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2023 Cal Recruiting Database: In-depth position-by-position intel

The busy month of recruiting visits in June is in the rearview and the wave of subsequent commitments continues for programs across the country.

Cal picked up its 10th commitment of the 2023 class Friday in landing three-star tight end Ben Marshall, out of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

As for where everything else stands for the Golden Bears, we have put in a ton of updates and changes to the 2023 Cal Recruiting Database, as outlined below.

Last updated: Aug. 13

Quarterback

Needs (1): After taking under-the-radar two-star Fernando Mendoza as the only QB in its 2022 signing class (not counting transfer Jack Plummer), the Bears have hit some roadblocks in their 2023 QB pursuit with top target Jaden Rashada falling out of play and committing to Miami, Aiden Chiles committing to Oregon State, Luke Duncan committing to UCLA after a late push from the Bruins and Jaxon Smolik picking Penn State. At this point, it's possible Cal will turn its focus to landing an impact QB from the transfer portal this winter, but the Bears are still evaluating a handful of QBs through their senior seasons this fall.

Commits (0):

Top targets:

No clear leads

Also on the radar:

Three-star QB CJ Tiller (Racho Cucamonga HS/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)

The latest: Tiller picked up a Cal offer on July 30, much to his surprise as there had been no communication from the program before then. He expressed intrigue and indicated the Bears would likely get one of his official visits in the fall as he plans to take all five. But this is very much a wait and see situation and for now he remains committed to Boise state.

Cal visits: None

Cal official visit plans: None

Coverage:

-(Aug. 1) Cal enters recruitment of Boise State QB commit CJ Tiller

Hudl highlights:

-Junior season

Other offers:

-Four-star Rivals100 QB Jaden Rashada (Pittsburg HS) *Committed to Miami

-Four-star QB Brayden Dorman (Vista Ridge HS/Peyton, Colo.) *Committed to Arizona

-Three-star QB Luke Duncan (Miramonte HS) *Committed to UCLA

-Three-star QB Jaxon Smolik (Dowling HS/West Des Moines, Iowa) *Committed to Penn State

-Three-star QB Chris Parson (Ravenwood HS/Brentwood, Tenn.) *Committed to Mississippi State

-Three-star QB Brennan Storer (Highland Park HS/Dallas, Texas) *Committed to Western Michigan

-Three-star dual-threat QB Aidan Chiles (Downey HS/Downey, Calif.) *Committed to Oregon State

Running back

Needs (1): All indications are that Cal landed a potential difference-maker in the last cycle in four-star Jaydn Ott. Which is good because RB recruiting efforts have seemingly hit a standstill this cycle with no clear uncommitted targets at present.

Commits (0):

Top Targets:

Also on the radar:

Four-star RB Roderick Robinson (Lincoln HS/San Diego) **Committed to UCLA

The latest: Robinson looked like a very strong lead for Cal, taking multiple visits this to Berkeley this spring, but he announced his commitment to UCLA on May 26. That doesn't mean the Bears are going to stop recruiting him. There's a long way to go before signing day and they'll keep in communication and see if they can get him out for an official visit in the fall perhaps.

Cal visits: March 5, April 2

Cal official visit plans: None scheduled

Bears' chances: Longshot

Coverage:

-(May 26) Roderick Robinson announces commitment to UCLA

-(March 6) Roderick Robinson's latest Cal visit 'was even better than last time'

-(March 2) Priority RB target Roderick Robinson set for weekend visit to Cal

-(Feb. 10) Roderick Robinson still has strong connection with Oregon

-(Feb. 9) Roderick Robinson remains 'extremely close' with Cal coaches

-(Feb. 9) Arizona making RB Roderick Robinson feel like a priority

Hudl highlights:

-Junior season

Four-star APB Cameron Cook (Stony Point HS/Round Rock, Texas)

The latest: Cook put Cal in his top 3 along with Texas and TCU, but he committed to the Horned Frogs on July 26. Because Cal RBs coach Aristotle Thompson was one of the first coaches to show interest in Cook and their relationship goes back a ways, expect the Bears to continue to recruit him, but he's definitely a longshot now.

Cal visits: June 24-26 official visit

Bears' chances: Longshot

Coverage:

-(July 3) RB Cam Cook talks Cal official visit, what really put the Bears on his radar

-(May 13) Nick at Nite: Predictions for top Texas prospects

-(April 14) Oregon looking like the top out-of-state contender for four-star RB Cameron Cook

-(March 25) Four-star RB Cameron Cook hearing from multiple major programs

Hudl highlights:

-Junior season

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