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Football: Bears get another JC defensive commit

Cal apparently will announce at least four new defensive players later today on the first day of the junior college signing period.

Jonathon Johnson, a defensive end from Pierce College, has decommitted from Arizona State and will sign with the Bears, according to

Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pa., is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout. He will have two years of eligibility for the Bears.

Earlier, the Bears got JC commitments from DTs Trevor Kelly of College of San Mateo and David Davis of Long Beach CC, along with safety Sam Ateo of CSM.

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
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Football: Another CSM commit to Cal

The Bears landed their second College of San Mateo commitment on the defensive side of the ball after weekend campus visits when safety Sam Atoe joined teammate Trevor Kelly, according to a report on

Atoe,  listed as 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, is rated as a two-star prospect by Scout. He will arrive next fall with two years of eligibility remaining, plus a redshirt year available.

A former running back at Maria Carrillo HS in Santa Rosa, Atoe also had offers from Texas Tech and TCU.

Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013
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Football: Bears land 3-star JC defensive tackle

Cal got its second commitment in a week from a junior college defensive tackle when Trevor Kelly, a sophomore from College of San Mateo, chose the Golden Bears, according to

Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 305-pounder from El Camino High in South San Francisco, is rated as a three-star (out of five) prospect off a CSM team that went 10-1 this season.

Kelly also had offers from Florida, Colorado and Illinois.

A week ago, Cal got a commitment from David Davis, a 6-2, 295-pound defensive tackle from Long Beach City College and the grandson of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Davis.

Signing day for junior college players is Wednesday.

Posted on Sunday, December 15th, 2013
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Football: How badly will Cal recruiting be impacted by its 1-11 record on the field?

The Cal football program is desperate to earn on the recruiting trail what eluded the Golden Bears during coach Sonny Dykes’ debut season: A few big victories.

Cal’s 1-11 record this fall stole much of the momentum generated when Dykes was hired a year ago, and it threatens to torpedo the Bears’ recruiting efforts.

Signing day is Feb. 5, and the early returns aren’t encouraging. Cal already has lost two top committed high school players, several more are wavering, and the Bay Area’s No. 1 prospect hasn’t decided where he’ll go.

Brandon Huffman, national recruiting analyst for, says the Bears’ belly-flop season is the culprit.

“It had the potential to be so much better,” Huffman said. “There was a lot of traction when Sonny Dykes was hired, with NorCal kids especially. Now those kids aren’t even thinking twice about Cal.”

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A look at how the first season of the past six Pac-12 coaches hired to fix losing programs impacted their second recruiting class:

* STEVE SARKISIAN, Washington-x

On the field: The Huskies went from 0-12 the year before Sarkisian was hired to 5-7 in his 2009 debut season. Plus-5.

On the recruiting trail: Sarkisian’s first class (before he’d coached the team) was rated No. 66 nationally by A year later, his class was No. 11. Plus-55.


On the field: The Wildcats went from 4-8 the year before Rodriguez was hired to 8-5 in his 2012 debut season. Plus-3.5.

On the recruiting trail: Rodriguez’s first class was rated No. 46 nationally by A year later, his class was No. 27. Plus-19.


On the field: The Bruins went from 6-8 the year before Mora was hired to 9-5 in his 2012 debut season. Plus-3.

On the recruiting trail: Mora’s first class was rated No. 12 nationally by A year later, his class was No. 3. Plus-9.

* TODD GRAHAM, Arizona St.

On the field: The Sun Devils went from 6-7 the year before Graham was hired to 8-5 in his 2012 debut season. Plus-2.

On the recruiting trail: Graham’s first class was rated No. 43 nationally by A year later, his class was No. 30. Plus-13.

* MIKE LEACH, Washington St.

On the field: The Cougars went from 4-8 the year before Leach was hired to 3-9 in his 2012 debut season. Minus-1.

On the recruiting trail: Leach’s first class was rated No. 50 nationally by A year later, his class was No. 38. Plus-12.


On the field: The Bears went from 3-9 the year before Dykes was hired to 1-11 in his 2013 debut season. Minus-2.

On the recruiting trail: Dykes’ first class was rated tied for No. 31 nationally by A year later, his class currently is No. 59. Minus-28.

x — Sarkisian now is coach at USC.

Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Football: Mixon says Cal 1 of 4 finalists

Five-star running back Joe Mixon of Freedom-Oakley tells he’s narrowed his list to four schools (in no particular order): Wisconsin, Cal Oklahoma and UCLA.

Off his previous list are Florida State and Washington.

But this thing is far from being decided.

Mixon said Steve Sarkisian’s move from Washington to USC will add the Trojans to his list, if Sark comes after him.


Of course Sarkisian will try recruiting him to USC. He wanted him in Seattle, he’ll want him in L.A.

And the lure of playing tailback at USC cannot be overstated. USC will be a factor in this thing.

