Wednesday, February 07, 2007

CLASS OF 2007 - DEFENSIVE LINE

Cameron Jordan (Defensive End - Chandler HS, Arizona)
6'4"/240/4.9
Reported offers: Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, ASU, OSU

- Father was a 6-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Vikings - Niner fans will remember him and gnash their teeth. Dad went to Brown, so academics were stressed in the Jordan household.
- Despite a mediocre forty time, Jordan was highly recruited because he's "ready to play" with good technique.
- Recorded 17.5 sacks and 85 tackles as a senior. His team went 11-2 and contended for the state championship in Arizona.
- May play as a true freshman (according to Jordan, Coach Delgado says two true freshman will contribute on the DL in '07)

Ernest Owusu (Defensive End - The Hun School, Princeton NJ)
6'4 1/2"/245/4.8
Reported offers: North Carolina, Washington, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Minnesota

- Attended the Hun School for one year after four years at Father Ryan HS in Nashville. Reportedly added thirty pounds during his prep year.
- The Hun School is a leading college prep school; Myron Rolle was by some accounts the #1 prospect in the class of '06.
- Owusu is a fairly common surname in Ghana, West Africa. Not sure whether EO's parents trace their heritage back there, but it's a fair guess.
- The fact that Tedford/Delgado took him with three DEs safely in the fold tells you something about Owusu's potential (and Cal's lack of depth at the position).

Scott Smith (Defensive End - St. Louis, Honolulu)
6'5"/240/4.9
Reported offers: Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Boise State, Hawai'i

- I've seen him listed as tall as 6'7". Whatever his height, he's the tallest DE in this class.
- Recorded 14 sacks and led St. Louis (one of Hawai'i's traditional FB powers) to the state championship. Rated the 5th best prospect in Hawai'i and voted All-State at DE.
- The second Cal commit to have some history with hip problems - Smith missed camps with a bad pulled muscle in his hip in 2006.
- Also a very good basketball player, which we just know is a good sign.


Solomona Aigamaua (Defensive End - St. Louis, Honolulu
6'3 1/2"/215/4.7
Reported offers: Arizona, Utah, Hawai'i, SDSU

- Call him the sleeper. Aigamaua is very quick off the edge, but seriously undersized for his position. Will use his blueshirt year to add bulk.
- Almost completely unnoticed until he participated in a May combine and wowed scouts with his speed and agility.
- Another good student; carries a 3.85 GPA.
- Along with Smith, a high school teammate of Cal DT/DE Tyson Alualu. St. Louis is a great place to develop a little pipeline. Also starts for the basketball team.

5 Comments:

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Bowlbasaur said...

You seem to be using blueshirt/redshirt/grayshirt interchangably.

I may be wrong, but I've always been under the impression that a redshirt is when the coaches don't let you play, a blue shirt is when a season ending injury lets you have another year of eligibility, and I don't know what a "grayshirt" is.
Can you please clarify?

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Tightwad said...

I am being a little misleading, and you are correct that "blueshirt" most often refers to a medical hardship year. Given that none of these guys are hurt at this time, I'm using blueshirt in lieu of redshirt - because I simply can't bring myself to refer to a Cal player as having a "redshirt" season. Sorry for the confusion.

Greyshirt is a different matter - that involves a "late" scholarship whereby the staff and player agree to hold the scholarship so that it counts against next year's limit. Tyndall is the only such player in this class to my knowledge.

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Pete Morris said...

Sorry to nitpick, but I'm a geographer--and one of my aunts is a native-born Ghanaian. But Ghana is in WEST Africa, near Togo, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, etc., not east.

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger Tightwad said...

No need to apologize, Pete - that was a silly mistake borne of too many hours searching for Chris Conte highlights. Thanks for the correction.

 
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