High-level Division II schools like California University often hold off on adding high school players on Signing Day as they wait to see which, if any, players from Division I programs want to transfer.
Cal U decided it couldn't wait on Ringgold senior Neal Rands, a tough, unsung two-way player who signed Wednesday with the Vulcans and head coach John Luckhardt.
Rands, who also wrestles at Ringgold, was a starting middle linebacker and got the occasional carry in the Rams' wide-open offense. His play warranted all-conference consideration in his junior and senior seasons.
According to Ringgold coach Matt Humbert (who played at Cal), standout tailback Derrick Fiore is close to a decision and several other players will likely end up at Division III schools.