Football: Bears take major recruiting hit

Cornerback Jaleel Wadood, Cal’s top-rated recuit, announced via Twitter on Monday night that he won’t be coming to Berkeley.

“I have just decommitted from California Berkeley, I wanna thank coach dykes and the rest of there coaching staff for the opportunity,” he wrote.

Wadood is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com, which lists him as the No. 20 cornerback in the country. Obviously, it’s a position of significant need for Cal.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from St. John Bosco HS in Bellflower had been considered a “soft” commit for weeks now. Word is he plans to choose between USC and UCLA.

Perhaps anticipating online reaction, Wadood also tweeted, “The only part I hate about this is the ignorant people who think their opinion matters, this is a move for me and my family.”

Coach Sonny Dykes and his staff have to hope Wadood’s change of heart doesn’t trigger a wave of defections. Earlier this fall, three-star wideout Jalen Harvey of El Cerrito HS decommitted.

Even before Wadood’s exit from the fold, Cal’s recruiting class was rated just No. 57 nationally by Scout.

Oral commitments cannot become binding until signing day on Feb. 5, 2014.


Jeff Faraudo