University of California, Berkeley announced on National Signing Day Wednesday that 24 college football hopefuls committed to become Golden Bears.
2015 Cal Football Recruiting Class (as of Feb. 4, 2015)
NAME POS HT WT YR EXP HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOLS)
Austin Aaron WR 6-5 210 Fr. HS Napa, CA (Napa HS)
Antoine Albert DB 6-1 185 Jr. JC Oakland, CA (Diablo Valley College/Oakland Tech HS)
Grayson Bankhead WR 5-10 160 Fr. HS Corona, CA (Centennial HS)
Luc Bequette DL 6-2 285 Fr. HS Little Rock, AR (Catholic HS)
Ross Bowers QB 6-2 180 Fr. HS Bothell, WA (Bothell HS)
Ryan Gibson OL 6-3 265 Fr. HS Bay St. Louis, MS (St. Stanislaus HS)
Trevor Howard DL 6-4 235 Fr. HS Thousand Oaks, CA (Oaks Christian HS)
Zeandae Johnson DL 6-5 250 Fr. HS Fresno, CA (Central HS)
Jaylinn Hawkins ATH 6-1 200 Fr. HS Buena Park, CA (Buena Park HS)
Dylan Klumph P 6-3 230 So. JC Malibu, CA (Golden West College/Crespi HS)
Billy McCrary III ATH 5-10 195 Fr. HS Austin, TX (Rouse HS)
Patrick Mekari OL 6-5 300 Fr. HS Westlake Village, CA (Westlake HS)
Kanawai Noa WR 6-0 175 Fr. HS Honolulu, HI (Punahou HS)
Lonny Powell RB 5-11 220 Fr. HS Sacramento, CA (Sacramento HS)
Malik Psalms DB 6-3 175 Fr. HS Chino Hills, CA (Ayala HS)
Evan Rambo DB 6-4 185 Fr. HS Los Angeles, CA (La Salle HS)
Cameron Saffle DL 6-4 225 Fr. HS Sammamish, WA (Skyline HS)
Brandon Singleton WR 6-0 175 Fr. HS Boutte, LA (Hahnville HS)
Carlos Strickland WR 6-5 200 Fr. HS Dallas, TX (Skyline HS)
Trey Turner DB 6-1 180 Fr. HS Mobile, AL (Murphy HS)
Russell Ude DL 6-4 250 Fr. HS Atlanta, GA (The Westminster School)
Semisi Uluave OL 6-5 325 Fr. HS Honolulu, HI (Punahou HS)
Derron Williams-Brown DB 6-2 190 So. JC Mesa, AZ (Mesa Community College/Betty H. Fairfax HS)
DeVante Wilson DL 6-6 225 Jr. JC Riverside, CA (Riverside Community College/USC/Corona HS
2015 Recruiting Class Thumbnail Player Bios
QR, 6-5, 210, Fr., HS
Napa, CA (Napa HS)
Aaron is a third-generation Cal student-athlete who ranks as high as the nation’s No. 59 wide receiver and No. 67 player overall in California according to Rivals after a high school career in which he set school records with 2,082 receiving yards and 23 touchdown catches on a total of 115 receptions. Aaron was a second-team All-State selection as a 2013 junior and a 2014 first-team All-Northern California pick and honorable mention All-State choice. He was also named the Monticello Empire League Back of the Year in each of his last two seasons and was a three-time All-MEL selection.
CB, 6-1, 190, Jr., JC
Oakland, CA (Diablo Valley College/Oakland Tech HS)
Albert was an All-American and two-time All-Conference selection who played for a pair of teams at Diablo Valley College in 2013 and 2014 that extended the school’s string of bowl games to five in a row. Albert earned preseason and midseason All-American honors as well as All-Bay League recognition in his second season as a starter during his 2014 sophomore campaign when he helped the Vikings to a 7-4 overall record. Albert was also an All-Mid-Empire Conference selection as a 2013 freshman and prepped locally at Oakland Tech High School where famous Cal alum and NFL standout Marshawn Lynch attended high school.
