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Bears Stay Hot With Commitment from Clark

July 5, 2023
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The Bears picked up their third 2024 recruit from their final official visit weekend of the summer with the verbal commitment today from Garfield (Seattle, WA) High School wide receiver Rahshawn Clark‍. The 6-0/180 athlete will join his Garfield teammate EJ Caminong‍ in the Bears’ 2024 class.

Clark credited his experiences at Cal on his unofficial visit with his mom in April as well as his official visit two months later with preparing him for his decision today along with the knowledge that he’s long been high on the Bears’ target list.

"I would say definitely the vibe I got on campus, even my unofficial visit to my OV and definitely how much of a priority they've made me since they started recruiting me were big for me," Clark said.

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In addition, Clark’s Garfield teammate and close friend EJ Caminong committing this week added to the versatile comfort level in choosing the Bears.

"Yes, sir. That's my guy,” Clark said. “What we could do together at Cal was definitely in our conversation."

An equally strong recruit at both receiver and DB, does Clark favor either offense or defense at the next level?

"I would say no, I can play anywhere on the field," Clark said. "So I just want to play where I best help the team."

As for what he’s most looking forward to in the next year as he prepares for his next stop at Cal: "Definitely just growing more into myself as a player and getting to know me as a football player because they see me as a safety or in the nickel," Clark said. "So definitely just really locking down my position coaches and working hard."

The bond that Clark has developed over the course of his recruitment has added to his comfort level with the program.

"Honestly, I love the whole staff," Brown said. "But who has been recruiting the most is definitely coach Tre Watson and Coach TB, Terrance Brown."

Clark and Caminong spent a lot of time with another of Cal’s primary targets, WR David Washington‍ and have also made him a priority target for them as well.

"David's definitely a guy we're trying to get," Clark said. So we're working on that. Definitely. David's a great guy. That's why me and EJ are trying to get him over to Cal because he's a great individual. That's what we're crossing our fingers for."

Clark played both ways at receiver and cornerback last season for Life Christian Academy before transferring to Garfield, but is being recruited by Cal at DB, though he’d likely get his shot on either side of the ball.

The Bears beat out Oregon, Washington, Utah, Michigan State and more for Clark's commitment.

The 4 star athlete is the Bears’ 10th commitment of the 2024 class so far, joining QB Caminong, RB Jamaal Wiley‍, WR Trevor Rogers‍, TE Camden Jones‍  OT Tyler Knape‍, DE Michael-Anthony Okwura‍, LB Eze Osondu‍, safety Brooklyn Cheek‍ and DB Dayton Aupiu‍.

Related:

Seattle QB EJ Caminong Commits to Cal

SoCal Safety Aupiu Makes the Call For Cal

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Bears Stay Hot With Commitment from Clark

8,550 Views | 17 Replies | Last: 11 mo ago by calumnus
Big C
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Welcome to the Cal Family, Rahshawn! We're super glad you've chosen to be a Golden Bear!
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Welcome to the family, Rashawn & family! Excited to continue the line of Golden Bear playmakers and provide the opportunity to exceed your wildest dreams on the gridiron and beyond! Go Bears!
NVBear78
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Welcome to Cal!
89Bear
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Absolutely fantastic news!!! Great player with huge upside.
calumnus
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Fantastic! Welcome to Cal!
Bearly Clad
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**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!
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Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.
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calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.


Top NFL Safeties of all time:
1) Ed Reed 5'10
2) Ronnie Lott 6'0
3) Brian Dawkins 6'0
4) Rodney Harrison 6'1
5) Troy Polamalu 5'10
bearsandgiants
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When is actual signing day? I can't get excited anymore until commitment means commitment, but he sounds fantastic.
MoragaBear
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bearsandgiants said:

When is actual signing day? I can't get excited anymore until commitment means commitment, but he sounds fantastic.

12/20-22
calumnus
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oski003 said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.


Top NFL Safeties of all time:
1) Ed Reed 5'10
2) Ronnie Lott 6'0
3) Brian Dawkins 6'0
4) Rodney Harrison 6'1
5) Troy Polamalu 5'10


Yes, the average height of an NFL safety is 6'0"

However, the average weight is 203.5 LBs.

Not saying that safety won't eventually be his primary position, but at 180 lbs, he is currently light as a tackler and block shedder for D1 (though who knows, even a year from now?). However, he would help the offense immediately. You don't generally play very deep at safety but can rotate a lot of guys at WR. Having him sit on the bench gaining weight waiting for his time at safety would be a waste of his talent and athleticism in the meantime. Obviously if he would be in the two deep at safety as a true freshman, it is a different story.

Anyway, I will be happy to see him on the field in a Cal jersey at any position.
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calumnus said:

oski003 said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.


