Wednesday was hectic — and I would up having some computer difficulties late — so here are a few notes and quotes I wanted to pass along.
Glad everyone enjoyed our blog coverage of national signing day. Many thanks for checking us out, for your many comments and for the kind words about my coverage efforts.
— Jeff Tedford on five-star wideout Bryce Treggs: “Treggs is an explosive player. When you watch him play and you watch the speed and athleticism he kind of reminds you of a guy like DeSean Jackson, who can run like that. The great thing about this as far as receivers are concerned, they’re all going to have the ability to come in and compete to play right away. I think they all have the skill to do that.”
— On whether he was nervous in the final hours about efforts by USC and UCLA to lure away Treggs: “A lot of recruits say they’re with you and they keep getting calls, so it’s never over ’til it’s over. I’m really proud of Bryce that he was able to stay strong with his commitments. He’s a man of his words.”
— On QB Zach Kline: “Zach has really fit in well already. He’s working very, very hard. It’s very important for him to be here this spring so he can get some reps with the offense. He’s a highly rated quarterback. He’s been at our camp for a few years, so we’ve really had a chance to look at him up close. He has a great arm, great pocket presence. He’s very accurate, can throw any ball on the field. A very smart guy. He really likes being a student of the game, and that’s going to be the next phase for him. I really like his eagerness to learn. I don’t think there’s any doubt about his capabilities.”
— On whether Kline will have a chance this spring and summer to challenge for a spot high on the depth chart: “He’ll compete this spring and we’ll see how it unfolds.”
— On OT Freddie Tagaloa: Tedford said it’s difficult for offensive linemen to learn enough and progress quickly enough to play as true freshman. But he said Salesian HS’s Tagaloa will get the chance to prove otherwise. “I think Freddie one day will be a first-round draft pick.” Tedford said.
— On the projected positions of certain recruits: Tedford said De La Salle HS’s Michael Barton will be an inside linebacker. Livermore’s Damariay Drew will play safety. Cedric Dozier of Lakewood, Wash., will be an athlete/receiver, who could line up in the slot some. Maximo Espitia will play fullback/H back/tight end.
— On the kicking assignments: Recruit Cole Leininger of Fruit Cove, Fla., will punt. Tedford said senior-to-be Vince D’Amato will get first shot at placekicking duties. He said redshirt freshman kicker/punter Jed Barnett has transferred.