Cal Recruiting Update: Post All-Star Games

With the UnderArmour, U.S. Army, and Offense-Defense All-American games in the rearview mirror, it is time to look and review the Cal recruiting news that transpired. Check inside for updates, news, and recaps on Randall Carroll, Adam Hall, Michael Philipp, 2010 quarterback Jake Heaps, and more…



Randall Carroll
Randall Carroll, Jamarkus McFarland, Rueben Randle, Bryce Brown, Xavier Nixon, and Dre Kirkpatrick were all nominated for the player of the year during a ceremony that was held during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl festivities. Carroll did not garner the award – it went to Brown – but is considered to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, players in the nation. With 10.5 second 100-meter time, schools are still more impressed with the L.A. Cathedral standout's relentless determination to get better.

As for the recruiting front, the USC (soft) commit is keeping his options open.

"I'm not really trusting the [USC] coaches right now," said Carroll. "[I am] still committed, but I'm just looking around trying to figure out which interests me the best."

One of those interests is Cal. He has trips scheduled to SEC schools Georgia and Tennessee later this month, but he is still feeling the Golden Bears.

"I like what [Cal] is doing," said Carroll. "[The coaches] say I can be the next DeSean Jackson. And [incoming] quarterback, Allan Bridgford, they say he can come in and play in the next year. Me and him got chemistry, we always talking and stuff."

"He's a great guy," Bridgford said about Carroll. "I really like him. I just met him up here. I had talked to him a couple of times before. We've been throwing well to each other out there. He's a great guy, he'd be a good guy to have on the team. He's a game changing type of guy with that speed."

When will Carroll decided for sure on his college decision, "After the [January] 30th, after my last trip [to Tennessee]," he said.



Adam Hall
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Tucson (Ariz.) Palo Verde wide receiver/safety did not announce his decision but named his three finalists during a live broadcast of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday morning. Hall narrowed his list to Arizona, Cal and Oregon, leaving the crowd stunned after removing USC and Alabama hats from the table.

One big reason for Hall not announcing is he has a new focus to be an offensive player at the collegiate level.

"I was looking at defense recently because how I played in the last all-star game," said Hall. "Now that I can see I can play offense as well, I'm looking at those schools back again – Oregon, Arizona, Cal – the schools that were [recruiting] me offensively."

USC was the only school not recruiting him to play wide receiver. While Arizona was the first to express interest in him as an offensive target, which almost made the Wildcats his choice if had committed on national TV.

"At my school, I'm really a possession receiver," said Hall. "We didn't throw the ball that much. I was looking at Arizona to see if I could be that threat on offense…offensively I can see myself playing more."

He was scheduled to visit USC this coming weekend, and Oregon next weekend. He has already official visited Cal and Arizona. Berkeley was his first trip back in November when the Bears played Stanford. He tripped to Tucson on December 6.

Hall says the USC commits were not recruiting him much at the Army game in comparison to how much the Oregon and Cal commits were weighing in on their respective schools. Arizona had no commits participating at the event. He says he will decide between his three favorites after his trip to Eugene.



Michael Philipp
The San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle took a recruiting break during the Holidays. Instead of getting caught up in committing on national TV or rushing his decision, he put his recruitment on pause and enjoyed his experience at the U.S. Army All-American game.

The Pac-10 dominates his list of favorites.

"I have a top six and there are in all the Pac-10," said Philipp. "Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Oregon, and Oregon State…"

"They're kind of even. Arizona is the only school I'm not going to trip. But my brother goes there, so I know what it is all about. I don't really need to trip there."

Philipp has taken official visits to Cal, Oregon, and UCLA. He will visit Oregon and Oregon State this month.

"Cal [trip] went good," said Philipp. "I went during the Arizona State game. Oregon [trip] was cool. I went during the Arizona game. It was nice over there. UCLA [trip] was good. It was a postseason visit so I got to hang out with the coaches. It was alright."



Stan Hasiak
The Kapolei (HI) offensive tackle visited Cal on November 22 before Bear Offensive Line Coach Jim Michalczik accepted a similar position at Washington. Coach Michalczick was the one recruiting Hasiak, and now he is considering tripping to Seattle.

