This weekend, Cal will have a chance to make some noise on both the field and the recruiting trail. Not only could they get off to a 5-0 start and establish themselves as a Pac-12 contender, but they are also hosting arguably the most talented recruit considering Cal in the Dykes era. Demetris Robertson, a five-star athlete out of Savannah, Georgia and perhaps the best athlete in the nation, will be on campus to watch what should hopefully a a display of fireworks this weekend at Kabam Field.
Rated seventh overall by Rivals, Robertson would easily be the biggest splash Dykes has made on the recruiting trail if he could get him to come to Cal. Unfortunately, almost every power five team wants Robertson, so Cal will have to battle it out with blue bloods like Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, USC, and Stanford.
Georgia obviously wants him, but annoyingly Stanford appears to be the favorite. Why? Academics. This is why Cal has a chance to make a big impression this week. More from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Robertson seems convinced the football part of the equation at UGA will work out nicely. He's interested in seeing just how well the academic engines of the university can prepare him for a successful life in the business world after his playing career ends.
He's very serious about the academics that will shape his decision. That's why Stanford is his leader and why he also visited Notre Dame. The nation's No. 2 athlete for the Class of 2016 will not be at the Alabama game next week. Robertson will be on an official visit to Cal instead.
You can see why Cal would want him. He has the ability to play two ways as a wide receiver and a defensive back (perhaps safety?).
Robertson won't be the only one visiting; Texas Tech commit JUCO wide receiver Derrick Willies is also taking a trip. The 6'4, 210 pound wideout is interested in what the Bears have to offer, and there should be plenty of opportunities for playing time with the majority of the Bear Raid receiving corps graduating.
Willies used to play at Iowa but left the team last year to try and play closer to his dad (who has health issues) in Arizona. Cal is definitely closer than Texas Tech and the Bears have recently offered Willies. His early year reel is definitely impressive.
Also visiting are some incoming Golden Bears. Several Cal commits including Traveon Beck, Max Giliam (signed, sealed, delivered!), and Logan Gamble are all planning their trips to Berkeley this weekend.
Blessed pic.twitter.com/0Tp6RJzawH— Max Gilliam (@maxgilliam11) August 6, 2015
Cal this weekend— TRAVEON BECK✨ (@HeyImTray) September 29, 2015
Excited to be at Cal this weekend for Homecoming— LOGAN GAMBLE (@Lowguhhn) September 30, 2015