Football: Bears sign JC tight end

Cal added a 20th member to its football recruiting class on Monday, signing 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end Harrison Wilfley.

Wilfley attended Casa Roble High, then played two seasons at American River College. He spent the past two years serving a Mormon mission in Uruguay. He arrives at Cal with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTEXAS

    So what did he catch in Uruguay over the past two years?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Sounds like a real game changer.

  • covinared

    One year to redshirt. He’ll be playing as a clean living 24 year old. Nice pick up.

  • Juancho

    Did he learn to kick field goals in Uruguay ?

  • Juancho

    Tedford and staff have been grasping at straws the past few scholarship offers.

    This tells me a couple of things. It tells me they don’t feel they will get back to the point of competing for top national recruits within the next two years. Otherwise they wouldn’t be burning these scholarship offers on these real dark horse guys.

    It also tells me the Tosh loss really hurt them more than they’ll admit publicly. Signing day long passed and we’re asking around for someone to dance with, since our original dates let us go.

    Maybe they flat out need bodies for practice squad and all that. And that’s fine. But at that point give some local kids some walk on opportunities. When we start tossing 3-4 scholarships around per class on the super under the radar guys is when it’s a bit alarming.

    This is only my take and my perspective, and it is subjective.

    But I’d be a happier camper if we just went into next season with more open scholarships. Because that puts on the onus on the staff to get back after it in recruiting.

    What I’ve been afraid of with the Tosh loss is that Tedford is going to use this as an excuse to step back from elite recruiting and just say “we can’t compete with the big boys”. It will give him another thing to use as he continues to Ben Braun-ify the football program.

    I’m going to be ageist here again. I felt like the two new coaches, Howard and Chandler, are going to suffer in recruiting. Recruiting has become a young man’s game. And we brought in two guys who are just as unfamiliar with the twitter and the cyberspace as Tedford.

    If Tosh’s departure turns into another metaphorical pair of sunglasses for Tedford to hide behind – I’m going to be very heart broken on this valentines day.

  • Juancho


    Take off your sunglasses
    Open up practices
    Rip into a few kids on the sidelines when the time is right, emotion in sports is okay
    Get back on Twitter
    Get on facebook

    Open the program back up to alumni. Everyone wants the program to do well. But if nothing else let us all be a part of it again, whether we win or lose, let us alumni and supporters be partners in this damn thing.

  • rollonubears

    Personally, I think Tedford does enough ripping into kids on the sideline, and at the worst possible times. I’d like to see him jump up and down and get excited when they do something good. The message he is sending the kids is that nothing is ever good enough for him, and those people really suck to be around, let alone play for.

  • Tom S

    I like this move,. But has Tedford fired up twitter abd facebook yet? Get with it !!

  • Shaka

    These images tell a lot about the man, so many grim, but a few with a glimmer and promise of what we want to see in the University of California Berkeley’s Head Coach.

    10-4 Rollon. Go BEARS!


  • ConcordBear

    Positions we did not get any recruits, DL, TE, S, and PK is not good.
    Hoping the DL from Miss is a player, Drew can be an impact S and the TE just signed is a great find. PK is a worry, hope someone on the roster or two people can fill KO and PK duties.
    Anyone writing players off before they even get here are stupid. But, definitely disappointing we did not land a few more recruits we wanted at these positions.
    Our program needs to work hard, play and practice smart, and win!

  • ConcordBear

    I want Tedford on game day to rip officials and want to fight the other teams coach if that’s what it takes to win. I want him to love his players and them to love playing for him.
    If he rips anyone on camera make it the officials or the Pac 12 or opposing programs. We got our players backs! Make sure the whole damn world knows it.

  • ConcordBear

    We want Tedford on game day to rip officials and want to fight the other teams coach if that’s what it takes to win. I want him to love his players and them to love playing for him.
    If he rips anyone on camera make it the officials or the Pac 12 or opposing programs. We got our players backs! Make sure the whole damn world knows it.

  • covinared

    This guy is 6’5″ 240 and runs a sub 4.7 40, and some complain because he does not have recruiting stars. Half the Patriot superbowl squad did not have 3 stars out of high school.

  • Esquire Joe

    I don’t know. I remember a 6’5″ tight end that Tedford recruited out of community college a few years ago named Garret Cross. Unfortunately, he lost one whole season to injury, but he had one very productive year as the starter.

    Oh yeah, and the QB on that JC team who Tedford also recruited to Cal turned out to be pretty good too…

  • SportsBrah

    Juancho is 100% right.

  • covinared

    How many games did he go to? How much $ has he donated?

