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Golden Recruiting Wire: All American Bowls!

This weekend there will be three different All American Bowls featuring both Cal commits and targets. These bowls are an exciting way for fans to see future Bears square off against one another. They also provide undecided recruits with a venue for revealing which school they will sign with.


Semper Fi Game

Friday, January 4th, 6 PM, NFL Network

Commits playing in this game:

Matt Anderson, kicker, San Ramon Valley HS, Danville

Anderson has been a solid with Cal now for a while. He sat out of the Cal All-State game, but will be playing in the Semper Fi bowl for sure.

"Matt is an outstanding kicker. He has a strong leg and shows nice technique and consistency. Gets great height on his ball. Field goals are excellent. Kickoffs are solid and continue to improve. Matt is a great athlete with a bright future. A fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic. Great prospect." - Chris Sailer

Erik Bunte, offensive lineman, Santa Margarita HS, Mission Viejo

Bunte, a former UCLA commit, now appears to be strongly committed to Cal.

Victor Egu, linebacker, De La Salle HS, Concord

Egu originally seemed to be very solid, however he will be shopping around and making several more visits before signing day.

I don't know how well this bodes. I can't imagine Egu wanting to go to ASU or CU over us unless he really fell in love with a school, him being a norcal guy and all. I can't really see him going to Yale either, but the trip does tell me that he cares about academics, so I'm happy about that as long as he sticks with us.

Jared Goff, quarterback, Marin Catholic, Novato

For all intents and purposes, Goff is probably the most solid recruit we have. He committed a while ago, and has not waivered at all despite the immense amount of chaos in Berkeley over the last year. Look for him to put up some numbers for the West team. Here's a video of him from the West squad's practices.

Khalfani Muhammad, running back, Notre Dame, Inglewood

Reportedly he and Egu were some of the best performers in the pre-bowl practices this week. Muhammad was sold on Cal by Ron Gould, and when he left there were some questions as to whether or not Muhammad would stay. However, Pierre Ingram reportedly had a great inhome visit with him, so that makes me feel more confident about him remaining a Bear.

AJ Richardson, wide receiver, Narbonne, Harbor City

Not much has been heard of from Richardson of late. Let's assume that no news is good news, and that he is also a strong commit.

Targets playing in this game:

Aaron Cochran, offensive lineman, Buhach Colony HS, Atwater

This big boy is still weighing his options, and seems to be down to 3 top schools at this point. He has said that he is going to take his time, and announce his decision when he feels comfortable doing so. Oklahoma seems to be pursuing him aggressively.

Cal also seems to be in the mix along with Nebraska. We have a solid shot of getting him I'd say.

Sean Dowling, offensive lineman, Fallbrook Union HS, Fallbrook

This kid just recently committed to Vandy, and appears to be very happy with his decision. He decommitted from UCLA to do so.

Unlikely that he will end up a Bear at this point.

Austin Hooper, defensive end/outside linebacker, De La Salle, Concord

Intriguingly, Dykes has told Hooper that he wants to use him as a tight end instead of a D-end. Hopefully, this offensive pitch will be the deciding factor in landing Hooper's commitment.

As of now he has no visits planned to Berkeley though, and is also high on Washington, Oregon, and Stanfurd.

LJ Moore, defensive back, Central East, Fresno

Cal has been on and off with recruiting this guy. I am skeptical that we will get him considering the fact that we reportedly stopped talking to him for a while. As of now, he seems set on either ASU or Oregon State. Dykes recently spoke with him though, and Moore admitted that Cal was still in the picture. Not really sure what went on with his recruiting, because Cal did seem to initially be a big time player.

Under Armour Game

Friday, January 4th, 2 PM, ESPN

Commit playing in this game:
Cameron Hunt - offensive tackle - Centennial, Corona

Hunt's recruitment has become somewhat precarious. He seems to be shopping around right now, and has several visits scheduled this month to Oregon and Michigan, tOSU seems to be lurking in the back as well (great). Hunt is an important recruit for us, and fortunately his final official visit will be in Berkeley later this month, so we will have the last say in things.


There are a few playing in this game, but no one we really have a shot at as they all have already committed to their schools.

Army Game

Saturday, January 5th, 10 AM, NBC


Eddie Vanderdoes - defensive tackle - Placer, Auburn

Maybe the best DT on the West Coast. If Cal got him, he would absolutely make the recruiting class a top 15, if not top 10 one. As of now, Vanderdoes seems to be high on Notre Dame, Washington, and UCLA. If Tosh Lupoi is able to land Vanderdoes, then there is no good in the world anymore. USC is also still in the running.

Reeve Koehler - offensive guard - St. Louis, Honolulu

Koehler seems to have medium interest in Cal, but looks to be set on either Kansas, Arkansas, or Tennessee. Look for him to likely announce his commitment after the game.

I really have no idea where he could go. I'd say Cal has a chance, but most recruiting services say this kid is really high on Kansas. We could definitely use more depth on the O-line though, especially with Hunt's uncertain commitment status.