Cal has signed four junior college football players who will enroll in January and participate in spring ball.
The Bears landed defensive end Rusty Becker (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, cornerback Marloshawn Franklin (6-0, 180) of Mesa (Arizona) Community College, wide receiver Jordan Veasy (6-3, 215) of Golden West College and offensive lineman Dwayne Wallace (6-5, 240) of Riverside City College.
All four players are ranked among the top 11 JC players at their position, according to various ratings services.
“The student-athletes we have signed today will help us to continue developing more depth in our program,” coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “The good thing is that they don’t necessarily have to be immediate fixes, but they have the ability to do that and getting them here for spring football gives them a huge opportunity to get on the field and contribute from day one.”
Along with four high school prospects who previously signed scholarship papers, the Bears now have eight players arriving on campus next month.
Here are thumbnail bios on the four JC signees:
Kyle Allen, the consensus No. 1 high school quarterback prospect in the country two years ago, has left Texas A&M to transfer to another school.
Gerry Hamilton of ESPN tweeted that his destination could be Cal.
I’ve found no evidence that it’s a done deal – or close to it. In fact, Oklahoma also is being mentioned as Allen’s possible landing place.
FoxSports quoted Allen saying, “Oklahoma comes to mind because it does fit all those things, and my old (high school) teammate (Mark Andrews) is a receiver there, and coach (Bob) Stoops is an all-time great coach.”
But Cal was among nearly 20 schools that offered Allen out of Desert Mountain High in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he was rated the No. 1 QB prospect by both Scout and Rivals. Stanford’s Keller Chryst was No. 2 on the Rivals list.
A 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore, Allen made the surprise announcement Thursday that he is transferring. A&M has granted him release from his scholarship.
In two seasons with the Aggies, Allen passed for 3,532 yards with 33 touchdowns and 14 touchdowns. He completed 61.5 percent of his attempts.
Cal got a commitment this week from a player who could fill the one anticipated opening in their offensive line this spring.
Dwayne Wallace, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound guard from Riverside Community College, will enroll mid-year and participate in spring ball. He will compete for the spot vacated by Jordan Rigsbee, the only senior on the Bears’ current stating O-line.
According to Scout.com, Wallace improved his grade-point average to 3.4 during his time at Riverside.
Wallace, rated as a two-star player by Scout, also had offers from Arizona State and Washington State in the Pac-12, along with Arkansas, Kansas State, Louisville, San Diego State and UNLV.
Earlier in the week, the Bears got a commitment from cornerback Marloshawn Franklin, 6-1, 185-pound cornerback from Mesa CC in Arizona. Scout rates him as a two-star prospect.
But the chaos surrounding the Bears and coach Sonny Dykes’ contract situation may also have led to the de-commitment by Markus Wright, a linebacker from Jordan High in Columbus, Georgia, who announced is reopening his recruiting.
Cal’s recruiting class currently stands at 22 players and ranks 40th nationally, according to Scout.
Running back Derrick Clark of San Diego has signed a financial aid agreement with Cal and will become the fourth high school prospect to enroll midyear and be available for spring practice, Cal announced Friday.
Clark, from Mission Bay High, rushed for 1,361 yards and 13 touchdowns this fall in his first season as a full-time running back. A consensus three-star prospect, Clark also caught nine passes for 236 yards and three TDs and threw three touchdowns.
Clark’s Mission Bay team is 10-2 and plays Saturday in the CIF San Diego Section Division III championship game against top-seeded Bonita Vista at Southwestern College.
“We’re excited that Derrick will be joining our football program in January,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “He is a versatile running back with a skill set that fits nicely into our offense both running the ball and coming out of the backfield as a receiver.
“He also has tremendous character and an excellent academic background that will serve him well within the culture of our football team and in the classroom.”
Clark will join three other early Cal signees who are enrolling for the spring semester: offensive tackle Jake Curhan of Redwood High in Larkspur, wide receiver Jordan Duncan of Oak Grove High in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and quarterback Max Gilliam of Thousand Oaks High.
The point guard Cal coach Cuonzo Martin coveted is not coming to Berkeley.
Charlie Moore, a four-star floor leader from Morgan Park High in Chicago, chose Memphis over the Bears on Thursday.
Moore, who shot up the recruiting charts after a strong summer, visited Cal less than two weeks ago but opted for Memphis over the Bears and VCU.
Cal announced the signing Wednesday of Tyson Jolly, a four-star shooting guard from Oklahoma City who originally signed with the Bears a year ago before opting to spend this season at a prep school.
