Recruiting tidbit

Cal appears to be very much in the mix for Deandre Coleman, a defensive tackle from Seattle. Coleman is rated as one of the top DTs in the country and reportedly has several major offers. Apparently, Coleman has Cal and Washington at the top of his list. Coleman lives just mintes from the UW campus, but I’ve heard he really likes Cal. Scout.com reports Coleman won’t make his decision until after the season, but timelines can often change.

Coleman is 6-5, 290 pounds. The defensive line was a weakness last year, but the Bears appear to be addressing the problem. Young players such as Cameron Jordan, Derrick Hill, Ernest Owusu and Scott Smith give Cal a pretty good nucleus for the future, and securing more prospects such as Coleman will further shore up a position that was the weak link to the defense last season.

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  • Mike D


    Another recruit to keep an eye on is DE- Devon Kennard of Desert Vista High in the Phoenix area. Supposed to be one of the top DE’s in the country and has Cal on his list of 5 (along with USC, Arizona St., Texas and UCLA). Gotta figure USC and home town Devils as the favorites but Bears believed to be in the hunt.

  • Calduke

    Mike & Jonathan,

    I hope your observations turn out positive for the Bears. Scout.com and Rivals.com indicate that the Bears are far behind in the 2009 recruitment race. I know it is still early, but, good talent attracts good talent. Cal needs to get a few 4-5 star recruits on the verbal commitment list to get the momentum going. I’m a diehard old blue and hope the recruiting phase of Cal football gets a boost.

  • Tyler M.

    I wonder if Seattle-native Anthony Felder is involved? And let’s hope Brandon Jones is not.

  • Jan K Oski

    Calduke, If the Judge lifts the injunction, and construction commences, I predict we will see positive effects in the realm of recruitment. Patience is the name of the game, as Judge Miller has taken her time and seems to want to get this right the first-time.