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December 6, 2012

Dykes Sees Opportunity To Sign 'One Of The Better' Recruiting Classes Cal Has Had

Newly named Cal head coach Sonny Dykes had a lot to say about recruiting during Tuesday's introductory press conference at Memorial Stadium, which, according to the former Louisiana Tech head coach, starts with finalizing his staff.

"We will work with some great coaches on staff and with several coaches I will bring in immediately to close this year's recruiting class," he said. "We'll address all the staff issues really in the next 10 to 14 days and hopefully have a complete staff as we break for Christmas."

Dykes expects the staff to start taking shape by Monday.

"We could have as many as three or four [assistants] possibly by Monday. We'll have to see," he said. "There's logistics involved in that. It always happens a little slower than you want it to. It's imperative that we get guys hired and get them out there as quickly as we can.

"As far as the existing staff, I will meet with every one of them and they will be given an opportunity to interview and be a part of this staff as well."

Dykes called out Memorial Stadium on two seperate occasions, calling it one of the "best facilities to play college football in in the country," and acknowledging his excitement about "having such great resources to recruit to."

Dykes, who wasn't concerned about the timing of the hire, said retaining the current commits will be the No. 1 goal. He plans to reach out to them immediately.

"We need to get to know them and they need to get to know us," he said. "But I think Cal sells itself. I think when we assemble our coaching staff, our coaching staff will sell itself. I think we'll have an opportunity to sign one of the better recruiting classes they've had around here."

According to Dykes, that class will need to address the size and physicality of both sides of the line of scrimmage.

"That's an area we're going to have to address as we move forward in recruiting. It's imperative with the physical play that happens in this league that you're big on both sides of the line," he said. "I think recruiting always starts for us with offensive and defensive linemen. I think it's where you build your program. So it's going to be important for us to go out and recruit those types of players."

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