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November 9, 2011

Signing Day Blitz

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BearTerritory gives you a blow-by-blow of each of the Cal signees in basketball and baseball as the early signing period dawns on Wednesday morning. With several hoopsters still in play, this could wind up changing by the end of the weekend, but these are the players currently expected to fax in their national letters of intent today.


"The biggest selling point was Mike Montgomery."

Position: Power Forward
High School: Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Thunderridge
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 205 pounds
Scouting Report: LOI is signed and verified ... Shined in Great American Shoot-Out in Duncanville, Tex. Chose Cal over early offers from Nevada and San Francisco Developing big man with a good basketball IQ Could stand to put on some weight, but has the frame to do it, after growing from 175 pounds as a sophomore to 200 as a junior Has consistently shown sparks of creativity and ability to finish Long and athletic, superior work ethic ... Reminds BT of David Kravish in the sense that he's not a finished product physically, but will make up for it with smart play ... Definitely a Mike Montgomery kind of player.
Helpful Links: Rodriguez Hits the Floor with International Stars, Rodriguez Makes the Call

"I like Cal because they are an improving program. Coach Montgomery has coached in the NBA and they are good every year."

Position: Combo guard
High School: Bakersfield (Calif.) High School
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 pounds
Scouting Report: Signed and sent his Letter of Intent at 12 PM at Bakersfield High with fellow Drillers signees ... First four-star for Cal since 2010-11 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Allen Crabbe Ranked No. 17 point guard in the 2012 class Member of the Rivals150, checking in at No. 78 in the nation Named Bakersfield Area Player of the Year in 2010-11 Slippery combo guard can be used as either a tall point or a versatile wing Dribble-drive scorer who has a good feel for involving others Bears will have Justin Cobbs at the point for the next three seasons, so will likely cut his teeth at the 2 Shows good ability to get to the rim and penetrate Calls himself a "work-in-progress" on defense, averaging one blocked shot per game last season Has to cut down on turnovers (65 turnovers to 49 assists last season) but gets some of those back with steals (3.5 per game) Chose Cal over offers from UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon, Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State and Colorado Improved shooting during the summer.
Helpful links: In-Home Visit, First Visit, Commitment.

"I've been a Cal fan my whole life. Both of my parents are Cal alums. It's a really cool thing for me to play there, and what I can do in baseball there, it's just really exciting."

Position: Middle Infield (SS/2B)
Bats/Throws: L/R
High School: Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 190 pounds
Scouting Report: Signed LOI at 7:20 AM ... Chose Cal over offers from Cal Poly and Notre Dame, with strong interest from USC and Stanford Low line-drive hitter Can play second, third, short and outfield Quick to the ball Strong arm Can make throws from deep in the hole at short 6.8-second 60-yard time Has known Bears QB commit Zach Kline since first grade Played football as a freshman at SRV Participated in the team trials for U19 Team USA this summer as one of the top 40 high school players in the country.
Links: SRV Shortstop Commits to Bears.

Position: Corner outfield
Bats/Throws: R/L
High School: Lafayette (Calif.) Acalanes
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 180 pounds
Scouting Report: Signed LOI at 8:08 AM ... Pure athlete Similar body type to current Chicago Cubs farmhand and former Cal outfielder Brett Jackson Started all 23 games as a junior, batting .434, slugging .697 with an on-base percentage of .532 Scored 25 runs, hit 7 doubles, 2 triples and 3 home runs, drove in 26 runs, worked 10 walks to five strikeouts, stole five bases First-team All-DFAL in 2011 Very strong arm for a corner OF, doubling as a relief pitcher with a fastball clocked at 84 College-ready physique.

"I felt like Cal's a place where I'm going to be able to become the best baseball player possible, because of all the resources I have, all the coaches and them always wanting to help me. If I ever need to go hit extra, I know I have a coach or a player there to help me with that, who would be there with me doing that."

Position: Third base, catcher, corner outfield
Bats/Throws: L/R
High School: Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 190 pounds
Scouting Report: Signed LOI at 8:42 AM ... Will likely end up behind the dish ... Compact, well-muscled frame ... One of the best hitters at the Rawlings NorCal World Series Versatile athlete with plus durability Tremendous work ethic No true position, but scouts say that "his bat plays," much like World Series hero Allen Craig Very good hitter with plus gap power chose Cal over USC, Cal State Fullerton, Santa Clara, San Diego and St. Mary's Drove in 30 runs last season, earning first-team All-EBAL as a 3B Area Code Games teammates with Dutto Very good batting eye Won't strike out often, and makes productive outs.
Links: Bears Net Third Commit of 2012 Class, Kranson Goes Local.

"Meeting guys like Justin Jones and Tony Renda got me really juiced on the program. I felt like it was the place for me, definitely, to blossom into the player that I want to be, and I'm just super-excited to go."

Position: Right-handed pitcher/Right field
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Larkspur (Calif.) Redwood
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205
Scouting Report: Signed LOI at 9 AM ... Hard-throwing righty Fastball tops out at 95, settles in the 88-91 range Plus fastball and slider, developing change and curve Tireless work ethic Shows real hunger for the game No. 5 RHP in northern California As a junior, allowed just three extra-base hits in 30 innings of work, sporting a 1.63 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .202 batting average Hit .329 with .415 OBP, .468 SLG Exceptional athlete who's played football and rugby Chose Cal over Miami, Ole Miss, UCLA and Oregon.
Links: Go in-depth with Becker HERE, and read his commitment story HERE.

"Mike Neu, the new pitching coach over at Cal, he's an awesome guy. I looked at his track record from his career when he played, and he's a good luck charm."

Position: Right-handed pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Auburn (Calif.) Placer
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 215 pounds
Scouting Report: After nerve injury slowed him last season, has made a lot of progress through summer and fall Former commit to St. Mary's Boasts a heavy sinking fastball as his primary pitch in the high-80s to low-90s Darting change is his strikeout pitch Developing curve Other suitors included UC Davis, Santa Clara, St. Mary's, Washington, Chico State, San Jose State, Sacramento State and San Francisco.
Link: Bears Snag Fifth Commit

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