  • Juancho

    I was wrong to say that I want Tedford to rip into players. What I should have said is I want to see him show passion. Get fired up when we’re doing great. Getting fired up at officials when the time is right. Just emotion, both good and bad. His stoic personality is good for a lot I’m sure. But as an alumni and fan – stoic is the last thing I want from my biased needs.

    Covina I see your point and respect it.

    But – I’m more concerned with this fine young man being away on a mission for 2 years and not playing football during that time. As well as the fact that he’s an after the fact offer, not a guy we were planning on. But a guy we settled for after the cookie crumbled the way it did.

    I think your Patriots point is poignant. But wasn’t Tom Brady a 4 star coming out of high school ?

    And I disagree that the two are analogous – because an organization run by Bill Bellicheck is not the same to me as one run by Jeff Tedford.

    For me – again a personal subjective take – Tedford needs much more talent to compete in the Pac 12 than the Patriots.

    There’s no salary cap in college sports. And the Pac 12 has Oregon and USC and a resurgent Stanford.

    And – our best years were when we had 4 and 5 star guys running riot in the blue and gold. Rodgers was a 4 star out of Butte CC, DeSean Jackson was a 5, Marshawn Lynch was a 4, Desmond Bishop was a 4, Lavelle Hawkins was a 4.

    I wish this guy the best and will root like hell for him to succeed.

    I hope he proves me wrong and is All Pac-12 before it’s said and done. He has the size that’s for sure.

    My main critique was that giving up these scholarships now will restrict those that we can offer in the future. Which isn’t that big of a deal if we don’t feel we’ll be able to attract the type of guys we attraced two years ago, and were attracting this year.

    And that to me is where the speculative worry comes from. That there’s an internal “oh well, back to typical Cal” acceptance going on now that Tosh left.

    Don’t let this turn into a Mike Singletary type program. “We want the right guys with character, the guys who want to be here”. Let’s win damnit. And let’s not accept that we can’t get back into elite recruiting.

    I want Cal in the Rose Bowl.

  • Juancho

    I will be honest – I’m not someone that likes to hear the “Cal will be fine” answer to things.

    Because I don’t consider Cal to be fine now, or in the past few years.

    We’re getting mediocre results for extravagant pay. If we’re going to be “fine” at mediocre bowls then let’s save money and get a more economical coach and staff.

    At some point something’s got to give. Otherwise let’s just all accept we’ll never go to a rose bowl as long as the majority of the fan base continues with the “Cal is fine” belief.

  • Juancho

    I’m fired up so I’m going throw a HAPPY VALENTINES DAY wish to everyone.

    That includes you Jeff, Patriarch of this great blog.

  • rollonubears

    In the V-day spirit, I believe I read somewhere that bears knock over trees in order to impress their mates. Not sure if it’s true, but it always made me laugh, and would make for a nice Big Game tee shirt if it’s a fact.

  • JLC

    Well if anyone checked this 6’5 guy he also was a DE….based on the you tube video. He was a monster to handle. Sometimes you loose your passion…..or you loose your way…….in business it happens. But you can bring it back by refocusing and making a commitment.
    The fans need to show up…..the school needs to get more involved…..the faculty needs to get more involved…..the school needs a better marketing of it’s program. If you have ever gone to a Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State game you would know what I mean. Just look at the Texas people who followed Texas to San Diego.
    CAL people we have a new stadium….we need new mascot with more muscle, more power and a bad attitude. Isn’t it time to stop being pushed around. Maybe the attitude would catch fire and travel through out the school, students, players, coaches, faculty and fans…….isn’t it time????? NOTHING CHANGES UNTIL YOU CHANGE IT.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Whatever you do don’t change your HC. All of the Pac 12 teams thank you for keeping him.

  • LR

    It has nothing to do with getting heavily invested in social media. Sure, it’s a good way to stay connected with recruits, but it’s not the panacea everyone’s making it out to be.

    Tedford’s problem is that he simply doesn’t have the personality and energy to inspire 17/18 year olds. When he started, he rode Gould (when he was younger and possibly more engaged), and then Tosh came along. Meanwhile, JT’s just gotten older, more withdrawn and boring and less interested in reaching out to recruits like a successful HC should.

    JT can tweet about Whitney and maybe more relevant things all he wants, but it’s not going to make a damn bit of difference. Until he brings some young, energetic guys like ZF and GMac in to do the heavy lifting with recruits, Cal’s going top have to make due with 2 and 3-star types.

