Cal football: Talking quarterbacks, recruiting

Here’s a story I wrote for today’s paper about the logjam at quarterback Cal might have in the next couple of years. With Austin Hinder’s oral commitment, the Bears will have several quarterbacks in the program that have come to Berkeley with major accolades. Of course, high school recognition doesn’t always translate into college success, but it is notable that Cal is stockpiling the position with players regarded to be among the best at the position.

A couple of notes that weren’t in the story:

–Hinder said the primary reason he chose Cal was because of Jeff Tedford’s work with quarterbacks. “A lot of schools don’t have the quarterback coach that Jeff Tedford is,” Hinder said. “Jeff Tedford is a one-of-a-kind coach. That was probably the single-biggest thing that made me commit to Cal was how great a coaching staff they have. I also love Northern California. It’s just good all-around.”

–Cal’s recruiting classes each of the last two years haven’t been ranked as high as the years immediately preceding it. Part of that may be because the Bears weren’t able to build off their 2006 success and took a bit of a step back the past two seasons. But Hinder said he is confident Cal will get back to where it was a couple of years ago. “They ended the season on a high note,” he said. “They’re returning a lot of starters this year, so I think they are going to be a really good team this year.”

–ESPNRISE.com recruiting analyst Greg Biggins is impressed with Cal’s fast start to the 2010 recruiting season. “They haven’t missed on a guy yet,” he said. “Everyone they’ve got so far has been somebody I’ve liked a lot. If (Cassius) Marsh comes back, that would be huge. Top to bottom, it’s very good.”

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Pete Carroll

    I think, in addition to the meltdown in 2007, the biggest hit to the program was the inability to roust the tree people and get the SAHPC started on time. That was an embarrassment. Now that construction is underway recruits believe that the program is heading in the right direction. Winning the Pac-10 this year, going to the Rose Bowl, and having Jahvid Best as a finalist for the Heisman, will make 2010 the best recruiting class ever.

    PC is never wrong.

    Of course, when USC is sanctioned for lacking institutional control, that will be icing on the cake.

  • Calduke

    Just got word that UCLA quarterback/receiver Chris Forcier is transferring to Furman. He is expected to compete for the QB job there.