Wednesday, February 03, 2010

SJ Mercury: Signing day news and notes: Cal's home run, Stanford loses Zumwalt and more


The first item on the docket  is Cal: Signing day has been good to the Bears so far — very, very good.

They reportedly locked up Keenan Allen, the top-ranked safety in the country, in addition to well-regarded defensive end Chris McCain.  In Allen (scholarship offer from Alabama) and OLB Chris Martin, the Bears have two players ranked No. 1 at their position by  I’d imagine Cal’s class will be ranked in the top-12/15/20 nationally when the day is done.

(And I’d encourage everyone to keep ratings, rankings and stars in perspective: They mean something, but they do not mean everything — not close to everything.) 

* The NLI Day news isn’t so good for Stanford: Huntington Beach linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, who committed to Stanford months ago but kept his recruitment open, is signing with UCLA. This is a blow to the Cardinal’s class because he’s a top-notch player and Stanford did a ton of work to get him admitted to school (or so I’ve been told). But it’s not an unexpected blow: Zumwalt had hinted that a change in plans was coming, and Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel is known as a first-rate closer — not a guy you want to be fending off at the last minute.

* Also worth noting: Even though Pete Carroll is gone, USC hasn’t lost its closing ability. The Trojans have received several commitments from four- and five-star prospects in the last 24 hours:  Receiver Markeith Ambles and cornerback Nickell Robey. And I’m guessing there will be more.

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