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Five Student-Athletes To Join Cal Football In 2014
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  12/18/2013

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BERKELEY – Cal head coach Sonny Dykes announced Wednesday that five student-athletes will join the Cal football program in 2014. The members of the incoming group include high school senior athlete Devante Downs and four mid-year junior college transfers in safety/outside linebacker Sam Atoe, defensive tackle David Davis, defensive end./outside linebacker Jonathan Johnson and defensive end Trevor Kelly.

Each of the four mid-year junior college transfers have inked National Letters of Intent to join the school’s football program and will have two seasons of eligibility at Cal, while Downs has signed a financial aid agreement with Cal and will have four seasons of eligibility.

Dykes also announced that junior wide receiver Trevor Davis, who redshirted as a member of Cal’s 2013 team, has been granted a scholarship and count as an initial signee in the team’s 2014 recruiting class. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“This is a great way to begin our 2014 recruiting class,” Dykes said. “Signing this group of players was a definite way to address some needs we have in rebuilding our program. We feel like we have addressed those needs. We’re excited that we are able to make these additions to our program. These players are not only going to come in and provide depth but give us student-athletes that we feel like will be successful early in their careers.”

Atoe and Kelly were both first-team All-Northern California Football Association NorCal Conference performers in 2013 for a College of San Mateo team that won the Bothman Bulldog Bowl and posted a 10-1 record with its lone loss to state champion and unbeaten Butte College. Kelly ranked third in the NorCal Conference with 14.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards) and contributed 44 tackles, while Atoe had 41 stops and 11.5 tackles for loss (-42 yards) for a defensive unit that ranked among the state’s leaders in total defense (3rd, 284.3 ypg), scoring defense (4th, 17.9 ppg), rush defense (5th, 105.1) and pass defense (9th, 179.2 ypg).

“Sam was one of the best football players I have seen in this recruiting cycle,” Dykes said. “He does it all on special teams and can play a bunch of different positions on defense. He’s an incredibly versatile athlete and very dynamic football player who runs, hits, plays in space and tackles. He has a tremendous work ethic and attitude, and he plays with great passion. He’s going to bring a lot of leadership to our program.”

“Trevor is a powerful and explosive athlete who is very productive at the defensive tackle position,” Dykes said. “He plays with great pad level, uses his hands well and has tremendous strength in the weight room.”

David Davis registered 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (-24 yards) and 2.0 sacks (-21 yards) as a 2013 sophomore for Long Beach City College after spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons in the Washington State football program. He was a two-time first-team All-Bay League selection as a prep at Palos Verdes High School, adding first-team All-CIF Southern Section Northern Division and Daily Breeze All-Area recognition as a 2010 senior when he had 27 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks (-16 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry for a team that finished 10-2 overall and reached the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

“David is another defensive tackle that plays with great pad level and great effort and is very productive,” Dykes said. “He is also a hard worker with a great mind that comes from a tremendous football family. He knows what it takes to be great.”

Trevor Davis played in 15 games with 10 starts during two campaigns at Hawai’i as a freshman and sophomore in 2011 and 2012. He recorded combined two-season totals of 45 catches for 601 yards and five touchdowns, catching 28 passes for 366 yards as a freshman and 17 for 235 yards and two scores during his sophomore campaign. As a prep at Alhambra High School, he played in the Holiday Classic All-Star Game following his 2010 senior season and was listed among the top 20 football prospects in the East Bay as a senior when he hauled in 43 catches for 876 yards and nine touchdowns to earn All-Diablo Football Athletic League and honorable mention All-Metro honors.

“Trevor was one of the best scout team players I’ve ever been around last year,” Dykes said. “He did a remarkable job on the offensive scout team and competed hard every single day. He had a great attitude, really loves our program and is excited to be a part of it. I think he’s going to be very productive. He’s a great competitor, an outstanding student and a guy that we anticipate being a leader in our program.”

Downs plays on both sides of the ball during his prep career at Mountainlake Terrace High School and boasts a resume that includes four-plus stars from Tom Lemming, while he is a four-star recruit according to both 247Sports and ESPN. Downs also ranks as high as the nation’s No. 168 player overall according to 247Sports, while he is Scout’s No. 3 fullback, the No. 11 outside linebacker by 247Sports and the No. 23 athlete according to Rivals. Downs was selected as a 2013 preseason All-American and invited to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl to take place in January of 2014 but missed his entire senior season and will not play in the bowl game due to a knee injury he suffered last June. Downs was a two-way 3A All-Wesco South League selection as a junior when he rushed for 1,271 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense, while adding 63 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks on the defensive side of the ball.

