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Football: Which high-level prospects from the Class of 2015 the Golden Bears are chasing

Below is a rundown of the 48 high school players Cal is recruiting off Scout.com’s list of top-300 national prospects. These include five-star and four-star prospects, according to Scout’s evaluations.

The Bears have four commitments so far for the class of 2015 — all of them three-star prospects.

Among the group shown here, there are several trends worth noting:

– Twelve of the 48 are wide receivers. Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin just can’t have enough of them on his roster.

– Only one is a quarterback — No. 99 prospect Travis Waller of Servite-Anaheim.

– Two are tight ends, a position the Bears hardly utilize.

– Eight are from the state of Texas, a recruiting hotbed and backyard to Louisiana Tech, where coach Sonny Dykes and his staff still have recruiting ties.

– Six of the seven five-star prospects the Bears are pursuing are defensive players. In all, 27 of the 48 listed play defense.

We’ll keep an eye on this list to see how many Dykes and his staff are able to land.

Scout.com 5-star prospects recruited by Cal

2. OLB Malik Jefferson, Ralph H. Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas, 6-3, 220
10. DT Kahlil McKenzie, De La Salle HS, 6-4, 330
11. CB Iman Marshall, Long Beach Poly HS, 6-1.5, 190
16. WR DeMarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill, Texas, 6-2, 188
22. DE Keisean Lucier-South, Lutheran Orange HS, Orange, 6-4.5, 220
27. OLB John Houston, Serra HS, Gardena, 6-3, 218
28. DE Canton Kaumatule, Punahoa School, Honolulu, 6-6, 259

Scout.com 4-star prospects recruited by Cal

35. WR Christian Kirk, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Arizona, 5-11, 197
48. CB Kris Boyd, Gilmer HS, Gilmer, Texas, 6-1, 185
51. Saf Marvell Tell, Crespi HS, Encino, 6-2, 180
52. OLB Osa Masina, Brighton HS, Salt Lake City, 6-4, 205
56. DE Jashon Cornell, Cretin Durham Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota, 6-3.5, 245
60. WR Tyler Johnson, Warren Easton Charter HS, New Orleans, 6-2, 190
61. OLB Porter Gustin, Salem Hills HS, Salem, Utah, 6-5, 235
72. CB Isaiah Langley, Foothill HS, Pleasanton, 6-0, 165
73. CB Dechaun Holiday, Mission Hills HS, San Marcos, 6-2, 190
75. DE James Lockhart, Ennis HS, Ennis, Texas, 6-3, 250
79. Saf Jamal Peters, Bassfield HS, Bassfield, Miss., 6-2, 202
82. WR Desean Holmes, Muir HS, Pasadena, 5-11, 170
83. WR Equanimeous St. Brown, Servite HS, Anaheim, 6-5, 205
99. QB Travis Waller, Servite HS, Anaheim, 6-3, 185
102. WR Carlos Strickland, Skyline HS, Dallas, Texas, 6-4, 195
112. CB Holton Hill, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas, 6-2, 175
133. WR Cordell Braudus, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, 6-3, 190
134. OLB Kyahva Tezino, Bishop Mora Salesian HS, Los Angeles, 6-0.5, 200
136. WR Trent Irwin, Hart HS, Newhall, 6-2, 185
141. DE Joseph Wicker, Long Beach Poly HS, 6-4, 255
144. TE Will Gragg, Dumas HS, Dumas, Arkansas, 6-4, 247
160. Saf Frank Buncom, St. Augustine HS, San Diego, 6-1, 180
172. CB Cameron Ordway, Giles County HS, Pulaski, Tenn., 6-1, 170
188. WR Ryan Newsome, Aledo HS, Aledo, Texas, 5-9, 170
190. OLB Cassius Peat, Corona Del Sol HS, Tempe, Arizona, 6-4, 235
195. RB Malik Lovette, East Valley HS, Redlands, 5-11, 175
198. OT Henry Roberts, Bellevue HS, Bellevue, Wash., 6-6, 260
201. CB Ykili Ross, Riverside Poly HS, 6-2, 185
206. DE Darrion Daniels, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas, 6-4, 275
207. WR Jaylinn Hawkins, Buena Park HS, Buena Park, 6-1, 164
214. OT Grant Newsome, Lawrenceville Prep HS, N.J. 6-7, 290
215. OLB Ben Humphreys, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, 6-3, 190
220. TE Jackson Harris, Columbia Central HS, Columbia, Tenn., 6-5, 240
225. DE Benning Potoae, Lakes HS, Lakewood, Washington, 6-3, 250
244. WR Jayson Stanley, Creekside HS, Fairburn, Ga. 6-3, 202
246. RB Cameron Scarlett, Central Catholic HS, Portland, Oregon, 6-1, 185
253. WR Lavan Alston, St. Bonaventure HS, Ventura, 6-0, 175
263. OT Bar Milo, Chaminade Prep HS, West Hills, 6-6, 285
270. OLB Adonis Thomas, Central Gwinnett HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
272. OT Keiffer Longson, Daugherty Valley HS, San Ramon, 6-7, 300
293. Saf Isaiah Renfro, Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, 6-2, 185

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  • Steve Fischer

    I have no problem with Dyke’s targets. His plan seems to be reasonable. I wish him success- Cal shouldn’t be too hard a sell.

  • Rollonubears

    either everybody’s on vacation, or not being able to access this blog using iOS has really had an effect. maybe the magical iOS8 will fix everything.

  • rotfogel

    All these players…but in the depths of the Northern California there are ALWAYS better players: Brandin Cooks, Deone Bucannon, Davante Adams…Cal didn’t offer a scholarship to any of those players because ESPN didn’t think they were good enough coming out of college. But fret not! We’re in hot pursuit of the lower level prospects everywhere but locally.

  • Steve Fischer

    I think like most major programs we have to have a mix of local and national recruiting. We don’t know that spending more time on a local talent will make it more likely that that person will attend Cal. (theory of diminishing returns) Its good to develop pipelines.

    I would change my opinion and agree with you if I know that because we spend time out of state, that we are ignoring locals.

  • Eric

    JF – you should really discuss with your editors/business folks about this format for comments. Ever since the blog switched, the volume of comments has dropped dramatically.

  • eastcoastbear

    Best way to get 4 and 5 star recruits interested is to start winning next year early so you get their attention before they tune out

  • rotfogel

    Off subject but this recruiting miss stings a bit:

    Lillard received only mid-major college offers, which Watkins said rarely bothered Lillard. “He did tell me once when he was a senior he thought Cal should have recruited him,” Watkins said. “I told him he wouldn’t want to play for Ben Braun anyway, that he should go to a place where he felt wanted and could make him a better guard.”…Lilard was in Oakland and Cal didn’t recruit him because they had their noses in Texas or Chicago.

  • Juancho

    I agree with Eric’s comments.

  • Larry

    I haven’t been able to post for a few months now. I had to recreate my profile. That totally sucks. Why is this new format so bad?

  • Larry

    Back to football, it would be nice to land 3 or so 4-star guys. That would be a home run for Dykes & crew. If Cal gets 5-6 wins this season, they will start coming. If we win 1-3 games this season, we’ll be super lucky to get one 4-star recruit next cycle.