Football: Dykes satisfied Bears took big steps toward strengthening both lines

New Cal coach Sonny Dykes believes he began the process of rebuilding the offensive and defensive lines with his 25-man recruiting class, but potential holes remain as the Bears look forward to spring workouts in three weeks.

“Next year’s class will probably have a little more star power,” Dykes said Wednesday. “To me, we addressed exactly what we needed in this class, which is depth on the offensive and defensive lines.”

The Bears lost out on four-star offensive guard Cameron Hunt, who signed with Oregon, as expected. But they landed five offensive linemen and eight defensive linemen to play in their new 4-3 alignment.

Dykes said he is “very excited” about the class his staff landed, and the recruiting services gave the Bears solid marks. Cal’s class was rated No. 29 nationally by Scout.com, No. 30 by Rivals.com.

By comparison, former coach Jeff Tedford’s first recruiting class at Cal in 2002 consisted of 12 players and was ranked No. 62 nationally by Scout. Former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh signed 19 players his first year of 2007 for a No. 43 ranking, according to Scout.

There are concerns, however. The Bears missed on two safety prospects they sought, and Dykes admitted, “One need we feel we came up a little bit short on is the defensive backs.”

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Jeff Faraudo