Feb. 2, 2011
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California has signed 11 All-American and 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Golden Bears football program for the 2011 season, head coach Jeff Tedford announced Wednesday. Cal's 2011 signing class ranked as high as No. 14 according to Scout. Rivals has Cal at No. 17, while ESPN listed the Bears at No. 18 and MaxPreps at No. 20.
"We are excited about the student-athletes that we have signed in our 2011 recruiting class," said Tedford. "We feel like the members of this class will be able to fill some of the needs we have on both sides of the ball in an expedient fashion. Many of the players are among the nationally elite at their respective positions and will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Cal football program."
The 2011 class includes six participants in the most recent U.S. Army All-American Bowl - LB Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero Serra HS), DB Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), DL Viliami Moala (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), OL Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS), DL Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and DB Avery Walls (McDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian HS) - while DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) played in the Under Armour All-America Game. The Bears have had a total of 12 signees from the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in their past two recruiting classes.
Five members of the 2011 group - Barr (No. 48), Walls (No. 68), WR Maurice Harris (Greensboro, NC/Northern Guilford HS, No. 91), Moala (No. 97) and Gibson (No. 131) - are on the ESPNU 150 list.
A total of nine Cal recruits are rated among the nation's top-150 players overall by at least one recruiting service (highest rating in parenthesis) in Moala (No. 4 Prepstar), Barr (No. 48 ESPN), DL Mustafa Jalil (San Diego, CA/Central Catholic HS, No. 52 Sporting News), Walls (No. 68 ESPN), Gibson (No. 71 Sporting News), Scarlett (No. 73 Sporting News), Harris (No. 91 ESPN), McClure (No. 118 Rivals) and Rigsbee (No. 136 Prepstar).
Moala is a five-star recruit (Scout, Tom Lemming) who is listed as the nation's No. 2 defensive tackle by Lemming, Scout and SuperPrep, No. 7 at his position according to ESPN and No. 8 by Rivals. He had 226 tackles and 31.0 sacks over his final two prep seasons and led his team to a combined 39-2 record and three consecutive conference titles during his final three campaigns as well as a state crown as a 2008 sophomore.
Two others - Barr and Scarlett - picked up four-and-a-half stars from Lemming.
Barr ranks as the nation's No. 6 defensive tackle by ESPN and Lemming, as well as the No. 12 defensive end (Scout) and strongside defensive end (Rivals). Barr is also deemed as high as the nation's No. 26 defensive lineman overall according to SuperPrep. The 2010 first-team Best in the West selection and Moore League Player of the Year led his conference with 20.0 sacks in his final prep season while adding 73 tackles and 35.0 tackles for loss. He is also a two-time all-state choice.
Scarlett, who was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his senior year despite playing in only three games due to injury, comes in at No. 9 on Rivals' ranking of the nation's top defensive ends and is its No. 2 player overall from Oregon. He had 31 tackles in his first two contests of 2010 before suffering the injury. Scarlett posted 59 tackles and 6.0 sacks as a junior in 2009.
Gibson is listed among the nation's top-10 outside linebackers by ESPN (No. 6), Rivals (No. 9) and Scout (No. 10). The 2010 SuperPrep All-American posted 93 tackles and 13.5 sacks as a senior. His team combined to go 42-2 during his three varsity campaigns.
McClure checks in as the nation's No. 4 cornerback according to Scout, while SuperPrep has him at No. 6 and Rivals No. 9. He led the East Division of the Avocado League in both receiving (58 catches, 1,317 yards, 13 TDs) and interceptions (4) as a senior to earn first-team Best in the West recognition.
Rigsbee ranks as high as No. 9 nationally among offensive guards by Rivals.
Walls is the No. 6 safety nationally by ESPN and No. 8 according to Rivals.
In addition to the seven players who earned spots in the prestigious postseason bowl games, other signees that garnered at least one All-American honor in 2010 include QB Kyle Boehm (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS), Jalil, TB Daniel Lasco (The Woodlands, TX/The Woodlands HS) and TE Richard Rodgers (Worcester, MA/St. John's HS).
Boehm ranks as high as the nation's No. 7 pro-style quarterback according to Rivals, while Jalil is listed as the nation's No. 9 defensive tackle by Scout. Lasco is Lemming's No. 13 running back and Rodgers is Rivals' No. 24 tight end as well as Lemming's No. 9 athlete.
Cal's top national rankings by position according to Rivals are running backs (No. 3), defensive tackles (No. 10-T) and defensive ends (No. 11) and defensive backs (No. 14-T).
TB Brendan Bigelow (Fresno, CA/Central East HS) and Lasco are both among the nation's top 15 running backs, with Bigelow coming in at No. 11 by Rivals and Lemming, and Lasco's top national ranking at his position No. 13 according to Lemming.
On the defensive line, Moala (No. 2 DT Lemming, Scout, SuperPrep), Barr (No. 6 DT ESPN, Lemming), Jalil (No. 9 DT Scout) and Scarlett (No. 9 DE Rivals) all have top-10 national positional rankings.
