Quarterback Alonzo Esparza Commits to Cal for Class of 2025

Golden Bears add a three-star QB who apparently will be a preferred walk-on despite having offers from other schools

Cal picked up a quarterback without giving up a scholarship when Alonzo Esparza, a three-star recruit from Los Alamos (California) High School, committed to Cal for the class of 2025 on Tuesday night.

There is no report that Cal offered him a scholarship, so presumably the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Esparza is committing to the Golden Bears as a preferred walk-on. It’s possible Cal offered him a scholarship at the last minute when he visited the Cal campus on Tuesday, but most reliable sources indicate he will be a preferred walk-on at Cal.

Esparza reportedly had scholarship offers from some big-time football schools, including Mississippi, Oregon, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Florida State and Louisville, which is why there is speculation that Cal may have offered him a scholarship on Tuesday before he committed.

He announced his commitment on social media -- on both Twitter and Instagram.

Cal was looking to add a scholarship quarterback after quarterback Robert McDaniel de-committed from Cal and then committed to Arizona in May. And it’s possible Cal may try to acquire another quarterback in the class of 2025.

Esparza  passed for 2,605 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 games as a junior last season. He also rushed for 386 yards and eight touchdowns.

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Jake Curtis


Jake Curtis worked in the San Francisco Chronicle sports department for 27 years, covering virtually every sport, including numerous Final Fours, several college football national championship games, an NBA Finals, world championship boxing matches and a World Cup. He was a Cal beat writer for many of those years, and won awards for his feature stories.