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Cal Commit Tracker: Weekend of October 28th

This week, with the Thursday night game in LA, Cal coaches got to take a bit of time on Friday and see some of their commits in the area and their performances. Here's how they performed.

Chase Garbers

Garbers led his Corona del Mar squad to a 45-7 victory over Northwood, recording 264 yards and 4 TDs on 20-26 passing. Garbers completed passes to eight different receivers and tied his school record for most TD passes in a season with 33. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital and head coach Sonny Dykes were able to visit Garbers Friday as well.

Garbers continues to make the right throws with consistent footwork, showing an ability to get out of the pocket. Completing over 70% of his passes consistently is solid, and he continues to perform at that level, which bodes well for his performance at the next level.

Biaggio Ali-Walsh

Ali-Walsh led his Gorman squad to another win, a 56-0 shutout over Durango. Ali-Walsh had 13 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half. Ali-Walsh continues to be a key piece for possibly the best high school team in the country.

Taariq Johnson and Jeremiah Hawkins

Johnson and Hawkins had a visitor to Buena Park in their future inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler, as Buena Park defeated Sunny Hills 40-14. Johnson caught a 14 yard touchdown pass, finishing the game with 3 receptions for 34 yards. Hawkins did not play due to injury.

Michael Saffell

Saffell was visited by offensive line coach Brandon Jones, as his Edison team lifted retiring head coach Dave White to victory in their "Bell Game" against Fountain Valley, winning by the score of 56-12. Saffell said that one of his goals for the season is to get White a state championship in his final year of coaching, and at 8-1 this season, they are well on their way.


Everything that has been said about Saffell before can be said again from this tape. He calls out blitzes, gets downfield well, he's fundamentally sound and plays to the whistle. In short, everything you want in a lineman.

Gabe Cherry

Cherry received a visit from Fred Tate as Cherry's Centennial squad fell to Liberty 51-14. In what film he has from this season, Cherry has looked extremely agile, moving between spots on the line. With his frame and the frequency of defensive tackle injuries for the Bears, he has an opportunity to play right away.

Alex Funches and Da'Quan Patton

Funches and Patton helped their Trinity Valley squad to a 72-28 victory to get to 8-1 on the season. There weren't any clear statistics up of this game as of this writing, but Patton did record a sack, judging from this film.


Patton playing middle linebacker is especially helpful, at a position that the Bears need depth at. He looks to be decisive in getting to the hole in this and other film of his, which is a much needed trait on the defense.

Paul Scott

Scott's McClymonds squad beat Castlemont 58-24 to move to 7-1, with an undefeated record in conference as they take on Oakland High next week

Je'Quari Godfrey

Godfrey's Bishop O'Dowd squad defeated Berkeley High 49-12 last Friday to move to 8-1. Godfrey had a reception for 20 yards, a couple tackles, two pass deflections, afumble recovery and an interception.

One of the biggest things on Godfrey when he committed was how raw he was. One positive to come from that is that he didn't have bad habits built up, which has helped with his development. He turns around so he can make plays on the ball in coverage, which nets him a jump ball interception. At 6'2", he's the type of long corner that will help Cal deal with the Juju Smith-Schusters of the conference on the outside.

Michael Onyemaobi

Onyemaobi received a visit from cornerbacks coach John Lovett on Friday, as Onyemaobi's Chaparral squad fell to Murrieta Mesa 38-9. Onyemaobi had a catch for 10 yards, but there's no other defensive statistics or film of him from this game that can be found at publishing time.

Tyriq Hardimon

Hardimon's Lassiter squad fell to 6-3 after a loss to Cherokee by a score of 31-28.

Hardimon, who looks to play safety at this point, can play the ball well, can hit, and doesn't get turned around. He also looks to be able to help in run support, something needed from the safety group.

Jordan Genmark-Heath

Genmark-Heath and his Central Catholic squad remained undefeated after a 35-0 victory over St. Augustine. Genmark-Heath played all over the field, with four carries for 45 yards and a TD, two catches for 11 yards, a 55 yard punt return TD, and an interception.

Genmark-Heath's versatility, size and speed is apparent in the clip above, and getting an athlete of this caliber is a big win for the Bears in recruiting.

New Offers:

Nick Ford

Ford, a legacy at Cal, with his dad playing receiver for the Bears in the late 80s, is a 6'5" 275 lb lineman from San Pedro who might need more size, but has the frame to get to that point. He was offered after Brandon Jones went to see him over the weekend

He drives well with his feet and finishes off blocks well. He needs to play a little more to the whistle, but that awareness comes with time and can be fixed well. Ford has offers from Arizona, BYU, and San Diego State among others.

Cyrus Habibi-Likio

Habibi-Likio is someone who the Bears had their eye on for a while, being a local guy from St. Francis in Mountain View. He was offered after Mark Tommerdahl went to see him over the weekend, and was offered as an ATH, instead of a running back

With Habibi-Likio, you've got an excellent athlete, with some good speed and a willingness to hit. He's good football player from the area, the kind of player that Cal fans would want to keep in the area, and seems to like Cal as well.

George Moore

Finally, George Moore, a JC lineman from College of San Mateo, received an offer last night. Moore is currently committed to Washington State, and has the ideal size for the tackle spot at 6'7" and 306 lbs.

Moore can get out and pull, block straight ahead, and pass block, with some solid footwork to go along with it. He'll be coming into whichever school is his final choice in the spring.