Cal picked up a huge commitment when Valencia (Calif.) athlete Shane Vereen chose the Bears over a host of offers including the two schools in his backyard that many believed to be the leaders, USC and UCLA.
Vereen, 5-10, 175 pounds is one of the top two way players in the region and could be among the top 10 overall prospects in the state. He's a dynamic running back who rushed for 1,638 yards and 28 touchdowns while catching 52 balls for 898 yards and seven more scores.
Where we really like Vereen is at corner and after seeing him at numerous passing league tournaments, he was the most impressive defensive back we saw in person all summer.
"Cal recruited him at running back and that's really where he wants to play," Muir coach Larry Muir said. "He really liked Cal all along and always said as soon as he feels a school is right for him, he'll go ahead and commit and that's just what he did. He loves the academics and he has been up there a couple of times and really likes the place."
As recently as the NIKE 7 on 7 Passing Championship back in mid-July, the buzz we were hearing was this would likely be a USC-UCLA battle for Vereen.
"He liked both schools and both offered him as a running back too," Muir said. "There was talk that they wanted him for defense but both recruited him for running back and did a nice job but Shane just really liked Cal. He thinks he fits in well with what they do offensively and decided he wanted to commit early, before the season started, so he can just focus on the season and not worry about the distractions of recruiting."