Cal Football: Why the Bears Have Struggled with Talented Recruiting Classes

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Cal Football: Why the Bears Have Struggled with Talented Recruiting Classes
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After a 7-6 record during the 2011 season, California Golden Bear fans should be ready for some improvement.

Head coach Jeff Tedford has struggled in the past couple seasons. Following a three-year stretch from 2004-2006 where the Bears went 28-9, the past couple seasons have been strikingly lackluster.

Cal has gone only 20-18 in the past three seasons, despite boasting a very talented roster. 

In 2009, California’s recruiting class ranked 34th in the nation, according to Scout, yet was only fifth in the then Pac-10. Nonetheless, Cal signed five 4-star recruits.

Only two have truly panned out so far, in Steve Williams and Jarred Price. Price has since graduated after transferring to Cal. The remaining three have combined to play in only 12 games.

The Bears then brought in a talented 2010 class that was ranked 27th, according to Scout and featured superstar receiver Keenan Allen. Along with Allen, the Bears nabbed four 4-star recruits, yet one has been dismissed from the team and two others have not seen any game action.

The classes certainly have had time to prove why they were highly rated coming out of high school, yet there are some specific reasons Cal has struggled recently.

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