What I learned from this weekend

Cal now in the lead for Foster

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro running back D.J Foster took an official visit to Cal over the weekend and the Bears are now in a very good position for the talented athlete. It wasn’t long ago when this was a two-team race between Arizona State and Oregon. The Sun Devils were the heavy favorites and when the Ducks were eliminated, it seemed to be a slam dunk win for ASU.

The Sun Devils dragged their feet a bit in naming a new coach, the assistants on staff that Foster was close to were not retained and Cal was able to make up significant ground. There is still an outside chance ASU and USC will get an official visit in January as well, but Cal has now taken a solid lead for Foster.

Rios is headed to Westwood

It always seemed like just a matter of time before Marcus Rios (Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks) pulled the trigger and committed to UCLA. On Sunday, Rios did just that and became the first player to commit to new Bruins head coach Jim L. Mora.

Rios was an early commit to Boise State but opened up the process saying he wanted to look more at academic opportunities post graduation. He visited UCLA and fell in love with the school back in September. His recruitment was beginning to pick up steam with Notre Dame offering last week and Oregon on the verge of offering as well. UCLA was able to seal the deal and Rios will graduate early and will count on the Bruins 2011 scholarship count.

Notre Dame commits visit USC

The package duo of Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union athletes Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry have been rumored to be visiting USC multiple times this year. In fact, the two were set to trip to SC on December 2 but canceled the visit saying they were both rock solid to Notre Dame.

With the state championship games taking place in Carson over the weekend and Washington Union participating in the Div II final, the athletes decided it was worth it to go ahead and officially visit the Trojans. Shepard plans to enroll early at his school of choice and Greenberry said he’s going wherever the corner goes. Does USC have a legit shot to flip the two talented athletes? We could know in the next couple of weeks.

Garnett eliminates the hometown Huskies

It wasn’t a complete shock but Joshua Garnett’s (Puyallup, Wash.) announcement on Sunday that he had narrowed his choices to a final three and that three didn’t include Washington sent shock waves through Husky nation.

Garnett said his decision will come between Stanford, Michigan or Notre Dame, despite the fact that his father played at Washington and many felt the Huskies would be in this until the end. The talented offensive lineman said he simply wanted to leave the state and added he felt the three finalists were just better overall football programs and also provided better academic opportunities down the line as well. Husky coach Steve Sarkisian has done a very good job over the last two years of keeping most of the top in-state talent in a Husky uniform but Garnett is definitely a big loss for the program.

Harper de-commits from Huskies

Ontario (Calif.) Colony defensive back Bryan Harper committed early in the year to Washington but after Husky DB coach Demetrice Martin left to take the same job with UCLA, the corner is now back on the market.

UCLA had a ‘meet and greet’ on Saturday where the Bruin coaches hosted several players on campus for unofficial visits. Harper was one of the players who visited and later in the day, the athlete made the decision to decommit from the Huskies. The feeling is a commitment to the Bruins could be imminent and in fact, may have already happened silently but Harper doesn’t want to make a quick decision publicly at the moment.