Top NFL Safeties of all time:
1) Ed Reed 5'10
2) Ronnie Lott 6'0
3) Brian Dawkins 6'0
4) Rodney Harrison 6'1
5) Troy Polamalu 5'10


Yes, the average height of an NFL safety is 6'0"

However, the average weight is 203.5 LBs.

Not saying that safety won't eventually be his primary position, but at 180 lbs, he is currently light as a tackler and block shedder for D1 (though who knows, even a year from now?). However, he would help the offense immediately. You don't generally play very deep at safety but can rotate a lot of guys at WR. Having him sit on the bench gaining weight waiting for his time at safety would be a waste of his talent and athleticism in the meantime. Obviously if he would be in the two deep at safety as a true freshman, it is a different story.

Anyway, I will be happy to see him on the field in a Cal jersey at any position.


You said he was short and light for a safety. Well, he definitely isn't too short, as demonstrated above. He is a little light, but he is also still in high school.

Here are recruiting profiles of three of the nfl's top safeties:

https://247sports.com/Player/Kamren-Curl-90194/high-school-172657/

https://www.commanders.com/news/kam-curl-receives-highest-pff-grade-among-defenders-25-and-younger

https://247sports.com/Player/Tyrann-Mathieu-1413/high-school-19219/

https://247sports.com/Player/Kyle-Hamilton-46047660/high-school-201706/

He isn't too far off, considering he just finished his junior year of high school. If he is a better safety, I am not sure If want him practicing another position.
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calumnus said:

oski003 said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.


Top NFL Safeties of all time:
1) Ed Reed 5'10
2) Ronnie Lott 6'0
3) Brian Dawkins 6'0
4) Rodney Harrison 6'1
5) Troy Polamalu 5'10


Yes, the average height of an NFL safety is 6'0"

However, the average weight is 203.5 LBs.

Not saying that safety won't eventually be his primary position, but at 180 lbs, he is currently light as a tackler and block shedder for D1 (though who knows, even a year from now?). However, he would help the offense immediately. You don't generally play very deep at safety but can rotate a lot of guys at WR. Having him sit on the bench gaining weight waiting for his time at safety would be a waste of his talent and athleticism in the meantime. Obviously if he would be in the two deep at safety as a true freshman, it is a different story.

Anyway, I will be happy to see him on the field in a Cal jersey at any position.

Honest question: 6-0, 180 is a prototypical corner; is he being looked at as a cornerback?
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oski003 said:

calumnus said:

oski003 said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.


Top NFL Safeties of all time:
1) Ed Reed 5'10
2) Ronnie Lott 6'0
3) Brian Dawkins 6'0
4) Rodney Harrison 6'1
5) Troy Polamalu 5'10


Yes, the average height of an NFL safety is 6'0"

However, the average weight is 203.5 LBs.

Not saying that safety won't eventually be his primary position, but at 180 lbs, he is currently light as a tackler and block shedder for D1 (though who knows, even a year from now?). However, he would help the offense immediately. You don't generally play very deep at safety but can rotate a lot of guys at WR. Having him sit on the bench gaining weight waiting for his time at safety would be a waste of his talent and athleticism in the meantime. Obviously if he would be in the two deep at safety as a true freshman, it is a different story.

Anyway, I will be happy to see him on the field in a Cal jersey at any position.


You said he was short and light for a safety. Well, he definitely isn't too short, as demonstrated above. He is a little light, but he is also still in high school.

Here are recruiting profiles of three of the nfl's top safeties:

https://247sports.com/Player/Kamren-Curl-90194/high-school-172657/

https://www.commanders.com/news/kam-curl-receives-highest-pff-grade-among-defenders-25-and-younger

https://247sports.com/Player/Tyrann-Mathieu-1413/high-school-19219/

https://247sports.com/Player/Kyle-Hamilton-46047660/high-school-201706/

He isn't too far off, considering he just finished his junior year of high school. If he is a better safety, I am not sure If want him practicing another position.


Well they are talking about him playing both sides of the ball, so hopefully we get to see what is his best position. I know a lot of the defense wonks on this board argued against playing Keenan Allen at WR and I thought they had a better case. Desean Jackson was also a great DB in high school, but has had a long NFL career as a WR. On the other hand, Ashtyn Davis is on an NFL roster after being switched from WR, though multiple injuries have kept him off the field. Safety can be a brutal position.

Whatever is best for him and the team. As I said, if he is in the two deep at safety, great, I just don't want to see him languishing on the bench waiting his turn. Again, I am just looking forward to seeing him on the field in a Cal uniform.
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Big C said:

calumnus said:

oski003 said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.


Top NFL Safeties of all time:
1) Ed Reed 5'10
2) Ronnie Lott 6'0
3) Brian Dawkins 6'0
4) Rodney Harrison 6'1
5) Troy Polamalu 5'10


Yes, the average height of an NFL safety is 6'0"

However, the average weight is 203.5 LBs.

