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Cal Adds Trio Of Student-Athletes

Jan 20, 2022
Cal has added a trio of student-athletes to its football program.

BERKELEY – Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox announced Thursday the addition of three mid-year enrollees from the transfer portal to Cal's football program in DE Xavier Carlton (Utah), QB Jack Plummer (Purdue) and ILB Jackson Sirmon (Washington).

"We are excited to add a trio of experienced Power 5 players to our football team," Wilcox said. "All three are talented and will have an opportunity to step in right away and make an immediate impact. The transfer portal is an important tool in building rosters, and we are pleased to have been able to use it to bring Xavier, Jack and Jackson into our program."

The addition of the trio increases the size of Cal's 2022 recruiting class to 14. All three started the 2022 spring semester at Cal this week along with junior college transfer WR Mason Starling (College of San Mateo) and true freshman RB Jaydn Ott (Norco HS).

Ten of the 14 players currently in Cal's 2022 recruiting class list hometowns in the footprint of Pac-12 schools with four from California (DL Nate Burrell, Los Angeles, CA; Carlton, Modesto, CA; DB Jeremiah Earby, East Palo Alto, CA; Ott, Norco, CA), two from both Arizona (OL Nick Morrow, Flagstaff, AZ; Plummer, Gilbert, AZ) and Nevada (RB Ashton Hayes, Reno, NV; OL Sioape Vatikani, Sun Valley, NV), and one each from Colorado (OLB Nunie Tuitele, Aurora, CO) and Washington (Starling, Tacoma, WA).

OL Trent Ramsey, Sirmon (Brentwood, TN) and WR Jaiven Plummer (Alexandria, VA) also have ties to the Pac-12 footprint. Ramsey played at Higley High School in Arizona as a freshman and sophomore before moving to Florida and was the right guard in his second season when Cal quarterback Kai Milner was a prep senior. Plummer lived in the Sacramento area, as well as Texas and Japan, before moving to Virginia. Sirmon, the son of Cal defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon, played four collegiate seasons at Washington and one varsity high school campaign as sophomore at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

Six high school players in the 2022 recruiting class have a top-40 national ranking within their position group including a pair of top-30 running backs in Ott (Rivals, No. 14) and Hayes (Rivals, No. 30). The others include Vatikani (ESPN, No. 27 OG), Ramsey (Rivals, No. 30 OT), Burrell (ESPN, No. 35 DE) and Thomas (247Sports Composite, No. 40 EDGE). In addition, Starling is ESPN's No. 3 wide receiver in the 2022 junior college recruiting class, while Carlton was a consensus four-star and checked in as 247Sports' No. 9 strongside defensive end in the 2020 high school class, Sirmon was the No. 17 inside linebacker according to Rivals and Jack Plummer the No. 17 pro style quarterback of 247Sports both in the prep class of 2018.

Cal's 2022 recruiting class currently includes eight offensive players (Hayes, Morrow, Ott, Jack Plummer, Jaiven Plummer, Ramsey, Starling, Vatikani) and six on the defensive side of the ball (Burrell, Carlton, Earby, Sirmon, Thomas IV, Tuitele).

Further additions to the 2022 Cal football recruiting class are expected via the transfer portal, as well as during the regular signing period that starts with National Signing Day on Feb. 2 and runs through Apr. 1, 2022.
2022 Cal Football Recruiting Class (As Of January 20, 2022)

Nate Burrell – DL – 6-2 – 265 – Fr. – 1st – Los Angeles, CA (St. John Bosco HS)
Xavier Carlton^ – DE – 6-6 – 270 – Jr. – 3rd – Modesto, CA (Utah/Juan Diego Catholic HS/Modesto Christian HS)
Jeremiah Earby – DB – 6-2 – 170 – Fr. – 1st – East Palo Alto, CA (Menlo-Atherton HS)
Ashton Hayes – RB – 6-0 – 185 – Fr. – 1st – Reno, NV (McQueen HS)
Nick Morrow – OL – 6-8 – 255 – Fr. – 1st – Flagstaff, AZ (Flagstaff HS)
Jaydn Ott^ – RB – 6-0 – 210 – Fr. – 1st – Chino, CA (Norco HS)
Jack Plummer^ – QB – 6-5 – 215 – R-Jr. – 5th – Gilbert, AZ (Purdue/Gilbert HS)
Jaiven Plummer – WR – 6-3 – 200 – Fr. – 1st – Alexandria, VA (Episcopal HS)
Trent Ramsey – OL – 6-5 – 290 – Fr. – 1st – Palm Harbor, FL (Carrollwood Day School)
Jackson Sirmon^ – ILB – 6-2 – 235 – R-Jr. – 5th – Brentwood, TN (Washington/Brentwood Academy/Loyola HS)
Mason Starling^ – WR – 6-4 – 205 – Jr. – 5th – Tacoma, WA (College of San Mateo/Rainier Beach HS)
Curlee Thomas IV – EDGE – 6-3 – 240 – Fr. – 1st – Keller, TX (Nolan Catholic HS)
Nunie Tuitele – OLB – 6-4 – 240 – Fr. – 1st – Aurora, CO (Regis Jesuit HS)
Sioape Vatikani – OL – 6-3 – 320 – Fr. – HS – Sun Valley, NV (Bishop Manogue Catholic HS)
^January 2022 Mid-Year Enrollees