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Bears Add Their 2nd 2024 Commit in Texas OL Tyler Knape

April 25, 2023
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After a 5 month pause following their first 2024 commit -Pasadena TE Camden Jones‍ - the Bears added commit #2 in Westlake (Austin, TX) OL Tyler Knape‍ today.

Knape recently had a repeat visit to the bay after initially visiting for Junior Day in March.

“Choose people who choose you,” Knape said said of his decision to commit to Cal. “That’s something that stuck with me in the recruiting process. Cal stood out by being the most genuine in my recruiting process.

“Visiting Cal was a major part in my decision due to actually seeing how cool the campus is and the Bay Area is. The coaches were always super straightforward and never were “salesmen.”

Overall, Cal checked all my boxes of what I was looking for in a college.”

The 6-4/280 lineman was All-District 6A First Team at tackle in 2022. He can play either tackle or guard at the next level.

Playing left tackle at one of the top programs in Texas, Knape shows an aggressive streak paired with good feet and the ability to effectively pull - a trait new Cal OL coach Mike Bloesch looks for in his linemen.

“He's a guy that earned the right to start here at Westlake as a Junior and was a 15-game starter for us last season,” said Brandon Murdock. “He was kind of overshadowed going into it. We had a big right tackle who was highly recruited, and he was a little under the radar because he backed up a Big Ten left tackle that was a 30-game starter when he was a sophomore, so his junior year was really kind of his first exposure. And he's just proven to be a hard worker, somebody that's absolutely a team-first kind of guy that he's always where he's supposed to be when he's supposed to be there. And he does a great job working his craft and getting his body in the best possible shape to play the game.”

At 6’4, Knape maybe be better suited to play inside but also possesses the athleticism to play OT at the next level as well.

“From a football IQ standpoint, I think he could he could play just about any position on the line. At the Power 5 level, he probably projects a little bit more inside,” Murdock said.  “I think he knows that his best chance and fastest way on the field is to move inside to play like guard or center but for us at the high school level here at 6A Texas football, he’s a very effective tackle. He was an all-state caliber player as a junior and I fully expect that same type of production again as a senior, even more so.”

The Bears beat out Arizona State, Air Force, and several Ivies for Knape’s commitment.

Related:

Bears Add First '24 Commit in Pasadena TE Camden Jones

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Bears Add Their 2nd 2024 Commit in Texas OL Tyler Knape

7,757 Views | 12 Replies | Last: 10 mo ago by calumnus
Big C
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Glad you're coming to Cal, Tyler! Go Bears! And welcome to the Cal Family!
KenBurnski
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"The coaches were always super straightforward and never weren't "salesmen."

Jedi mind tricks?
Bearly Clad
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Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!
calumnus
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Bearly Clad said:

Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!


The Texas connection for OL is helpful. Plenty of kids from Austin would appreciate Berkeley.
Cal Junkie
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calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!


The Texas connection for OL is helpful. Plenty of kids from Austin would appreciate Berkeley.
That's good insight. We may want to put some effort into recruiting athletes whose hometown bears some ideological resemblance to our beloved and freewheeling Berkeley.
91Cal
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Cal Junkie said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!


The Texas connection for OL is helpful. Plenty of kids from Austin would appreciate Berkeley.
That's good insight. We may want to put some effort into recruiting athletes whose hometown bears some ideological resemblance to our beloved and freewheeling Berkeley.

TBH Westlake to Austin is more of a Danville/Alamo to Berkeley…any locals please feel free to correct me.

Westlake is a terrific pipeline with Mangum from there. Also Note that Madsen, Jackson Brown and Rutchena are from the Danville/Alamo area among many other great Golden Bears.

Welcome to the family Tyler and family! Go Bears!
Goobear
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Tyler, welcome to Cal Football to you and your family. Wishing you nothing but the best of success on and off the field! Go Bears!
calumnus
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91Cal said:

Cal Junkie said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!


