Following Corona Centennial offensive tackle Daniel Juarez's commitment earlier this week, the Bears secured their second commitment of the week with the commitment of Thousand Oaks High School quarterback Max Gilliam to Cal on his unofficial visit to Berkeley today.
The 6-3/185 quarterback will be joining Hamilton High School QB Armani Rogers in the Bears' two quarterback class. With Rogers planning to be an early entrant in December, the two quarterbacks will likely be in two different classes for the Bears.
The 3 star Gilliam brings strong athleticism to the quarterback position, running a 4.6 forty and adding an impressive 33 inch vertical at a Nike event earlier this year.
"Max is a great athlete," said Thousand Oaks head coach Mike Leiben. "He's also a great passer, too.
"He's that rare combination of a dual threat that can sit in a pocket and do what he needs to do but when things break down, he can absolutely kill people with his feet.
"He's pretty freakish athletically. He was a very good baseball player, too, but he decided to focus on football and the weight room and didn't play this year.
"He's put on 10 lbs of muscle since the season so he's up to 195 now after playing in the 180's last season."
Gilliam knew fairly quickly on his visit that Cal was the place for him, especially having visited Cal earlier and following the program last season.
"I've been talking with the coaches a lot lately and I've watched a lot of their games since their offense is so similar to ours," said Gilliam.
"The campus was crazy, so amazing. The libraries and all the resources they have are so amazing and there are so few universities of Cal's caliber.
"The facilities are super nice, too, and the Bay Area's great."
Gilliam (3.3 gpa/1770 SAT) would like to pursue a business degree once on campus.
Gilliam completed an impressive 69% of his passes for 2920 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior, with eight interceptions on the year for the 7-4 Lancers.