Cal Football Recruiting Update: The Scoop on Cal’s 2012 Offensive Linemen Recruiting

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The big worry with Cal fans is that there have been no great Offensive Line commits, a position that everyone wants to see become a huge strength again for this team. The Class of 2012 is filled with talented Offensive Linemen and Cal is going after many of them. There have been no results and no commits yet so Cal fans have been left wondering if they will ever come.

The answer right now? Currently, the Offensive Linemen that Cal is targeting look to be committing later in the cycle, at the moment, according to our source. There is an outside shot one of them takes the plunge in November for Cal, but it looks as if things will be winding down after Cal’s big recruiting weekend after the regular season, which will be taking place the weekend of December 10th. The estimate from our source is that this particular weekend is the most likely chance for an OL commitment. Also, because Cal is targeting some top guys, Cal could have to wait a bit longer, like when the all-star games (US Army, etc.) are played in January.

Although it seems that there will be no commitments in the near future, the recruit that our source sees as being closest to committing, would be Freddie Tagaloa (who is being recruited by Tosh Lupoi). Freddie Tagaloa, Matt Cochran (who could play center or guard and this is a Cal v. Auburn battle, though if Alabama offered he would commit there), and Josh Garnett form the core of Cal’s OL recruiting efforts at the moment. Cal is also working on Jordan Simmons (recent USC commit) and Kyle Murphy (who has offers from every Pac-12 school and a bunch of others), and trying to flip Paul Thurston and Joey O’Connor from Nebraska and Penn State respectively. Cal will likely continue after Simmons despite his USC recruitment per our source as well. The plan is to take 5-6 OL overall in this class.

Another interesting tidbit to report as well. Cal looks really good with Arik Armstead at the moment, the #1 ranked OT in the nation, although unfortunately, he wants to play DL in college, and he’ll be able to pick whatever position he wants.

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  • JSML

    We seem to get top recruits at almost all other positions except OL and tight end. Any particular reason for this? Coach M is an excellent coach and Cal has several tight ends in the NFL. Hope to be proven wrong by signing day. It will be great if the recruits mentioned sign up at Cal !

    Great series. I will be eagerly looking forward tot he next article.

    • http://twitter.com/CalBearReporter Shaan

      @JSML

      Thanks for the comment. Well Coach M definitely went from getting average OL and TEs to good recruits, but never any really elite ones during his first time at Cal. Coach Marshall was about the same. Coach M being back now could change that.

      Maybe, OL and TE recruits just don’t see Cal as desirable as teams that are known for great O-Lines (Big 10, Big 12, Stanford with Harbaugh). It’s not reality, but perception. I don’t know if that’s it exactly, but it’s a possible explanation.

      If that’s the case or not, I don’t think it will matter as I see this recruiting class where things change. The trend will change starting this year when Cal nabs some of the elite OL.

      Glad to know that you are following GBL’s Recruiting Updates now. Appreciate it.