California was busy on the offer trail as the Golden Bears kicked off the first official game week of the season, offering three quarterbacks – 2017 Anaheim (Calif.) Servite signal caller Tyler Lytle, 2018 quarterback Cade Fortin out of Suwannee (Ga.) North Gwinnett and Saraland (Ala.) 018 quarterback Jack West, who visited Berkeley on an unofficial visit this summer, during the one-day skills camp in which Fortin participated.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder went 18-for-27 for 424 yards, throwing two touchdowns and running for another in a 45-7 win over Fountain Valley (Calif.). Lytle shows good accuracy, a quick trigger, and the ability to throw on the run.
West is one of the top underclass quarterbacks in the nation, a four-star prospect already with offers from Alabama, UCLA, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, to name a few. In his Week 1 game against Daphne -- a 21-14 win -- West faced heavy pressure, particularly in the first half, and went just 3-of-13 before the break. in the second half, though, he began to hit his stride, and completed a 14-yard strike to key the game-winning drive. West finished 11-of-24 for 163 yards in his first start.
Fortin also paid a visit to Cal this summer, to camp with offensive coordinator Tony Franklin during the Bears’ one-day skill camp. Fortin's head coach -- Bob Sphire -- is a Tony Franklin disciple.
The offer from Cal is Fortin's first, and he was told of it by his coach, after school on Monday, right before practice. Fortin said that the offer gave him a little more pep in his step, before going down to throw.
"It's awesome, and it's really big for me," Fortin said on Monday night. "It's motivation for me to just keep working hard."
I was very impressed by Fortin this summer at camp, and so were the Bears, a source said. During the instructional running portion of camp, Fortin ran a 4.95 40, and though he considers himself a pocket passer, he can certainly move if needed.
My source indicated that the Bears wanted to see Fortin in a varsity game first, before offering (much the same was indicated with West) and his first two games have been pretty solid.
"I just didn't have that Varsity experience, so they just wanted to see me at the Varsity level," Fortin said.
He's gone 24-for-42 over two games, for 263 yards with one touchdown, with 11 rushes for 15 yards, including one 42-yard scamper.
"Hah, yeah, that one wasn't really a designed run," Fortin laughs. "It was just a scramble, saw an opening and I took advantage of it."
He also caught a pass for four yards. Fortin has thrown no interceptions. His offense is almost identical to the Bear Raid, so he's completing a lot of shorter passes as he metriculates the ball down the field.
"It's a lot like the Tony Franklin System," said Fortin, who feels that his quick release is most important for him in that system.