Feb. 3, 2010
BERKELEY - California signed 10 high school All-Americans to National Letters of Intent to highlight the arrival of 20 student-athletes to the Cal football program for the 2010 season, head coach Jeff Tedford announced Wednesday. As of publication time, Cal's 2010 signing class ranks as high as No. 11 nationally by Rivals with the Golden Bears posting the seventh-highest ranking according to the number of average stars per signee (3.58). ESPN lists Cal at No. 15, while Scout has the Bears at No. 29.
"We feel like we have addressed a lot of our needs and are very excited about the 2010 recruiting class," said Tedford. "We feel like the class has a good balance of offense and defense, size and athleticism and speed. We're looking forward to this group coming in and being able to compete early to make contributions to next year's team."
"Our coaches did an excellent job of working very hard throughout the year to create great relationships with these young men," added Tedford. "We welcome all of these student-athletes into the Cal family and are looking forward to many successful days ahead with this class."
Six of Cal's recruits also rank among the nation's Top 100 players overall by at least one recruiting service, while another four are among the country's Top 300 players.
The group is balanced with 11 offensive players, eight defensive players and one that is expected to play both ways in five-star Parade All-American WR/S Keenan Allen (Greensboro, NC/Northern Guilford HS). LB Chris Martin (Oakland, CA/Grandview (Colo.) HS) is Cal's other five-star recruit and joined Allen on the prestigious Parade All-America team in 2009.
Allen, who is listed as the No. 5 player in the county by Rivals, recorded 145 tackles and eight interceptions in 2009. He also excelled offensively, scoring an astounding 53 touchdowns as a prep senior and had 976 yards receiving.
Martin is the nation's top-ranked outside linebacker according to Scout and ranks as high as No. 7 among all players in the SuperPrep Elite 50. He recorded 97 tackles, 11.0 sacks and five forced fumbles as a senior in 2009.
Other 2009 All-Americans joining the Bears include WR Kaelin Clay (Long Beach, CA/Poly HS), OL Alex Crosthwaite (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS), LB Nick Forbes (Frederick, MD/Governor Thomas Johnson HS), QB Austin Hinder (Steamboat Springs, CO/Steamboat Springs HS), DE Gabe King (Eugene, OR/South Eugene HS), LB Chris McCain (Greensboro, NC/Northern Guilford HS), LB Cecil Whiteside (Newport Beach, CA/Newport Harbor HS) and LB David Wilkerson (Danville, CA/Monte Vista HS). Six of the incoming high school All-Americans - Allen, Forbes, Hinder, King, Martin and Whiteside - played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The Bears have 11 members of the class least four stars by at least one recruiting service. In addition to the five stars garnered by Allen, Hinder and Martin, the Bears added eight four-star recruits in Adcock, Carter, Crosthwaite, Forbes, King, McCain, Whiteside and Wilkerson.
Cal also continued its strong national recruiting presence with 12 of the 20 newcomers listing a hometown outside the state of California. Colorado, Oregon, Maryland, Nevada, New York, North Carolina and Texas are all represented along with the Golden State.
"As we continue to have success on the field our national recruiting efforts have also become more successful," explained Tedford. "We feel like there is an interest from national recruits in the University of California, both in our academics and in our football program's potential. It is evident by the number of out-of-state players that we have signed in this year's class."
Cal's group of linebackers is ranked No. 2 nationally by Rivals as Martin is joined by four other All-Americans in Forbes, McCain, Whiteside and Wilkerson. Forbes, who is ranked as the country's No. 2 inside linebacker by Rivals, posted 114 stops and 15.0 tackles for loss in his final prep campaign. McCain ranks as the nation's No. 10 linebacker by Tom Lemming, while Whiteside (108 tackles in 2009) checks in at No. 38 on the Rivals250 list and is the nation's No. 10 outside linebacker according to ESPN. Wilkerson is Rivals' No. 6 inside linebacker and checks in at No. 230 on the Rivals250 list.
