With struggles at cornerback all season, the Bears have focused on long, athletic and versatile defensive backs that can match up with the Pac 12's taller and physical receivers. Enter 6-3/190 La Salle (Pasadena, Ca) High School defensive back Evan Rambo.
Rambo committed to San Diego State back in June after receiving his first offer but on the recommendation of former Cal star receiver Brian Treggs, the Bears got involved with the rangy db, liked what they saw and offered a scholarship in August.
Evidentally, Rambo liked what he's seen from Cal, as well, switching up his commitment to the Bears today.
"On my unofficial visit to Cal, my first impression was that the whole area surrounding Berkeley was just beautiful," said Rambo. "And it was all positives from there.
"The coaching staff, seeing how much interest they had in me and sitting down and watching film with them and seeing how much potential there was there, I was sold.
"Being around the whole Cal family just made a lasting impression on me."
Rambo's main recruiter has been defensive backs coach Greg Burns.
"Coach Burns, my relationship with him has been great," said Rambo. "He's been able to show me areas where I can contribute at Cal and I'm looking forward to working with him."
Academics were another important element in Rambo's decision, as well.
"Academics played a major role for me," said Rambo. "That was one of the main deciding factors.
"Being able to play at the number one public school in the world is an educational opportunity I couldn't pass up."
In his senior season, the 3 star Rambo had 36 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions and four passes defensed for the Lancers in 10 games.
"Evan's a great kid," said La Salle head coach Russell Gordon. "He's got a great balance between athletics and academics.
"He plays an integral role of leadership with our program. He's the type of young man that represents the school so well when he wears our uniform. He really thinks about what it means.
"As a player, Evan is extremely physical. He's long, he's talented and he's a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the ball."
With Rambo's size and physicality, the 3 star corner didn't see as much action as he would've liked as teams regularly steered clear of the the big db.
"Teams knew when they saw #1 on the field to stay away from him," said Gordon. "He filled the alleys nice on the run and played the pass well when it came his way."
As for leadership, Gordon had nothing but great things to say.
"He's a great leader," said Gordon. Not just verbally but he's emotional and he he doesn't just say it, he does it."
Rambo becomes the 12th commitment of Cal's 2015 class, joining Ayala cornerback Malik Psalms as one of the Bears' two defensive back commits to-date.
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