2022 RB Kaleb Johnson commits to Cal Football

Midwestern recruit comes cross-country and commits to Cal

Kaleb Johnson, a 3* running back from Hamilton, Ohio, announced today on social media that he will be committing to the California Golden Bears.

Our one and only SGBear with the analysis:

Kaleb Johnson is a bigger back at 6’1” 215 lbs from Hamilton, a northern suburb of Cincinnati, OH. He self-declares a 4.4 40-yard dash on his Hudl page.  

His junior highlight tape shows very good speed despite his size. Is it the equivalent of a laser-timed 4.4 speed? Mehhhhhh… probably not, but it’s hard to tell. Let’s just say he is fast enough for a guy who is already has a college-ready build and runs with obvious power.

He is a patient back, who has good vision to find holes and has very good contact balance to withstand lesser hits. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and can pass block. That is, he appears to be a very good every-down running back in a pro-style offense who can do a little bit of everything. He reportedly rushed for 878 yards and 9 TDs as a sophomore and 789 yards in his follow-up junior year. Furthermore, he garnered attention at an Under Armor camp in Ohio as a superb athlete and decent pass catcher.

By the time he gets to Berkeley, Kaleb with be the only underclassman and sets himself up nicely to be the starter perhaps around 2024, and can learn from three very good every-down running backs (Moore, Street, Brooks) and the change of pace back (Stredick).  He said that he values academics first and recognizes that there is life after football – hence why Cal seems like such a good fit.

Johnson also visited Iowa State on an official June 4th and planned to visit Iowa on the 25th. He also took unofficial visits to Michigan and Ohio State, working out for the coaches there. As I covered, Johnson visited Cal and possibly told the staff about his decision within the same day.

Johnson is a consensus 3*, rated as an 86 on 247Sports and a 5.7 on Rivals. He becomes the first commit to join RB coach Aristotle Thompson’s room. He stands at 6’1 and weighs 215 lbs.

Welcome to Berkeley, Kaleb. GO BEARS!