Feb. 4, 2009
BERKELEY - Seven high school and junior college All-Americans highlight an 18-player recruiting class that features prospects from eight states across the country, Golden Bear head coach Jeff Tedford announced Wednesday. The group includes 14 high school stars and four junior college transfers.
Cal signed eight players on the offensive side of the ball, as well as nine defensive players and one specialist. The offensive line and linebacking corps, both with four signees, received the biggest boost. The class also contains two defensive linemen, four linebackers, three defensive backs, a running back, a quarterback, a wide receiver, an athlete and a place kicker.
Cal's recruiting haul includes six four-star recruits, according to Rivals.com, and Scout.com gives 17 of the 18 players a three-star rating or higher. Eleven players rated among the top 50 in the nation at their position, including one in the top 10. The Bears also signed the highest-ranked player in both Oregon and Washington.
Cal's offensive line group was ranked 13th in the nation by Scout.com, while Rivals.com placed three of Cal's positions in the top 25 - quarterback (T20th), linebacker (24th) and defensive back (15th).
"We are excited about this class," Tedford said. "We feel we addressed all of our needs and are bringing in a group of players with the speed and athleticism to compete at a high level. We also believe they have what it takes to succeed as student-athletes at the University of California."
On the heels of a 2008 class that attracted players from six states, the 2009 group hails from nine states from coast to coast, demonstrating Cal's increasing national appeal. California leads with seven players, with two from Utah, Colorado, South Carolina and Texas, plus one each from New Jersey, Washington and Oregon.
Three of the new recruits earned invitations to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, and there were four participants in the Under Armour All-America Game.
The Bears inked a pair of prep All-Americans along the offensive line in Mark Brazinski (Somerville, NJ/Immaculata HS) and Charles Siddoway (Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS). The 6-4, 293-pound Brazinski is rated the No. 3 center prospect in the country by Scout.com, while Siddoway, who stands 6-6 1/2, 325, was deemed the top recruit in the state of Oregon by Rivals.com.
Joining Brazinski and Siddoway along the offensive line are Charles Ragland (Denver, CO/Mullen HS) and Brian Schwenke (Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS). The 6-8, 285-pound Ragland claimed all-state honors after leading his team to a state title in his first year playing on the offensive side. Schwenke (6-3, 260) also pulled down first-team all-state notice as a senior.
Quarterback Allan Bridgford, a 6-3, 210-pount prospect from Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS), received the Glenn Davis Award at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl for his achievements in athletics, education and community service. As a senior, he completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,058 yards and 38 touchdowns. An invitee to the 2008 Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, Bridgford was rated the 10th-best "pro-style" QB in the country by Rivals.com.
Cal picked up an outstanding rusher at tailback in local product Dasarte Yarnway (San Francisco, CA/Sacred Heart HS), who was named a SuperPrep All-American after amassing 2,180 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground as a senior. He was tabbed the San Francisco Player of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle. Isi Sofele (Salt Lake City, UT/Cottonwood HS) played tailback in high school and could find himself in a number of roles on the Bears as an athlete. He measures just 5-7, 170, but totaled almost 3,500 yards and 48 touchdowns his final two seasons in high school.
Markish Jones (Spartanburg, SC/Compton CC) earned a four-star rating from Rivals.com coming out of Broome High School in South Carolina. In addition to his football prowess - he had 40 catches for 1,030 yards and 13 scores as a senior - Jones won four state titles in track & field in 2006 (100m, 200m, 400m, long jump).
Defensively, the Bears picked up two high school All-Americans in the secondary with Steve Williams (Dallas, TX/Skyline HS) and Alex Logan (Denver, CO/Mullen HS) deciding to come west to play college football. Williams, a SuperPrep All-American, is listed as the No. 7 cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com. Logan hails from the same high school as fellow recruit Ragland and current sophomore offensive lineman Chris Guarnero. He earned All-America nods from both PrepStar and SuperPrep.
Vachel Samuels (Lynwood, CA/Lynwood HS) rounds out the defensive back trio. An all-region cornerback by both Rivals and Scout, he was also pegged as the nation's fourth-most physical corner by Rivals.
The Bears added three junior college transfers, plus a three-star high school prospect, at linebacker. Jarred Price (Dallas, TX/Blinn JC) earned first-team JuCo All-America notice and was labeled the country's No. 22 JC recruit by Rivals.com. Jerome Meadows (Spartanburg, SC/San Jose CC) had 105 tackles for nearby San Jose CC this past fall. In high school, he helped his Broome HS team to a South Carolina state championship in 2004, while Ryan Davis (Norwalk, CA/Cerritos CC) registered five sacks and three fumble recoveries last year. Steven Fanua (Milpitas, CA/Milpitas HS) comes to Cal from the South Bay after accumulating 124 tackles in 2008 to earn a four-star rating from Tom Lemming's scouting service.
