2002 Cal Football Signees
Hall, BrandonTE6-4240Anaheim Hills, Calif. Orange Coast JC Johnson, KevinK6-3184Red Bluff, Calif.Red Bluff Union Levy, StevenQB6-1220Cornwall, N.Y.Don Bosco Prep Makonnen, JonathanWR6-0175Menlo Pa
By Cal Athletics on Wed, February 06, 2002
Feb. 6, 2002
|Banks, Nick||CB||5-11||185||San Diego, Calif.||Kearny|
|Beegun, Eric||TE||6-3||230||Pacific, Calif.||Palisades|
|Beverly, David||CB||6-0||190||Long Beach, Calif.||Wilson|
|Briner, Andy||LB||5-11||230||Lafayette, Calif.||De La Salle|
|Bundy, Randy||WR||6-0||165||Northridge, Calif.||Grover Cleveland|
|Forrester, Wale||CB||5-10||190||Los Angeles, Calif.||Venice|
|Fraley, Paul||OT||6-4||270||Ramona, Calif.||The Bishop's|
|Gray, David||WR||6-3||205||Richmond, Calif.||McClymonds|
|Gray, Michael||OT||6-6||285||Oakland, Calif.||Bishop O'Dowd|
|Hall, Brandon||TE||6-4||240||Anaheim Hills, Calif.||Orange Coast JC|
|Johnson, Kevin||K||6-3||184||Red Bluff, Calif.||Red Bluff Union|
|Levy, Steven||QB||6-1||220||Cornwall, N.Y.||Don Bosco Prep|
|Makonnen, Jonathan||WR||6-0||175||Menlo Park, Calif.||S.F. City College|
|McCleskey, Donnie||CB||5-10||180||La Puente, Calif.||Bishop Amat|
|Miller, Jason||DE||6-5||215||Los Angeles, Calif.||Beverly Hills|
|Mixon, Timothy||CB||5-8||170||Compton, Calif.||Dominguez|
|O'Keith, Marcus||RB||6-1||190||Carson, Calif.||Narbonne|
|Parson, Monte||DE||6-3||270||Compton, Calif.||L.A. Harbor JC|
|Robertson, Erik||C-G||6-2||275||Apple Valley, Calif.||Apple Valley|
|Smith, Scott||C-G||6-4||275||Brea, Calif.||Brea-Olinda|
|NICK BANKS, Cornerback, 5-11, 185, Kearny HS (San Diego, Calif.)|
One of several running backs in this year's recruiting class who will be converted to cornerback at Cal ... averaged 103 rushing yards per game as senior, gaining 721 yards in seven games for Kearny High ... considered one of Top 10 players in San Diego County ... earned second team All-Western League notice as junior ... clocked at 10.6 in 100- meter and 4.4 in the 40-yard dashes.
|ERIC BEEGUN, Tight End, 6-3, 230, Palisades HS (Pacific, Calif.)|
Named All-West Region by Prep Star magazine ... as senior at Palisades High, corralled 20 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns ... also earned All-Western Conference first team honors and was invited to play in California Bowl in 2001 ... as junior, was selected on SuperPrep magazine's All-West Region team and earned All-Western Conference first team after hauling in 25 passes for 621 yards and nine touchdowns ... rated 11th-best tight end on West Coast by PacWestFootball.com ... also played varsity baseball for three years at Paly High, including two seasons as team captain ... also recruited by Oregon, Northwestern, Arizona, Arizona State, Penn and Brown.
DAVID BEVERLY, Cornerback, 6-0, 190, Wilson HS (Long Beach, Calif.)|
Tabbed All-West Region by Prep Star magazine, which called him a "clutch receiver who is tough with good hands" ... projected by Cal as cornerback ... earned first team All-South Coast Region by Los Angeles Times and named to Long Beach Press Telegram's 2001 Dream Team third team ... an All-Moore League first team choice, he zipped off 951 yards and 13 TDs on 113 carries and also snared 21 passes for 216 yards ... as team's captain and MVP, he propelled Wilson High Bruins to CIF Southern Section Division I postseason ... best single-game effort came at Homecoming game vs. Long Beach Millikan High, when he bolted for 262 yards and four touchdowns on the ground ... registered 4.52 time in 40 and 31-inch vertical jump at Nike Camp ... slotted 17th among West Coast wide receivers by PacWestFootball.com.
