Cal Adds Top SoCal Back

The second weekend of December just may go down as the turning point of Cal's tumultuous recruiting efforts in the 2010 class. Landing a top five player nationally in Bay Area native Chris Martin was huge. The looming decision of California JUCO OL Roszell Gayden may also go the Bears way. But nothing may be sweeter than landing former USC running back commit Trajuan Briggs…

It was about a year ago when Los Angeles (Calif.) Trajuan Briggs (6-0, 205) received an email from then California offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. Briggs called Cignetti soon after and it was then that he received his first D1 FBS offer.

He was leaning towards Cal much of his early recruitment. The Bears had maintained a high spot on his list until the L.A. Pac-10 programs offered. Once it became clear UCLA wanted Briggs on defense rather than offense, USC moved ahead on his list with the Bears an obvious distant second. He wasted little time verbally committing to USC less than a month after receiving his offer from the Trojans in April.

Nonetheless, as we've seen every recruiting season, nothing is final until the ink dries.

This past weekend Briggs took his official visit to Berkeley, and according to Birmingham sources, he switched his commitment to the Bears.

Briggs is the ideal power back the Cal offense has lacked the last two seasons (however, Shane Vereen did rather well in wins over Arizona and Stanford).

Cal signed a similar size back in Dasarte Yarnway in February. The Bears also signed Isi Sofele, who is similar in size and style of Jahvid Best and Vereen. Briggs may combine the best of both worlds. A big, powerful back able to line up outside and abuse opposing linebackers and defensive backs with his speed.

"I love they way they use their backs," Briggs told Cal Sports Digest in the spring. "[Despite] how big I am, I like to [line up] play some slot and receiver. I used to be in practice [at Birmingham], mess around, and tell De'von [Flournoy], hey I can play your position. I really like how [Cal] keeps [the running backs] well scripted in the offense."

Stay with and for more coverage on Trajuan Briggs, including his comments on switching his commitment.

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