Cal Announces 2006 Football Recruiting Class
BERKELEY, Calif. - Two prospects ranked among the top 100 players in America, 10 high school All-Americans and six of the top 50 players in the state of California highlight the 2006 University of California football recruiting class, announced Wednesday by head coach Jeff Tedford.
The February class of 19, coupled with two previous signees, will likely once again place the Bears' group of newcomers among the best in the country and near the top of the Pacific-10 Conference. The incoming class features a total of 21 newcomers, including 16 from the high school ranks, four community-college players (including a December signee) and one player from the 2005 class that began attending school at Cal in January.
"This class really addresses our needs," Tedford said. "A high percentage of the class is composed of offensive and defensive linemen, and we have signed a lot of speed and athleticism at other positions.
"This group strikes a real balance," he added. "They have great character. We are proud of their academic achievements as well as their athletic accomplishments."
Tedford's fifth recruiting class includes two SuperPrep All-America running backs, 10 players named All-America by at least one recruiting service and signees from five states, including the top player out of the state of Oregon, and top prospects from the states of Washington, Colorado and Hawai'i. Seven of the future Bears are ranked among the top 250 players in America by Rivals.com, including two among the top 100. The class also includes an All-America junior college player and eight players ranked among the top 20 in the country at their respective positions. Six players are listed as SuperPrep All-Americans.
Two local standouts, defensive linemen Michael Costanzo from Danville's Monte Vista High School and Oakland McClymonds product Derrick Hill, Jr., inked with Cal.
The balanced class features numbers in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The Bears will welcome five offensive linemen, including two players that will be juniors, and five new defensive linemen. Three running backs have been added to the fold, along with three defensive backs and a pair of receivers. Cal also added one player at the positions of quarterback, linebacker and punter.
Cal once again inked players from up and down the West Coast with a total of 17 coming from the in-state talent pool. Eight players will arrive in August from the southern California ranks, including Los Angeles Crenshaw teammates R.J. Garrett, son of the school's head coach, and heavily recruited defensive back Darian Hagan. Overall, the 2006 class will include five players from Los Angeles County, two from San Diego, one from Imperial County and one from Orange County (via community college).
Northern California remains a cornerstone of the Bears' recruiting efforts. The incoming Bears represent the Bay Area well with players from Danville, Napa, Oakland and Santa Clara. In addition, Cal signed two student-athletes from the Sacramento area and three from the Central Valley.
The new class includes two players ranked among the very best in the United States. According to Rivals.com, Oakland McClymonds' Hill and Hagan are among America's top 100 high school players, regardless of position. Hill checks in at No. 5 among defensive tackles, and Crenshaw's Hagan is fifth among safeties. He could be a corner at Cal.
The accolades for Hill have been rolling in throughout his career. He is a consensus All-American and the most decorated player in the East Bay. Hagan is a playmaker with all of the physical tools. He excelled on both sides of the ball in leading Crenshaw to the Los Angeles city championship.
The depth of the class is best displayed by the seven players ranked by Rivals.com among the top 250 in the country, again regardless of position. That group includes defensive lineman Costanzo, Colorado offensive lineman Chris Guarnero, Hagan, Hill, Rancho Cordova running back James Montgomery, quarterback Kevin Riley, the Gatorade player of the year in Oregon, and Clovis East running back Tracy Slocum. Slocum was heavily decorated despite suffering a broken leg during his senior season.
The Bears also plucked 10 players off of SuperPrep's top 100 Californians, including six players listed among the state's top 50. That service listed Hill at No. 8, Hagan at No. 14, Montgomery at No. 19, Slocum at No. 29, Costanzo at No. 47 and Los Angeles Dorsey defensive end Keith Browner, Jr., at No. 48 among all California seniors.
The rest of the state's top 100 who are headed to Berkeley include Clovis Buchanan offensive lineman Justin Prueitt at No. 53 and Santa Clara Wilcox lineman Isaac Leatiota at 54. San Diego Westview receiver Daniel Lofton checks in at No. 67 and running back Garrett of Los Angeles Crenshaw is listed at No. 79.