"At first, it was a big shock to me," said Hasiak. "I was surprised that Coach Michalczik left. He was one of the big reasons why I was considering Cal. But I got over that, because I know whoever they chose for that spot will be a good coach and a good name."

Hasiak is scheduled to return to Hawaii from the mainland on January 13, and with trips scheduled to Oregon State and USC this month, he says he will likely not be able to visit UW. Therefore, his recruitment is focused on four schools.

"Really, it's the three California schools and Oregon State," said Hasiak.

"I'm sticking with my [UCLA] verbal, there is no doubt about that," said Hasiak. "I'm just looking at my opportunities. I'll have some coaches from other schools in for visits, but like I said, I'm sticking with my verbal."



Allan Bridgford
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee announced Mission Viejo (Calif.) Allan Bridgford as the 2009 Glenn Davis Award winner last week during bowl festivities.

"The Davis Award honors the best football player in the country as well as the Soldiers and what it means to be a Soldier – someone who proudly makes a positive difference in the lives of those on their team and in their community," said Colonel David Lee, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command.

"This year's winner of the Glenn Davis award, Bridgford, exemplifies the Army's high standard of excellence in community service, education and athletics. [Bridgford] displays mental, emotional and physical strength every day and truly embody what it means to be Army Strong."

The California commit had the opportunity to throw the ball to elite talent last week at the USAAB. One of those players was Carroll. Throughout the week, Scout.com noticed a chemistry forming between the two. His poor performance on the field on Saturday – completed 5-of-11 passes for 20 yards and 1 interception – was disheartening, but his job as a de facto recruiter might have been more important.

"I have been talking to [Carroll], telling him my .02 about Cal," said Bridgford. "How good the coaches are. How good we're going to be in the next upcoming years, and how he'd be a great piece of the recruiting prize."

Bridgford is completely on board with the Bears. He was the first verbal commit in the 2009 class. Moreover, he continues to sing the praises of the school, coaches, and environment surrounding Berkeley.

"When I went up to Cal, it really made my decision easy out of all the colleges that I was deciding between," said Bridgford. "I just loved the coaches. I loved the school, the area, and academics there. It was really an easy choice for me."



Mark Brazinski
The biggest news from the weekend came from the Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata offensive center. The nation's top rated center, according to Scout.com, chose Cal on Sunday night at halftime of the the UnderArmour All-America Game.

"I have come to the conclusion that the university for me is, California," Brazinski said on national TV as he picked up a Cal hat off a table containing with three others from Boston College, North Carolina, and Florida State.

"I wanted to look at a school perspective also like a football perspective," he said of deciding on Bears.

"I was always very interested in the University of Pennsylvania. It had the number one business school. But I couldn't give up the idea of not playing in front of all those fans."

"So, I looked up in the U.S. News and World Report which school had one of the highest [rated] business schools. California-Berkeley was No. 3 only behind Penn and MIT. I gave [Cal coaches] a call and send out a tape. They were only recruiting me for a couple of weeks. They said, ‘Hey we loved your tape. We want you to come out. We need a center.'"

"Took a trip out there, my mom was getting snowed in [New Jersey]…I got to hang out [in shorts], there was palm trees…I got to see these great academics and see this nice stadium – that's going to be rebuilt – I couldn't let it go."

The Bears have produced great centers like NFL standout Marvin Philip and this year's All-American and Draddy Award winner – Alex Mack. Brazinski said it did effect his decision on choosing Cal.

"I saw that their offensive line play has been phenomenal over the last few years," said Brazinski.

"I like the schemes that they ran. They run a lot of zone, they run basically the pro-style offense. I thought this would be a very good fit for me both athletically and academically." Despite Berkeley being clear across the country, he says his family is on board with his commitment. "At first, they were, wow, you are going to be far away...but we want you to go where you will be happy," said Brazinski. "Now, they are all very much supporting me."



Jake Heaps
Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline phenom Jake Heaps is the most highly touted quarterback in the 2010 class. He holds 18 scholarship offers from Arizona State, Washington, Oregon State, Notre Dame, North Carolina, South Carolina, and California among others. Last week was his first trip to the U.S. Army Combine.

