As National Signing Day dawns, we're bringing you the most comprehensive accounting of each of California's 2013 signees, including the five early-enrollees, including videos, scouting reports from our national recruiting analysts and interviews with the players themselves.
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DB 70 Darius Allensworth
“Cal football, it means the world to me. I want to get this program back. I want to go to a Rose Bowl. I want to make it as successful as it can be. Let’s get this thing rolling.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Very physical corner with good ball skills. Plays receiver as well as corner but his upside is definitely highest on defense. Allensworth runs well and excels in press coverage. He's strong in run support and is one of the toughest corners in the region. He has a thick upper body and can outmuscle smaller receivers and does a great job getting off blocks. Allensworth had a very good summer on the 7 on 7 circuit and had a strong senior season as well. It won't be surprising if he sees the field as a true freshman next year. (Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst, West Coast Region)
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On his surgically repaired ACL: "It's getting there. I've got my full range of motion back, and I can't wait to get back out there."
On potential future roommate Ray Hudson: "On our visit, we just kind of hit it off, so we're going to try and be roommates."
On signing day plans: "At eight o'clock, we have a ceremony, so I'll do that, and then I'll probably go out to eat with Jamal Morrow and enjoy the day. After we sign, they said that we can go home, so it’s pretty cool."
On a late push by Washington State: "It was all the opportunities that the University of California, Berkeley, can give me. I just couldn't turn that down."
PK 2 Matt Anderson
SCOUTING REPORT: Anderson may not be the biggest athlete you’ll find (not that kickers are exceptionally sizeable, to begin with) at 6-foot, 180 pounds, but he’s got a cannon attached to his hip. During his senior season, Anderson booted a 50-yard field goal, and the week he earned his Cal offer back in June, he hit field goals of 52, 58 and 62 yards, beating out Michael Geiger for the Bears’ place kicker offer in a one-on-one competition. (Ryan Gorcey)
CHRIS SAILER SAYS: "Matt is an outstanding kicker. He has a strong leg and shows nice technique and consistency. Gets great height on his ball. Field goals are excellent. Kickoffs are solid and continue to improve. Matt is a great athlete with a bright future. A fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic. Great prospect."
NOTES: Spring enrollee.
Sunshine at Cal Camp
CSDTV: Anderson Practices for Cal State Game
WR 84 Jack Austin
"Cal football to me means an opportunity to play at the highest level of college football, and go to the greatest school in the nation and get the best education possible.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Austin is a big-bodied receiver with great hands and great route-running skills and excellent body control. He does a good job adjusting to throws, whether its going down to get it or going up the ladder. He's got good strength, and is tough to jam at the line of scrimmage and can make the tough catches in traffic. He's got good, but not great speed, but gets good separation and is plenty fast enough, football-speed wise. (Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst, West Regional Manager)
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How excited he is to sign after a whirlwind recruitment: "It’s going to be just an outstanding experience, to be signing a letter that I’ve been waiting to sign the last four years of my life, and to be going somewhere that’s so prestigious, I still haven’t been able to soak it all in, yet. It’s a pretty amazing opportunity.”
What he can bring to the Cal offense: "I think I can bring discipline, more than anything, not just as a football player, but in everything that I do. I want to bring my discipline and my passion for learning to the Cal offense. I would love to get a lot of playing time, so if I can, I’m going to make the best use of my time there as I can.”
OL 58 Chris Borrayo
SCOUTING REPORT: Borrayo’s best football is still ahead of him. Another redshirt candidate, he’ll need to add some more weight, he’s still pretty lean, but again, has good quickness and flexibility and if he can put on the weight, should be a good contributor as an offensive guard. (BH)
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2011 Highlights: Watch Video
OL 47 Erik Bunte
“It’s everything. It’s where I’ve chosen to be for the next four our five years of my life, but not only that; it leaves a stamp on me. I’m going to be a Bear my entire life, with everything that comes with it.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Much like Aaron Cochran, Bunte has great size and also has a tackle frame. He’s played a lot of guard in high school, but is probably better suited to play right tackle. As he continues to develop physically, could be a very good tackle, and he’s strong in pass protection. (BH)
NOTES: Semper Fidelis All-American selection … did not play because of a sprained ankle and injured foot … Named in the final top 10 offensive tackles in the West region.
