RECRUIT REACTION: Prospects Galore

We do a quick run-down of the Cal targets in attendance at Friday's practice, led by quarterback target Brady White, who will be spending two days in Berkeley.

The California football team could have built another unit out of the amount of visitors it had at its 11th practice of the spring on Friday, hosting no fewer than 13 high schoolers, including signee Luke Rubenzer and preferred walk-ons Zach Artman and Kyle Wells.

Mingling along the sidelines were a few other former Bears, as well, in linebackers Zack Follett and Khairi Fortt, the former of which has recently opened up his own coffee shop, and the latter having just gotten back from a workout with the Seattle Seahawks.

The group of 2015 and 2016 prospects was headed up by four-star quarterback Brady White, who got in to Oakland at 10:15 in the morning and spent the rest of the day touring campus and speaking with the coaches, before finally viewing his first practice. He noted how crisp the offense looked and said that his work wife – four-star Newhall (Calif.) Hart wide receiver Trent Irwin -- would be joining him tomorrow for the second half of his two-day visit.

Rubenzer brought four-star wide receiver Christian Kirk along with him, and Kirk came away impressed with the work of the receivers. He commented that he was happy to get out of the 100-degree heat of Arizona, and he'd spoken a bit with wide receivers coach Rob Likens earlier in the day.

Also in attendance was recently-offered defensive end/tight end Matt Snyder out of San Ramon (Calif.) California. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder couldn't make it out last week to the Junior Day because he was on a family retreat in Lake Tahoe, but he made a point of coming out on Friday, since he's now on spring break.

Wide receiver Javin White out of Fairfield (Calif.) Vanden was also in attendance, along with his Team TMP Elite teammate L.J. Reed, a four-star wide receiver out of Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks, both of whom starred in the Passing Down Central California Regional on Sunday in Elk Grove, Calif.

2016 cornerback/wide receiver Nigel Center out of American Canyon (Calif.) talked with recruiting coordinator Pierre Ingram during his visit to the campus, and got the invite after Zach Yenser dropped by his high school each of the past two days – once to watch the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder in action, and again to get his transcripts.

Another Yenser target – this one on the offensive line – was pretty easy to spot: 6-foot-6, 250-pound Lafayette (Calif.) Acalanes offensive tackle Brady Aiello. The big lineman spent the entire day on campus with Yenser and area recruiter Rob Likens, taking a tour with Yenser and then, along with his parents, sitting down to talk with the Bears offensive line coach. Right now, Aiello has interest from Cal, San Jose State, San Diego State, UC Davis and Washington, which is coming to visit him soon. Arizona (which is seeing him in two weeks), Boise State, Cal Poly and Utah have also expressed interest.

A clutch of Oak Ridge (Calif.) prospects were also on hand, including wide receiver Kevin Kassis (2016), quarterback Ian Book (2016), who started last season as a sophomore, and 2015 linebacker Nolan Book, who checks in at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and has attention from San Diego and Air Force. 2016 Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit running back Beau Bisharat was also on hand.


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