Small forward Roman Davis, who gave Cal an oral commitment late last week, has signed with the Bears and will enroll in summer bridge classes, coach Cuonzo Martin announced.
“I want to welcome Roman to the family,” Martin said. “His athleticism and toughness will allow him to do a lot of things in our program. Defensively, I think he has the capability to guard all five positions. He comes from one of the finest academic high schools in California. We are excited he chose to be a Golden Bear.”
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Davis played at the Windward School in Los Angeles, where he averaged 9.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior this past year for the Wildcats. Davis helped Windward to a 22-11 overall record.
Davis record the game-winning bucket in the final seconds in back-to-back games for the Wildcats this past January. He posted seven blocks in a game during Windward’s Division 5AA playoff run in February.
Davis was selected to the 2015 Division 5AA All-California Interscholastic Federation Boys Basketball Team, as voted by the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association.
So I take a little vacation, and Cal responds with a busy recruiting week.
The Bears got their third oral commitment of the week on Friday when Chris Yaghi, a defensive tackle from Foothill-Santa Ana, made his announcement on Twitter.
Rivals reports that Yaghi picked Cal over the likes of Oregon, Boise State and Utah, among others, in part because of the school’s strong engineer program. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 265-pounder is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.
Earlier, Cal got commitments from cornerback Camryn Bynum of Centennial-Corona and offensive lineman Francisco Perez of Baldwin Park.
Bynum, at 5-11, 160, is rated three stars by Rivals and Scout. His other offers included Boston College, San Diego State, Boise State and Washington State.
Perez, a 6-5, 301-pounder, is projected as a guard Rivals, which gives him three stars. Scout also rates Perez as a three-star prospect. Perez had offers from four other Pac-12 schools, including Arizona State and Oregon State.
Cal’s 2016 recruiting class now numbers 16 prospects. Scout and Rivals both rank the Bears’ class at No. 28 nationally, fifth-best in the Pac-12. Cal is
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The Bears got a commitment from their third wide receiver in a week on Friday, landing three-star Matt Laris of East Catholic High in Sammamish, Washington.
Laris, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, also had offers from Air Force, Boise State and Wyoming, among others, according to Rivals.com, and had drawn interest from Stanford and Washington.
Scout, which also rates Laris as a three-star prospect, reports that he caught 72 passes for 1,394 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior last fall.
Cal now has 11 prospects from the Class of 2016 orally committed.
Cal added its third football commitment of the week, landing 6-foot-2 wide receiver Drew Kobayashi of Honolulu powerhouse St. Louis High, according to multiple recruiting websites.
Kobayashi, who also had offers from San Diego State, Washington and Washington State, is rated as a three-star prospect in the class of 2016 by Rivals and Scout.
He is the 10th player to commit to Cal, the third this week, joining cornerback Josh Drayden of Dallas and wide receiver Logan Gamble of Long Beach.
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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.