The remaining members of the recruiting class are TB C.J. Anderson (Oakland, CA/Laney College/Bethel HS), LB Nathan Broussard (Plano, TX/Plano West HS), ATH Darren Ervin (Houston, TX/Lamar HS), DB Kameron Jackson (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly HS), LB Jalen Jefferson (Ventura, CA/St. Bonaventure HS), DL Puka Lopa (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), DB Jordan Morgan (Lakeside, AZ/Blue Ridge HS), OL Matt Williams (Liverpool, England/North Dakota State College of Science/Proctor Academy) and DB Joel Willis (Garden Grove, CA/Pacifica HS).
Anderson and Williams are the two junior college transfers in the class.
Ervin, Walls and Williams enrolled at Cal for the 2011 spring semester and began taking classes in January. All three are expected to participate in the team's 2011 spring practices.
Cal continued its strong national recruiting presence with nine of the 22 newcomers listing a hometown outside the state of California. In addition to the 13 student-athletes from California other states represented were Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas, as well as the country of England.
"We have expanded our national recruiting efforts over the last several years and continued to do so with this signing class," explained Tedford. "We feel like there is a growing interest from national recruits in the University of California, both in our academics and in our football program's potential. It is evident by the number of out-of-state players that we have signed in this year's class."
The 2011 class includes 13 defensive players, eight on the offensive side of the ball and one that is being recruited as an "athlete."
"I am pleased with the hard work of our staff during the recruiting process," said Tedford.
More information on the 2011 Cal Football National Signing Day, including video highlights and player profiles is available by visiting CalBears.com/Signing Day, while additional coverage is also provided via Cal Athletics social media outlets Facebook, Twitter (twitter.com/calathletics) and YouTube.
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its 2011 home contests at San Francisco's AT&T Park while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. The Bears will return to Memorial Stadium for their 2012 home schedule.
Cal opens its 2011 season with a neutral-site non-conference game against Fresno State at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 3. The contest is not part of the recently announced 2011 season ticket package for five home games at AT&T Park. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Cal vs. Fresno State at a later date.
Visit CalFootballSF.com for more information on 2011 Cal football at AT&T Park and stadium.berkeley.edu for updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium.
Season tickets for 2011 go on sale to the general public Monday, Apr. 25, if available. Purchase your tickets online at CalFootballSF.com or by calling (800) GO BEARS.
2011 Cal Football Recruits
|NAME ||POS||HT ||WT ||YR ||EXP ||HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOLS) |
|C.J. Anderson||TB ||5-11 ||215 ||Jr.|| JC|| Oakland, CA (Laney CC/Betdel HS) |
|Todd Barr ||DL ||6-3 ||260 ||Fr. ||HS ||Lakewood, CA (Lakewood HS)|
|Brendan Bigelow|| TB ||5-10 ||180 ||Fr. ||HS ||Fresno, CA (Central East HS)|
|Kyle Boehm|| QB ||6-3 ||220 ||Fr. ||HS ||San Jose, CA (Archbishop Mitty HS)|
|Nathan Broussard ||LB ||6-4 ||240 ||Fr. ||HS ||Plano, TX (Plano West HS)|
|Darren Ervin||ATH ||5-11 ||200 ||Fr. ||HS ||Houston, TX (Lamar HS)|
|Jason Gibson ||LB ||6-3 ||215 ||Fr. ||HS ||Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra HS)|
|Maurice Harris ||WR ||6-3 ||200 ||Fr. ||HS|| Greensboro, NC (Nortdern Guilford HS)|
|Kameron Jackson ||DB ||5-10 ||175 ||Fr. ||HS ||Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly HS)|
|Mustafa Jalil ||DL|| 6-4 ||310 ||Fr. ||HS ||San Diego, CA (Catdedral Catdolic HS)|
|Jalen Jefferson ||LB ||6-3 ||225||Fr. ||HS ||Ventura, CA (St. Bonaventure HS)|
|Daniel Lasco ||TB|| 6-2|| 190 ||Fr. ||HS ||tde Woodlands, TX (tde Woodlands HS)|
|Puka Lopa ||DL|| 6-3|| 255|| Fr.|| HS ||Sacramento, CA (Grant HS)|
|Stefan McClure|| DB ||5-11 ||180 ||Fr. ||HS ||Vista, CA (Vista HS)|
|Viliami Moala ||DL|| 6-3 ||350 ||Fr. ||HS ||Sacramento, CA (Grant HS)|
|Jordan Morgan ||DB ||6-0 ||193 ||Fr. ||HS|| Lakeside, AZ (Blue Ridge HS)|
|Jordan Rigsbee ||OL ||6-5 ||300|| Fr. ||HS ||Chico, CA (Pleasant Valley HS)|
|Richard Rodgers|| TE ||6-4 ||240 ||Fr. ||HS ||Worcester, MA (St. John's HS)|
|Brennan Scarlett ||DL|| 6-4 ||255|| Fr.|| HS ||Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)|
|Avery Walls|| DB ||5-11 ||184 ||Fr. ||HS ||McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian HS)|
|Matt Williams ||OL|| 6-7 ||290 ||Jr. ||JC ||Liverpool, England|
| (North Dakota State College of Science/Proctor Academy)|
