For the most part, things will go according to plan on National Signing Day. You'll wake up absurdly early, pull up your Twitter feed, and watch the letter of intents roll in, knowing that one day, there's a chance you might see a few of those players suit up and do some awesome things in Strawberry Canyon. It's one of the busiest, craziest, most bizarre days in college football. And people can't stop tuning in for fax machines!
Still, some things are in flux. A lot of decisions have yet to be made. Here are the final players to watch for decisions on National Signing Day Eve.
Little Rock (Ark.) defensive lineman & Cal commit Luc Bequette
Schools: Florida, Cal
An eleventh hour monkey wrench has been thrown into the proceedings with wrapping up Cal's recruiting class. Cal commit and Little Rock (Ark.) Catholic for Boys defensive tackle Luc Bequette surprised a lot of us by taking an official visit to Florida. Now it appears Bequette has softened his verbal to the point that he'll make a National Signing Day decision between the two schools.
This is one of those times where you hate recruiting, but Cal has flipped plenty of players in this process, so it figures that a big-time program would do it to us eventually. We'll have to stay tuned.
Honolulu (Hi.) Punahou offensive guard Semisi Uluave
Schools: Cal, Oregon, Texas Tech, UCLA
Uluave was one of Cal's final visitors, and is the biggest target remaining on the board for the Bears with the decommitment of Nick Buchanan. Cal would love to have three offensive linemen on this class to join Ryan Gibson and Patrick Mekari, but the Bears have some stiff competition.
Buena Park (Ca.) athlete Jaylinn Hawkins
Schools: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Oregon and Utah are in the mix
Latest on Jaylinn Hawkins' recruitment now that his last visit before NLI day has concluded http://t.co/JqwHSg3z06— Devils Digest (@DevilsDigest) February 1, 2015
Hawkins has been pretty mum on his recruitment, but the Bears are definitely among the final contenders. ASU is in good shape here, but Cal could be a dark horse in the final calculus. The Bears could use another versatile player who could play multiple positions, especially to help upgrade overall athleticism on the defensive side of the ball. (Hawkins would be an awesome wide receiver too).
Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Kyahva Tezino
Schools: Boise State, Cal, Kansas and San Diego State are the final four.
Tezino will now choose between Boise State, Cal, Kansas and San Diego State on signing day— Erik McKinney (@EMcKinneyESPN) February 2, 2015
Tezino reopened his recruitment and decommitted from Washington State yesterday. He's now expected to choose from among four programs, and San Diego State is the rumored favorite. I'm not even sure Tezino has even visited Cal recently, so I would be very surprised if he decided to change hands to Cal.
Crescent City (Ca.) Del Norte cornerback Quenton Meeks
Schools: Cal, Stanford, Vanderbilt
2015 Del Norte ATH Quenton Meeks will make his college decision on Wednesday at 2pm. He's considering Stanford, Cal, and Vanderbilt.— Bodie DeSilva (@SDPreps) February 3, 2015
This is a tough one. Cal has a lot of ground to make up. Stanford is a significant favorite here, especially with his friend Frank Buncom already a Cardinal. The Bears definitely would love to have an additional defensive back recruit, but they are not the favorites here by any means.
More recruiting news:
Wide receiver A.D. Miller committed to Oklahoma during Super Bowl Sunday. Cal looked to be in a good spot after his visit, but the Sooners put on the full-on blitz and the Bears got two more wide receiving commitments in Brandon Singleton and Carlos Strickland. Miller is a good wideout and it stinks not to get him, but we have to be pretty happy with what we have at wide receiver in this class.
Cornerback Chris Williamson picked Florida yesterday. Williamson was noticed early on by the Bears, but then so did the rest of the SEC and many other big schools. It's very hard to pry a Southern player out to the West Coast when he receives that much late attention.
Nick Buchanan decommitted. Nothing much we haven't said already. His story is similar to Williamson, only he actually committed and only started reconsidering once his position coach left. He'll be committing to Florida either today or tomorrow. Of all the commitments the Bears could use tomorrow, Cal definitely wants Uluave to be the guy.