|ANDY BRINER, Linebacker, 5-11, 230, De La Salle HS (Lafayette, Calif.)|
Starter on back-to-back national championship teams at De La Salle High School ... Voted MVP Lineman (both defense and offense) for 2001 national title team, also earning first team All-Bay Valley Athletic League and first team All-Bay Area Prep Team at defensive end ... racked up 75 tackles and 7.5 sacks (second on team) last season and also started at guard as two-way player ... after scoring 17 touchdowns in seven games at running back as a freshman, was voted team's MVP on offense at East Valley High in Spokane, Wash ... .transferred to De La Salle the next season, earning defensive MVP honors at nose tackle as sophomore ... as junior defensive end, gained first team All-BVAL and second team All-North Coast Section on De La Salle's national title club ... ... his test results at Nike Performance Camp last spring ranked fourth nationally, while his bench press (39 reps of 185 pounds) rated third-best in country ... named first team All-West linebacker and West Coast's 13th-best athlete by PacWest.com ... named one of Top 100 national prospects and All-Bay Area Football Team by SchoolSports.com, and also named one of Top 15 Bay Area football recruits by Contra Costa Times ... wrote PacWest.com before last season: "Briner looks to be the next great linebacker out of De La Salle. He follows in the footsteps of D.J. Williams and Kevin Simon as one of the team leaders and defensive standouts. He led the team with 17.5 sacks as a junior. A year that included Kevin Simon on the same team. Watch out for a big time climb up the rankings." ... .considered 13th-best linebacker on West Coast by PacWestFootball.com ... posted 4.67 time in 40 and 32-inch vertical jump at Nike Camp ... grandfather played football at UCLA...also recruited by Nevada-Las Vegas, San Diego State, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Montana State.
|RANDY BUNDY, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 165, Grover Cleveland HS (Northridge, Calif.)|
Earned All-West Region honors by Prep Star magazine, which said Bundy "has explosive speed and body control" ... his team completed only 69 passes and he caught 35 of them for 713 yards and six TDs ... clocked at 4.50 in 40-yard dash and posted 33-inch vertical jump at Nike Camp ... also recruited by Vanderbilt, UCLA and Arizona State.
|WALE FORRESTER, Cornerback, 5-10, 190, Venice HS (Los Angeles, Calif.)|
Rushed for 1,350 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 9.7 yards per attempt as senior at Venice High ... logged 4.50 time in 40-yard dash and posted 32-inch vertical jump at Nike Camp.
|PAUL FRALEY, Offensive Tackle, 6-4, 270, The Bishop's School (Ramona, Calif.)|
Earned All-West Region recognition by Prep Star magazine ... .publication raved about his potential: "Fraley is raw offensive lineman, but his upside can't be denied" ... as senior, named All-County and All-CIF first team offense, and All-Coastal League first team defense ... also earned team MVP and captain honors last year ... as junior, named All-Coastal League second team defense for Knights, who posted 12-0 record as Coastal League champions and Division IV runner-ups ... also named All-CIF second team defense and All-Coastal League first team defense as sophomore ... three-sport prep star who earned All-CIF first team as catcher/first baseman on Coastal League champs this past year and has served as center and power forward for The Bishop's School basketball team ... named All-Coastal League three straight seasons in baseball ... recipient of The Bishop's Tri-Sport Athlete Award in '00 and '01 ('02 pending) ... also played baseball for San Diego Gamers AAU National Champions in Tempe, Ariz ... set CIF baseball record with 13 RBI in one game during 2000 season at The Bishop's ... played in city championship games at Qualcomm Stadium in both football and baseball last season ... brother, Chico Fraley, played football for University of Washington (1987-91), NFL's Seattle Seahawks and CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers ... recruited by Washington, Arizona State, San Diego State, San Diego, Duke and Dartmouth.
|DAVID GRAY, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 205, McClymonds HS (Richmond, Calif.)|
Was selected 2001 pre-season All-America by SuperPrep magazine ... ranked No. 5 among wide receivers in West and No. 25 in nation by Student Sports magazine ... also named to Prep Star's All-West Region team and Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" second team ... as senior, averaged 30.9 yards-per-catch in chasing down 23 passes for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns ... All-City performer helped lead McClymonds Warriors to 11-1 record and first Silver Bowl title since 1987 ... PacWestFootball.com rated him fifth-best wide receiver on West Coast ... caught 18 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns as junior ... recorded 4.69 time in 40 and 35-inch vertical jump at Nike Camp ... also recruited by Arizona State, Illinois, Colorado State, Washington State and Colorado.
|MICHAEL GRAY, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 285, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.)|
Late bloomer who played football only his senior year at Bishop O'Dowd ... hopes to follow in footsteps of fellow O'Dowd grads and offensive linemen Tarik Glenn (Indianapolis Colts) and Langston Walker, who started at Cal ... due to size and potential, was also recruited by Fresno State, San Jose State, Nevada, Portland State and San Diego State.
|BRANDON HALL, Tight End, 6-4, 240, Orange Coast JC (Anaheim Hills, Calif.)|
A first team All-Mission Conference performer who snagged 26 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns for Orange Coast College this past season ... also earned All-State and honorable mention All-America recognition in 2001 ... played on Orange Coast's Mission Conference championship team in 2000 ... other schools which recruited him included Florida, Nebraska, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Auburn.
