Bears Pick up Their First OL Commitment for '18 From Friis


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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted May 8, 2017
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The Bears went international for their first OL commitment of the 2018 class, garnering a commitment from 6-7/316 Aquinas (San Bernardino, CA) offensive tackle Jasper Friis.
Friis arrived in the states in 2016 after growing up in Munich, Germany, learning English as a second language in school.

Having played club football in Munich, Friis developed a love for the game but knew that if he wanted a career in football, relocating to America would likely be his only shot, so Friis made a move to stay with a sponsoring family and transitioning to the birthplace of football in the U.S.

Cal was on Friis' radar before coming to the states for the school's international reputation as an elite academic institution so the ability to play at Cal and pursue his degree, hopefully in Applied Mathematics while playing in the Pac-12 was too good to pass up for the big OT.

"I was definitely interested in the academic aspect of Cal and playing in the Pac-12 for Cal is really attractive for me, too," said Friis.

"In Germany, there are a couple American coaches that used to play Division 2 or Division 3, but most of the players there just play for fun after watching the Super Bowl.

"The players here are way more athletic and the football here is a much higher level. The food's much better, too.

Friss's visit in March helped solidify his thoughts on Cal, with what he saw more than measuring up to his expectations before his trip. 

"I kind of knew what Cal looked like going in but seeing it in person was just amazing," said Friis. "Going up to the stadium and seeing the view of the whole Bay Area was really impressive."

The Cal staff made a big impression on the 3 star OT, as well.

"I really like the staff," said Friis. They all really seem like good guys and they're good coaches. I'm excited to have the opportunity to play for and learn from coaches like (OL) Coach Greatwood. I'm looking forward to working with the strength and conditioning coach, Coach (Torre) Becton, too. He seems like he's a really experienced and knowledgeable coach."

An excellent student, Friis wants to apply the value of a Cal degree to a challenging and burgeoning field after his graduation. 

"I want to major in Applied Mathematics there," said Friis. "I think that can open a lot of doors for you. I'm hoping to get into artificial intelligence so it will be nice to prepare for that."

Friis joins fellow 2018 commits Archbishop Mitty DE Nick Alfin, Manteca DE/DT Justin Kakala, Menlo High School OLB John Henry Tevis and Pittsburg LB Omari Harris.

Friis announced his commitment on Twitter tonight after making a call to the Cal staff earlier today.

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