Avery Walls, among others, relayed a very promising and important message to the San Francisco Chronicle citing the decision to build the Student-Athlete High Performance Center as major factors in their decisions to come to Strawberry Canyon in the fall.
Having ESPN-150 recruits, especially those from outside California, excited about the new training center bodes well for a team looking to rebound after a disappointing 5-7 record. And that rebound might be coming sooner than expected as ESPN notes Cal has already locked up a top-15 recruiting class. This ranking is based mainly on 5 ESPNU Top 150 recruits. They’ve got Todd Barr and Viliami Moala, two guys ranked in the top-10 among defensive tackles. Jason Gibson is listed at outside linebacker (#6 in the country) but at 6’3’’ and 215 pounds, he could probably play end if he gains weight. Most exciting are the out-of-state players coming to Berkeley next year: Avery Walls, a big-time safety from Georgia, and Maurice Harris, a wide receiver who went to high school with Keenan Allen in Greensboro, North Carolina. Outside of the top 150 but still exciting are Brennan Scarlett, a defensive end, and a couple running backs, Daniel Lasco and Brendon Bigelow. Lasco is out of Texas and Bigelow is a guy from Fresno who has torn his ACL twice but could come back strong. It’s always a risk, but probably one worth taking. He looks fast on YouTube. He decommitted from Washington, too, which is cool. It’s always nice to steal one within the conference, especially if he turns out to be good.
I believe that the Student-Athlete High Performance Center will have the biggest impact on recruiting for Cal over the next few years, and by then the team will have hopefully improved enough to where it becomes self-sufficient. On the other hand, Cal may have just gotten lucky and the players were taught to say the right thing. So, now I’ll turn it to you:
Does the Student-Athlete High Performance Center have as much impact on recruiting as I am giving it?