California's out-of-state players were also heavily decorated. Riley, of Oregon's Beaverton High School, is considered the top player in that state and was Oregon's 2005 Gatorade Player of the Year. He is ranked as the sixth-best pro-style quarterback prospect in the country.
Defensive back Brandon Jones of Seattle hails from O'Dea High School, the same program that produced Cal's 2005 freshman All-America linebacker Anthony Felder. Jones topped off his career by being named as the fifth-best prospect in the state of Washington and the 28th-best defensive back in the country, despite fighting injuries throughout his senior year.
Guarnero, of Denver Mullen, was not only a member of the Rivals 250 list, he was named as the third-best prospect in Colorado by Rivals.com, the 17th-best prospect in the Midlands region and is one of six incoming Bears listed as a SuperPrep All-American.
The other SuperPrep All-Americans include two running backs in Montgomery and Slocum. They are both considered among the top 20 backs in the country by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Riley, Hagan and Hill complete the SuperPrep list.
Junior college All-America offensive lineman Mike Gibson, one of just three February signees from the community college ranks, is also heavily decorated. SuperPrep considers him among the top 60 two-year players in America and listed him as the ninth-best offensive line product in the nation. Two other services consider him one of the nation's top 15 junior-college prospects. He prepped at nearby Napa High School before enrolling at Solano Community College.
The Bears inked plenty of athleticism in the class. Fresno Edison defensive back Charles Amadi is listed as the nation's top triple-jumper. He is also a standout student and is considering a career in medicine. The lone linebacker in the class, Brawley's Michael Mohamed, is another academic standout.
Jeremy Ross, from Elk Grove's Laguna Creek High School, clocked the fastest 40 time (4.39) recorded in May's Nike Combine at Stanford.
The new class features no less than six players that are the sons of coaches. Included in that mix is San Diego Westview receiver Daniel Lofton, who is the son of former NFL receiver and current San Diego Chargers assistant coach James Lofton.
Cal's offensive line class is ranked as the seventh best in the country by Scout.com, as is the three-member class of running backs.
Defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, rated as the second-best prospect in Hawai'i when he signed with Cal in 2005, is now attending classes and will participate in the Bears' spring practices.
|2006 Golden Bears Football Signees|
|Name||Position||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)|
|Tyson Alualu**||Defensive Lineman||6-2||270||Honolulu, HI (St. Louis)|
|Charles Amadi||Defensive Back||5-11||175||Fresno, CA (Edison)|
|Keith Browner, Jr.||Defensive End||6-6||235||Los Angeles, CA (Dorsey)|
|Michael Costanzo||Defensive Tackle||6-2||300||Danville, CA (Monte Vista)|
|Rulon Davis||Defensive End||6-5||275||Covina, CA (Mt. San Antonio College)|
|R.J. Garrett||Running Back||5-11||220||Compton, CA (LA Crenshaw)|
|Mike Gibson||Offensive Lineman||6-5||290||Napa, CA (Solano Community College)|
|Chris Guarnero||Offensive Lineman||6-4||270||Arvada, CO (Denver Mullen)|
|Mark Gray*||Center||6-2||280||San Pedro, CA (El Camino CC)|
|Darian Hagan||Defensive Back||5-11||180||Los Angeles, CA (Crenshaw)|
|Derrick Hill, Jr.||Defensive Tackle||6-2||280||Oakland, CA (McClymonds)|
|Brandon Jones||Defensive Back||5-9||175||Seattle, WA (O'Dea)|
|Andrew Larson||Punter||6-1||190||Mission Viejo, CA (Saddleback College)|
|Isaac Leatiota||Offensive Lineman||6-4||295||Santa Clara, CA (Wilcox)|
|Daniel Lofton||Receiver||6-2||190||San Diego, CA (Westview)|
|Michael Mohamed||Linebacker||6-3||200||Brawley, CA (Brawley)|
|James Montgomery||Running Back||6-0||205||Rancho Cordova (Cordova)|
|Justin Prueitt||Offensive Lineman||6-5||275||Clovis, CA (Buchanan)|
|Kevin Riley||Quarterback||6-2||200||Portland, OR (Beaverton)|
|Jeremy Ross||Receiver||5-11||185||Sacramento, CA (Elk Grove Laguna Creek)|
|Tracy Slocum||Running Back||5-11||195||Fresno, CA (Clovis East)|
**February 2005 signee, enrolled in January 2006
Updated as of 3:00 p.m., 2/1/06
Honolulu, HI (St. Louis)
Signed with Cal before the 2005 season but enrolled in classes in January 2006 ... Ranked as the No. 2 player in Hawaii in 2005, according to Rivals.com ... Rivals.com also rated him as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the United States, calling him "one of the elite linemen in the entire West Region."