“Devante is an exceptional athlete who is big and athletic and can play a variety of positions,” Dykes said. “He’s got great size and explosiveness and is powerful. We’re really excited for him to get in here and start contributing to our program. He’s physically advanced for a kid coming out of high school and that will give him an opportunity to play early and help us win football games. He’s a complete total fit at Cal both academically and athletically.”

Johnson is a three-star recruit that rates as high as the nation’s No. 8 junior college defensive end according to ESPN, while 247Sports and 247Sports Composite both have him at the same rating for junior college weak-side defensive ends. He is also rated as high as No. 27 among all junior college players in California according to 247Sports Composite. Johnson was the 2013 Southern California Football Association’s American Pacific Division Defensive Player of the Year during his 2013 sophomore season at Pierce College, officially totaling 34 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss (-43 yards) and 7.0 sacks (-38 yards) for a team that won the American Bowl, finished 9-2 overall and led the SFCA’s American Division in both total defense (291.8 ypg) and scoring defense (20.5 ppg). He also had a huge 2010 senior season at Woodland Hills High School in Pennsylvania when he recorded a school-record 16.0 sacks and earned WPIAL AAA Big Best All-League honors.

“We needed to sign a difference maker as a pass rusher and when we put the video on we thought that Jonathon was the best one we saw,” Dykes said. “He’s a great speed rusher who plays with tremendous effort. He has a passion for the game that is contagious. I love the way he plays the game. He has a huge upside and I think he will be a significant contributor to our program from the day he sets foot on campus.”

The mid-year junior college transfer signing period for prospective student-athletes enrolling for the 2014 spring semester that began Wednesday continues through January 15, 2014. The regular signing period kicks off with 2014 National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 5 and runs through April 1.

In addition to the signings, Dykes confirmed that two members of the 2013 team – quarterback Zach Kline and offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa – have been granted permission by Cal to contact other schools to seek a transfer.

2014 Cal Football Recruiting Class
as of Dec. 18, 2013

NAME - POS, HT, WT, YR, EXP, HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOLS)
*Sam Atoe - S/OLB, 5-11, 205, Jr., JC (Windsor, CA/College of San Mateo/Maria Carrillo HS)
*David Davis - DT, 6-2, 295, Jr., JC (Palos Verdes Estates, CA/Long Beach City College/Washington State/Palos Verdes HS)
*Trevor Davis -  WR, 6-1, 170, Jr., RS (Martinez, CA/Hawai’i/Alhambra HS)
*Devante Downs -  ATH, 6-2, 225, Fr., HS (Mountainlake Terrace, WA/Mountlake Terrace HS)
*Jonathan Johnson - DE/OLB, 6-4, 260, Jr., JC (Pittsburgh, PA/Pierce College/Snow College/Woodland Hills HS)
*Trevor Kelly - DT, 6-3,  305, Jr., JC (South San Francisco, CA/College of San Mateo/Sacramento State/El Camino HS)


 

Sam Atoe, S/OLB, 5-11, 205, Jr., JC
Windsor, CA (College of San Mateo/Maria Carrillo HS)
Pronunciation: UH-toe

BIO INFORMATION
College of San Mateo (2012-13)
*Earned All-NorCal Conference honors as a 2013 sophomore when he posted 41 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss (-42 yards), 3.5 sacks (-23 yards), one pass breakup and one blocked kick, while also returning nine kickoffs for a 29.7 yard average and four kickoffs for a total of 27 yards for a team that won the Bothman Bulldog Bowl, posted a 10-1 record with its lone loss to state champion and unbeaten Butte College

*A member of a 2013 defensive unit that ranked among the state’s leaders in total defense (3rd, 284.3 ypg), scoring defense (4th, 17.9 ppg), rush defense (5th, 105.1) and pass defense (9th, 179.2 ypg)

*Posted 57 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss (-41 yards), 3.5 sacks (-30 yards), one fumble recovery and one interception that he returned 61 yards for a score and one blocked kick as a 2012 freshman, while adding 10 kick returns for 296 yards including one for a 93-yard touchdown

