The Cal Bears have gone through plenty of changes following their disappointing 2012 season. Longtime coach Jeff Tedford was fired following the 3-9 campaign, and Sonny Dykes now takes over in Berkeley with some rebuilding to do. His vision for the future, however, may have helped him make a late push on the recruiting trail for four-star defensive back L.J. Moore.
Moore, out of Fresno, California, has offers from almost 20 different programs as he prepares to announce his decision on National Signing Day. Cal has made a strong impression and come on late in the process, though they still have a few other programs to contend with.
For a while, Moore wasn’t impressed with the Cal program, but that changed in a hurry:
“Cal is right there at the top now with my other schools now. I like Coach (Randy) Stewart, the new DB coach, a lot and I think Coach (Sonny) Dykes is going to do a good job there. I had a home visit with them tonight (Monday) and it went great. I didn’t have a lot of confidence that the program was going in the right direction before but I have a good feeling about them now.”
Dykes’ sell-job of Cal could land them a very excellent cornerback recruit. Moore is rated as the No. 29 DB in the 2013 class and brings fantastic coverage in both man-to-man and zone while showing no fear in coming up in run support. The Bears have sold Moore on being the centerpiece to the recruiting class that could turn things around in the Bay Area, which a local kid from Fresno can appreciate.
The Bears will have a sprint to the finish, however, with some other prominent programs including a pair of Pac 12 schools. Moore lists the Oklahoma Sooners, Arizona State Sun Devils and Oregon State Beavers along with Cal in his top four. The Sooners and Sun Devils will get to take the final runs at Moore with in-home visits this week.
A recruiting win like this one would be a huge boost for Dykes in his first season to get things turned around. Expect him to pull out all the stops to land his marquee recruit, L.J. Moore, to build his team on.