Cal received his third out-of-state commitment for the class of 2022 when running back Kaleb Johnson of Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio, announced via social media on Sunday that he was committed to the Bears.
Johnson is the Bears’ seventh entry for the Class of 2022 and joins Curlee Thomas IV of Fort Worth, Texas, and outside linebacker Nunie Tuitele of Aurora, Colo., As players from outside California who have signed up. in Cal in this class.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson made its decision after making an official visit to the Berkeley campus over the weekend.
He chose Cal over offers from Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, among others. It is not classified nationally by rivaux.com, although that ranks him as the 34th best running back prospect in the class. It is ranked as Global Perspective # 623 in the Class by 247Sport Composite, which ranks him as the 53rd best hope for a running back.
Johnson was named the running back MVP at the Rivals Camp Series in Indianapolis in May, and he would have run the scoreboard from 40 yards in 4.51 seconds.
Cal needs a running back who can stay on the pitch, be both an outside threat and a physical runner between tackles as well as a wide receiver.
Backing coach Aristotle Thompson was Johnson’s main recruiter.
Two players who have already signed up to Cal – quarterback Justyn Martin and defensive lineman Damonic Williams – also had official visits to the Cal campus this weekend.
Other players not signed on during this weekend’s visit to Cal included inside linebacker Tyler Banks and offensive linemen Trent Ramsey, Luca Vincic and Dyland Lopez.
The other two players who are committed to Cal for 2022 are defensive end Jaxson Moi and defensive end Nate Burrell.
Here’s an interview Johnson gave last week at a camp in Ohio:
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