|KEVIN JOHNSON, Kicker, 6-3, 184, Red Bluff Union HS (Red Bluff, Calif.)|
Listed as one of nation's Top 100 prospects and pre-season All-America by Street & Smith's and Student Sports magazines in 2001 ... kicked CIF North Section record 19 career field goals during his three seasons at Red Bluff Union ... six of those field goals came from 50 yards or beyond, with his longest a 53-yarder ... set CIF North Section mark by kicking two 50-yard field goals in one game when he banged through 53- and 51-yarders (he missed wide on 56- and 58-yard attempts in same game) ... had 72-yard field goal in practice, while his longest attempt in a game was 69 yards...booted career 106 touchbacks on kickoffs-a new national high school record ... .a three-time first team All-State choice by Cal Hi Sports magazine ... named All-West Region by Prep Star magazine, which calls Johnson "one of best kickers in the West" ... earned All-Eastern Athletic League and All-CIF North Section honors as sophomore, junior and senior ... father, Paul, coached former Cal quarterback Gale Gilbert at Red Bluff Union High.
|STEVEN LEVY, Quarterback, 6-1, 220, Don Bosco Prep (Cornwall, N.Y.)|
Ranked as one of top five quarterbacks in New Jersey and All-Area first team during pre-season, he engineered 9-1 record for Don Bosco Prep his senior season ... completed 68% of his passes (86-of-126) for 1,420 yards and 11 touchdowns with only four interceptions in 2001 ... .also rushed for more than 600 yards and six TDs as senior, despite being used sparingly in first four games due to sore non-throwing shoulder ... voted first team All-County, All-Suburban and All-League in Bergen County ... also named North Jersey Player of the Year by Bergen Record and Bergen County Offensive Player of the Year by Newark Star Ledger ... in addition, selected first team All-State by Star Ledger ... led Don Bosco Prep to 24-3 record as school's starting quarterback, with two of those losses suffered by combined three points ... earned Madison Square Garden Network's Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks when he engineered upset victories over Bergen Catholic (No. 1 in state) and St. Joe's of Montvale (10th in nation) ... one of 22 athletes selected for MSG/Chase/Downtown Athletic Club High School Heisman All-Star team for Tri-State area ... as junior, led Don Bosco to 11-1 mark and New Jersey Parochial Group IV State Finals ... in three playoff games, passed for seven touchdowns and rushed for two more TDs...completed 55.1% of his passes (75-of-136) for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions during his junior year for an offense that also included 2,000-yard rusher Ryan Grant (Notre Dame) ... rushed for 450 yards and nine TDs that junior season, earning first team All-County, All-Suburban and All-League honors, as well as second team All-State ... as sophomore, Levy led DBP to 4-1 early record, losing close game to Bergen Catholic led by Matt Lovechio (Notre Dame) after being tied at half ... fractured both thumbs soon thereafter and moved to middle linebacker, leading the team in tackles in each of the final five games of the season ... received second team All-League and All-Suburban awards despite injury... also three-year starting catcher on high school baseball team, which won Bergen County championship twice (1999 and 2001) for first times in school's 50-year history ... named All-League and All-County in baseball and is projected to be high pick in Major League Baseball Draft this June ... other schools which recruited him included Connecticut, LSU, Clemson, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Indiana, North Carolina and Iowa.
|JONATHAN MAKONNEN, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 175, S.F. City College (Menlo Park, Calif.)|
Caught 44 passes for 738 yards and five touchdowns in 2001 for City College of San Francisco's National JuCo Championship team ... also had 27 catches for 432 yards and four TDs ... corralled 62 passes for 1,246 yards and 21 touchdowns at Woodside High as senior, earning All-County Player of the Year and second team All-State honors ... .played in 2000 Cal-Tex Shrine All-Star Game as senior at Woodside ... transferred to Woodside High after attending St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif. for three seasons ... caught 49 passes for 849 yards and five TDs as junior ... as defensive back, intercepted seven passes as senior and had four picks as junior ... works out with Jerry Rice in offseason ... .other schools which recruited him include Hawaii, Iowa, UNLV, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.
|DONNIE McCLESKEY, Cornerback, 5-10, 180, Bishop Amat HS (La Puente, Calif.)|
Projected as quality defensive back by Cal coaches after enjoying sterling prep career as running back ... named Los Angeles Times San Gabriel Valley Region Player of the Year ... rushed for 2,236 yards and 29 touchdowns, and hunted down 11 passes for 331 yards (30.1 avg.) and three TDs as senior at Bishop Amat High ... also piled up 55 tackles at strong safety last year ... named Del Rey League MVP in both '00 and '01 and earned second team All-State last year ... described as "power runner with great moves" by Prep Star magazine, which placed him on its All-West Region team as running back....named to SuperPrep's 2001 pre-season All-Far West team ... earned Cal-Hi Sports second team All-State notice ... PacWestFootball.com rated him No. 11 among West Coast running backs ... other schools recruiting him included Florida, Colorado State, Nebraska, Washington, USC, Wisconsin and Oregon.
