When new Cal football coach Justin Wilcox was hired in January to replace Sonny Dykes, he talked about the importance of recruiting the Bay Area.
Apparently, he meant it.
The Bears have four early commits, according to Scout.com, and three come from local high schools.
No, the commitments aren’t De La Salle defensive tackle Tuli Letuligasenoa or Bishop O’Dowd wide receiver Jevon Holland, Scout.com’s top two Bay Area recruits and two of only three Northern California recruits in Scout’s nationwide top 300.
But both players have been offered by Cal, as has Isaah Crocker, a wide receiver from Inderkum-Sacramento and the third member of the Scout 300 from this half of the state. All three appear to have as much interest in the Bears as any of the other schools they are being recruited by.
Cal does have a commitment from Antioch four-star linebacker Omari Harris. He committed when Dykes was still the coach, but Old Blues have to be thrilled that Wilcox and his staff are focusing on their home state rather than Texas.
Wilcox has received commitments from defensive ends Nick Alftin (Archbishop Mitty) and JH Tevis (Menlo). Scout rates Alftin a three-star and Tevis a two-star, though it wouldn’t be shocking to see Tevis add a star by the time signing day rolls around, possibly in December if the NCAA approves an early signing period for football.
The fourth early commit to Cal is four-star quarter Adrian Martinez from Clovis West. He stands 6-3 and was another Dykes get who hasn’t wavered despite the coaching change.
• Scout has updated its Top 300, and Letuligasenoa and Holland have shot up the rankings. Letuligasenoa is No. 73 in the Top 300, 12th in California and has 14 offers, including 10 from the Pac-12, according to Scout. The exceptions are Stanford and Arizona State.
Holland ranks No. 131 nationally and 22nd in the state. His offer list stands at 17, with eight of those coming from the Pac-12, said Scout.
One player to keep an eye on will be Oak Grove running back Maurice Washington. Despite not playing last season because of eligibility issues regarding his transfer to Oak Grove from The King’s Academy, he’s expected to be in uniform this fall.
Washington has offers from USC, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia, Utah and Missouri, according to Scout. Not a shabby Power Six.
• Berean Christian senior-to-be defensive tackle Isaac Hodges will join his brother Isaiah at Oregon State. Isaac Hodges is a 6-0, 265-pounder while his older brother plays wide receiver.
Also headed to Corvallis is Deshon Wilson, a 6-1, 180-pound cornerback from Stellar Prep in Oakland. Rated a three-star by Scout and Rivals.com, he picked the Beavers over six Mountain West offers, according to Rivals.