King picked up All-American status despite playing in just one game as a senior due to a knee injury, and his signing gives the Bears a No. 10 ranking at the defensive end position according to Rivals.
In addition to the six All-Americans, the defense will add DB Michael Coley (Hyattsville, MD/DeMatha Catholic HS) and CB Adrian Lee (Dallas, TX/Skyline HS). Coley posted 65 tackles and 20 passes defensed as a senior, while Lee had 21 passes defensed and 39 tackles.
Hinder ranks as high as No. 5 among pro-style quarterbacks according to Tom Lemming and is his No. 38 player overall. He completed 170 of 286 passes (59.4%) for 2,205 yards and 25 TDs with only six interceptions as a senior when he also was named the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year for Colorado.
Clay, who is Rivals' No. 53 receiver nationally, split time between receiver and running back as a senior and combined for 1,572 rushing and receiving yards and 15 TDs (eight receiving, seven rushing).
Offensively, the Bears landed three wide receivers in addition to Allen and Clay with the signings of Tevin Carter (Los Angeles, CA/Santee HS), Coleman Edmond (Kingston, NY/Pierce College/Kingston HS) and Terrance Montgomery (Los Angeles, CA/West Adams Prep) to rank No. 14 at the position according to Rivals. Carter, called "one of the fastest players in California" by Scout, is the No. 17 receiver nationally by Rivals and also checks in at No. 130 on the Rivals250 list after totaling 42 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight TDs as a senior. Edmond led all Southern California junior college players with 1,584 all-purpose yards in 2009 to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors for the Southern California Football Association's American Division of the Pacific Conference. Montgomery, the nation's No. 61 wide receiver according to ESPN, hauled in 42 catches for 700 yards and 12 TDs as a senior.
TB Trajuan Briggs (Van Nuys, CA/Birmingham HS) is an early enrollee who will join the team's backfield during 2010 spring workouts. He missed most of 2009 with an ankle injury but ran for 1,513 yards and 21 TDs to earn all-city honors in Los Angeles as a junior in 2008.
TE Jacob Wark (Portland, OR/Jesuit HS), who ranks as high as No. 38 at his position by Scout, joins the squad after catching 32 balls for 421 yards and three TDs as a prep senior.
The team's offensive line will be bolstered by the arrival of All-Americans Adcock (ESPN's No. 9 offensive guard and Scout's No. 18 center) and Crosthwaite (Rivals' No. 26 offensive lineman). Geoffrey Gibson (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) also ranks as Rivals' No. 35 offensive guard nationally.
Junior QB Zach Maynard, a transfer from Buffalo and the half-brother of Allen, has also accepted a scholarship offer from Cal and will join the team for the 2010 campaign. Maynard was the starting quarterback for the Bulls in 2009, completing 218 of 379 passes (57.5%) for 2,694 yards and 18 TDs with 15 interceptions, while adding 455 yards and one score on the ground. He played his prep football at Grimsley High School (Greensboro, NC), where he passed for 1,635 yards and 20 TDs as a senior to earn all-area and all-conference honors while leading his team to a league title.
More information on the 2010 Cal Football National Signing Day is available by visiting Facebook (facebook.com/CalAthletics), Twitter (twitter.com/CalAthletics) and YouTube (youtube.com/CalAthletics).
Cal ranks second among Pac-10 football teams in victories with a 67-35 overall record since the arrival of Tedford in 2002. The Bears extended their school-record run of bowl appearances to seven in 2009 and posted an 8-5 overall record.
