The Golden Bears had one of the best recruiting classes in the nation lined up for 2012 until defensive line coach and top recruiter Tosh Lupoi left to coach at Washington.
Now, the Bears are left with the fallout of his departure and it stings. Defensive end Ellis McCarthy de-committed from Cal and will be attending UCLA in 2012. Another defensive end, Arik Armstead, is undecided between Cal, Auburn and Notre Dame. On the offensive end, wide receiver Jordan Payton is now undecided about his previous commitment to Cal.
But the biggest blow of all is the nation's top safety, Shaq Thompson, who has de-committed from Cal and is supposedly 50-50 between the Bears and the Washington Huskies.
Despite all of that, the Bears still have put together one of the best recruiting classes they have ever seen. They're led by the No. 3 quarterback in the nation, Zach Kline (pictured), and a host of other great recruits. And perhaps most importantly, they still have a shot at reeling in Armstead, Payton and Thompson.
If Cal can get those guys to buy into the Golden Bear program, they will have plenty of playmakers who could see action in 2012.