High School: As a two-time all-state selection by the Honolulu Star Bulletin, he recorded seven sacks and had 59 tackles (39 solo stops), ranking first and second, respectively, in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu ... Named the ILH's 2005 Defensive Player of the Year ... PrepStar placed him on its 2004 All-Far West Region team ... Paramount game came against Punahou High (9 tackles, 4 sacks), while he also posted a pair of 14-tackle efforts his senior season ... owns 4.9 speed in the 40-yard dash.
Personal: Last name pronounced ah-LOO ah-LOO ... born May 12, 1987.
Fresno, CA (Edison)
A SuperPrep all-Far West selection, which encompasses the states of Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, Oregon and Washington ... An all-around athlete who played on both sides of the ball as a prepster ... An intense player on the field ... Will be a defensive back at Cal but circumstances at Edison dictated that he spend most of his senior year on offense.
High School: A track standout at Edison who finished third in the state meet in the triple jump as a junior and fourth as a sophomore ... Is currently the top-ranked high school triple jumper in America and has a personal best of 49-2 ... On the field, he played cornerback as a junior and running back as a senior ... Earned all-conference honors on both sides of the ball during his prep career ... A former high school teammate of current Bears Bernard Hicks and Robert Peele.
Personal: Son of Edna and Hyacin Amadi ... Father was born in Nigeria ... Mom competed in track and field at Fresno State ... A standout student ... ESPN Radio Student Athlete of the Month honoree ... Maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and is considering a career in the medicine/health fields.
Los Angeles, CA (Dorsey)
Another talented member of the Browner football family with a pedigree second to none ... An athletic defender with good speed from the outside ... A member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team ... Considered the 22nd-best defensive end product in the country by Rivals.com ... That service also lists him as the 78th-best prospect in the state of California ... Named by Scout.com as the No. 45 defensive end in America ... In the final Rivals.com regional ranking, he checks in at No. 61 ... A PrepStar All-America selection.
High School: Played on an 11-3 team and city semifinalist as a senior ... Over the last two seasons of his career, he was credited with 21 quarterback sacks, eight fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles ... Had 12 quarterback sacks as a senior ... Was a standout student as well ... Selected to the National Honor Roll and Dean's List .. Invited to the CaliFlorida Bowl Game.
Personal: Parents are Charisse and Keith Browner, Sr. ... Father was a standout at USC and played in the National Football League with Tampa Bay and San Diego and mom hosts a radio show ... The other Browner family football standouts include Joey (USC), Ross, Jimmy and Willard (all played at Notre Dame) ... Plans to major in business and would like to pursue a career in international business/advertising ... Has spent his summers playing baseball ... One of five siblings.