Cal will open its 2010 season with the first of seven home games on the schedule against UC Davis on Saturday, Sept. 4. Other teams visiting Memorial Stadium include Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Colorado. Season tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 22. Purchase your tickets online at CalBears.com or by calling (800) GO BEARS.
|Time (PT)||Letter of Intent||Position||Height||Weight||Hometown||Last Schools||Video|
|Enrolled||Trajuan Briggs||TB||5-11||200||Van Nuys, CA||Birmingham HS|
|4:04 a.m.||Michael Coley||DB||6-2||207||Hyattsville, MD||DeMatha Catholic HS|
|4:10 a.m.||Nick Forbes||LB||6-0||223||Frederick, MD||Thomas Johnson HS|
|5:05 a.m.||Chris Adcock||OL||6-3||290||Mesquite, TX||Dallas Christian School|
|6:07 a.m.||Chris Martin||LB||6-4||240||Oakland, CA||Grandview (Colo.) HS|
|7:12 a.m||David Wilkerson||LB||6-3||235||Danville, CA||Monte Vista HS|
|7:14 a.m.||Jacob Wark||TE||6-5||240||Portland, OR||Jesuit HS|
|7:18 a.m.||Coleman Edmond||WR||6-1||200||Kingston, NY||Pierce College/Kingston HS|
|7:26 a.m.||Tevin Carter||WR||6-3||190||Los Angeles, CA||Santee HS|
|7:44 a.m.||Alex Crosthwaite||OL||6-5||298||San Diego, CA||Cathedral Catholic HS|
|7:49 a.m.||Geoffrey Gibson||OL||6-4||327||Las Vegas, NV||Bishop Gorman HS|
|7:52 a.m.||Kaelin Clay||WR||5-10||180||Long Beach, CA||Poly HS|
|7:59 a.m.||Austin Hinder||QB||6-5||185||Steamboat Springs, CO||Steamboat Springs HS|
|8:01 a.m.||Cecil Whiteside||LB||6-3||220||Newport Beach, CA||Newport Harbor HS|
|8:20 a.m.||Chris McCain||LB||6-6||203||Greensboro, NC||Northern Guilford HS|
|8:22 a.m.||Keenan Allen||WR/S||6-3||200||Greensboro, NC||Northern Guilford HS|
|8:24 a.m.||Zach Maynard||QB||6-3||195||Greensboro, NC||Buffalo/Grimsley HS|
|8:33 a.m.||Adrian Lee||CB||6-0||190||Dallas, TX||Skyline HS|
|8:39 a.m.||Terrance Montgomery||WR||5-10||180||Los Angeles, CA||West Adams Prep|
|8:48 a.m.||Gabe King||DE||6-6||253||Eugene, OR||South Eugene HS|
Chris Adcock - OL, 6-3, 290, FR, HS
Mesquite, TX (Dallas Christian School)
Listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN ... ranks as ESPN's No. 9 offensive guard in the nation and Scout's No. 18 center ... expected to play both positions at Cal ... a PrepStar all-region choice who is rated the No. 119 player overall in Texas ... earned Division II first-team all-state honors his final two seasons and selected all-district each of his final three years ... the only sophomore on the all-district team the first time he received the honor ... also named to the Dave Campbell Texas Football State Super Team as a senior ... earned academic all-state honors as both a junior and senior ... team was voted Region II champions (Division I) during his senior campaign.
Keenan Allen - WR/S, 6-3, 200, FR, HS
Greensboro, NC (Northern Guilford HS)
A five-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... expected to play both wide receiver and safety for the Bears ... ranked No. 5 in the country on the Rivals250 list, while checking in as the nation's top safety and top overall player from North Carolina ... the country's No. 5 athlete according to ESPN, which has him ranked No. 33 among all players nationally ... listed as the nation's No. 70 player overall by Sporting News ... played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl, returning one punt for 33 yards and one kickoff also for 33 yards ... named to the Parade All-American squad ... listed as the No. 8 player overall according to MaxPreps, which also showered him with first-team All-American honors ... had a huge season statistically as a senior with 145 tackles and eight interceptions on defense to go along with an astounding 53 offensive touchdowns while contributing 976 receiving yards to help his team win its first conference championship (3A Mid-State) in school history and finish with a 12-2 overall record ... picked off nine passes to go along with 15 pass breakups, 64 tackles and three forced fumbles to earn all-state honors defensively as a junior, while adding 42 receptions for 880 yards and 14 TDs as well as 644 rushing yards and 12 TDs on only 39 carries on the offensive side of the ball ... half-brother of 2010 transfer QB Zach Maynard of Buffalo and high school teammate of fellow signee Chris McCain ... called "the type of athlete who should make a major impact as a true freshman" by Tom Lemming, while ESPN says "this guy is a really good football player."
