On Friday, El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge outfielder Cameron Allie joined California's 2018 recruiting class, a group that already includes Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei shortstop Emilio Rosas, Walnut Creek (Calif.) Northgate outfielder Ian Villers (who threw a no-hitter this season on the mound), infielder Dawson Brigman and left-handed swinging Davis (Calif.) outfielder Ryan Holgate.
"I went to several games, and I went into the office after one of the games, after watching BP and touring campus, and they offered me; it was pretty early," Allie said. "It kind of surprised me. I just wanted to wait it out a little bit, talk to some other schools and see where I was with that, and once I felt right, about two and a half months later, two nights ago, that's when I committed."
"It just felt like home, and I wanted to commit early to the dream school," said Allie. "It's only two hours from home, and we've gone to a lot of games, ever since I was little. As a kid, I was like, 'Man, one day, I can't even imagine myself playing here one day.' I've always loved it. The campus is awesome, it's a great education, and you can't get much better."
Despite no one in his family having gone to Cal, Allie has always been a Golden Bear at heart. Along with going to gams since he was little, Allie's older brother -- who went to Chico State -- is a staffer at Lair of the Bear, a summer camp put on by the Cal Alumni Association.
Allie is a big (6-foot, 175-pound), physical, speedy outfielder with a plus run tool, running a 6.54-second 60-yard dash. That speed allows him to go get balls in the gaps. He has a short, compact swing, and also has exceptional hands, able to cover the inner half of the plate enough to show power to left and center. Those hands are also quick enough that he can let the ball travel in on him a bit, stay inside the ball and drive it to the opposite field.
"They've told me that I have really quick hands, and love my speed out in center, and that range," Allie said. "They see some decent power in me, and some good speed around the bases ... Knapp's unbelievably fast, and seeing him in that leadoff position, he didn't have the best year this year, but with that speed and athleticism, I can kind of see myself a little bit."
The speed and fielding ability will remind fans of Aaron Knapp. Like Knapp, Allie's arm is probably his weakest tool, but that didn't hurt Knapp in this year's MLB Draft, and it's not going to hurt Allie, who's already a much more complete hitter.
Hitting fifth this season, Allie didn't get a chance to steal many bases -- just five -- but he did draw 16 walks to 16 strikeouts, took three HBPs, posted a .833 OPS and was second on his team with five extra-base hits, while hitting .322. He bats leadoff on his travel ball team, Club All-Star.
This month, Allie was named to the All-Nor Cal World Series Underclassmen Team, playing with fellow commit Holgate. Allie knows Holgate, already, as well as 2017 commit Darren Baker.
During the Nor Cal World Series, Allie went 4-for-8 over the three-game series, with a triple down the right field line, in front of Cal coaches Brad Sanfilippo and Thomas Eager at Klein Family Field on the Pacific campus.
Academically, Allie has a 3.8 GPA.