Danville, CA (Monte Vista)
A heavily decorated newcomer who was an early Cal commitment ... A high school All-America selection by PrepStar ... Rated as one of the top 20 defensive tackle prospects in the country by Rivals.com (No. 17) and the No. 30 prospect in California by that service ... Rated No. 18 nationally at tackle by Scout.com ... An all-region selection by SuperPrep magazine, which listed him as the 30th-best prospect in the three states of California, Nevada and Hawai'i ... Was placed at No. 43 in the Rivals.com final regional rankings ... A first-team member of the prestigious CalHiSports.com all-state team ... A two-time member of the San Francisco Chronicle all-metro team and listed on the Rivals 250 list ... Listed No. 4 on the Contra Costa Times 2006 "Cream of the Crop" team ... Honorable mention selection to the Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best of the West" team.
High School: An all-everything selection for Mustangs ... Three-time all-conference selection who was the league's MVP in 2005 ... Two-time all-stater ... Has been honored on both sides of the ball during his prep career ... A member of the All-Bay Area, All-East Bay (Oakland Tribune) and All-Contra Costa Times teams as both an offensive and defensive lineman ... A member of the All-ANG (newspaper group) team on both sides of the ball as well ... Ended his career with 175 tackles and 26 quarterback sacks ... Had 33 tackles behind the line of scrimmage over his last two prep seasons ...Was listed as a preseason high school All-American by Sports Illustrated ... Played on an 11-1 squad that reached the sectional semifinals in 2005 ... Participated in track for two years.
Personal: Parents are Cindy and Richard Costanzo ... Considering pursuing a degree in business or marketing ... Father was an offensive lineman at Nebraska and for the Dallas Cowboys ... Has spent time producing his own music and running his own DJ business.
San Diego, CA (Charter Oak/Mt. San Antonio)
Rated as the 21st best junior-college prospect in the country by Rivals.com at the conclusion of the 2005 season ... Enters Cal as a sophomore with three years of eligibility ... A big, physical defensive end will likely be a contender for early playing tine.
Community College: Played for Mt. San Antonio College as a freshman in 2004 when Mt. SAC's defense ranked No. 11 in California, giving up just 251.9 yards per game ... He had 32 tackles and 16.5 sacks as a freshman on a 10-2 team that advanced to the second round of postseason.
High School: Graduated from Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif., in 2001.
Personal: Parents are Sylvia and Lorenzo Davis ... A military veteran ... Attended Mt. SAC a second year but did not play football ... Served in the Marines for more than three years ... Would like to major in philosophy.
Compton, CA (Crenshaw)
A powerful runner and blocker who was named to the SuperPrep All-Far West squad, which consists of players from the six western states ... Rivals.com listed him as the 63rd-best player in California and the No. 13 fullback prospect in the country ... Was a top 100 recruit (92) at his position by Scout.com as well.
High School: Was a two-time All-Coliseum League choice ... Was an all-Los Angeles selection as a senior ... Tigers earned the city championship his senior season and reached the playoffs every year he was on the squad ... Ran for 850 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior and 550 yards and seven scores as a senior ... Was an honor student as a junior ... Also participated in track (shot put and 100 meters) ... Selected to play in the Los Angeles Grid Iron game ... A high school teammate of fellow signee Darian Hagan.
Personal: Parents are Velma and Robert Garrett ... Father is the head football coach at Crenshaw High ... A Pop Warner teammate of Cal's Daymeion Hughes, another Crenshaw grad ... Lists drawing as a hobby and is considering art as a major.
Napa, CA (Napa/Solano Community College)
A community college standout up front ... Brings athleticism, work ethic and strength to the squad ... Earned All-America honors ... Listed as the eighth-best offensive-line prospect in the junior college ranks by SuperPrep and the No. 55 player in the country regardless of position by that service ... A two-time all-league first-teamer at Solano College ... Finished his career by being named to a pair of California community college all-state teams ... Listed by JC Gridwire.com as the 14th-best two-year player in the country and the fifth-best prospect in the California ranks ... Rivals.com ranked Gibson as the 14th-best junior college player in the country ... Has gained 50 pounds since high school.
High School: An all-league, all-metro and second-team all-state selection at Napa High School ... A former student of the month and a participant in the East-West Shrine Game ... Indians won a pair of conference titles during his playing days ... Was the league's lineman of the year as a senior.
