|2009 Cal Signing Day Central presented by Shaw Management Group
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Coach Tedford addressed the media regarding this year's recruiting class. The video can be viewed on All-Access by clicking on here.
The last of the NLIs have just arrived! Markish Jones, a wide receiver from Compton CC. Jones Caught 39 passes for 521 yards and seven touchdowns this past season at Compton CC, and was a former Rivals four-star prospect out of Broome HS in South Carolina .
Another NLI just came in - Steve Williams, a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American, who was also ticketed as the 23rd-best cornerback in the country by Rivals and No. 7 corner by ESPN.com.
A huge wave of NLIs just came through in the last 10 minutes! Deandre Coleman followed by Keni Kaufusi, Dasarte Yarnway, Charles Siddoway and Brian Schwenke. Coleman and Kaufusi are a pair of defensive tackles, while Siddoway and Schwenke give the Bears two strong offensive lineman. Yarnway was a SuperPrep All-American who rushed for 2,180 yards at San Francisco's Sacred Heart HS.
Cal's recruiting class reached double figures with the 10th and 11th NLIs to be faxed in. Steven Fanua's letter was quickly followed by one from Jerome Meadows. Fanua has been rated one of the top 50 outside LBs in the country. Meadows, originally from Spartanburg, SC, had 105 tackles at nearby San Jose CC in 2008.
Defensive standout Ryan Davis sent his fax in at 7:16 a.m. While playing at Cerritos CC last fall, he had 32 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries.
Three more NLIs roll in to the Cal football office from QB Allan Bridgford, CB Vachel Samuels and PK Vince D'Amato. Bridgford hails from Mission Viejo and passed for over 3,000 yards and 38 TDs as a senior. Samuels was named the nation's fourth-most physical cornerback by Rivals and D'Amato hasa strong leg and put over 90% of his kickoffs into the end zone last year.
Another NLI comes through the fax machine, this time Isi Sofele, a quick and explosive product of Salt Lake City who gained almost 3,500 yards and scored 48 TDs his last two years of high school.
At 6:36, Alex Logan's NLI came through, immediately followed by one from high school teammate Charles Ragland. Both players hail from Mullen HS in Denver, CO, which is also the alma mater of current Cal OL Chris Guarnero. Logan is a PrepStar All-American, while Ragland is a massive 6-8, 285 and helped paved the way for three rushing TDs in winning the state championship game.
The first two letters of intent have come through the fax machine - offensive lineman Mark Brazinski and linebacker Jarred Price. Brazinski is considered one of the top center prospects in the country, while Price was named his conference's defensive MVP at Blinn JC in Texas last fall.
Welcome to Cal's Football Signing Day Central! The Bear coaching staff arrived in the Memorial Stadium offices by about 4 a.m. for some breakfast and
hoping to see some early letters.
Monday, Feb. 2
Fans will have the opportunity to follow the excitement of National Letter of Intent Signing Day by visiting www.CalBears.com on Wednesday, Feb. 4. CalBears.com will provide live updates as letters are faxed and approved by the Golden Bear administration.
The first Wednesday in February is the first day of the signing period for football players. High school athletes can fax their official intent to attend a certain school beginning that day. Updates are expected on CalBears.com shortly after 6 a.m. (Pacific). Along with the news of the official signing, biographical information and video highlights of the signees is expected to be available. So be sure to visit www.CalBears.com on Wednesday morning.
Cal secured its school-record seventh straight season with at least seven wins - each year that Jeff Tedford has overseen the program after posting a 9-4 record and an Emerald Bowl victory over Miami in 2008. The bowl win was the fifth for Tedford - no other Cal coach has won more than two. Tedford's turnaround has been quite remarkable, especially considering that the Bears were coming off a 1-10 campaign in 2001 and had not had a plus .500 season since 1993.
Head Coach Jeff Tedford's Press Conference can be seen via Cal All-Access late in the afternoon. You must be a subscriber to view this event. Yearly Subscriptions are $59.95 and monthly subscriptions are $7.95. Please visit: http://calbears.cstv.com/multimedia/cal-webcasts.html
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