Golden Bears Recruiting News: Linebacker Jalen Jefferson Verbals To Cal

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WR Torry McTyer commits to Cal

Torry McTyer received and accepted his first scholarship offer, and he'll be a California Golden Bear next season.

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St. Bonaventure Linebacker Jalen Jefferson Verbals To Cal

This news is about a few weeks old, but I figured you might've missed it.

Jim McGill of Bear Insider with the report on the Ventura athlete.

"It was real rainy, but the game was really cool. They have this ritual where they do this drumbeat when they walk in the locker room and that got me really pumped up."

Jefferson's rapport with the Cal staff made a big impression on the speedy outside linebacker.

"I like all the coaches," said Jefferson. "They act just like us. They're really down-to-earth. I just feel like I can really be myself there and look forward to playing there. 

"The education really sold me, too. It's the best around. And I like the way they practice in the morning to give enough time to focus on academics and get to sleep on time. That helps a lot."

California Golden Blogs with additional details.

He's ranked as the 34th best OLB by Scout, the 36th best OLB by ESPN, and the 60th best national athlete and the 63rd best state recruit by Rivals.

Jefferson is slated to play outside linebacker in college and had offers from the Arizona and Washington schools along with Boise State.

Finally, here's some highlight video! His sophomore tape requires a Rivals subscription.

JALEN JEFFERSON ST. BONAVENTURE HIGH SCHOOLJUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS (via lightsoutd805)

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David Kravish Verbals To Cal

SLAM Online reports.

The Pac 10 Conference continued with a huge day on Thursday as California jumped into the mix with a verbal commitment from 2011 PF David Kravish of Lee’s Summit North H.S. (MO). … This could be a steal for the Bears as Kravish has nice size, good length, solid athleticism, above average instincts, and decent skill package with lots of room to grow and improve in the coming years.

For more info, check out the California Golden Blogs!

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Juan Anderson Heading To Marquette

One of the big men Mike Montgomery was looking at is heading to the Midwest. Jeff Faraudo reports.

Cal’s recruiting took another hit today with the news that Castro Valley HS small forward Juan Anderson, rated the No. 69 prospect in the country by Rivals.com, has committed to Marquette.

“It’s a great academic school, they play in the best basketball conference in the country and the coaches really showed me they care. They pursued me very well,” Anderson told me this afternoon. “I just felt most comfortable with that decision.”

Asked about Cal, the 6-foot-6 senior said, “I was really considering them. It’s appealing to play at home in front of all your friends and family. Cal speaks for itself academically. I wanted to venture out and try something new. Marquette felt most comfortable.”

This leaves David Kravish as the main big target remaining.

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Nathan Broussard, Defensive End/Linebacker From Plano West, Verbally Commits To Golden Bears

Broussard is a three-star recruit who plays both defensive end and linebacker at Plano West High School in Texas; he was also considering Stanford, Rice, Tulsa and there was high interest between him and UCLA. The Bears ultimately carried the day though. To see video highlights of Broussard and more scouting analysis on him, check on the California Golden Blogs for their story on his commitment.

Here's a great profile from Jim McGill over at Bear Insider, which touches on how the relationships with head coach Jeff Tedford and linebacking coach Kenwick Thompson contributed to Broussard becoming a Golden Bear.

Broussard's relationship with his future position coach, linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson along with Cal head coach Jeff Tedford played big roles in his decision to commit to a program so far from home, not to mention Cal's academic prowess and the proximity of family just an hour from Berkeley in Santa Rosa.

"Coach Thompson and I talk a lot, pretty much once a week so we've been able to get to know each other well," said Broussard. "He's a great guy.

"And I've talked to Coach Tedford on the phone several times and with that and email and Facebook, I've gotten to know him well, too."

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"Coach Tedford emphasizes that they want to treat you as a normal person and not just like an athlete and to make sure you do real well in school because that's an important part of the picture when you go to college.

"My dad and I could tell just talking to Coach Tedford that he's a genuine person and he keeps it real and lets you know what his expectations are. He told us straight-up what his philosophies are and how when you commit to play for him, they're committed to you, as well. He's a man of his word."

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Zach Kline, Quarterback From San Ramon Valley, Verbally Commits To Cal

Kline is the first pledge for the 2012 Golden Bears recruiting class. Currently he is a junior signal-caller for the San Ramon Valley Wolverines, located in Danville. solarise of the California Golden Blogs picked up the story early on.

A highly-regarded quarterback prospect from San Ramon Valley (Danville, CA), Kline started his campaign to Cal from the Elite 11 camp this summer, winning the camp's accuracy challenge [1]. He named Oregon State and Cal as his co-favorites following summer workouts and pledged to Tedford & Co Sunday after receiving his verbal offer.

Here's an interview of Kline with Rivals after the Elite 11 camp.


Bruce Feldman, ESPN's recruiting expert, had some nice things to say.

Cal got a committment from 2012 QB Zach Kline, who threw it better than most SRs at the Elite11 this summer. He’s a Roger Theder protege.

Bear Insider's story seems to show that fifteen months from now when he has to fax his LOI in, he'll still be a Bear.

"I literally took 10 seconds - five to think about what he said to make sure I heard it right - and five to say, 'Yes, I'd love to commit. This is a hard, hard verbal. As soon as I get the written document, I'll sign on the dotted line.'

"I'm totally committed. This is where I want to be. I want to be a Bear forever.

"I stayed and hung out quite a bit longer, talking to coach Tedford. I can talk to coach about a lot of stuff. That's one of the things I like about him. I don't have to always talk to him about football but just have normal conversations."

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