The 2020 NFL Draft stole all the headlines this past weekend but we can’t overlook the fact that head coach Justin Wilcox and the California Golden Bears football team received the pledge from two different three-star recruits for the 2021 recruiting cycle.
Both Kaleb Higgins and Hunter Barth pledged to Cal in the past two weeks, giving Cal seven commitments for the 2021 class already.
Higgins is a three-star cornerback and stands at 6’2, 175. From Folsom High School in Folsom, California, Higgins is the 21st-ranked cornerback prospect in the 2021 class and ranks as the 36th-best player in the state.
He had at least 14 other scholarship offers including a heavy Pac-12 influence that the Bears beat out. Higgins is also the younger brother of Stanford WR Elijah Higgins, making this altogether more interesting. He played at Austin’s Bowie High School in Texas during his freshman and sophomore seasons, bringing with him some big-time Texas football experience with him.
Barth is from Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Arizona and ranks as the 62nd-best safety prospect in the country. 247Sports also has him as the eighth-best player in the entire state of Arizona as he had nearly 20 scholarship offers at the time of his commitment.
Cal beat out in-state and Pac-12 rival Arizona for his services among several other Power-5 programs who had offers on the table for Barth.
He’s 6’2, 200 pounds and brings the heat with some of his tackles.
Welcome to Berkeley, gentlemen! You made a great decision!