Trajuan Briggs - TB, 5-11, 200, FR, HS
Van Nuys, CA (Birmingham HS)
Ranks as the nation's as the country's No. 14 tailback/slotback according to Tom Lemming, the No. 35 running back by Rivals and the No. 78 running back with ESPN ... checks in as the No. 55 prospect on Rivals' list of all players from the state of California ... a PrepStar all-region choice ... a member of the SuperPrep All-Far West squad ... has enrolled early at Cal for the 2010 spring semester and is expected to practice with the team during 2010 spring football workouts ... ran for 1,513 yards and 21 TDs on 173 carries as a junior to earn all-city honors in Los Angeles ... missed nearly his entire senior campaign with an ankle injury ... "a quality running back prospect with good measurables" according to ESPN.
Tevin Carter - WR, 6-3, 190, FR, HS
Los Angeles, CA (Santee HS)
A four-star selection of both Rivals and Scout ... checks in at No. 130 on the Rivals250 list, as well as No. 17 on its national list of wide receivers and No. 20 for all California players ... ranks as Scout's No. 60 wide receiver nationally and No. 56 for all players in the state of California ... ESPN has him No. 66 nationally at wide receiver ... a member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team ... totaled 42 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight TDs as a senior, while also contributing 84 tackles, two interceptions and four forced fumbles defensively to earn all-city honors on both sides of the ball ... among players receiving votes as a wide receiver for the Best in the West team in his senior campaign ... had a solid junior season on offense with 28 receptions for 833 yards and 11 TDs, while excelling defensively (119 tackles, five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles) to earn Southern League Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-city honors ... placed third in both the 100 and 200-meter dash as a prep junior after winning the L.A. City title in the 200 meters and finishing second in the 100 meters ... has a best of 10.61 in the 100 meters and 21.21 in the 200, which was the second-fastest time in California in 2009 ... called "one of the fastest players in California" by Scout.
Kaelin Clay - WR, 5-9, 167, FR, HS
Long Beach, CA (Poly HS)
Ranks as Rivals' No. 53 wide receiver nationally and the No. 79 player overall in California ... began his SuperPrep All-American and All-Moore League senior season as a wide receiver before moving to the backfield for the final four games ... combined for 1,572 rushing and receiving yards and 15 TDs (eight receiving, seven rushing), while adding 13 punt for 206 yards as a senior ... caught 20 passes for 502 yards and six TDs in his junior campaign on a squad that won the Southern Section title ... "appears to be set to follow in the great tradition of wide receivers coming from the Poly program" according to Tom Lemming.
Michael Coley - DB, 6-2, 207, FR, HS
Hyattsville, MD (DeMatha Catholic HS)
Checks in on the country's list of top safeties at No. 45 (ESPN), No. 69 (Scout) and No. 70 (Rivals) ... ranks as the No. 16 player in the state of Maryland by Rivals ... selected second-team all-state by ESPN and all-region by SuperPrep as a senior when he led his squad to an 11-1 overall mark, recording 65 tackles and 20 passes defensed to go along with a pair of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... recorded 68 tackles as a junior when team won a league title for the fifth straight season ... a three-year prep starter who led his school to a 31-5 overall record from 2007-09 ... "an exceptional athlete with a great combination of quickness, speed, football skills and intelligence," according to ESPN.
