New Cal football recruiting offensive line offers!
The Bears are getting ready to bring in the new bigs up front.
One of the big reasons Cal brought Angus McClure to Berkeley was to supercharge offensive line recruiting. And with Cal’s starting offensive line set to graduate by the end of the 2022 season, the offers have been flying out for the 2022 class for replenishment.
Despite already having a dozen offers out (more on that in a later post), McClure isn’t done. Here’s a look at some of the newest offers along the offensive line.
Engelwood (Co.) tackle George Fitzpatrick, 6-6, 255 pounds (Hudl highlights)
Holding over two dozen Power 5 offers from programs like Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Fitzpatrick is definitely an aspirational commitment, and would be a good sign the program is finally making national noise. Fitzpatrick is ranked 305th nationally by 247Sports Composite, the 37th best offensive tackle, and the second best prospect in Colorado.
Syracuse (Ut.) tackle Eric Wilder, 6-5, 270 pounds (Hudl highlights)
Wilder mostly had Mountain West offers (as well as from Navy) before getting his first Power 5 offer from Cal. Wilder is ranked the 94th best offensive tackle by 247Sports Composite, and the tenth best prospect in Utah.
Austin (Tx.) guard Connor Robertson, 6-4, 296 pounds (Hudl highlights)
Robertson has a host of major offers from bluebloods (Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, TCU, Tennessee, USC) and Ivy League programs (Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton), so he would definitely seems like the ideal Cal fit. The only issue is Texas has offered and early predictions have him centered on the Longhorns, so you’d have to guess they have the inside track. Robertson is the 14th best offensive guard according to 247Sports Composite, and the 71st best prospect from Texas.
Napavine (Wa.) tackle Keith Olson, 6-6, 285 pounds (Hudl highlights)
Olson currently holds only two major offers from Cal and Oregon State, but the Beavers appear to have the early edge according to Brandon Huffman from 247Sports due to Olson’s legacy status. Olson is ranked as the 115th best offensive tackle and 18th best Washington prospect by 247Sports Composite.
Littleton (Co.) tackle Jake Maikkula, 6-5, 265 pounds (Hudl highlights)
Maikkula holds 22 offers, including six from Ivy Leagues and several Pac-12 offers (Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah) and Big 12 offers (Baylor, Iowa State, the Kansases). Maikkula is ranked as the 73rd best offensive tackle and 5th best Colorado prospect by 247Sports Composite.
“The main thing I’m looking for is a place I’ll fit in well,” he said. “Just a place with good culture in the student body and the football team. Then, definitely a big-time football school with good academics to complement that.”
Moreno Valley (Ca.) center Dylan Lopez, 6-3, 280 pounds (Hudl tape)
The current USC commit recently was extended an offer from the Golden Bears, but it sounds as if Lopez is firm in his commitment to the Trojans despite the departure of his primary recruiter and potential position coach Tim Drevno. More from Greg Biggins of 247Sports.
"I still feel pretty good with USC," Lopez said. "Even though coach Drevno is gone, I still talk with coach V (Viane Talamaivao) and some of the other coaches on the staff and I'm still really confident about my decision.
Lopez is ranked as the second best center by 247 Sports Composite and the 89th best prospect in the state of Florida (Lopez will be transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton).