Even before he made his Monday visit to California, three-star athlete Logan Gamble used the word ‘we’ when talking about the Golden Bears.
It turns out, all Gamble was waiting for was the opportunity to tell the Cal coaches in person that he wanted to be the Bears’ ninth commit of the 2016 cycle, and pledging to his “dream school.”
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Gamble will fill one of Cal’s Y-receiver spots, as the Bears will be stocking up on that position with the impending graduation of Stephen Anderson and Darius Powe.
Gamble – out of Long Beach (Calif.) St. Anthony is a versatile athlete, with each of his top five – the Bears, Arizona, Washington State, Virginia and Nevada – offering him at a different position. Cal’s offer at inside receiver proved to be too enticing to turn down.
“If you look at my highlight tape, all I’ve played in high school is wide receiver and defensive end,” says Gamble. “As you can see in the highlight tape, I’m a very athletic wide receiver, and I attack downfield a lot, and they use me in mid-short routes, so I don’t really run that many hitches. They like to put me across the field.”
Also a major factor was the relationship that Gamble had established with the current Bears commits, by way of twitter messaging and a group text message, to which he was looped in soon after he scored his offer.
“Arizona, I’ve had two or three commits reach out to me and talk to me, but it’s not the same type of relationship that Cal is building,” Gamble says. “We have a group message, and we’re already talking about winning the Rose Bowl. It’s stuff like that, I can just tell we’re going be a top-15 class.”
Before Gamble's commitment, the Bears stood at No. 35 in the nation in recruiting class rankings.
Gamble is very good at tracking the ball in the air, and his size provides a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses.
As a junior, Gamble recorded 58 tackles, nine sacks and two forced fumbles. As an outside receiver, he added 15 receptions for 289 yards and five touchdowns.
His primary recruiter was Jacob Peeler, and he hopes to major in business. Gamble intends to take an official visit to Berkeley along with several other commits for the USC game on Oct. 31.