On Monday morning, our Brandon Huffman chatted about Pac-12 recruiting, and we've distilled his half-hour Facebook Live video into the important California tidbits.
Is Cal in the mix for any three-star or four-star recruits: "Probably not. They got a couple guys to flip over the weekend. One was committed to Cal Poly -- Kyle Harmon -- who I always thought was better than playing in the Big Sky. I always thought he was a Pac-12 caliber player, and Cal offered him, and he committed. Gavin Reinwald, they flipped from Hawaii, as well as, they got Poutasi Poutasi, who at one point was a Louisville commit. His brother plays in the NFL, and [he's] a guy that I like. Poutasi Poutasi committed to Cal on Saturday after he had been a commit to Louisville, but opened things up and Justin Wilcox, Steve Greatwood and Marques Tuiasosopo really put an effort in on him and got him to commit over the weekend, so I think Cal is doing OK, in terms of how they're closing. It was kind of tough getting a late hire, as opposed to a December hire, like most schools do, but I think that Cal should be excited about coaches that will focus on the West Coast and, particularly, will focus on the Bay Area, which you can't always say happened with the previous staff. I think that this staff knows that that's important, to recruit the West Coast and the Bay Area, and I think moving forward, Cal will see their California recruiting really flourish."
Scouting report on Cal's newest commits: "Poutasi Poutasi, I like him. As an offensive lineman, I think he's going to be pretty good in college. His brother was obviously very good at Utah, and is in the NFL. With Kyle Harmon, love that kid. I think that's an absolute steal for Cal. It was a complete steal for Cal Poly to get him, because I thought he was, at the minimum, a Mountain West-level player, but I thought he could play in the Pac-12. Cal offered him, and he committed to the Bears, a local kid, too -- what a concept -- [I'm] a big fan of his. Gavin Reinwald, he's got a big catch radius, a long and lean guy that I think will grow into a tight end, which is what the Bears want to bring him in for. Daniel Scott, who I actually had a chance to see play against another Cal commit, Taariq Johnson, earlier this year. He plays at St. Francis, down in La Canada, saw him play against Taariq Johnson, who is at Cal already. Daniel Scott can play safety, he can play receiver. He's another guy who you get in, and see where you need to fit him in."
While talking about USC OL commit Alijah Vera-Tucker of Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd: "Je'Quari Godfrey, his teammate from Bishop O'Dowd, a defensive back, is joining [Vera-Tucker] at USC, a former Cal commit. So, that kind of goes back to the original point I was making about Cal: You've got to recruit the Bay Area. USC went in there and got two of the best players in the Bay in this class, and that doesn't even say anything about Aaron Banks and Najee Harris. Cal fans, you've [now] got a coaching staff that understands the importance of recruiting the Bay Area, and California."
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