Personal: Parents are Lynnae and Jon Emery ... Will be a business major at Cal.
San Pedro, CA (Loyola HS/El Camino CC)
Awarded All-California honors after the 2005 season for Region IV by JC Football.com and the JC Athletic Bureau ... Signed with California during the week of the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl and is on campus attending class and will participate in spring drills.
Community College: Played both guard and center as a freshman, but spent his sophomore season at center, where he is projected to play for Cal ... Helped El Camino to an undefeated 2005 regular season and 11-1 record on the year ... El Camino fell to eventual state champion Grossmont in the semifinals of the Southern California playoffs.
High School: At Loyola High in Los Angeles, Gray was named lineman of the year for the Serra League ... Also a two-time underclass all-state selection.
Personal: Parents are Christina and Mark Gray ... Father played center at San Diego State ... Political science major.
Arvada, CO (Mullen)
An athletic hard worker who is the first player from Colorado to sign with the Bears under Jeff Tedford ... Considered one of the top players in the state (No. 3 by Rivals.com) and one of the top guard prospects in the country by that service (No. 19) ... A SuperPrep and PrepStar All-America choice and a member of the Rivals 250 (four-star) list, regardless of position ... SuperPrep's Scout.com listed among America's top 100 linemen ... SuperPrep magazine named him as the 32nd-best offensive lineman in the country, regardless of position ... In Rivals' final regional rankings (Midlands), he was No. 17.
High School: Played on a state champion (junior season) and state runner-up (senior year) team during the final two years of his prep career ... Mullen went 24-4 over his final two seasons ... Was an all-conference honoree who also earned all-state honors and was selected to play in the all-state game ... Was an academic all-state honorable mention selection ... was a two-time all-conference choice as an underclassman.
Personal: Parents are Trudy Tompek-Guarnero and Gary Guarnero ... Undecided on a major but is interested in a career in sports marketing.
Los Angeles, CA (Crenshaw)
One of the top players in California and one of the top defensive back prospects in the country ... An All-America selection by SuperPrep and PrepStar ... One of six Bears selected as a SuperPrep All-American ... Rivals.com lists Hagan as the 83rd-best high school player in the country, the No. 14 prospect in the state of California and the country's fifth-best prospect at his position ... In that service's postseason regional rankings, Hagan is listed as the ninth-best player in the west ... Scout.com also lists him at No. 5 at his position ... SuperPrep considers him the 16th-best prospect in the state ... A high school safety who could probably play anywhere in the secondary.
High School: A first-team all-state selection at Crenshaw who earned first-team all-city honors on both offense and defense ... City section defensive player of the year ... All-Los Angeles Times ... Selected to play in the CaliFlorida All-Star Game ... Honorable mention selection to the Long Beach Press Telegram "Best of the West" team ... Led the state with 13 interceptions as a junior and ended his career with a state-record 25 interceptions ... Had seven picks as a sophomore when he earned all-Los Angeles accolades ... Three-year starter ... Led Crenshaw to its first city championship as a senior with a late touchdown reception (85 yards) and then a game-clinching interception with 26 seconds left on the clock ... Named player of the game ... Averaged 21 yards on 30 receptions in 2005 ... Blocked four punts as a senior ... Had 55 tackles as a senior and 70 as a junior ... First-team underclass all-state pick as a junior ... also an all-region, all-county and all-area selection as a junior.
Personal: Son of Pier Bruce ... Undecided on a major.
Derrick Hill, Jr.
