Under a new coaching regime Cal continues to identify with recruits locally and nationally. The team has shown signs of improvement but is young under true freshman quarterback Jared Goff.
Downs is expected to enroll early giving him a chance to rehab with college-level experts.
There is some serious offensive firepower but defensively they will need to continue to improve.
Currently Cal has the No. 46 class in the nation, and the No. 4 class in the Pac-12. There is a lot to like about this class headlined by two-way star Devante Downs from Washington.
Here's a quick snapshot of the Cal class as it stands today.
The Top Dog: Devante Downs
His senior season was over before it started due to an ACL injury suffered this Summer. Shortly after his surgery the four-star decided he was ready to commit to Cal. It was a big pickup for the staff and Downs can come in and play linebacker or be a jumbo running back. Despite having some smaller shiftier backs on roster now, Downs could be a nice compliment to that speed.
Perhaps he could come in at linebacker, which may be his best-suited NFL potential. In either event, the No. 84 overall player in the nation is committed to the Bears and could be a real playmaker for the staff.
The Hidden Gem: Tre Watson
This vote could have gone to about three or four different commits from the list. Which is a testament to the value of this class.
Personally I love the skill set of Jalen Harvey but he's already ranked inside the top 150. Jaleel Wadood is also no slouch, but once again he's ranked inside the top 150. Luke Rubenzer has some serious tools and was the next best option as being ranked a low three-star.
Watson is having a monster season. Despite his decision to take some other visits, it will take quite a bit to sway the three-star back. Watson could end up being the lightning to Devante Downs' thunder in the Cal offense.
Top Remaining Target: Joe Mixon
Cal is perhaps the unofficial leader for 5-star running back Joe Mixon. He's been to Berkeley nearly a dozen times and it's my belief the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back will likely stay closer to home.
The Bears may not need another running back in this class, but when a talent like Mixon is knocking at your door, you take him and build the program around him.
Currently Oregon and Oklahoma are seemingly the biggest threats to steal the five-star talent.