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Football: Bears add two weekend commits

Cal got a pair of weekend recruiting commitments, including one from 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle Johnny Capra of Placer High. Capra is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com.

The Bears also landed two-star tight end Zeandae Johnson, a 6-2, 240-pounder from Fresno’s Central HS East Campus.

Earlier last month, got Cal a commit from three-star center Ryan Gibson, a 6-2, 271-pounder from St. Stanislaus HS in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Gibson is rated by Scout as the 15th-best center prospect in the country.

Cal now has seven oral commitments for the class of 2015.

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Basketball: Martin OK that Bears likely to enter season with just 10 available scholarship players

Had breakfast with new basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, who said he’s bought a home in Piedmont but will spend much of the rest of this summer recruiting for the Class of 2015.

He also confirmed the Bears are likely to go into next season with just 10 eligible scholarship players. Martin said he won’t use either of the program’s two open scholarships this summer, unless he’s able to land a senior graduate transfer who is immediately eligible.

That means — although Martin cannot discuss recruits by name — there is nothing to online chatter that Cal might be pursuing former Oregon guard and Bay Area native Dominic Artis.

The situation is complicated because Artis played for the Oakland Soldiers, the powerhouse traveling team that features Bishop O’Dowd HS star Ivan Rabb, rated by some as the top prospect in the Class of 2015.

The Bears, and everyone else, want Rabb, but my sense is they won’t sign Artis to get him. Artis was one of three players booted from Oregon this spring after being the subject of a sexual assault investigation. While no charges were filed, the incident was unseemly enough that the school divorced itself from all three players.

Asked how concerned he is about his scholarship numbers for next season, Martin said, “Not at all. We’ve been in situations like this before. The strength and conditioning part is important, but also being smart in practice.”

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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

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Basketball: PG Chauca officially signs

Cal announced the official signing of point guard prospect Brandon Chauca to a national letter of intent.

“We are excited for the opportunity to have Brandon join the Cal Family,” new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He has the ability to distribute and score the basketball. In high school, he displayed excellent range with his shot. Brandon also has the foot speed to be a good on-ball defender.”

Chauca averaged 23.1 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 steals this season for 22 Feet Academy at Shannon Forest Christian Schhool in Greenville, S.C. The 5-foot-9 native of Alexandria, Virginia, had a pair of 40-point games.

Chauca played his freshman year at Stonewall Jackson High in Manassas, Va. where he was an all-district selection in his first scholastic season. Chauca also played one season at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., and at Christian Faith Center Academy in Creedmoor, N.C., before enrolling at 22 Feet Academy.

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Football: Brother of 49ers lineman joins Bears; defensive tackle seeks immediate eligibility

Cal has signed the brother of 49ers guard Joe Looney to a financial aid agreement, becoming the 24th member of the 2014 recruiting class.

James Looney, transferring from Wake Forest, has filed an appeal for immediate eligibility with the Bears.

A 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from Lake Forest, Florida, Looney played in six games as a true freshman for Wake Forest last season, contributing three tackles and a fumble recovery. He did not start a game.

Looney has four seasons to play three at Cal, but whether he is cleared to participate next fall or must sit out as a transfer has not been determined, a Cal spokesman said. He was projected as a starter for the Demons Deacons before leaving the program at the end of spring practice.

Defensive tackle is perhaps Cal’s biggest position of need. Both starters left after last season, and Jacobi Hunter, who played in all 12 games last season as a true freshman, took a leave from the team late in spring ball to attend to personal matters. His status is still up in the air.

Also uncertain is redshirt junior Mustafa Jalil, a former four-star recruit, who missed all of last season and spring ball due to a knee injury.

“We are excited that James is joining the Cal football program,” coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “It is critical that we continue to recruit and develop players in the trenches to improve on both sides of the ball.

“James will help us do that on the defensive line and is also an excellent student that will fit into our program nicely both on the field and off.”

Looney, who turns 19 on Thursday, is the younger sibling of Joe Looney, who was a fourth-round draft pick out of Wake Forest by the 49ers in 2012.

