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Cal Football August Recruiting Recap

Where do the Bears rank among their peers in terms of best class for the 2021 circuit

NCAA Football: California at Oregon State Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The California Golden Bears have put together largely and impressive class for the Class of 2021. As September hits, coaches are allowed to contact the class of 2022 athletes, so it was a good idea to take a look back and see who is already in for the next in line at Cal Berkeley.

They currently rank fourth in the Pac-12 and have a total of 18 players committed to the Bears. Their highest-ranked player is four-star receiver J.Michael Sturdivant but this class is well-rounded with TE Jermaine Terry, WR Mavin Anderson, QB Kai Millner and DE Akili Calhoun making up the other four-star players on the class.

Here’s how they stack up so far as a whole list of commits:

4-star WR J.Michael Sturdivant (TX), 6’3, 185; Natl: 180, Pos: 32, State: 30
4-star TE Jermaine Terry (CA), 6’4, 235; Natl: 191, Pos: 6, State: 19
4-star WR Mavin Anderson (CA), 6’, 195; Natl: 273, Pos 47, State: 26
4-star QB Kai Millner (AZ), 6’2, 188; Natl: 316, Pos: 16, State: 7
4-star DE Akili Calhoun (CA), 6’4, 245; Natl: 335, Pos: 22, State: 31
3-star DE Derek Wilkins (CA), 6’4, 250; Natl: 347, Pos: 24, State: 33
3-star CB Kaleb Higgins (CA), 6’2, 175; Natl: 549, Pos: 43, State: 49
3-star OT Bastian Swinney (MN), 6’6, 275; Natl: 618, Pos: 49, State: 5
3-star OLB Moses Oladejo (CA), 6’2, 225; Natl: 739, Pos: 42, State: 70
3-star S Hunter Barth (AZ), 6’2, 200; Natl: 771, Pos: 57, State: 9
3-star OT William Reed (WA), 6’5, 260; Natl: 861, Pos: 76, State: 14
3-star DE Myles Williams (CA), 6’3, 250; Natl: 910, Pos: 52, State: 81
3-star OLB Patrick Hisatake (OR), 6’4, 240; Natl: 964, Pos: 60, State: 5
3-star TE Keleki Latu (CA), 6’6, 205; Natl: n/a, Pos: 56, State: 89
3-star OT Ryan Lange (CA), 6’6, 330; Natl: n/a, Pos: 97, State: 94
3-star CB Lu-Magia Hearns (CA), 5’10, 160; Natl: n/a, Pos: 112, State: 114
3-star S Fatuvalu Iosefa (HI), 6’, 170; Natl: n/a, Pos: 122, State: 9
3-star OG Dylan Jemtegaard (WA), 6’4, 270; Natl: n/a, Pos: 78, State: 19

Recently, I wrote up a piece on their class to date for PacificTakes — and here’s what was said:

“They were hot for awhile, and even got as high as third in the conference in the rankings. They’ll stand pat if they keep their slower pace but that may work out for them in the long run. They’ve got an extremely well-rounded class of commitments and have nine offensive commitments and nine defensive commitments. They’re class’s final rank will largely be decided upon Byron Cardwell (No. 8 RB), Yanni Karlaftis (No. 15 OLB), Titus Mokiao-Atimalala (No. 17 ATH) and Justin Johnson (No. 26 RB), each of whom has Cal on their short lists for their pledges this year.”

Their status for the top-four spots in the Pac-12 is largely up for grabs at this point. It will be a tight race to close it out in the top half, but more particularly for the top four spots behind Oregon and USC, who have all but locked up the top two positions.

Their status among some of their top choices in Cardwell, Karlaftis and Mokiao-Atimalala would absolutely help there, though, those three are pegged as locks to go elsewhere. Johnson, the state of Illinois’ ninth-best player, is likely the biggest ‘available’ get as Cal remains one of the top five schools for his services and the recruiting sites offering no predictions on his choice as of yet.

Either way — this is a solid class for head coach Justin Wilcox — and can only get better.