The stated intention before Justin Wilcox arrived at Cal this past season was to take two quarterbacks this year. They’ve found one via the transfer market.
The search for a 2018 California Golden Bears high school signal-caller figures to be more elusive.
Cal has one quarterback in pocket already. The Bears landed transfer Brandon McIlwain from South Carolina, which is probably as good as landing any major high school prospect. McIlwain has three years remaining of eligibility and has already proven he can play at the major conference level.
However, that came at the cost of original Cal commit Adrian Martinez, who has now defected to Tennessee. Martinez was already going to be tough to hold onto with the coaching change and the scheme change, but at least he’s not staying in conference to potentially torture the Bears for four years.
Cal now has found two new quarterback targets. One is Tyler Shough from Arizona.
The Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton signal-caller is a three star quarterback, but take a look at this list of offers: Michigan, Alabama, Georgia and Florida State. Shough also has a host of Ivy League offers as well.
Here’s a look at Shough’s highlights:
The other prospect is JT Shrout. He hails from Newhall (Ca.) Hart, where Kyle Boller went.
Also a three-star prospect, Shrout holds offers from a few Mountain West programs, with Cal being the first major Power 5 offer. Here are his junior video highlights.
The two major quarterbacks the coaching staff earlier this cycle were pursuing were Colson Yankoff and Spencer Petras. Yankoff committed to Washington earlier in the cycle. Petras committed to Oregon State this weekend.
The Petras commitment is a bit of a blow, since the kid is from Marin Catholic, who gave Cal Jared Goff.
With Cal losing Max Gilliam to transfer, the Bears are still stacked with quarterback depth. Here’s what 2018 looks like.
- Redshirt senior Chase Forrest
- Redshirt junior Ross Bowers
- Redshirt sophomore Victor Viramontes
- Redshirt freshman Chase Garbers
- Transfer Brandon McIlwain
This feels like plenty of depth. But when it comes to having a quarterback, you never can really have enough.