The Bears picked up their 17th commitment of the 2016 recruiting class in Lake Travis (Austin, TX) High school defensive end Tevin Paul today.
The 6-4/270 D-Lineman got on the Bears' radar through Cal head coach Sonny Dykes' relationship with Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter. Carter's Cavaliers squad went 10-2 in 2014, eventually falling to state runner-up, Spring in the playoffs.
The initial recommendation turned into a visit West to Berkeley and an offer for Paul, who fell in love with the Bay Area on his trip to California.
"I had a chance to go out to Cal around a month ago and I really liked it out there," said Paul.
"We had a tour of campus and I met with a lot of people, including coaches and academic support people.
"We went up to the top of the stadium and they had all the equipment set up for me up there. The view was insane. And the weather's incredible. It's around 20 degrees hotter over here year round."
As for the offer?
"They like that I'm academically-serious and they like my program and my film a lot, so those were things that led to my offer," said Paul. "Plus Coach Dykes told me they wanted to bring in some Texas boys at Cal."
Paul will have the added benefit of having his future program play right in his backyard in Austin in just two months.
"That will be crazy," said Paul. "That will be really cool to go see them when they play out here soon.
"Cal's really building something out there and I know the team's continued to get better since Coach Dykes started there."
A 3.20 student, Paul would like to pursue a business degree at Cal.