UPDATED 10:15 p.m.
Wide receiver Jordan Payton announced he will attend Washington, but Cal scored a much-needed recruiting victory when wideout Cedric Dozier spurned advances from Washington State and maintained his commitment to Cal.
The late news is that Adam Gorney of Rivals reports that USC has offered Cal long-time commit Bryce Treggs and says he will seriously consider the Trojans, Bears and UCLA. The senior from St. John Bosco HS in Bellflower plans to make his announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Treggs, whose father Brian starred for the Bears, may simply be confused given the upheaval surrounding Cal recruiting. Who could blame him? It would be surprising if any 18-year-old wasn’t confused by all that is happening.
But Treggs is a five-star Scout.com prospect and Jeff Tedford cannot afford another piece of bad news.
Dozier reopened his recruitment a couple weeks ago and apparently was pursued hard by new WSU coach Mike Leach, whose teams will throw the ball about 50 times a game. At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Dozier is categorized an “athlete” by recruiting sites, including Rivals.com, which gives him a four-star rating.
Dozier told the Tacoma News Tribune he waffled a bit before settling on Cal. “I made up in my mind earlier in the week that I was committing to WSU,” Dozier said. “But I kept praying and it came to me today at lunch.”
While announcing his decision at Lakes High, according to Rivals, Dozier said, “I chose Cal because you can’t go wrong with Cal. It’s a great situation with academics and sports. It’s a win-win situation.
“They’re great people,” Dozier said of Cal. “I want to be well-rounded in my environment.”
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Payton, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Oaks Christian HS in Westlake Village, gave Cal an oral commitment on Jan. 8, the same day Saf Shaq Thompson (Washington) and DT Ellis McCarthy (UCLA) did.
On the heels of Thompson’s announcement Monday night, Payton is the second top recruit to follow ex-Cal receivers coach Eric Kiesau and former recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi from Berkeley to Seattle in the space of 16 hours.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 15 wideout prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Also . . .
— Greg Biggins of ESPN is reporting that Kennedy-Richmond wideout and Cal commit Kenny Walker’s father said his son will sign Wednesday with UCLA.
— Biggins also said 6-4, 230-pound tight end Christo Kourtzidis, originally a Florida State commit, still is deciding between the Seminoles and Cal. Kourtzidis, from Lutheran HS in Orange, is rated the No. 8 TE in the country by Rivals.com.
— LB Markuss Eligwe of Stone Mountain, Ga., a Florida State commit who visited Cal last weekend, just tweeted he will pick a school Wednesday. He said earlier he plannned to wait until Monday. Good news for Cal? We’ll see. Eligwe’s 1:30 a.m. EST tweet: “I probably won’t even sleep tonight truthfully I dont think I can.”
— Wideout Jaydon Mickens of Dorsey HS in Los Angeles picked Washington over Oklahoma State. Mickens also had an offer from Cal.
— As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, Rivals.com ranks Cal’s class No. 27, Scout.com places the Bears at No. 42. At their peak a couple weeks ago, the Bears were No. 8, according to Scout. ESPN.com has the Bears at No. 16. All very fluid through Wednesday . . . and perhaps beyond.
— Wideout Kenny Lawler, a 4-star Rivals pick from Upland, still hasn’t made a decision, but reports are he may be leaning to Cal.
— Cornerback Brandon Beaver of Dominguez-Compton, rated No. 12 at his position by Rivals, apparently is favoring UW or Utah over Cal.