Feb. 4, 2004
BERKELEY, CALIF.- Riding the momentum of their first bowl game appearance in seven years, the University of California Golden Bears have produced their second straight nationally-ranked recruiting class by signing 18 football players to 2004 national letters-of-intent, head coach Jeff Tedford announced today.
The Bears' incoming class, which includes 15 high school seniors and three junior college players, has been ranked as high as No. 19 nationally (ESPN.com) and appears among college football's Top 25 by most recruiting publications and web sites this year.
Tedford and his coaching staff, which led Cal to a third-place finish in the Pac-10 and 52-49 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2003 Insight Bowl last year, continue to reap the benefits of establishing strong recruiting ties within the state of California. Seventeen of the Bears' 18 recruits hail from the Golden State, with Australia-born punter-placekicker David Lonie-a transfer from Ellsworth College in Iowa-the only prospect signed from outside California. A year ago, Cal's 2003 class was comprised exclusively of in-state talent.
The Bears inked 10 players from Northern California and seven from the Southland, including 10 student-athletes that received All-American accolades this past season.
"We are extremely pleased with the overall quality of this year's class, and believe we have addressed needs at several positions," said Tedford. "It is our goal to take Cal football to the next level and we believe this new group can help us attain that goal. I would like to commend my staff for all their hard work and also thank our current players, who have become our best ambassadors in the recruiting process. It's very gratifying to know we have taken another important step towards building a championship program."
Reports from several media outlets and national recruiting services indicate that Tedford and the Golden Bears made quite a recruiting haul in 2004. Some facts and figures to reinforce that perception:
- Six of the Bears' 18 recruits are ranked among the nation's top 11 at their respective positions, according to at least one major recruiting service, including three who are listed among the country's top four.
- Insiders.com listed 10 Cal recruits among its Pac-10 Area Hot 100, including seven Berkeley-bound players among its Top 50 prospects.
- Rivals.com tabbed six Golden Bears among its top 31 in the All-West region, including two of the top 12 players. Rivals.com also tabbed 10 Cal recruits among the state's Top 100, including six of the 23 highest-ranked prospects in California.
- SuperPrep's All-Far West Team lists six Bears among its first 41 players, and 10 in the West's Top 116.
Headlining the list of 10 All-Americans are cousins and high school teammates Marshawn Lynch (Oakland) and Virdell Larkins (Hercules), who propelled Oakland Tech to a 55-47 win over Skyline High in the Silver Bowl and the school's first Oakland Athletic League title since 1951. Lynch, who carved up 2003 defenses for 1,722 yards rushing and scored 33 touchdowns, is ranked the No. 2 running back in the nation by Rivals.com. With 17 interceptions and 29 sacks during his career, Larkins is rated among the country's Top 20 cornerbacks by both Rivals.com (No. 11) and SuperPrep (No. 16).
Other prep All-Americans in the fold include defensive end Phillip Mbakogu (Hayward High, Hayward), quarterback Nathan Longshore (Canyon High, Canyon Country), athlete Sekeli Faaeteete (San Leandro High, San Leandro), linebackers Worrell Williams (Grant Union High, Sacramento) and Marlin Simmons (Lynwood High, Compton), and offensive linemen Noris Malele (Carson High, Carson) and John Gibson (St. Mary's High, Stockton). The lone junior college All-America in the class is Bryan Deemer (Delta College, Lodi).
In all, Cal signed nine players on offense. Besides All-Americans Lynch, Longshore, Gibson and Deemer, they include wide receiver Robert Jordan (Hayward High, Hayward), fullback Frank Summers (Skyline High, Castro Valley) and offensive linemen Alex Mack (San Marcos High, Santa Barbara) and Mike Tepper (Pacifica High, Cypress).
On defense, the Bears received commitments from seven standout players. In addition to All-Americans Larkins, Mbakogu, Williams and Simmons, they are defensive back Bernard Hicks (Edison High, Fresno) and defensive ends Justin Johnson (City College of San Francisco, Daly City) and Chet Teofilo (Hilltop High, Chula Vista).
The Class of 2004 also includes one player who falls into the "athlete" category who can play on either side of the football-the aforementioned Faaeteete-plus placekicker-punter Lonie.
Lynch, named the San Francisco Chronicle's "East Bay Player of the Year," barreled for 233 yards and six touchdowns against Skyline in the 2003 Silver Bowl at Network Associates Coliseum. A PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American, the 5-11, 200-pound running back rushed for 3,044 yards, caught 40 passes and tallied 53 touchdowns during the past two seasons.
