The California Golden Bears officially announced their recruiting class following the end of the 2011 National Signing Day. Although there are still recruits to be had and walk-ons to consider for Cal, most of Jeff Tedford’s 2011 recruiting class is officially in place. I’ve posted CalBears.com’s table of the recruits, with links to their brand new CalBears.com bios.
After some recent recruiting classes drew criticism from fans, Jeff Tedford has put together a very solid recruiting class for the upcoming season. While these new recruits aren’t all going to make instant impacts, the potential in this class is quite impressive. In fact, three of the big rankings (Rivals, Scout.com, and ESPNU) rank this among the top 15 recruiting classes in the country. USC received the high nod in the new Pac-12 with a top five recruiting effort, but Cal is being ranked on par with or better than Oregon in the three rankings. When you can hang with the national runner up at a Nike factory you’re doing OK for yourself.
This particular class has a chance to be known as one that boosts the defense to nationally elite levels. The defensive line alone received a monster boost in the form of defensive tackles Todd Barr (48th overall at ESPNU) and Viliama Moala (97th overall at ESPNU). The team also added an ESPNU Top 150 safety in Avery Walls and outside linebacker in Jason Gibson. Jeff Tedford gets a lot of publicity as an offensive-minded coach, but he’s putting together a fairly impressive defense in Berkeley.
For more on Cal's 2011 recruiting class, head on over to California Golden Blogs. They have videos and coverage of every new Bear.
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