After losing a couple of intense head-to-head battles with Oregon for the De La Salle duo of four-star defensive back Willie Glapser and four-star linebacker Terrance Kelly, Cal struck back with the verbal commitments of Hayward (Calif.) teammates defensive end Phillip Mbakogu (6-3, 260, 4.8) and wide receiver/defensive back Robert Jordan (6-0, 165, 4.4).
“Ever since I was a kid,” Jordan said. “It has been a dream to go to Cal. "They are the local school and they were the first to offer me. I love the offense and Coach (Jeff) Tedford is an offensive genius."
Jordan projects as a wide receiver for Cal but said he'll be given a chance to play both ways later in his career.
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For Mbakogu, loyalty played a big role as well in his recruitment.
"Cal offered me my sophomore year and I never forgot that,” Mbakogu said. “They badly need a rush defensive end and I think I can come in and play immediately. I love the direction of the program, the players on the team and the recruits they are bringing in."
A few months back the Hayward duo talked about going as a package deal with Oakland (Calif.) Tech teammates Marshawn Lynch and Virdell Larkins.
Every year kids talk about going as package deals and that rarely ever happens, but this time it did and Cal fans should be very happy it did.