Maria Carillo HS (2008-10)
*Played in the 2011 Polynesian All-American Game following his 2010 senior campaign

*Ran for over 1,000 yards on 100 carries and scored 11 touchdowns to earn first-team All-Redwood Empire and All-North Bay League honors for his 2010 senior squad that finished 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the North Bay League while reaching the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section playoffs

*Earned North Bay League MVP honors as a 2009 junior when he rushed for 900 yards and 17 touchdowns, while adding 77 tackles, 3.0 sacks and three fumble recoveries as a strong safety

*Earned second-team All-Empire League honors at both running back and safety as a 2008 sophomore

Other
*Rated as high as the No. 164 junior college player overall in the 2014 recruiting class according to 247Sports, while 247Sports Composite has him at No. 212

*Listed as the No. 8 junior college safety in the nation according to 247Sports and Scout, while 247Sports Composite has him at No. 13

*Rated as the No. 44 junior college player overall in the state of California, while 247Sports Composite has him at No. 265

*A three-star recruit according to 247Sports, 247Sports Composite and ESPN, while Rivals and Scout both give him two

*Earned a rating of 82 from 247Sports, while he also picked up a 0.7993 rating from 247Sports Composite, a 73 grade from ESPN and a 5.4 rating according to Rivals

*Ranked as high as the nation’s No. 50 running back overall according to Rivals coming out of high school in the 2011 recruiting class, while he was a three-star recruit of Rivals and given two stars by 247Sports, 247Sports Composite, ESPN and Scout

*247Sports Composite had him among its list of the nation’s top athletes (No. 96) and players overall (No. 1457) in the recruiting class of 2011, while he was the No. 134 prep player overall in the state of California

*ESPN listed him as its No. 128 high school player in the state of California in the class of 2011, as well as its No. 145 athlete and No. 198 player overall in his region

*Earned National Underclassman Combine MVP honors at 2010 event at Rio Linda High School

*Participated in the Rivals Five-Star Academy at Cal and the Palo Alto Nike Camp in 2010

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
ESPN
“Atoe displays a high motor and good effort. He may be a hybrid type safety with good production as a run defender.”

Rivals
“Atoe looks tremendous on film with big-hit ability.”

College of San Mateo Defensive Coordinator Tim Tulloch
“Sam is a real talent. He can do it all and he did it all for us. He’s a special player.”


 

David Davis, DT, 6-2, 295, Jr., JC
Palos Verdes Estates, CA (Long Beach City College/Washington State/Palos Verdes HS)

BIO INFORMATION
Long Beach City College (2013)
*Registered 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (-24 yards) and 2.0 sacks (-21 yards) as a 2013 sophomore

Washington State (2011-12)
*Spent two seasons at Washington State without seeing any action before transferring to Long Beach City College for the 2013 campaign

*Redshirted as a true freshman in 2011

Palos Verdes HS (2008-10)
*A two-time first-team All-Bay League selection as a junior and senior, as well as a three-year starter over his final three campaigns

*Added first-team All-CIF Southern Section Northern Division and first-team Daily Breeze All-Area recognition as a 2010 senior when he had 27 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks (-16 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry to lead his squad to a 10-2 overall record and the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs

*Ranked as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the Southern Section by Rivals heading into his senior season

*Posted 55 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and one interception as a 2009 junior when his squad was 6-4 overall

*Contributed seven tackles as a 2008 sophomore during the first of his three seasons as a varsity starter

Other
*A two-star recruit of both Rivals and Scout who also earned a 5.4 rating from Rivals

*Grandson of Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis, who was inducted in the class of 1981 after playing 12 NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (1958-59) and Green Bay Packers (1960-69)

*Father, Duane Davis, is an actor who played Buster Douglas in the HBO movie ‘Tyson’

*A three-star defensive tackle in the 2011 recruiting class according to Scout, while 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals gave him two stars each

*Rated as high as the nation’s No. 61 defensive tackle in the 2011 recruiting class according to Scout, while ESPN had him at No. 121

*Listed as high as the No. 135 player overall in the state of California in 2011 by ESPN and was ESPN’s No. 207 player overall in his region

*Graded out with a 74 rating from ESPN and a 4.9 mark from Rivals in 2011

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Scout
“Davis is an active defender who’s quick on his feet and can lay the hat. What’s really to like about Davis is his intensity and effort. He plays with a good low pad level and does a great job getting into the backfield, as well as getting downfield.”


