Football: AD says Takkarist McKinley is firmed up to attend Cal: `It’s done’

Takkarist McKinley is staying with his commitment to play football next fall for Cal, according to Kennedy-Richmond dean of athletics Mike Bobino.
“It’s done. It’s Cal,” Bobino said Tuesday. “It won’t change.”
McKinley, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end, made a campus visit to Cal last weekend and decided Monday he would follow through on his original commitment to play for the Bears.
He is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, and Bobino predicted, “He’ll be the next Jevon Kearse.”
McKinley visited Washington State two weeks ago and had a good experience there, Bobino said. WSU coach Mike Leach was scheduled to visit McKinley on Tuesday afternoon, but Bobino said the decision won’t change.
“It’s going to be Cal,” he said.
Cal still has three “soft” verbal commitments who haven’t made final decisions.
Offensive guard Cameron Hunt, a four-star prospect from Centennial-Corona who declared for Cal months ago, is being pursued hard by Oregon. Hunt said he will announce his school on signing day, Feb. 6.
Also still being pulled by other schools are defensive back Darius Allensworth and outside linebacker Johnny Ragin III, both three-star prospects. Allensworth, from Heritage-Menifee, visited WSU two weeks ago. Ragin, from Wilsonville, Ore., is a late recruiting target of Oregon.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Anyone who follows Cal sports knows it is never done. Unbelievable heart break is always just around the corner. Arik Armstead was enrolled at Cal for pete’s sake. Then the Lupoi fiasco happened.

    Let’s hope for the best. I have faith in the new staff to get the job done. And build a top 10 class next year.

  • GC

    It’s like CAL finds many diamonds in the rough that no body notices or notices or wants them later. Go figure.

  • Kevin

    I’ve kind of given up on Hunt but we really need to make sure both Allensworth and Ragin III stay committed. Looks like we have the potential to bring in some great athletes on the defensive side.

  • Juancho

    Jeff “the Bob Cat” Faraudo – can you kindly investigate whether Cal Baseball installing lights was all BS or not ? I just took a look at the schedule, and there are zero evening games scheduled.

  • wehofx

    WOW! Sound familiar?

    From espn:

    It is never good news when you lose your top recruiter a week before signing day, but that is the predicament Duke finds itself in today.

    Receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick has taken a similar job at Oregon, leaving the Blue Devils after three seasons and most notably, a historic 2012 campaign for the passing game. Duke had the only trio of players in the nation with 60 or more catches this past season; Jamison Crowder (1,074) and Conner Vernon (1,074) became just the second duo in ACC history to post 1,000 or more receiving yards in the same season.

    But there is no doubt his impact will be felt on the recruiting trail as precious days tick down. Coach David Cutcliffe said this back in December, when Lubick was honored as the 2012 wide receivers coach of the year by FootballScoop:

    “Matt Lubick — no offense to anyone I’ve ever worked with — is simply the best recruiter that I’ve ever worked with.”

    Brandon P. Oliver of ESPN Recruiting Nation expands on that , writing:

    He also had the Blue Devils in contention for some high-level recruits from around the country. His reach extended as far west as Nevada and California, as he had Duke in play for two OL recruits that had Oregon offers. Duke was the likely destination for recent Oregon commit Elijah George (Las Vegas/Arbor View) until Lubick got to Oregon and made sure that George was offered. He helped the Blue Devils land players from Northern California, Southern California, Las Vegas and Texas.

    Lubick has spent the majority of his career out West, having held assistant jobs at Cal State-Northridge, San Jose State, Oregon State, Colorado State and Arizona State. Oregon is one of the best offensive teams in the country, and Lubick would like to be a head coach one day, following in the same footsteps of his father. You see why the move appealed to him.

    But now Duke has to regroup. Lubick’s connections out West have clearly helped the Blue Devils, and his ability to connect with his players was huge, too. Desmond Scott said late last year, “You couldn’t ask for a better coach.”

    Cutcliffe has his work cut out for him now.

  • rotfogel

    Bobino predicted, “He’ll be the next Jevon Kearse.”

    That is a bold statement. I haven’t seen much tape of Takkarist McKinley but I did see something that was really really impressive. First off, he really is all of 6-3 240lbs. He’s big. Secondly, what I did see was him anchoring the winning, yes he anchored the winning NCS 4X100 relay team. He’s freaking really fast. If he knows how to play football at all, that guy is going to be very special.

  • rotfogel

    Takkarist McKinley…3 star recruit? My butt! Another example of a west coast recruit, specifically Northern Cali recruit being WAY WAY WAY underrated. Show me a better OLB in high school in the country.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Nothing gives me more worry than a human’s certainty.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Unless Bill Plaschke is certain that the 49ers or Giants will lose, of course, then I’m pretty damn confident.

  • daredevilfan

    Pac12 is gonna start seeming so slimey, with WA, and now OR pulling this last minute-steal the recruiter and recruits crap.

  • Juancho

    Hate to burst everyone’s bubble. We do the same thing.

    Last I checked we flipped Dannon Cavil from Ole Miss (to no avail). We flipped Ray Davison from Northwestern. We flipped that kid from Indiana. We flipped that wide receiver from Boise State.

    Let’s not pretend we’re any different. Recruiting is a grey area. And we’re right there with the rest of them.

    Remember when Andy Buh was hired ? He immediately tried to use his relationship with Tyler Foreman and Terrell Newby to swing them to Cal. But couldn’t.

  • covinared

    Juancho: you’re right.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    There is the slight difference in stealing the recruitER, as Oregon just did with Duke’s stud. It’s the timing of that type of hire which is troubling. It screws Duke out of the benefit which they paid the guy for the entire year, similar to He Who Must Not Be Named.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    [Entered early, oops]

    You can’t really compare Buh, a guy being hired as a DC, a guy that just lost his gig at Wisconsin, to a guy hired specifically to bring in recruits.

  • daredevilfan

    Agree Wisdom Cow. I was talking about grabbing a team’s recruitor at the 11th hour. Flipping kids I’m 100% okay with (hehe). I guess at least OR had a coaching change recently. The WA fiasco just stunk to high heaven.

  • Juancho

    Disagree. Its business and in all cases the recruiter accepted a JOB.

  • Suttree

    Wisdom is absolutely right. Huge difference between the two. Also it’s not the leaving for a new job, it’s how you go about it. You don’t discuss the change with recruits and burn a Cal in home before you have even made the decision offical!