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Football: How badly will Cal recruiting be impacted by its 1-11 record on the field?

The Cal football program is desperate to earn on the recruiting trail what eluded the Golden Bears during coach Sonny Dykes’ debut season: A few big victories.

Cal’s 1-11 record this fall stole much of the momentum generated when Dykes was hired a year ago, and it threatens to torpedo the Bears’ recruiting efforts.

Signing day is Feb. 5, and the early returns aren’t encouraging. Cal already has lost two top committed high school players, several more are wavering, and the Bay Area’s No. 1 prospect hasn’t decided where he’ll go.

Brandon Huffman, national recruiting analyst for Scout.com, says the Bears’ belly-flop season is the culprit.

“It had the potential to be so much better,” Huffman said. “There was a lot of traction when Sonny Dykes was hired, with NorCal kids especially. Now those kids aren’t even thinking twice about Cal.”

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HOW VICTORIES, RECRUITING RELATE

A look at how the first season of the past six Pac-12 coaches hired to fix losing programs impacted their second recruiting class:

* STEVE SARKISIAN, Washington-x

On the field: The Huskies went from 0-12 the year before Sarkisian was hired to 5-7 in his 2009 debut season. Plus-5.

On the recruiting trail: Sarkisian’s first class (before he’d coached the team) was rated No. 66 nationally by Scout.com. A year later, his class was No. 11. Plus-55.

* RICH RODRIGUEZ, Arizona

On the field: The Wildcats went from 4-8 the year before Rodriguez was hired to 8-5 in his 2012 debut season. Plus-3.5.

On the recruiting trail: Rodriguez’s first class was rated No. 46 nationally by Scout.com. A year later, his class was No. 27. Plus-19.

* JIM MORA, UCLA

On the field: The Bruins went from 6-8 the year before Mora was hired to 9-5 in his 2012 debut season. Plus-3.

On the recruiting trail: Mora’s first class was rated No. 12 nationally by Scout.com. A year later, his class was No. 3. Plus-9.

* TODD GRAHAM, Arizona St.

On the field: The Sun Devils went from 6-7 the year before Graham was hired to 8-5 in his 2012 debut season. Plus-2.

On the recruiting trail: Graham’s first class was rated No. 43 nationally by Scout.com. A year later, his class was No. 30. Plus-13.

* MIKE LEACH, Washington St.

On the field: The Cougars went from 4-8 the year before Leach was hired to 3-9 in his 2012 debut season. Minus-1.

On the recruiting trail: Leach’s first class was rated No. 50 nationally by Scout.com. A year later, his class was No. 38. Plus-12.

* SONNY DYKES, Cal

On the field: The Bears went from 3-9 the year before Dykes was hired to 1-11 in his 2013 debut season. Minus-2.

On the recruiting trail: Dykes’ first class was rated tied for No. 31 nationally by Scout.com. A year later, his class currently is No. 59. Minus-28.

x — Sarkisian now is coach at USC.

Jeff Faraudo