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Cal football recruiting commit: Sam Atoe, College of San Mateo safety

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The holidays have been kind so far, with a third JUCO commit

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With Christmas around the corner, the Cal Bears have received a number of reinforcements from the JUCO ranks, the kind that might come and make an immediate difference for a 1-11 team.

We covered Trevor Kelly earlier in the day, but he has been joined with another CSM Bulldog in safety Sam Atoe, who chose Cal over offers from Texas Tech, TCU and Fresno State.

So, the bigger question heading into the holidays is this one: can Santa bring a commitment from Joe Mixon early next month? The Bears will have the final home visit with him before the quiet period, and he will commit on January 4th at the US Army All-American Game...

But enough of what may come later, and more on the commits that we have now -- welcome, Sam!

Ryan Gorcey from Scout has more on Atoe here.

The rankings

247sports: NR

Scout: 2 stars

Rivals: 2 stars

ESPN: 2 stars [76] out of high school

[Again, we'll have some thoughts on Atoe and Kelly later in the week.]