FULLERTON, Calif. -- The California coaching staff finished the camp season by going on the road for the first time, taking a trip down to Fullerton College to work out Southern California players and to mix and mingle with some of the Bears' biggest targets, including four-star wide receivers Equanimeous St. Brown and Jaylinn Hawkins, four-star corner Stanley Norman, three-star tackle Clayton Johnston, four-star 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa and four-star running back Malik Lovette.
• Lovette spoke with head coach Sonny Dykes, offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, running backs coach Pierre Ingram and receivers coach Rob Likens. Likens and Ingram, Lovette laughed, are going to fight over him, if he comes to Berkeley, because he likes playing both running back and slot receiver, though, when it comes down to it, he would like to start as a slot receiver.
"They're high on my list of options, but I'm not going to say exactly where they're placed at," Lovette said. "Coach Likens is a great person. From the day I met him, we've had a great connection. He let me know the options I could have at Cal. They're highly-ranked in education, and that's what catches my eye."
Oregon, Texas A&M, USC, Cal and Washington are recruiting Lovette the hardest.
• The headliner of the day who didn't even put on pads was easily St. Brown, who is ranked 82 overall in the class, and is the No. 7 wide receiver for 2015. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has 21 scholarship offers on the table, but the Bears aren't going quietly.
"They're known for throwing the ball a lot," St. Brown said. "I've got two younger brothers who are getting into the process as well, so I wanted to come out here, talk to the coaching staff, maybe plan a visit out there this season and see what's up."
St. Brown came to camp early to get one-on-one time with the coaches to "see what they're all about."
St. Brown is taken with the amount of Cal receivers in the NFL, and the potential to play as a freshman.
St. Brown has visited Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois, Washington State, Washington, USC and UCLA, and has found a few common threads that he likes.
"I like to see a great education," St. Brown said. "I want connections for the future, a great coaching staff and great people."
• Hawkins – who was fawned over by Likens – also didn't participate, though he was very tempted to, towards the end of the day, even in jeans and a t-shirt. Hawkins' work ethic, his route running and his don't-take-plays-off mentality are all big reasons that Likens has fallen head-over-heels for the 6-foot-1, 164-pounder
Hawkins doesn't have any favorites among his list of 15 offers, but, he says, despite the 1-11 season by the Bears a year ago, "I know what they're capable of. I know what these coaches are going to bring out of their kids this season."
Of the many players Hawkins is close with on the current Cal roster, he's closest with signee Erik Brown, but he also has another special connection to the Bears.
"I actually know Keenan Allen," Hawkins said. "I trained with him a while back. He's, man, that guy, I look up to that dude. I'm not going to lie. Watching what he does, he knows what he's doing. I think he's one of the greatest."
Hawkins is also close with recent Cal commit Greyson Bankhead, who was also in attendance, clad from head to toe in Bears gear.
"Greyson's my dude," Hawkins said. "We go way back. He was on me today, saying, ‘Come on, man, just commit.' I've just got to go through this process, though, and do what's best for me."
• Norman – who's better known by his nomme de guerre, Scrappy – explained just why folks call him Scrappy.
"I was young, maybe four years old, when I first started playing sports, and I was just everywhere," Norman said. "The name just stuck. I really got it when I first started playing tackle football. I just kept going and going and going."
Norman – who will play both ways for Gardena (Calif.) Serra this fall, after transferring from Culver City – said that he liked how Cal's offense held up their end last season.
Sunday was Norman's first time speaking with the loquacious and energetic Fred Tate, Cal's new defensive line coach, and he made an impression. Norman's primary recruiters, though, have been DBs coach Greg Burns, Ingram, Dykes and Likens.
"I've talked to everyone except the line coach, and I just met coach Tate," Norman smiled. "For me, UCLA, I was getting recruited by the whole staff, but they kind of fell off a little bit. I guess they have other priorities, but I feel like, with Cal, I've been a priority for a while."
Norman likes the facilities in Berkeley, and feels that if he can help bring in one or two more pieces on defense – like recent visitor Russell Ude -- then the Bears defense could be something to reckon with.
"He's the top D-lineman in Georgia," Norman said. "If Cal's recruiting the right guys to bring this program up, then I feel like it's the program for me."
Norman is friends with Bears receiver Darius Powe, and said that he'll be picking a top five pretty soon, right at the start of the season or during his bye week.
What are Cal's chances?
"They're going to be in there, all the way," Norman said. "No doubt, Cal's going to be in my top three."
Stay tuned for the next set of rising stars from the Bears' foray into SoCal.
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