The most important recruit for Cal for this season is still fighting to get back on the field.
Cal safety Damariay Drew missed the entire 2014 football season due to charges stemming from an incident at UC Berkeley last spring. Now after spending the last year at Butte College, Drew is looking to return to the Golden Bears in time for this season. But first he has to get himself out of legal trouble.
Things are looking on the positive side for Drew. He has had the felony assault allegation reduced to a misdemeanor. More from Autumn Johnson at Patch.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul Delucchi agreed today to reduce Drew’s conviction to a misdemeanor because Drew has been doing community service work, taking anger management classes and attending Butte College in Oroville, Stallworth said. UC Berkeley officials also required Drew to complete those tasks if he wants to be considered for readmission, Stallworth said.
The reduction of Drew’s conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor "gives him a better chance to transition back to UC Berkeley and to the football team. Drew "is hoping to be back where he was before" and would be a redshirt junior if he’s readmitted, Stallworth said.
The Bears are in critical need of safeties this season. We're about a month or so away from the start of fall camp and I have no idea who will end up being the starter at either strong or free safety--all our regular safeties are injured and all the backups are unproven. Drew's return could be vital in Cal's most desperate position of need.
Drew is being represented in court by attorney Darryl Stallworth, a Cal defensive back from back in the 1980s.
UPDATE: Looks like he's back in school at Cal, so hopefully the next step is to see him on the field with the team. We'll continue to update as news comes available.
Damariay Drew has been readmitted to #Cal, according to Associate Athletics Director Wes Mallette.— Mike Vernon (@M_Vernon) July 7, 2015
Damariay Drew will be eligible to try out this fall to walk-on w/ #Cal football. Here is Mallette's statement: pic.twitter.com/1iWpAnLqL7— Mike Vernon (@M_Vernon) July 7, 2015