Longshore, rated the No. 8 "pro-style" quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com, could be the next great signal-caller to take direction from Tedford, universally regarded as one of college football's QB gurus. Garnering All-America notice by SuperPrep and PrepStar, the 6-5, 230-pound passer completed 62 percent of his attempts for 3,449 yards and 34 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions for Canyon High School last fall. He landed invitations to the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp last summer and January's CaliFlorida Bowl-where he served as one of the team captains-and was a first team selection on the prestigious Long Beach Press Telegram "Best in the West" all-star team.
A four-year starter at Carson High School, Malele earned PrepStar All-America honors after racking up 81 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and two-and-a-half sacks as a dominant two-way lineman. Leading Carson to the Los Angeles City Championship by virtue of a 30-20 win over Venice High at the L.A. Coliseum, he became the first exclusive lineman to be named South Bay Daily Breeze "Player of the Year" in the award's 40-year history. As a blocker, the 6-4, 293-pound Malele was rated the No. 38 offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com.
Gibson, clocked at 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash, was one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the nation in 2003. He earned All-America notice by both PrepStar and SuperPrep, as well as first team all-state honors by Cal Hi Sports. Rivals.com (No. 37) and SuperPrep (No. 40) both ranked him among the Top 40 offensive guards in the country.
Regarded as one of California's top junior college linemen, Deemer played a prominent role in Delta College's back-to-back 9-3 seasons. A two-time All-Valley Conference first team selection at Delta, the 6-4, 300- pounder was named a third team JC All-American.
Jordan, tabbed the No. 41 high school senior in California by SuperPrep, caught 30 passes for 650 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2003 despite missing Hayward High's final three games with a fractured left fibula. A 4.45 sprinter in the 40-yard dash, his injury also forced him to bypass the CaliFlorida Bowl despite receiving an invitation.
Summers, a bruising blocker and ball-carrier, did not play football in 2003, delaying his enrollment at Cal until this semester. The 5-11, 230-pound fullback was a 1,000-yard rusher for Oakland's Skyline High School in 2002, when the Titans posted an 11-0 record as one of the state's highest-ranked teams.
Mack, a member of PrepStar's and SuperPrep's All-West teams, was a punishing blocker for San Marcos High's 8-4 club that advanced to the CIF Division IV Playoffs. He played both ways, logging 93 tackles and eight sacks on defense and opening holes for an offense that rushed for 2,031 yards in 2003. A two-time All-CIF choice and three-time all-county and All-Channel League selection, the 6-5, 270-pound Mack also advanced to the California state wrestling tournament as a CIF heavyweight champion. He's currently 26-1 on the mat this year.
Listed among SuperPrep's Top 132 seniors in California, the 312-pound Tepper was a key member of Pacifica High School's highly successful football program. An All-CIF and second team all-state choice (Cal Hi Sports), he led Pacifica to the CIF Southern Section finals as a junior and CIF quarterfinals as a senior. The Mariners posted a combined 19-7 record over his final two seasons.
Larkins joins Lynch as a three-time All-Oakland Athletic League first team selection. The 5-11, 185-pound PrepStar All-American bagged 80 tackles last season, including 14 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, while intercepting five passes. As a wide receiver, he also caught 40 passes for 642 yards. A first team selection on both the San Francisco Chronicle's All-Metro and Oakland Tribune's All-ANG Newspaper all-star teams in 2003, Larkins ranks No. 23 among California's top players by Rivals.com and No. 31 on Rivals' SuperWest 60 list.
One of the most widely-recruited players in the nation, the 6-3, 260-pound Mbakogu nabbed All-America honors by SuperPrep and PrepStar after nailing 70 tackles and seven sacks on Hayward High's 8-3 club this past season. Testimony of his talents came from several recruiting agencies, with Rivals.com naming him the No. 4 strongside defensive end in the U.S., TheInsiders.com calling him the No. 6 defensive end in the nation, and PrepStar picking him as the No. 6 defensive lineman in the country. Mbakogu-a first team selection on the San Francisco Chronicle's All-Metro Team, the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best of the West," and Cal Hi Sports' All-State Team-is a Hayward High teammate of Jordan and cousin of Oakland Tech prep All-American Lynch, two other Cal commits this year.
Williams, ranked the No. 6 outside linebacker in the nation (Rivals.com), is a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American who spewed out 94 tackles, six sacks, four fumble recoveries and one interception for Grant Union High in 2003. Also a PrepStar All-West entry in the "athlete" category, the 6-0, 245-pound Sacramento product rushed for 738 yards and 11 touchdowns on 106 carries last season. The younger brother of University of Miami linebacker D.J. Williams, he paved the way for Grant Union to post a 12-2 record and the Sacramento-Joaquin Section Division I title.
