Cal Official Visit Weekend Primer

Who are Cal's biggest must-gets this weekend? Who could flip and who needs shoring up? We've got a preview of this official visit weekend, complete with some photos from the arrival day.

This is Buncom’s last visit, and California gets it. My gut says he’s Stanford-bound, after speaking with him at the Semper Fidelis All-American week, but Cal does have the final say.

Hawkins was one of Rob Likens’s most desired recruits, and he remains near the top of Cal’s wish list, particularly with the departure of Chris Harper. Hawkins would be an apt replacement for Harper, and if the Bears have Boise State to beat, instead of Oregon, that could be an easier hill to climb. He’ll make his decision on Signing Day.

Gibson has been one of the most steadfast commits in the wake of the coaching changes, and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. Cal needs to keep at least three offensive linemen in this class, and with news that new OL coach Brandon Jones has done quite a job with Nick Buchanan, that makes the final 11 days of the recruiting cycle just a tad easier, not having to replace all three.

Cal was one of Miller’s first offers, and it was after a Cal in-home visit that Miller decommitted from Illinois. This bodes very well for the Bears, even without a formal wide receivers coach.

Ude made his visit to Miami on Jan. 16, as he said he would, and came away without flipping his commitment. He came on his official visit to Cal on the same plane as Gibson, and the two had more than five hours to talk.

A third-generation Bear, Austin Aaron got a whiff of interest lately from Michigan, but the Wolverines haven’t come through with an offer. It would take quite a bit to rip Aaron away from the Bears at this point in the cycle, and he has to be considered one of this class’s strongest pledges.

Psalms may sneakily be one of the better recruiters in this class. He’s a quiet guy, but he’s got a plan this weekend. Look for his name to pop up quite a bit if and when the commitments start coming.

He hasn’t seen the field since the first month of the season, but Trevor Howard is well on his way towards rehabbing his injured knee. He’s got a deep connection with Cal (thanks to Andre Carter) and has been up to games three times this season. Another one of the ironclad commits.

Rambo has been committed since mid-November, and has shown no signs of wavering. He’s already seemed quite taken with his official visit swag.

Bankhead said after Likens left for Kansas that it was a “possibility” he’d look around, but even then, he said that he was “set on Cal still.” Judging by this photo, it looks like he’s getting firmed up.

Georgia Tech and Arkansas are making big pushes for Singleton, and he visited the Yellow Jackets last weekend. Arizona State came in with an offer as Singleton departed for his visit to Cal. Given that he had an in-home visit earlier this week from recruiting ace Jacob Peeler, the door is wide open for a commitment after this weekend. Looks like so far, so good for the Bears.

Noa could prove very valuable next week, as his Punahou teammate Semisi Uluave makes his official. This weekend will create some good buzz when Noa goes back to the Islands. Noa was never in any danger of decommitting, as he was recruited by Tony Franklin and Pierre Ingram, and not Rob Likens, so this will just be a good weekend for him to get to know his future teammates and quarterbacks.

Saffle has really gotten to know Fred Tate since he first called the Cal defensive line coach out of the blue several months back. He was the one who recruited himself to Cal, so this weekend will serve the same function as it will for Gibson, Noa, Rambo and Howard – get the other uncommitted guys in the boat.

Johnson told me that he’s being courted by Michigan, and had an in-home visit a few weeks ago with Tate. This visit could go a ways towards firming him up, though it seems he won’t need much work.

Klumph doesn’t have an offer (as of Friday), but Cal will have to replace Cole Leininger sooner rather than later, and Klumph could be a very good replacement. Klumph kicked last season at Golden West College, and is spending this term at Moorpark College. He’s a big, athletic punter at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, and averaged 41 yards per punt last season. He’s the 12th-ranked punter/kicker in the nation, according to Chris Sailer. He was a unanimous first-team all-conference punter as a true freshman, and has three years to play two. Sailer’s evaluation: “Dylan is an outstanding punter. He is big, tall, strong and athletic. One of the best junior college punting prospects in the nation. He has shown huge improvement over the years. The sky is the limit. Has a great attitude and work ethic. Dylan has a bright college future. Big time D1 prospect.”

Bradley seems the most likely to commit following this weekend. A quarterback by trade, he’s being brought in as an athlete, and can play both sides of the ball. He likes playing safety, and has played that position since pee-wee ball, but he’s a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands, as well. Competition is fairly light for him, with Louisiana-Lafayette his only other offer, and San Diego State also showing interest. Top Stories