When former USC coach Pete Carroll went on an unbelievable run in the Pac Ten Conference the Cal Bears were the 2nd best team in the conference during many of those years. In the recruiting rankings Rivals ranked California #11 in the country, Scout ranked the Bears # 29 and ESPN ranked Cal # 15. Jeff Tedford is excited about the players that are coming in. At his press conference Tedford stated,"We're looking forward to this group coming in and being able to compete early and to make contributions to next year's team." The Bears highest ranked recruit is S/WR Keenan Allen (6-3 200) from Greensboro, NC. LB Chris Martin (6-4 240) was ranked the #1 OLB in the country by Scout. A number of Cal's defensive needs were addressed with this recruiting class.
The Bear's are losing S Marcus Ezeff and S Brett Johnson to graduation. LB's Eddie Young and Devin Bishop's four years of eligibility are also up. Last season Sophomore S Sean Cattouse got a lot of playing time and finished the season with 37 tackles and 1 INT and he should start at one of the S positions in 2010. The Bears return LB's Michael Mohamed (112 tackles, 3 INT's and 2 sacks) and Mychal Kendricks (71 tackles) and they lose LB's Eddie Young and Devin Bishop to graduation. Incoming Freshmen Keenan Allen and Chris Martin will have a chance to start and make an immediate contribution to the defense in 2010.
Depending on what scouting service you prefer Cal finished with either the 2nd or 3rd best recruiting class in the Pac Ten. All these highly ranked recruits will have to prove if they were worthy of all these accolades when the 2010 season begins. One reason USC has been on top for so long is due to their recruits ability to come in and live up to their reputation. If Chris Martin and Keenan Allen are as good as advertised then they should make an impact this fall. With all the talent that Tedford brought in this year the key to the Bear's future success will depend on how well the coaching staff gets these players to play to their potential.