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Football: Recruiting update

I had a chance to talk to star recruit Chris Martin tonight. I actually talked to him from the airport, as he waited to fly back to Denver. Martin said top-rated safety Keenan Allen and his half-brother, quarterback Zach Maynard, were indeed on campus for visits over the weekend. Martin, who already has taken his official visit to Cal, joined them on the visit anyway. He said the fact that Allen and Maynard were taking their visits was “partially” the reason he came out for the weekend.

Martin said he thought the visit went well but didn’t try to get into Allen’s head about where he is leaning. Martin did say he’s become friends with Allen as they were rooommates the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Allen reportedly is considering Cal, Clemson and Alabama. He isn’t expected to announce his decision until Signing Day on Wednesday.

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.

  • Boaltblue

    To Chris Martin:

    You are a 5-star recruit on the football field, as well as off the field. Thank you for your tremendous recruiting efforts. All Bears appreciate that you are trying to bring the missing pieces to take the Bears to the Roses.

    We await your arrival at Memorial Stadium and will cheer for you while you are at Cal and later in the NFL.

    Welcome to the Cal Family!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    JO

    Any truth to the rumor that Wilkerson or Whiteside has de-committed and signed with USC? My contact at USC is gone so I can’t answer this one.

  • rollonubears

    From OC Register Today:

    “USC also made contact last week with Newport Harbor linebacker Cecil Whiteside, a longtime Cal commit. Whiteside said assistant coach Ed Orgeron visited him at school and offered him a visit to USC. Whiteside declined.”

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Perhaps it is time to become a Seahawks fan instead,drawf?

    Martin is awesome. Seeing how his efforts to aid recruiting have been more than just words, I can’t help but believe he may be the type of personality that helps transform team-wide attitudes just by how he conducts himself.

    Go Bears!

  • TopArchibear

    Amen, brother, that is trumendous of him. Fly out to Cal for Allen’s recruiting efford. That is big.

    He surely earned my respect as not just a 5 star on the field, and off the field too. If Allen commit to Cal, It will be huge.

    Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    The Wisdom Cow Says:
    February 1st, 2010 at 7:35 am
    Martin is awesome. Seeing how his efforts to aid recruiting have been more than just words, I can’t help but believe he may be the type of personality that helps transform team-wide attitudes just by how he conducts himself.

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    Isn’t that what your HC should be concerned about doing? Can a leopard change its spots?

  • TopArchibear

    NoMoreNC… You really are an A*& ho*^&, Aren’t you? You just can’t stand someone is smart than you are, right.

  • rollonubears

    anybody see video of Austin Hindler? he’s a lanky guy, but he reminds me of Aaron Rodgers and I’d be willing to bet that he’ll be taking the snaps in 2012 if not 2011. I kind of wish one of the younger guys would really step up in Spring and supplant Riley. the QB talent is rotting on the bench.

  • Juancho

    This is awesome. I can’t wait to root for Martin next year. This is the type of attitude that really helps out. Going the extra mile.

    By the way, Allen is still a verbal to Alabama. So until he backs out of that, then that’s where he is leaning. I think the confusion around his decision comes from the fact that most press sources feel that wherever Maynard finally chooses, Allen may go as well.

  • Oski55

    I can see this class and team developing into a title contender. We already have the base for a great team and we keep getting more and more talent. Great things are about to happen for the Bears.

  • Bears

    Awesome to see a 5 star recruit sign on for Cal and recruit to bring in the best group with him.
    Will be exciting to root for Chris and his team the next 3 or 4 years. Only a few new faces can make a huge difference and change the talent of a team and bring winning leadership.
    Things are looking very good for the Bears.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    QB?