It's been an eventful week so far for California, on all fronts, so we're here to pick up all the tidbits that you may not have caught up on.
First, a Commit
- Cal is not shy about going after Stanford admits, and flips cornerback Nygel Edmonds from the Cardinal.
- STANFORD, Calif. -- Cal has swiped a Stanford cornerback commit, and we take a look at his highlights and break down just what the Bears are getting.
Leading off, USA TODAY released its All-USA California Football team. This reporter's alma mater got a mention, with Camarillo (Calif.)'s Jack Willard being named the state Coach of the Year. In more blue-and-gold-centric news, Cal lineman target Wyatt Davis (who has his older brother's nickname chops) was named to the first-team offense as an offensive lineman, as was Cal commit Daniel Juarez, as an offensive tackle. Defensive line commit Chris Yaghi was named to the second-team defense, as was Bears commit Traveon Beck, who was named a second-team corner.
Yaghi was also named as one of the Orange County Register's Hot 150 in the preesason.
Yaghi saw time at both defensive tackle and fullback this season, rushing five times for 16 yards, catching a 21-yard pass. He also had a blocked punt. He had an in-home visit before the holidays on Dec. 10 with defensive line coach Fred Tate.
At the Combine
Next up, Cal tailback Daniel Lasco revealed that he's been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, following tight end Stephen Anderson. Invites are not yet official, and will be announced during the first week of February.
Lasco will be playing in the East-West Shrine Game, and Call Hall-of-Famer Brian Treggs has told BearTerritory that his son, receiver Bryce Treggs, will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl for draft-eligible players.
During his postseason teleconference on Wednesday, head coach Sonny Dykes talked about both Lasco and Anderson and their NFL futures.
“I think Stephen’s an interesting guy. I know talking to a lot of the pro scouts, they really like him. They like his size, and they like his versatility. He runs well enough for a big guy to interest, I think, a lot of the NFL people. I think that he’s got probably a good enough frame, where he can almost put his hand on the ground for some teams, and so, from talking to pro scouts and people and general managers and all that kind of stuff, I think he’s somebody that there’s a lot of interest in. I think a big part of it is his ability to play on special teams, his production as a receiver and on special teams, and I think his demeanor and leadership and accountability. I think there’s a lot of people interested in that. I think he’s somebody people are really interested in.” -- Sonny Dykes on Stephen Anderson
“I think you’ve got to be careful the way you word it, at this point. I know it was [a disappointing year], but it was something that was certainly out of his control. I think he’s, when healthy, one of the best running backs out there ... I think his best football is in front of him. I think the jump he made from his sophomore to junior year, I think he would have made that same kind of jump from his junior to his senior year, had he been able to stay healthy, so I think what you’ll see from him, is you’ll see a big jump from his production as a college football player to his production as a pro player. I think he’s a guy that, people are going to like his size, people are going to like his strength, people are going to like the way he tests, he catches the ball well. I think his best football is in front of him, without a doubt, and I expect him to catch on with an NFL team and have a long career. I think what separates him from a lot of guys is just his ability to catch the football, and his willingness to play on special teams. He’s a tough kid, he wants to play on teams, he wants to cover kicks, he wants to be on the punt team, he wants to do all those things that a lot of guys that have his skills typically don’t want to do, and I think that’s what’s going to make him incredibly attractive to the NFL.” -- Dykes on Lasco
In the Rankings
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1616086-cal-baseball-fall-... The California baseball team continues to make noise in the preseason, and were announced on Wednesday as the No. 8 team in the nation in the first 2016 rankings from PerfectGameUSA. That followed ace Daulton Jefferies being named a third-team Preseason All-American by PerfectGame on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Bears were ranked No. 9 by D1Baseball.com.
Last week, former Cal catcher Andrew Knapp was invited to Spring Training by the Philadelphia Phillies, and Jefferies was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 24 college prospect. Before the new year, Jefferies was also named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American, and the Bears checked in at No. 13 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason rankings.
The Bears also unveiled new road grey jerseys, after having worn a combination of gold, blue and cream on the road the previous two seasons, after when the new athletic program-wide unified branding campaign was released in April of 2013.
Cal starts its season on the road against Duke on Feb. 19.
Get all of the news and videos from Wednesday below:
- Cal head coach Sonny Dykes gives some updates with the program as the Bears get ready to get back to school, and the staff gets ready for the home stretch of recruiting. Plus, which recruits will fill Dykes's final slots?
- Tyrone Wallace breaks down what he expects to see out of Stanford, what he wants to improve and how much Sam Singer adds to the Cal offense.
- Cal head coach says academic profile of the program is night and day from when he and his staff came in.
- The last time Cal had a quarterback competition, it was in the spring of 2013, when Jared Goff and Zach Kline dueled to become the Bears' next starter. This time around, Cal has four contestants who will be vying for the spot.
- Cal forward Ivan Rabb breaks down what he expects to see out of Stanford, what he wants to accomplish and what Kristine Anigwe has been doing for the Cal women's team.
- On Wednesday, Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin gave a postmortem on the Bears' two-loss trip to Oregon, assessed the value of his two point guards in Sam Singer and Tyrone Wallace, as well as Cal's upcoming Thursday tilt with Stanford.
- Cal cornerback commit Traveon Beck talks about which Bears commit is the sneakiest jokester, if nicknames run in the Davis family, what he thought of Josh Rosen's hot tub and more ...
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