Another Cal recruit with football bloodlines is Simmons, the younger brother of USC's Melvin Simmons and Kansas State's Marvin Simmons. A PrepStar All-American in his own right, Cal's Simmons pounded out 123 tackles and 11 sacks for Lynwood High School last season. Rated the No. 24 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com, the 6-1, 210-pound defender possesses 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash.
Hicks ranked among California's Top 100 seniors (Rivals.com) this past year, ravaging foes for 72 tackles, six caused fumbles, four recovered fumbles, three sacks and one interception for an Edison High team coached by former San Francisco 49er All-Pro Tim McDonald. Named to both PrepStar's and SuperPrep's All-West teams, he's another 4.5 speedster in the incoming class.
A NorCal Conference first team selection in 2003, Johnson earned a reputation as a relentless defender for City College of San Francisco's unbeaten (12-0) team. Peeling off 32.5 sacks during his two-year JC career, he was a key member on last season's CCSF club that beat Grossmont College, 38-35, to claim the California state title and was eventually crowned JuCo national champions.
Teofilo, another defensive end with unlimited potential, earned first team All-South Bay accolades for a Hilltop High team that advanced to the CIF San Diego Section Division II playoffs in 2003. The 6-3, 220-pound lineman stacked up 75 tackles and nine-and-a-half sacks as a senior.
Faaeteete, a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American, was considered one of the prized all-around athletes in the nation. The San Leandro High product was rated the No. 2 "athlete" in the nation by PrepStar, as he rushed for 700 yards and nine touchdowns at fullback, and collected 68 tackles at linebacker and safety. The 6-1, 212-pound Samoa native was also ranked the No. 15 athlete in the U.S. by Rivals.com and the No. 12 linebacker in the country by TheInsiders.com.
Perhaps Cal's most intriguing recruit this year, Lonie was one of the most sought-after punter/kickers in the United States. A native of Palm Beach, Australia, who arrives in Berkeley via a two-year stint at Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, he converted 11 of 19 field goal attempts and 21 of 25 PAT tries, and averaged 41.8 yards on 55 punts last year. His kicking statistics were more impressive than the numbers indicate, as all four PAT misses were due to bad snaps and his eight field goal misfires were comprised of misses from 57 yards (twice) and 54 yards, plus five attempts that went awry because of bad or mishandled snaps.
BEAR BYTES - Offensive line was the most popular position for this year's recruiting class, as five of the Bears' 18 signings were interior linemen....Cal featured two of the Top 40 offensive guards in the nation in Gibson and Malele, according to Rivals.com....the six new Golden Bears that were ranked among the nation's Top 11 at their respective positions are: Lynch (2nd running back, Rivals.com), Faaeteete (2nd athlete, PrepStar; 12th linebacker, Insiders.com; 15th athlete, Rivals.com), Mbakogu (4th strongside defensive end, Rivals.com; 6th defensive end, TheInsiders.com), Williams (6th outside linebacker, Rivals.com), Longshore (8th pro-style quarterback, Rivals.com) and Larkins (11th cornerback, Rivals.com).
|2004 California Football Recruits|
|Deemer, Bryan||OL||6-4||300||Lodi, Calif.||Delta College|
|Faaeteete, Sekeli||ATH||6-1||212||San Leandro, Calif.||San Leandro|
|Gibson, John||OL||6-4||250||Stockton, Calif.||St. Mary's|
|Hicks, Bernard||DB||6-1||200||Fresno, Calif.||Edison|
|Johnson, Justin||DE||6-3||245||Daly City, Calif.||San Francisco City College|
|Jordan, Robert||WR||5-11||160||Hayward, Calif.||Hayward|
|Larkins, Virdell||DB||5-11||185||Hercules, Calif.||Oakland Tech|
|Longshore, Nathan||QB||6-5||230||Canyon Country, Calif.||Canyon|
|Lonie, David||P-K||6-6||215||Palm Beach, Australia||Ellsworth (Iowa) College|
|Lynch, Marshawn||RB||5-11||200||Oakland, Calif.||Oakland Tech|
|Mack, Alex||OL||6-5||270||Santa Barbara, Calif.||San Marcos|
|Malele, Noris||OL||6-4||295||Carson, Calif.||Carson|
|Mbakogu, Phillip||DE||6-3||260||Hayward, Calif.||Hayward|
|Simmons, Marlin||LB||6-1||210||Compton, Calif.||Lynwood|
|Summers, Frank||FB||5-11||230||Castro Valley, Calif.||Skyline|
|Teofilo, Chet||DE||6-3||220||Chula Vista, Calif.||Hilltop|
|Tepper, Mike||OL||6-6||312||Cypress, Calif.||Pacifica|
|Williams, Worrell||LB||6-0||245||Sacramento, Calif.||Grant Union|
Sekeli Faaeteete...SUH-kelly Fi-uh-TET-A
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES ON 2004 CAL FOOTBALL RECRUITS
BRYAN DEEMER, Offensive Line, 6-4, 300, Delta College (Lodi, Calif.)
