Cal coach Sonny Dykes called his recruiting class “solid” given the club’s ghastly 2013 season, but he knows his regime must do a better job of convincing local talent to stay home.
Cal’s 21-member class includes just two high school prospects from the greater Bay Area — San Mateo’s Hamilton Anoa’i and Petaluma’s John Porchivina. The Bears got no one from the East Bay, where in past years they have mined future stars such as Marshawn Lynch.
At least 15 local high school players signed with other Pac-12 Conference schools Wednesday, and the Bears also whiffed on five-star running back Joe Mixon of Oakley, who picked Oklahoma.
“There were a couple kids we went heavy on that we didn’t get. That was disappointing,” said Dykes, who suggested that academics were an issue with a couple of prospects. “Any good football program must protect its own backyard. It’s important for us to do that.”
Click here for the rest of my story.