Coveted defensive tackle Cassius Marsh of Oaks Christian High-Westlake Village orally committed to Cal on Easter Sunday over USC and UCLA, ESPN's Greg Biggins reported.

Other programs such as Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, BYU and Tennessee also have extended offers to Marsh.

"Cal told me I don't have any restrictions, and they actually are encouraging me to take my visits," Marsh told Biggins. "They said they want me to look around because they're confident Cal is the best place for me, and I'm sure I'll do that, but it's going to take a lot for anyone to beat out Cal."

Marsh, 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, had 55 tackles and six sacks as a junior for unbeaten Oaks Christian in 2008. Scouts.com has him ranked the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect in the nation.

Stanford: Evan Palelei, a linebacker from Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas, has orally committed to the Cardinal, as well as Courtney Avery, a cornerback from Lexington High (Ohio), ESPN.com reported. Palelei also has offers from Colorado and UNLV. Avery has offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Akron, Ohio and Army.

Hawaii Bowl: Conference USA signed an agreement to send one of its teams to this year's game in Honolulu. The runner-up in the C-USA title game or another selection will be invited to take on a WAC team Dec. 24. The seventh bowl-eligible school from the Pac-10 was to participate this year, but because the conference only had five bowl-eligible teams last year all parties agreed to void the Pac-10 selection for 2009.

Men's basketball

North Carolina: Freshman Ed Davis says he will return to the team for the 2009-10 season. The 6-foot-10 forward said he would like to play in the NBA, but that he and his family don't think he is ready to take that step right now.

Women's tennis

No. 8 Cal 7, Pepperdine 0: The Bears (16-4) won their fifth consecutive match, routing the visiting Waves (10-11). Claire Ilcinkas clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Tania Rice at No. 4 singles.

Women's lacrosse

No. 14 Stanford 13, Cal 4: Maris Perlman tied a school record by causing five turnovers to lead the Cardinal (9-3, 6-0 MPSF) over the Bears (5-10, 3-2). Perlman, one of four seniors honored at their final conference home game, led a defensive attack that held Cal to its lowest scoring total in the series since 2002. Stanford got three goals apiece from Karen Nesbitt and Sarah Flynn, while Alex Tickner led the Bears with two goals. The victory clinched the top seed and a first-round bye in the MPSF Championship tournament for Stanford.