Regarded as one of the state's top junior college linemen....named a JC third team All-American this past year at San Joaquin Delta College....played on Delta clubs that registered 9-2 records in back-to-back seasons....earned All-Valley Conference first team honors in both 2002 and 2003....voted Delta JC's team captain and outstanding lineman....attended Tokay High School in Lodi, where he was a two-time first team All-San Joaquin Athletic Association selection as a two-way lineman....also was a three-year varsity letterman and team MVP on Tokay High's wrestling team that won its conference and placed third in the sectionals....achieved academic notice on Delta JC's Honor Society President's List for three semesters....lists fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles as his hobbies.
SEKELI FAAETEETE, Athlete, 6-1, 212, San Leandro HS (San Leandro, Calif.)
Hailed as a high school All-American by SuperPrep and PrepStar as one of the most prized all-around athletes in the nation....PrepStar rated him the No. 2 "athlete" in the nation, placing him on its national Top 100 Dream Team...Rivals.com considered him the 15th-best athlete in the country, while TheInsiders.com rated him as the No. 12 linebacker in the nation....among recruits in California, he ranked seventh by Rivals.com and 14th by SuperPrep in both recruiting services' Top 100 players in the state...regionally, Rivals.com rated him No. 20 in its Super West 60 and TheInsiders.com picked him No. 19 in the Pac-10 Region among Class of 2004 prospects....voted first team All-Hayward Area Athletic League as both a running back and linebacker in 2003....led San Leandro High School to HAAL titles in 2001 and 2002, finishing second to perennial national champion De La Salle High in the North Coast Section championship game....rushed for 700 yards and nine touchdowns at fullback, while bagging 68 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions at both safety and linebacker as a senior at San Leandro High School....also scored 12 touchdowns, rushed for 788 yards, while collecting 94 tackles and four recovered fumbles as a junior....posted six sacks and 11 tackles for loss that 2002 junior season...registered 72 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore.... played in the 2004 CaliFlorida Bowl and Kava Bowl....clocked at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash....born in Samoa.... competed in track for two years at San Leandro, while playing two years of rugby in Samoa and another two years of the sport in the U.S.
JOHN GIBSON, Offensive Line, 6-4, 250, St. Mary's HS (Stockton, Calif.)
Extremely athletic offensive lineman who has been clocked at 4.75 in the 40-yard dash....tabbed a high school All-American by both PrepStar and SuperPrep recruiting services....also named first team all-state by Cal Hi Sports, which calls him "perhaps the most athletic lineman in the state"....selected to play for the California All-Stars in the CaliFlorida Bowl Jan. 2 in Southern California....tied for the No. 1 ranking at offensive lineman in Northern California by NorCalPreps....named to the All-Northern California first team offense by the Northern California Coaches Poll for 2003....considered one of the Top 15 football players in Northern California by ESPN's Tom Lemming and 29th-best player in the state by SuperPrep....ranked the No. 6 offensive lineman in California by TheInsiders.com....his 4.75 time in the 40 tied him for third-fastest offensive lineman in the nation, according to Rivals.com....also selected the No. 11 offensive lineman in the Western U.S. by The Sporting News...ranked among the country's Top 40 offensive guards by both Rivals.com (No. 37) and SuperPrep (No. 40).... NorCalPreps.com ranked him as the No. 20 overall player in Northern California....rated the No. 2 offensive lineman at the Stanford Nike Camp last summer....billed a Top 100 recruit in the Pac-10 states (Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona) by Cal Hi Sports and a 4-Star Prospect in the U.S. by Max Emfinger Recruiting....projected No. 57 among California's Top 100 players by Rivals.com....during his senior campaign at St. Mary's High, he won the area's Offensive Lineman of the Year (Stockton Hall of Fame's McKay Award) and was voted Sacramento/San Joaquin All-Section first team....an exceptional two-way player (offensive tackle, tight end and defensive end), he averaged 68 "pancake" blocks per season during his three years as a starting lineman, including 86 pancakes as a senior....anchored a St. Mary's line that produced a 1,900-yard running back in 2003....also a competent long-snapper during his prep career....was a two-time San Joaquin Athletic Association All-League First Team Offense choice in 2002-03....the Stockton Record selected him to their All-Area first team in 2003 and second team in 2002....voted St. Mary's High's lineman of the year and team captain this past season....earned SJAA all-league honorable mention as a sophomore in 2001....cousin, also named John Gibson, played in the Cal Band in the late 1970's....four-year honor roll student at St. Mary's....also played varsity basketball as a junior.
