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Cal football recruiting: Cyrus Habibi-Likio visits Berkeley, postpones decision

Can Cal land a solid local prospect?

NCAA Football: California at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Cal is in the mood to find some local defensive talent, and they have a potential player in Cyrus Habibi-Likio at St. Francis High in Mountain View. The running back was originally planning on making a decision on Christmas Eve, but he’s postponed it to January as major schools like Washington began to take notice.

Habibi-Likio has currently visited four programs on officials: Utah in September, Boise State in October, Oregon in November, and Cal in December. And before you start getting mad about Cal going after another offensive recruit, there are early indications that he is being recruited for the defensive side of the football as a hybrid linebacker/safety. (Think of the type of role that Evan Rambo and Luke Rubenzer played in this season.) The good news is Habibi-Likio is open to the opportunity.

More from Mike Lefkow of the Bay Area News Group.

All but Cal and Washington continue to recruit Habibi-Likio as a running back or slot back. The Bears want him as a “hybrid linebacker or safety,” Habibi-Likio said. Washington is looking at him as a running back or corner back.

Habibi-Likio said he would be comfortable playing defense in college. “I’m almost 220 (pounds) right now,” said Habibi-Likio, who stands 6-foot-1.

At 6’1, 211 pounds, he definitely fits the mold of someone who could be quite a secondary player.

Cal fans, take a look at his tape below. What do you think of Habibi-Likio as a potential defender?