|Joel Willis|| DB ||5-10 ||185 ||Fr. ||HS ||Garden Grove, CA (Pacifica HS)|
Brendan Bigelow (BIG-uh-low)
Kyle Boehm (baim)
Mustafa Jalil (juh-LEE-l)
Jalen Jefferson (JAY-len)
PUKA (POO-kuh) LOPA (LOW-puh)
STEFAN (STEPH-un) McClure
VILIAMI (VILLEE-ah-mee) MOALA (moe-ALL-uh)
2011 Cal Football Recruit Bios
C.J. Anderson, TB, 5-11, 215, Jr., JC
Oakland, CA (Laney CC/Bethel HS)
A three-star recruit according to Rivals ... second in the state of California and the NorCal conference leader in rushing as a sophomore in 2010, racking up 1,644 yards and 13 touchdowns (No. 9 California) on 206 rushes for an average of 7.4 yards per rush (No. 10 California) to earn first-team All-America, All-State and All-NorCal Conference honors ... also finished with 1,718 all purpose yards and ranked fourth in the state with an average of 171.8 all purpose yards per game ... rushed for 693 yards and three touchdowns for a 6.1 average as a 2009 freshman when Laney was 8-2 overall ... played every skill position on offense and also defensively at cornerback as a prep standout that led his squad to the playoffs in each of his four varsity seasons, including an appearance in the 2008 Sac-Joaquin section title game ... rushed for nearly 4,000 yards during his high school career when he led his squad to four consecutive playoff appearances, including a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section title game as a senior in 2008 ... posted 1,297 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground as a high school junior, while also completing 44 of 91 passes for 785 yards and seven scores ... first Bethel player to sign with a Pac-10 school.
Todd Barr, DL - 6-3, 260, Fr., HS
Lakewood, CA (Lakewood HS)
Rated four stars plus by Tom Lemming and four stars according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... a SuperPrep and Parade All-American who ranks among the nation's top 150 players overall according to ESPN (No. 31), Prepstar (No. 94), Rivals (No. 144) and Tom Lemming (No. 147) ... ranks as high as No. 6 nationally as a defensive tackle according to ESPN and Tom Lemming ... No. 12 nationally among all defensive ends by Scout and as a strongside defensive end on Rivals' list ... the nation's No. 26 defensive lineman by SuperPrep, who also lists him as the No. 10 overall player in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... No. 16 according to Rivals among all players in California ... a four-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... played on the winning team in the Under Armour All-American Game following his senior campaign ... added first-team Best in the West, Los Angeles Times All-Southland League, first-team All-Southern Section, Moore League Player of the Year, Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year, Lakewood City Hall Performer of the Year and Long Beach Football Performer of the Year recognition to his All-American honors as a 2010 senior after recording a team-high-tying 73 tackles, 35.0 tackles for loss and a single-season school record 20.0 sacks to lead the Southern Section and Moore League in sacks while ranking sixth in the state and 18th nationally ... also added 12 receptions for 161 yards and seven touchdowns as a tight end during his senior season to lead his squad to a 10-2 record ... two-time All-CIF South Coast Section and All-State choice twice, earning both honors for the first time as a junior in 2009 when he recorded 87 tackles, 32.0 tackles for loss, 12.0 sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... ESPN says "Barr is a kid who can make you a fan pretty quickly with his style of play. He has a great motor and can really be a disruptive presence.
Brendan Bigelow - TB, 5-10, 180, Fr., HS
Fresno, CA (Central East HS)
One of the nation's top-rated running backs by several sources despite missing his entire senior season with a knee injury ... checks in as the nation's No. 11 running back/tailback according to Rivals and Tom Lemming, No. 13 by ESPN, and No. 32 according to Scout ... listed as Rivals No. 176 player overall nationally and is the organization's No. 19 player overall in California ... rates four stars from ESPN and Rivals, and is three-star prospect according to Scout ... rushed for an even 1,000 yards on only 87 carries (11.49 ypr) with 14 touchdowns on the ground as a junior, while adding 23 receptions for 327 yards and three scores when his squad was 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the ... top game as a junior was a 277-yard performance on 30 carries vs. Paso Robles, while he also had an amazing 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns on a mere six carries against Clovis ... has personal-bests of 10.62 in the 100, 21.29 in the 200 and 47.0 in the 400 ... ESPN says "Bigelow will need to bounce back from a knee injury but when healthy is one of the quicker and faster backs in 2011. Very dynamic and versatile."