BERNARD HICKS, Defensive Back, 6-1, 200, Edison HS (Fresno, Calif.)
Ranked among California's Top 100 players by Rivals.com, he reeled off 72 tackles, six caused fumbles, four recovered fumbles, three sacks and one interception for an Edison High team coached by former San Francisco 49er All-Pro Tim McDonald....also listed on PrepStar's All-West Team and ranked No. 61 on SuperPrep's All-Far West Team....landed a spot on the Fresno Bee's first team defense all-star team, contributing to an Edison club that won the Yosemite Division of the North Yosemite League (5-0) and finished 10-1-1 overall....that Edison defense allowed less than 10 points per game for the season....timed at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash...."was able to hit like a linebacker and pass defend like a cornerback" wrote the Fresno Bee....played high school baseball in 2001 and 2002, and ran track as a junior....earned academic honor roll status during his final three years at Edison High....plans to be a criminology major at Cal.
JUSTIN JOHNSON, Defensive End, 6-3, 245, City College of S.F. (Daly City, Calif.)
Named to the 2003 NorCal All-Conference first team as a relentless defensive end at City College of San Francisco....was a key member of the 2003 team that was crowned JuCo national champions (12-0) for the seventh time in school history, and beat Grossmont College, 38-35, to claim the California state title....hunted down quarterbacks for 32.5 sacks during his two-year career at City College of San Francisco, only one sack from tying the school's career record....contributed greatly to CCSF defenses that ranked No. 1 nationally in both 2002 and 2003....bagged 22 sacks last season for George Rush's club despite missing one game with a back injury.... perhaps his finest effort of 2003 came against San Jose City College, when he swarmed inside for eight tackles, three sacks, three caused fumbles and one fumble recovery....a graduate of Marin Catholic High School, he attended CCSF but did not play football in 2001....older brother, Bennie Johnson II, played two football seasons as a tight end at Oregon State (coached by Cal offensive line coach Jim Michalczik), including the 2000 Pac-10 championship club that finished 11-1 with a No. 4 national ranking and routed No. 10 Notre Dame, 41-9, in the Fiesta Bowl.
ROBERT JORDAN, Wide Receiver, 5-11, 160, Hayward HS (Hayward, Calif.)
An All-Far West choice by SuperPrep, which ranks him No. 41 among high school seniors in California....PrepStar also tabbed him on its All-West Team as a defensive back....a 4.45 speedster who excelled on both sides of the ball at Hayward High....missed his team's final three games, as well as the CaliFlorida Bowl all-star contest due to a fractured left fibula....ranked the No. 26 overall player in Northern California by NorCalPreps.Com....caught 30 passes for 650 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior....was a StudentSports sophomore All-American at Tulare High before transferring to Hayward as a junior....Hayward High teammate of Phillip Mbakogu, another Cal signee.
VIRDELL LARKINS, Defensive Back, 5-11, 185, Oakland Tech HS (Hercules, Calif.)
A three-time first team all-league selection at Oakland Tech, where he was generally regarded as one of the nation's premier defensive backs....a PrepStar All-American and member of that publication's Top 100 Dream Team...ranked among the nation's top 20 by both Rivals.com (No. 11 among cornerbacks) and SuperPrep (No. 16 among DBs)...also pegged No. 23 among California's top players at any position by Rivals.com and No. 31 on Rivals.com's SuperWest 60....NorCalPreps.Com slotted him as the No. 8 overall player in Northern California....an All-Far West Team member on SuperPrep's listing, ranking 36th among 132 players from California....collected 17 interceptions and 29 sacks on defense, and amassed 1,200 receiving yards on offense during his illustrious career at Oakland Tech....named first team defense on both the San Francisco Chronicle's All-Metro and Oakland Tribune's All-ANG Newspaper all-star teams in 2003, when he ripped off 80 tackles (including 45 solo stops), 20 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and five interceptions at defensive back, snared 40 passes for 642 yards, and scored 10 touchdowns....a third team all-state selection by Cal Hi Sports this year....played in the prestigious CaliFlorida Bowl in Moorpark, Calif. in January ....was listed on PrepStar's All-West Region Team....as a junior in 2002, he logged 105 tackles (including 65 unassisted), 25 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and five interceptions, while accounting for 1,100 yards and 15 TDs on offense (45 carries for 650 yards, 20 receptions for 450 yards)....rated among the Top 100 prospects at the Nike combine as a sophomore....boasts 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical jump....plans to be a pre-med major at Cal....is the cousin of Oakland Tech teammate Marshawn Lynch, another Cal recruit.
