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Cal football recruiting: Lavan Alston, Jaylin Hawkins, A.D. Miller on radar

Updates updates updates! National Signing Day is coming.

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Fresh off his success from the Semper Fi Bowl, Sacramento (Ca.) athlete and Cal commit Lonny Powell has one more high school all-star game to play! He’ll be part of the 2015 U.S. Under-19 National Team that takes on Canada in Arlington on Saturday, February 7.
Powell has run for more than 1,600 yards, averaged nearly 10 yards per carry and scored 17 touchdowns in three years at Sacramento (Calif.) High School. The 5-11, 205-pound running back, who has verbally committed to play at Cal next fall, put up his best numbers as a junior, when he nearly eclipsed 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns for the Dragons. He also caught 20 passes out of the backfield for 195 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. This season, Powell has nine receiving touchdowns while leading Sacramento’s prolific offense to 45 points per game and a quarterfinal appearance in the CIF Division III playoffs.
Lavan Alston will utilize one of his official visits to Nebraska the week before National Signing Day. Washington State is also getting a visit on January 16th. Cal and Oregon State are also in the mix, and a late USC offer could throw a monkey wrench into proceedings.

Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne wide receiver A.D. Miller is an Illinois commit but is still looking around. He has taken visits to Kentucky and Nebraska and Cal will get an official in a few weeks. More from Jason Howell of Rivals ($).

Buena Park (Ca.) athlete Jaylinn Hawkins visited Utah and Washington and really enjoyed his time at Arizona State ($). Hawkins will also take visits to Cal and Oregon.

It’s still unclear if San Bernardino (Ca.) San Gorgonio safety Nathan Meadors will visit Oregon, but he will have an in-home visit. UCLA leads, with Notre Dame, Cal and Boise State also in the mix.

One Cal target is Murfreesboro (Tn.) Oakland linebacker Josh Smith remains a Vanderbilt commit and will visit next week. He plans on checking out Oklahoma too.

Ackerman (Ms.) Choctaw County athlete Ja’Marcus Bradley has gotten a Cal offer and will check out Berkeley on January 23rd. San Diego State and Louisiana-Lafayette seem to be the competition.  More from Yancy Porter at Scout.

"What stands out to me about California are their academics. If you get a degree from there it can set you up for the rest of your life. They have alumni all over the world, and I could get a job pretty much anywhere I wanted after college. They like me at quarterback or receiver."

Cal target Santa Ana (Ca.) Mater Dei defensive tackle Malik McMorris looks like a prototypical Golden Bear. More from Ryan Gorcey on his inspiring, heartbreaking story.
"She taught me that school’s the No. 1 thing," says McMorris. "Sports will get you into school. If I fail in the classroom, I’m not working up to the best of my ability. I know that I could do better than that. In anything I do, especially in the classroom, on the football field or just working out, I want to do the best I can. I don’t want to feel like I didn’t give it 110 percent in the classroom like I do on the football field."

San Diego (Ca.) Del Norte cornerback Quenton Meeks has a final five of Stanford, Vanderbilt, Cal, Washington and ASU, and dispelled rumors of an early commitment. A Stanford visit still looms.

Probably a safe bet to cross Gainesville (Ga.) defensive back Chris Williamson off our wishlist. Williamson has picked up late offers from Florida, Notre Dame and Georgia.