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Cal Football Early Signing Day, 2020 Class: Live Updates

It's that time of year again.

It's Early National Signing Day, and we've got live updates coming, along with analysis being put out throughout the day, coverage of Justin Wilcox's press conference this afternoon, and a podcast to recap it all.

For now, this is the live update article, where you can follow along with the newly signed Bears.

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Jamieson Sheahan, Pro Kick Australia, P

6', 200 lbs

Committed: December 16th, 2019

Official Visit: November 13th-15th, 2019

2-star (5.4) kicker

Main Recruiter: Charlie Ragle

Sheahan made his commitment official Monday and his signature official this morning, becoming the first signee of the 2020 class. Sheahan, out of the ProKick Australia program, will be the third Australian to punt for Cal, joining Steven Coutts and David Lonie. Sheahan will come to the Bears a bit older than the rest of the class, having played in Australia's Victorian Football League, a second tier Aussie Rules Football league (below the AFL in Australia).

Jaedon Roberts, Avon Old Farms School, OL/DL

6’3”, 280 lbs

Committed: November 18th, 2019

Official Visit: December 13th-15th, 2019

3-star (5.6) DT, 51st ranked DT, 6th ranked player in CT

Main Recruiter: Andrew Browning

Roberts, a native of Sausalito, had one of the quietest recruitments, as he played across the country at Avon Old Farms. Roberts started out at San Francisco's St. Ignatius before making the move to the Connecticut boarding school, where he was the team MVP playing both on the offensive and defensive lines. He could man either side of the ball for the Bears, though he may start on the defensive side early in his career, similar to 2019 signee Ben Coleman.

Aidan Lee, Desert Ridge HS, WR

6’2”, 205 lbs.

Committed: July 28th, 2019

Official Visit: N/A

2-star (5.4) WR

2019 Stats: 64 receptions, 1088 yards, 10 TDs

Main Recruiters: Charlie Ragle and Burl Toler

Lee had a breakout year at Desert Ridge, as his squad turned to a more pass-oriented attack. Lee became one of the best receivers in Arizona's 6A division, the top level of competition in the state. Lee also impressed Rivals' analysts during the Rivals Camp Series, where he was one of the top performers among a loaded field in the Los Angeles camp earlier this year. He will be an outside receiver at Cal.

Mason Mangum, Westlake, WR

6’, 175 lbs.

Committed: December 12th, 2019

Official Visit: December 7th-8th, 2019

3-star (5.5) WR

2019 Stats: 61 receptions, 957 yards, 13 TDs

Main Recruiter: Burl Toler

Mangum came on late after a coaching change at Arkansas changed his original plans. He's a 4.45 40 guy, can dunk a basketball, and produced for one of the top HS programs in Texas (one that produced Nick Foles and Drew Brees). Mangum projects in the slot for the Bears, though he has the size to play on the outside as well.

Ricky Correia, Central HS, NG

6’4”, 320 lbs.

Committed: October 18th, 2019

Official Visit: N/A

3-star (5.5) DT

2019 Stats: 73 tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 7 sacks

Main Recruiter: Andrew Browning

Correia is a get at a much needed position for the Bears, a massive nose guard who occupied space for a state champion team at Central. A mass of humanity who has also played some fullback, something many will hope he does at Cal. Along with teammate Jeremiah Hunter, the Life after Ball program helped sway Correia's commitment

"That was a big part of why I chose Cal, the life after football," Correia said, "there’s so many opportunities that that gives you."

Andy Alfieri, Jesuit HS, ILB

6’2” 220 lbs

Committed: May 11th, 2019

Official Visit: November 13th-15th, 2019

3-star (5.5) ATH

Main Recruiter: Peter Sirmon

Alfieri, who had a rough year due to injury, will come to Cal as an inside linebacker, lauded for his pass rush ability. He's the second Alfieri to come down to the Bay, as Joey Alfieri played for Stanford. Alfieri's commitment to the Bears was part of a renewed push in the Pacific Northwest in 2020, as the area has a ton of talent (as evidenced by Justin Wilcox, Peter Sirmon, and Steve Greatwood all hailing from the area).

Damien Moore, Bishop Amat, RB

5’10”, 195 lbs

Committed: June 30th, 2019

Official Visit: June 21st-23rd

3-star RB (5.5), 91st ranked player in CA

Main Recruiter: Nick Edwards

Moore's in the mold of CJ Anderson, bigger back with great lower body strength and great vision. Probably had the biggest jump of any recruit on film after getting back from a knee injury. Biggest piece of a Bishop Amat team that made the Open Division playoff. He'll be reunited with former HS teammate Aaron Maldonado.

