Monday, January 22, 2007

RECRUITING UPDATE

What a strange recruiting season. Weeks ago we lamented that the '07 class was DB-heavy with too few defensive linemen. Then Terry Mixon verballed to Wazzu, and CB Chris Conte de-committed to UCLA (which wasn't a big surprise). Chaz Thompson, a juco from Siskiyous, said he would follow Dave Kragthorpe to Louisville - Thompson might have competed for a starting job at corner had he come to Berkeley. Finally, safety Glenn Love chose the Bruins over Cal - and now Cal has only two DBs poised to sign LOIs on 2/7 (Las Vegas corner DJ Campbell and Chicago safety Sean Cattouse). Not a big need position, so no need to panic (though Donovan Warren would certainly be welcome). Someone - probably DeCoud - is almost certainly making a switch to corner now.

On the D-line front, Long Beach Poly DE Kenny Rowe chose Oregon. Hawaiian DT Matthew Masifilo announced for Stanford today. We're hoping that Christian Tofou from Sacto Grant Union rounds out the three-man class, which would be a mild disappointment in terms of numbers. Can JT pull another D-lineman out of his hat? We hope so.

Still in the mix for two linebackers (Malcolm Smith & Malachi Lewis), though we don't see a lot of reasons to be hopeful about either. No HS LBs would be a disappointment (even if juco Devon Bishop does come as predicted).

The Annual Surprise Recruit was unveiled over the weekend - it's John Tyndall, a LB/FB/ST guy from Pacific Grove HS. Made his biggest impact as a LB in high school, but maybe a step slow to play outside backer in the Pac 10. The team says he projects as a FB and special teams guy - hmm, didn't we just lose one of those? Holds an Army offer, which suggests that he is a hard worker. We can always use more of those. Tyndall (right) will greyshirt and count against the '08 class (he can be shifted to '07 at JT's discretion).

We've lost out on a few priority recruits over the past week - will Tedford hold scholarships back for 2008, or will he take fliers on some lesser-rated guys to round out this class? That's the question for the next couple of weeks.

4 Comments:

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tightwad, thanks for the continued updates and the blog in general. It's a great resource and honestly much better than spending time separating the wheat from the chaff on message boards.

 
At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your blog has changed the way i look at college sports. it has opened a whole new world of knowledge. i thought that i stopped learning when i took down my protest sign the last day before graduation. but your blog has taught me so much. thank you.

 
At 5:26 PM, Blogger Tightwad said...

you took the time to post that?

 
At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

let me think for a second. yes. yes i did take the time. but i don't how much time. but now i will time myself. please. i failed typing twice. failed is a strong word. i think i got a d and left the first time. and yes i did take the time again to write this. it is difficult though cuz i am watching serena play and that uni is hella bright. and the other player's orange uni is distractingme. and yes i did type this myself thank you.

 

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