WR, 5-10, 160, Fr., HS
Corona, CA (Centennial HS)
Bankhead is Cal’s second player from powerhouse Centennial High School in as many years following 2014 freshman running back Tre Watson. Bankhead compiled 137 catches for 2,061 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns during his three varsity seasons with his squad compiling a 38-8 record, winning three Section titles, four Big VIII League crowns and reaching the Open Division state title game during his 2012 sophomore and 2014 senior campaigns.
DL, 6-2, 285, Fr., HS
Little Rock, AR (Catholic HS)
Bequette split his two varsity seasons at Centennial High School in Champaign as a 2013 junior and Catholic High School in Little Rock for his 2014 senior season. He was a two-way starter both seasons. Bequette was an All-State and first-team All-Big Twelve Conference pick as an offensive lineman during his junior season while he earned second-team honors on the defensive line. As a senior he was a first-team All-7A/6A player on defense according to ArkansasVarsity.com.
QB, 6-2, 185, Fr., HS
Bothell, WA (Bothell HS)
Bowers is a four-star ESPN recruit that has led his team to its first Washington state title and also a KingCo crown as well as a current 14-1 record as a 2014 senior with the squad’s lone loss coming against Miami’s Central High School in the first annual Burger King State Champions Bowl Series. Bowers has completed 228-of-335 passes (68.1%) for 3505 yards with 37 touchdowns and six interceptions to earn first-team All-KingCo honors. He also produced one of the most viewed football plays ever in the state championship game when he landed on his feet in the end zone after a full flip over a defender to cap off a four-yard touchdown run. The play has been viewed by millions worldwide and ended up as the No. 3 Play of the Year by MaxPreps after picking up multiple Play of the Week mentions.
OL, 6-3, 265, Fr., HS
Bay St. Louis, MS (St. Stanislaus HS)
Gibson is the top center from the state of Mississippi in the 2015 recruiting class according to Scout. He was a four-year prep starter who played on both sides of the football and helped lead his program to the state finals as a 2014 senior and a 25-3 overall record during his final two campaigns. Gibson earned his top honors as a 2013 junior when he was a 4A All-State, All-Region 8-4A and Sun Herald All-South Mississippi football team selection.
ATH, 6-1, 200, Fr., HS
Buena Park, CA (Buena Park HS)
Noa put up strong numbers during his three varsity prep seasons, compiling totals of 146 receptions for 3,195 yards receiving and 34 touchdowns as he became the first player in the history of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu to record over 3,000 yards of receiving three times. Noa was a two-time All-State selection in 2013 and 2014, while adding ILH Offensive Player of the Year recognition in his final prep season. He led his squad to state and ILH titles during his 2013 junior campaign.
DE, 6-4, 235, Fr., HS
Westlake Village, CA (Oaks Christian HS)
Howard is looking forward to a return to action after a promising 2014 senior season was cut short in his second game of the campaign. Howard showed promise during his 2012 sophomore and 2013 junior seasons and was named first-team All-Marmonte League in his junior campaign. He played both defensive end and tight end as a prep but is coming to Cal on the defensive side of the ball.
DL, 6-5, 250, Fr., HS
Fresno, CA (Central HS)
Johnson played on both sides of the ball at tight end and defensive end as a prep but is slated to begin his Cal career as a defensive lineman. Stats Johnson led his team to the Division I Central Section semifinals and a Tri-River League title as a 2013 junior.
P, 6-3, 230, So., JC
Malibu, CA (Golden West College/Crespi HS)Klumph has been one of the top punters at Chris Sailer Kicking the last two years highlighted by winning a junior college/ transfer competition in Las Vegas in 2015 and a California summer camp overall and punt winner crown in 2014. He shared punting and kicking duties for one season at Golden West College in 2014 after doing the same in 2013 as a senior at Crespi High School.
Billy McCrary III
ATH, 5-10, 195, Fr., HS
Austin, TX (Rouse HS)
McCrary racked up 5,642 yards of total offense and was responsible for 72 touchdowns during three prep campaigns as a starting quarterback. He rushed for 3,968 yards and 53 touchdowns, while adding another 1,674 yards and 19 touchdown passes thru the air on 114-of-224 passing. McCrary led his team in rushing during each of his three varsity seasons. He was the District 25-4A Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a 2012 sophomore after rushing for a career-high 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns. He followed that during his 2013 junior season when he was an All-District selection after rushing for 1,394 yards and 23 touchdowns on 248 carries and was responsible for a total of 33 touchdowns by throwing for an additional 10 scores.