Oakland, CA (McClymonds)
A local star who decided to stay close to home ... One of the most decorated players in the incoming class and a consensus prep All-American who also made the honor roll in the classroom ... Considered one of the top 50 players in the country, regardless of position, by Rivals.com ... Rivals also lists him as the nation's fifth-best defensive tackle and eighth-best prospect in California and No. 13 in the west ... A member of ESPN.com's prestigious ESPN 150 (No. 120) listing of the top 150 players in America ... Is also a SuperPrep All-American and a member of PrepStar's Dream Team, which is that service's highest honor ... Scout.com considers him the ninth-best defensive line prospect in the country ... Listed as the top player on the Contra Costa Times 2006 "Cream of the Crop" list ... First-team selection to the Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best of the West" team.
High School: Named as the East Bay's defensive player of the year by the Oakland Tribune ... He was the only junior named to the All-East Bay team last year ... A three-time all-city choice ... A first-team all-state selection ... Member of the San Francisco Chronicle all-metro team ... Participated in the U.S. Army All-America game and gave his verbal commitment to Cal on national television ... Also chosen for the CaliFlorida All-Star game ... Senior season numbers included an astounding 105 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 45 tackles behind the line of scrimmage ... Also returned a fumble for a touchdown ... McClymonds finished the 2005 season with an 11-1 mark.
Personal: Son of Tamara Purifoy-Hill and Derrick Hill ... Plans to major in business ... Would like to pursue a career in real estate when his playing days are over.
Seattle, WA (O'Dea)
A versatile player who projects as a defensive back at Cal ... Considered one of the top five players in the state of Washington despite a senior season interrupted by injuries ... Excellent speed ... Rushed for 252 yards early in the season before being injured ... An all-around athlete who has played on offense, defense and in the return game ... Rated as the ninth-best player in Washington by Rivals.com and the sixth- best prospect in the state by SuperPrep, which selected him to the All-Far West team ... Several recruiting services listed him among the top 35 defensive back prospects in the country (No. 28 by Rivals.com and No. 34 by Scout.com) ... A PrepStar All-America selection.
High School: Despite playing an abbreviated senior year due to injury, he still rushed for 451 yards on 52 carries ... Had three interceptions as a junior and 10 "knockdown" tackles during that campaign ... A two-time all-conference defensive back during his prep career ... Also earned honorable mention all-league honors as a running back during his years at O'Dea.
Personal: Son of Kristin McNeal and Lyndall Jones ... Father was a fullback who played at Hawai'i and in the National Football League with the Eagles and Falcons ... Attended the same high school as Cal's 2005 freshman All-America linebacker Anthony Felder.
Mission Viejo, CA (Laguna Hills/Saddleback CC)
The lone specialist in the incoming class and a community college All-American ... Two-time selection as first-team-All-Mission League Named a first-team All-American by JC Athletic Bureau after his sophomore season, in which he averaged 42.6 yards on 49 punts ... Bottled up the opponent inside the 20 on 17 punts ... Was a third-team All-American as a freshman and sophomore by JC Athletic Bureau ... A two-time community college all-state pick as well (one of just two freshmen to make all-state in 2004) ... Averaged 43.1 yards on 30 punts as a freshman.
High School: Prepped at Laguna Hills High School ... Played in the Orange County All-Star game ... Had one game in which he scored two touchdowns, including one on an interception return, and kicked three field goals ... Also played baseball in high school and was the Laguna Hills athlete of the year for football and baseball ... As a senior, he averaged 42.3 yards per punt, including 13 inside the oppononts' 20 ... Also had nine field goals, two interceptions as a safety, and had six receiving touchdowns.
Personal: Parents are Lisa and Pete Tereschuk ... Plans to major in criminal justice ... Began his college career at Wyoming before returning to Orange County and Saddleback College.
Sunnyvale, CA (Santa Clara Wilcox)
An early commitment ... Another member of the state's top 100 players to ink with the Bears ... Ranked No. 61 in California by Rivals.com with that service tabbing him as No. 30 in the country at guard and No. 73 in the postseason west regional rankings ... Member of the San Francisco Chronicle all-metro team ... Ranked 39th in America at his position by Scout.com ... A second-team all-state selection by CalHiSports.com.