2011 Highlights: Watch Video
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On his recovery from an ankle injury: “I actually wanted to do some MMA training, but that was shut down pretty quickly, so I’m just doing football training," Bunte laughed. “I am back to complete full strength in everything, running and lifting. Everything’s good to go.”
What he can bring to the offensive line: “I’m a big guy, but I’m extremely athletic. I’m not only bringing size, but I’m bringing the athleticism that they’re looking for in their fast-paced offense.”
OL 72 Aaron Cochran
“I’m just trying to do the best I can and win games and be a competitor.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Cochran has good size, really good size, but needs to use a redshirt year to redefine his body and get in better shape. He’s got the perfect size for a tackle, with good length, but isn’t quite athletic enough for quicker defensive ends. He could end up sliding down inside and playing guard in college. (BH)
NOTES: Semper Fidelis All-American … younger brother of Cal center Matt Cochran.
Semper Fi Week Highlights
On making Cal football a family tradition: “I’m trying to make it a tradition for my family. Me and my brother going there, it’s setting it up so that maybe my kids can go there. We’re a Cal family now, and we’ll always be tied together in that.”
On Matt's involvement in his recruiting: “He wasn’t on my back at all. He was probably the most chill about my recruitment ... Recruiting’s been the most stressful period I’ve ever had in my life, and it’ll finally be over. It’s a big stress relief that it’s all finally over.”
WR 220 Caleb Coleman
“I think Cal football has really always been a part of me, ever since going to my first game, when I could barely walk. I think it just became so much a part of me, and I couldn’t be happier to make it official.”
SCOUTING REPORT: A broken arm suffered at the Nevada team camp over the summer between his junior and senior year dampened much of the interest in Coleman, but he wound up netting offers from Air Force, Army, Fresno State, Harvard, Navy and Wyoming, as well as the hometown Bears. As a senior, Coleman caught 53 balls for 900 yards, with 13 touchdowns -- 11 catches and two kickoff returns. Coleman’s biggest weapon is his speed. In his sophomore year, he set a personal best of 10.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and a year ago, recorded a 4.47 40-yard time. He’s not the biggest receiver out there at 6-foot, 178 pounds, but he’ll fit in nicely as a smaller slot receiver opposite the bigger bodies at the inside receiver position, which is how the offense has aligned so far during spring workouts ... When he ran the 10.8 100, Coleman was about 160 pounds, and he is now around 178, but feels he's added a lot of power thanks to the past two years of football training. (RG)
2011 Highlights: Watch Video
On regaining his track speed this spring: “I feel powerful. I think because I’ve gotten bigger and I’ve gotten stronger, but it’s more weight than I carried around in my sophomore year when I ran a 10.8, but I feel good out there. I’m flying around, and I should be able to post a good time if I keep on track as the meets get more serious. I feel good. I feel that all the training that I do, especially over the last year, I feel so much more powerful in my lower body, with my legs, more explosive, which is really good to look back at how far I’ve come, speed-wise.”
On what he can bring to the Cal offense: “I just want to bring a great work ethic, and really, when I get in there, in whatever role they give me, I’m just going to perfect that role and do everything I can to make the team better, whether it’s working in practice to pushing in the weight room to just working and competing to get on the field.”
DL 90 Ray Davison
“The best part is that it’s all over with. When I first started getting recruited, I thought it would be fun, and at first, I thought it was fun, but I’m glad it’s over with. I’m so excited to be a Golden Bear, and all of that is done and now I can just focus on being a better player and going to Cal.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Davison is a versatile defender who played defensive end for Crespi but could make the switch to linebacker. He has a solid frame that he'll be able to add weight on without a problem. Davison is a very strong kid who loves the weight room and has a great work ethic off the field. He plays with a non-stop motor, is very quick off the edge and is a natural pass catcher. He plays with good technique, has been very well coached at Crespi and has a very good feel for the game. He uses his hands well, gets off blocks and plays with an edge to him as well. Davison runs well enough to make plays run away from him and is strong at the point of attack. He may need a red-shirt year to add more strength and size but there is some definite upside there. (GB)
What he's doing with his spring: “I’ve already been working out with my trainer, and it’s kind of hard because I have school and track practice. Starting next week, we’re all going to start working out after track practice, start lifting weights ... I triple jump. I would never go near throwing the shot put. I’m a triple jumper and I run the 110 high hurdles.”