OL, 6-5, 300, Fr., HS
Westlake Village, CA (Westlake HS)
Mekari racked up the honors as a 2014 senior when he earned Marmonte League Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year honors while adding first-team All-Pac-5, All-Southern Section, All-County, All-Marmonte League, and honorable mention All-Area selections for a team that finished 8-3 overall and won the Marmonte League. He anchored a line during his senior season that paved the way for 4,677 total yards (425.2 ypg) including 2,269 on the ground (206.3 ypg).
WR, 6-0, 175, Fr., HS
Honolulu, HI (Punahou HS)
Noa put up strong numbers during his three varsity prep seasons, compiling totals of 146 receptions for 3,195 yards receiving and 34 touchdowns. Noa was a two-time All-State selection in 2013 and 2014, while adding ILH Offensive Player of the Year recognition in his final prep campaign. He led his squad to state and ILH titles during his 2013 junior season. He had a career-high 53 receptions as a senior, a career-best 1,145 receiving yards as a junior and a career-high 15 touchdown receptions during his sophomore campaign.
RB, 5-11, 220, Fr., HS
Sacramento, CA (Sacramento HS)
Powell was an All-American and two-way standout as a prep who is expected to start his Cal career as a running back. Powell was selected for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl® after his 2014 senior season in which he earned All-Sac-Joaquin Section, first-team All-Metro (Sacramento Bee) and Metropolitan League Defensive Player of the Year honors with the latter two both the second such honors of his career. His defensive stats that came from a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position were highlighted by totals of 22.0 sacks, 36.0 tackles for loss and 95 tackles. He also added 969 all-purpose yards on offense for a team that finished 10-3 overall and reached the semifinals of the Division III Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, rushing 65 times for 555 yards and seven touchdowns while making 20 catches for 414 yards and 10 scores. Powell posted his biggest prep numbers on both offense (85 carries, 951 rushing yards, 10 TD; 1,206 all-purpose yards) and defense (118 tackles, 23.0 sacks, 38.0 TFL) as a 2013 junior when he was a second-team All-State Underclass selection by Cal-Hi Sports and earned the first of back-to-back Metropolitan League Defensive Player of the Year honors for a team that finished 11-3 overall and reached the finals of the section playoffs.
DB, 6-3, 175, Fr., HS
Chino Hills, CA (Ayala HS)
Psalms is a four-star prospect and ranks as high as the No. 27 cornerback of the nation by Rivals after a pair of productive seasons in which he accumulated 86 tackles from his cornerback position. He especially came on late in his career, earning All-Sierra League honors and being named his school’s Most Improved Defensive Player as a 2014 senior.
DB, 6-4, 185, Fr., HS
Los Angeles, CA (La Salle HS)
Rambo spent his final season as a prep at La Salle High School and moved primarily to the defensive side of the ball where he is expected to play at Cal after seeing action on both sides of the ball during his previous two varsity seasons at Verbum Dei High School. He was a first-team All-Del Rey selection as a junior quarterback when he rushed for 569 yards and seven touchdowns.
DE, 6-4, 225, Fr., HS
Sammamish, WA (Skyline HS)
Saffle was a two-way high school standout for a strong prep program that won two state and three KingCo titles during his time as a prep. Saffle had productive junior and senior season. As a senior, he was named one of the Seattle Times Players of the Year, second-team Associated Press Washington 4-A All-State, All-County and Team Co-Defensive MVP, leading the squad in sacks (8.0, -39 yards) and tackles for loss (5.0), while adding 39 tackles. He was the Seattle Times KingCo Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and an All-County and first-team All-KingCo District selection on defense as a 2013 junior after ranking second on the team and in the state with 13.0 sacks.
