Unfortunately, the favorite to land Habibi-Likio at the moment appears to be Oregon, though he is reportedly interested in all four of the aforementioned schools. His main draw is his versatility, which will allow him to play multiple positions in college similar to Jabrill Peppers at Michigan. According to Scout, he has the ability to play running back, safety and linebacker.
With most of Cal’s staff being filled out just now, Cal is seemingly at a disadvantage, but its possible the draw of playing for the new coaching staff could shift the momentum in Cal’s favor, but we won’t really know what this recruiting class thinks of the new staff until National Signing Day when the class rounds itself out. The general excitement level for the hires, though, has been high, which means that Cal could see a recruiting boost. It remains to be seen who the staff will prioritize in the coming weeks, but hopefully Cal will bring in some big names. Getting Habibi-Likio would be a huge get, and would add much-needed depth for Cal, as he is able to play a number of positions.
Habibi-Likio said he would commit shortly after the Polynesian Bowl, which occurred last Saturday, so we should expect a decision rather soon. Given that, he is in no hurry to make a decision, and could definitely take longer to decide with the late-season coaching changes. It was reported by 247Sports that he had a good discussion with Oregon coach Willie Taggart, so Oregon is definitely trending as of late, but you never know until the papers are signed.
I WANT TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP— Cyrus Habibi-Likio (@cyrri3e) December 8, 2016
Hopefully he has faith in the coaching staff that they will return Cal to excellence and give him a shot to win that elusive National Championship, and hopefully Cal’s new staff can recruit talent who have that championship drive.