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Cal Commit Tracker: Weekend of November 11th

A number of Cal's commits played in playoff games over the weekend, and all but two our in the playoffs. Only DL commit Gabe Cherry and ATH Michael Onyemaobi weren't on teams that made the playoffs, but there's news about both of them nonetheless. Cherry was reported to be taking visits to USC and Washington State, along with a official to Cal. Cherry will reportedly be taking unofficial visit the next two weekends to Cal, followed by an official to Cal in December.

Onyemaobi was named as a member of the US under 19 national team for football, set to compete in the 2017 North American championships.

Now, onto the playoff performances

Chase Garbers, Corona del Mar

Garbers went 18-25 with 293 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception, while rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries with 2 TDs


Garbers scored one of his rushing touchdowns on a designed QB power, so he's willing to get dirty and take a shot to get into the endzone. The tape further confirms everything that's been said about him. He's an accurate passer willing to take the time to make reads without sitting in the pocket for too long, and he's becoming more mobile.

Biaggio Ali-Walsh, Bishop Gorman

Ali-Walsh had 8 carries for 128 yards and four touchdowns as Bishop Gorman defeated Palo Verde 59-0 in the playoffs, they will play Faith Lutheran next week.

Taariq Johnson and Jeremiah Hawkins, Buena Park

Johnson and Hawkins will face a future teammate in Michael Saffell next week when they play Saffell's Edison squad after beating San Juan Hills 20-7. Johnson had 3 catches for 28 yards, while Hawkins returned to action with two carries for 38 yards, two receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown, while completing a pass for 18 yards.

Hawkins had been nursing an injury before this, but he looks to be as fluid as ever. His future position coach Jacob Peeler feels that he gives them a player like Bug Rivera off the bat, and can be used in that position shortly. He certainly looks healthy here.

Michael Saffell, Edison High School

Saffell helped Edison to a 45-24 victory over Newbury Park, with a date against Buena Park looming.

Some of Saffell's best work comes in pass protection, as early in the tape, he holds off two blitzers coming at him, something that he may not be able to do at the next level, but it's still impressive. He also does a good job of getting to the second level to make a block while staying in the frame of his guy and not holding.

Alex Funches and Da'Quan Patton, Trinity Valley CC

Trinity Valley moved to 10-1 on the year with a victory over Kilgore in overtime, and they'll play in a JC bowl game next month. Patton is now the team's leading tackler, with 82 tackles, along with 8 TFLs and 2.5 sacks. Funches is currently second on the team in sacks with 7. Funches also had an interception dropping into coverage against Kilgore.

Paul Scott, McClymonds

Scott's McClymonds squad beat Oakland Tech 30-0 before they head to the playoffs against Fremont. Scott is currently out with a broken ankle.

Je'Quari Godfrey, Bishop O'Dowd

Godfrey's Bishop O'Dowd squad beat Terra Linda 56-14, and will play against Encinal on Saturday. Godfrey got some accolades for his improved play this year, and will see playing time next year at Cal at this rate.

Tyriq Hardimon, Lassiter

Hardimon's Lassiter squad saw their season end in a 35-10 loss to McEachern, finishing at 6-5 on the year.

In the loss, Hardimon showed that he can be a sure tackler in space, having to save a couple touchdowns, and taking good pursuit angles to catch breakaways.

Jordan Genmark-Heath, Central Catholic

Genmark-Heath was off this week, with their playoff game against Torrey Pines taking place on the 18th.