Can Cal recruits make instant impact?

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News says that the California Golden Bears should be happy with their recruiting class, especially how they were able to flip several recruits and keep a lot of local talent in-house. He stresses, though, that Cal fans must be patient with this group.

"In terms of the class making an instant impact, Cal fans should be cautiously optimistic, at best," he writes. "I say that because the group is heavy on offensive and defensive linemen (half of the 25 signees), and they usually take several years to become impact players."

Wilner says that many linemen simply lack the "brute force needed to play effectively up front" when the are fresh out of high school, needing at least a year of college-level weight-training before they can compete on the field.

"In other words," he writes, "[Coach Sonny Dykes] and his staff will most likely have to make the most of the veterans up front — they can’t expect much help from the newcomers."