By Joe Davidson
Jamar Cain is a happy man today.
He is an assistant coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo whose recruiting base is in Sacramento, his hometown.
The former Valley High School standout in his second season on staff with the Mustangs on the Central Coast was beaming about landing four area prospects, each of whom he courted in recent weeks and landed.
And recruiting the Sacramento valley is a labor of love because it's a two-fold experience. He gets to pitch his Poly product - the academic standing of the school, the location. And he gets to see family.
"Love it," Cain said today. "When I recruit Sacramento, I stay at my mom's house (Joshalyn Cain), and when I'm in the hills near Sacramento recruiting I stay at my mother-in-law's house (Dolores Daniels). It's great."
So is his recruiting haul. Those who signed letters of intent today with Cal Poly from the region:
* Athlete Tu'uta Inoke of Burbank, a skilled, physical and fast quarterback/defensive back prospect with superb grades and leadership qualities.
* Receiver Willie Tucker of Oak Ridge, a fast, prolific receiver with size and terrific upside who overcame an injury-shortened junior season to catch 1,254 yards worth of passes and 14 touchdowns.
* Defensive tackle Marcus Paige-Allen of Sheldon, a brutish run-stopper with the ability to pursue the play.
* Center Stephen Sippel of Folsom will formally sign his letter of intent with the Mustangs later today.
"I feel like we hit a home run in Sacramento," Cain said by phone from his Cal Poly office. "We're thrilled. When Willie came down for a visit, he just loved the place.
"Marcus has a great first step off the line of scrimmage. He's physical, he's nasty, and he had a chip on his shoulder this season because people kept saying he was too short to play at this level. He can play. They all can."