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-As of 3:00PM PST
Well this certainly has been a recruiting year for the ages. Today is finally the day that things can be made official as our verbal commits are signing their national letters of intent.
There have been some recent unfortunate developments that we expected, as Shaq Thompson has signed with Washington, Jordan Payton followed, Ellis McCarthy signed with UCLA, and Arik Armstead is going to Oregon. That's two 5 star and two 4 star recruits that we lost due to Lupoi bailing ship to a Pac-12 foe 2 weeks before National Signing Day.
I think the best response to all the changes due to Lupoi leaving was actually summarized by an 18 year old, our QB of the future Zach Kline - via California Golden Blogs:
"Those who want to be Bears, who bleed blue and gold, will stay with it," he said. "You don't play for one coach. You play for yourself, you play for coach Tedford and you play for the university. I think ... the guys who are committed understand that. They're true Bears. They want to be here."
"He was not a deciding factor in whether I was coming here or not," Kline said. "Coach Tedford and coach (Marcus) Arroyo are the ones who recruited me. You should go to a school for reasons other than your position coach, I believe. Committing for one coach is not the smartest thing to do."
- California Golden Bears