  • daredevilfan

    I’ve never spent the time to understand the scholarship rules, but from what I can glean, this sounds to me like another case of what annoys me the most about Tedford – that he wants to play it safe, play not to lose. Saving your scholarships until the next year, with the hopes of taking recruiting to the next level, would mean rolling the dice. That’s not JT’s way. I, like Juancho above, want us to get into the Rose Bowl. But you don’t achieve greatness without taking some risks. Tedford is destined for mediocrity because he’s not willing to play with the big rollers. That’s why I’d like us to play our QB early and try some other things to attempt to “make our jump” out of mediocrity. Its hard to get out of our middle of the pack rut without a “spike” year or two. And that won’t happen unless we act/think outside of our normal box and reach for the moon. Can I include any other cliches? I may be a fool, but I’d rather risk taking a step backward by taking the risk to jump forward. But playing to be mediocre is like kissing your sister (got one more in).

  • Mike

    Where are all the Sunshine Pumpers?

  • Juancho

    Daredevil you have inspired me to analyze how pac 12 teams have changed with new coaches. Kelly at oregon, sark, kiffin, harbaugh. Gonna find time to see how those records were after changes. Bc a slew of new coaches are in. And my thought is those programs reemerge.

    How would each grade tedfords last five years? A grade for each year? How many Bs and Cs. Who amongst us in their time at Cal was taught that mediocre is okay?

    That isnt the Cal way.

  • Juancho

    To play devils advocate i will say soical media is a panacea. Not bc we need tedfords opinions. But because he needs to set that example for his staff. To learn new things and take a chance. Otherwise in two years when whatever the new twitter is dominates mainstream, we’ll be even farther behijd.

    AND because social media forces people out of their caves. It opens one up to other view points and provides perspective.

    How much more enjoyable is reading news here on the blog versus just the paper? Even though we disagree there is a “we”. And that brand building and recruiting tool is missing big time.

  • Eric

    There are those who think Tedford has long since lost any coaching mojo, and needs to go. We can go 6-6 or 7-5 with a guy at 1/3 the cost. I’m one of those guys.

    There are those who think Tedford does not wrong. 6-6 or 7-5 is not Tedford’s fault (it is someone else’s fault, though perhaps not a fault if one compares it to the monster under the bed named Holmoe). There are about 4 or 5 who frequent this blog who fall in this camp.

    But irrespective of where everyone comes out, I do appreciate that we are all Cal fans and want to see what is best for our school. How we get there is the subject of (likely) endless debate, and it does trouble me that there are those who tend to personally attacking dissenting opinions, but that does not change the love of Cal. So thank you.

    Well, except for one exceedingly odd person whose favored college is known for two things – being (arguably unfairly) sanctioned and having a Heisman trophy winner who decapitated two people. I guess I thank you for creating a reason for pro-Tedford and pro-change Cal fans to find common ground.

  • Will

    MoreNCS_are_ignored and sanctioned! troll post blocked

    hmmm looks like a certain someone didn’t have a date for Valentine’s Day dinner (again)….

  • covinared

    someone please tell me how twitter and facebook land big fish.

  • Calduke

    Has Wilfley ever caught a pass in a real game?

  • covinared

    check out the youtube highlights or on goldenblogs.

  • BlueNGold

    Tedford is obviously not the kind of guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve. Given how some coaches who do so behave during games and afterwards talking to the media, I am not sure that is a negative. I think the real issue is how well the coach relates to his players, commands their respect and manages the team and games to produce their best efforts when it counts. Not being close enought to the situation to know, I can’t say one way or the other how Tedford does in those areas. But I would be interested in hearing from others how well they think he does at those things, and on what you base your opinions.

  • Calduke

    What position did he play at J C

  • Juancho

    Covina it’s not only about recruiting. Social Media is about creating relevance in groups.

    There is already Cal football presence on social media, it just lacks Tedford.

    It would do him some good with his critics to just join. It would humanize him.

    But you are right social media is not going to mean we’re great recruiters. Young, dynamic guys who know how to use it as a communication tool, but also have other great tools and can pitch the program will.

    It’s a tool like everything else. In a vacuum sure it doesn’t matter. But when our main competitors do use it to their advantage – it’s different.

  • Juancho

    Smart post by BlueNGold.

    Not sure any of us here have anything more than speculation around that, as one-off examples.

    Most of his players do speak highly of him.

    To be honest I care about what alumni think of how Tedford relates and opens the program up to them just as much as how his players think about him.

    Rodgers supposedly thinks highly of him, but never mentions him (or rarely does). He didn’t mention Cal once during super bowl week last year. And he is just as likely to say “Chico State” or “Butte CC” as “Cal” on those pre-game intros.

    But there are also the Forsetts, and Marshawn Lynch’s of the world that love Tedford and Cal and show it every chance. Asomugha is in that group too.

    I’m sure Tedford has the respect of his players. He’s a coach. You’d have to do a whole hell of a lot wrong to not have the respect of your players as a coach.

