A losing football team doesn't ingratiate you with recruits. I normally warn people to sit down before delivering shocking news, but something like this is so unbelievable that I know it wouldn't make a difference if you were sitting or standing. Hopefully the mess isn't too much for you to clean up after your mind being blown like this.
Signing day is Feb. 5, and the early returns aren't encouraging. Cal already has lost two top committed high school players, several more are wavering, and the Bay Area's No. 1 prospect hasn't decided where he'll go.
Brandon Huffman, national recruiting analyst for Scout.com, says the Bears' belly-flop season is the culprit.
"It had the potential to be so much better," Huffman said. "There was a lot of traction when Sonny Dykes was hired, with NorCal kids especially. Now those kids aren't even thinking twice about Cal."
Scout rates Cal's current list of 11 oral commitments as the No. 59 recruiting class in the nation. Over the past five years, the Bears have finished no worse than No. 39 nationally.
The article discusses players once committed to Cal who have since switched commitments (CB Jaleel Wadood committing to UCLA), players who remain (mostly) firm in their decision to come to Cal (RB Tre Watson) and undecided players who still see something appealing about this situation (RB Joe Mixon).
- Cal's fifth-place finish in the Men's Water Polo Championship pushed Cal to ninth place in the Capital One Cup
- Michael Kim has been named no. 1 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking--he's number one! He's number one!
- Max Homa and Michael "Number One" Kim are tied for fourth after four rounds in the six-round Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament
- Alex Morgan is taking over the world!
— CONCACAF (@TheChampions) December 13, 2013
Women's Swimming and Diving
- Justin Cobbs has become a mentor to our younger Bears
- Richard Solomon had a huge game to lead the Bears over Fresno State
Women's Water Polo
- K Vincenzo D'Amato, P Cole Leininger, and RB Khalfani Muhammad received all-conference honors by Athlon Sports
- Keenan Allen can't help himself from kicking butt and was named a winner in the Broncos-Chargers game
- NFL (@nfl) December 13, 2013
- QB Aaron Rodgers will be sitting out during Week 15 due to his broken collarbone
- Deadspin continues to rank all the FBS teams and Cal continues to fall:
Week Cal's rank Preseason 88 1 65 2 74 3 79 4 76 5 81 6 77 7 86 8 92 9 93 10 100 11 95 13 102 14 100 15 103 16 105