By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 7:58 am in off-season stuff.
Not a surprise at this point, but Devon Kennard announced this morning he has chosen USC over Cal and Texas. More later…
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Not really a surprise. Did we think he would choose Cal over SC, ot Texas for that matter. It’s kind of a self fulfilling prophecy. Until you get a lot of these kinds of players, you can’t hope to be a consistent top 10 program. But it is nearly impossible to get these kinds of players unless you’re a top 10 program.
The bummer here is that this creates momentum for USC and takes momentum away from Cal. What does that mean? It means that Cal is competing with SC and others for Randall Carroll, Devon Flournoy, Adam Hall, etc. Kennard choosing SC weighs into the decision making process of these other guys.
What’s next, Stan Hasiak, decommitting and choosing UCLA? There are some rumblings that this might happen.
To add insult to injury, it looks like Stanford will have a better class, perhaps a much better class, than the Bears.
Tedford needs to pull a serious rabbit out of his hat over the next week.
I read that Kennard has a 3.96 GPA. Wow!
The recruiting battle is not over yet. We should be more confident in Tedford and his coaching staff’s ability to recruit based on the quality of team on the field in the past. Also – remember that Cameron Jordan wasn’t a highly-touted recruit coming to Cal. Just because you are a five-star recruit out of high school doesn’t guarantee success in college fb. Players develop under the coaching staff, and Jordan has the looks IMO to become Cal’s next star on D.
If these USC commits feel any NFL ambition, then they should really think about their playing time against other five-star recruits. Cal’s recruiting pitch should really focus on a choice: whether you want to be a star athlete in college and the pros starting from your commitment day like DeSean Jackson or a Matt Cassel who warms the bench waiting for his opportunity to perform.
We are doing a great job of recruituing out of state now too, something like 9 out of our 14 high school commits. Very impressive, and with the new athletic center we should be in great shape. Go Bears!
Scott, where did you learn how to count? Cal has 10 out of state commits out of 18 total commits.
January 27th, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Scott, where did you learn how to count? Cal has 10 out of state commits out of 18 total commits.<<
Re-read the post. He’s talking about Cal’s HS commits (not counting Jucos)
Until the ink hits the paper on February 4th, nobody has anybody yet.
I learned how to count at Cal. Where did you learn how to read? Napa State? My comment was about high school players. Thanks for the help anyway Miss Landers.
Tough loss, but Ted Miller does a nice piece on how five-stars doesn’t translate to All PAC-10. Check it out at http://myespn.go.com/blogs/pac10/0-6-110/Recruiting-rankings-and-All-Pac-10-performers.html.
February 4th is scary!!
The recruitment circus is out of control.
Many recruits are reconsidering and they can be easily
‘encouraged’ to switch over.
Fine. SC got what they want. But, this year will be the year to beat SC at Cal. And, next year will be the year that Cal will have even better recruit year.
Their QB is out in a sour note with the head coach.
That is my prediction. Go Bears!