Tommy Christakos, Chaparral HS, WR/K

6’4”, 215 lbs.

Committed: June 2nd, 2019

Official Visit: May 31st-June 2nd, 2019

3-star (5.6) WR, 16th ranked player in AZ

2019 Stats: 43 receptions for 816 yards, 9 TDs

Main Recruiters: Charlie Ragle and Burl Toler

Wide receiver and kicker doesn't always go together, but Christakos has a massive leg and some big hands for the wide receiver position, which makes him a difficult cover for smaller corners to deal with. Has a chance to win the kicking job right off the bat at Cal, as Greg Thomas leaves after this year.

Zach Johnson, Hart HS QB

6’1”, 190 lbs

Committed: June 3rd, 2019

Official Visit: December 6th-8th, 2019

3-star QB (5.5), 95th ranked player in CA

2019 Stats: 2788 yards (59.6% completion, 7.5 yards per attempt), 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions

Main Recruiter: Beau Baldwin

Johnson got his first FBS offer from Cal and quickly jumped on it. The Hart HS QB (home of Joe Kapp and Kyle Boller among other former Cal QBs) officially visited for the penultimate visit weekend.

"It's awesome," Johnson said, "it's been such a good time for me getting to know the coaches better and getting to know Cal better and to go through all this I feel very fortunate, and I feel very happy that I got the opportunity to continue my football career at such an amazing place like Cal. It's been such a great process and I'm really excited with the way it turned out.”

Johnson put on 25-30 lbs between his junior and senior years, which made him into a stronger thrower, which got the Bears to offer.

Isaiah Young, Centennial HS, NB

5’10” 175 lbs.

Committed: April 21st, 2019

Official Visit: September 27th-29th, 2019

3-star (5.6) 80th ranked CB, 59th ranked player in CA

2019 Stats: 44 tackles, 3 TFLs, 1 INT (returned for TD)

Main Recruiter: Gerald Alexander

The heir apparent to Traveon Beck at the nickel spot, Young was the second player to commit in the 2020 class, and he's got speed and lateral quickness to burn. Cam Bynum has worked with Young, who played at the same HS, Corona Centennial. He may end up taking the redshirt year to learn, but it'd be unsurprising to see Young on the field right from the get-go.

Trey Paster, Buhach Colony HS, S

6’3”, 200 lbs

Committed: July 14th, 2019

Official Visit: December 13th-15th, 2019

3-star (5.6) ATH, 66th ranked player in CA

2019 Stats: 33 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 INTs, 1 FF, 1 FR; 33 receptions for 305 yards, 4 TDs; 9 rushes for 163 yards and 4 TDs

Main Recruiter: Gerald Alexander

The heart of the 2020 class, one of the vocal leaders of the group and a key early enrollee for the Bears. Paster should plug in at a safety spot, where the Bears need the depth, and with a good spring ball, he could be in contention to play right off the bat. Paster's been all about the Bears for a while, calling Cal his dream school.

"The opportunity that Cal gives me, not only playing football with the great coaches they have," Paster said, "that opportunity was already big itself, but the life after football. The Life after Football program, the business program, I want to study business, I talked to a business professor, what you have, opportunity-wise, with academics was what really attracted me. It was the full package, and I was like, ‘this is everything I’m looking for.’"

Jeremiah Hunter, Central HS, WR

6’2” 180 lbs

Committed: May 11th, 2019

Official Visit: N/A

4-Star (5.8) WR, 51st ranked WR, 28th ranked player in CA

2019 Stats: 79 receptions, 1194 yards, 16 TDs

Main Recruiter: Burl Toler

It's difficult to put into words how much of an impact Hunter's signing has, but the future Cal wideout is good to excellent in every single area of the game. He runs crisp routes, he runs well after the catch, he can run past guys, he can outrun angles, just a special kind of athlete for the Bears.

Ethan Saunders, Orange Vista HS, DL

6’3”, 275 lbs.

Committed: August 3rd, 2019

Official Visit: December 13th-15th, 2019

3-star (5.5) DE, 88th ranked player in CA

Main Recruiter: Andrew Browning

A big defensive end who played for two former Bears in the Zomalt brothers at Orange Vista, mobile at his size, brings depth to the defensive line position, a group that hasn't had a lot of depth over the past few years.

Everett Johnson, Turlock HS, OL

6’8”, 290 lbs.

