With National Signing Day only weeks away and the recruiting season drawing near a close, Cal will look to wrap up its 2016 recruiting class. With only so much time left to lure recruits and fill in holes, Berkeley will be hosting a plethora of recruits this weekend, many of whom have already committed and others who could very well end up wearing blue and gold in college. Here are the big names that you should pay attention to this weekend.
AJ Brown: Four-star wide receiver out of Mississippi. Huge fan of Cal but has virtually the whole SEC coming after him. Would be a huge recruiting coup for Dykes and Co. if they can pull this one off. I've got a good feeling about this one. Ole Miss will get the last trip and Alabama is right in it.
Cali for the weekend ✈️... Bear territory— AJ Brown (@Brown1arthur) January 21, 2016
Lorenzo Burns: Three-star cornerback prospect with tantalizing speed who could revitalize the return game and be a big-play threat no matter where he is on the field. Arizona the current favorite, but Cal could definitely benefit from his services. (UPDATE: Burns is no longer visiting. It's Burgess or bust if Cal wants another cornerback.)
Terrell Burgess: Lockdown three-star cornerback who could definitely develop into a quality starter down the line. Once again, Arizona is the favorite but Cal is among his top three schools. More from Greg Biggins.
"After the visit to Cal, I'll sit down with my family and figure out where the best place for me is. Like I said, it's really close between all those schools, they all stand out for different reasons so we'll see what happens."
Cal OV this weekend!— #⃣BURGESS5⃣© (@TiTaniumT98) January 21, 2016
David Luafatasaga: Learn more about the JUCO linebacker target by clicking the link below.
Cal's biggest recruiting need is at linebacker, and David Luafatasaga could fit the bill. https://t.co/i1Ach7CMGZ pic.twitter.com/EYnmlJRqEt— Avinash Kunnath (@avinashkunnath) January 21, 2016
Nate Herbig: Three-star offensive lineman who recently decommitted from Stanford. Could be a big boost to Cal's OL depth especially with Paco Perez still very much keeping his mind open.
.@nate_herbig talks about his upcoming visit to #Cal: https://t.co/narUL3Epve— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) January 12, 2016
Paco Perez: A soft verbal commit to Cal, Perez apparently had a very good time on his visit to UCLA, as he announced shortly after that a final decision would be made close to signing day. Perez is a physical offensive lineman who could contribute immensely to the trenches. Good news is that Cal will have the final visit before the decision, and can hopefully remind him why he committed to Cal in the first place.
Zion Echols: Echols decommitted from the Bears early last year when there was uncertainty surrounding Sonny Dykes's future, but now that Sonny is all set and signed, Cal will get the last crack at bringing the very underrated athlete back into the fold. With Washington State the other big competitor, the Bears have to be a favorite to get Echols back. If any Cal commitment is happening after this weekend, it's going to be Echols.
Good home visit with @PeelsJP before my official visit pic.twitter.com/JghPUPfeAE— ZION ECHOLS (@_KingZ6) January 22, 2016
Cameron Goode: The Cal commit has been active on visits, so his verbal has been a bit soft as of late, with Vanderbilt and Nebraska both getting visits. As Cal's only linebacker, it's crucial for the Bears to lock down on Goode's first actual trip to Berkeley.
Lil'Jordan Humphrey: Three-star all-purpose back down to Cal and Texas. Humphrey is very athletic and versatile, which means he could contribute to the Cal offense in a number of ways. Cal has a very good shot here, as it is pretty much neck and neck between Cal and Texas. (UPDATE: Humphrey has replaced Cal with Texas Tech in his final two and won't visit Berkeley.).
And that's not all. All 15 Golden Bears who are currently committed and haven't arrived as early entry freshman (including Goode and Perez). Daniel Juarez, Traveon Beck, Chris Yaghi, Camryn Bynum, Logan Gamble, Nygel Edmonds, Evan Weaver, Drew Kobayashi, Chinedu Udeogu, Josh Drayden, Matt Laris, Gentle Williams (still getting the Ole Miss pursuit), Tevin Paul will all be in Berkeley this weekend. Look out for them at the Cal-Arizona game!
Cal will host a whole slew of recruits next weekend as well. But more on that next week!