Alex Crosthwaite - OL, 6-5, 298, FR, HS
San Diego, CA (Cathedral Catholic HS)
A four-star recruit by ESPN, Scout, Tom Lemming and Rivals ... listed at No. 99 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... checks in on the Rivals250 list of the nation's top overall players at No. 209, while Scout has him at No. 221 nationally ... ranks No. 26 among the country's top offensive linemen and the No. 30 overall player in California according to Rivals ... a member of the SuperPrep All-America 290 squad as the No. 38 offensive lineman in the country ... No. 19 on Tom Lemming's list of the nation's top offensive tackles, while he checks in at No. 20 on Scout's list ... ranks as the No. 34 player overall in California/Nevada/Hawaii by SuperPrep ... led his team to state and San Diego Section titles with a 15-0 mark as a junior and a section crown as a senior when the Dons were 12-1 ... team captured section and Eastern League titles in each of his last three seasons while winning 34 of its final 35 games with Crosthwaite on the squad ... named a first-team Medium Schools All-American and a Division II all-state choice by MaxPreps as a senior ... also named first-team all-state for his class as a junior ... earned all-San Diego section, all-city, All-Eastern League and all-area recognition in each of his final two prep seasons ... "a very good offensive lineman that has a lot of tools and a nasty attitude in finishing blocks," according to ESPN.
Coleman Edmond - WR, 6-1, 200, JR, JC
Kingston, NY (Pierce College/Kingston HS)
Led all Southern California junior college players with 1,584 all-purpose yards in 2009 to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors for the Southern California Football Association's American Division of the Pacific Conference ... played a major role in the school winning its first conference title since 1985 in his lone season with the Brahmas ... posted 37 receptions for 718 yards and caught 11 TD passes, while adding other totals of 533 kickoff return yards, 307 punt return yards and 26 rushing yards ... Cal's lone junior college signee in the 2010 class.
Nick Forbes - LB, 6-0, 223, FR, HS
Frederick, MD (Governor Thomas Johnson HS)
A four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals, as well as a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American ... played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... pegged by Rivals as the nation's No. 2 inside linebacker while SuperPrep checks him in at No. 5, and Scout has him at No. 11 among middle linebackers ... the No. 73 overall player in the country overall according to Sporting News, while checking in at No. 104 on the Rivals250 list ... top-ranked player overall in Maryland and the DC/Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia area by Rivals and SuperPrep, respectively ... earned all-state honors as a senior when he recorded 114 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions and three forced fumbles, while adding 1,519 yards and 16 TDs rushing on the offensive side of the ball ... posted 96 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and two interceptions on defense as a junior when he was named second-team all-state and the Area Defensive Player of the Year, while picking up 1,176 rushing yards and 15 TDs on the ground ... also had 1,052 rushing yards and 10 TDs, as well as 99 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks as a sophomore ... "sideline to sideline one of the most athletic looking linebackers in the country," according to Scout.
Geoffrey Gibson - OL, 6-4, 327, FR, HS
Las Vegas, NV (Bishop Gorman HS)
Ranks as the No. 4 overall player in the state of Nevada and No. 35 nationally among offensive guards, according to Rivals, while ESPN has him as the nation's No. 36 offensive guard ... checks in as the No. 5 overall player in Nevada and No. 87 among offensive tackles nationally according to Scout ... an all-region SuperPrep choice, while ranking as the No. 121 player overall in California/Nevada/Hawaii ... helped lead his squad to a 4A state title and a 15-0 overall record as a senior ... allowed only one sack in his prep career and graded out at 90% in his blocking assignments ... a four-year prep starter with his team winning two 4A state titles and posting a 41-2 record over his final three campaigns.
Austin Hinder - QB, 6-5, 185, FR, HS
Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs HS)
A five-star Tom Lemming recruit that the analyst also ranks No. 5 among pro-style quarterbacks nationally and No. 38 player overall ... received four stars from ESPN ... PrepStar lists him as the No. 10 quarterback in the nation and the No. 39 overall player in the country, as well as the No. 13 overall player in the Midlands ... also rates among the top quarterbacks in the nation by ESPN (No. 16), Rivals (No. 23) and Scout (No. 34) ... listed by Sporting News as the nation's No. 87 overall player ... Scout has him as the No. 4 player overall in Colorado, while Rivals lists him No. 6 ... earned national recognition after his senior season by playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and being named a MaxPreps Small School All-American ... honored in Colorado as a senior with a 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year selection, as well as MaxPreps Class 3A Player of the Year and Denver Post Offensive Player of the Year awards ... completed 170 of 286 passes (59.4%) for 2,205 yards and 25 touchdowns with only six interceptions as a senior, when he also rushed for 889 yards and 14 TDs to lead the team to a 13-1 overall record and the state championship game ... was 93 of 185 for 1,288 yards and 15 TDs through the air as a junior, while running for 594 yards and seven scores ... also threw for 15 TDs as a sophomore ... grandson of legendary of Cal Athletics Hall of Famer and NFL offensive line coach Jim Hanifan.