Committed: February 5th, 2018

Official Visit: December 13th-15th, 2019

3-star (5.7) OT, 60th ranked tackle, 51st ranked player in CA

Main Recruiter: Steve Greatwood

Johnson was one of the first offers of the 2020 class and he committed on the spot. That's not something you see often, and the massive tackle prospect from Turlock has been locked in since then, and has talked to the guys he'll be learning from when he steps on campus next month.

"I got to meet Saffell a little bit, the weekend of the Opening," Johnson said, "I went down to see some recruits that were there and I got to talk to Safell for a minute. Curhan, that's one of my favorite guys, he was working the camp I went to when I was a sophomore, and he was working it again this year. To get a lot of tips with him, to work, that was awesome. I look up to him as an offensive lineman, when I go to games I look at him specifically, 'alright, this dude is gonna be a four year starter, what do I have to do to be like him.'"

Ender Aguilar, Servite HS, OL

6’5”, 255 lbs.

Committed: June 20th, 2019

Official Visit: June 14th-16th

3-star (5.5) DE, 93rd ranked player in CA

Main Recruiter: Steve Greatwood

Aguilar impressed in week one of playing tackle that Greatwood offered him. He's an athlete who will need to add size, but the frame and tenacity are there for Aguilar to develop. He's felt locked in with Cal since he committed in June.

"I'm really looking forward to it, but in my heart, I've felt like I was committed to Cal," Aguilar noted, "it doesn't change anything, I've felt it was official. I'm still looking forward to it, I love Cal and the atmosphere, the players, the coaches, the school."

Jaden Casey, Calabasas HS, QB

6’1”, 185 lbs

Committed: October 14th, 2019

Official Visit: October 11th-13th, 2019

3-star QB (5.7), 19th ranked Pro-Style QB, 42nd ranked player in CA

2019 Stats: 2,174 yards, 26 touchdowns, 5 INTs; 289 yards and five touchdowns rushing

Main Recruiters: Beau Baldwin and Justin Wilcox

Casey flipped from Fresno State to Cal in October after an official visit to Berkeley during the bye week. He also visited Cal for the North Texas game and the USC game.

"Football’s really important to me, it’s a dream of mine to go to the NFL, and I think coach Wilcox and coach Baldwin really drew me to them," Casey said in Octorber, "with how cultured the team is, how cultured coach Wilcox is, the offense that coach Baldwin has, it’s an offense that works well for me, it checked off all the boxes for me.”

Despite Baldwin heading to Cal Poly, Casey will be enrolling early in mid-January. Casey also won the Marmonte League co-MVP.

Justin Baker, Kennedy Catholic, WR

5’10”, 175 lbs.

Committed: August 11th, 2019

Official Visit: December 13th-15th, 2019

3-star (5.6) ATH

2019 Stats: 57 receptions, 790 yards, 11 TDs; 26 carries, 259 yards, 3 TDs;

Main Recruiters: Burl Toler, Nick Edwards, Peter Sirmon

Baker is one of the most exhilarating players in the 2020 class to watch, someone who can turn screen plays into touchdowns, while also having plenty of value as a kick returner. Baker should be in the mix on special teams when he gets on campus.

"It was the overall, opportunities that they had were second to none," Baker told Golden Bear Report in August, "and since I was little, I've always wanted to go to a school that had a good education, I'm always thinking of life after football. This is the number one public school in the country so it doesn't get much better than that. I also always wanted to live in California, I have family down there, my cousin, she's the women's basketball coach at San Jose State (Jamie Craighead). I just loved coach Wilcox and the entire coaching staff. I got to talk to coach Wilcox on my visit, the time I got to talk to him, he knew what he was trying to accomplish and that he was set on that."

Tyson McWilliams, St. Augustine HS, CB

6’3”, 180 lbs

Committed: October 20, 2019

Official Visit: October 18th-20th, 2019

3-star (5.6), 69th ranked player in CA

Main Recruiter: Gerald Alexander

McWilliams is an athletic corner prospect who the Bears are looking to make plays on the ball. There's potential for him to get some early playing time, much like Craig Woodson did last year, and the message for McWilliams is to come in ready.

"Just coming in and being ready to compete as a freshman," McWilliams said, "going there with nothing to lose in my first fall camp, trying to get a spot and make a name for myself early, and to not be afraid to compete."

