Cal LOI Day: Let the Madness Begin
Bay Area native Dasarte Yarnway headlines class.
Bay Area native Dasarte Yarnway headlines class.

Posted Feb 4, 2009


National Signing Day is steadily becoming the official end of one football season and the start of the next. Cal has 19 known verbal commits, but it is not the same verbal commits from a few weeks ago. And the madness is not over, as one of Cal’s prized recruits is still mulling between the Bears and a Pac-10 rival. The LOI’s will start arriving at 6 a.m. PT and CSD will have complete coverage…

Starting at 6 a.m. PT, the California coaches will start receiving faxed National Letter of Intents from prospective recruits. You can follow them on the Cal Sports Digest Blog as they come through.

CSD will also have full coverage from Jeff Tedford's 3 p.m. press conference, where he will provide insight on the 2009 class.

Here are the 19 known verbal commits:

The Question Mark

OG Stan Hasiak (Kapolei HS) Kapolei, HI 6-6/315/5.60
Latest: He verbally committed to Cal last month after he decommitted from UCLA. But the standout is still deciding. We won’t know his final decision until he signs on the dotted line.
Rating: 4-stars (No. 9 OG in the nation)
EDIT: Hasiak recommits to UCLA on Wednesday morning.


The Surprises

WLB Lucas King (Berkeley HS) Berkeley, CA 6-3/200
Latest: He decommitted from Idaho State after receiving a late offer from Cal this week. He is a grayshirt candidate.
Rating: Unrated 1-star

WR Markish Jones (Compton) Compton, CA 6-3/200/4.50
Latest: The South Carolina native originally committed to Clemson out of high school. He recently committed to Cal over offers from Colorado and Arizona State after his official visit to Berkeley. He is the lone receiving target in the 2009 class after it seemed the Bears would not sign one.
Rating: 3-stars

K Vince D'Amato (El Toro HS) Lake Forest, CA 6-2/185
Latest: A scholarship kicker? Yes, the Golden Bear coaches pulled the trigger and finally offered a top-notch prep kicker. D’Amato verbally committed after taking his official visit last month.
Rating: Unrated 1-star


The JUCOs

Head Coach Jeff Tedford always taps the junior college market for a few impact players. At one point, four JUCOs were verbally committed to the Bears. But fullback recruit Sean Quinn no longer has an offer and defensive end recruit Ryan Davis decommitted and verbally committed to Washington this past weekend. The addition of Jones gives the Bears three JUCO commits heading into signing day.

Quinn was declared by the NCAA to have just one year of eligibility remaining, therefore, Cal was not able to honor its offer. Despite having an offer to walk on in Berkeley, Quinn is expected to walk on at USC instead. Davis, nevertheless, is still in play. The three-star recruit prefers to play on the line as a defensive end versus the outside linebacker position the Bears want him to play. UW’s offer to play him on the line with his hand down lured him away from Berkeley. But it would not be a surprise of Tedford & Co. gets him back.

SLB Jarred Price (Blinn College) Brenham, TX 5-10/215/4.53
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday. With Davis off the board for now, he is the leading candidate to fill in for the graduating Zack Follett at the hybrid OLB position.
Rating: 4-stars

WLB Jerome Meadows (San Jose) San Jose, CA 6-3/225/4.55
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday. He is capable of playing every linebacker positions in the 3-4 defense.
Rating: 3-stars


Cornerstones

Every year there is a corps of recruits a school can build a class around, as well as, count on them to help recruit their peers.

QB Allan Bridgford (Mission Viejo HS) Mission Viejo, CA 6-4.5/215
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 4-stars (No. 23 QB in the nation)

RB Dasarte Yarnway (Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) San Francisco, CA 6-0/210/4.50
Latest: He says he will have his LOI in the coaches hands by 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. CSD will have coverage of Yarnway’s 2 .pm. signing at Sacred Heart.
Rating: 4-stars (No. 27 RB in the nation)

C Mark Brazinski (Immaculata HS) Somerville, NJ 6-4/290/5.20
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 4-stars (No. 2 C in the nation)

CB Steve Williams (Skyline HS) Dallas, TX 5-9/165/4.38
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 4-stars (No. 20 CB in the nation)

DT Deandre Coleman (Garfield HS) Seattle, WA 6-4/285/5.20
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 3-stars (No. 34 DT in the nation)

OT Charles Siddoway (Henry D Sheldon HS) Eugene, OR 6-6/305/5.30
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 3-stars (No. 30 OT in the nation)

MLB Steven Fanua (Milpitas HS) Milpitas, CA 6-1/210/4.60
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 3-stars (No. 21 MLB in the nation)

CB Vachel Samuels (Lynwood HS) Lynwood, CA 6-1/190/4.40
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 3-stars (No. 37 CB in the nation)

OG Brian Schwenke (Oceanside HS) Oceanside, CA 6-3/255/4.85
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 3-stars (No. 32 OG in the nation)

S Alex Logan (Mullen HS) Denver, CO 6-2/195/4.55
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday.
Rating: 3-stars (No. 35 S in the nation)


Hidden Gems

Just as cornerstones are important to a class, finding hidden gems are another important piece of the recruiting class.

DT Keni Kaufusi (Cottonwood HS) Salt Lake City, UT 6-2.5/280
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday. The postgraduate came back on the recruiting market after not playing last season. He is a great talent that is underrated mainly because he has been out of football since 2007.
Rating: 3-stars

OT Charles Ragland (Mullen HS) Denver, CO 6-8/285/5.10
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday. In just his second year of football, he compiled five official offers. His footwork, speed, and quickness is unmatched by most players his size.
Rating: 3-stars

RB Isi Sofele (Cottonwood HS) Salt Lake City, UT 5-7/175/4.44
Latest: He is expected to sign his LOI on Wednesday. His lack of size likely limited his offers, but Cal is plucking the perfect compliment to Yarnway. Sofele’s lightening quickness balances the power dimension Yarnway brings to the table. Furthermore, Sofele is a capable kick return specialist, perhaps the best in the West.
Rating: 3-stars


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