With spring football slated to start on March 15, the California coaching staff is lining up their spring visitor lists, and that means pulling the trigger on some of the West Coast's top talent. Cal added a new member to its staff on Thursday, and it's been a busy week for the Bears on the recruiting trail, so we gathered all the news nuggets from around the network for an easily-digestible spread.
Four-star Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei receiver Nikko Remigio has been in contact with the Bears, and while they haven't offered yet, it's likely to come, especially with offensive tackle target Tommy Brown high on the board (and with the Bears high on his list, as well), and heavy interest in sophomore jumbo athlete Horace McCoy.
Another Mater Dei lineman has caught Cal's eye, in guard Chris Murray. He hopes to visit Cal soon, perhaps along with Brown. He's pulled down TCU, Washington, UCLA, Utah and Texas Tech offers in the last two weeks. The Huskies and Bruins have been speaking with him frequently, as has TCU. Murray grew up close to TCU in Fort Worth, Tex., so he has plenty of connections there, including family. He's headed to Seattle for Washington's Junior Day on April 8. He'll be headed to Westwood with Brown in a week.
"I want to get out to Cal, because that was one of my first offers," Murray said. "I like it up there. It's a pretty school, a beautiful campus."
"Since coach [Brandon] Jones got let off and went to Texas Tech, I've heard from coach Greatwood a little bit, but not a ton," Jaramillo told our Kevin Wade. "Cal, Berkeley's obviously an amazing place."
Jaramillo had "lots" of contact with Greatwood when he was still at Oregon, and said that he knows him well. The Northwest schools -- Oregon, Oregon State and Washington -- seem to have made a big impression on the Lake Oswego (Ore.) tackle with recent visits.
Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive tackle, Blake McDonald, who made an unofficial during last season, will be taking another visit to Cal, this time under the new staff. He'll come to Berkeley this weekend, or next.
"I'm trying to get up to Washington State and Colorado, and probably Utah and Oregon," Jones said about his spring plans.
Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's offensive tackle Max Barth will be visiting Cal on March 11.
As part of a Wednesday offer spree, the Bears extended a scholarship offer to 6-foot-7, 295-pound Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley offensive tackle Brandon Mello. Mello, along with Brown, Jaramillo, Jones, McDonald, Murray, Cindric, Barth and Cal offeree Will Craig are all on our West Coast Offensive Line Watch List.
Kelii Montibon, who just finished his freshman season at Riverside City College (which produced Dwayne Wallace and DeVante Wilson), scored a Cal offer on Thursday. He had an Army offer out of high school, at Honolulu HI) Kamehameha Secondary.
The Bears extended a scholarship offer on Wednesday to five players across the West Coast, including Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline two-way lineman Matthew Cindric. He chatted with us about his relationship with Greatwood.
Cal also extended offers to another jumbo athlete in Trey McBride -- who can play outside linebacker, rush end and tight end -- and DE/TE J.H. Tevis out of Atherton (Calif.) Menlo. Tevis's father played for Stanford, and this past season, J.H. was a MaxPreps Small Schools All-State first-teamer. He started all 13 games on both offense and defense, racking up 125 tackles, 100 solo. He also tallied five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His 22.5 sacks ranked first in the state, and fifth in the nation. Tevis scored the offer after a mid-day visit to Berkeley on Thursday, where he met with Greatwood.
On Thursday, Cal offered two-way lineman Tyler Manoa, but judging by the time he spent with Jerry Azzinaro on a Saturday visit, his offer is squarely on the defensive side of the ball. Also on Thursday, Greatwood offered Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades lineman Syr Riley, an acquaintance of current Bears linebacker Ray Davison.
Cal target Steve Stephens earned Under Armour All-American Camp Series MVP honors for defensive backs, and earned an invite to the Under Armour All-American Game. Stephens said he plans to visit Cal and Nebraska this spring, and wants to get out to Oklahoma and Oregon.
Stephens has 14 offers, with UCLA, Oregon, LSU and Nebraska recently jumping in.
"I'd like to take my time with the process," Stephens said.
Brown was among one of the top offensive performers at the Under Armour event in Los Angeles, as were Cota and Jones.