Cal knows they have to reload offensively the next few seasons, and they are already losing a ton of talent. So getting offensive playmakers was critically vital to keep the Bear Raid afloat. Cal's offense has been the elite part of their team, and a drop-off could happen. The Bears have trouble with their defense, so putting the points on the board is still essential.
Melquise Stovall is a Cal football early entry freshman athlete [Avinash Kunnath, California Golden Blogs]: "Stovall figures to be a dynamic slot receiver who can provide more explosiveness in the passing game, and could also figure into the special teams mix down the line. Stovall is a consensus four-star recruit who ranks as high as the nation's No. 108 player overall as well as the No. 3 all-purpose back in the 2016 recruiting class by both 247Sports and Rivals. He is also a member of Rivals250 and ESPN300."
Scouting Max Gilliam [Trace Travers, California Golden Blogs]: "Gilliam is a good fit at the QB position for the Bears, as Thousand Oaks runs a similar offense to the Tony Franklin system. It's from the pistol, it encourages timing routes, and the quarterback is given numerous options that build off each other. Gilliam has flashes of what made Jared Goff the starter in his freshman year. He keeps things very smooth and hits his receivers in rhythm, and can throw a hell of a deep ball."
Jordan Duncan is a Cal football early entry freshman WR [Avinash Kunnath, California Golden Blogs]: "Duncan possesses good size and could be ready to compete as soon as soon as he hits campus, especially with exodus of receivers that will unfold at the end of the year. Most importantly though, Duncan is an exceptional route runner with a great football IQ. In his tape, Duncan is constantly on page with his Quarterback during extended plays and he is not afraid to go up and catch balls over defensive backs."