The past few days have proven to be very rewarding for the California football program.
Despite a disappointing season, it looks as though the Golden Bear coaching staff is putting their time to good use—Three highly coveted, four-star. in-state defensive recruits have verbally committed to the Bears since Sunday.
First was 6-3', 265 pound defensive tackle Todd Barr from Lakewood, California.
Barr is rated as the eighth best prep recruit in the nation at his position.
He held thirteen offers and took official visits to Florida, Oregon, Washington, and California.
Teford received more good news on Monday when outside linebacker Jason Gibson of Gardena, California pledged his services to the Golden Bears.
Part of a talented prep team including George Farmer, and Marquis Lee, he is ranked as the tenth best at his position in the nation. The 6-2', 210 pound athlete possess great speed and chose Cal over Arizona State, Oregon, and USC.
Farmer gave a verbal commitment to the Trojans late last week. The last to make his decision, Lee still is showing mild interest in both Oregon and California.
Today, the Cal defense received another pleasant surprise.
A prep safety from Georgia, Avery Walls gave his verbal commitment to the Bears.
He is ranked twenty-fifth nationally at safety, and also holds a four-star rating from Scout.com. He holds seven offers and chose the Bears over Oregon and Michigan.
Including the verbals given by running back Brandon Bigelow and lineman Matt Williams it makes five key pledges given to the Cal program in the past five days.
The 2011 Cal recruiting class is starting to take shape with seven four-star recruits and fifteen overall commits.
More importantly, Cal has dealt a blow to their rivals in Eugene.
The Ducks had high hopes of landing Barr, Walls, Gibson, and Bigelow. Yet, it seems year after year, the Bears are able to pry recruits away from Oregon.
Scout recruiting services place the 2011 Cal recruiting class at twenty-third nationally, with the Ducks just behind at twenty-sixth.
This is certainly not the first time Tedford and the Ducks have gone head-to-head for some highly touted recruits.
In 2003, the Oregon coaching staff was found guilty of recruiting violations regarding running back J.J. Arrington—A junior college transfer who chose the Golden Bears over the Ducks.
The following year, the Ducks picked up huge commitments from four highly-touted recruits from the prep powerhouse De La Salle in Concord, California.
Oregon has picked up several top-end prospects from the bay area school over the past two decades.
In 2007, the younger brother of current Carolina Panther and former Oregon Duck Geoff Schwartz chose to attend California instead of Oregon. Mitchell Schwartz has since become a very important contributor on the Bear offensive line.
Two years ago, the Bears pulled Eugene native Charles Siddoway away from home in convincing him to travel south to attend Berkeley.
Last year Chris McCain of Greensboro, North Carolina changed his pledge from the Ducks to the Bears on signing day
Both Chip Kelly, and Jeff Tedford are still battling for several highly-rated 2011 recruits including California prep standouts Stefan McClure, Christian Heyward, and Devon Blackman
It's probably time for Tedford to convert the talent he has stockpiled over the past five years in Berkeley. His coaching staff admitted to faking injuries against the Ducks, and if he can bounce back this rivalry may heat up once again.