“We’re very happy to have him on board. He’s a great addition to our program,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He’s a very talented young man, a tremendous character guy. He plays extremely hard and gives us an upgrade from a toughness standpoint.”
At 6-foot-4, Jolly averaged 20.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season at Putman City West High. He was named the Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year.
Jolly enrolled this fall at the Elev8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach, Florida, this fall in order to improve his academic standing.
Martin appreciates the fact that Jolly stuck with Cal even after his educational detour.
“Those are the guys you fight for to the end,” he said.
Scout.com rates Jolly as the No. 24 shooting guard in the country. He is classified as a four-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals. Jolly also had offers from Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulsa and Texas-El Paso.
Cal expects to get news Thursday from Charlie Moore, a four-star point guard from Morgan Park High in Chicago. Moore visited Cal two weeks ago and will choose among the Bears, Memphis and Virginia Commonwealth.
Moreau Catholic High’s Oscar Frayer, who committed to Cal more than a year ago, did not make an announcement on the first day of the early signing period. Sources say he may reclassify to the class of 2017 and attend either a prep school or junior college for a year before choosing a college.
Few people at Haas Pavilion late Friday night were more interested to see what the Golden Bears looked like than the fresh-faced 17-year-old sitting courtside.
Charlie Moore, rated the 15th-best point guard prospect in the nation by Scout, was in town for his official recruiting visit. And he liked what he was watching.
“It’s a great game. They’re competing out there,” he said of the intra-squad scrimmage that went to three overtimes before ending just minutes shy of midnight.
Moore, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, plays at Morgan Park High in Chicago. His stock shot up after a strong summer and he’s now rated a four-star prospect, the top point in Illinois and the No. 65 overall high school talent in the country, according to Scout.
He is a priority for Cal coach Cuonzo Martin, who will lose all-Pac-12 point guard Tyrone Wallace to graduation after this season.
Moore already has visited Virginia Commonwealth and Memphis and expects to check out Iowa State.
Where does Cal fit into the equation?
“Oh, Cal is right there,” he said, his eyes lighting up. “I love their program.”
Moore toured the campus Friday and took in the view of the Bay Area from Memorial Stadium.
The early signing period begins Nov. 11, but Moore said he’s not sure when he will make his decision.
Charlie Moore, a four-star point guard from Chicago, will visit Cal a week from Friday, a source confirmed, on the same night the Bears host a Blue-Gold intra-squad scrimmage at Haas Pavilion.
Moore, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from Morgan Park High, is rated by Scout as the nation’s No. 15 point guard prospect. Rivals lists him as the nation’s No. 57 overall prospect.
The Bears are targeting Moore as a potential replacement for all-Pac-12 senior point guard Tyrone Wallace.
He had a strong summer showing in Las Vegas, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, who wrote:
“Moore showed a tremendous mix of facilitating and scoring throughout the Las Vegas Classic. Moore is quick and uses slick ball handling and craftiness to get by defenders. Once by defenders, he’s able to drop in floaters or draw defenders and dish it off to teammates for good looks.”
Moore has made recruiting visits to Pitt, Illinois and Memphis, and also has offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa, St. John’s.
Cal’s Blue-Gold scrimmage on Oct. 30 — the night before the Bears face USC in football — will begin at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
Cal has made a scholarship offer to quarterback Jerod Evans, who has thrown 38 touchdown passes in eight games for Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, according to Scout.com.
Evans, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder originally from Mansfield, Texas, is academically qualified, Scout reported, and would have two years of eligibility.
Evans would potentially enter the competition for Cal’s quarterback spot if junior Jared Goff opts to enter the NFL draft next spring. Goff is universally considered the top quarterback prospect in college football.
So, a potential Jared to Jerod handoff?
The Bears will return redshirt freshman Chase Forrest, who has performed well in practice and in limited game action, along with true freshman Ross Bowers. Sophomore Luke Rubenzer, who came off the bench a year ago to provide a run threat, has played safety this season.
For the second time in a week, Cal has finished second in the recruiting race for a top-100 prospect.
This time, Connecticut got a verbal commitment Friday from small forward Vance Jackson, rated as the No. 72 prospect in the country by Rivals and No. 63 by Scout. The 6-foot-7 four-star prospect attends Prolific Prep in Napa — his third high school.
A week ago, the Bears lost out on 6-10 four-star center Jayce Johnson, who picked Utah over Cal. The Santa Monica big man is rated as the No. 67 overall prospect in the country by Rivals and No. 59 by Scout.