 

Trevor Davis, WR, 6-1, 170, Jr., TR
Martinez, CA (Hawai’i/Alhambra HS)

BIO INFORMATION
Hawai’i (2011-12)
*Played in 15 games with 10 starts during two campaigns as a freshman and sophomore in 2011 and 2012, recording combined two-season totals of 45 catches for 601 yards and five touchdowns

*Caught 28 passes for 366 yards as a freshman and had 17 receptions for 235 yards and two scores during his sophomore campaign

Alhambra HS (2009-10)
*Played in the Holiday Classic All-Star Game between the top talent from Sacramento and the East Bay following his 2010 senior season

*Also listed among the top 20 football prospects in the East Bay as a senior when he hauled in 43 catches for 876 yards and nine touchdowns to earn All-Diablo Football Athletic League and honorable mention All-Metro honors

*Earned second-team All-DFAL recognition as a 2009 junior when he tallied 27 catches for 504 yards and helped lead his squad to a conference title, an 11-2 overall mark and a 6-0 league record

*Also a three-year letterwinner in track and field, competing in the long jump, triple jump and sprint events

*Set school records in the 100 (10.72) and 200 (22.15) meters as well as the long jump (23’ 6”)


 

Devante Downs, ATH, 6-2, 225, Fr., HS
Mountlake Terrace, WA (Mountlake Terrace HS)
Pronunciation: duh-VON-tay

BIO INFORMATION
Mountain Lake Terrace HS (2010-13)
*Named to the 2013 Rivals Preseason All-American Watch List and the MaxPreps Washington Preseason All-State Football Team, while also being rated as Scout’s top fullback in the West prior to missing his 2013 season campaign due to a knee injury

*Selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl but unable to play due to injury

*Rushed for 1,271 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense during his 2012 junior campaign, while adding 63 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks on defense to earn an AP Washington Class 3A All-State honorable mention selection as a running back and spots on both the 3A Wesco South All-League offensive and defensive teams

*Rushed for 500 yards on offense to earn second-team 3A Wesco South All-League honors as a 2011 sophomore, while adding 90 tackles, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries on defense

*Led his squad to the postseason for just the second and third times in school history as a sophomore and junior during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns

*Led the Wesco South League with 19 rushing touchdowns as a 2010 freshman

Other
*Received four-plus stars from Tom Lemming, while 247Sports and ESPN both gave him four, and 247Sports Composite, Rivals and Scout three each

*Listed as the country’s No. 168 player overall, while ESPN (No. 212) and 247Sports Composite (No. 317) also have him among their lists of the nation’s top players

*Rated as high as the nation’s No. 3 fullback in the 2014 recruiting class according to Scout, while 247Sports and 247Sports Composite have him as the country’s No. 11 and No. 26 outside linebacker, respectively, and Rivals and ESPN list him among the nation’s top athletes at No. 23 and No. 26, respectively

*Listed as the No. 27 player overall in his region by ESPN

*Among the top overall players in the state of Washington according to ESPN (No. 2), 247Sports (No. 3), 247Sports Composite (No. 3) and Rivals (No. 4)

*Graded out at 94 by 247Sports and 0.8898 according to 247Sports Composite, while he received an 82 grade from ESPN and a 5.7 rating by Rivals

*Participated at the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp in June of 2013

*Called the “Best Big Back in the West” by Rivals in March of 2013

*Named to the All-Oregon NFTC Team for Underclassmen in June of 2012

*Has a SAT score of 1650 and a 3.6 GPA

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
247Sports
“Devante Downs is the next physical freak to come out of the Northwest.”

Bear Insider
“When the Bears received a commitment from Devante Downs, they got the whole package – punishing runner, tough defender and excellent student.”

ESPN"
“Downs could see early situational playing time at the BCS level of competition if a redshirt year is not necessary. He is a very tough customer as a tailback and could be recruited as a linebacker. His toughness and athleticism should prove very productive as a special teams player as well.”


