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

  • 707 Bear

    I’ll bite……Buh who?

  • Mr. B

    Buh to Stanfurd!!

    (Sorry for hijacking yer joke bovinus)

  • CalBearister

    For Juancho…a few Pac-12 coaches who didn’t have a ton of success early, then went to the Rose Bowl:

    Pete Carroll: Went 6-6 his first year and lost the Vegas Bowl. Then went to five Rose Bowls (winning four) and two Orange Bowls (winning both).

    Jim Harbaugh (sorta): Went 4-8 his first year, then won the Orange Bowl his last season. Shaw went on to win in 2013.

    Bob Toledo: Went 5-6 his first season, then went to a Rose Bowl two years later (lost).

    Bruce Snyder: Didn’t have a winning season at Cal until Year 4. Went to Arizona State, and had a mediocre 21-23 record for his first four seasons. Went to the Rose Bowl in the fifth (lost).

    Rich Brooks: Went 4-18 to start his career at Oregon. Stunk for many years. Went to a Rose Bowl in 1994 (lost).

    Mike Price: Went 6-5 his first year, then regressed to 3-8. Had four more losing seasons, then went to two Rose Bowls (lost both).

    Tyrone Willingham: Had three mediocre seasons at Stanfurd. Then went 3-8. Followed that up with 8-4 and a Rose Bowl (lost).

  • Gobears49

    Anybody think Tony Gonzalez would be a good AD for Cal (if he wanted the job). He certainly knows both football and basketball (would probably be the only AD in the country that started in both sports at the D1 level). And he is retiring from pro football after this year.

    But he probably wouldn’t want the job because it sounds like it would be too political and probably a lot of it deals with issues that do not directly deal with the Cal sports teams. Like filling the football stadium with fans.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    707, we are all already crying.

  • 707 Bear

    Buh who…oh yeah…oh brother…must not post after 4th natty light while watching shahs of sunset (don’t judge me or i’ll sick mj on you)

    Go Bears

  • Larry

    “I think Larry is Sandy B’s Uncle and Stormy Dykes’ cousin.” -Moron/woj

    Hey Moron/woj, your father must be Sandy Barbour and your mother must be Lame Kiffin. You are the offspring,Corky.


  • Larry

    Moron/woj, how’s the singing career going?