Recruiting guru Tosh Lopoi leaves Cal; Cal possibly losing top recruits
|Recruiting guru Tosh Lopoi leaves Cal; Cal possibly losing top recruits|
With the news Monday afternoon that Cal football lost recruiting guru Tosh Lopoi to Washington within the same Pacific-12 Conference, the ripple effect for national recruits is on.
In the Sacramento region, where Cal has maintained something of a recruiting pipeline for decades, there was disappointment and shock at the Lopoi move. Cal is ranked No. 9 in the latest CBS Sports Top 25 College Football Team Recruiting Rankings.
MaxPreps Top 5 national recruit Shaq Thompson of Grant (Sacramento, Calif.), a safety, has gone from a firm Cal verbal commitment to now being "50-50 with Washington and Cal."
Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) lineman Arik Armstead is also now curious about Cal's loss of Lopoi, a coach he had grown fast to appreciate and like. Armstead said he is still considering Cal, Notre Dame and Auburn but that "Tosh was a main reason I was thinking about Cal."
Armstead made his final recruiting trip over the weekend, flanked by older brother Armond, a former starting defensive lineman at USC who did not play last fall due to a mysterious, yet not serious health ailment. USC did not clear Armstead to play. He graduated at USC last month and is now back on the recruiting trail, wanting to play one more year to end on his terms and to shore up his NFL draft status.
The Armstead brothers want to play together, a dream, and it could happen at Notre Dame or Auburn, or not at all. Armond Armstead and father Guss visited Notre Dame on Sunday and Monday.
The Armstead family said they will announce their college destination in the coming days. It was originally scheduled for Sunday night, but the Lopoi news could delay that, Arik Armstead said.
Here's where the Lopoi news impacts Thompson: Like scores of others, he too, raves about Lopoi, even though Lopoi oversees defensive linemen. Also, Thompson's good friend in former Grant teammate James Sample is already at Washington. There suddenly could be comfort in familiarity.
Former Cal a##istant coach Justin Wilcox has also been freshly hired by Washington. Thompson said Wilcox recruited his brother Syd Thompson years ago. Syd started at cornerback for four years at Cal and is now a second-year defensive back with the Denver Broncos.
Thompson, like all national recruits, won't sign a National Letter of Intent until at least Feb. 1. He said he has plenty of time to sort things out. He said he had a home visit on Sunday from Lopoi, who at that time did not expect to be heading to Washington.
Needless to say, Thompson was floored by the news Monday. He has not talked to Lopoi by noon Monday, but expected to hear from him sometime later in the afternoon. None of the recruits could blame Lopoi from jumping ship. According to reports, he almost tripled his salary.
"He's just a great guy, and players are comfortable around him," Thompson said of Lopoi. "I'm still deciding what to do. May not know until (letter of intent day)."
Lopoi had a big impact on getting Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa to Cal over Stanford. Tagaloa, a 6-7, 315-pound offensive lineman, is the No. 69 recruit in the country. His other finalist were USC and Oregon, but according to Salesian coach Chad Nightingale, it was a very close call between Cal and the Cardinal.
Lupoi's departure could lead Tagaloa back to The Farm, though he hasn't said so.
Recent Cal commit Jordan Payton, a wide receiver from Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.), said on his Twitter account that he will take a "serious look into other schools." Payton is the No. 81 overall recruit in the country.
Loss of Cal recruiting guru could impact recruits Arik Armstead, Shaq Thompson - MaxPreps News
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|01-16-2012, 11:00 PM||away - #2|
Peace out Tedford :lachen001:
|01-16-2012, 11:06 PM||away - #3|
|01-16-2012, 11:13 PM||away - #4|
Damn they were pulling in a dope cla## to...
Won't mind see shaq suit up for udub.
|01-17-2012, 12:13 AM||away - #5|
Armstead dropped Cal. McCarthy swapped to UCLA, he's already hurting that cla##. It will spread the recruits around UCLA, USC, UW this cla## and will help us in the long run
|01-17-2012, 12:20 AM||away - #6|
Just when I thought Cal was about to turned the corner and become one of the elites to compete for the Pac 12 they pull some !! like this....
I'm hearing that we (Bama) are about to sign Washington's OC soon..
|01-17-2012, 12:29 AM||away - #7|
|01-17-2012, 12:36 AM||away - #8|
yea its pretty much official just hasnt been announced by the school yet. mother!!er is pretty much McElwain 2.0
|01-17-2012, 12:37 AM||away - #9|
^^ Havent checked to see if it was official yet but insiders was saying it was a done deal yesterday
|01-17-2012, 01:01 AM||away - #10|
I don't wanna see tosh's recruiting ability up in seattle...!! uw
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