High School: An all-Central Coast selection and league defensive MVP from his tackle spot ... A nominee for the U.S. Army All-America game ... A standout on both sides of the ball ... Ended his senior season with more than 60 tackles on defense and more than 70 pancake blocks on offense ... Credited with five quarterback sacks, including one that resulted in a safety.
Personal: Parents are Faiga and Va'a Leatiota ... Nephew of Jimmy and Diana Satele ... A cousin of current Bear Abu Ma'afala ... Has two cousins, Sampson and Hercules Satele, that play for Hawai'i ... An uncle, Elvis Satele, spent some time in the NFL and was a former CFL teammate of Jeff Tedford.
San Diego, CA (Westview)
Another newcomer with high school All-America credentials (PrepStar) and another new Bear recruit listed among the top 100 players in California (No. 56 by Rivals.com) ... One of the top receiving prospects in the country with Rivals listing him at No. 53 in America and No. 86 overall prospect in the west ... He checks in at No. 85 on the Scout.com site ... A member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team ... Honorable mention selection to the Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best of the West" team.
High School: Was an all-league selection as a sophomore and senior ... Had his junior season interrupted by injury and saw action in just seven games ... Was a participant in the Max Emfinger All-America Bowl in Louisiana ... A three-time All-CIF selection in track and field and is a 200 meters standout ... Was also a threat in the return game as well ... Wolverines advanced to the second round of the section playoffs before being eliminated by Brawley and fellow Cal signee Michael Mohamed.
Personal: Parents are Beverly and James Lofton ... Father had a standout NFL career and played collegiately at Stanford ... James is the wide receivers coach of the San Diego Chargers ... A brother, David, is a safety on the Stanford football team.
Brawley, CA (Brawley)
An intelligent linebacker with a big upside ... Comes to Cal from a successful program ... Runs well and is an academic standout.
High School: Named as the Imperial Valley defensive player of the year after accumulating 62 tackles, 14 tackles for losses, five quarterback sacks and blocking six punts ... Team MVP ... A first-team all-conference selection and a second-team medium schools all-state choice by CalHiSports.com ... A member of the San Diego Hall of Champions defensive team ... Selected to the San Diego Union Tribune all-academic team ... Wildcats played in the CIF championship game and semifinals during his last two years.
Personal: Parents are Molly and Mike Mohamed ... A civil engineering major who would like to own his own business when his playing days are completed.
Rancho Cordova, CA (Cordova)
One of California's top seniors ... An early commitment to Washington who decided to remain in state ... A Parade All-American ... Also named All-American by SuperPrep and PrepStar ... A first-team all-state selection by CalHiSports.com ... Selected to play in the CaliFlorida game ... The Rivals.com postseason rankings placed Montgomery as the nation's No. 14 running back prospect and as the 24th-best prospect, regardless of position, in the west ... Scout.com ranked him 20th at his position ... He is a member of the Rivals 250 national list ... Another member of California's top 100 (No. 18 by Rivals) to ink with California.
High School: Rushed for more than 4,900 yards and 82 touchdowns during his three seasons at Cordova ... Ran for 2,183 yards as a senior with 39 scores and 1,915 yards as a junior ... An underclassmen all-state selection ... Sacramento metro area player of the year ... National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete ... Ran for 380 yards and nine touchdowns in a game as a junior ... Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior.
Personal: Parents are Cynthia Cooper and James Montgomery ... Undecided on a major but is interested in earning an advanced degree in the future.
Clovis, CA (Buchanan)
A talented offensive-line prospect who had an outstanding prep career on the defensive side of the ball ... One of four Cal signees selected to play in the prestigious CaliFlorida All-Star game, where he started at right tackle ... That was his first action on offense ... Considered among the top 100 players in California and top 100 offensive-line prospects in the country ... Selected to the SuperPrep All-Far West team as the No. 56 prospect among the states of California, Hawai'i and Nevada ... Rivals.com selected Pruitt as the No. 38 tackle prospect in the country and No. 65 among California seniors and No. 42 in the final regional rankings for the west ... Scout.com also listed him as a top-100 prospect up front (No. 95) ... An all-regional selection by PrepStar.
