Looking to get longer and ramp up their light pass rush from recent seasons, the Bears picked up their second long and athletic defensive end in two weeks with today's commitment from 6-5/240 Archbishop Mitty defensive end Nick Alftin.
Alftin announced his commitment to the Bears with a poetic flourish on Twitter this evening:
I am California through and through
And will fight for our banner Gold and Blue
Brain and brawn will win the day
Golden Bears fight all the way.
To my family, friends and coaches, too
I couldn't have done it without you.
It is truly a dream come true
Alftin earned 1st team all-league honors as a junior at defensive end for the Monarchs in their 2016 season, compiling 50 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and four passes defended along with a punt block for the year.
"Nick's been a great player for us and was a captain every game, even though he wasn't a senior," said Mitty head coach Keith Burns, who counts a stint as head coach at Tulsa as well as defensive coordinator at USC and Arkansas along with special teams coach with the Oakland Raiders on his resume.
"He's been nothing but a team-first guy for us. No matter what we ask him to do, he'll be the first guy to jump right on it -covering kicks or punts -whatever you need.
"He's, in my opinion, the best defensive player in our league. He's got a great, relentless motor and is very athletic. He's the kind of guy that will make any player around him a better player or a better coach.
Alftin also puts his athleticism to work for Mitty's volleyball team as well as for the nation's number one club team, displaying tenacious hitting ability and explosion at the net in his highlight clip.
Athleticism runs in the family, with sister Christine a 6'1" outside hitter for the Cal women's volleyball team along with another sister that played collegiately and another that rowed collegiately, as well.
"He's really a top-flight volleyball player, too," said Burns. "His sisters are quite good athletes, too."
More things are in store for Alftin in 2017, as the Mitty staff aims to further utilize Alftin's athleticism and versatility.
"We haven't used a tight end since I've been here but we're going to play him some at tight end next season to take advantage of his size and athleticism," said Burns.
"He's every bit of 6-4/240 and he's got the skills to either play defensive end or rush from the edge as an outside linebacker at the next level, though I think he's going to open some eyes at tight end, too.
"He'll do whatever it takes to succeed. He's always staying late to work on his pass rush or lifting extra. He never stops working."