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California landed a pair of mid-level prospects who will have the first crack at replacing NFL-bound quarterback Jared Goff


BERKELEY, California — California landed a pair of mid-level prospects who will have the first crack at replacing NFL-bound quarterback .

Victor Viramontes, a three-star quarterback from California, signed with the Golden Bears on Wednesday and will join three-star early enrollee Max Gilliam. The two figure to be the leading contenders for the top spot among a group of five total quarterbacks on the roster.

Whoever replaces Goff — who recently declared for the NFL draft following his junior season — will have plenty of new wide receivers to throw to. Melquise Stoval, a four-star prospect who committed in January, leads the group but there is definite size elsewhere, including 6-5, 220-pound Logan Gamble.

The Bears also added much-needed depth to the secondary, signing three-star Nygel Edmonds of Tennessee, Josh Drayden from Texas and Camryn Bynum from California.

Other things to know:

Top 25 Class: No

Best in class: WR Melquise Stoval, California

Best of the rest: CB Nygel Edmonds, Tennessee

Late addition: RB Zion Echols, California.

One that got away: Three-star offensive guard Francisco Perez had verbally committed to Cal before switching plans and instead signing with UCLA.

How they'll fit in: Because he arrived on campus in September, Gilliam has a slight edge on the starting quarterback job but don't make too much of it just yet. Viramontes is a 240-pound athlete who has a strong arm and is a capable runner, two traits that fit in well with coach ' Bear Raid offense. There are three other quarterbacks on the roster, including who was Goff's backup in 2014 before switching to defense in 2015.

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