WR, 6-0, 175, Fr., HS
Boutte, LA (Hahnville HS)
Singleton moved from quarterback to wide receiver for his senior season and responded by earning honorable mention LSWA Class 5A All-State and first-team 7-5A All-District honors when he had 50 catches for 907 yards receiving and 10 touchdown receptions to lead his team to an 11-2 overall record and the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state playoffs. He is also a top prep hurdler who set the Louisiana state record (37.43) to win the 300 meter hurdles as a 2014 junior and is looking to defend his crown in 2015, while recording the nation’s fourth-fastest time as a junior in the 110 hurdle also in his junior campaign.
WR, 6-5, 200, Fr., HS
Dallas, TX (Skyline HS)
Strickland was a Semper Fi All-American as a 2014 senior and four-star recruit who is among the nation’s top 200 players overall according to Scout (101), Rivals (132), 247Sports Composite (165) and ESPN (182). At his wide receiver position he ranks as high as No. 12 nationally according to Rivals, while Scout (14), 247Sports Composite (20) and ESPN (21) also have him among the nation’s top 25. Strickland hauled in career totals of 84 catches for 1,770 yards and 27 touchdowns as a starter during his final three prep seasons. Strickland was a varsity player for all four seasons of his career, playing for teams that combined for a 51-6 overall record, an undefeated 28-0 mark in District/Region games and reached the Texas Division I state semifinals during both his 2011 freshman and 2014 senior seasons.
DB, 6-2, 185, Fr., HS
Mobile, AL (Murphy HS)
Murphy is being recruited by Cal as a defensive back after a standout prep career as a dual-threat quarterback in which he completed 296-of-431 passes (68.7%) for 3,879 yards and 34 touchdowns, while adding 2,334 rushing yards and 27 scores on 351 carries. He was named the News 5 Player of the Year as a 2014 senior when he totaled 1,873 passing yards on 147-of-216 passing (68.1%) with 13 touchdowns, while adding 1,097 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the ground over 160 carries.
DL, 6-3, 250, Fr., HS
Atlanta, GA (The Westminster School)
Ude is a four-star recruit according to both Rivals and Tom Lemming and ranks as high as the nation’s No. 20 strong-side defensive end prospect according to Rivals. He played three varsity seasons at The Westminster School in the Atlanta area and capped his prep career in 2014 when he led his squad to the state semifinals after his junior and sophomore teams had been stopped in the first and second round of the state playoffs.
OL, 6-5, 325, Fr., HS
Honolulu, HI (Punahou HS)
Uluave is a four-star recruit that ranks among the nation’s top players overall by Scout (No. 277), who also lists him as the nation’s No. 14 offensive guard by Scout. He was a four-year prep starter that played for teams that amassed a 38-7 overall record, while winning one state title, reaching the state finals in all four seasons and winning ILH titles each campaign. He was selected first-team All-State as a 2014 senior for a squad that registered an 8-1 overall record, won an Interscholastic League of Honolulu title with a 6-0 conference mark and reached the state championship title game. His 2013 junior team won the state title and finished 11-0 overall. Semisi was selected All-ILH in each of his final three seasons. He added second-team all-state honors as a junior.
Derron (dur-RON) Williams-Brown
S, 6-2, 195, So., JC
Oakland, CA (Mesa Community College/Betty H. Fairfax HS)
Williams-Brown has been ranked as high as No. 3 among junior college safeties in 2014 according to Scout. He was a second-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference selection in his lone campaign at Mesa Community College as a true freshman in 2014, recording 48 tackles and 6.0 tackles for loss. Williams-Brown was also an All-Arizona selection as a prep in his 2012 junior season at Betty H. Fairfax High School before missing his entire 2013 senior campaign due to injury.
DE, 6-5, 250, Jr., JC
Corona, CA (Riverside Community College/USC/Corona HS)
Wilson was a Prepstar All-American as a 2010 senior and a four-star recruit in the 2011 class from Corona High School after a prep career that included 192 tackles and 11.5 sacks over three campaigns (2008-10). Wilson missed the 2011 season and spent the 2012 campaign at USC but injuries kept him on the sidelines both years and necessitated a transfer to Riverside Community College for the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. Wilson returned to form as a 2014 sophomore when he recorded 36 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss (-41 yards) and 3.0 sacks (-18 yards) to earn first-team All-Southern California Football Association National Central League honors for a 10-2 team that reached the Southern California Regional final.
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