Davison's personal best in the hurdles is 16.2 seconds, and his best in the triple jump is 43'7".
What he can bring to the defense: “Toughness. What I think I’m best at is that I’m a great pass rusher and I’m a smart football player. I’ll bring intelligence and toughness, and a love of the game; Heart.”
What Cal football means to him: “It means Bear Pride. I know in the past, Cal hasn’t done that well, but I think that Cal can be one of the top Division I teams in America, academically and football-wise. It means that I have a great opportunity to go to a great school and wear that name across my chest.”
QB 21 Jared Goff
SCOUTING REPORT: Goff is one of the more polished and accurate passers not just in the West, but nationally. He has a good, not great arm, but throws with precision and is mechanically, very sound. He’s also a good athlete and can tuck it and run if he needs to. (BH)
ANOTHER TAKE: Goff has great size and can get the ball down the field. He has one of the quickest releases in the nation and can throw some of the longer routes like the deep outs, on a line. He spins it very well and shows great accuracy. For a tall quarterback, he moves around effortlessly in the pocket and has enough athleticism to make that first guy miss and get some positive yards on the ground when the play breaks down. (GB)
NOTES: Spring enrollee … Member of the Elite 11 … Reached sate title game in Carson, Calif., after winning the Division III North Coast Section title against the No. 1-seed … Father is former Cal infielder and Major League catcher Jerry Goff … Semper Fidelis All-American … One of the West region’s final top 10 quarterbacks … Played baseball for three years at Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic, finishing with a .330 batting average his junior season as an infielder … Won two straight North Coast Section Division IV baseball titles as a sophomore and a junior.
CSDTV: Goff at Semper Fi
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OL 34 J.D. Hinnant
“I’m most excited that I’m officially going to be a California Golden Bear.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Like Borrayo, Hinnant needs to put some weight on. Obviously, the car accident he was in has hurt him in the weight department, but he’s remarkably recovering. After his recovery, you really can’t doubt his determination and doggedness. Could play tackle but probably is better suited as a guard or even a center. (BH)
NOTES: A car accident on Nov. 2, 2012, left Hinnant hospitalized for one week with a shattered pelvis and two brain contusions … Has recovered and now walks freely, without crutches or a wheelchair … Named in the final top 10 offensive tackles in the West region, but will likely wind up at guard … Dropped 40 pounds while recuperating from his injuries, but is now back up to 260 pounds and is beginning to ramp up his training regimen.
Considering his car accident on Nov. 2, which left him with two brain contusions and a shattered pelvis: “It’s definitely meaningful. I’m just super lucky to have these opportunities right now, where three months ago, I would never have believed that I’d get to do this, at all.”
How is he training: “Pretty intensely. I’m not even close to where I was last year, but I’m working my way to get back there, for sure.”
What does he want to bring: “I just want to bring my enthusiasm, and I want to get everyone pumped up and put in hard work, and hopefully, with my hard work, I can help out the line a little bit.”
What does Cal football mean: “Cal football means a whole lot to me. Cal football means, not only are you a part of a great team, but with all of the alumni that ar backing the school up, they have more alumni than any other school in the Pac-12, and it’s like a family. Football is the brotherhood. Every relationship is super close, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
WR/TE 59 Ray Hudson
SCOUTING REPORT: Back when I first met Hudson at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, he still played baseball, and was a slow, heavy wide receiver. Since then, he’s gained about 35 pounds of muscle while also getting faster. Hudson is very disciplined and a diligent route-runner. It only took the previous staff one day of watching him work out during the summer to offer him, and that was when he was being looked at as a traditional tight end – a position he has never played in a regular season game. Hudson is an attention-to-detail guy, and quickly became a staff favorite once the new group took over. Hudson is about the highest character guy you’ll find. Even when he was fearful for his spot when the new staff came in, since they had not used tight ends at Louisiana Tech, he still made it his job to hold the class together. Is he as flashy a leader as Bryce Treggs or Zach Kline? No. But, he’s got miles and miles of heart, and will quickly become a key component in the emotional glue of this team. He may be a three-star compared to other wide receivers and tight ends, simply because he really doesn’t fit neatly into either of those categories, but as a complete student-athlete, he’s top-notch. (RG)
Hudson Shines on Cal State Game Double Day
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DL 77 Garrett Hughes
SCOUTING REPORT: Hughes went from a no-star, one-offer, undersized defensive end to a three-star, All-American defensive tackle over the course of the last year, and for good reason. Hughes excelled in the classroom and on the field his senior season at Corona (Calif.) Centennial, re-making his body into a prototypical three-technique defensive tackle. Hughes has very active hands, plays with a lot of violence and aggression and has good pad level. He rarely gets stood up by offensive linemen, and has a very high motor. He needs to add some good weight to take the place of the bad weight he lost over the course of the season, because he can at times get pushed around by bigger guards, but once he adds about 15-20 pounds of muscle, he’s going to be a solid contributor. (RG)
NOTES: Semper Fidelis All-American … One of the final top 10 defensive ends in the West.
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CSDTV: Garrett Hughes All-American
DL 104 Jacobi Hunter
“I’m super excited to get to work.”
SCOUTING REPORT: A squat, powerful defensive tackle prospect who can keep a low center of gravity and gets a good push. His strongest attribute is his balance combined with the aforementioned power. Once he gains his position not even the strongest offensive linemen are going to push him out of a hole. Not the type to put up huge numbers, but can take out blockers freeing up things for linebackers to make plays. (Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands Region)
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What can the 6-foot, 285-pounder out of Houston (Tex.) Cypress Falls bring to the Cal defensive line: “First of all, everybody says a big body. That, consistent play, as you see in my film. My pass rushing has gotten significantly better, as has my run defense. Just a strong player, tough. I come in with the best preparation that I can. Hard work and mental toughness, which are major parts of the game that a lot of players lack. That’s what I think I can bring.”
OL 84 Vince Johnson
SCOUTING REPORT: Johnson is a project. At 6-foot-5, 257, he’s very long and very, very lean. He’s about two years away from seeing time. His length, mobility and quick feet are his biggest plusses, but he’ll have to learn how to play guard if he’s to make an impact, as he currently plays tackle for Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers. Johnson is also very familiar with the Tony Franklin System, which he played in, in high school, so he won’t have any trouble transitioning to the new Cal offense. (RG)
DL Kyle Kragen
SCOUTING REPORT: Depending on how Cal is going to use him, Kragen can do almost anything asked of him. He can be an edge-rusher in a 4-3 scheme, even though he's a little light, and if he plays a linebacker spot, he can blitz with the best of them and when he gets the quarterback in his sights, he closes like no other. I love his intangibles as well as his instincts and I think he could be a real gem of this class for the Golden Bears. (Scott Eklund, JCFootball.com analyst)
DL Marcus Manley
“My future after football and everything, I think it’s a lot brighter than anything I would have done before this. I’m very excited to see what it feels like to play at a D-1 level. It’s not anything that a lot of people can say that they’ve what can he bever experienced.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Manley isn't a big-time athlete, but what he was asked to do by Santa Monica last year was to stuff the run and he did that well, totaling 35 tackles while helping the Corsairs to a 9-2 record. Depending on the alignment, Manley has the quickness to play a strongside defensive end spot, but his future is inside and he should be solid in there for the Golden Bears. (SE)
Who he'll room with: “I’ve kept in touch with Jacobi Hunter, and I think we have some good chemistry, so I think I’m going to room with him.”
What can he bring to the defense: “They were talking about how they need help on the interior, and I just want to plug up those holes, using my speed. I just want to contribute in the best way that I can, with strength, speed and everything.”
DL 61 Takkarist McKinley
“I’m really, really, really, really, really, really excited. You’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and then, it’s here!”
SCOUTING REPORT: When Richmond (Calif.) John F. Kennedy coach Mack Carminer saw a then-6-foot, 195-pound freshman McKinley run a 57-second 400m in high-top Reeboks, he knew he had something special, and he was right. McKinley is probably the most intriguing prospect Cal brings in. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, he’s right between a defensive end and outside linebacker, but he runs anywhere between a 10.7-second and a 10.58-second 100m. His football IQ is a bit lacking, but he more than makes up for it in athleticism and instincts. Once he learns the finer points of the game, he could very well turn out to be the biggest steal of the 2013 class. He has long arms and a thick frame, and is very versatile, catching over 40 balls for over 400 yards as a receiver during his junior season. (RG)
CSDTV: McKinley Shines in Cal State Game
CSDTV: McKinley Cal State Practice Clips
Cal Camp Highlights
What he brings to Cal: “I’m trying to bring everything. My pass rush skills are there, my run stopping, they’re going to get me outside so I can use my speed, so I’m really going to be a dominant player in that defense.”
On making a big impact in the Cal State Game: "That was amazing. It was a really fun experience. I got to play with people who were my size, my speed and it was a really fun experience."
Bonding with his fellow 2013ers: "I got really close with them. We talk to each other every day. We all have each other's numbers, so we're all close."
Where he'll play: "They want me as a D-end, because they're switching to a 4-3 defense, but in the 3-4 look, I'd play outside linebacker. I've played more outside linebacker, but I can put my hand down."
On continuing to run track: "Yessir! Track season's already started. I qualified for the Fresno Indoor State meet in the 60m. I ran a 7.07."
Speed goals: "I want to run a 10.2 (100m)."
What does Cal football mean to him: "It means everything. You work so hard for the right to get to this point, and now that it's finally here, it's a good moment. It's great."
DL 67 Tony Mekari
"I want to play in a fired-up, swarming defense that doesn’t stop, that’s very physical."
SCOUTING REPORT: Mekari is a standout two-way lineman who will play DT in college but actually had a better season on the offensive line and was named all-county offensive lineman of the year.
At about 6-3, 260 pounds, Mekari is very strong and plays with a motor. He has decent lateral mobility but is more of a straight line tackle that relies on his power to bull rush opposing guards and centers.
He's a physical player, has been very well coached at Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake, and already plays with good technique. He uses his hands well and can get off blocks without much of a struggle.
He finishes plays off and is relentless in pursuit often chasing down a ball carrier 20-30 yards down the field. He runs pretty well for a big tackle but his overall strength and motor are his best assets. At the next level, bigger guards who may be able to engulf him could give him problems but you have to love Mekari’s motor and his energy will be contagious for the rest of the defensive line. (GB)
NOTES: Mekari was named one of the final top 10 defensive tackles in the West … Participated in the Cal State Game, recording a fumble recovery and two sacks … Former Arizona commit.
CSDTV: Mekari Breaks Through at Cal State Game
Mekari, like quarterback Zach Kline, played lacrosse for much of high school. And, like Kline, he's going to give it up for his senior spring. That doesn't mean he'll stop altogether, though: “I played lacrosse, but this year, there’s no reason for me to […] God forbid I get hurt playing lacrosse, so I’m not playing that. I’m just working out and training and my dad is actually the defensive coach on varsity, so I’m going to be helping him out with the JV and freshmen and stuff like that, so I’m still on the field ... I talked to [Kline] on my official, and he said, ‘Dude, you have to bring your stick. We’ll pass it around. I haven’t found anyone who wants to play lacrosse with me.’”
Mekari will have plenty of familiar faces in the Pac-12 next year, including former fellow-Arizona commit Luca Bruno, with whom he visited Tucson on an official: “On that trip, I made some good friends, and Luca Bruno, since he’s within five minutes from our school, I’m looking forward to playing against him. Zach Green, I’ve played against him for three years, so players like that. My friend Dashon [Hunt] is going to Oregon State, so I’m looking forward to playing against him, too. And, Nick Isham, I played with him at Westlake for a couple of years, so that’s kind of cool, too.”
What can Mekari bring to the Cal defense: “I’m just going to try my best, and just do everything that I can – not just what they expect me to do, but what I expect myself to do, so pushing everything. I want to play in a fired-up, swarming defense that doesn’t stop, that’s very physical. That’s what I want to bring, no matter what the score is. I’m just looking forward to playing how we played at Westlake – physical, no matter what the score is, just getting after the ball and getting after it, and personally, wanting to dominate the guy in front of you.”
RB 53 Khalfani Muhammad
SCOUTING REPORT: Muhammad doesn't just have good speed, he has world class speed. He's the fastest player in the state of California and won the state 100m and 200m last year as a junior. Muhammad is able to translate that speed to the football field and showed a much more physical running style as a senior. He no longer looked to bounce everything outside but ran hard between the tackles. He showed great hands out of the backfield and is very tough to bring down in the open field. Muhammad is short but not small. He has a stocky frame, compact and can take contact and keep going forward. Get Muhammad in the open field and he should be a lot of fun to watch. (GB)
NOTES: Semper Fidelis All-American … Participated as a sprinter in the Junior Olympics in Spain … State champ in 100m and the 4x100m relay … Teammates with 2014 Cal commit Koa Farmer.
