Football: Poor results on the field leading to poor recruiting year for Golden Bears

Cal’s worst football season in more than a decade could impact more than coach Jeff Tedford’s future and the financial well-being of the Golden Bears’ athletic department.

The Bears also are taking a beating on the recruiting front, where for years they have been one of the leaders in the Pac-12 Conference.

Two major online sites that track recruiting project Cal’s 2013 signing class will rank among the lower half in the Pac-12. Scout.com has Cal at No. 8 in the conference, No. 47 nationally. Rivals.com envisions a No. 9 Pac-12 rank, No. 53 nationally.

Asked how much the Bears’ 3-8 record is impacting recruiting efforts, Tedford conceded, “That’s always a concern.”

It may get worse by signing day on Feb. 6.

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Here’s a year-by-year look at how Tedford’s recruiting classes rank nationally.

Jeff Faraudo

  • discdude

    It’s not just the record. Say what you will about Traitor Tosh, he was a good recruiter for Cal. In 2 days, this story may be moot. Look how Mora did in about 4 to 5 weeks last year as the 2nd or 3rd choice at UCLA?

  • Eric

    JF – you’re really going after the difficult issues! Nice job.

  • covinared

    the last three class rankings suggest there should be a good foundation for next year. just get a few good jc lineman and a db or two, and we should be ok.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    What good highly sought after player would want to come to your mediocre program.

    You don’t play on national TV;

    You play every year in Mickey Mouse bowl games;

    You get destroyed by SC, Stanford, Oregon, etc;

    You are a forgotten commodity (eg Moala);


  • daredevilfan

    New coach, new enthusiasm, give ZK and BB and the young receivers the ball, let the defense actually have a season where the offense isn’t a noose around their neck…..And let’s swap out some of our 64,922 QB’s for some Oline depth.

  • wehofx

    O Line. O Line. O Line. and a corner and a safety.

  • BlueNGold

    After all the years of hearing about our facilities being an impediment to recruiting, its really disheartening to hear that our program being in decline is impeding recruiting. I have believed for a long time that there are other, more fundamental reasons that Cal has problems attracting highly rated recruits. But if that is the case, I don’t see things changing in the foreseeable future.

  • Dan

    Cal is getting killed recruiting-wise, but it’s pathetic that all the top guys in this area are going to SC or UW. It’s all the Tosh effect. The results will play out, not too well for Cal, for several seasons, regardless of who the coach is.

    “Traditionally, guys Cal would have never even let out of that region haven’t really given them a second thought,” said Huffman, suggesting Lupoi was a game-changer in that regard.

    Yeah, let’s give Tedford another year. Or two.

    This ship isn’t really sinking. Titanic Tedford.

  • Dan

    BlueNGold @ #7-

    Grand Slam post.

    With these gorgeous new facilites, all the debt, Cals’ recruiting is … WORSE!!!


  • Dan


    JF – Agree with Eric. Really solid questions and reporting.

    It’s been disappointing reading all Tedford’s platitudes and excuses the last several years as the local media lobs softballs at Tedford, while meanwhile, Tedford shuts the media out via closed practices.

    Your last several articles have been refreshing.

  • rollonubears

    The fact that kids would choose lame kitten or sarsleazian over cal just shows where our priorities are as a nation, with regard to education. If we cared about educating our kids, by the time they got through high school, they’d be falling all over themselves to go to here. I think that’s the only way we will ever be able to compete on the national stage without compromising our integrity. That’s a really tall order, but some day, if our country gives a damn about education, Cal football with lead the way by default.

  • BlueNGold

    That is exactly the problem I was alluding to earlier Rollon. The people being recruited to play college football are seeking NFL careers, not a great education. That is why I believe that schools like Cal will always be at a disadvantage in recruiting when the competition are football factories like the sleazy cheaters and LSU. Its a real shame, but seems to be reality.

    I know people will point to the furds as an example of offering both a great education and a path to the NFL. Not sure how they do it, but perhaps private schools are better suited to accomodate those who are there mainly to gain a path to a pro career.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #11 – You must be AMY for trolling something like that!

    I guess you have not been reading about the second worst APR in the Pac 12;

    I guess you have not been reading about the deplorable grad rates at UC East Bay;

    I guess you have not kept up with the laughable Wonderlic scores by your players (eg Mebane with a 9)

    I guess you have not kept up with Lavelle Hawkings who said that academics at UC East Bay were no harder than CCSF

    I guess you have not read or listened to Erin Rogers who got an F in a Food Appreciation class joined by a clusterful of football players

    I guess you have not kept up with the majors of your players. There hasn’t been one Life Science, Engineering, Pre Med student in the bunch.

    Go away AMY.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #11 and #12 You sound like a whiny bunch of pucla fans!

    Did you read closely why Shaq Thompson told you guys to take a hike.

    He wanted to major in sports medicine unlike his brother who got a Social Welfare degree.

    In the past there was an Advisor in the Social Welfare program who would post on this board whenever UCB was in the midst of a winning season. So he hasn’t been around for 2 of the last 3 years and now that the APR was so pathetic he never shows up. Ask him why there is such a predominance of football players in Social Welfare, Sociology, Ethnic Studies and American Studies. Maybe you will coax a straight answer out of him.

  • Still waiting to hear Jeff’s fate. Hope it’s goodby Jeff. These last two games against the Oregon teams were an embarassment. Routs like this don’t happen to well-coached teams.