Gabe King - DE, 6-6, 253, FR, HS
Eugene, OR (South Eugene HS)
A four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... ranks among the nation's top defensive ends according to Rivals (No. 5), ESPN (No. 19) and Scout (No. 35) ... checks in at No. 30 on the Rivals250 list of the nation's top players and No. 58 on a page published by Sporting News ... Rivals also has him as the No. 2 player overall from Oregon ... played in the 2010 Army All-American Bowl Game but missed all but one game of the 2009 regular season at South Eugene High School with a knee injury ... registered 75 solo tackles as a junior at Page High School (Greensboro, NC) ... according to Rivals, "he has the frame that can play strong side defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level ... his build is similar to Reggie White."
Adrian Lee - CB, 6-0, 190, FR, HS
Dallas, TX (Skyline HS)
Among the nation's top cornerbacks listed by both Rivals (No. 84) and Scout (No. 152) ... checks in at No. 129 on Scout's tally of the top overall players in Texas ... recorded 21 passes defensed as a senior, while adding 39 tackles and one interception to earn All-9-5A honors ... led his squad to a 12-1 overall record and the third round of the playoffs during his senior season ... spent his junior campaign as a running back before switching to the defensive side of the ball for his final prep campaign ... has run the 40-yard dash in 4.31 ... prep teammate of current Cal defensive back Steve Williams.
Chris Martin - LB, 6-4, 240, FR, HS
Oakland, CA (Grandview (Colo.) HS)
A five-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and Tom Lemming ... ESPN gives him four stars ... among the nation's Top 20 overall players on several lists, including the SuperPrep Elite 50 (No. 7), Scout (No. 10), Rivals (No. 18), Sporting News (No. 18) and the PrepStar Dream Team (No. 19) ... ranks as Scout's No. 1 outside linebacker nationally, while checking in at No. 2 for Rivals and No. 3 with Tom Lemming ... also listed as the nation's top defensive lineman by SuperPrep but is expected to play linebacker at Cal ... the No. 1 overall player in Colorado by both Rivals and Scout ... started as a linebacker in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... named a Parade All-American, first-team Best in the West and all-state following a senior season in which he recorded 97 tackles, 11.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... spent the 2008 season at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, recording 110 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and 11 passes defensed to lead his squad to a 10-2 mark ... posted 108 tackles, 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions during an all-state sophomore campaign at Bishop O'Dowd ... Scout calls him a "high motor, high character athlete" and says "Martin is the best recruit to commit to a Pac-10 school in the class of 2010 and may end up the best defensive prospect in the country."
Zach Maynard - QB, 6-3, 195, Jr., TR
Greensboro, NC (Buffalo/Grimsley HS)
Has accepted a scholarship offer from Cal ... a transfer from Buffalo, where he became the starter as a sophomore in 2009 and completed 218 of 379 passes (57.5%) for 2,694 yards and 18 TDs with 15 interceptions ... also added 455 yards and one TD on the ground in 2009 ... passed for 1,635 yards and 20 TDs, and rushed for 1,404 yards and 14 scores during his senior season at Grimsley High School (Greensboro, NC) to earn all-area and all-conference honors, and lead his team to a league title ... half-brother of 2010 incoming true freshman WR/S Keenan Allen.
