Cal State Game Notebook- Day One

A look at the news and notes from the first day of Cal State Game practices from Fresno...

Fresh off of winning the CIF-DIII State Championship, Notre Dame WR/DB commit Deontay Greenberry took a surprise official visit to USC, along with his cousin, Tee Shepard.

Greenberry is considered one of the top wide receivers in the 2012 recruiting class, and he spent his time at USC with two of college football's top young receivers, in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.

"It was cool. It was a lot like home or just being around your friends," Greenberry said. "We just kicked it and had fun."

Notre Dame fans will be happy to know that the four-star playmaker still claims to be all Irish following his trip to Los Angeles.

"I am still a solid Notre Dame commit," Greenberry. "Me and Tee (Shepard) both."

Scout's No.1 ranked safety, Shaquille Thompson, says he is now focused on Cal, USC and Washington and will make his decision public at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January, 7th.

While many believe Thompson will end up at Cal, he says all three schools are equal, and mentioned a fourth school that could be in the mix as well.

"I don't really have a number one school," Thompson said. "UCLA could come into play. I am going to take my unofficial there after the (Army) game, probably Jan. 17th or Jan. 20th.

Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony defensive lineman Azziz Shittu is one of the top recruits taking part in the first annual Cal State Game this week, with offers from around the country, but his final four schools all come from his home state of California.

UCLA, Cal, Stanford and USC are still in the mix for the talented defensive lineman, who plans to wait until Signing Day to make a decision.

Shittu recently took his visit Cal and was blown away by the experience.

"That Cal official was legit," Shittu said. "All of the guys up there all talked about playing together. Everyone was chill. It was like we were teammates forever."

Shittu also plans to have a busy travel schedule with official visits to Stanford (Jan. 13th), USC (Jan. 20th) and UCLA (Jan. 27th).

"USC, Cal and Stanford are coming after me the hardest," Shittu said. "UCLA has their new staff up so I want to see what they are going to do."

San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove cornerback Cleveland Wallace stood out amongst the defensive backs on Tuesday.  Wallace has been a solid commit to Oregon State for some time, but may still take some visits.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Ishmael Adams said his parents hope he stays closer to home, which would be in UCLA's favor, but it seems as if the four star player could be leaning towards Cal.

Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge defensive end Kyle Kelley said he liked his official visit to Oklahoma over the weekend.  The Arizona commit spoke to new head coach Rich Rodriguez on Monday and is just waiting on the defensive staff to be assembled. Kelley will take his official visit to Arizona in January.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly linebacker Salamo Fiso said he's still an Arizona State commit, but is looking at Nebraska and UCLA and also has offers from Colorado and Arizona.

Westlake (Calif.) receiver Cody Tuttle committed to Nevada in the summer. He said he is 100% solid to to the Pack and is excited about going there.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite offensive lineman Travis Averill also gave an early commitment to Boise State and he said he loves the Broncos and is looking forward to taking his official to Boise State next month.

Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon defensive end Nate Iese said he has narrowed his schools down to UCLA and Nebraska. He hopes to announce his decision soon.

San Jose (Calif.) Independence offensive lineman Fernando Villaneuva confirmed he has decommitted from Washington State and committed to San Jose State.  Villanueva said he didn't mesh well with the new WSU staff and that they didn't make the effort to contact him.

Upland (Calif.) receiver Kenny Lawler has set his top four, in order: Cal, Oregon State, Michigan State and UCLA.

Carson (Calif.) receiver Darreus Rogers really stood out among receivers on Tuesday.  Rogers had an in-home visit with the Arizona State staff this past weekend and said he bumped Arizona State up to number two behind USC, where he's been a commit for nearly a year.

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook said he's back to 100% to UCLA after communicating with new offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who recruited him to SMU.

Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks cornerback Marcus Rios, who committed to UCLA on Sunday, said he loved the energy of new head coach Jim Mora and his staff and was a big fan of Coach Demetrice Martin's hiring as the secondary coach.

The surprise player of the day was Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Andrew Martinez.  The 6-4, 230-pounder has offers from San Jose State and Idaho State.  

Annabel Stephan, Kevin Carden, Scott Kennedy and Tara Turnure contributed to this report

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