Kyle Boehm - QB, 6-3, 220, Fr., HS
San Jose, CA (Archbishop Mitty HS)
Listed as the nation's No. 7 pro-style quarterback according to Rivals and No. 10 by Tom Lemming ... checks in as the No. 17 quarterback nationally by Scout, No. 20 according to SuperPrep and No. 26 by ESPN ... listed among the nation's top players overall by Prepstar (No. 118), while earning SuperPrep All-American honors ... a SuperPrep All-American who is listed as the organization's No. 28 player overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... checks in as the No. 31 player overall in the state of California by Rivals ... a four-star prospect according to Scout, while Rivals and ESPN have him at three stars ... completed 95-of-145 passes (67.7%) for 1,386 yards and 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions to lead the Western Catholic Athletic League in passing, while adding 596 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns on 129 carries to be named the WCAL Player of the Year ... earned WCAL Co-Player of the Year, second-team All-San Jose Mercury News and second-team All-Central Coast Section honors by Section Sports as a 2009 junior when he led his squad to a share of the WCAL title with a 6-0-1 conference mark (9-1-1 overall) ... posted big rushing numbers with 877 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in 149 carries as a junior, while completing 59-of-117 passes and throwing eight touchdowns through the air.
Nathan Broussard - LB, 6-4, 240, Fr., HS
Plano, TX (Plano West HS)
A three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... ESPN lists him as the nation's No. 35 inside linebacker while he is rated as a defensive end at No. 143 nationally by Scout ... Recorded 60 tackles, 2.0 sacks and one pass breakup as a senior ... had 69 tackles, 0.5 sacks, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery during his junior season ... contributed 41 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass breakup in his sophomore campaign in his sophomore campaign ... ESPN says "Broussard is a well schooled linebacker with good downhill run stopping ability."
Darren Ervin, ATH, 5-11, 200, Fr., HS
Houston, TX (Lamar HS)
Enrolled at Cal in January of 2011 after graduating from high school in three and a half years and is expected to participate in 2011 spring practices ... listed as the nation's No. 82 running back by ESPN, while Scout has him at No. 86 ... a three-star recruit according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals ... earned first-team All-District 5A-20 and Prepstar All-Region honors as a senior when he rushed for 716 yards on 114 carries to rank second in the 5A Region III District 20 conference and scored nine rushing touchdowns after switching to tailback midway through the season ... began his 2010 campaign as his team's starting quarterback and also played some wide receiver, contributing 148 yards receiving and two touchdown catches ... led his squad to a 9-2 overall record and a 7-0 mark as a senior to win the All-District 5A-20 title ... had 730 yards rushing on 141 carries and scored 10 touchdowns on the ground as a junior in 2009 to lead his team to a 10-2 overall record and a 4-1 league mark ... added 148 yards receiving on 15 catches and had a touchdown grab as a junior.
Jason Gibson - LB, 6-3, 215, Fr., HS
Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra HS)
Played in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl following his senior campaign ... listed among the nation's top outside linebackers by ESPN (No. 6), Rivals (No. 9), Scout (No. 10) and Tom Lemming (No. 16), while SuperPrep has him at No. 20 among all linebackers nationally ... among the top 250 players overall nationally according to Sporting News (No. 71), ESPN (No. 131), Prepstar (No. 138), Rivals (No. 164) and Tom Lemming (No. 235) ... checks in at No. 14 on SuperPrep's list of players in California/Hawaii/Nevada and No. 17 on Rivals' list of California's top players overall ... a four-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... ranked second in the Mission Football League with 13.5 sacks during his 2010 SuperPrep All-American and first-team All-MFL senior season to lead his squad to a 14-1 overall record, a 5-0 conference mark and a CIF Southern Section title to qualify for the California State Division II Bowl ... posted a team-high 93 tackles, one interception, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt during his final prep campaign ... had even slightly bigger numbers during a monster junior All-CIF Southern Section and first-team All-MFL campaign when he recorded 94 tackles, 15.5 sacks, six pass breakups a fumble recovery and a pass breakup for a squad that finished 15-0 ... started his varsity career with 74 tackles, 11.0 sacks and two pass breakups for a 13-1 squad as a 2008 sophomore ... team combined for a 42-2 record during his three varsity campaigns from 2008-10, including a perfect 13-0 mark in conference games to win three MFL crowns ... ESPN says "Gibson may be a tweener outside linebackers/defensive end but this guy is very athletic, explosive and a natural pass-rusher who could make a difference at the next level."
Maurice Harris - WR, 6-3, 200, Fr., HS
Greensboro, NC (Northern Guilford HS)
Listed as the No. 16 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN, who also ranks him as the country's No. 91 player overall ... checks in as the No. 52 wide receiver nationally by Rivals and No. 84 according to Scout ... ranks as the No. 15 player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals ... a four-star recruit according to ESPN, while garnering three stars from both Rivals and Scout ... played wide receiver and cornerback during an All-State and SuperPrep All-Regional campaign as a senior for a 14-2 squad but is expected to start his collegiate career on the offensive side of the ball ... paced the 3-A Mid-State League as a 2010 senior in both receiving, with 54 catches for 1,104 yards and 12 touchdowns, as well as interceptions returning the 10 he posted for 79 yards, earning Prepstar and SuperPrep All-Region honors ... had a spectacular junior season statistically as well both offensively and defensively, with 47 receptions for 1,216 yards and 18 TDs on offense, and leading the country with 10 interceptions including two that he returned for touchdowns ... cousin of current Cal players Keenan Allen and Zach Maynard, while also a high school team of Allen and current Golden Bear linebacker Chris McCain ... ESPN says "Harris has a terrific blend of size, speed and athleticism and he is a physically imposing figure with good overall strength at this stage."
