Oh how the turntables have turned.
Right before fall camp, Cal had one offensive line commit. Now they have four. The run of recruiting success continues with the commitment of Brandon Mello, from Clayton Valley Charter in Concord. Mello becomes the fourth offensive lineman in Cal's 2018 class, joining Will Craig, Miles Owens, and Jasper Friis.
At 6'7" and 296 lbs, Mello is a load, while still being extremely mobile for his size, as demonstrated by the first clip on his tape, as he catches a kickoff and gets downfield on the run. Our Nam Le had this to say about Mello during the spring:
"One of the rare OL tapes that show clips of him in pass blocking, Mello has good feet in both the run and pass phases, a really long frame – check out his arms – but doesn’t have some of the physical dominance that the other tackle offers have, and will need to add strength over the last year."
Mello brings the Bears one step closer to completing their 2018 offensive line class, as they have one more slot left. Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood has had a lot of success in the past two weeks of recruiting, and it's beginning to show what his type of lineman is. Taller linemen (Cal doesn't have too many at this point, Jake Curhan the only scholarship OL at 6'6" or taller) who can move or be molded to move. Mello can already move pretty well, it's just molding him to a college scheme. Either way, this is looking like the best offensive line class in recent memory for the Bears.
Mello becomes the 14th commit of the 2018 class for the Bears, and is ranked as the 62nd best player in the state of California, along with the 51st ranked tackle in the country