Football: El Cerrito 4-star OLB picks USC

Cal lost out on El Cerrito HS outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun, who announced Wednesday he will attend USC.

The four-star 2014 prospect also was considering the Golden Bears and UCLA, among others. Calhoun racked up 170 tackles and had four fumble recoveries last season.

Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow


  • Juancho

    Tosh dominoes. Hes close with michael hutchings and wants to play alingside him at usc. Mike lazarus another 4 star lb from berkeley is trying to get an offer to usc to attend there also.

    The thinking is adarius pickett will also end up at usc.

    This us why tosh was given heaven and earth by washington. His impact still ripples down.

  • Wehofx

    Damn! I thought we had an excellent shot at djc.

    I sure hope you’re wrong about Lazarus.

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  • ConcordBear

    Always frustrating to see local talent leave the Bay.
    Still have hope for Pickett.
    That dude is good and all DB’s will have huge opportunity to play early at Cal in 2014

  • Calduke

    The 3-4 defense offers more opportunities for LBs

  • Juancho

    Brethren and king cat Jeff. Happy fourth of july.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    I disagree about the 3-4 offering more opportunity for LBs. I see the modern 4-3 as really a 2-5, while the 3-4 is really a 3-4. The 4-3 only requires 2 beefy interior lineman, while the other 5 up front can be quicker/smaller. Or if you need more beef upfront you can put in DTs at all 4 lineman spots. The 3-4 is a little less adaptive, imho.

    And Calhoun did not pick $c because of their scheme vs the Bears’. After some positive results this fall, local guys like him will be lining up to come to Cal. But we’re not there yet…Go Bears!

  • Juancho

    Usc is a recruiting power and foesnt. Washington doesnt win but became a recruiting superstar overnight. Ucla became a recruiting power immediately after hiring mora. Without winning. Rich rod and todd graham improved uofa and asu recruiting. Without winning.

  • SteveNTexas

    Last I saw our class was ranked #48 or so.

    Is it normal for a first year coach to have a mediocre class?

    Many of you know this much better than I. Can you think of examples of first year coaches in top conferences and their recruiting?

  • Juancho

    Our class will end up being top 25. Im pretty sure.

    The most recent example of a mediocre first class in our conference is mike leach at wassu.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    BSB, I disagree. While you are correct when thinking about pass rushes (where the blitz called determines things more than initial formation), a 4-3 is fundamentally different against the run. Those interior lineman have substantially different obligations compared to a NT in a 3-4 that is meant to just take up space, as well.

    Check out the articles linked in the GoldenBearBlogs regarding vertical pass protection, and then consider the significant variation if a running play is called that does not have lineman retreating. The 3-4 is using athleticism and speed compared to the 4-3 with power and placement. Against the pass, you can be fine, but putting that smalled DE (really a LB) on the line of scrimmage and he can be overpowered against the run, with less outside containment given only 3 LBs.

  • BlueNGold

    I wonder if daddy Monty being out, and Pendergast being in, as the sc defensive guru had anything to do with Calhoun’s decision?