Almost the entire 2017 recruiting class will be on hand, including Buena Park (Calif.) receivers Taariq Johnson and Jeremiah Hawkins, defensive end Gabe Cherry, cornerback Michael Onyemaobi and cornerback Je'Quari Godfrey of Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd.
Beyond those visitors, the football program will also be hosting three more unofficials, and a total of five official visitors.
The four-star safety out of Grenada (Miss.) -- the alma mater of former Cal quarterback Darius White -- took an unofficial visit at the end of August to Ole Miss, which made his initial list of five finalists, along with Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs seem to be making a push in spite of their in-state rival, but the Bears -- and Mississippi native Jacob Peeler -- can't be discounted.
Another Grenada product, Russell de-committed from Mississippi State on Sept. 8, and Peeler, who was already on him, doubled down. Russell was already set to make his official visit to Cal, but now that he's unattached, just like Avery, the Bears have to be feeling good about their chances, especially with the program's need for linebackers.
Going down into Alabama, and stealing an Auburn commit? It's ballsy, but that's what the Bears are trying to do during their home opener. Committed to the Tigers since the first week of June, Askew has been one of the most visible Auburn recruiters on social media, although he's been intending to take his official visits ever since he committed. Askew had over 50 offers before he committed, and will also visit TCU, Oklahoma and Miami. He's said he will compare those schools to Auburn, and if he falls in love with a school, and they change his mind, he'll flip.
A two-way athlete, Taylor has offers from Tennessee, Purdue and Cincinnati, among others. In the second week of this high school season, Taylor took an 85-yard catch-and-run screen to the house against Mundy's Mill, part of a four-catch, 140-yard day. In the first week of the season, Taylor took back four kickoffs for a total of 76 yards.
An offer from Utah shook things up for Roddick at the end of October, and delayed his announcement day, but it's hard to think that Cal isn't still in the lead heading into this weekend. The Bears were among his top five (Colorado, Oregon, San Diego State and Oregon State) headed into the season, and he favors Cal's "intellectual brutality" coming out of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure.
The four-star committed to Cal shortly after head coach Cuonzo Martin and Tracy Webster watched him at the Elite 100 this summer. An AAU teammate of Ira Lee -- who just transferred from Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep to Crossroads, along with former Phoenix (Ariz.) Windward forward Shareef O'Neal -- the four-star Harris-Dyson could play a big role in landing four-star Lee, one of Cal's biggest targets in this recruiting class.
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Cal's other four-star commit, Baker has been committed to the Bears for more than eight months, and during that time, his ranking has climbed higher and higher. He's now the No. 88 player in the nation, and the No. 6 shooting guard out West. Also an AAU teammate of Lee, Baker is in the best position to influence the forward, seeing as he's been with the Bears through thick and thin -- including the tumult at the end of the season -- and he'll b on campus for the biggest home game in years, with a crowd to match.
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I personally saw Scott back in February at the Kenion Training 7on7 kickoff, and his size, speed and athleticism was striking. The Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds linebacker then visited Cal back in June, and after a Week One look by Bears defensive coordinator, the local kid earned a coveted offer earlier this month. A commitment wouldn't be out of the question coming out of the weekend.
The 2018 offensive tackle has plenty of friends on the current Cal roster, and would serve as yet another link in the Mater Dei pipeline. He visited the Bears back in May, and was one of the standouts of The Opening: Oakland Regional. Shortly after that, he camped at UCLA, and got an offer from the Bruins, and at the end of July, he scored another offer from Vanderbilt.
Yet another four-star visitor, Lenzy, a 2018 cornerback, has a long family history with men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, and was among the first Scout 300 for 2018, checking in at No. 135, as the top cornerback in Oregon, the No. 5 corner in the West, and the No. 15 cornerback overall in the nation. With early offers from the Bears, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue and Washington State, he's set to be a national recruit.
Martinez visited Cal back in May, and he recently scored a scholarship offer from the Bears. He told BearTerritory Thursday morning that he'll be visiting this weekend, and all signs point to a cozying relationship between him and Cal offensive coordinator Jake Spavital.
Johnson is the third quarterback to confirm his attendance, and the 2019 quarterback (who visited in August) would make it a hat trick of the Bears' top signal caller targets for 2017 (commit Garbers), 2018 (Martinez) and 2019. If offensive coordinator Jake Spavital could get Martinez and Johnson to commit sooner, rather than later, he'd have three big items checked off of his shopping lists for the next three recruiting classes.null