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Football: WR recruit decommits, ASU-bound

Wide receiver Jalen Harvey, a three-star prospect from El Cerrito High, decommitted from Cal and announced Monday he will attend Arizona State.

Harvey confirmed his change of plans to Phil Jensen of the Bay Area News Group after initially announcing the news via Twitter that he had decommitted from the Bears.

Harvey originally gave the Bears an oral commitment last April.

Harvey said in a phone interview that he had been trying to get his SAT score up and qualify for Cal academically.

“It was starting to stress me out. I didn’t want that to keep stressing me out, so I had to make a move. I had to do what’s best for me,” said Harvey, who said he’s going to take the SAT again. “I didn’t want to let them down.”

Harvey and El Cerrito teammate D.J. Calhoun both made official campus visits to ASU last weekend. Calhoun, a four-star linebacker who committed to USC, texted to the newspaper that he has decommitted from USC but that he has not settled on a new college destination.

Adarius Pickett, another highly-recruited senior from El Cerrito, tweeted that he is still 100 percent committed to UCLA.

Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Bears get top local prospect

Courtesy of Stephanie Hammon from our staff, here’s a story on the Cal women’s team securing an oral commitment from 6-foot-1 guard Gabby Green of St. Mary’s HS in Berkeley.

Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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Football: Cal commit rushes for 468 yards

Cal is expected to get an official campus visit next weekend from East Bay prep star Joe Mixon, one of the highest-rated prospects in the country.

But the Bears already have a verbal commitment from one of the nation’s most productive high school running backs.

Tre Watson of Corona-Centennial rushed for a school record 468 yards on 37 carries, scoring seven touchdowns, in a 69-55 win over Ventura-St. Bonaventure on Friday night.

“He was incredible,” coach Matt Logan told the Los Angeles Times, hardly overstating things.

In two games, Watson has rushed for 787 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Posted on Sunday, September 8th, 2013
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Football: Elite recruit Joe Mixon bottled up

Five-star running back prospect Joe Mixon of Freedom-Oakley had no place to run Friday night.

Mixon, scheduled to make an official recruiting visit to Cal next weekend when Ohio State visits Memorial Stadium, was held to 66 rushing yards on 17 carries in Freedom’s 32-6 loss to Foothill-Pleasanton.

“He ran the ball well,” Freedom coach Kevin Hartwig said. “We didn’t do a good job of blocking.”

Foothill put eight defenders in the box and dared Freedom to throw the ball.

Mixon, down to five college finalists, had 198 yards the week before in a loss to Amador Valley-Pleasanton.

Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013
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Football: Cal recruiting target Mixon has big night, but suffers cramps in opening-night loss

Joe Mixon ran 75 yards for a touchdown on his first carry of the season Friday night, and had 157 rushing yards and four touchdowns by halftime.

But the senior from Freedom HS in Oakley – a five-star prospect who has identified Cal as one of his five final college finalists — apparently ran out of gas.

He suffered what our reporter described as severe cramps late in the game and Amador Valley of Pleasanton rallied for a 35-28 victory.

Mixon finished with 198 yards on 20 carries.

Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013
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Football: Cal gets commit from Texas DB

Cal got a commitment Monday from cornerback Jeremy Winchester of Klein Collins HS in Spring, Texas, according to

The 6-foot, 170-pounder is unrated by Scout but ranked as a 2-star prospect by

Winchester is the Bears’ 11th commitment to the class of 2014, the third specifically designated as a defensive back.

Posted on Monday, August 26th, 2013
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Football: Mixon includes Cal among final 5

Courtesy of Phil Jensen on our staff . . .

Freedom High running back Joe Mixon, one of the most recruited East Bay high school football players ever, announced his top five schools on Twitter Monday afternoon.

On his Twitter account, Mixon said the list was in no particular order, then he said Florida, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Oregon.

The schools from his top 10 list that missed the cut were Tennessee, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Oregon State and Washington.

On Aug. 21, Mixon announced on Twitter that he had canceled a scheduled official visit to Texas A & M and will be taking an official visit to Cal for the Bears’ home game against No. 2 Ohio State.

Mixon narrowed his choices from 50 to 10 on Aug. 2. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has a five-star (out of a possible five) ranking by He is ranked as the No. 3 running back in the nation and the top running back in the state in the Rivals100. He is also the No. 10 overall prospect in that ranking.

In the 2012 season, Mixon had 201 carries for 1,443 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 18 passes for 383 yards and seven touchdowns.

Posted on Monday, August 26th, 2013
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Football: Rebenzer makes leap in ratings

Cal quarterback commit Luke Rebenzer made a nice jump up the rankings of top dual-threat quarterbacks, just released by

Here’s what Rivals had to say:

Notable riser: Luke Rubenzer, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro (From No. 18 to No. 14)
Comments: The position stayed mostly the same with five-star Clemson commit Deshaun Watson holding down the No. 1 spot once again. Future Cal Bears quarterback Luke Rubenzer turned a nice summer into a four-spot jump, while Arizona State commit Coltin Gerhart entered the rankings for the first time at No. 25.


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Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
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Football: Elite running back recruit Joe Mixon cancels A&M trip; schedules official visit to Cal

Courtesy of Curtis Pashelka on our staff:

Freedom High running back Joe Mixon announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he is canceling his scheduled official visit to Texas A&M and taking an official visit to Cal for the Bears’ home game against No. 2 Ohio State.

“The Game I’ll be taking an Official is The Ohio St Game! September 14th #GoBears,” Mixon said on his Twitter account.

Mixon, a five-star recruit who holds more than 50 scholarship offers, announced earlier this month that Cal was among his list of top 10 schools.

Landing Mixon, listed by as the top all-purpose running back in the country for the Class of 2014, would be a major coup for the Bears and coach Sonny Dykes, who has 10 players committed for next season. However, none of those players are five-star recruits.

Mixon also has visits scheduled to Florida (Sept. 21), Oklahoma (Oct. 21) and Wisconsin (Oct. 11).

Freedom’s first game this season is Aug. 30 at home against Amador Valley of Pleasanton.

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
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Football: Bears get running back commit

With an assist from Phil Jensen on our staff, covering practice for me today, some recruiting news . . .

Devante Downs, rated a four-star running back by Rivals, announced via Twitter he has committed to Cal.

A 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior at Mountlake Terrace High in Lynnwood, Washington will not play this season according to Downs suffered a torn ACL at a team camp in June according to the report.

Downs is also projected as a potential linebacker, but told he was recruited by Cal to play running back and that’s his preference. He said Cal’s highly regarded chemistry program was a significant factor in his decision.

Rivals ranks him as the No. 210 overall prospect in the country — No. 2 among players in the state of Washington. ranks him as a three-star prospect and the top fullback in the country.

Other schools that offered Downs, according to Rivals, included Stanford, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State and Nebraska.

As a junior last season, he rushed for more than 1,200 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.

Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2013
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