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2022 Recruiting Class Recap

February 3, 2022

The Bears announced their 2022 recruiting class to-date following yesterday’s National Signing Day, introducing late signing period signees OT Jackson Brown (Danville, CA/San Ramon HS), QB Fernando Mendoza (Miami, FL/Columbus HS) and CB Cameron Sidney (Santa Ana, CA/Mater Dei HS). The signing of the trio increases the size of Cal's 2022 recruiting class to 17.

Prior to yesterday’s signing day, the Bears signed 11 recruits during the early signing period, including spring enrollees CSM WR Mason Starling and Norco RB Jaydn Ott. They were joined by a trio of portal transfers: Purdue QB transfer Jack Plummer, Utah DE transfer Xavier Carlton and Washington transfe MLB Jackson Sirmon. All three transfers are expected to push to start and early enrollees Ott and Starling are expected to see solid playing time in their first seasons in the program, as well.

"We are excited to add three talented players to our 2022 recruiting class," said Cal head coach Justin Wilcox. "You are always looking to improve the personnel in your program any way you can, and we have done that by bringing in this trio of student-athletes. In today's college football world, there are many opportunities to improve your personnel including by signing student-athletes on what has been the traditional National Signing Day on the first Wednesday in February."

Nine high school players in the 2022 recruiting class have a top-60 national ranking within their position group including a pair of top-30 running backs in Ott (Rivals #15) and Hayes (Rivals #28). The others include Vatikani (No. 26 247), Ramsey (Rivals #26 OT), Burrell (ESPN #35 DE), Sydney (ESPN #44 CB), Thomas (247 #45 EDGE), Brown (247 #51 OT) and Javien Plummer (ESPN #59 WR). In addition, Starling is ESPN's #4 wide receiver in the 2022 junior college recruiting class, while Carlton was a consensus 4 star recruit and 247’s #9 strongside defensive end in the 2020 high school class, Sirmon was the #17 inside linebacker according to Rivals and Jack Plummer the #17 pro style quarterback of 247, both in the prep class of 2018.

Cal's current 2022 recruiting class includes 10 offensive players (Brown, Hayes, Mendoza, Morrow, Ott, Jack Plummer, Jaiven Plummer, Ramsey, Starling, Vatikani) and seven on the defensive side of the ball (Burrell, Carlton, Earby, Sirmon, Sydney, Thomas IV, Tuitele).

The Bears expect to add another JC transfer to the 2022 class along with as many as 2-4 additional portal transfers in the spring.


Fernando Mendoza‍ 6-5/215 QB Miami, FL (Columbus HS/Belen Jesuit HS) 

Mendoza commitment story

Jack Plummer 6-5/215 QB Gilbert, AZ (Purdue/Gilbert HS) 

Plummer comitment story

Running Back:

Ashton Hayes‍ 6-0 /185 RB Reno, NV (McQueen HS) 

Hayes commitment story

Jaydn Ott‍ 6-0/210 RB Chino, CA (Norco HS) 

Ott commitment story

Wide Receivers

Jaiven Plummer‍ 6-3/200 WR Alexandria, VA (Episcopal HS) 

Plummer commitment story

Mason Starling‍ ‍ 6-4 /205 – Jr. – 5th – Tacoma, WA (College of San Mateo/Rainier Beach HS) 

Starling commitment story

Offensive Line:

Jackson Brown‍ 6-6/295 OT Danville, CA (San Ramon Valley HS) 

Brown signing story

Nick Morrow‍ 6-8/255 OT Flagstaff, AZ (Flagstaff HS) 

Morrow commitment story

Trent Ramsey‍ 6-5/290 OT Palm Harbor, FL (Carrollwood Day School) 

Ramsey scouting report

Sioape Vatikani 6-3/320 OT Sun Valley, NV (Bishop Manogue Catholic HS) 

Vatikani commitment story

Defensive Line

Nate Burrell‍ 6-2/265 DE Los Angeles, CA (St. John Bosco HS) 

Burrell commitment story

Xavier Carlton 6-6/270 DE Modesto, CA (Utah/Juan Diego Catholic HS/Modesto Christian HS) 

Carlton commitment story


Jackson Sirmon 6-2 /235 ILB Brentwood, TN (Washington/Brentwood Academy)

Sirmon commitment story

Curlee Thomas‍ 6-3 /240 OLB Keller, TX (Nolan Catholic HS) 

Thomas commitment story

Nunie Tuitele‍ 6-4/240 OLB Aurora, CO (Regis Jesuit HS) 

Tuitele commitment story

Jeremiah Earby‍ 6-2 /170 CB East Palo Alto, CA (Menlo-Atherton HS) 

Earby commitment story

Cam Sidney – CB – 5-11/175 – Fr. – 1st – Riverside, CA (Mater Dei HS) 

Sidney commitment story

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2022 Recruiting Class Recap

4,202 Views | 4 Replies | Last: 2 yr ago by WalterSobchak
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May these youngsters contribute significantly to Cal football and Cal in general.

Go Bears!
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Thanks for the recap.
Onward & upward!
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I think Mendoza is underrated.
I expect him to have a great career at Cal.
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Since it's been such a topic of consternation here's the breakdown of our current OL unit in order of 247 composite rating, which shows that this year was a very good year for us in OL recruiting compared to previous years and that the top 3 guys are all in the upper range of rankings where we've gotten good production from current players (the list includes guys no longer with the program going back to 2018 for reference):

74 Will Craig 2018 4 0.9016
-- Trent Ramsey 2022 3 0.8824
62 Ben Coleman 2019 3 0.8714
-- Jackson Brown 2022 3 0.8713
76 Bastian Swinney 2021 3 0.8706
-- Sioape Vatikani 2022 3 0.8702
XX McKade Mettauer 2019 3 0.8642
77 Everett Johnson 2020 3 0.8553
XX Brandon Mello 2018 3 0.8547
XX Miles Owens 2018 3 0.8539
73 Matthew Cindric 2018 3 0.8484
XX Jasper Friis 2018 3 0.8473
70 Ryan Lange 2021 3 0.8472
-- Nick Morrow 2022 3 0.8464
63 Brayden Rohme 2019 3 0.8451
79 Ender Aguilar 2020 3 0.8431
65 Dylan Jemtegaard 2021 3 0.8357
60 Brian Driscoll 2019 3 0.8234
67 Colin Moroney 2020 3 0.7997 PWO?
66 Colin Hamilton 2020 2 0.7897 PWO
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