National Signing Day 2010: Cal Bears Grab Five-Star Safety Keenan Allen

Bryan KellySenior Analyst IFebruary 3, 2010

The Cal Bears closed a strong recruiting class decorated with defensive talent at end (Chris Martin, Gabe King) and linebacker (Cecil Whiteside) by adding the nation's top safety, former Alabama commitment Keenan Allen.

Allen surprised many yesterday by indicating that he would not be signing with the Tide on National Signing Day.

The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Golden Bears were sudden beneficiaries of his interest. In the end, he chose the Bears.

Allen draws praise for his smooth and able coverage in the open field, which should be welcome news to Cal fans who saw their secondary picked apart time after time last year.

The Bears lose stud defensive back Syd'Quan Thompson to the NFL Draft, but with Allen in the backfield and Martin, King, and Whiteside upgrading the Bears' defense, Cal has reason to be optimistic about their Pac-10 hopes on the field next year.

They could end up with the top class in the Pac-10, depending on Lane Kiffin's fortunes at USC.

As always, stay tuned with MaxPreps' coverage of signing day, and tune into B/R for more news and analysis of announcements.