- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
California head coach Jeff Tedford's dismissal on Tuesday morning didn't come as a huge shock to Golden Bears football fans or much of the college football world. But it creates plenty to think about for the 13 verbal commitments in California's 2013 recruiting class.
As can be expected following a decision that seemed to be building for several weeks, there weren't many immediate decisions made by the recruits reached for comment.
Quarterback commit Jared Goff tweeted: "Just heard the news. It's unfortunate to say the least. Love Coach Tedford as man and coach but looking forward to see what the future holds."
Goff plans to enroll early at Cal and it would be something of a surprise if he decided to look into other options at this point, considering his connection to the Cal program.
Athlete Darius Allensworth (Romoland, Calif./Heritage), who decommitted from Arizona before giving California a verbal commitment in August, said he was far too early to say anything definite, adding in a text message, "As of right now I don't have a comment on it."
Allensworth will have several options if he decides to open his recruitment, as Wisconsin has emerged as a strong contender following an official visit there in late October.
Tight end Raymond Hudson (Pleastanton, Calif./Foothill), a California commit since June, will be tough to pull away from the Golden Bears recruiting class, but was up front about the situation.
"I'm disappointed to see Coach Tedford leave," he said via text message. "But I have been a Cal fan all my life. I want to see who is brought in and what system will be run before I make any future decisions."
But Hudson also wasn't giving up on keeping the class together.
"I have a great relationship with [quarterback Jared] Goff and other recruits, and hope we can all stick together," he continued. "I look forward to seeing who the new coach is."
The new coach, however, might not have as much to do with recruits sticking around as what happens with the assistant coaches. Offensive tackle Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Cal's top-ranked player and an ESPN 300 recruit, has a very strong relationship with offensive line coach Jim Michalczik. It's like that retaining Michalczik could go a long way in holding onto Hunt, who is being pursued heavily by UCLA.
Likewise, linebacker Chad Whitener (Mansfield, Tex./Mansfield) is close with linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Kenwick Thompson, and his status could determine whether Whitener remains in the class. The same could be true for wide receiver Torry McTyer (Los Angeles/Cathedral) and associate head coach Ron Gould.
"I'm still committed to Cal, unless they choose to go in a different direction," McTyer said. "I plan on being a Bear."