Cal football recruiting: Jackson Brown updates, plus visits from Rashid Williams & Carson Mott
Some early updates on the 2023 recruiting front.
There have been several questions about Danville (Ca.) offensive lineman Jackson Brown. Is he coming to Berkeley?
The answer at this point: Not sure! And it sounds like he is still mulling his decision as National Signing Day looms on February 2nd.
Brown has still been taking his time with the recruiting process long after the majority of Cal commits signed on early signing day earlier in December. He seems to have a good relationship with offensive line coach Angus McClure and he has not backed off of his commitment.
Brown did eventually take a visit to Playoff finalist Cincinnati as well.
Soon afterward, Brown did get an offer from Kentucky.
Brown still seems to be on pace to sign with Cal, but it’s not fully locked in yet as we would like.
There hasn’t been as much noise around Cal commit and Mater Dei defensive back Cam Sidney. But he is also expected to sign as well.
Moving onto 2023 recruiting news, Pittsburg (Ca.) four-star wide receiver Rashid Williams (Hudl tape) also took a visit to Berkeley this past week.
Williams is arguably the best wide receiver prospect in the Bay this class and it seem as if he is growing a stronger relationship with the Bears.
Williams is the teammate of 4-star quarterback and top Bay Area prospect Jaden Rashada. It’s quite likely major programs will be selling Rashada and Williams on the prospect of playing together, so building relationships early in the process will be critical.
Williams holds offers from seven Pac-12 programs, including Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona, which are also high on his list early on. Landing top wide receivers will be crucial for the Bears to improve overall team speed and athleticism on the outside to start stretching an offense that has struggled.
Also making a visit was Simi Valley edge defender Carson Mott. Cal is Mott’s first major Power 5 offer—he also holds offers from Utah State, Nevada and Princeton.
Cal will definitely need to continue upgrading on finding edge defenders to improve havoc and pass rushers, and getting an early start on talents like Mott will put the Bears in a good place to be more complete defensively.
My take on Jackson Brown: the CAL offer is a placeholder while he waits to see if he gets a 'better' offer. Maybe he wants a NIL deal to go with his scholly. In any event, he's a local kid who has had ample opportunity to learn about CAL and why it is such a great school. If he has not made up his mind yet then he should go somewhere else. I want people who LOVE CAL to be on our team. When you have passion for your school then everything you do reflects that. Without it you're just going through the motions because you didn't get a better deal. I say yank his offer.
I am confused by the Jackson Brown Cal graphic saying "shatter records vs. California" since we are California.