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Top recruiter leaving Cal for Washington

Josh Lupoi

Cal was one of the biggest winners during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl the weekend before last, landing verbal commitments from several top-flight recruits.

Unfortunately for the Bears, one of the men responsible for that recruiting success has taken his leave of the program.  The question is, will 2012 commitments do the same?

Washington announced in a press release Monday afternoon that Tosh Lupoi has left Cal to become the Huskies’ defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator.  Lupoi had been at Cal for the past four seasons, and is widely regarded as one of the top recruiters on the West Coast.

In 2010, Lupoi was named by Rivals.com as its Recruiter of the Year after Cal signed the No. 11 class of the country.  This move comes a little over two weeks before National Signing Day.

As far as this year’s class is concerned, there’s already at least one Cal verbal who is wavering on his commitment.

I have a lot of thinking to do,” Shaq Thompson tweeted shortly after the announcement was made.  Thompson, a safety from Sacramento, is the No. 7 player in the country according to Rivals and was one of the players who committed to Cal at the Army bowl game.

On the other hand, another 2012 verbal took to Twitter to reaffirm his commitment to the Bears.

“Tosh leaving has no affect on my recruitment. I’m still solid with Cal,” Bryce Treggs, a four-star player, wrote.  “No disrespect to Coach Lupoi though. He was a great coach and a even better person. …

“Cal’s ranking as the #1 public university in the world can’t leave and go to another school.”

(Photo credit: Cal athletics)

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9 Responses to “Top recruiter leaving Cal for Washington”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jan 16, 2012 4:04 PM

    Prepare to be biiiiiiaaaches, biiiiaches!

  2. pdcooper08 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:40 PM

    Prepare? What do you? As if they haven’t been for years now.

  3. mydixienormus says: Jan 16, 2012 5:51 PM

    I was thinking more to the entire pac 12..

  4. arizonapetdoctor says: Jan 16, 2012 6:20 PM

    At least he left prior to the LOI day. Would be pretty low to recruit kids to a program and then bail immediately after they sign their “contract” (not that it hasn’t been done).

  5. pdcooper08 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:20 PM

    Why does it matter when he leaves. He is free to go where ever he feels it will better he and his family. We all know the UC system is broke, cal and whocla can’t pay there coaches like other programs. They are stepping stone schools for up and coming coaches. I’m surprised he lasted 4 years actually.

    And to mydixienormus, you must be a sec fan. Don’t be a punk, you know the Pac-12 has teams in there conference that go toe to toe with any and all out there. Keep it real.

  6. mydixienormus says: Jan 16, 2012 10:15 PM

    No no. I am a hugh husky fan saying prepare to be biaches to the rest of the pac-12. Bow down!!!!!!!

  7. kiopta1 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:24 PM

    You better believe schools like ND are jumping on this.

  8. mrslay1 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:59 PM

    pee-wee 12 doesn’t compete with the SEC toe to toe. Why don’t you keep it real. Your top to bottom to SEC top to bottom is no contest. Oh I get it, your joking:-)

  9. billmead1976 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:34 AM

    Much ado about nothing.

    He’s been a line coach for some four years. He’s been recruiting coordinator for a couple or so. Rivals calls him the top recruiter in the country.

    8-5
    5-7
    7-6

    That’s Cal’s record the last three years – you think Sarkisian is going to do much with recruited talent as well?

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