You might be asking yourself: Why are the California Golden Bears so focused on wide receivers this class? They have four commitments already at the position from Brandon Singleton (committed yesterday), Greyson Bankhead, Austin Aaron, and Kanawai Noa. They still have Carlos Strickland and A.D. Miller on deck, both who are considered priority targets.
Well, Cal is losing a LOT of wide receiver talent after 2015. Bryce Treggs, Trevor Davis, Stephen Anderson, Darius Powe and Maurice Harris are all graduating. Kenny Lawler is a candidate to declare early. That's over 95% of our receiving production. Cal needs to stockpile, and they need to do so now.
Strickland is the target on deck today, and he is a big one. Strickland is prepared to make his announcement between the Cal, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and the UCLA Bruins. Texas Tech (a program from which Strickland decommitted) and UCLA are the programs that have been working very hard on him, but Cal seems to be in the mix too. Interestingly, Oklahoma also has picked up their recruitment in the eleventh hour.
It's hard to say who Strickland will pick today. There's a lot of pursuit from each program.
What I'm hearing on four-star WR Carlos Strickland some 24 hours before his decision tomorrow ($): http://t.co/zWaqriXzp6— Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) January 27, 2015
Strickland would almost certainly become Cal's most talented offensive recruit in the 2015 recruiting class. Measuring in at 6'5, 194 pounds, he definitely has the ability to be a number one receiver who can get on the field pretty quickly. Cal is starting to pick up some late recruiting buzz with commitments from players like Singleton and Keith Washington. Getting a four star wide receiver from Texas would be huge.