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Wadood Makes the Call
Posted Jul 2, 2013
Four-star cornerback and former Arizona State commit Jaleel Wadood joins an already-strong DB class for California, becoming the Bears' third commit in the defensive backfield.
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With one of the most extensive lists of prospects of any school participating in NIKE’s annual
event in Beaverton, Ore.,
struck gold on the second day of the action, snagging a commitment from four-star defensive back
out of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, adding to an already-strong 2014 haul of defenders.
Wadood – the No. 19 cornerback in the 2014 class – joins Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame safety
and Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany safety
as three of an expected blockbuster five-man defensive back class for the Bears, who look to be quite thin in the defensive backfield in 2013, with the unexpected early departure of
San Diego Chargers
Behind expected starting corners
, there isn’t much playing experience.
have a combined 14 games of experience and one start, while behind expected starting safeties
have a combined 12 games and no starts.
After committing to
early, Wadood de-committed from the Sun Devils on June 25, saying that he “had a gut feeling” that he had to “open this back up,” in advance of The Opening.
Wadood visited Cal in early June, and bonded closely with defensive coordinator
“I have a great relationship with all the coaches and especially Andy Buh, the DC,” Wadood said. “I like what they’re doing at Cal with the new staff and academically, you can’t beat a degree from Cal.”
Wadood has put on about 20 pounds since last season as he endeavors to become a full-time safety. He becomes the second St. John Bosco Brave to commit to Cal in the last three recruiting cycles, and is a teammate of 2015 Bears quarterback target
After already snagging a commit this past week from offensive lineman
, the Bears may not be done just yet.
El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker
will be making his intentions known on Wednesday during the ESPNU broadcast of The Opening. Calhoun will be choosing between the Bears,
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