2017 California Golden Bears Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 California Golden Bears Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Class to be updated and adjusted on Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
California Golden Bears Recruiting Class Overview
New head coach Justin Wilcox hasn’t had any time to work, so he can be forgiven if his first class isn’t about to blow up the charts. It’s a bit of a scattered class – as expected considering the late coaching change – and there are only a few star-power prospects coming in, but it’s not that big a deal considering the 2016 class was so massive. The Bears signed on 28 players last year – it’s the 2018 class that’ll have to rock.
The California Golden Bears Class Is Heavy On …
Versatility. Will Elijah Hicks be a top receiver or a shutdown corner? Will Jeremiah Hawkins stick at receiver, or be used as a multi-purpose playmaker? There’s plenty of speed and athleticism with the prospects Wilcox brought in, and now it’s up to the new coaching staff to find places for all the parts to fit.
The Star of the California Golden Bears Class Is …
CB/WR Elijah Hicks, 6-0, 185, La Mirada, CA – Smart, athletic, and dangerous whenever he gets the ball in his hands, he’s not all that big, but he’s got the quickness to matchup with any receiver in the Pac-12 as a No. 1 corner. Throw him into the mix as a kick and punt returner, and try him out as a slot receiver who gets the ball on the move – he can do a little of everything.
The California Golden Bears Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Quarterback. With Davis Webb gone – along with leading receiver Chad Hansen and top running back Khalfani Muhammad – the Bears need to find a new starting quarterback as soon as possible in spring ball. No quarterback on the roster threw a pass last season, and now it’ll be a four-way race – at least – with the gig wide open for the new coaching staff. New quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo has plenty of work to do.