High School: Was voted as the Buchanan Bears' defensive lineman of the year ... Ended his prep career with 98 tackles, including 23 behind the line of scrimmage with five quarterback sacks ... Was a member of the Fresno Bee all-star team and was an all-state nominee ... Preseason member of the All-Central Section team ... Was also a member of the track team (shot put and discus).
Personal: Parents are Laurie and Dean Prueitt ... Comes from an athletic family ... Grandfather was a wrestler at Fresno State and his father played football for the Bulldogs ... His grandmother is a Cal grad (Class of 1954) ... His brother is an officer in the Army ... Plans to major in business.
Portland, OR (Beaverton)
A highly touted signal caller that one recruiting service described as having the quickest release in the west ... Considered the top player in Oregon as a senior in the preseason and postseason by Rivals.com and SuperPrep magazine ... Voted the 2005 Gatorade Player of the Year in Oregon ... His long list of awards and honors include being named a prep All-America by PrepStar and SuperPrep, the sixth-ranked pro-style quarterback prospect in the country by Rivals.com and No. 18 in that category by Scout.com ... Comes in at No. 51 on Rivals' postseason top 100 prospects in the west ... At the prestigious EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp was ranked as the third-best prospect ... A member of the Rivals 250 list ... A second-team all-state selection ... Honorable mention selection to the Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best of the West" team.
High School: Named as the Portland metro area player of the year after passing for 2,580 yards with just six interceptions on 239 attempts ... His numbers over the final two years of his prep career included 55 touchdowns and just 12 picks ... The Beavers were a combined 19-5 during his junior and senior seasons and made a state semifinal appearance during his junior year and reached the second round of the playoffs in 2005 ... A Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Blue Chip ... A two-time team captain and named team MVP ... Voted vice president of his class as a junior and senior.
Personal: Parents are Rhonda and Faustin Riley ... Plans to major in business.
Sacramento, CA (Elk Grove Laguna Creek)
A talented athlete who was a threat in the running and receiving game at Laguna Creek ... Clocked the fastest 40 time (4.39) at the Stanford Nike combine last May ... It was the fastest time recorded by a California high school receiver last spring ... An all-regional selection by PrepStar ... Third-team all-state selection.
High School: Named as the most valuable player of the Delta League ... Ran for 964 yards on 99 carries as a senior ... Also caught 45 passes that covered 718 yards ... Received academic recognition from Laguna Creek for maintaining a grade-point average in excess of 3.0 during the football season ... Also participated in track in the 100 and 200 meters ... Played in the Optimist Game in Sacramento ... Prep squad was eliminated in the first round of the CIF playoffs.
Personal: Parents are Jordan and Tangerine Ross ... Unsure of a career path, but is interested in sports or athletics.
Fresno, CA (Clovis East)
Another heavily decorated prepster who was considered one of the top running backs in the country ... An All-America selection by SuperPrep and PrepStar and considered one of the top 20 running back prospects in the country by Rivals.com (16) and Scout.com (No. 18) ... Also listed among the top 20 players in California by Rivals (No. 19) ... A member of the Rivals 250 list (four-star players) ... Honorable mention selection to the Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best of the West" team.
High School: Had his senior season cut short by injury, but still rushed for 800 yards and was a second-team all-state selection ... Was an all-league and all-valley pick as well ... Made headlines as a junior when he ran for 1,800 yards ... Scored 11 touchdowns over the last two seasons while playing in just 11 games ... Played on a CIF section champion as a sophomore ... was honored as the valley's player of the year ... saw some spot duty at linebacker during his career ... was an underclass all-state selection at Clovis East.
Personal: Son of Tracy, Sr., and the late LaShawn Slocum ... Undecided on a major but is interested in a career as an agent when his playing days are completed ... Had an uncle, Dedrick Slocum, who played college football at Montana.