California has had a pretty good few weeks, from Jared Goff going No. 1 overall, to Lil B visiting the spring game, to having Steve Kerr speak with the team, to scoring a commitment from five-star athlete Demetris Robertson. Combine those with with a superlative performance by Melquise Stovall in that spring game, and the Bears -- despite losing their six most productive receivers after last season -- are a very attractive option for quarterbacks, and with two high-profile targets back on the market, we take a look at who's on the board for Cal.
Braxton Burmeister -- An early Arizona commit, Burmeister backed off of his pledge in early march, though he did take a visit to Tucson last month.
Like the other quarterbacks on this list, Burmeister is a dual-threat signal-caller, and fits the mold that Cal OC Jake Spavital has worked well with in the past, at 6-foot-1, 195.
Chase Garbers -- Garbers recently paid a visit to Berkeley on April 24, and got to try on the virtual reality goggles that Jake Spavital is so fond of. He said he could, in a very real sense, see himself at Cal. Garbers received his Cal offer less than a week before visiting, and is good friends with Cal commit Taariq Johnson, and has worked out with Goff during this past offseason.
Garbers got an offer from Washington earlier this week, and it's one that he'd been hoping for, after taking a visit to Seattle over spring break. Also in for Garbers? Vanderbilt. Boston College and Duke are also in the mix.
Our Greg Biggins has indicated that Garbers is keeping things close to the vest, and he's probably the hardest QB to read, out West. Still, though, it seems as though the Bears and the Huskies may be the two favorites.
Last season, Garbers completed 226 of 329 passes (68.7%) with 33 touchdowns to three interceptions, while rushing 105 times for 457 yards and seven more scores.
Mac Jones -- The Kentucky commit visited Berkeley during spring ball, and got his offer on Thursday. He's shown a lot of early interest in the Bears, and thanks to that early visit, that interest is definitely mutual.
He's got the kind of arm and the athleticism that Spavital is drawn to, and given the attention he's gotten since Kentucky pledge -- Alabama, Arizona State and Washington State have all offered since an outstanding performance in The Opening Orlando Regional -- there's a good chance this Florida native starts looking around.
Add in the fact that academics are reportedly playing a big role in his recruitment, and it certainly seems like a natural fit.
Ryan Kelley -- The Chandler (Ariz.) Basha quarterback just de-committed from Oregon on Tuesday, and he was one of the first quarterbacks that Bears Spavital offered. He's also been out to see Kelley recently during his spring evaluation tour.
Initially, Kelley chose Oregon over Arizona State and UCLA, and the Sun Devils could play very big in his recruitment the second time around. The Bruins will also reach out to him with Texas A&M and former UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone in pursuit, as well. Mazzone offered Kelley back in May of 2015, so the two have a long relationship. Spavital and the Aggies came in soon after, offering Kelley on May 14, 2015.
Spavital, it was reported, wanted to offer him as soon as he saw Kelley throw, one week before the offer came.
Tate Martell -- The five-star Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman signal caller has called Spavital one of his favorite coaches during the course of his recruitment, back in a tweet from Feb. 25 that has since been deleted.
Spavital was one of the big reasons that Martell committed to Texas A&M in the first place. Now that he's de-committed as of Wednesday -- with Spatival recently paying a visit to Gorman to watch both Martell and running back offeree Biaggio Ali-Walsh -- the Bears can't be discounted.
Though offering Ali-Walsh helps, a source says that he wants to play with Tyjon Lindsey in college, and at the moment, Cal is not a player for him. Oregon -- which just lost Kelley -- will be in the running, as will UCLA and Ohio State.
Why would Martell be a good fit for Spavital? At 5-foot-11, and just over 200 pounds, he bears a lot of stylistic similarities to Johnny Manziel. He completed 133 of 237 passes for 2,608 yards last season, with 32 touchdowns to six picks. He also rushed 98 times for 604 yards and nine touchdowns.
Two weeks ago, he tweeted that he would take all of his official visits, and it's tough to think that the Bears won't get one.null