Menlo School (Atherton, CA) defensive end John Henry Tevis may have grown up in a Stanford home, but Blue and Gold will be in his future after becoming the first new commit under Cal head coach Justin Wilcox, joining a pair of previous commits under the former staff in QB Adrian Martinez and running back Omari Harris.
"The connection I had to the coach, I think that was the biggest thing," said Tevis of his commitment to Cal. "These guys are very motivated and their vision and message resonated very much with me.
"Cal is also a hometown school and I've been watching them all my life.
"I'm very, very excited to be a part of their program."
Tevis put up monster numbers for the Knights, compiling an impressive 125 tackles and 22.5 sacks in his junior season.
The 6-5/240 Tevis will get looks at both defensive end and outside linebacker when he arrives in Berkeley 2018.
One of the more important elements of Tevis' commitment was the involvement early on of Cal head coach Justin Wilcox when the head man offered Tevis last month.
"I know Coach Azzinaro, Coach Tuiotti and Coach Wilcox well and have a good relationship with Cal's recruiting coordinator Hank Weinberger, too.
"It really meant a lot to me to have Coach Wilcox so personally involved in my recruitment, though. He was involved at the very beginning and he offered me himself when I visited in February.
"That was very important to me. Everything from the program stems from his philosophy and his leadership. I think he's a really great coach from what he's done at Wisconsin and other places he's coached and what's he's doing at Cal.
"He's a really great guy."
Even thought Tevis is the son of former Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman and grew up a Stanford fan, the talented DE always had his eye on Cal, as well.
"Obviously because of my dad and where we live, I grew up rooting for Stanford but I've always liked Cal, too.
"I'm excited to be a part of their program."