There’s been talk during the last week that offensive lineman Stan Hasiak isn’t a firm commitment to Cal. He visited Washington last weekend and there is talk that he will visit USC this weekend. The belief is Hasiak never had any intention of committing to Washington but was simply following through with an orginally planned trip, one he took with a high school teammate. Not as sure about USC, but it still seems as though Hasiak is pretty committed to Cal. He was quoted on the L.A. Daily News blog that “the plan” still is to sign with Cal and that his commitment is “solid.”
With Randall Carroll now apparently out of the picture, the recruitment of Tucson wide receiver/defensive back Adam Hall looms large. Cal has put together a pretty good class, but it could use a wide receiver. Granted, the Bears have many young receivers, some of which we don’t know much about because they played on scout team last year. But based on what we do know, Cal could use as much depth as possible at that position.
Hall is considering Cal, Arizona and Oregon. Hall’s father went to Arizona and it might take a pretty good sales pitch to lure him away from home. But the latest reports are that Hall isn’t leaning toward any of the three schools. All three were scheduled to have in-home visits this week and Hall will annouce his decision at a press conference Friday morning.
As good as Cal’s class is, it would be a little bit of a setback for Cal not to secure one of the there top prospects that have waited until the last moment to commit — Carroll, defensive end Devon Kennard (USC) and Hall.
ESPN.com is reporting that wide receiver Randall Carroll’s primary targets now are USC, UCLA and Arizona State. It looks as though the Bears may have lost their second big recruit this week with defensive end Devon Kennard announcing his commitment to USC. Cal has to keep its fingers crossed that wide receiver/defensive back Adam Hall will choose to come to Berkeley or it could really shape up to be a disappointing week for the Bears.
Cal point guard Jerome Randle said the Bears are excited about facing UCLA and USC and called the trip south “a turning point” in their season.
USC guard Dwight Lewis (ankle) practiced after all on Tuesday and said he would be ready to play Thursday against Stanford. Earlier Tuesday, coach Tim Floyd said he wasn’t sure Lewis, the team’s leading scorer, would be ready. But power forward Taj Gibson missed his second straight day of practice while fighting pneumonia, and his status is now unclear.
UCLA point guard Darren Collison, unhappy that the Bruins have lost two of their past three games, said the team will be motivated for Thursday’s game vs. Cal. “I think (losing) is really pushing this team’s buttons,” he said.
When Oregon State coach Craig Robinson heard cheering from the Haas Pavilion crowd last Thursday while walking out onto the court during warmups, he merely assumed the Cal team was taking the floor.
“All of a sudden, the clapping doesn’t subside and I don’t see their team coming out and I realized they’re clapping for me,” said Robinson, who is brother-in-law to new president Barack Obama. “I got to tell you, I was completely taken by surprise. It was almost as emotional as being at the inauguration. That kind of outpouring, I’m not used to.
“It says a lot about the student body, it says a lot about the fans at Cal. I was quite moved. Listen, I was as choked up as I’ve ever been. I had to fight back the emotions because we had a game to play. When I tell you I was taken by surprise and moved, I can’t explain it because I’ve never been a part of something like that.
“To know why they’re clapping, that they’re so happy and hopeful with what’s going on this country that they pay tribute to me just with my affiliation,” he said, “not only is it moving personally, but it makes me and my family happy that people think so highly of what President Obama has done and is doing and is going to do.”
USC coach Tim Floyd said during the weekly Pac-10 coaches teleconference call that starting shooting guard and leading scorer Dwight Lewis remains uncertain to play this week after spraining his left ankle in practice a week ago.
Lewis sat out both games on the Trojans’ trip to Washington last weekend, and Floyd said, “It just hasn’t gotten better.”
Lewis did not practice Monday and was not scheduled to be on the floor Tuesday, Floyd said. Asked if Lewis could be ready for Stanford on Thursday or Cal on Saturday, Floyd said, “Don’t know . . . there’s no way he could have played (last) weekend.”
Also sidelined is freshman power forward Leonard Washington, who is struggling with a high-ankle sprain. Floyd said Washington also sat out Monday’s workouts and was not expected to practice Tuesday.
“Leonard Washington is just a shadow of who he was before the injury,” Floyd said.
Tucson wide receiver/defensive back Adam Hall has reported planned a press conference for Friday morning to announce his decision. Hall has narrowed his choices to Cal, Arizona and Oregon. Meanwhile, wide receiver Randall Carroll will visit Oklahoma this weekend and then decide between Cal, USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Oklahoma. Carroll originally orally committed to USC but now says it’s about 50-50 he’ll wind up a Trojan.
Here’s the story on rivals.com, with quotes from today’s press conference at Devon Kennard’s high school in Phoenix.
Not a surprise at this point, but Devon Kennard announced this morning he has chosen USC over Cal and Texas. More later…