Cal has found their highest-rated recruit of the 2016 recruiting class. After visiting Berkeley a week ago, Melquise Stovall is coming to the Golden Bears.
Cal gang pic.twitter.com/hU0rndqmeI— Melquise Stovall (@Melstovall11) December 21, 2015
Stovall chose Cal over schools like Utah (the other real finalist), Arizona, Boise and Notre Dame, and was a former USC commit in the summer. Stovall had offers from 10 Pac-12 schools overall.
The Cal coaches apparently see Stovall playing primarily in the slot similar to wide receiver Bryce Treggs. He could also play in the backfield and return kicks and punts as a triple threat, so he could potentially be Cal's version of Christian McCaffrey down the line.
Here are the rankings for Stovall from all the major recruiting services.
- 247Sports: Four stars (94), 106th national prospect, 14th best recruit in California, 3rd best all purpose back
- Rivals: Four stars (5.9), 149th national prospect, 26th best California recruit, 3rd best all purpose back
- Scout: Four stars, 25th best athlete
- ESPN: Four stars, 234th in ESPN300, 13th best athlete, 29th best California recruit
"He's a breakaway threat who can hit the home run from anywhere on the field and score just about any time he touches the ball," said Scout West Coast Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. "He has a ton of wiggle, can make multiple defenders miss in the open field and shows very good hands out of the backfield as well."