James Looney was a four-year starter at Lake Worth High School in Florida and an Associated Press Class 7A all-state performer as a senior in the fall of 2012. He was a consensus three-star (out of five) prospect in high school.

Cal’s 2014 recruiting class includes players from California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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Basketball: Domingo’s arrival is official

Cal formally announced the signing of Stephen Domingo, a transfer wing from Georgetown.

The news was first reported a week ago, but new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin was unable to comment on Domingo’s arrival until the paperwork was complete.

“We’re very excited to have Stephen come home and join our basketball family,” Martin said. “Stephen has the skill and length to be a good all-around player at both ends of the floor.”

A graduate of St. Ignatius HS in San Francisco, the 6-foot-7, 207-pound junior-to-be must sit out next season before becoming eligible. He will have two seasons to play at Cal.

Domingo graduated from high school a year early and enrolled at Georgetown in the summer of 2012 after averaging 13.3 points his final season at St. Ignatius. He played in 39 games for the Hoyas.

He also helped the U.S. U17 national team to a gold medal at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Lithuania in 2012, averaging 7.8 points. He scored 17 in a win over Australia on the way to the title.

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Basketball: Georgetown guard transfers to Cal

Georgetown sophomore guard Stephen Domingo announced he will return home to the Bay Area and continue his basketball career at Cal.

Domingo, who starred at St. Ignatius High in San Francisco, totaled 29 points in 39 games over two seasons at Georgetown. Scout.com rated Domingo as a four-star (out of five) prospect as a high school senior.

The 6-foot-6 wing, who must sit out next season as a transfer, said he is excited to play for new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin.

“Georgetown was just not the right basketball opportunity for me,” Domingo said in a phone interview. “I’m going forward and Cal will be a place I can flourish and show what I can do.

“Coach Martin said I’ll be able to use my length and athleticism on the defensive end and I can be a matchup problem on offense.”

Domingo said Cal was among his finalists when he first chose a college out of high school.

Domingo is the second player Martin has added to the Cal roster since being hired last month. A week ago, he signed incoming freshman Kingsley Okoroh, a 7-1 center from England.

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Football: Bears add DT to 2014 incoming class

Cal added depth and size to a position that needs both, signing 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle Chris Palmer of Lawrenceville, Ga., to a financial aid agreement.

Palmer played high school ball at Collins Hill High School in the Atlanta in the fall of 2011 and 2012 and is attending the Naval Preparatory School this year.

As the Bears finished spring ball a week ago, the team’s top four defensive tackles have never played in a major college game. Junior Mustafa Jalil, who sat out spring ball, is expected back in August after missing last season due to a knee injury. And sophomore Jacobi Hunter’s status is in question after he took personal leave from the team a couple weeks ago.

Palmer earned preseason All-State honors prior to his senior season and played in the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Football Game. He was a second-team All-Region selection in 2011.

“We are excited to have Chris as part of the Cal football program,” coach Sonny Dykes said. “He’s a good fit for us both academically and athletically. On the field, he will give us some size inside. We were fortunate to find him.”

Palmer’s addition boosts Cal’s 2014 class to 23 players, class 13 of them on the defensive side of the ball.

 

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Football: Bears get commitment from 3-star WR but lose elite QB prospect to Arizona State

Cal got its third verbal commitment in the class of 2015 when three-star wide receiver Greyson Bankhead of Centennial-Corona picked the Bears over SMU and Arizona, according to Scout.com.

A 5-foot-9, 155-pounder, Bankhead caught 73 passes for 1,031 yards on the same Centennial team that is sending running back Tre Watson to Berkeley this fall.

Meanwhile, Cal recruiting target Brady White, rated the nation’s No. 9 quarterback prospect in the class of 2015 by Scout.com, announced he will attend Arizona State. 

White, from Hart-Newhall — the same high school that produced Joe Kapp — had narrowed his choices to ASU, Cal and Oregon before choosing the Sun Devils.

White passed for 4,535 yards and 41 touchdowns while rushing for 320 yards and nine more scores as a junior last season.