Thursday, February 3, 2011
California recruiting wrap
By Ted Miller
The 2011 class
Recruits: 22, 20 high school players and two from junior colleges
Top prospects: DE Todd Barr and DT Viliami Moala might be the best pair of defensive linemen any team signed. Avery Walls is the nation's No. 6 safety. Maurice Harris is an elite receiver. Brendon Bigelow is the No. 13 RB.
Needs met: The class includes five defensive backs, five defensive linemen, three linebackers, three running backs, two offensive linemen, a quarterback, a tight end, a receiver and an "athlete." The Bears top needs were D-line, linebacker and running back, so needs met.
Analysis: This might be the Pac-12's best class of defensive players. The class ranks 17th in the nation and features five players from the ESPNU 150. Expect to see guys from this class playing next fall on all three levels on defense. Further, the Bears didn't lose any guys on signing day while luring away CB Kameron Jackson from Washington. If Bigelow stays healthy, he could immediately challenge for playing time. If you are looking for a weakness, the Bears didn't sign an elite QB, perhaps the team's biggest question heading into spring practices.
ESPN recruiting grade: B