Kameron Jackson - DB, 5-10, 175, Fr. HS
Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly HS)
Rated among the nation's top cornerbacks by Scout (No. 41), Rivals (No. 44) and ESPN (No. 55) ... Rivals also has him at No. 54 for all California players ... picked up three-and-a-half stars from Tom Lemming, while he is a three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... an All-Region selection by Prepstar and SuperPrep ... named the No. 48 player in California/Hawaii/Nevada by SuperPrep ... combined for nine interceptions over his last two prep seasons ... earned Moore League Defensive Player of the Year and All-CIF Southern Section honors as a senior in 2010 when he had five interceptions that he returned 115 yards while also recording a fumble recovery and 45 tackles, and six kick returns for 109 yards for an 8-3 squad that won the Moore Football League with a perfect 6-0 conference mark ... had four interceptions that he brought back seven yards, one fumble recovery, six pass breakups and 25 tackles as a junior ... had a fumble recovery that he returned 21 yards as a sophomore for 14-1 squad that also won the conference title at 6-0 ... ESPN says "Jackson is an underrated cornerback prospect heading into the spring with good coverage skills and overall ability on the perimeter."
Mustafa Jalil - DL, 6-4, 310, Fr., HS
San Diego, CA (Cathedral Catholic HS)
Ranked as the nation's No. 9 defensive tackle by Scout, No. 15 defensive lineman by SuperPrep, No. 18 defensive tackle according to Rivals and Tom Lemming, and No. 42 defensive tackle by ESPN ... checks in nationally among all players according to Sporting News (No. 52), Prepstar (No. 145), Rivals (No. 210) and Tom Lemming (No. 248) ... earned SuperPrep All-American honors as a senior ... ranked No. 16 for all players in California/Hawaii/Nevada by SuperPrep and No. 25 for all players in the state of California by Rivals, ... a four-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout, while ESPN gives him three stars ... recorded 26 tackles and 0.5 sacks as a prep senior for a squad that won a share of the Eastern League title ... had 31 tackles, 3.0 sacks and a fumble recovery during his junior season when the club shared the Eastern League title ... contributed 50 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks and a team-high four forced fumbles to a 14-0 squad that won the Division II California State title and the Eastern League outright during his 2008 sophomore campaign ... was named to the GoldenStatePreps.com All-State Super Sophomore team and also picked up All-CIF Section, All-North Country and All-Eastern League recognition as a sophomore ... a high school teammate of current Cal redshirt freshman Alejandro Crosthwaite ... ESPN says "Jalil is certainly a big kid who is capable of causing some disruption in the trenches."
Jalen Jefferson - LB, 6-3, 225, Fr., HS
Ventura, CA (St. Bonaventure HS)
Listed by ESPN as the No. 37 outside linebacker in the nation and comes in at No. 38 according to Scout, while Rivals has him as the No. 41 "athlete" in the country as well as the No. 53 player overall from the state of California ... a three-star rating from ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... selected All-Region by Prepstar and the organization's No. 33 player overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... led his squad to an 11-2 overall record and an 8-1 league mark during his senior campaign when he was named the Marmonte League's top linebacker ... posted 70 tackles, 6.0 sacks and one interception return for a touchdown during his junior season to earn All-Channel League honors ... an All-Region player according to Prepstar ... ESPN says "Jefferson is a big, rangy outside linebacker candidate that is versatile enough to contribute at another position, but his future will be on defense."
Daniel Lasco - TB, 6-2, 190, Fr., HS
The Woodlands, TX (The Woodlands HS)
Listed by five organization's among their top-25 running backs in the country - No. 13 Tom Lemming, No. 17 ESPN, No. 19 Prepstar, No. 24 Scout, No. 25 Rivals ... a Prepstar All-American ... ranks as the No. 30 player overall in the state of Texas according to SuperPrep and No. 44 by Rivals ... a four-star recruit according to ESPN and Scout, while garnering three and a half stars from Lemming and three by Rivals ... led his team to a 10-1 overall record and a 6-0 mark in league action to capture the 5A Region II District 14 title as a senior when he was named his district's Offensive MVP ... finished his four-year varsity career with 3,821 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns on 444 carries for an average of 8.6 yards per rush ... posted his biggest statistical totals as a junior in 2009 when he rushed for 1,520 yards and 17 touchdowns on 216 carries, while adding five catches for 127 yards and two TDs ... had huge rush-per-carry averages during both his freshman campaign when he ran for 357 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries for a 13.7 average and during his sophomore season when he rushed for 1,107 yards on a mere 101 carries for an 11.0 average ... ESPN says "Lasco is one of the more intriguing running back prospects in this class."
