Former USC commit Melquise Stovall has committed to California

Cal scores big with the commitment of four-star athlete out of Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete, Melquise Stovall, a former USC commit.

Before departing on his official visit to California two weeks ago, four-star Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete athlete Melquise Stovall -- who de-committed from USC in early August -- had planned on making his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in San Antonio, Tex. That changed once he got back home.

Stovall had started to see more attention from the Bears in early November, with an unofficial visit and then, an in-home visit from head coach Sonny Dykes, followed by a big official visit, with Bryce Treggs and Tennessee transfer Vic Wharton helping to seal the deal. Stovall moved his decision date up to Dec. 21, and today, announced that he was committing to Cal. As Stovall's announcement loomed, Utah fans and commits made a big push on social media, and Boise State also made a late push, but Stovall's decision was already made.

"I got to go to a basketball game and that was a cool atmosphere and then just hung out a lot more with the players," Stovall said of the visit that changed his mind. "That was probably the biggest difference from the other visits: I was there Friday through Sunday and spent a lot more time with the guys on the team and they all treated me great so I had a really good time."

Spending most of his time with Treggs was informative, as the Bears see Stovall as slotting in immediately to take the place of the senior inside receiver. At 5-foot-7.5, 177 pounds, Stovall is prefectly sized for a speedy slot position, and while he's a running back primarily in high school, he's got a lot of shakes and is a very good route runner.

"He's a breakaway threat who can hit the home run from anywhere on the field and score just about any time he touches the ball," said Scout West Coast Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. "He has a ton of wiggle, can make multiple defenders miss in the open field and shows very good hands out of the backfield as well." Top Stories