Along the line, Deandre Coleman (Seattle, WA/Garfield HS) will bring his talents to Berkeley after a stellar high school career. A Parade magazine All-American, he was the only player from the state of Washington to earn a roster spot for the Army All-American Bowl and was chosen the top player in the Northwest by the Tacoma News-Tribune. Keni Kaufusi (Salt Lake City, UT/Cottonwood HS) will join HS teammate Sofele on the Bears after earning first-team all-state honors in Utah.
Place kicker Vince D'Amato (Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS) rounds out the class. As a senior last fall, he was named Special Teams MVP of the Sea View League after booting 13 field goals, including a long of 48 yards, and 30 PATs, and putting 94 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone.
Cal is coming off a 9-4 season in 2008, which included a 24-17 victory over Miami in the Emerald Bowl and a No. 25 ranking in the final USA Today poll. The Bears open spring practice on March 10 and kick off the 2009 campaign at home vs. Maryland on Sept. 5.
|2009 Golden Bears Football Signees|
|Name||Position||Ht.||Wt.||Yr||Exp||Hometown (Last School)|
|Mark Brazinski||OL||6-4||293||Fr||HS||Somerville, NJ/Immaculata HS|
|Allan Bridgford||QB||6-3||210||Fr||HS||Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS|
|Deandre Coleman||DT||6-6||309||Fr||HS||Seattle, WA/Garfield HS|
|Vince D'Amato||PK||6-1||195||Fr||HS||Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS|
|Ryan Davis||OLB||6-4||247||Jr||JC||Norwalk, CA/Cerritos CC/Artesia HS|
|Steven Fanua||LB||6-1||203||Fr||HS||Milpitas, CA/Milpitas HS|
|Markish Jones||WR||6-0||200||Jr||JC||Spartanburg, SC/Compton CC/Broome HS|
|Keni Kaufusi||DT||6-2||275||Fr||HS||Salt Lake City, UT/Cottonwood HS|
|Alex Logan||S||6-2||190||Fr||HS||Denver, CO/Mullen HS|
|Jerome Meadows||LB||6-3||240||Jr||JC||Spartanburg, SC/San Jose CC/Broome HS|
|Jarred Price||LB||5-11||218||Jr||JC||Dallas, TX/Blinn CC/Madison HS|
|Charles Ragland||OL||6-8||285||Fr||HS||Denver, CO/Mullen HS|
|Vachel Samuels||CB||6-0||175||Fr||HS||Lynwood, CA/Lynwood HS|
|Brian Schwenke||OL||6-3||260||Fr||HS||Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS|
|Charles Siddoway||OL||6-6 1/2||325||Fr||HS||Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS|
|Isi Sofele||ATH||5-7||170||Fr||HS||Salt Lake City, UT/Cottonwood HS|
|Steve Williams||CB||5-10||160||Fr||HS||Dallas, TX/Skyline HS|
|Dasarte Yarnway||RB||6-0||222||Fr||HS||San Francisco, CA/Sacred Heart HS|
OL - 6-4 - 293 - FR - HS
Somerville, NJ/Immaculata HS
One of the top-rated centers in the country, Brazinski will cross the country from his home in New Jersey to attend Cal ... a four-star recruit and listed as the No. 3 center in the country by Scout.com ... rated the sixth-best center in the country by Rivals.com (also a four-star recruit) ... competed at the 2009 Under Armour All-America High School football game ... listed as a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American ... named first-team all-league, first-team all-conference and first-team all-area ... as a junior, gave up no sacks and had 85 pancake blocks en route to claiming first-team all-area and third-team all-state honors ... according to ESPN.com, "has an ideal build for the position and plays with great leverage."
QB - 6-3 - 213 - FR - HS
Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS
Tabbed as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rivals rated him 10th on its "pro-style" quarterback's list for 2009 ... played in both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Under Armour All-America game ... winner of the 2009 Glenn Davis Award, which exemplifies the Army's high standards of excellence in community service, education and athletics ... participated in the Elite 11 quarterback camp ... rated the fifth-most accurate thrower in the country by Rivals.com ... earned several accolades his senior year, including first-team all-league honors ... the 2008 South Coast League and Mission Viejo HS MVP ... completed 61.3 percent of his passes his senior year (184-300), amassing 3,058 yards (254.8 ypg) and 38 touchdowns ... also threw for 2,508 yards and 22 scores as a junior ... left Mission Viejo as its all-time leader in yards gained (7,208), passes completed (430), TDs (77) and 100-yard games (29).