NATHAN LONGSHORE, Quarterback, 6-5, 230, Canyon HS (Canyon Country, Calif.)
Highly-recruited quarterback considered to be "one of the top signal callers on the West Coast" by PrepStar... earned All-America (SuperPrep, PrepStar), all-state, all-region, all-area, All-CIF and all-league notice for his senior performance dissected 2003 opponents for 3,449 yards and 34 touchdowns as Canyon High's prized quarterback, completing 62 percent of his passes (223-of-360) and throwing only 12 interceptions....his 3,447 yards ranked fourth in California this past season....averaged 15.5 yards per completion, as he propelled Canyon to an 11-2 record and appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division II Semifinals this past season ....Rivals.com writes: "The Cal Bears get real good with the commitment of Nathan Longshore. If there's a better drop back quarterback in the Golden State than Nathan Longshore from Canyon Country (Calif.), we would like to know who he is. He has a strong arm, makes great decisions and has tremendous leadership ability."....rated the No. 8 "pro-style" quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com....Rivals also listed him as the 17th-best overall player in California and No. 22 on its Super West 60 team....named to Cal Hi Sports' All-State second team offense....was an All-West Region selection by PrepStar entering his senior campaign....attended Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at USC last summer....member of the prestigious Long Beach Press Telegram "Best in the West" first team....directed Canyon High to a 21-4 record over the past two seasons....set nine of the school's 10 passing records and rang up 6,750 yards and 64 touchdown passes during his prep career....served as one of the team captains in the CaliFlorida Bowl in Moorpark in January....as a junior, passed for 2,100 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for six TD, earning All-CIF, all-area and all-league first team notice....also named honorable mention all-state by Cal-Hi Sports in 2002....did not play football as a freshman but became the starting quarterback on Canyon's varsity team as a sophomore....academically, he earned National Honor Roll status....brother, Nick, is currently an offensive lineman at BYU....grandfather played football at Tulane.
DAVID LONIE, Punter-Kicker, 6-6, 215, Ellsworth College (Palm Beach, Australia)
Chose Cal over many major college programs as one of the most sought-after punter/kickers in the nation....Australian native impressed at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa last season, converting 21 of 25 PAT attempts and 11 of 19 field goal tries while averaging 41.8 yards on 55 punts....his kicking statistics were actually more impressive than the numbers indicate, as all four PAT misses were due to bad snaps and his eight field goal misfires were comprised of misses from 57 yards (twice) and 54 yards, plus five attempts that went awry because of bad or mishandled snaps...his season longs were 69 yards punting and a 43-yard field goal....kicked three field goals and averaged 44.5 yards on four punts in a 29-23, triple-overtime win over Hudson Valley in the 2003 Graphic Edge Bowl....kicked a 36-yarder to send the bowl game into overtime and a 39-yarder to continue the game into a third OT...named first team all-region and a JC All-America honorable mention in 2003...as a freshman at Ellsworth in 2002, he converted eight of 12 field goal tries, with a long of 48 yards, and averaged 40.1 yards per punt, including a 75-yard boot...attended Palm Beach Currumbin High School in Australia....runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, according to Rivals.com...lists surfing, snowboarding, water skiing, horse riding, deep sea fishing and dirt biking among his hobbies...served as a water ski instructor and lifeguard last summer...has served as a team captain on his Ellsworth football team, as well as his Palm Beach Currumbin High track and soccer teams...a state and national medallist in track from 1992-96 in high school, setting school records in the pole vault and javelin...in high school, he was all-region in soccer for five years and all-region in water polo for one year, besides being a national medallist in track...named Palm Beach Currumbin's Junior Sportsman of the Year...competed in the Pan Pacific Games in Perth, Australia in 1996 as a decathlete and pole vaulter, representing his state and country...member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honour Society and National Dean's List as an outstanding JC student.