|JASON MILLER, Defensive End, 6-5, 215, Beverly Hills HS (Los Angeles, Calif.)|
Earned second team All-Bay League as senior ... also gained honorable mention All-League as junior despite chronic shoulder dislocations ... reeled off 60 tackles, five sacks, two pass deflections and three field goal blocks during his senior year ... mother and father are both retired police officers ... other colleges which recruited him included Arizona, Colorado State, Washington State and San Jose State.
|TIM MIXON, Cornerback, 5-8, 170, Dominguez HS (Compton, Calif.)|
Named to Long Beach Press Telegram's 2001 Dream Team ... starred at defensive back, running back, wide receiver and as return specialist at Dominguez High ... ravaged opposing defenses for seven interceptions this past season ... his versatility was best illustrated by breakdown of his 13 touchdowns scored in 2001-six rushing, four receiving, two on kickoff returns and one via interception.
MARCUS O'KEITH, Running Back, 6-1, 190, Narbonne HS (Carson, Calif.)|
Named a 2001 pre-season All-America by SuperPrep magazine....Called "one of best running backs in the state" by Prep Star magazine....earned All-West Region notice by Prep Star and second team "Best in the West" by Long Beach Press Telegram....rushed for more than 3,300 yards and 35 touchdowns during his brilliant career.... Gained more than 1,600 yards as All-League star his junior year, then topped 1,000-yard plateau as senior despite nagging knee injury....PacWestFootball.com ranked him as 10th-best running back on West Coast....chosen for California All-Star squad in CaliFlorida Bowl III, which was played Jan. 3....clocked at 4.42 in 40-yard dash and had 33-inch vertical jump at Nike Camp as senior after posting 4.43 and 37-inch figures as junior....among his other suitors were Washington and UCLA.....sister, Latasha, attends University of California and plays for Golden Bears' women's basketball as sophomore guard.
|MONTE PARSON, Defensive End, 6-3, 270, L.A. Harbor JC (Compton, Calif.)|
Following stellar career at Carson High School, enlisted for military duty in U.S. Navy ... served more than 100 days on battleship in Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Strike ... .returned to football in 2000, earning first team All-America (JC Gridwire) and Western States Conference Player of the Year honors last fall at Los Angeles Harbor Junior College ... pummeled opponents for 57 tackles, seven sacks, 12 tackles for losses, 19 quarterback hurries, nine QB knockdowns, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three pass deflections ... was rated No. 3 defensive end in JuCo football last year, contributing greatly to rushing defense that ranked first in California and second nationally ... also won All-Western States Conference first team honors, as well as Gridwire Academic All-America accolades ... as high schooler, gained first team All-City notice as both freshman and senior, leading Carson High to Los Angeles City Section title in 1993 ... traveled to Singapore, Tokyo, Australia, Hong Kong and Tazmania, among other international stops, during his naval stint ... 25 years old ... .recruited heavily this past year, with list including South Carolina, USC, UCLA, Michigan, Iowa State, Illinois, Kansas State, Iowa, Auburn and Arkansas.
|ERIK ROBERTSON, Center/Guard, 6-2, 275, Apple Valley HS (Apple Valley, Calif.)|
Los Angeles Times named him first team All-Desert/Mountain Region as offensive lineman at Apple Valley High ... also earned All-League, All-Area and All-County notice in 2001 ... named San Bernardino County Offensive Lineman of the Year ... also All-League wrestler who qualified for CIF tournament ... clocked at 5.34 in 40-yard dash and logged vertical jump of 23 inches at Nike Camp ... .also recruited by Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, USC and Arizona State.
|SCOTT SMITH, Center/Guard, 6-4, 275, Brea Olinda HS (Brea, Calif.)|
Two-time team captain for Brea-Olinda High School, which won its first CIF Division II championship in 38 years in 2001 ... named first team All-Orange League and first team All-County as key member of 13-0 Wildcats ... also selected second team All-CIF Southern Section as senior ... as junior, served as team captain and made first team All-Orange League ... prep career featured highly successful Brea-Olinda teams, as Wildcats won Orange League titles in 1998, 2000 and 2001, and were CIF semi-finalist in 1999 ... member of Orange County All-Star Football Team ... owns Brea- Olinda's seventh-best discus throw of all-time at 151-11, set as junior ... .qualified for CIF championships as wrestler his sophomore year as well ... earned National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award as senior and received Brea-Olinda's Scholar Athlete Award four straight years ... other schools which recruited him included Air Force, Oregon State and Oregon.