio graduates.

Yes, please

  • Perhaps one quality running back. This position has been stable since the beginning of the Tedford era, but more depth here couldn't hurt, considering Cal doesn't know who will start next season.

  • A tight end or two. Cal has lacked a lot of oomph in their TE passing attack as of late, and despite the promise of Jacob Wark and Richard Rodgers, the Bears would love to get more versatility from their team.
  • The secondary still needs a bit of shoring up. At least two or three more defensive backs are a must, just so the Bears can fill out the two-deep. Both D.J. Campbell and Sean Cattouse are seniors.
  • Cal's front seven is pretty stacked after last year, but they could use maybe one more inside linebacker and another defensive tackle/rush defensive end to ensure quality depth.

Already rolling on

  • Quarterback. Perfectly happy with who we got.

After the jump, we take a look at who can fill up Cal's most pressing need--offensive linemen.

Offensive linemen with Cal offers

Zach Banner, offensive tackle, Lakes (Lakewood, WA); 6'9", 310 lb


Offers from 9 of the original Pac-10 schools, plus Alabama, LSU, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Penn St., Tennessee. Also has a basketball offer from Cal.

(via DickKalla)

Video: Junior highlights (look for #73, see above) | Junior footage from playoffs | Sophomore highlights (look for #73) | Offensive tackle drills | Q&A in summer 2010 | Three part interview with Dan Poneman (Part I, Part II, Part III)

More news: Feature from WashingtonPreps in Rivals which reveals he has a 3.6 GPA and is the junior class president; also, an incredibly touching feature from Scout on how his biological father is Lincoln Kennedy, but his real dad is Ron Banner.


Josh Garnett, Puyallup (Puyallup, WA); offensive tackle, 6'5", 275 lb


Offers from seven of the Pac-12 schools: Cal, Oregon, Furd, UCLA, USC, and Washington schools.

(via dirkknudsen)

Video: Workout tape (see above)

More news: Garnett gained his work ethic from his Washington Husky father ($)can project to either offensive guard or tackle in college ($); both Garnett and Banner, good friends and top Washington O-linemen prospects, have indicated they would be interested in playing with each other in college.


Kyle Murphy, San Clemente (San Clemente, CA); offensive tackle, 6'7", 270 lb


Offers from Cal, Duke, Southern Methodist and Furd.

(via 78SCTritonMurphy)

Video: First seven game highlights (see above) | Scout junior highlights ($)

More news: Member of the 2010 All-State Underclass team by Cal Hi-Sports; feature on the Bootleg, Cardinal Scout site. 3.9 GPA, 305 lb bench and 375 lb squat, 31 inch vertical.


Andrus Peat, Corona Del Sol (Tempe, AZ); offensive tackle, 6'6", 265 lb


Offers from nine of the Pac-12 schools and 25 Division I scholarship offers overall. Clancy Pendergast is his primary recruiter.

(via AndrusPeat)

Video: Free Junior Highlight Reel | Junior highlights in Rivals ($) | Sophomore highlights (see above) | More sophomore highlights

More news: Despite the commitment by Peat's brother Todd to Nebraska, Andrus says the Huskers have as good a chance as anyone else.


Ronnie Stanley, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV), offensive tackle, 6'7", 285 lb


Seven offers, including Arizona, Arkansas, Cal, Nebraska, Utah, UCLA, USC

Video: Sophomore highlights (see above)

More news: Considered top prospect in Las Vegas for 2012, Stanley's a two sport athlete but will play football in college; Q&A with Stanley. Geoffrey Gibson (from the 2010 recruiting class) is also a Bishop Gorman offensive lineman.


Freddie Tagaloa, Salesian (Richmond, CA); offensive tackle, 6'8", 300 lb


Offers from Cal, Furd and USC; Tagaloa has indicated high interest in all three schools.  Also has offers from ASU, UCLA & SDSU. Tosh Lupoi is Tagaloa's main recruiter.

Video: Interview with Tagaloa and Salesian High football players.

More news: Tagaloa feature from FOX Sports


Additional offensive linemen to watch out for

Garrett Adcock, Dallas Christian (Dallas, TX); offensive guard, 6'2", 275 lb


Interested in Arkansas, Cal, Notre Dame, Oklahoma St., TCU, Texas, Texas A&M.

(via gwa2012)

Video: Junior highlights (see above) | More junior highlights ($) | Sophomore highlights | National Underclassmen Combine Regional clip | Next Level Athletes drills | Sophomore highlights ($)

More news: Visited Cal early during 2010 season ($); Brother of Chris Adcock, offensive lineman from Cal 2010 recruiting class.


Stephon McCray, Bullard (Fresno, CA); offensive guard, 6'3", 300 lb

No offers; interested in Arizona schools, Cal and UCLA

Video: Sophomore highlights | Sophomore highlights courtesy of Scout ($) | Interview with ESPN Rise at Stanford Nike Training Camp

More news: Under Armour Combine Results


Jordan Simmons, Crespi (Encino, CA); offensive tackle, 6'5", 325 lb

Offers from Colorado, Florida, Miami (FL), the LA schools, and Washington
. His Cal offer is probably coming soon.

(via utrhighlightvideos)

Video: Isolated video of Simmons against Antwaun Woods | Junior highlights (see above) | Awesome play by Simmons | More junior highlight reel ($) | Quickie interview with Simmons after Crespi game (around 2 minutes)

More news: Cali High Sports feature | Plays football and basketball


Paul Thurston, Arvada West (Arvada, CO); offensive tackle, 6'5", 265 lb


Offers from ASU, Colorado, Furd, and Utah.

(via jleewilder)

Video: Junior highlights (see above) | Sophomore highlights

More news: Probably has biggest interest in Colorado ($) | No interest in making his decision soon ($)


Fernando Villanueva, Independence (San Jose, CA), offensive tackle, 6'6", 280 lb


No offers, but considering Cal, Oregon, USC, Washington and Alabama.

(via 247SportsStudio)

Video: Junior highlights (see above) | Junior defensive highlights | Early season junior highlights | Sophomore highlights

More news: All-Central Coast First Team Defense (defensive tackle) | Offensive lineman of the year in Santa Teresa Division



Next time, we look at the athletes we need to fill up our wide receiver depth chart.