Two East Bay high school football stars who gave oral commitments to Cal said Wednesday they are standing by their decisions to go to Berkeley -- at least for now.
In the wake of last week's firing of Jeff Tedford's as Cal's coach, Foothill tight end Ray Hudson and Kennedy-Richmond linebacker/defensive end Takkarist McKinley said they presently have no intention of attending another school.
However, Hudson wants to wait until Cal hires its next coach to make a final decision and McKinley plans to take official visits to Washington and Nevada.
Both are rated as three-star prospects by rivals.com and each gave a commitment to the Golden Bears this past summer.
Hudson said he's been hearing from other programs, including Oregon State.
"Yeah, right now I'm sticking with it," Hudson said Wednesday of his decision. "They're looking to have a new coach in the next two weeks. When the new coach comes in, I'll look at that and see if it's a good fit. Obviously, I love the school."
McKinley clocked a time of 10.58 seconds in the 100 meters in the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championship preliminaries in June.
McKinley said "as of right now, I'm still a Cal Bear," but that he planned to take official visits "and see how those go."
San Ramon Valley's Matt Anderson, one of the nation's top-rated kickers, has enrolled early at Cal. Anderson bested two of the
Ironically, the two coaches who made the scholarship offer to Anderson, Tedford and Jeff Genyk, were fired the very day Anderson showed up at Cal get his classes on Nov. 20, according to Wolves coach Mark Kessler.
Kessler says the talented Anderson will participate in a California all-star game and the U.S. Semper Fidelis All-American Game, representing the West team.