Muelu Iosefa, Mililani HS, ILB

6’3” 220

Committed: June 10th, 2019

Official Visit: June 7th-9th, 2019

3-star (5.7) OLB, 5th ranked player in Hawaii, 44th ranked OLB

Main Recruiter: Peter Sirmon

There were whispers about a potential flip by Iosefa to USC, to play with his brother, but the Bears pushed through and won out for the signature of the Hawaiian linebacker. There's a belief that he's a potential NFL guy if he continues his development. Iosefa is a quiet kid, but development is what won out for his commitment back in June

"The coaches, they were really down to earth," Iosefa told Golden Bear Report over the summer, "I felt like I could talk to any of them, and most importantly the player development part. Coach Sirmon, he knows how to coach up players and it shows. He’s been coaching up all-Americans."

Stanley McKenzie, St. Louis HS, DL

6’2”, 290 lbs.

Committed: June 12th, 2019

Official Visit: June 7th-9th, 2019

3-star (5.5) DT

Main Recruiter: Andrew Browning

Plays a lot like Luc Bequette, powerful force on the interior who can take up space and eat up blocks. Him and Iosefa are Cal's first recruits from Hawaii since 2016. A versatile guy who's going to be asked to move around, from a 1-technique to a 3 technique inside, to a 4i or 5 technique against a tackle.

DJ Rogers, Eastside Catholic, TE

6’4”, 230 lbs.

Committed: December 14th, 2019

Official Visit: November 16th-17th

4-star TE (5.8), 5th ranked player in WA, 10th ranked TE

Main Recruiters: Marques Tuiasosopo, Peter Sirmon

Rogers may have been one of the biggest gets of the cycle for the Bears. He's a potential day one starter from when he makes it onto campus, and will be a contributor as a true freshman. He also bought into what Justin Wilcox had to say during the recruiting process.

“I like coach Wilcox. He’s a good dude," Rogers told's Adam Gorney, "He’s not going to trick you or tell you something else or talk down on other programs. He’s going to tell you the truth. I really like him. I could see myself playing for him. We had good conversations. We talked about football for like five minutes and the rest was talking about life and me growing into a young man and adulthood. I really like him.”

Chris Street, JSerra Catholic, RB

5’10”, 185 lbs

Committed: June 23rd, 2019

Official Visit: June 21st-23rd, 2019

4-star RB (5.8), 21st ranked RB, 34th ranked player in CA

Main Recruiter: Nick Edwards

A 1st team all-Trinity League player, Street dealt with injury as a senior but has plenty of explosiveness and cutting ability, including a killer spin move. He's also been a leader of the recruiting class, working on getting guys committed behind the scenes

"We have a group chat and we talk often in it," Street told Golden Bear Report, "it’s really just a cool bunch of dudes in there and we’ve talked about what we want and how we obtain what we want. I believe the joking around in there helps us become closer, because then we’re learning everybody’s personalities."

Collin Gamble, Liberty Christian School, S

5’11”, 190 lbs

Committed: September 22nd, 2019

Official Visit: August 30th-September 1st, 2019

3-star (5.7) CB, 54th ranked CB, 74th ranked player in TX

Main Recruiter: Gerald Alexander

Gamble is projected as someone who can play either corner or safety, and he filled a lot of roles for his Liberty Christian team. Development at the next level is what Gamble was looking for through the process.

"Really when I got there, the coaches seemed like they knew what they were doing," Gamble told Golden Bear Report in September, "they've really turned the team around, coach Gerald (Alexander) is one of the top corner coaches in the country, I felt like he's one of the best coaches to be able to develop me and I like the way that he goes about developing his players. I felt like that was a good reason to make that the final decision."

Gamble gave the Cal coaches a silent commitment after his visit, cancelled a planned trip to Notre Dame, and committed to the Bears publicly three weeks later.

Dejuan Butler, Antioch HS, CB

6’, 185 lbs

Committed: June 27th, 2019

Official Visit: December 13th-15th, 2019

3-star (5.5) CB, 81st ranked CB, 60th ranked player in CA

Main Recruiters: Gerald Alexander, Burl Toler

A hitter at defensive back, has a lot of what Gerald Alexander calls "contact courage." Plays a lot like Cam Bynum on the outside, physical guy, local guy, the type of player the Bears need to continue to keep in the fold moving forward.

Jake Muller, Capistrano Valley, TE

6’5”, 225 lbs.

Committed: June 15th, 2019

Official Visit: November 15th-17th

3-star (5.5) TE

Main Recruiter: Marques Tuiasosopo

The 25th signing for the 2020 class, Muller got better as his senior year went on, proving to be a big wideout for Capistrano Valley, while improving as a blocker. He's starting to show some tight end skills that he's going to have to develop in Berkeley. He's starting with the right frame to develop from, which is a big plus.