The last time Cal went to the Junior College ranks to nab a quarterback, it turned out to be Aaron Rodgers two years ago. Rodgers is projected by some to be the top quarterback taken in next year's NFL Draft assuming he decides to leave Berkeley a year early. The Bears are going to the JC ranks again and have a commitment from San Francisco City College (Calif.) signal caller Joseph Ayoob.
"Yeah, I committed a couple of weeks ago," Ayoob said. "There were just too many pluses with Cal. Coach Tedford is the main reason though. He's a great quarterback coach and his track record speaks for itself. The offense is great at Cal and it's a very friendly system. I always love the school itself. I wanted to pick a school that I would be comfortable at even without football. Academically, Cal is one of the best schools around and that's what I was looking for. The fact that it's close to home and my family can come and watch me play is just another bonus."
Ayoob, 6-3, 200 pounds played in just five games last season but made the most of it. He backed up starting quarterback Jason Swanson (Kansas signee) early in the season but became the starter late in the year when Swanson went down with a hyper-extended elbow.
Ayoob stepped in and threw for 1,296 yards and 14 touchdowns including 304 yards and four scores in the state championship game as the Rams finished the year 12-0 and were National champions.
"I'll play this year at San Francisco and then enroll at Cal in time for Spring ball," Ayoob said. "I'll have three years to play two once I get there. I'm hearing Aaron will be coming out early and if he does, I was told I'll have a great chance to play early. If Aaron stays, I'll likely red-shirt next year and then compete for the job the following year."
Ayoob chose the Bears over offers from Kentucky, Michigan State and Oregon State.