The 2021 California Golden Bears recruiting class is beginning to take shape and if the fine folks at 247Sports have anything to say about the matter, the class will get even better before it’s over.
That’s right — despite having the Pac-12’s No. 3-ranked recruiting class right now, the nation’s recruiting experts think that Cal is the final landing spot for several top-ranked recruits.
They’ve updated their ‘Crystal Ball’ predictions based upon a score of 1-10, with one being the least confident and 10 being considered a ‘lock,’ on many marquee recruits through the cycle. Whether or not we’ve discussed them here before, here’s the list of Crystal Ball updates in favor of Cal.
Fatuvalu Iosfea: 3-star DB from Mililani High School in Hawaii — Iosefa was pegged as a Crystal Ball lock to Cal. He’s the younger brother of current Cal freshman Muelu Iosefa and considers him a lock to the Bears.
Derek Wilkins: 4-star DE from Santa Margarita Catholic High School — the experts gave predictions of “7” and “6” for Wilkins to pull the trigger on Cal as he’s got a top three of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. He’s the nation’s 16th-best strongside defensive end in their rankings.
Kaleb Elarms-Orr: 4-star DE from Moreau Catholic High School — prediction from Brandon Huffman of 247Sports saw a rating of ‘8’ — meaning it’s pretty solid for Cal at this point. Elarms-Orr is considered the 202nd-best overall prospect in the country.
Will Schweitzer: 3-star OLB from Los Gatos High School — the lowest of the predictions, Schweitzer received a ‘5’ and a ‘3’ from the experts, though on the low-end, is still promising for a player with at least 24 scholarship offers.
Jacob Schuster: 4-star DT from Olympia Tumwater High School, though pegged as a Stanford lock at this point, they still believe Cal is a top contender, and wouldn’t be surprised if he came down a bit south to Berkeley.
This of course came as they also said that TJ Bollers, a 4-star DE, though scheduled to take an official visit to Cal in June, has shifted his focus to his top-four schools that do not consist of Cal. Los Lunas DE Tyler Kiehne also committed to UCLA and Matthew Wykoff of Magnolia High School in Texas committed to Texas A&M, but were high on the Cal recruiting board prior to their commitments.