Cal Football Offseason: Keenan Allen Missing Spring Practice Due To Ankle Surgery

The California Golden Bears have a huge hole to fill with the departure of Tosh Lupoi to the Washington Huskies.

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Penn State Roster: Khairi Fortt Has Yet To Transfer

It looks like sources were a little bit ahead of themselves in regards to the transfer of Penn State linebacker Khairi Fortt as word has gotten out that he actually has not made a decision yet on where he's transferring.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Joe Schad, Fortt's father is quoted as saying, "No final decision has been made. Khairi and our family are weighing options." The family will meet with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien this week.

The junior linebacker is one of the growing number of Penn State football players who are now looking to transfer after the punishment for the school's involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal brought the program to its knees and put its future as one of the premier programs in the country in serious doubt.

Fortt recorded 33 tackles, including six for loss and 2.5 sacks during his sophomore year at Penn State.

To discuss Cal football recruiting, head on over to the California Golden Blogs.


College Football Recruiting: Penn State LB Khairi Fortt To Transfer To Cal

According to a tweet from CBS Sports' Bryan Fischer, Khairi Fortt will trade in his Nittany Lions uniform for Golden Bears gear as he'll transfer from Penn State to Cal as part of what could be a mass transfer of Penn State athletes to other schools after the program was levied a litany of penalties in the wake of the school's involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

It was already reported that Fortt also considered Florida State, Auburn and Washington as all three schools showed interest in the junior linebacker.

Fortt was in position to gain a significant increase in playing time this season as the competition at the linebacker position is always historically high at Penn State. During Fortt's sophomore season, he played in every game and recorded 33 tackles including six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

To discuss Cal football recruiting, head on over to the California Golden Blogs.


Keenan Allen To Miss Cal Football Spring Practice

The Cal football team has a lot of holes going into next season, but they do at least have one dynamic weapon returning to action. Wide receiver Keenan Allen is by far the best returning talent for the California Golden Bears, and is going to be hard for defenses to contain next season if he maintains his upward trend.

Allen will be missing some time this spring practice. Cal head coach Jeff Tedford tweets the following.

Allen's absence will create a vacuum at wide reciever that won't be easy to fill. Cal doesn't really have much depth behind Allen at receiver, and will have to rely on Maurice Harris the redshirt freshman to likely fill in. Also expect Bryce McGovern and Jackson Bouza (two walk-ons who saw regular playing time last year) to make their own contributions and provide an impact for Cal on offense, simply because there's no one else left.

To discuss Allen and Cal football, head on over to the California Golden Blogs.


Jordan Payton Decommits From Cal, Announces For Washington

The California Golden Bears are seeing their much-heralded recruiting class crumble with top recruit by top recruit. First top safety Shaq Thompson changed his commitment from Cal and joined his main recruiter Tosh Lupoi on the way up to Washington. And now Jordan Payton is on his way to join him.

Payton has been floating around throughout his recruitment throughout the 2011-12 process. He originally was committed to the USC Trojans before opening things up and looking around. After a process that saw him looking at Notre Dame, Michigan, and UCLA, Payton committed to Cal. But the departure of his two main recruiters/coaches Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau made him reconsider, and Payton eventually decommitted from the Bears and ended up joining them up in Washington as a Husky with his announcement on ESPNU this afternoon.

Cal is plummeting down the recruiting rankings, and it's hard to see things getting much better before Signing Day.

To discuss Cal football recruiting, head on over to the California Golden Blogs.


Stefon Diggs, National Signing Day 2012: Diggs To Push College Decision To Feb. 10, Cal In The Running

After already making official visits to Cal, Florida, Auburn and Ohio State, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) wide receiver Stefon Diggs will make a fifth and final visit this weekend to the University of Maryland. Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy told on Tuesday that a decision will most likely come on Feb. 10, well past National Signing Day.

"His head is spinning," Milloy said in a phone interview. "I don't think he has any idea where he wants to go. All I ask him is, ‘How was your weekend? And he replies, ‘How could it not be good with the entire campus falling all over you?'"

Milloy is ranked as the no. 14 recruit on MaxPreps and the no. 3 athlete. A 6-1, 190 pound wide receiver whose combination of speed, strength and savvy has turned him into one of the nation's top recruits. He put up 1,443 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.


Shaq Thompson Flips Cal Commitment To Washington Huskies

Shaq Thompson is perhaps the best high school prospect in Northern California in the past decade, and the California Golden Bears looked like they had locked him up after he made the call at the Army All-American Game in San Antonio.

Then Thompson's main recruiter Tosh Lupoi departed for Washington, and Shaq decided to reconsider his decision. Tonight, Thompson decided to make the call and move on up to UW.

This is a tough blow for Cal, who have already lost Ellis McCarthy to UCLA and Arik Armstead to Oregon. Once looking like the best recruiting class in the Pac-12 in 2012, the Cal defensive class is starting to look very vulnerable and a lot of other programs in the conference are benefiting.

To discuss Cal football recruiting, head to the California Golden Blogs. To learn more about Shaq and Washington football recruiting, go to UW Dawg Pound.


Shaq Thompson Top 3: Cal, Washington, Oregon

Shaquille Thompson from Grant High appears to still be sticking with his original commitment to the California Golden Bears. But there are other schools that appear to be fitting into picture the week before National Signing Day. Thompson is looking around at two other schools, the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks. Here's what each of the three have to offer, courtesy of Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee.