MARSHAWN LYNCH, Running Back, 5-11, 200, Oakland Tech HS (Oakland, Calif.)
A PrepStar and Superprep All-American and the San Francisco Chronicle's "East Bay Player of the Year," he rushed for 1,722 yards and caught 17 passes in eight regular season games for Oakland Tech in 2003....ranked as the No. 2 running back in the nation by Rivals.com....sprung loose for an additional 375 yards rushing and 115 yards receiving (on seven catches) in two postseason games, including a sterling effort in Tech's 55-47 upset victory over perennial champion Skyline in the Silver Bowl at Network Associates Coliseum in which he rushed for 233 yards and scored six touchdowns....scored 33 total touchdowns last season, including 10 in the playoffs...."One of the elite running backs on the West Coast," according to PrepStar....owns 4.4 speed in the 40 and a 34-inch vertical jump....tallied 53 touchdowns over the past two seasons....ranked the No. 3 overall player in Northern California by NorCalPreps.com this year....a second team all-state choice by Cal Hi Sports, he played in the CaliFlorida Bowl in Moorpark, Calif. in January........"looked excellent at practices for the Cal/Fla game and was generally regarded as one of the most talented prospects on the team Rivals.com ranked him the 10th-best running back in the nation and the ninth-best overall player on its Super West 60 list....was rated the No. 1 running back on the West Coast by StudentSports.com in the pre-season....SuperPrep.com tabbed him No.16 among running backs nationally and the No. 8 overall player in California....earned first team All-Metro notice by both the ANG Newspapers (Oakland Tribune) and San Francisco Chronicle this past season....was a member of the prestigious Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" first team....also rushed for 1,320 yards, caught 23 passes and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior at Oakland Tech....a three-time All-Oakland Athletic League first team selection....cousin of Tech teammate Virdell Larkins, another Cal signee....plans to major in criminal justice and some day become a lawyer....hobbies include fishing and reading.
ALEX MACK, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 270, San Marcos HS (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
A dominant blocker for San Marcos High School's 8-4 team that advanced to the CIF Division IV Playoffs this past season....mentioned on PrepStar's All-West Team....his team rushed for 2,031 yards in 2003....listed No. 101 on SuperPrep's Top 132 seniors in California this year, landing him on that service's All-Far West Team....played both ways, also logging 93 tackles and eight sacks on defense....named the Channel League's Co-Most Valuable Player on defense and a first team all-league selection....two-time All-CIF choice and a three-time all-county and all-league member....was San Marcos' team Most Valuable Player in 2003....also wrestled four years in high school and advanced to the state wrestling tournament as a CIF heavyweight champion....owns a scintillating 26-1 record on the mat this year.
NORIS MALELE, Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 293, Carson HS (Carson, Calif.)
A four-year starter at Carson High School who earned PrepStar All-America acclaim after racking up 81 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and two-and-a-half sacks as a dominant two-way player.....propelled Carson High (11-3) to the Los Angeles City Championship, beating Venice High, 30-20, at the L.A. Coliseum....became the first exclusive lineman to be named South Bay Daily Breeze "Player of the Year" in the award's 40-year history....the last part-time lineman to win the award was Tim Wrightman, a tight end/defensive tackle, in 1977....earned first team all-state honors by Cal Hi Sports in 2003....picked on the All-West Region team by PrepStar, which called him "one of the top two-way line prospects on the West Coast."....slotted No. 38 among offensive guards nationally by Rivals.com, which also ranked him No. 53 in its California Top 100 list...named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" first team...a two-time all-state, all-area, All-Marine League and Los Angeles Times All-Star Team member...cousin of Cal's redshirt freshman defensive tackle Matt Malele, who also graduated from Carson High...legal name is Noris Pouvi Tualaulelei Malele.
PHILLIP MBAKOGU, Defensive End, 6-3, 260, Hayward HS (Hayward, Calif.)
