Quarterback Max Gilliam of Thousands Oaks became the first official member of the 2016 Cal football recruiting class when he signed a financial aid agreement Thursday.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, who is beginning his senior year of high school, will enroll at Cal in January and be eligible to participate in spring practice. Rated as the nation’s No. 15 pro-style quarterback prospect by 247 Sports, Gilliam passed and ran for 3,545 yards and was responsible for 41 touchdowns last season at Thousand Oaks High
This fall he has completed 43 of 59 passes for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns, leading his team to a 2-0 start.
“We really like him,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “He’s one of those guys we put the film on and we think he’s as good as any quarterback out there. He’s what we’re looking for. He’s a very good athlete. He can run, he’s got a good arm. He’s got the intangible part of it – he’s a great leader, a really good student.”
Dykes said the Bears expect to eventually sign a second quarterback in this class, although he is not permitted to publicly discuss unsigned prospects. But word is Armani Rogers, a 6-5 quarterback from Hamilton High in Los Angeles who committed to the Bears last February, may be looking elsewhere.
Various reports say Cal has made an offer to Jack Abraham of Oxford, Mississippi. Abraham, who earlier committed to Tulane, is expected to be on Cal’s campus on an unofficial recruiting visit this weekend. He is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout.