RECRUITING UPDATESome people now think that Devin Bishop is actually coming to Cal after all. We'll believe it when the fax machine tells us so. If he does decide to follow brother Desmond to Berkeley, he'll immediately figure into the rotation at linebacker (probably outside). Minnesota's the other school in play, and they're still without a head coach.
We slag on recruiting quite a bit, but occasionally we become irrational and obsess about an undecided recruit or two. This year our target is Woodland Hills OLB Malcolm Smith. We need linemen, and Smith figures as a WLB or even rover (6'2"/215), but read this quote:
“I'm down to Cal, SC and Notre Dame," Smith said. "I'm taking my visit to SC on the (Jan.) 19th and that'll be it. I'll probably make a decision sometime after that. Cal and Notre Dame are really high on my list because of academics. They both have a high percentage of graduation. SC has great family ties, and they're trying to get better in academics. That's good because that's what college is all about.” Smith said he's taking a long look at things off the football field when it comes to making a decision. "I want to major in engineering," he said. "I think Notre Dame and Cal have a better engineering program. Well, actually, I don't know because SC got a big grant - so they're all about the same."
Um, not really: Undergraduate engineering programs (US News '06 survey): Cal tied for 2nd, USC tied 31st, Notre Dame tied for 41st with ASU (!).
If there was ever a home for geeks who can run a 4.44, it's Berkeley. We officially have a recruit-crush on Smith.