While Cal basketball has been making waves in the transfer portal, Cal football has also been reeling in commits as of late, with several big additions to the team this week.
Perhaps most notably, the Bears have made their first big offensive line addition in Texas A&M transfer Matthew Wykoff on Tuesday. The offensive lineman is a rising redshirt sophomore who played in all 12 games of 2022 for the Aggies, nine of which were starts. Wykoff earned 2022 SEC All-Freshman Team honors and has three years of eligibility left.
As a 247Sports three-star recruit, he reeled in offers from high-profile programs including Utah, Texas and Tennessee. Wykoff will bring much needed talent to Cal’s offensive line room.
Also on Tuesday, the Bears received a commitment from Tidiane Jalloh, a former three-star JUCO transfer. The outside linebacker hails from Toulon, France, and will be joining Cal from Independence CC in Kansas. Jalloh, who has all of the physical ability to work his way up the depth chart, will need to be able to adapt to the DI level quickly. The linebacker only played in six games last season at Independence, which was also his introduction to American football.
More help for Cal’s defense is on the way: A top-100 transfer in cornerback Marcus Scott II announced his commitment Thursday after a visit to Cal. The Missouri transfer is a former four-star recruit who comes to Cal as a freshman with four remaining years of eligibility after missing last season due to injury.
According to Rivals’ ratings, Scott II is Cal’s third top-100 transfer addition for the 2023 season. Scott joins other top-100 additions from the portal, alongside running backs Byron Cardwell and Justin Williams-Thomas.
Rounding out this week’s commitments, offensive coordinator Jake Spavital got another piece to add to his wide receiver core in Marquez Dortch, who announced his commitment Monday via Twitter. Dortch is a Mississippi State transfer that boasted a consensus four-star ranking as a recruit. Despite only appearing in one game during his sole year with the Bulldogs, the rising redshirt freshman was rated as the No. 23 and No. 25 receiver in the class of 2022 by 247Sports and ESPN, respectively.
In an off-season that has seen departures from many valuable contributors to the team, including wide receiver J.Michael Sturdivant and cornerback Oluwafemi Oladejo, these additions come at a crucial time for the blue and gold.
Cal has lost 25 players to the portal this off-season, but sits at No. 34 in On3’s 2023 transfer portal rankings. The past few months have seen 13 portal additions, with some more expected to trickle in as the spring winds to an end.
Out of On3’s top five players that have either joined or left Cal through the portal, five are recent additions to the team — one of whom is Dortch. He is joined by Illinois transfer wide receiver Brian Hightower, former Clemson linebacker Sergio Allen and Oregon transfer running back Byron Cardwell, all of whom transferred earlier in the year.
Cal’s biggest loss, according to the industry rating, lies in the top-ranked Sturdivant, with a 94 rating, who totaled seven touchdowns last year and transferred to UCLA in January.
With some eye-catching recent additions, this new Cal team looks to be taking shape in time for summer workouts, fall camp and the 2023 season.