RECRUITING UPDATEWhat 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.