Cal Offers JUCO Lineman

College of Sequoias (Calif.) sent over 10 players to FBS colleges last season, and 19 overall to four-year colleges. This year the talent pool doesn't drop, and Cal is taking a closer look at three Giant players for the 2010 class, including extending an offer to a mammoth 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle…

Roszell Gayden (6-7, 310) originally committed to Minnesota during his junior season of high school. However, due to academic shortfalls he did not sign his National Letter of Intent in February 2008. His initial plans were to grayshirt and enroll in the spring, but he eventually enrolled at Visalia (Calif.) College of Sequoias last summer.

Last season, his standout play has made him a preseason JUCO All-American candidate for 2009. Furthermore, it has increased his recruitment including a look from California.

Golden Bear special team coach Pete Alamar visited COS last week to evaluate Gayden, defensive tackle Lavon McCoy, and safety Shamar Gaines, according to COS assistant coach Tony Perry.

"[Coach Alamar] liked Gayden," Perry told CalSportsDigest. "He got his paper (official offer) this past weekend."

Perry said Gaines could be the next COS player to pick up a Cal offer. "Gaines is powerful," he added. Perry, COS's defensive back coach, sent seven of his defensive backs to four-colleges in 2008, including four to FBS. He calls Gaines better than the four that signed last season with FBS schools.

"They like [McCoy] too," said Perry. Nicknamed "280" because of the weight he started benching effortlessly when he entered high school, McCoy is expected to garner major offers as he takes over the starting defensive tackle spot this season.

Gayden will be the most recruited player at COS this season. Besides Cal, Arizona State and Minnesota have extended official offers. He told us via text, he has verbal offers from Arkansas and Southern Mississippi.

California has two offensive line commits from G/T Geoff Gibson and C/G Chris Adcock and has offers out to numerous top high school offensive tackle prospects. It will be interesting how Gayden will fit into the mix.

CalSportsDigest.com will visit COS on Wednesday and will have more from Gayden on his interest in Cal.


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