"This is my first time, I'm really enjoying it," Heaps said of competition in San Antonio. "It's really fun for me to be down here. I've already committed to [play] the [2010 U.S. Army All-American] game. I am pretty excited about it. It will be fun to experience that whole thing."

Heaps says he is shocked with all the attention surrounding his recruitment. It was the last thing he expected at the conclusion of his junior campaign.

"At this point of time, I thought I would be fighting for just one single scholarship," said Heaps.

"To have 18 at this point of time has been a tremendous honor and a huge blessing to me. I really cherish each and every offer I have at this time. It's been a really fun process for me so far."

Heaps is still far from making a decision but he does have some parameters. Furthermore, Cal, among others, meets his initial criteria.

"[I have] some big factors," Heaps said about choosing a school. "First is education, two, the talented players around [me]. I am only one person out of 11. I also need the defense behind me to help me out. The other thing is the fan base. How excited are the fans to have me there. How bad do they want me there."

"Other things…can I see myself there four to five years. It's a portion of my life I'm going to spend there. So, I better enjoy my time there. The coaches, are they going to develop me to be a better person."

He says he is "not quite yet" ready to name any favorites. But Heaps is in the process of narrowing his list of schools down to a manageable number. And says, he expects to make his verbal commit before the start of next season.

"I'm going to come out with a top 10 in the end of January and get rolling from there on," said Heaps. "I probably make my final decision before my senior year. I'm not exactly sure when yet but I know it will be before my senior year starts."

As far as visiting Berkeley or any other school this spring that is still up in the air.

"I intend to attend a couple [junior days] but not exactly sure when or where yet," said Heaps. "I'm still in the process of trying to figure that out."


Quick Player Notes


Steve Williams
Steve Williams – The future Cal Bear may be a little on the small side, but he played very physical and fast last week during practice leading up to the UnderArmour All-American game. He was impressive in press coverage, and he jumped underneath routes with his quickness. He showed that he had the ability to run with any of the receivers at the game. He needs to add some strength to play the way he wants to play at the next level. He had some issues with the bigger receivers, but he was able to overcome some of those problems by simply having better speed.



Deandre Coleman (L)
Deandre Coleman – The Cal commit passed the eyeball test as a defensive tackle with his athletically built 6-foot-5, 295 lb frame. And as he played the position like a guy of his size and athleticism should. However, he is raw in his skill set. He is seen on film playing with high-pad level, and often he opts to use brut strength rather than using his hands and working technique. Those faults can be fixed with proper coaching. Moreover, he is athletic enough to take to the coaching. Once is skills are refined, Coleman will have the ability to be a very special player on the defensive line. Nonetheless, some see him as a better prospect at offensive line, which is what he practiced and played last week at the USAAA game. Coleman and D.J. Fluker were clearly the two best looking offensive linemen from a physical standpoint.

Devon Kennard – He attended the U.S. Army All-American game, but big No. 42 could not participate as he is still rehabbing from his knee injury. The nation's top defensive prospect is still deciding between Cal, Texas, and USC. Cal is making an in-home visit this week.

Ryan Hewitt – The Stanford commit took an official visit to Cal in October. Cal has yet to gain a verbal commit from a tight end in the 2009 class. Hewitt has stated Cal is his backup option in case he does not get into Stanford. At the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, he had a solid week of practice. He is a decent athlete who caught the ball well. But he will have to add a little more weight. He should be a very solid, if not spectacular college player.

Jerry Rice Jr. – The Bay Area product really exploded as the week went on at the O-D AA Bowl. Made some spectacular catches in traffic and went high for a couple. He is no real big and not blazing fast, but runs nice routes and has good hands. He caught most passes thrown his way despite not having gloves for the early part of the week. He does like Cal among others however; he is not an offer kid.

Caleve DeBoskie – The younger brother of Cal running back Covaughn DeBoskie has good quickness and solid hands despite his thin frame. He ran nice routes and showed good burst coming out of his breaks last week at the O-D AA Bowl.



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