California offered its third quarterback in a week on Friday, tapping four-star Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro signal-caller Devon Modster as their latest pick – one of the top quarterbacks in the 2016 class – ranked No. 15.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder had a monster junior season, racking up 2.602 passing yards and 24 touchdowns to nine interceptions, while rushing 133 times for 680 yards and 12 more scores.
“I know that Cal’s a spread offense, kind of like our high school,” Modster said. “They have a run-pass option, and they’re fast-tempo, so if I go there, I’ll be used to that.”
Modster was originally recruited by Rob Likens, and after the former Bears wide receiver coach moved on to Kansas to become the Jayhawks’ offensive coordinator (and proceeded to offer Modster last week), Modster didn’t know if Cal would continue its pursuit, but it was made readily apparent that the Bears were still very much interested, with offensive coordinator Tony Franklin extending the scholarship offer.
“They came by the school, but I hadn’t heard from them, and I didn’t know if they’d offer me, because coach Likens went to Kansas,” Modster said. “I didn’t know if he was the only person who wanted to recruit me, but coach Franklin told me to call, and they offered me.”
Modster had an inkling earlier in the day that he’d get the offer, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise.
“I think Cal is going to offer me (today),” Modster told BruinReportOnline. “My coach told me to call the coach up there, so I think that might be happening. They came by after the season this year and they told me they liked me a lot. The offensive line coach is the area recruiter and he said they were going to offer me. It’s definitely a school I’m interested in.”
There’s a lot to like about Modster. He’s currently playing basketball for Tesoro, at shooting guard and small forward, so he’s got a lot of athleticism and some fancy footwork.
“They like how I’m a dual-threat quarterback, they think I’m athletic, and they like how our offense is similar to their offense,” Modster said. “It’s the Pac-12, so that’s big. It’s definitely a school I’d consider, and not just because it’s in California. It’s because of how good a program it is. I know they’re rebuilding, and they have a great coaching staff. It’s a good school.”
Modster knows 2015 Bears signee Jaylinn Hawkins from the 7-on-7 circuit, and said the two are “close friends.”
“I knew him from Junior All-Americans, so I’ve known him for quite a while, and we’ve kept in contact,” Modster said. “He said he likes Cal a lot.”
During the spring and summer, once basketball finishes, Modster said he’d try to get out to his suitors’ campuses, including Cal, Kansas, Arizona and Arizona State. Overall, Modster has a 3.0 GPA, and got a 3.2 this past semester.