After missing out on Bobby Keenan in the early signing period, California head coach Sonny Dykes said on Wednesday that the Bears will be looking at some junior college offensive tackles to come in with the rest of the signing class in February, to bolster depth in the fall.
"I would have liked to have found a mid-year offensive tackle," Dykes said. "We found a couple that we liked OK, but mid-year offensive tackles are hard to find. We felt like we needed a difference-maker kind of kid, and we just didn't see a lot of those kids out there that were mid-year."?
So, what's next for Dykes, Zach Yenser and the Bears, particularly given that it is now official that tackle Freddie Tagaloa has put in his transfer paperwork?
"I think we'll probably take a JC offensive tackle that'll be a May guy, because there's just a bigger pool of those kids, and kids that we like better in that pool," Dykes said.
BearTerritory has learned that the Bears are looking at two linemen, in particular. One is 6-foot-4, 290-pound Shaquille Davis, a sophomore out of Mt. SAC, previously out of Claremont (Calif.) High School.
The other is Dominic Granado, who Yenser scouted back in May. Granado is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound, long, lean tackle out of Golden West in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Granado first met Yenser this past May during an evaluation visit, and then paid an unofficial visit up to Cal in July.
"It's really nice," Granado said. "They've got brand new everything there."
Yenser kept up with Granado through email during the season, but the two hadn't spoken on the phone since September, and recently, offensive coordinator Tony Franklin told Granado that they liked him, but wanted to get tackles that could come in during the spring.
"I saw coach Franklin at my school the other day, and he was telling me that they weren't sure if they were going to recruit me anymore, because they wanted to go with some other guys. He was very cool about it," Granado said. "They're really cool coaches. I really like them. I got to meet both of them when I was up there over the summer."
Then, on Tuesday, Granado and Yenser reconnected.
"He said that they wanted to bring me up on a visit, so we scheduled one for the 17th and 18th, that weekend," Granado said. "He was saying that he wanted to see what was going on with me, recruiting-wise, and wanted to see where I was leaning. He told me that I could come in and compete for a spot – no one says you're going to come in and start right away, because you've got to earn it – but he was saying I could come in and compete for the right tackle spot."
With an official visit now on the books, things may move fairly quickly.
"I've always been interested in Cal," said Granado, who has three years to play two, once he enrolls in the summer.
Granado – originally out of Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison – is the son of Pac-12 football umpire Al Granado, and laughs that he never holds.
"I've always wanted to play in the Pac-12, because my dad's a Pac-12 football official," he said.
Granado had a qualifying GPA out of high school, but not a qualifying ACT score, but now has a 3.1 GPA at Golden West.
Purdue, New Mexico, Middle Tennessee, Marshall and Old Dominion have offered Granado, but the Bears remain the big fish.
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