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Golden Recruiting Wire: What defensive tackles is Cal looking for?

The Bears need to get big up front.

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Rasheem Green, DT, Serra (Gardena, CA)

The no. 35 overall recruit according to ESPN. Green hails from national powerhouse Serra in Gardena, California, the school that produced both Robert Woods and Marquis Lee. Given his 4 star rating, you already know that Green boasts a multitude of offers from the nation's top programs. 247 Sports has him being very high on USC (no surprise), Florida, as well as UCLA.

Looks like Green's going to be the new Eddie Vanderdoes of this year's recruiting season. Look for his ratings and offers only to increase as the year progresses. Personally, I'd be very surprised if he didn't end up at either UCLA or USC. Our offer to Green goes back to April of last year--with no visit scheduled yet. That's okay though because it's still extremely early.

Not much to say in regards to this highlight tape except that Green has clearly earned all of his accolades. A true monster in the middle, Green would likely be an immediate starter on any PAC-12 defense. A player of this caliber would obviously change the entire dynamic of the Cal defense instantly. A dominant defensive tackle is one of the hardest things to game plan around from an offensive point of view. He would add instant value to our run defense, while also posing a legitimate threat to QBs in throwing situations.

Kahlil McKenzie, DT, De La Salle (Concord, CA).

An ESPN top 300 recruit, McKenzie is a player who instantly passes the eyeball test. Standing at over 6'4, roughly 300 lbs, McKenzie already looks the part of an NFL interior defensive linemen. Although still a raw talent, if properly developed in the right system, I believe McKenzie could be an absolute monster at the college level (I'm talking like first round NFL draft talent here). Despite the fact that McKenzie has thoroughly caught the attention of all the PAC-12 schools, most recruiting services indicate that he is interested in mostly the national powers, e.g. Oklahoma and Tennessee. Cal just recently offered (in February), so no real idea as of now in terms of whether he's interested in Berkeley.

It's honestly difficult to say anything critical of McKenzie's film. Not because he doesn't look great, but because he is so much a man among boys out there that's difficult to analyze the film in any meaningful way. That being said, I stand by what I said earlier--the kid has an incredible amount of potential, some of that still being raw, that will eventually be developed at the next level.

Darrion Daniels, DT, Bishop Dunne (Dallas, TX).

Not as quite as high profile as our previous two recruits, Daniels is extremely impressive none the less. We did not do as well in Texas recruiting last year as we have done in previous years, so it's nice to see us targeting major Texas prospects early on in the season. We only offered him in January, so there's no indication yet on how he's feeling about coming to Berkeley. Hopefully we can confirm him for a visit soon.

Breiden Fehoko, DT, Honolulu, HI

Slightly on the smaller end for a DT (only around 6'2, 270), Fehoko hails from the Hawaiian powerhouse Farrington High School. This school has produced several prominent NFL, as well as other professional sports players over the years. Despite being on the smaller end at his position, Fehoko has gotten a tremendous amount of offers, and has earned for himself a 78th overall national rank by ESPN. USC is apparently high on his list, along with the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, and Stanford. I'd say our chances are slim here.

Rocking the #1 jersey, Fehoko is an absolute monster in the middle. He reminds me a lot of the Utah DT who is now on the Panthers (Star), with both of them being exceedingly strong at stopping the run. It also seems like his raw strength more than makes up for his smaller stature when compared to other defensive tackles.

Jacob Daniel, DT, Clovis North (Fresno, CA).

Another highly rated recruit. Daniel is also an ESPN top 100 (61st to be exact), and will likely be the player that the Bears have the best chance at amongst the ones listed here. I say this mostly for proximity reasons, with Stanford and Cal being the nearest PAC-12 schools to his hometown of Fresno, CA. Unfortunately, most speculation online has him going to either USC or Oregon, while others are pushing him towards Alabama as the best possible avenue towards the NFL.

Much more a prototypical DT at 6'4, 310 lbs, what impresses me most about Daniel is that despite his massive size and frame, he's still pretty fast and athletic. There's a handful of places in his highlight where he actually runs to the outside and tracks down a running back or receiver on the exterior. Part of me wonders that if he slimmed down a bit, whether or not he could also play some defensive end--that kind of versatility is a very coveted quality in any defensive lineman.