Cal stays hot in recruiting


California is following a disappointing season with what might be the best recruiting class it's ever had.

Touted defensive end Brennan Scarlett (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) has picked Cal over Stanford, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.

"I had three main things I was looking at," he told ESPN Recruiting's Greg Biggins. "First and foremost was academics. I also wanted to find a place that felt like home and where I could be comfortable at for the next four years and a school where I was close with the coaching staff."

Scarlett, who missed time during his senior season due to a broken collarbone, was offered a scholarship by just about every Pac-10 school, as well as LSU, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Eight of Cal's 18 commitments are rated four stars by ESPN Recruiting. Before Scarlett committed, the Bears recruiting class was ranked 16th in the nation.