The 2018 California Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
California Recruiting Class Overview
Justin Wilcox had a full year to recruit, and it showed with a much-improved class over last year when he didn’t have any time to work.
There’s not a whole lot for the skill spots, but the lines are fortified with talent, starting with tackle Will Craig – he’ll be a starter after he gains about 20 pounds of good weight.
There’s not a lot for the defensive interior, but the ends are strong, with a variety of good-looking pass rushers coming in – it’s a strength-in-numbers situation.
The hope is for Nikko Remigio to upgrade the receiver situation – he’s a darting quick target – and for corner Chigozie Anusiem out of Los Angeles to become a part of the defensive back rotation right away.
The California Class Is Heavy On …
The bulk of the class came in on the offensive line, but the team wanted and needed pass rushers for the near future, and it got them.
270-pound Matthew Cindric fits more of a 3-4 style, as does Lonetona Toailoa Sara, a 275-pound JUCO transfer from Los Angeles who’ll be expected to gum up the works right away.
They’re the big guys. The speed tweeners are there, too, starting with 6-5, 235-pound Nick Alftin out of San Jose.
The Star of the California Class Is …
WR Nikko Remigio, 5-11, 170
An ideal slot receiver, get him the ball on the move and watch him go. Slippery-smooth, he can be a deep threat, and he can line up outside, but he’ll be at his best going down the seam and opening things up.
The big boys in the Pac-12 wanted the LA native – including USC and UCLA – and Wisconsin and Tennessee made a push, too.
The California Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
It’s all relative for a team returning loaded with experience. Devante Downs and Raymond Davison were second and third on the team in tackles, respectively.
There are a whole lot of solid players returning, and this coaching staff will get the most out of any linebackers they have to work with, but they’re going to need more pop from next year’s class. In terms of bulk talent, this one is a bit thin.