L.A. Combine Preview: Cal Offensive Prospects

Kenny Stills

The Scout.com/Fox Sports Regional Combine comes to Golden State this weekend with a stop in Los Angeles. Cal has offered over 70 of the top players in the country, and a number of them will be on hand Saturday in L.A. Cal Sports Digest previews the top offensive prospects with Cal offers that will compete this weekend…

There are not as many offensive players competing this weekend with Cal offers as there are defensive players. Two of the offensive players expected to compete this weekend with Cal offers have already verbally committed elsewhere. However, a few more prospects on offense from this weekend's combine could end up with a Cal offer down the line.

Davon Dunn
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Davon Dunn, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln – The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect picked up his seventh and eighth offers earlier this week. Cal was the fifth school to offer him. Arizona, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, and Washington are his other offers.

He is a versatile prospect that is being recruited as defensive back and wide receiver. Cal is recruiting him as a slot receiver. But his versatility cannot be ignored, as he also is an excellent kick returner.

Dunn grew up a Fresno State fan because his father David Dunn was an All-American for the Bulldogs in 1994. However, the elder Dunn's offensive coordinator at Fresno those years was current Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. Despite the interest and ties to FS, Dunn has stated he wants to play in the Pac-10. Moreover, his mother prefers he stays in state at either Cal or UCLA.



Jordon James
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Jordon James, Corona (Calif.) – The 5-foot-9, 190-pound speedster has offers galore. Cal was among the first of his 18 offers. Scout.com rates the standout four-stars and the No. 12 running back in the country. He is arguably the biggest name among the offensive prospects competing in Los Angeles this weekend.

James can fly with a sub 4.4 forty-time. But he also has the ability to fight for yards if needed. His best assets are his vision, ability to change direction, and acceleration. He definitely is a back that could follow in the path of Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen.

He is not naming any favorites, but James plans to cut his list down to a manageable number in the near future. His goal is to make his college decision during the Under Armour All-American game. He has named Arizona, Cal, Florida, UCLA, and Washington in the past as schools that stood out.



Kenny Stills
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Kenny Stills, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon – The 6-foot-2, 180-pound is currently sitting on 12 offers, including one from every in-state Pac-10 program. Cal was the ninth school to offer him. Scout.com rates him four-stars and the 11th best receiver in the country.

Stills has consistently impressed at every camp he has attended this spring. At the Scout.com/Badger 7-on-7 passing tournament in March, he outshined all of the other top receivers at the camp while earning all-camp honors. He also walked away with the USC Nike Camp WR MVP award last month.

He is an exceptional route runner, and he has an uncanny ability to get to the ball. Cal still has not found a big-play threat to replace the void left by DeSean Jackson. Stills is arguably the best receiver on Cal's board, along with Robert Woods, showing serious interest in the Bears.

Stills' father went to Wisconsin. The Badgers haven't offered, but fellow Big Ten member Penn State has. Stills has no qualms about heading East to play his college ball. He plans to go through the recruiting process and take his five visits. He has stressed two main things in his recruitment – playing time and education. Before USC offered, he listed Arizona State, Cal, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA, and Washington as a top six, but he stated it was not an official list.



Trajuan Briggs
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Trajuan Briggs and Paul Richardson are also expected to compete this weekend. Richardson has been a verbal commit to UCLA for quite some time.

Update: Richardson Reopens His Recruitment

"I am completely wide open right now," said Richardson. "I'm open to talk to everyone and will most likely hold off on official trips until after the season and work them around my basketball schedule."

Briggs was leaning towards Cal – his first offer – for much of his early recruitment.

Cal had maintained a high spot on his list until both the L.A. Pac-10 programs offered. Once it became clear UCLA wanted Briggs on defense rather than offense, USC moved ahead on his list with the Bears an obvious distant second. He wasted little time verbally committing to USC less than a month after receiving his offer from the Trojans.

Nonetheless, as we've seen every recruiting season, nothing is final until the ink dries. Briggs is the ideal power back the Cal offense lacked last season. While the Bears signed Dasarte Yarnway this year to fill the void, Briggs has the speed to line up in the slot as well and be effective.

Stay with CalSportsDigest.com for highlights and updates from players listed above following this weekend's combine.


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