- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Despite recruiting without a head coach, the California assistant coaches found success on the recruiting trail this week. After earning a commitment from four-star running back Khalfani Muhammad (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) on Tuesday afternoon, the Golden Bears added commitment No. 15 on Wednesday night in wide receiver Caleb Coleman (Berkeley, Calif./St. Mary's),
Coleman said he'd been contemplating the commitment for some time and things finally fell into place.
"I talked to Coach [Wes] Chandler because he's the coach recruiting me. He was excited and I was excited to commit," Coleman said. "I was planning the whole year to commit toward the end of my senior season, but things got hectic with the playoffs, so I kept waiting. A couple of other schools came in -- Air Force and Fresno State -- and so I did more research, but I realized that I want to be at Cal."
Coleman grew up about a mile away from the Cal campus and is very familiar with the school and football program.
"It was my dream school growing up," Coleman said. "I've been going to Cal games since I could first walk. My dad is from Oakland and grew up a Cal fan. I'm keeping on the tradition."
The scholarship offer from the Golden Bears came this past summer, when Coleman impressed at a one-day camp. He said the offer in June made Cal the early leader, and nothing changed since that point. However, Coleman has already been accepted by Yale and the Bulldogs are pushing for the 6-foot, 180-pound standout.
"Yale has been recruiting me really hard," Coleman said. "I took an unofficial visit there over the summer and they are still pursuing me. They said I'm their No. 1 recruit for this class. I'm going to take an official visit there on Dec. 7."
The coaching change at Cal did nothing to disuade Coleman in his commitment, and he doesn't believe any additional changes would alter his decision, although he is hoping Chandler remains on the staff.
"He's the one I've been talking to on a weekly basis and I really like him," Coleman said of Cal's wide receivers coach. "Even if he does leave, the education I'd be getting at a school like Cal and everything else about the program and the school would make it worth going there. But I definitely hope he stays."
Chandler will be by for an in-home visit with Coleman on Monday or Tuesday of next week, and Coleman said they will try to work out a date for an official visit to the school sometime in December.