  • covinared

    Twitter Ted checking in at BurgerKing, Twitter Ted checking in at 7-11, etc.?

  • Woj

    I wish Tedfraud would serve a Mormon mission in Uruguay for the next decade. Cal needs a new head coach badly!

  • BlueNGold

    Using ‘Tedfraud’ to describe JT may be an easy joke but it misses the mark and is rather stupid. He came here with no head coaching experience, and has had to learn on the job. I do not agree with everything he does, and listening to him speak to the media is truly painful to the mind. But the term ‘fraud’ simply does not apply here. Its not like he claimed to be someone he was not, or claimed to be able to accomplish things he could not do. Perhaps he does not have the ability to take the program to the next level. But that does not diminish what JT has accomplished, and it certainly does not justify calling him or inferring that he is a ‘fraud’.

  • Eric

    Interesting new story from espn.com Pac-12 blog. This would suggest pendulum swing in L’Affaire Tosh.

    Washington commit Shaq Thompson was at the center of one of the conference’s hottest prospect battles of the recruiting season. After a public declaration for Cal, the four-star safety, ranked No. 16 on the ESPNU 150 list, pulled a last-minute switch to Washington.

    Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times caught up with Thompson and got the full story behind his decision to pick Washington over Cal — among others.

    Here’s what Thompson told Condotta:

    They were always there on my list. Washington always stayed in it, so from the get-go that should have told everybody ‘he’s coming to Washington,’ because that was the only school that didn’t change.

    I went up there for the Cal game (in September) and it was a beautiful atmosphere, a beautiful city, the fans really love their football, the team was fun to be around, the coaches were great. It was just like a great place for me.

    The sidebar to all of this — if you want to call it that — was former Cal assistant and top-flight recruiter Tosh Lupoi leaving the Bears for Washington. Lupoi was recruiting Thompson to Cal, but the safety said that Lupoi’s move had little to do with his decision.

    Writes Condotta:

    Shaquille said Lupoi stepped aside from handling his recruiting once the coach went to UW, leaving it to coach Steve Sarkisian, new defensive backs coach Keith Heyward and graduate assistant Donte Williams (who was able to recruit during the time when the Huskies did not have a full staff of assistants).

    Thompson is considered the best safety prospect in the country and could make an immediate impact on a Washington defense desperate to plug holes in the secondary.

  • Boaltblue

    I agree that we should not be calling our coach (or players) demeaning names. As for Coach Tedford, he has done more for Cal Football than anyone in the last half century, won more games, rebuilt Memorial Stadium, built the SAHPC, and flooded the ranks of the NFL with former Cal players. He deserves more respect and to be treated with dignity.

    Many of you Tedford bashers do more to hurt Cal Football and recruiting than our despised USC wannabe.

  • Eric

    Boaltblue – you tend to be one of the two or three most personally attacking of Cal fans on this blog. Why is it ok for you to hurl ad hominems at your fellow Cal fans?

    What evidence do you have that “Many of you Tedford bashers do more to hurt Cal Football and recruiting than our despired USC wannabe”?

  • 707 Bear

    Caution: Negativity alert.

    We’re 7 months from the rebirth of Memorial and there are plenty of good ESP seats available; weren’t these seats supposed to pay for the upgrades?

    A sample: Section 3 of the University Club has 60 available seats at cool $11,994 per seat. That’s $719,640 of revenue for one year.

    The Athletic Department badly overestimated demand for tickets for the SF season. That was for one year. Has Cal done the same for the next 50 years of the ESP?

    Go Bears!

  • Eric

    707 – you’re not allowed to say anything negative about the administration or the coaching staff, because it might scare recruits and the football team. You can only same nasty things about your fellow Cal alums (who dare to question the party line).

    Please ignore any financal difficulties associated with the new stadium. It is an inconvenient truth.

  • 707 Bear

    Eric–I clearly need a new hobby, but I can’t understand the epic failure (ticket sales wise) of the SF season. Remember when we were told there would be “high demand” for tickets and even seson ticket holders in the Blue/Gold zones couldn’t be guaranteed tickets in SF?

    The Haas Business School is right across the street from Memorial. Did anyone think of getting the MBA students to do a simple phone survey to guage fan interest?

    This ESP looks like a disaster. What happens when the ESP area in half full on opening day?

    “If you build it they will come” only works in the movies.

  • CalBearClaw

    Tedford has gotten quite fat. Speaks to lethargy and detachment.

  • turning to a new subject [finally]….what does it mean when Rodgers yells at the line of scrimmage “let it roll, let it roll, let it roll”…. There must be a message to Cal fans there somewhere that we just aren’t hearing quite right…