Justin Wilcox made it clear at his opening press conference at Cal that tight ends would be a priority in his coaching philosophy. Cal moved quick to grab Ben Moos and Gavin Reinwald late in the recruiting cycle.
And a spring of early offers has made it clear that Cal is aiming to get another one in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Let’s take a look at the tight end prospects Cal has made early offers to.
Long Beach (Ca.) Poly tight end Camren McDonald: McDonald can be considered either a tight end or a big wide receiver, and USC has to be considered the favorite here. Don’t count out Washington though—the John Ross connection could be very valuable. McDonald has offers from most of the Pac-12, Texas A&M, Florida and Ole Miss.
South Lake Tahoe (Ca.) tight end McCallan Castles. Castles is a tight end who checks off the boxes. Standing at 6-5, 220 pounds, Castles is definitely the most traditionally built to be a typical tight end. Ranked 16th among all tight end and 51st among California prospects by 247 Composite (three stars, 0.8739), Castles holds offers from Cal, Utah, Duke and Washington State.
Dorsey (Ca.) tight end Isaiah Smalls: Smalls probably makes more sense. A three-star tight end according to 247Composite (32nd overall, 88th best in California), Smalls is definitely a very compelling target as well. Standing at 6-3 and weighing 217, Smalls holds early offers from Cal and Oregon.