 

Jonathan Johnson, DE/OLB, 6-4, 260, Jr., JC
Pittsburgh, PA (Pierce College/Snow College/Woodland Hills HS)

BIO INFORMATION
Pierce College (2012-13)
*Earned the Southern California Football Association’s American Pacific Division Defensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2013

*Led his 2013 squad and ranked third in the SFCA’s American Mountain Division with 7.0 sacks (-38 yards) and tied for second on the club with 10.0 tackles for loss (-43 yards), while adding 34 tackles to lead all of the team’s defensive lineman as well as one fumble recovery and one pass breakup for a team that won the American Bowl, finished 9-2 overall and led the SCFA in both total defense (291.8 ypg) and scoring defense (20.5 ppg)

*Used a medical redshirt in 2012 due to injury

Snow College (2011)
*Played in two games as a 2011 freshman, recording four tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-34 yards), 3.0 sacks (-30 yards) and one forced fumble

Woodland Hills HS (2008-10)
*Earned WPIAL AAA Big East All-League honors as a 2010 senior when he recorded 16.0 sacks to break a school record

*Team combined for a 21-6 mark over his final two campaigns from 2009-10 and finished among the state’s top 10 both seasons according to MaxPreps at No. 3 following his 2009 junior campaign and No. 10 as a senior in 2010, adding a WPIAL AAA Big East title during his junior season

Other
*A three-star recruit according to 247Sports, 247Sports Composite, ESPN and Scout, while Rivals gives him two stars

*Listed as the No. 8 junior college defensive end in the country by ESPN, while 247Sports and 247Sports Composite also place him at No. 8 among weak-side defensive ends

*Ranked as the No. 27 junior college player overall in the state of California by 247Sports Composite while checking in at No. 35 according to 247Sports

*Listed as the nation’s No. 98 junior college player overall by 247Sports Composite while 247Sports has him at No. 131

*Grades out at 0.8507 according to 247Sports Composite and 85 by 247Sports, while ESPN has him at 77 and Rivals at 5.5

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
ESPN
“Johnson is an athletic prospect who could potentially play DE or OLB at the next level. He displays very good snap anticipation to go along with good first step quickness. Johnson possesses good change of direction and can break down in space to secure a tackle. He has good pass rush ability and flashes the bend to turn the corner and chase down the quarterback."


 

Trevor Kelly, DT, 6-3, 305, Jr., JC
South San Francisco, CA (College of San Mateo/Sacramento State/El Camino HS)

BIO INFORMATION
College of San Mateo (2013)
*Posted 44 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards) to rank third in the NorCal Conference, 2.0 sacks (-8 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one blocked kick to earn All-Northern California Football Association NorCal Conference honors as a 2013 sophomore for a team that won the Bothman Bulldog Bowl, posted a 10-1 record with its lone loss to state champion and unbeaten Butte College

*Had at least one tackle for loss in nine of 11 games as a 2013 sophomore

Sacramento State (2011-12)
*Played in all 11 games with six starts a redshirt freshman in 2012 and recorded 30 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 1.5 sacks (-6 yards), one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry

*Redshirted as a true freshman in 2011

El Camino HS (2008-10)
*Earned Peninsula Athletic League Defensive Player of the Year honors as a 2010 senior when he earned all-conference honors on both the offensive and defensive line

*Won the Central Coast Section wrestling title in the 285-pound division and was ranked seventh in the state as a senior when he won all his matches by pin and registered a 50-6 all-time prep record on the mat

*Named his school’s Athlete of the Year as a senior

Other
*Ranks as high as the No. 81 junior college player overall in the nation and No. 20 in the state of California according to 247Sports, while 247Sports Composite lists him at No. 114 in the nation and No. 30 in the state

*Also among the top defensive tackles in the nation according to 247Sports (No. 15) and 247Sports Composite (No. 17)

*A three-star recruit of 247Sports, 247Sports Composite, Scout and Rivals

*Grades out at 87 according to 247Sports, while 247Sports Composite has him at 0.8546 and Rivals at 5.5

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
College of San Mateo Defensive Coordinator Tim Tulloch
“Trevor had a great season for us. He’s strong and super quick, and he’s so explosive with his hands he just knocks guys back. He’s a physical force and a monster inside. He dominates offensive linemen. It’s also great to work with guys who are really coachable – blue-collar guys that will really put in work and that’s what Trevor is.”


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