It’s not all doom and gloom for Cal’s 2012 recruiting class. Not yet, anyway.
Our reporters have gotten confirmations from De La Salle HS linebacker Michael Barton, Salesian OT Freddie Tagaloa and Bishop O’Dowd LB Hardy Nickerson Jr., that all three remain 100 percent commited to Cal.
Quarterback Zach Kline of San Ramon Valley HS has not responded to my text, but he is expected to begin spring term classes on Tuesday, and committed to Cal more than a year ago.
Wideouts Darius Powe and Chris Harper told 247sports.com they remain committed. Bryce Treggs, a second-genertion Cal wide receiver following in father Brian’s footsteps, has not changed his mind.
At this point, no players have de-committed, although several high-end prospects clearly are shaken by the news that D-line coach Tosh Lupoi is headed to Washington. Arik Armstead’s father said the five-star DE/basketball player is examining his options Monday night and may have an announcement on Tuesday.
Safety Shaq Thompson, who previously was recruited by Washington, now says he is “50-50” between the two schools. No one is sure what this means for Monrovia DT Ellis McCarthy, who was interested in USC before committing to Cal.
There will be plenty more news between now and letter-of-intent signing day on Feb. 1 — not all of it good for Cal.
No word today from Jeff Tedford, who clearly was busy Monday putting out recruiting fires. We are expecting to hear from Tedford and athletic director Sandy Barbour on Tuesday.
One campus source tonight told me that Tedford wanted to keep Lupoi and Cal offered him “a significant raise,” but could not match the reported $500,000 UW delivered plus, we’re hearing, perhaps a boat.
Yes, I know . . . whatever floats your boat.
If Cal truly did go hard to keep Lupoi, there probably was a point of no return, beyond which the administration simply felt it could not go.
There is the practical side of this: A raise of that size to Lupoi would have prompted cries from other football staff members asking that their contracts be adjusted upward.
Then there is the political side: The athletic department may have felt trapped by the events of just a year ago when fiscal issues nearly led to the elimination of five Cal sports.