Paraclete High School (Lancaster, CA) athlete Melquise Stovall recently made his college decision, announcing via Twitter on Monday afternoon that he’ll be joining head coach Sonny Dykes and the California Golden Bears.
Cal gang🐻 pic.twitter.com/hU0rndqmeI
— M E L Q U I S E (@Melstovall11) December 21, 2015
Stovall (5-foot-8, 180 lbs.) is a four-star prospect and ranks as the No. 4 all-purpose back for the recruiting class of 2016, according to 247Sports. Listed as an athlete, he has experience playing running back, cornerback, and has served as a return specialist.
“This was the hardest decision of my life,” wrote Stovall in a note on Twitter. “I would first like to thank every program that extended an offer to me or showed interest in me. It’s been a blessing to be able to have so many options to pick from.
“When making my decision I looked at every aspect, and the biggest thing for me was getting a great degree because football only lasts so long,” he continued. “I gave this a lot of thought and prayed on it; I feel this is the best choice for me not only short term but also long term. The college I have decided to attend for the next four years is the University of California Berkley.”
In 39 career games at the high school varsity level, Stovall recorded 268 carries for 2,336 yards (8.7 ypc) and 31 touchdowns (per MaxPreps). He also added 68 receptions for 1,210 yards and eight more scores, contributing 1,016 more yards between kick and punt returns. On defense, he tallied 149 total tackles, 18 pass deflections, eight interceptions, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.
In addition to California, Stovall held offers from Arizona State, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Washington, and more.
With Stovall’s commitment, Dykes’ 2016 recruiting class now has a total of 23 members, ranking No. 42 nationally and No. 8 in the Pac-12 Conference.