2020 5* recruit Johnny Wilson named his Top 6 schools today, and one name stuck out among the blue blood crowd. His schools were Michigan, Northwestern, Washington, USC, UCLA, and Fresno State. The talented receiver out of Calabasas has been lighting up the 7 on 7 and camp circuit, and is currently projected as the 14th best player in the country for the 2020 class.
This is significant for the Bulldogs, coming off a West Division title and a 10 win season in Year 1 of the Jeff Tedford era. The coaching staff has made a significant investment in recruiting within the state of California, which makes perfect sense for the program. This move has already paid off with 18 of the 19 members of the 2018 class hailing from the Golden State. There is a significant enough pool of talent for the program to not need to reach outside of the state line for players, unless there is a significant get, such as Tyrone Sampson in April.
This marks the 3rd 2020 bluechip recruit to give the Bulldogs some serious attention. No.10 overall player, and fellow 5* Kendall Milton has the Dogs in his Top 5. The local product out of Buchanan High School has his older brother Ka’Lonn already on the team, and has become a fixture at Fresno State practices and events. He has spoken highly of Tedford and the staff, and the direction the program is going in. I’ve mentioned Wilson including Fresno State in his Top 6, and Johnny’s teammate and QB, Jaden Casey, has already committed to the Bulldogs for 2020. The signal caller is ranked as the 9th best dual-threat QB in the class, and is recruiting his teammates hard to follow him to Fresno.
The Calabasas High School team has Casey, Wilson, and Mycah Pittman (4* 2019 WR) on it, and you can expect big things from the Coyotes in 2018. Pittman has committed to Oregon recently, but there is still a long way to signing day. Especially since his father played for the Bulldogs and has pushed his son to follow in his footsteps.
Not one to look past 2019, the most significant recruit still on the boards for the Dogs is another local product, 4* ATH Jalen Cropper, also from Buchanan by way of Sanger. The dynamic player is a teammate of Kendall Milton, and both seem high on the local team. Projections have Cropper between Utah and Fresno State, but another strong season from the Dogs could convince the blue chip recruit to stay at home to continue his career. Jeff Tedford and staff have already convinced one 4* recruit to come to Fresno State, getting a player like Cropper this year, and Casey/Wilson the next, could open the floodgates for a program long perched at the edge of greatness.
We are currently in a recruiting dead period, but we will certainly see things ramp up as both colleges and high schools return to action next month.