Clayton Valley offensive lineman Brandon Mello became the sixth Bay Area player to decide to play for new Cal coach Justin Wilcox when he committed to Bears late Friday night.
Mello, a 6-foot-7, 296-pound three-star recruit, as rated by Rivals.com, made his announcement on Twitter.
Other Bay Area recruits who will join Mello at Cal include Antioch linebacker Omari Harris, Bishop O’Dowd offensive lineman Miles Owens, defensive ends JH Tevis from Menlo and Nick Alftin from Mitty, and defensive tackle Atonio Mafi from Serra.
The players listed above make up almost half of Wilcox’s 14 commits thus far for the 2018 class.
Wilcox has made the Bay Area a top priority in recruiting. He hasn’t hit a home run. The Bay Area’s top two recruits in the 2018 class — De La Salle defensive lineman Tuli Letuligasenoa and Bishop O’Dowd defensive back Jevon Holland — have committed to USC and Oregon, respectively.
But Mello and Owens are key offensive line recruits, and the Bears thus far have held on to Harris, who committed to previous coach Sonny Dykes before he was fired.
Mello had offers from numerous Pac-12 schools including Washington, UCLA, Oregon, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State.
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