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Golden Recruiting Wire: Cal Legacy Continues with Hardy Nickerson Jr

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July 28, 2011

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  • Hardy Nickerson Jr., LB (Cal) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, CA) quotables:

    At 6-feet, 220 pounds, Nickerson picked Cal over Nebraska, Colorado and Washington State. His father, Hardy, starred for the Bears in the mid-1980s before a standout 16-year NFL career.

    "He really let me make my own decision," Nickerson Jr. said. "I really appreciated that [1]."

    "I really like Cal because they're well-rounded, with their great academics and campus life," said Nickerson, Jr. "I also really like all the change that's happening there, with the new coaches, new facilities and new stadium. It just seems like there's a new excitement coming to Cal football and I want to be a part of it [2]."

    "I was really excited to be a part of the Bear family, and I was just totally comfortable being there and just wanted to make it official," Nickerson, Jr., says. "My dad, it was more, 'You've done this by yourself. My name is not your name. You make your name.' He was just excited for me, proud of me and he wasn't pushing me to make a commitment or anything. He just wanted me to take my time, really evaluate everything [3]."

  • Joshua Garnett, OL Puyallup (Puyallup, WA) offered by Miami and is cutting to a final five leaders soon [$4]. Cal is currently in Garnett's top 11.

    • Ellis McCarthy, DT Monrovia Counsel (Monrovia, CA) will be visiting Oregon officially [5].
    • Jordan Payton, WR Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA) currently has Cal & Michigan on top [6]. Payton can change his mind quickly though.
    • Leonte Carroo, WR Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) has Rutgers as the favorite for his verbal commitment [7]. Carroo is announcing his decision Aug 6th [8].
    • Ishmael Adams, CB Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA) may be down to UCLA & Cal [9].
    • Seth Jacobs, OLB Arroyo Grande (Arroyo Grande, CA) will be visiting Berkeley this weekend.
    • Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE Centerville (Centerville, OH) will visit Notre Dame officially [$10]. Odenigbo may be favoring OSU, Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern [11].
    • Darius Powe, WR Lakewood (Lakewood, CA) has Oregon State, Michigan, UCLA, Miami, and Cal as his top 5 [12].
    • Zach Kline, QB (Cal) San Ramon Valley (Danville, CA) redeemed himself at ESPN Elite 11 QB camp, winning the Strongest Arm accolade [13]. Last year Kline won the Most Accurate award at Stanford NFTC as a Junior.
    • Kyle Murphy, OT San Clemente (San Clemente, CA) competed at Saddlebrook College Linemen Competition [Photos: 14].
    • Eddie Goldman, DT Friendship Academy (Washington, DC) is visiting Auburn this weekend.
    • Bryce Treggs, WR (Cal) St John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) didn't have his best weekend at Florida's Gridiron Kings 7on7 Tournament [15]. The speedy Treggs still got behind the defense and impressed with his route-running though [16].
    • Jaydon Mickens, WR Dorsey (Los Angeles, CA) is no longer being recruited by USC [17]. Cal, UCLA, Washington lead [18].
    • Michael Barton, LB (Cal) De La Salle (Concord, CA), Hardy Nickerson Jr., LB (Cal), KeiVarae Russell, RB Mariner (Everett, WA), Freddie Tagaloa, OT Salesian (Richmond, CA) have all committed to play at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 2nd sponsored by US Marine Corp & JuniorRank [19].


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