Not saying that safety won't eventually be his primary position, but at 180 lbs, he is currently light as a tackler and block shedder for D1 (though who knows, even a year from now?). However, he would help the offense immediately. You don't generally play very deep at safety but can rotate a lot of guys at WR. Having him sit on the bench gaining weight waiting for his time at safety would be a waste of his talent and athleticism in the meantime. Obviously if he would be in the two deep at safety as a true freshman, it is a different story.

Anyway, I will be happy to see him on the field in a Cal jersey at any position.

Honest question: 6-0, 180 is a prototypical corner; is he being looked at as a cornerback?

Per the story above, safety and nickel
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MoragaBear said:

Big C said:

calumnus said:

oski003 said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.


Top NFL Safeties of all time:
1) Ed Reed 5'10
2) Ronnie Lott 6'0
3) Brian Dawkins 6'0
4) Rodney Harrison 6'1
5) Troy Polamalu 5'10


Yes, the average height of an NFL safety is 6'0"

However, the average weight is 203.5 LBs.

Not saying that safety won't eventually be his primary position, but at 180 lbs, he is currently light as a tackler and block shedder for D1 (though who knows, even a year from now?). However, he would help the offense immediately. You don't generally play very deep at safety but can rotate a lot of guys at WR. Having him sit on the bench gaining weight waiting for his time at safety would be a waste of his talent and athleticism in the meantime. Obviously if he would be in the two deep at safety as a true freshman, it is a different story.

Anyway, I will be happy to see him on the field in a Cal jersey at any position.

Honest question: 6-0, 180 is a prototypical corner; is he being looked at as a cornerback?

Per the story above, safety and nickel
The FS is not as robust as the SS. FS is a position of speed and coordination. SS is more a speed OLB.

Let's see how he grows into his body. We're talking at least 2 years from now.
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Rushinbear said:

MoragaBear said:

Big C said:

calumnus said:

oski003 said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

**LOVE** this player. There are some guys listed as an 'athlete' because they play both sides of the ball but Rashawn epitomizes it. DB as both a slot and nickel back, offense as a slot WR and utility back, PR/KR and even has a highlight on his Junior film kicking a 35 yard fg.

I think he'll get his shot on both sides of the ball but I agree with the coaches that his highest ceiling is likely as our next great Cal safety. With his instincts, ball skills, physicality, quickness, closing speed, and size, the very well could be the next in the line of great safeties and NFL draft picks and NFL starters that we've seen come through here.

He can definitely be a dangerous offensive player too, and we've seen lots of guys change positions in college or even the pros and become stars or even HOFers, but I think he projects as a a guy who will excel at safety with All-Conference ability in his first year if it all clicks.

Honestly my favorite commit so far in the '24 class. Congratulations and welcome to The University of California to Mr. Clark and his whole family, we're happy to have you and you tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory!!


I love the kid too, the take away video above was classic. His moves on his runs after the catch are electric

However, at 6'0" 180, I think you play him both ways but lean to offense for now. He is short and very light for a safety. Tough for him to defend tall WRs and TEs. However, he is already a prototypical Air Raid WR with his speed, great hands and great runs and moves after the catch. I do not want to lose a great talent for the season having him come up in run support as a safety. I think his best use, at least as a freshman, is in the WR rotation and as a occasional nickel in passing situations/against 5 WRs sets spread/Air Raid offenses. Maybe punt returns.

No matter what, he will be a fun player to watch.


Top NFL Safeties of all time:
1) Ed Reed 5'10
2) Ronnie Lott 6'0
3) Brian Dawkins 6'0
4) Rodney Harrison 6'1
5) Troy Polamalu 5'10


Yes, the average height of an NFL safety is 6'0"

However, the average weight is 203.5 LBs.

Not saying that safety won't eventually be his primary position, but at 180 lbs, he is currently light as a tackler and block shedder for D1 (though who knows, even a year from now?). However, he would help the offense immediately. You don't generally play very deep at safety but can rotate a lot of guys at WR. Having him sit on the bench gaining weight waiting for his time at safety would be a waste of his talent and athleticism in the meantime. Obviously if he would be in the two deep at safety as a true freshman, it is a different story.

Anyway, I will be happy to see him on the field in a Cal jersey at any position.

Honest question: 6-0, 180 is a prototypical corner; is he being looked at as a cornerback?

Per the story above, safety and nickel
The FS is not as robust as the SS. FS is a position of speed and coordination. SS is more a speed OLB.

Let's see how he grows into his body. We're talking at least 2 years from now.


And I was talking about how we use him as a true freshman, before he grows into his body. No reason to waste his speed and athleticism sitting on the bench.
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