Greetings from Cleveland . . .
Cal has picked up a pair of 3-star prospects, according to both Rivals and Scout:
— Josh Drayden, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback from Bishop Dunne High in Dallas comes on board after the Bears lost a pair of 4-star safeties in the past couple weeks. Drayden, who reportedly runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, also had offers from Boise State, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, among others.
— Logan Gamble, a 6-5, 200-pound wide receiver/athlete from St. Anthony High in Long Beach. Gamble also had offers from Arizona, San Diego State, Virginia and Washington State.
Cal’s strong early recruiting efforts for the Class of 2016 have taken a couple substantial hits with recent decommitments from two four-star safety prospects.
First, local prospect Shurod Thompson of Liberty High in Brentwood withdrew his April commitment. Thompson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, is rated by Rivals.com as the nation’s No. 7 safety prospect.
“It has been a great pleasure getting to know the entire Cal football staff, you have welcomed me into your family and I couldn’t be more grateful,” Thompson wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately, I have decided to take a different path, I will always appreciate your staffing and the great memories I have made with you. I am officially de-commiting as a Cal bear.”
Then, three days ago (while I was in Cleveland, no less, covering the NBA Finals), safety Marquel Dismuke, a 6-2, 170-pounder from Calabasas High. Dismuke is ranked No. 19 among the nation’s elite safeties by Rivals.
Dismuke also said his goodbyes on Twitter: “Thank you to the Golden Bears family and Coaches on everything they done for me but at this point of time I want to reopen my recruitment.”
Cal’s secondary — still the biggest question mark on a defense that has been wretched — added some immediate help Monday.
The Bears signed Khari Vanderbilt, a safety from San Jose City College, who will be eligible to play this fall.
A 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, Vanderbilt is rated a 3-star prospect by Scout, Rivals and 247Sports.
He originally committed to BYU, but will play next fall in Berkeley.
Nick Kerr, the oldest of Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s three children, will join the Cal basketball team next season as a walk-on player, according to a source.
Nick Kerr, who played as a redshirt junior last season at the University of San Diego, has been accepted into the School of Public Health graduate program at Cal.
Cal has made no announcement on Kerr’s intentions, unable to comment until Kerr enrolls in classes. Because he has graduated from USD, Kerr would be immediately eligible to play next season for the Bears.
After announcing he was leaving USD in April, Nick Kerr told the San Diego Union-Tribune he wants to be closer to his father.
“My dad’s coaching the Warriors and I’m trying to become a coach,” Kerr said at the time. “I want to learn from him. I think being around (the Warriors’) practice would be the best thing for me to figure out what he’s doing.”
The 22-year-old will be reunited at Cal with sister Maddy Kerr, who was a sophomore on the Bears’ volleyball team last fall.
Nick Kerr played in just six games last season for the Toreros, scoring nine points. He scored a career-high 12 points – on 4-for-6 shooting from the 3-point arc – against Pacific during the 2013-14 season.
A 6-foot-3 guard, Kerr was a two-time all-league player at Torrey Pines High in San Diego, averaging 15.1 points as a senior, 19.5 as a junior.
Zion Echols, a three-star “athlete” prospect from Charter Oaks High in West Covina, had offers from seven Pac-12 schools and announced Saturday he will attend Cal.
A 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, Echols also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State in the Pac-12, along with Boise State, BYU, LSU and San Jose State.
Cal got its third oral commitment from a defensive back Wednesday when cornerback Traveon Bell of St. John Bosco-Bellflower chose the Bears.
Bell announced his commitment on Twitter: “Well it’s official ! … I’m so happy and blessed to say I have committed to being a Cal Bear !! #CalGang2016 !!!”
Bell is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder chose Cal over Arizona State, Washington, Wisconsin and San Jose State, among others, according to Rivals.com.
He is Cal’s eighth 2016 commitment, joining safeties Marquel Dismuke and Shurod Thompson.
The long wait is over, presumably.
On the day before the spring signing period ends, five-star center Caleb Swanigan committed to Purdue, alma mater of his legal guardian and former Boilermaker football player Roosevelt Barnes.
Cal went hard after the 6-foot-9, 265-pounder from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who last month de-committed from Michigan State. Top-10 recruits and Cal signees Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown — Swanigan’s teammates on the postseason high school all-star circuit — tried to get him to Berkeley.
Instead, he stayed home and, in the process, likely kept peace in his family.
Commitments are not binding until a letter-of-intent is signed.
Here’s the story posted by Evan Daniels of Scout.com, who first reported the news Tuesday morning. Here’s more, from ESPN.com.
Cal got an oral commitment Friday from offensive tackle Jake Curhan, a 6-foot-7, 315-pounder from Redwood High in Larkspur.
Rated a three-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals, Curhan has a 3.97 grade-point average, according to the recruiting website.
He chose Cal after also getting offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Washington State, among others.
One day after he de-committed from Michigan State, giving Cal fans a reason to be optimistic, five-star center Caleb Swanigan reportedly has committed to Purdue.
Here’s the story on the website 247Sports.
Center Caleb Swanigan, who made a recruiting visit to Cal and at one time was said to be conspiring with Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown to attend Berkeley as a “package deal,” is back on the market after decommitting from Michigan State.
Is he Berkeley-bound?
Or, as coach Cuonzo Martin said Wednesday regarding his successful recruitment of Rabb and Brown, why not?
ESPN, which first reported the news, said Purdue may be the frontrunner.
Swanigan surprised most people by committed April 10 to MSU, but had not signed a binding letter-of-intent.
Click here to read the Detroit News’ story.
Here’s more from MLive.com.