Puka Lopa - DL, 6-3, 255, Fr., HS
Sacramento, CA (Grant HS)
Listed as Rivals No. 34 strongside defensive end, while Scout has him at No. 56 and ESPN puts him at No. 138 for all defensive ends ... Rivals lists him as the No. 46 overall player from the state of California, while he checks in on SuperPrep's top players in California/Hawaii/Nevada at No. 57 ... picked up three stars from ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... an All-Region selection of SuperPrep and Prepstar ... paced his squad in tackles, sacks and fumble recoveries each of his last two prep campaigns when he picked up All-Sac Joaquin section and All-Delta Valley League honors both seasons ... added All-Area recognition as a senior when he posted 128 tackles, 21.0 sacks, five fumble recoveries and a forced fumble for a squad that finished 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the Delta Valley League to win the conference title ... big senior season followed a 2009 junior campaign in which he had 100 tackles, 20.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and all four of the team's blocked punts when his squad was 12-1 and again was unbeaten at 6-0 to win the Delta Valley League ... contributed 17 tackles as a sophomore in 2008 for an unbeaten 14-0 state championship squad that was 5-0 in the league to claim a Delta Valley League crown ... ESPN says "Lopa is active and productive, flashing good playing strength and speed."
Stefan McClure - DB, 5-11, 180, Fr., HS
Vista, CA (Vista HS)
Played in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl following his senior campaign ... listed among the best cornerbacks in the nation by Scout (No. 4), SuperPrep (No. 6), Rivals (No. 9) and ESPN (No. 24) ... ranks among the nation's top players overall according to Rivals (No. 118) ... a Prepstar and SuperPrep All-American ... a four-star recruit of Rivals and Scout, while ESPN gives him three stars ... Prepstar has him as the No. 8 player overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... a two-time All-State player in California, earning the honor in both his junior and senior campaigns, with an additional honor on the prestigious Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West team in his final prep season ... led the Avocado League's East Division in both receiving and interceptions as a senior when his club posted a 12-1 overall mark and 3-1 conference record on the way to a CIF section title ... caught 58 balls for 1,317 yards and 13 touchdowns as a 2010 senior on offense, while he was the Defensive MVP of his conference after recording 48 tackles, four interceptions that he returned for 59 yard and a touchdown, nine pass breakups and a forced fumble to also earn KUSI Silver Pigskin San Diego Player of the Year honors ... had 35 receptions on offense, while recording a pair of interceptions and an amazing six blocked punts on defense during his junior season when his squad won the Palomar League title, posted a 10-3 overall mark and advanced to the CIF San Diego Section Division I title game ... ESPN says "McClure is simply a very good football player."
Viliami Moala - DL, 6-3, 350, Fr., HS
Sacramento, CA (Grant HS)
Earned five stars from Scout and Tom Lemming, while garnering four from ESPN and Rivals ... listed as the nation's No. 2 defensive tackle by Lemming, Scout and SuperPrep, while checking in at No. 7 at his position according to ESPN and No. 8 by Rivals ... played in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl following his senior campaign, publicly chose Cal at the event and a blocked a kick during the game ... among the top-100 overall players in the nation according to SuperPrep (No. 4), Tom Lemming (No. 34), Sporting News (No. 42), Prepstar (No. 83), ESPN (No. 97), Rivals (No. 99) ... a MaxPreps All-American ... SuperPrep lists him at No. 2 for all players in California/Hawaii/Nevada, while Rivals has him at No. 11 for all California players ... ranked second in the Sac-Joaquin Section and 19th in the state of California with 16.0 sacks as senior ... also added 131 tackles, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception that he returned 25 yards, three blocked punts and a blocked field goal in his final prep campaign for a squad that was 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the Delta Valley League to win the conference title ... was a member of the prestigious Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West team and also an All-Area selection as a senior when his squad reached the Sac-Joaquin section semifinals during his senior campaign ... also had a huge junior season with 115 tackles, 15.0 sacks, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and a blocked kick ... earned All-State honors and was also the GoldenStatePreps Junior Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 when his squad finished 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the Metro League ... contributed 51 tackles and 4.0 sacks as a 2008 sophomore for a Grant squad that won a California state title with a 14-0 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the Metro League ... also had 69 tackles, 5.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a 2007 freshman playing on the varsity squad ... team combined for a 39-2 overall record during his final three varsity seasons and won three conference titles ... ESPN says "Moala is a big boy who can provide a physical presence in the heart of the trenches ... He displays good initial quickness and is more than just a guy that will bang heads."
