Cal Football Early Signing Day preview: Jaydn Ott, Trent Ramsey likely deciding
Can Cal land two more commits to close on a relatively small class?
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Cal has been relatively quiet on the recruiting trail the last few months, but it’s starting to get heated:
It’s Early Signing Day time.
Cal hosted a number of recruits and commits this past week, and expects to host another set this coming week. Both commitments and transfers could be imminent.
Almost of Cal’s commits are expected to sign tomorrow and Write For California will be covering that period live on our live thread (check the link above!).
For a brief rundown, here is a list of Cal’s other commits (Hayes, Starling and Williams are listed above).
Defensive tackle Nathan Burrell
Edge rusher Curlee Thomas
Offensive tackle Jackson Brown
Offensive lineman Sioape Vatikani
Wide receiver Jaiven Plummer
Cornerback Cameron Sidney
Athlete Nick Morrow
Defensive end Nunie Tuitele
Cornerback Jeremiah Earby
There are two major decisions that appear to be coming today that could elevate Cal’s class to middle of the Pac-12 after a tough few months.
Jaydn Ott, running back, time TBD: BYU, Cal, Colorado, Oregon State, UNLV, Wisconsin
Ott was one of Cal’s two early running back commits in the cycle. Kaleb Johnson decided to flip to Iowa. Ott reopened his recruitment earlier in the cycle after committing mid-summer, but he has stayed in touch with Aristotle Thompson.
Greg Biggins caught up with Ott last week, where it’s clear he still has a long list. Here’s what he said about the state of his recruitment with the Bears.
“I always liked Cal but just wanted to see some other schools,” Ott said. “I committed early to them before I really saw what else was out there.
“I always kept in close contact with coach AT (Aristotle Thompson, RB coach) and we have a good relationship. I click well with him and I like coach Wilcox too so I’m definitely giving Cal a hard look.”
Ott has taken recent official visits to Colorado, Oregon State, Wisconsin and BYU and seemed to enjoy all of the trips. With Oregon State, he liked the college environment. With Colorado, it was his relationship with Darian Hagan, who has been at Colorado for 17 years and has survived several coaching changes. With BYU, it was proximity to family in Utah.
Ott was reported to commit tomorrow, but there has been no official announcement of this decision. It’s quite possible that Ott might take his time and wait until after Early Signing Day. But Biggins did say a commitment could come today.
Trent Ramsey, offensive tackle, 12:30 PM Pacific: Cal, Mississippi State, Virginia
Ramsey will announce his decision at 3:30 PM in Tampa. He will be picking between the Cavaliers, Cowboys, and Golden Bears.
Ramsey is ranked 457th nationally by 247Sports Composite, the 38th best offensive tackle and the 56th best recruiting prospect in Florida.
The biggest competition for Ramsey is likely Mississippi State. Mike Leach and staff has made several visits to see Ramsey, and Ramsey has been up to Mississippi State as well.
Cal could close its final week of recruiting with four commits and one crucial hold. Gear up for an important 24 hours to wrap up one of the most important weeks in recent Cal football history.