Former Norco (Calif.) quarterback Victor Viramontes has announced on Twitter that he, like recruiting classmate Max Gilliam, will be transferring from California before the start of the 2017-18 season.
"We wish Victor the best moving forward and thank him for his time at Cal," head coach Justin Wilcox said in a statement to BearTerritory.
Viramontes is the second transfer in the last two days. Receiver Drew Kobayashi announced on Monday that he would be playing elsewhere next season. The Bears had a dozen scholarship receivers on the roster (a consequence of the Tony Franklin System under Sonny Dykes), and Kobayashi was fourth at one of the two outside receiver spots on the post-spring depth chart. With a new, more pro-style-oriented offense under the new coaching staff, three more former receivers were moved to tight end.
Viramontes, a brawny, tough runner at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, was one of the more accurate quarterbacks among the current group, at least during practice drills. He never saw the field in his one season at Berkeley, redshirting the 2016 season.
At Norco, Viramontes compiled 8,870 total yards of offense, and was responsible for 95 touchdowns, passing for 4,680 yards and 42 touchdowns while running for 4,190 yards and 53 scores during his final three seasons.
His size and strength lent to speculation that he may wind up as a linebacker, if quarterback did not work out. Before flipping to the Bears, the three-star Viramontes was committed to Michigan. He was the No. 12 athlete in the West, and No. 35 in the nation.
During spring practice, it was clear from the first day that the competition for starting quarterback was whittled down to redshirt junior Chase Forrest and redshirt sophomore Ross Bowers. After spring, South Carolina quarterback transfer Brandon McIlwain announced his intent to enroll at Cal, with four years to play three. McIlwain will likely have to sit out this coming season.
Along with those three scholarship quarterbacks, the Bears still have incoming freshman quarterback Chase Garbers out of Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona del Mar.
The Bears recently put offers out to two 2018 quarterbacks -- J.T. Shrout and Tyler Shough -- after the decommitment of longtime commit Adrian Martinez, who flipped to Tennessee on May 12, and after losing out on local product Spencer Petras (Oregon State).
Shrout is one of the most mechanically sound quarterbacks in the region, according to our West Coast analyst Greg Biggins.
"He has a near picture perfect release and delivery and the ball jumps out of his hand," Biggins said. "He has looked very good all spring on the 7v7 circuit showing both a live arm and the touch needed to make every throw in the playbook. All he needs is game experience but all the physical tools are there. He is also a good athlete who shows plus mobility and can make throws rolling right or left and can take off and run for positive yards as well."
Shough, an Elite 11 quarterback, jumped from outside the top 300 to No. 182 in our post-spring Scout 300. Shough is a pure passer with a great feel for the position. He has a smooth, easy delivery, is smart with the football and among the most accurate quarterbacks in the country.
This story was updated at 7:08 p.m. to reflect the transfer of receiver Drew Kobayashi.