  • Cal: Shaq is really tight with most of the members of this class. Considering the family connections between the Thompson family and Cal, and the Bears have to be the overwhelming favorites.
  • Washington: Shaq does have coaching connections with Tosh Lupoi and Justin Wilcox now settled up in Seattle. Thompson's high school friend James Sample is also at Washington.
  • Oregon: The facilities, the uniforms, the recent winning tradition do give the Ducks some selling points.
    Oregon seems like a dark horse, but Chip Kelly seems to be interested in setting up an in-home visit.

To discuss Shaq potentially going to Cal, head to the California Golden Blogs. To talk about the prospect of Shaq and Oregon, check out Addicted to Quack. To discuss Shaq and Washington, head to UW Dawg Pound.


Arik Armstead To Get Visits From USC, Alabama

Arik Armstead is one of the top prospects in the 2012 recruiting class, and his recruitment is being picked up as we come closer to signing day. Armstead was considered a heavy favorite to end up at Cal, but then his position coach Tosh Lupoi left for Washington, which made things a little bit more difficult.

Indeed, everyone seems to be seeing a chance to get in on Armstead's recruitment. Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee reports that two more schools are competing for Armstead's services.

* USC (yes, the Trojans are indeed back in play, with Lane Kiffin coming for a home visit soon; reports of bad blood with Armsteads and Kiffin simply not true).
* Alabama (Tide coach Nick Saban has spoken to Armstead and wants to come for a home visit, and when the boss of the national champs knocks, you answer).

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Armstead was favored to end up at Notre Dame or Auburn, but that might change now that his brother Armstead is returning to USC. The brothers might end up playing at different schools next season, although it's not out of the question the two go to the Fighting Irish or the Tigers.

Expect Armstead's recruitment to go right down to the wire for everyone involved.

To talk about Armstead's recruitment with USC fans, go to Conquest Chronicles. To talk about Armstead's recruitment with Alabama, check out Roll Bama Roll.


Eric Kiesau Departs Cal, Takes Washington Offensive Coordinator Spot

The California Golden Bears are hurting from one big defection to the Washington Huskies. Another coaching change could very well cause further damage.

Eric Kiesau (who was the passing game coordinator and receivers coach for UW) did a great job helping to develop Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones into two of the best receivers on the West Coast in his year back at Cal. Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies took notice, and they were prepared to make an offer Kiesau couldn't refuse. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times with the report has Kiesau earning as much as $700k annually, making him one of the highest paid coordinators in the conference.

Kiesau is a talented coach should be able to make the most of what he's got in Seattle, and could pair up well with Sarkisian to help call plays. But this could be a big blow to Cal's recruiting class (particularly at the wide receiver position) if they're not able to keep them together.

To discuss Kiesau's departure with Cal fans, head to the California Golden Blogs. To talk about how Kiesau will fit with Washington fans, check out UW Dawg Pound.


Ellis McCarthy Switches From Cal To UCLA

Ellis McCarthy gave a commitment to Cal at the US Army All-American Game, and it seemed to be one of the crowning victories for Tosh Lupoi to score one for the California Golden Bears over the UCLA Bruins. McCarthy is the prototypical defensive lineman, a gamechanger for whatever program lands him.

But with Lupoi gone to Washington, it was clear that McCarthy's commitment wasn't likely to stick. And it didn't.

Even though McCarthy had made his commitment to Cal earlier, it was never considered a firm one and the LA schools always figured they were in the mix to get him. The USC Trojans probably still aren't done courting McCarthy, as Ed Orgeron is likely to work hard on trying to land his primary target from this class. But he's not likely to head back to Cal.

To discuss Cal football recruiting, head to the California Golden Blogs. To discuss UCLA football recruiting, go to Bruins Nation. To talk USC football recruiting, go to Conquest Chronicles.


Shaq Thompson Could Follow Tosh Lupoi From Cal To Washington

It has to be the worst nightmare of any Cal football fan: Seeing their prized recruit commit to the California Golden Bears on national TV, then see him change his mind and head off to a rival program.

But Shaq Thompson is seriously considering it.

With Tosh Lupoi headed to the Pacific Northwest, the Washington Huskies have suddenly emerged as a player for the prized Cal prospect, and Thompson seems to be at least thinking about giving Seattle a look-see.

There's a lot for Thompson to really like about heading up to the Northwest. He has two coaches he's familiar with in Lupoi and Justin Wilcox, both who figure to feature prominently next season. He is good friends with James Sample, a high school teammate who is a cornerback on the Huskies. But will it be enough to tear him away from Cal? It remains to be seen.

To talk about Cal football recruiting, go to the California Golden Blogs. To discuss Washington football recruiting, head to UW Dawg Pound.


Arik Armstead To Likely Decide Between Oregon, Notre Dame And Auburn, Cal Out

The biggest fall-out regarding Tosh Lupoi was bound to happen on the defensive line and the top-notch recruits the California Golden Bears were pursuing up front. One of the biggest ones was Arik Armstead from Pleasant Grove, who had recently decommitted from USC and seemed very interested in coming to Cal in recent weeks.

With Lupoi gone, that option appears to be out. Armstead will make his decision, but he won't be coming out West.

Armstead will likely choose one of those schools because it would mean he could play with his brother, who is likely about to transfer away from the USC Trojans. Either Notre Dame or Auburn would be picking up a pair of quality linemen who could greatly help their squad on the defensive side of the football. The Oregon Ducks are also a possibility, but they're probably a dark horse in this race.

To discuss Auburn football recruiting, head to Track Em Tigers. To talk about Notre Dame football recruiting, go to One Foot Down. To talk Oregon football recruiting, go to Addicted to Quack. To check out the latest on the Cal football recruiting front, go to the California Golden Blogs.


Tosh Lupoi Leaves Cal, Hired By Washington

The California Golden Bears have a huge hole to fill with the departure of Tosh Lupoi to the Washington Huskies.

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