Hopefully, at least for Golden Bears fans, this is the last time he will make a decision on where to play football. Cal has recently gotten a solid verbal commitment from cornerback Darius Allensworth, which makes the second time Allensworth has given a solid verbal commitment to a Pac 12 school. Earlier in the year, the versatile defensive back from Heritage High was intent on going to the University of Arizona and playing for Coach Rich Rodriguez. Things change, however, which can be quite common in college football recruiting, especially at this point in the process.
Allensworth has had a heck of a summer, testing out very well and playing impressively against elite competition during 7 on 7 drills. Also during this summer, Allensworth made the 450 mile trip to Berkeley from his hometown of Romoland California for unofficial visits and came away impressed. Allensworth has indicated that the relationship he has with a coaching staff would be instrumental in his decision on where to play ball for the next couple of years. So it’s not a shock to learn that he has a very strong relationship with the coaches at Cal, especially Head Coach Jeff Tedford and Defensive Backs Coach Ashley Ambrose. Allensworth becomes the third cornerback commitment for the Golden Bears for their 2013 class, joining Shon Akins and Trey Cheek, two solid prospects from different high schools in Georgia.
This is a very solid pickup for the Golden Bears, one that could pay huge dividends come next season. The Bears are going to need some playmakers in their secondary in the very near future. All four of the current starters in their secondary (Steve Williams, Marc Anthony, Alex Logan and Josh Hill) will be gone in the next two years, leaving a void that has to be filled. Not only is he a fantastic student, but Allensworth also has the kind of ability where he could see some snaps early on his career at Cal. There’s always the chance Allensworth could change his mind, again. He still hasn’t gotten a scholarship offer from Southern Cal, but if he does, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him open up his recruitment again. Southern Cal is right next door to Romoland, and Allensworth grew up loving the Trojans. But with Chris Hawkins and Jalen Ramsey already on board with the Trojans, there might not be a spot available to Allensworth, even if he wants it.