Wadood Picks Bears at The Opening

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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted Jul 2, 2013
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After an early commitment to Arizona State in January and a steady stream of offers and recruiting attention that followed, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) safety Jaleel Wadood decided to reopen his commitment this week and today at The Opening changed his commitment to Cal as announced on ESPNU coverage of the event tonight.
Before donning his new Cal cap, Wadood was asked which program he'd decided to commit to during tonight's broadcast.
 
"Well, it was a hard decision, you know?" said Wadood. "There's a lot of great schools in the Pac 12.
 
"Out of my 16 offers, I'm gonna be a California Golden Bear."
 
Even though Wadood remained highly sought-after after his commitment to ASU to begin 2013, it was his visit to Berkeley that sold the 4 star safety on being a part of the rebuilding of the Cal program, moving away from his initial commitment to the Sun Devils.
 
"I mean, it's just a new feel for the coaching staff," said Wadood. "They're all great guys. And just Berkeley itself -it was a great feeling when I went on my unofficial.
 
"I want to win and I want to get up there and make a difference in Berkeley. I think I can do good things in a California jersey." 
 
Wadood was clearly relieved to be done with the recruiting process, even while reveling in the experience of being able to commit before a national television audience in front of his peers. 
 
"That's the main reason I made this decision right now," said Wadood. "I want to get back to focusing on football and get back to focusing on my team and winning a national title."
 
"I think he'll make an immediate impact at the next level because of his football IQ," said St. John Bosco coach Don Price. "He plays unbelievably quick and fast on the field and he has great instincts.
 
"He's only going to get better and he plays with no fear out there.
 
"He's an excellent leader, too. The guys really look to him out there. He's good with all our players and he's a really smart player. We as a coaching staff look to him for leadership out there, too." 
 
Despite being on the lighter side at around 160 his sophomore and junior seasons, Wadood's workout regimen has been paying dividends for the 4 star safety. 
 
"He's put on around 18 lbs in the last year and he looks really good," said Price. "He's really coming into his body." 
 
Wadood compiled 110 tackles, 4 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 5 interceptions in his stellar junior season. 
 
The Bears beat out USC, UCLA, Oregon and a host of other schools for the 4 star safety's services. 
 
To view Wadood's sophomore highlights, use the embedded viewer below: 
 
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