Day One at Semper Fi
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LB 60 Johnny Ragin III
SCOUTING REPORT: Ragin recorded one of the highest SPARQ ratings this past summer, rating 24th out of the top 150 players in the nation. Ragin is first and foremost, a superior all-around athlete. He is more than capable in coverage, and while has a linebacker’s frame, he easily has the athleticism to play safety, if he wanted. He spent much of last season splitting time between outside linebacker and fullback, plowing the way for Boise State commit Tanner Shipley. Ragin was the linebacker MVP at the NFTC event in Eugene, Ore., and is very fluid. (RG)
ANOTHER TAKE: Coming out of high school, Ragin is more of an athlete than a football player. He should develop nicely under college coaches with both his technique and instincts. Ragin has an excellent frame, that should be able to add weight while still maintaining his athleticism. He has elite speed and quickness, and will look like a big safety at linebacker. He is natural in pass coverage and was one of the best linebackers in coverage on the 7on7 circuit last summer. I think he fits the new mold of outside linebackers that are built to stop the spread.
He is a bright kid with great grades that is a hard worker. His motor will not disappoint Cal fans. I would expect him to redshirt, then see special teams and situational playing time before becoming an impact player his redshirt sophomore year. (Jake Worthen, National Recruiting Analyst, West region)
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DL Sione Sina
SCOUTING REPORT: Had a great sophomore season for the Bulldogs, posting 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles-for-loss. He has the ability to rush the quarterback and hold the point against the run. He isn't a dynamic athlete from the standpoint of being able to just fly off the edge, but he's got a great motor and he runs well for a guy his size. (SE)
NOTES: Spring enrollee.
LB 83 Edward Tandy
SCOUTING REPORT: Tandy is a pretty versatile defender, having the ability to play outside linebacker or safety or even rover. He’s great in coverage, and very good at stuffing the run. Probably needs to add some weight but has the quickness and athleticism to play early. (BH)
2011 Highlights: Watch Video
DB 63 Cameron Walker
“I’m going to bring a hard work ethic, and hopefully I can make an impact. I’ll play my role and contribute in any way possible, whether that be special teams or whatever.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Walker was somewhat overshadowed this year by a lot of very talented corners in the West, but he should be in the mix with them. He’s got good length and hips, long active arms and a real smooth backpedal and has locked up some of the best receivers in the West. (BH)
2011 Highlights: Watch Video
Who made the biggest impact on Walker during his official: "Avery Sebastian. He's a big reason I chose to come to Cal, really."
What does Cal football mean to him: "It’s an opportunity to go out and do something great.”
WR Drake Whitehurst
SCOUTING REPORT: A tall, angular wide receiver, Whitehurst is a great looking wide out and is an immediate mismatch for any DB that tries to cover him. The CCSF coaches raved about him in the summer and said his work ethic is second-to-none. He doesn't have a lot of speed, but he's got great leaping ability and enough quickness to get separation in medium zones. He attacks the ball in the air and goes up and gets it. He runs well after the catch for a guy his size and he comes from a system much like what Sonny Dykes will run at Cal. (SE)
NOTES: Spring enrollee.
LB 58 Chad Whitener
“I’ve been waiting for it since I committed. I’m so excited.”
SCOUTING REPORT: An old-school style middle backer prospect. He is at his best coming down hill and taking out ball carriers. He has thick, strong legs and is a wide body. He has the type of body that can take a whole lot of punishment in addition to inflicting it. He uses his natural instincts and football savvy to make solid reads and stay in position to where he can make sound tackles against speedier players. (GP)
What's the best part about the new staff: “The energy they brought. Just talking to all the players who are there, the mindset of everybody’s changed. We have the talent to do big things, and we’re going to do big things. That’s what I’m really excited about with this group that we’re bringing in, and with the new coaching staff.”
What will he bring to the Cal defense:“I want to bring intensity. I feel like we’ve got a good base with the people we already have, and I just want to bring new blood. I want to compete for the starting job next year.”