Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Oregon State, Cal hold steady with recruits
By Ted Miller
Speculated recruiting flips aren't happening in the Pac-12. At least not yet.
The biggest recruiting news Monday was elite offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) sticking to his commitment to Oregon State despite a full-court press from -- and official visit to -- USC.
That's big for the Beavers, who are quietly putting together a strong class. Seumalo's stock has been consistently on the rise this year. He's presently the No. 19 recruit in the nation and perhaps the best interior offensive linemen -- think Stanford's David DeCastro -- in the nation.
Meanwhile, California's class continues to fall apart since the departure of Tosh Lupoi to Washington, with the Bears getting a disastrous re-commitment from athlete Damariay Drew (Livermore, Calif.), whom ESPN Recruiting's Greg Biggins called "one of the fastest rising prospects in the region." After narrowing his choices to Cal, Oregon and Washington, Drew committed to the Bears because he was chagrined over Lupoi's departure.
Yes, we are being sarcastic. The doom and gloom predicted by the departure of Lupoi, the Bears ace recruiter, has yet to become tethered to any actual reason for doom and gloom. Oh, and Drew picked Cal over, er, Washington.
“I actually narrowed it to Cal and Washington but just felt like I fit in better at Cal,” Drew told Biggins. “I was supposed to visit Oregon next week but I decided to cancel it and I’m solid with Cal. My visit to Oregon was actually this past weekend but they wanted to move it and the more I thought about, I just realized Cal was where I wanted to be.
“I had a great home visit with the Cal coaching staff Sunday night and they laid everything out for me. They were saying they wanted me as an athlete but now they’re safety/nickelback and I’m comfortable with that. The fact that Cal is close to home and has great academic support, it was just too much to pass up.”
Athlete Kenneth Walker (Richmond, Calif./Kennedy) also said he remains committed to Cal, though he is taking visits to other schools .
Meanwhile, the Bears appear to be still solidly in the mix for Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove), one of the nation's best line prospects.
Still, Cal fans, who knows what disasters might befall you if you again entertain thoughts of a top-15 recruiting class?