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Three-star center recruit Kameron Rooks made a verbal commitment to Cal on Tuesday afternoon.
Lorenzo Romar and his coaching staff will have to explore other options for a big man from the class of 2013 after failing to land the 7'0 Kameron Rooks out of San Marcos HS in California. Rooks made a verbal commitment via his twitter account on Tuesday night, choosing Cal over Arizona, Arizona St., UConn and Washington. Rooks follows in the footsteps of five-star recruit Jabari Bird, who also chose Cal over the Huskies in September.
While Washington has secured commitments from 2013 prospects Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson, Romar has yet to gain a commitment from a 2013 forward/center prospect. Rooks' commitment to Cal puts even more pressure on the coaching staff to sign Bay Area phenom, Aaron Gordon.
According to various recruiting news outlets, the Huskies have two active scholarship offers on the table; one for forward Aaron Gordon and the other for point guard Jahmel Taylor. The signing of point guard Williams-Goss makes it unlikely Taylor will choose UW, meaning the staff's sole and primary target is probably Gordon.
Will Romar go after another big man from this class? The lack of forwards prospects on the West Coast may force the staff to save a scholarship for 2014. Two names worth mentioning are Leon Lockwood and Emmanuel Ndumanya; both are unsigned 2013 forwards from California.