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Football: WR roundup — Payton to Washington, Dozier to Cal, Treggs now struggling to decide

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • eric

    Dan – I heard something very similar. By all accounts, Tosh trul was a Cal guy, but had become increasingly angry towards Tedford. One rumor is the Oregon fiasco. The other is that the University was not caring about the academic performance of some players who were struggling (not taking a position on that – academic integrity does have to count for something) and that Tedford wasn’t going to bat.

    And that when Tosh decided to leave, it was like a flip switched.

    And I firmly agree that absent a getting both sides (or multiple sides), it doesn’t pay to jump to conclusions. I do think the following:

    1. If Tosh is keeping Cal property, he is destroying his own credibility.

    2. Tedford and Sandy need to explain why one DL coach had so much sway in recruiting.

    3. I would love the hard-hitting analysis (by journalists, anyone?) asking why the incoming class is really a typical Cal class over the last 4-5 years, when we were told it was all about the facilities, the tree-sitters, etc.

    4. I would also like the hard-hitting analysis (where are our journalists) asking why Cal has produced more NFL players in the last 5 years than the prior 5, Cal has had more 4-star recruits since 2005 than before, Tedford’s salary has only increased, and yet the results have not nearly been as good, with Oregon, UW, and Furd all becoming significantly better.

  • BlueNGold

    I see Lupoi as a mediocre DL coach who happened to recruit very well. Cal needs an excellent DL coach who happens to have good recruiting skills. If these players declined Cal because of Lupoi, it does not say much about their character or skills as a team player; particularly the ones who do not play on the DL. I say good riddance. Besides, it is what you do with your recruits after they join the team that really counts.

  • Dan

    BlueNGold @ #52 -

    I don’t know how you can call Lupoi a mediocre DL coach. He has put one of his DL into the 1st round of the draft the past 2 years. What do you base that on?

  • Dan

    Eric – Yes, yes, yes and yes.