Jordan Morgan - DB, 6-0, 193, Fr., HS
Lakeside, AZ (Blue Ridge HS)
Ranked as the nation's No. 24 "athlete" by Tom Lemming, as well as No. 56 among safeties by Rivals, No. 98 according to Scout and No. 120 by ESPN ... a four-star recruit according to Lemming, while picking up three stars from Rivals and Scout, and two from ESPN ... listed as the No. 11 player overall in the state of Arizona according to Rivals ... played both as a primarily running quarterback and defensive back as a prep but is being recruited to Cal as a defensive back ... a Prepstar and SuperPrep All-Region selection ... rushed for 786 yards and 12 touchdowns on 90 carries under center as an All-State selection as a senior, while hitting on a sharp 67.6 percent of his passes (23-of-34) for 373 yards and four scores for a squad that was 12-1 overall and won the 3A East League with a 5-0 mark ... defensively recorded 47 tackles, 2.0 sacks, two interceptions that he returned 27 yards and two pass breakups during his final prep campaign, while also serving as his squad's punter with a 37.25 average on 16 attempts ... named the Arizona 2A Player of the Year when he put up huge stats as a junior at Valley Christian High School to lead his squad to a 12-1 record and the top ranking in Arizona 2A football ... rushed 1,450 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground during his junior campaign, was 96-of-135 passing for 1,516 yards and 23 TD's, and recorded 139 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five interceptions that he returned for 224 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on defense ... also averaged 45.0 yards per punt to earn All-American honors as a punter during his junior season ... posted solid numbers as a 2008 sophomore with 384 rushing yards and five scores on 81 carries, 810 yards and 12 touchdowns, was 56-of-122 passing and on defense posted 100 tackles, seven interceptions that he returned for 82 yards and two fumble recoveries, while averaging 38.42 yards per punt ... also returned kicks and punts during his prep career ... ESPN says "Morgan is a savvy defensive back prospect with good instincts and athleticism."
Jordan Rigsbee - OL, 6-5, 300, Fr., HS
Chico, CA (Pleasant Valley HS)
Played in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl following his senior campaign ... ranked No. 9 nationally among offensive guards by Rivals, No. 12 according to Scout and No. 16 by ESPN ... No. 13 among the nation's top offensive guards and centers by Tom Lemming, and No. 40 among all offensive lineman according to SuperPrep ... comes in on lists of the nation's top players overall at No. 136 by Prepstar, No. 177 according to Rivals and No. 263 from Lemming ... a SuperPrep All-American ... Rivals also has him listed as the No. 20 overall player in the state, while he checks in at No. 24 overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada on SuperPrep's list ... garners four stars from Rivals and Scout, as well as three according to ESPN ... played four seasons of varsity prep football, was named first-team Division II All-State as a senior in 2010, earned All-Northern Section recognition twice and picked up all Eastern Conference honors in each of his final three campaigns ... also had a huge season on the defensive line as a senior, with 113 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups ... selected as a NorCal Preps Athlete of the Week during his senior campaign for the week of Nov. 14-20, 2010 ... picked up a share of the Eastern League title during his junior campaign while also scoring a touchdown ... had 40 tackles as a 2008 sophomore, as well as 23 stops with two pass breakups and a fumble recovery during his 2007 freshman season ... younger brother of current Cal junior offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee ... also played hoops and was the MVP of his squad as a sophomore ... ESPN says "Rigsbee is a very athletic, dominant run blocker."
Richard Rodgers - TE, 6-4, 240, Fr., HS
Worcester, MA (St. John's HS)
Garnered four and a half stars from Tom Lemming, while being given three by ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... listed as the No. 9 "athlete" nationally according to Lemming and the No. 168 player overall ... Prepstar All-American ... played wide receiver and defensive end as a prep but is being recruited to Cal as a tight end, where he is listed among the best in the nation by Rivals (No. 24) and ESPN (No. 34) ... checks in as the nation's No. 65 receiver according to Scout ... the No. 3 player overall in the state of Massachusetts according to Rivals ... a SuperPrep All-Region player who is also listed by the media outlet as the No. 6 player in the New England area ... led all Massachusetts Division C-1 players in receiving, sacks and scoring as a senior, while also ranking No. 10 in tackles ... made 65 catches for 1,064 receiving yards and hauled in 16 touchdown grabs during his final prep campaign when he was named All-State by ESPNBoston.com ... also recorded 35 tackles, 8.0 sacks, one interception that he returned for 35 yards, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense, and did just about everything else for his 12-1 senior squad that won the state's Division IA conference with a 5-0 record league mark, as he rushed seven times for 61 yards and a touchdown, completed two-of-three passes for 89 yards, punted 18 times for a 37.17 average, and even returned both punts (7-73) and kicks (4-91) ... also had a solid junior season when he was named the Defensive MVP of his conference with 42 tackles, 3.0 sacks and four interceptions including one that he returned 75 yards for a touchdown, while contributing 49 catches for 800 yards and 20 TD catches on offense ... again was prominent on special teams, punting 16 times for a 35.19 average, making 33 extra points and two field goals ... also played basketball and averaged 14.5 points per game as a junior in 2009-10 ... father, Richard Sr., is a former Cal football player who was prominently involved in "The Play" in the 1982 Big Game, including making the final of five laterals, who went on to play in Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, and now is defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Holy Cross ... ESPN says "Richard is another good tight prospect from the state of Massachusetts. He will play on both sides of the ball in high school, but we feel he will best on offensive in college.
