With an assist from Phil Jensen on our staff, covering practice for me today, some recruiting news . . .
Devante Downs, rated a four-star running back by Rivals, announced via Twitter he has committed to Cal.
A 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior at Mountlake Terrace High in Lynnwood, Washington will not play this season according to mitnews.com. Downs suffered a torn ACL at a team camp in June according to the report.
Downs is also projected as a potential linebacker, but told Scout.com he was recruited by Cal to play running back and that’s his preference. He said Cal’s highly regarded chemistry program was a significant factor in his decision.
Rivals ranks him as the No. 210 overall prospect in the country — No. 2 among players in the state of Washington. Scout.com ranks him as a three-star prospect and the top fullback in the country.
Other schools that offered Downs, according to Rivals, included Stanford, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State and Nebraska.
As a junior last season, he rushed for more than 1,200 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.