DT - 6-4 - 295 - FR - HS
Seattle, WA/Garfield HS
Tabbed the top player in the Northwest by the Tacoma News-Tribune and was the only player from the state to play in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl ... earned 2009 Parade Magazine All-America honors ... labeled a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and a three-star prospect by Scout.com ... Rivals also tabbed him as the top player in the state of Washington for the 2009 class and the 11th-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation ... chosen a CSTV Super Prospect and a PrepStar Dream Team player ... a SuperPrep all-region selection ... Tom Lemming rated him the 19th-best defensive tackle in the nation ... was a first-team all-state selection his senior year ... recorded 46 tackles to go along with two sacks and a fumble recovery his senior season ... another in a line of defensive players from Washington to sign with Cal recently, including DT Trevor Guyton and LB Anthony Felder.
PK - 6-1 - 190 - FR - HS
Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS
Booted 13 field goals and 30 extra points for El Toro HS as a senior ... earned first-team all-county honors and was named the 2008 Special Teams MVP of the Sea View League ... a CalHiSports.com third-team all-state performer ... also claimed all-state honors from MaxPreps.com ... put 94 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone ... kicked field goals of 41 and 48 yards vs. Cajon HS and had a 45-yarder vs. Capo Valley HS ... as a junior, made 33 PATs and kicked 15 field goals.
DE - 6-4 - 237 - JR - JC
Norwalk, CA/Cerritos CC
A Southern California product from Cerritos CC ... listed a three-star JuCo prospect by Rivals.com and the 98th-best junior college player in the nation ... played in 11 games for Cerritos last season, recording 32 tackles (11 for losses), five sacks and three fumble recoveries ... also started all nine games for Cerritos as a freshman, finishing with 11 tackles and five QB hurries ... added 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack ... graduated from Artesia HS where he was an All-Suburban League selection as a senior ... recorded six QB sacks in a game vs. Mayfair HS ... also a member of Artesia's track & field team ... nickname is "Deezy."
LB - 6-1 - 200 - FR - HS
Milpitas, CA/Milpitas HS
Tabbed a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... earned all-region accolades from SuperPrep and PrepStar publications ... Rivals listed him as the 41st-best outside linebacker prospect in the country ... earned a four-star rating from Tom Lemming's recruiting service and was listed as Lemming's eighth-best outside linebacker prospect nationally ... posted 124 tackles with three sacks and two blocked field goals for the Trojans last season ... finished with 173 stops as a junior, with seven games of at least 13 tackles and a total of 12 sacks.
WR - 6-1 - 190 - JR - JC
Spartanburg, SC/Compton CC
Caught 39 passes for 521 yards and seven touchdowns this past season at Compton CC ... a former Rivals four-star prospect out of Broome HS in South Carolina ... as a prep, rated the No. 28 receiver in the country by Rivals.com and No. 37 wideout by ESPN.com ... also considered the eighth-best prospect in the state by Rivals and No. 11 player in the state by SuperPrep ... named offensive MVP for the South Carolina team in the Shrine Game ... had 40 catches for 1,030 yards and 13 scores as a senior ... on defense, had five interceptions and nine pass breakups ... as a junior, finished with 550 receiving yards and five TDs ... a four-event state champion in track & field in 2006, winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters, as well as the long jump, and claimed a total of seven state track titles ... attended the same high school as fellow signee Jerome Meadows.
DT - 6-2 - 275 - FR - HS
Salt Lake City, UT/Cottonwood HS
Named a first-team Salt Lake Tribune all-state selection after his senior year in which he collected 57 tackles (20 for loss) and 10 sacks for a 10-2 Cottonwood HS squad ... has 4.8 speed in the 40 ... has a brother, John Martinez, also from Cottonwood, who signed with USC as an offensive lineman ... was a high school teammate of fellow Cal signee Isi Sofele ... other players from Utah who have been part of the Bears roster recently include DE Nu'u Tafisi and PK Mark Jensen.
S - 6-2 - 190 - FR - HS
Denver, CO/Mullen HS
Cal's third recruit from Mullen HS in the Jeff Tedford era (also OL Chris Guarnero in 2006 and OL Charles Ragland this year) ... tabbed a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... rated by Rivals as the third-best prospect from Colorado and the 29th-best safety prospect in the nation ... earned All-America nods from PrepStar and SuperPrep publications ... garnered first-team all-state, all-league and all-conference honors as a senior ... Mullen won the Colorado 5A state championship in 2008 ... had 108 tackles, plus eight pass break-ups, as a junior ... timed in 4.53 in the 40.