Voted a high school All-American by SuperPrep and Prep Star after pocketing 70 tackles and seven sacks on Hayward High School's 8-3 club this past season....Rivals.com named him the No. 4 strongside defensive end in the United States this year, while PrepStar picked him as the No. 6 defensive linemen in the nation....named a first team member on the San Francisco Chronicle's All-Metro Team, the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West," and Cal Hi Sports' All-State Team....slotted among California's Top 5 players among 2004 recruiting class by both SuperPrep (No. 3) and Rivals.com (No. 4)....also considered the sixth-best defensive end in the U.S. by TheInsiders.com....SuperPrep placed him No. 29 on its' Elite 50 national rankings...PrepStar ranked him even higher at No. 22 on its national "Dream Team"...TheInsiders.com also pegged him as the No. 3 high school senior in the Pac-10 Region, while Rivals.com tabbed him 10th on its Super West 60 list...rated No. 5 in the NorCal Top 50 by NorCalPreps.com...played in the prestigious CaliFlorida Bowl prep all-star game at Moorpark in Southern California in January...earned area and league Defensive Player of the Year awards as a senior.... Has run a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash....amassed 87 tackles, including a whopping 17 sacks, during his junior campaign at Hayward....was a Hayward teammate of wide receiver Robert Jordan, also a Cal commit.
MARLIN SIMMONS, Linebacker, 6-1, 210, Lynwood HS (Compton, Calif.)
A PrepStar All-American who pummeled foes for 123 tackles, 11 sacks and one interception at Lynwood High School as a senior after attending Long Beach Poly for three previous years....possesses 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash as an extremely mobile linebacker....ranked as the No. 24 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com.... listed No. 49 on Rivals.com's Top 100 seniors in the state of California this past season....also gained 369 yards on only 26 carries as a running back in 2003....younger brother of USC's Melvin Simmons and Kansas State's Marvin Simmons.
FRANK SUMMERS, Fullback, 5-11, 230, Skyline HS (Castro Valley, Calif.)
Big, strong fullback with estimable blocking, receiving and running skills....rushed for more than 1,000 yards for Oakland's Skyline High School as a senior in 2002, when the Titans posted an 11-0 record and were ranked in California's Top 10....led Skyline in touchdowns in both his junior and senior seasons....also was a varsity wrestler and shot-putter for three seasons in high school....did not play football in 2003, delaying his enrollment at Cal until this semester.
CHET TEOFILO, Defensive End, 6-3, 220, Hilltop HS (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Earned first team All-South Bay honors as up-front defensive force for Hilltop High School....his team advanced to the CIF San Diego Section Division II playoffs in 2003...stacked up 75 tackles and nine-and-a-half sacks as a senior at Hilltop High....his paramount game last year came against Sweetwater High School Oct. 3, when he stockpiled 14 tackles and two sacks to win conference Player of the Week honors....also earned All-South Bay honorable mention as a junior....played basketball in high school....a top student who achieved California Scholarship Federation membership this year....plans to major in business at Cal.
MIKE TEPPER, Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 312, Pacifica HS (Cypress, Calif.)
A consensus all-star selection in Southern California, earning All-CIF, all-county and all-league honors in 2003....named to first team all-state in Medium Schools Division by Cal Hi Sports....played in the CaliFlorida Bowl in Moopark, Calif. in January....listed No. 116 on SuperPrep's Top 132 seniors in California this year and was placed on that recruiting service's All-Far West Team....led the Pacifica Mariners to the CIF Southern Section finals as a junior and CIF quarterfinals as a senior....Pacifica High was a combined 19-7 over his final two seasons (11-3 in 2002 and 8-4 this past year)....named All-CIF and All-League as a junior as well....also played 11 years of youth soccer, which unquestionably improved his speed (4.9 in the 40) and footwork as a football lineman....excelled in the weight room, placing first in 2003 and third in 2002 at the Garden Grove Unified School District Weight Competition....he broke the district's weight record in 2003, which had stood for 10 years.
WORRELL WILLIAMS, Linebacker, 6-0, 245, Grant Union HS (Sacramento, Calif.)
A SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American who rattled off 94 tackles, six sacks, four fumble recoveries and one interception as a cat-quick linebacker for Grant Union High School.... Rivals.com ranked him the No. 6 outside linebacker in the nation, the No. 16 overall player in California and the No. 18 player among its Super West 60 list...PrepStar placed him on its All-West Team in the "athlete" category....also rushed for 738 yards and 11 touchdowns on 106 carries, while catching three passes for 53 yards and another TD as a bruising running back this past season...as a quarterback, he also completed 26 of 62 passes for 441 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions....propelled Grant Union to a 12-2 record en route to a 14-6 victory over Stockton Edison High for the Sacramento-Joaquin Section Division I title...selected the No. 22 linebacker in the nation by TheInsiders.com, which also slotted him as the No. 47 overall player in the Pac-10 region...tabbed second team all-state as a multi-purpose player by Cal Hi Sports....NorCalPreps.com said he was the sixth-best overall player in Northern California this past season... is the younger brother of University of Miami linebacker D.J. Williams...clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.