LAS VEGAS -- For the first time in several months, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita four-star quarterback K.J. Costello threw to live receivers at full-strength.
Last season, Costello threw for about 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns in seven games and change, because he separated his shoulder and tore his non-throwing shoulder labrum in Week Seven against Anaheim (Calif.) Servite. He played two weeks later against Mater Dei, but not very well, and he had the same results in Week 10, so he then decided to have surgery two days after the season ended. He hasn't thrown at full strength for four months.
The 2016 four-star threw for a new 7on team for the first time – Body By Tra – at the Pylon Elite 7on event outside of Las Vegas, after spending his previous summer with the Snoop Dogg team, which disbanded when Cordell Broadus transferred to Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.
Costello just got back from a Bay Area swing to both Stanford and California, going on a two-day Junior Day with the Cardinal and a one-day trip to Berkeley. Golden Bears' wide receivers coach Rob Likens told Costello that the entire staff has watched his film, and afterward, Costello sat down with head coach Sonny Dykes, who said that Cal is "planning on offering soon," and that the only hurdle left is for the staff to see him throw live.
• Jacob Moen of Team Pro Sport is starting to pick up some heavy interest, as California, Oregon and Arizona State have all dropped by Gilroy (Calif.) Christopher to watch the tight end/middle linebacker. Moen is seeing interest from the Golden Bears and Sun Devils as a linebacker/safety, from the Ducks as a two-way player who could potentially bulk up and play defensive line. He checked in at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds.
• Moen's teammate -- Curt Calomeni from San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep recently visited Colorado State and Colorado, which, along with Oregon State, may be close to offering him as a middle linebacker/strong safety, though he enjoys playing fullback.
• Four-star athlete Ykili Ross is very close to an offer from California, but seems to favor the hometown schools of UCLA and USC. He was recently on the Trojans' campus for an unofficial visit, but did not get a chance to speak with coach Steve Sarkisian. He said an offer from the Bears would be big, because he grew up idolizing DeSean Jackson.
• Two standouts on the defensive end included Darrell Adams and Chandler Gumbs of The Shop, teammates at Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep. Arizona State has offered Adams as a wide receiver, and he's being used as a linebacker/strong safety/wide receiver by the Thunder. Gumbs – son of head coach Desmond Gumbs -- said that he favors Cal and is hoping for his second offer from the Bears, after visiting Berkeley several weeks ago along with Adams.
• Gumbs has "a lot of Pac-12 interest," including Cal and Arizona State, though, he says "I've always wanted to be a California Bear." Gumbs has a 3.75 GPA, and new defensive backs coach Greg Burns likes him at safety, but really likes his versatility. Gumbs was honest about liking the Sun Devils – in part – because Arizona State is "a party school," but, all jokes aside, is quite taken with the staff. The Sun Devils like him as a corner.
• Jake Smeltzer of Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro has started to pick up interest outside of the Ivy League, from which he's received offers from Harvard and Yale.
"I talked to Cal, Washington State and a lot of the Pac-12 schools," Smeltzer said.
This summer, he visited San Diego State and camped with the Aztecs, who are still talking to him.
The Bears "probably talk to me the most," Smeltzer said, and Utah has jumped in, as well. Smeltzer said he may try to head up to Pullman, Wash., for the Cougars camp this summer. All Pac-12 programs looking into Smeltzer want to see him in camp before offering. Last season, Smeltzer caught 44 balls for 730 yards and seven touchdowns.
• 2015 Los Angeles Bishop Mora Salesian wide receiver Jeremy Kelly said he knows one school for sure that will get an official visit: Cal.
"I do know that I am going to take an official visit to Cal," Kelly said. "Definitely an official."
Kelly said that Likens has kept in touch with him regularly, which is a big point in the Bears' column. Kelly also said that he'll take an unofficial visit soon.
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