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Football: Bears, Ducks to split on signing day

It seems Cal and Oregon will go 1-1 in head-to-head competition for recruits on Wednesday, when prospects can sign their letters of intent.

LB Johnny Ragin III of Wilsonville, Ore., confirmed his commitment to Cal via Twitter on Monday night: “Oregon was the dream growin’ up, and I had a nice visit. But My Future’s at Cal and I can’t wait to get there and go to work. #GoBears.”

Meanwhile, four-star OG Cameron Hunt of Centennial-Corona seems almost certain to sign with Oregon. Hunt tweeted Monday that he did not decommit from a new Cal coaching staff with whom he never gave a commitment. Sounds like the Ducks to me.

Also, four-star DB L.J. Moore of Central-Fresno apparently will choose between Arizona State and Oregon State. Earlier, Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman of Scout.com both projected Cal. Now they’re saying either the Sun Devils or Beavers.

Jeff Faraudo

  • H8sRed

    It says a lot for Sonny D and his staff that they were able to keep Ragin, despite his Oregon “dream” as a kid.

  • ScottyBear

    If we can keep this class intact after the mess of last year and unfamiliarity of Sonny Dykes, it will be a great start to next year. After one season of high flying offense and killer attitude game plans, a year from now we’ll be signing even better classes. Feeling good about this. Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Losing Hunt hurts, no sugar coating.

  • Suttree

    LJ Moore to ASU or OS? Is that a joke?

  • Steve W.

    We have a pretty good OL class already. It was ranked number 5 in the country with Hunt on the latest Scout.com ranking. Keeping a potential game changer like Ragin and losing Hunt is a decent trade-off.

  • covinared

    we got some good offensive tackles last year. Good luck to Hunt.

  • 1brsfan

    LJ Moore to ASU and OSU is not a joke. Could be an academic thing.

  • discdude

    That is the “untold” truth. It’s just a reality that some will not qualify, and thus when people bemoan a loss to another school, it can often be as simple as that. Dykes is under mandate to improve the APR, so he cannot take any borderline players right now.

  • discdude

    And I don’t know specifically where LJ Moore falls, that’s more a generality about academic qualification.

  • rollonubears

    It’s only a split of Oregon lost one to us. As it stands, we just lost Hunt to Oregon. Both were Cal verbal commits, I thought.

  • Eric

    Iview it this way – when tedford was fired, there was a high likelihood we would lose recruits who had committed a long time ago under him (just as a new coach will bring in new recruits). Hunt was going to get targeted. It goes with the territory.

    We needed OL guys, and even if we lose Hunt, we got a lot of bodies coming in. OL is the one area where I think it is very, very difficult to predict will be good and who will be a bust, mainly because OL guys rarely start as freshmen and need the college regimen to fill out. Very different for RBs, DBs and WRs – speed is mostly natural – and even for QBs.

  • wehofx

    If current projections hold, Hunt will be the only JT verbal commit that SD loses. One loss is pretty damn good. (McKyer, Akins and ??? were all “encouraged” by the staff to de-commit for academic reasons.)

    SD flipped Ragin from byu just like he flipped yogurt cavil from ole miss.

  • Juancho

    The LJ Moore case is a little strange. He announced a final two about a week ago that was Oklahoma and ASU.

    If now these guys are saying it’s between ASU and the Beavers – then my belief is it means he’s going to be a Sun Devil. Last year taught me to have no hard feelings with these situations. All it did was sour me for nearly a whole year.

  • BlueNGold

    Hey J Faraudo- Please consider scheduling a live chat on here with Coach Dykes after signing day and the dust settles a bit. J Okanes used to do them fairly regularly with JT and some of the players, and they seemed to be pretty effective for giving alums and fans a chance to ask their questions about the program. It would be a great way to connect the fans with the football program.

  • wehofx

    On LOI eve when I will spend a stupid amount of time stressing over the decisions made by 18 year old’s lj moore, p enewally – and maybe even C Hunt???

    (If we get a split I’ll be more than happy.)

    Here’s a link to Reuben Foster – 5 star – who got giant Auburn ink on his forearm only to flip to bama.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high-school/h-s-star-auburn-tat-picks-bama-article-1.1255925

    Go Bears!

  • Dan

    If you look at UW’s class, just looking at star ratings both individually and as a group, it looks a lot like Cal classes looked and past few years, and last year up until right before signing day. Interesting. Wonder why?