Brennan Scarlett - DL, 6-4, 255, Fr., HS
Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
Played in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl following his senior campaign ... picked up four and a half stars from Tom Lemming, as well as four by ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... listed among the nation's top defensive ends by Rivals (No. 9), Lemming (No. 10), ESPN (No. 15) and Scout (No. 22), while SuperPrep has him as the No. 30 overall defensive lineman in the country ... selected among the top players overall in the country by Sporting News (No. 73), Lemming (No. 84) and Rivals (No. 138) ... a Prepstar and SuperPrep All-American ... Rivals has him listed as the No. 2 player overall in the state of Oregon ... posted 31 tackles in the first two games of his 2010 senior season before suffering an injury that forced him to miss all but one other game in the campaign ... had 59 tackles, 6.0 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense, and caught 17 balls for 343 yards and seven TDs for a squad that finished 8-3 overall and 6-1 in conference games to take a share of the 6A Mt. Hood title ... contributed 43 tackles, 4.0 sacks, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles during his 2008 sophomore campaign to help lead the squad to a 9-2 mark and another league crown ... ESPN says "Scarlett comes across as a fairly physically impressive looking kid on film. He has good size and should be able to continue to add bulk with time in a college weight program.
Avery Walls - DB, 5-11, 184, Fr., HS
McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian HS)
Enrolled at Cal in January of 2011 after graduating from high school in three and a half years and is expected to participate in 2011 spring practices ... played in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl following his senior campaign, and was the only Cal signee to play for the East squad ... listed among the nation's top safeties by ESPN (No. 6) and Rivals (No. 8), as well as the nation's top defensive backs according to SuperPrep (No. 46) ... ranks among the nation's top players overall according to ESPN (No. 68), Tom Lemming (No. 141) and Rivals (No. 159) ... No. 8 on Rivals national list of "top 10 headhunters" ... ranks as Georgia's No. 14 player overall according to Rivals and checks in at No. 16 according to SuperPrep ... received four-plus stars from Tom Lemming, as well as four from ESPN and Rivals, and three by Scout ... picked up All-American honors from both SuperPrep and Prepstar ... made 55 tackles and picked off three passes defensively as a senior, while rushing for 434 yards and seven scores on 49 carries on offense for an 11-1 squad that was a perfect 6-0 in conference games to win the A Region 5 South title ... named to the US Under-19 National Team by USA Football following his senior campaign for a game scheduled Feb. 2, 2011 against 45 of the world's best players outside the United States ... posted a strong statistical season defensively as a junior in 2009 with 104 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries including one which he brought back for a touchdown for Union Grove High School ... also previously attended Sandy Creek High School ... ESPN says "Walls is an explosive player who can cover the entire field. Simply a very good football player with a lot of natural ability."
Matt Williams - OL, 6-7, 290, Jr., JC
Liverpool, England (North Dakota State College of Science/Proctor Academy)
Enrolled at Cal in January of 2011 and is expected to participate in 2011 spring practices ... listed as the nation's No. 13 junior college prospect by Rivals, while SuperPrep has him as the country's No. 37 JC player ... a four-star recruit according to Rivals, while he picked up three stars from Scout ... a two-year starter on the offensive line for North Dakota State College of Science and a second-team All-Midwest Football Conference selection as a 2010 sophomore ... originally from Liverpool, England, and played rugby in his home country before coming to the United States at the age of 15 ... played wide receiver/cornerback in his first football campaign in 2007 at Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire, as a 195-pounder before he was converted to a tight end/defensive end ... earned an All-Evergreen League selection as a tight end to help lead his prep squad to a New England Championship Game victory in his 2008 senior campaign ... did not play any offensive line in high school ... also played basketball and soccer at Proctor, serving as team captain of the hoops squad as a senior and leading the soccer team in goals scored during his sophomore campaign.
Joel Willis - DB, 5-10, 185, Fr., HS
Garden Grove, CA (Pacifica HS)
Listed as the nation's No. 53 "athlete" according to Rivals, while Scout has him as the country's No. 67 cornerback ... ranked No. 75 among all California players by Rivals, while SuperPrep lists him at No. 83 in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... a three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... an All-Region choice of Prepstar and SuperPrep ... posted solid numbers on both sides of the ball as a senior with 90 tackles and three forced fumbles on defense, while making 40 catches for 905 yards and running the ball for 345 yards and five touchdowns from the running back spot ... also had three touchdowns on returns during his senior campaign, bringing kick returns back for 95 and 77 yards, as well as a punt return for 75 ... ran for 580 yards and six touchdowns as a junior, while adding 22 receptions for 289 yards and two scores ... has a hand-timed 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, while his best 100 and 200-meter times are 10.7 and 21.9, run during his sophomore track season ... ESPN says "Willis is a very good athlete who will bring valuable versatility to the program that lands him. Really could get recruited to a multitude of positions; running back, slot, safety or corner are all possibilities."