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Jaylen Griffin backs off Cal commitment

Rome (Ga.) inside linebacker Jaylen Griffin, who committed to Cal in May, has backed off of his commitment, and re-opened his recruitment.

On Wednesday afternoon, after "much discussion" with his parents, California inside linebacker commit Jaylen Griffin backed off his pledge, and re-opened his recruitment, he announced on Twitter.

The 6-foot-2, 203-pounder said that "it seem I may have prematurely made a decision to commit," to the Golden Bears on May 27. In de-committing, Griffin also announced a top six in which he has "high interest."

Those six include five schools that he mentioned by name: Boston College, Cal, Colorado StateLouisville and Virginia Tech. The offers from the Hokies and Cardinals came after he committed to the Bears. On a graphic included in his tweet, Griffin included the logo for East Carolina, rounding out the top six.

Update 6:15 PM: A source close to the team said that Griffin will still visit unofficially in July, and that Cal is still in the running.

"I humbly thank coach [Sonny] Dykes and staff for believing in me and offering such a great opportunity," Griffin tweeted.

Cal recently added JuCo linebacker Da'Quan Patton to their recruiting class, and are pursuing a linebacker class of as many as four or five in the 2017 cycle. The Bears also recently hosted four-star linebacker Rahyme Johnson on a campus visit.

Cal returns two contributors from last season in Ray Davison and Devante Downs, as well as Aisea TongilavaHamilton Anoa'i and converted safety Derron Brown. This fall, Cameron Goode and JuCo linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk will be added to the mix. Goode and the rest of the freshman class arrived on campus on Monday. Dykes has praised on the athleticism of the group, but realizes that it is a very young core, with the transfers of Hardy Nickerson and Michael Barton, as well as the injury retirement of Jake Kearney.


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