Mixon said his home visit with UCLA on Monday went very well. He has home visits this week with the other three, including Cal.

Mixon has repeatedly talked about how much playing close to home would mean to him, and that’s a good thing for the Bears because it’s just about their best chip at this point after a 1-11 season. That and the chance to be a focal point of Cal’s running game.

But the landscape can get more complicated still. If Washington is able to lure alum Jim Mora Jr., away from UCLA — and I’m not sure that will happen — the Huskies could re-enter the equation.

Mixon said he plans to announce his decision at the Army All-American Game on Jan. 4 in San Antonio. Stay tuned.

Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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Basketball: Monty on Diallo: `Fabulous athlete’

Cal coach Mike Montgomery remembers his reaction the first time he saw Idrissa Diallo on the basketball court.

“You’re just kind of, `Whoa, this guy can really run and jump.’ He’s like a 6-3 or 6-4 guy in a 6-10 body and about 230,” Montgomery said of the Senegalese native the Bears signed to a national letter of intent Wednesday night.

Diallo, a senior at Cathedral High in Los Angeles, joins four-star point guard Ahmaad Rorie in a two-man recruiting class that will arrive in Berkeley next fall.

Rated as a three-star prospect by both and Diallo came to the U.S. just two years ago.

Diallo played last season for Middlebrooks Academy in Los Angeles, where he averaged 21.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game.

Still, as a basketball prospect, he is raw with a substantial upside.

“Fabulous athlete. He’s off the charts, athletically,” Montgomery said.

Diallo hasn’t played for five months because he broke his elbow, but Montgomery said the entire Cal coaching staff was impressed with what they saw last season.

He fills a personnel need with senior forward Richard Solomon — a similar body type — due to graduate.

“He stacks up favorably (with Solomon). He’s strong. He pursues the ball. He can really rebound,” Montgomery said. “He’s obviously a little inexperienced. He’s another one of the African kids who grew up playing soccer, like most of them.

“But he’s competitive and we can focus on getting him to get every ball, we can lob to him. Those kinds of athletes are tough to come by.”

Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Basketball: Cal lands 3-star center

Idrissa Diallo, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center from Senegal, committed to Cal, his high school coach reported on Twitter.

Diallo, who plays at Cathedral High in Los Angeles, is a three-star prospect, according to The recruiting website ranks him as the nation’s No. 3o center prospect. also lists Diallo as a three-star prospect and the 127th-ranked player overall in the 2014 class.

Diallo also had offers from Colorado, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, UNLV and Virginia Tech, among others.

He will join point guard Ahmaad Rorie in Cal’s 2014 class.


Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Football: Cal gets some good news on recruiting front — 4-star WR flips from Washington

After two days of tough news on the recruiting front, Cal has reason to celebrate: Erik Brown, a four-star wide receiver from Summit HS in Fontana has flipped from Washington to Cal, according to both Scout and Rivals.

Brown originally committed to Washington in July, but changed his mind, despite Cal’s 1-10 record.

At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Brown is rated as a four-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals.

His change of heart comes on the heels of Cal recruiting losses earlier in the week:

– Four-star cornerback Jaleel Wadood of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, a “soft” commit to Cal, decommitted and plans to attend either USC or UCLA.

– Four-star basketball recruiting target Thomas Welsh, a 7-footer from Loyola HS in Los Angeles, opted for UCLA.

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
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Basketball: Bears lose 7-foot recruit to UCLA

Thomas Welsh, a four-star 7-footer from Loyola High in Los Angeles, committed Tuesday night to UCLA, according to

Welsh was a major recruiting target of Cal, having made two visits to Berkeley this fall.

He is rated as the nation’s No. 45 overall prospect by Scout.

He told the recruiting-based website that UCLA’s coaches, players and rich basketball history all played a role in his decision.


Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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Football: Bears take major recruiting hit

Cornerback Jaleel Wadood, Cal’s top-rated recuit, announced via Twitter on Monday night that he won’t be coming to Berkeley.

“I have just decommitted from California Berkeley, I wanna thank coach dykes and the rest of there coaching staff for the opportunity,” he wrote.

Wadood is rated as a four-star prospect by, which lists him as the No. 20 cornerback in the country. Obviously, it’s a position of significant need for Cal.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from St. John Bosco HS in Bellflower had been considered a “soft” commit for weeks now. Word is he plans to choose between USC and UCLA.

Perhaps anticipating online reaction, Wadood also tweeted, “The only part I hate about this is the ignorant people who think their opinion matters, this is a move for me and my family.”

Coach Sonny Dykes and his staff have to hope Wadood’s change of heart doesn’t trigger a wave of defections. Earlier this fall, three-star wideout Jalen Harvey of El Cerrito HS decommitted.

Even before Wadood’s exit from the fold, Cal’s recruiting class was rated just No. 57 nationally by Scout.

Oral commitments cannot become binding until signing day on Feb. 5, 2014.


Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013
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