Assuming National Signing Day offers little in the way of surprises, the 30th edition of the Cream of the Crop will be remembered for one big development.
This was the year Cal took back the Bay Area.
For only the third time in the last 30 years, six of the region's top 20 prospects are headed to Berkeley. Known to many as members of the "#CalGang," the group of six has become a close-knit bunch intent on opening a newly refurbished Memorial Stadium in style.
"It's just a matter of everybody feeling that Cal was going to be something special," said #CalGang member and De La Salle linebacker Michael Barton. "Seeing that Cal was one of the best programs and it being in their backyard is icing on the cake."
San Ramon Valley quarterback Zach Kline is the headliner in this year's group, earning the nod by the narrowest of margins over Salesian offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa.
They'll both be Bears, with Kline's huge arm and Tagaloa's athletic prowess at tackle giving Cal fans plenty to be excited about.
Set to join Barton, Kline and Tagaloa in Berkeley are Kennedy-Richmond receiver Kenneth Walker, Bishop O'Dowd linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. and Livermore athlete Damariay Drew.
Making Cal's haul even more impressive is that this is also the year the Crop grew up a little. For the first time, players from Santa Clara County are included in the list. And, the best of San Mateo County returns.
What that means
Oregon was the other winner in this year's class, landing commitments from three of the top 20 recruits. Marshall heads that group, as the speedy running back will head to Eugene with Bishop O'Dowd defensive end T.J. Daniel and Monte Vista quarterback Jeff Lockie.
"He's probably one of the top three running backs in the nation," one recruiter said of Marshall. "He's the complete package."
This year's class was the decisive sort. Nineteen of the 20 have made oral commitments, and the only one who hasn't, De La Salle receiver Anthony Williams, is expected to choose soon.
Finally, the always-popular Cream of the Crop trivia: