The resurrection of the Cal pass defense into becoming one of the league’s best has been one of the best stories of the Justin Wilcox era, and much of that is due to the legacy of the Takers. The Cal secondary has made an amazing turnaround in two-three years.
Cal’s secondary is growing up quickly though. Starting safeties Ashtyn Davis and Jaylinn Hawkins, along with nickelback Traveon Beck and super-subs Trey Turner and Josh Drayden are set to graduate, and Cameron Bynum and Elijah Hicks may be tempted to declare early.
A new generation will soon have to step into its shoes. Daniel Scott, Branden Smith, Chigozie Anuseim, Craig Woodson could be getting into starting roles early. Penn State transfer Isaiah Humphries will enter the fray as well, with he, Woodson and Scott likely to duke it out to replace Davis and Hawkins.
With the uncertain future of Bynum and Hicks, Cal needs corner depth this cycle though after a disappointing 2019 cycle.
They should be getting it soon.
Cal nailed commits from Isaiah Young, Dejuan Butler, and Collin Gamble at corner, with athlete Trey Paster likely converting to safety.
Another strong cornerback prospect could be leaning our way. San Diego (Ca.) St. Augustine CB Tyson McWilliams is taking his visit to Berkeley this weekend.
This cryptic tweet soon followed.
big news could be coming soon...— Tyson Elias McWilliams (@tysonmac5) October 15, 2019
McWilliams is a three-star cornerback according to 247Sports Composite, ranked as the 120th best cornerback and the 102nd best California prospect. McWilliams holds 19 offers, including the service academies (all of Army, Air Force and Navy) and the Ivy Leagues (Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn). McWilliams seems to have strong preferences between Cal and Oregon State, so a strong performance in Berkeley this weekend could be instrumental in securing a commitment.
Here are the early senior season Hudl highlights for McWilliams.