Chris McCain - LB, 6-6, 203, FR, HS
Greensboro, NC (Northern Guilford HS)
A Rivals' and Tom Lemming four-star recruit ... the nation's No. 10 linebacker according to Lemming and No. 13 by Scout, as well as the country's No. 37 defensive end according to ESPN and No. 58 by Scout ... checks in on the Rivals250 list at No. 187 ... a PrepStar All-American and a SuperPrep all-region player as well as the No. 18 player overall in North Carolina ... Rivals has him listed as the No. 4 overall player in North Carolina ... helped his team win the first league title in school history with a 3A Mid-State title and finish with a 12-2 overall record as a senior ... recorded 97 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 16.0 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in his junior campaign ... "the fastest rising prospect in the state of North Carolina," says Lemming.
Terrance Montgomery - WR, 5-10, 180, FR, HS
Los Angeles, CA (West Adams Prep)
Ranks as the nation's No. 61 wide receiver by ESPN ... earned first-team All-Los Angeles honors as a senior when he hauled in 42 receptions for 700 yards and 12 TDs, while adding a pair of scores on five kickoff returns for 246 yards to lead his squad to an 11-2 overall mark and a second consecutive Southern League title ... recorded 34 catches for 738 yards and nine scores as a junior, while adding 12 kickoff returns for 304 yards ... the first West Adams Prep player to receive a scholarship from a Football Bowl Subdivision squad ... according to ESPN, "possesses terrific lateral agility and balance in the open field."
Jacob Wark - TE, 6-5, 240, FR, HS
Portland, OR (Jesuit HS)
Ranks as the nation's No. 38 tight end by Scout, No. 40 according to Rivals and No. 41 by ESPN ... listed by Rivals as the No. 6 overall player from Oregon, while Scout has him at No. 8 ... recorded 32 catches for 421 yards and three TDs as a 2009 senior to lead his squad to a 12-2 overall record, an appearance in the state title game and a second straight Metro League title ... played primarily defense for most of his prep career but blossomed as a tight end in his senior season ... earned second-team all-state honors as a junior on offense as well as honorable mention on defense when his squad was a state semifinalist ... picked up first-team All-Metro League recognition on both offense and defense as a junior.
Cecil Whiteside - LB, 6-3, 220, FR, HS
Newport Beach, CA (Newport Harbor HS)
A four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and Tom Lemming with Rivals giving him a "high four stars" and Lemming "four stars plus" ... checks in as the nation's No. 4 linebacker according to both Rivals and Scout (middle linebacker), and is No. 10 at the position according to ESPN and No. 19 by SuperPrep ... also is No. 38 on the Rivals250 list and No. 126 according to Scout ... California's No. 7 player overall by Rivals and No. 18 on Scout's list ... the No. 42 player nationally on the PrepStar Dream Team ... a SuperPrep All-American ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and tied for the second-leading tackler on the West squad ... a three-time first-team All-Sunset League player and four-year prep starter ... earned Best in the West honors as a senior when he recorded 108 tackles, 9.0 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries after picking up 98 tackles, 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception during his junior campaign ... "shows athletic range and raw straight-lined speed for his size attacking on the perimeter," according to ESPN.
David Wilkerson - LB, 6-3, 235, FR, HS
Danville, CA (Monte Vista HS)
A four-star recruit by Scout and Rivals ... ranks as the nation's No. 6 inside linebacker with Rivals, the No. 7 middle linebacker according to Scout and the No. 17 inside linebacker by Tom Lemming ... on the national Scout list of top players at No. 216 and the Rivals250 list at No. 230 ... a PrepStar All-American ... listed by Rivals as the No. 32 player overall in California and checks in with SuperPrep at No. 44 overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... recorded 6.0 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a 2009 senior, and was among players receiving votes for the Best in the West team ... the No. 4 player overall in the East Bay and San Mateo according to the Bay Area Newspaper Group in their annual Cream of the Crop listing ... played in the 2010 Offense-Defense Bowl ... had 95 tackles in his junior campaign when he earned all-state underclassman honors and led his squad to the section semifinals before falling to national power De La Salle ... according to Lemming "Wilkerson combines athleticism, instincts and competitiveness to make plays all over the field."