Even when he’s out of the Pac-12, Mike Riley has to find new ways to try and make Cal sweat.
Cal isn’t in danger of a mass recruiting exodus, but poaching is definitely within the realm of possibility. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are inviting two Cal commits to visit Lincoln, and the Bears will probably have to put in some extra work to keep them in the fold. Both athletes Jeremiah Hawkins and Michael Onyemaobi are taking trips to Nebraska.
One thing to watch with both commits: Hawkins and Onyemaobi were primarily recruited by Jacob Peeler. Since the firing of Sonny Dykes, Peeler has since departed to become the new wide receivers coach in his home state of Ole Miss.
I’d imagine Cal’s chances of retaining both Hawkins and Onyemaobi are still pretty good unless Nebraska really wows them. They’d be very good if Jake Spavital were retained in some capacity I’d guess, given the sense that some continuity is retained with the new staff.
The California Golden Bears don’t have to fix that much on the recruiting trail even with a new head coaching hire. This figures to be a smaller class (at most probably 19 to 21 recruits, and probably closer to 17-18), and Cal already has secured 15 commits. Even if Cal were to lose a few prospects, the Bears would still not be extremely hurt and could probably atone for the damage with a strong coaching hire.