The Bears capped off an unusually busy week of early season commitments today with the commitment of Mission Bay (San Diego, CA) High School running back Derrick Clark after his unofficial visit.
The Mission Bay star first gave Cal head coach Sonny Dykes the news this morning.
"He was ecstatic," said Clark. "He said it himself. He said, 'Everyone can tell you're the perfect fit. We love you, the staff loves you. Let's make it work.'"
A versatile athlete, Clark also stars for Mission Bay in baseball, hitting .480 so far this season playing centerfield.
The powerful back had a strong season in 2015, rushing for 1.519 yards and 23 touchdowns in just 128 carries, for a strong 11.9 yards per carry average playing running quarterback, also completing 59% of his passes for another two touchdowns on the year.
Clark made his commitment to Cal after his unofficial visit yesterday, seeing all he needed to see to make the call for Cal.
"When I was up there, the coaches were just really sincere and you can tell they really care about their players," said Clark. "That's what I have at my high school with my coach and that's what I wanted in a college program.
"I loved everything about Cal -the weight room, the meeting rooms and stadium, the campus -it's all incredible. It's all new and modern.
"I love the players, too. Everyone was so welcoming. It feels like more of a family at Cal. That's what I've been looking for."
Academics played a large role for Clark as well -a stellar student with his 3.7 gpa.
"Academics played a big role in my decision, too, said Clark. "Going to Cal is like going to Stanford in my opinion.
"I've always been a good student. Going to Cal, even if I don't pursue a career in football, I know I'll be set for life. I'd like to study business at Cal."
Offensive coordinator/running backs coach Tony Franklin has been Clark's main recruiter to this point.
"Coach Franklin feels that I'm just a perfect fit for their offense," said Clark. "I'm elusive. I make people miss. I'm a power runner with speed. I'm aggressive. Just full-speed ahead. You won't see me run out of bounds too often. I'd rather run over a player instead. I'll finish with my head down. Just a perfect fit for the Cal offense. He knew it, I knew it and everybody knew it."
"I gave Derrick a big hug and told him how proud I was of him," said Mission Bay head coach Willie Matson. "It's quite an achievement to have the opportunity play at an institution at the level of Cal -inside and out of the classroom.
"Derrick has an extremely high skill set. As a running back, I personally think he's best when he makes one cut and goes but he's got good moves, too.
"He's a speedy kid -he's very, very quick- and has a great pair of hands. We'd have played him more out of the slot if we could. He's a great route runner.
"He played quarterback for us out of necessity this year but he'll play running back for us full-time this next season.
"His understanding of the game is advanced for a high school athlete, too.
"As a person, he's got such a radiant smile and is so well-liked by his teammates and classmates. He's good-hearted and a very personable kid. He'll fit in perfectly with Cal's family atmosphere."
Clark becomes the fifth commit for the Bears -far and away the fastest recruiting start in Cal football history for this early in the season.
To view Clark's junior highlights, click here