LB - 6-3 - 240 - JR - JC
Spartanburg, SC/San Jose CC
Earned a three-star rating from Rivals.com ... posted 105 tackles, 15.5 sacks and three interceptions this past fall at nearby San Jose CC ... also forced four fumbles ... served as president of the Black Student Union at SJCC ... a graduate of Broome HS in Spartanburg, S.C., who attended Wingate University initially before transferring to the West Coast ... Broome won the 2004 South Carolina state championship ... Broome also captured the region AA title in 2005 ... attended the same high school as fellow signee Markish Jones.
LB - 5-11 - 218 - JR - JC
Dallas, TX/Blinn CC
Tabbed as a four-star junior college prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... labeled the 22nd-best player on the Rivals.com JC Top 100 ... named Southwest Junior College Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team NJCAA All-American at Blinn CC in Brenham, Texas ... played high school football at Madison HS in Dallas ... set a school record with 24 sacks as a senior at Madison ... runs a 4.5 forty and has a 38-inch vertical jump.
OL - 6-8 - 285 - FR - HS
Denver, CO/Mullen HS
Joins fellow '09 signee Alex Logan as the third recruit from Mullen High School in the Jeff Tedford era (also OL Chris Guarnero in 2006) ... earned a three-star rating by Scout.com ... member of the all-league and all-state teams ... played on the defensive line his junior season and didn't take a snap as an offensive tackle until his senior year ... helped pave the way for three rushing touchdowns as Mullen won the Colorado 5A state championship in 2008.
CB - 6-0 - 190 - FR - HS
Lynwood, CA/Lynwood HS
Earned three-star ratings by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... both PrepStar and SuperPrep magazines tabbed him as an all-region selection ... Rivals pegged him fourth nationally in its "most physical" cornerback rakings and the 40th-rated cornerback overall in the country ... an all-league choice his junior year ... saw action as a running back as a senior and scored three touchdowns ... had 38 tackles and a sack his junior year ... has been timed in 4.44 in the 40.
OL - 6-3 - 250 - FR - HS
Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS
Received a three-star ranking by Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Rivals tabbed him the 44th-best offensive guard in the country ... named first-team all-state as a senior ... earned all-region accolades by both PrepStar and SuperPrep ... first-team all-league, second-team all-county, second-team all-state selection as a junior after Oceanside HS won the CIF Division II state championship ... earned MVP honors at the Palo Alto NIKE camp last May.
OL - 6-6 - 314 - FR - HS
Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS
Cal's first recruit from the state of Oregon since QB Kevin Riley in 2006 ... a SuperPrep All-America choice ... listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... rated the sixth-best player in the Northwest by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... Rivals dubbed him the top prospect in Oregon, while SuperPrep named him the second-best recruit in the state and 22nd-best offensive lineman in the country ... Tom Lemming rated him as a three-star prospect.
ATH - 5-7 - 160 - FR - HS
Salt Lake City, UT/Cottonwood HS
Joins '09 signee Keni Kaufusi as the first members of the Cal roster from Utah since Nu'u Tafisi (Salt Lake City) in 2005-06 ... earned a three-star ranking by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... a PrepStar all-region selection ... Rivals also rates him as the 34th-best all-purpose back and eight-best overall prospect in Utah ... as a tailback, gained 1,920 yards on the ground and scored 30 touchdowns, to go along with 256 receiving yards and four touchdowns his senior season ... ran for 1,436 yards and 18 scores his junior year.
CB - 5-10 - 160 - FR - HS
Dallas, TX/Skyline HS
Rated a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American ... Scout.com and Rivals.com both tabbed him as a four-star prospect ... listed on the Rivals Top 250 chart ... also ticketed as the 23rd-best cornerback in the country by Rivals and No. 7 corner by ESPN.com ... a second-team Class 5A all-state selection ... noted as one of the 10 best players from the Under Armour All-American game on the White Team (by Rivals) ... labeled as a four-star recruit by Tom Lemming's recruiting service ... SuperPrep also listed him as the 28th-best recruit in Texas ... as a junior, recorded 53 tackles, two interceptions and 10 breakups.
RB - 6-0 - 215 - FR - HS
San Francisco, CA/Sacred Heart HS
A SuperPrep All-America choice who rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a senior ... named the San Francisco Player of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle ... finished the 2008 season with 2,180 yards and 22 TDs, leading Sacred Heart HS to its first playoff appearance in 40 years and first Central Coast Section title ever ... tabbed as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... chosen by Rivals as the 22nd-best running back prospect in the country ... in his final game as a senior, rushed for 227 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, pushing the Irish past Sacred Heart Prep, 38-21 ... earned All-West Catholic Athletic League notice ... claimed all-state underclass honors as a sophomore.