The Texas connection for OL is helpful. Plenty of kids from Austin would appreciate Berkeley.
That's good insight. We may want to put some effort into recruiting athletes whose hometown bears some ideological resemblance to our beloved and freewheeling Berkeley.

TBH Westlake to Austin is more of a Danville/Alamo to Berkeley…any locals please feel free to correct me.

Westlake is a terrific pipeline with Mangum from there. Also Note that Madsen, Jackson Brown and Rutchena are from the Danville/Alamo area among many other great Golden Bears.

Welcome to the family Tyler and family! Go Bears!


It is in the Austin city limits, it may be an affluent part of town, but kids are generally part of the (very) nearby downtown Austin scene. More like North Berkeley or El Cerrito or even Berkeley Hills to the rest of Berkeley. Round Rock is more suburbia.
91Cal
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calumnus said:

91Cal said:

Cal Junkie said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!


The Texas connection for OL is helpful. Plenty of kids from Austin would appreciate Berkeley.
That's good insight. We may want to put some effort into recruiting athletes whose hometown bears some ideological resemblance to our beloved and freewheeling Berkeley.

TBH Westlake to Austin is more of a Danville/Alamo to Berkeley…any locals please feel free to correct me.

Westlake is a terrific pipeline with Mangum from there. Also Note that Madsen, Jackson Brown and Rutchena are from the Danville/Alamo area among many other great Golden Bears.

Welcome to the family Tyler and family! Go Bears!


It is in the Austin city limits, it may be an affluent part of town, but kids are generally part of the (very) nearby downtown Austin scene. More like North Berkeley or El Cerrito or even Berkeley Hills to the rest of Berkeley. Round Rock is more suburbia.


Fair enough…Lamorinda to Berkeley then. 14 minutes from Westlake to Darrel Royal Texas Memorial Stadium and 16 minutes from Miramonte or Acalanes to CMS.
calumnus
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91Cal said:

calumnus said:

91Cal said:

Cal Junkie said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!


The Texas connection for OL is helpful. Plenty of kids from Austin would appreciate Berkeley.
That's good insight. We may want to put some effort into recruiting athletes whose hometown bears some ideological resemblance to our beloved and freewheeling Berkeley.

TBH Westlake to Austin is more of a Danville/Alamo to Berkeley…any locals please feel free to correct me.

Westlake is a terrific pipeline with Mangum from there. Also Note that Madsen, Jackson Brown and Rutchena are from the Danville/Alamo area among many other great Golden Bears.

Welcome to the family Tyler and family! Go Bears!


It is in the Austin city limits, it may be an affluent part of town, but kids are generally part of the (very) nearby downtown Austin scene. More like North Berkeley or El Cerrito or even Berkeley Hills to the rest of Berkeley. Round Rock is more suburbia.


Fair enough…Lamorinda to Berkeley then. 14 minutes from Westlake to Darrel Royal Texas Memorial Stadium and 16 minutes from Miramonte or Acalanes to CMS.


It is a 13 minute drive from Westlake HS to the Museum of the Weird in downtown. It is a 9 minute drive from Westlake HS to the Whole Foods mothership, the original store and world HQs on 6th and Lamar. They have a "Namaste Therapies" and a Hawaiian poke place a block away from the HS. It is definitely Austin, not Amarillo or Lubbock.
Rushinbear
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calumnus said:

91Cal said:

calumnus said:

91Cal said:

Cal Junkie said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!


The Texas connection for OL is helpful. Plenty of kids from Austin would appreciate Berkeley.
That's good insight. We may want to put some effort into recruiting athletes whose hometown bears some ideological resemblance to our beloved and freewheeling Berkeley.

TBH Westlake to Austin is more of a Danville/Alamo to Berkeley…any locals please feel free to correct me.

Westlake is a terrific pipeline with Mangum from there. Also Note that Madsen, Jackson Brown and Rutchena are from the Danville/Alamo area among many other great Golden Bears.

Welcome to the family Tyler and family! Go Bears!


It is in the Austin city limits, it may be an affluent part of town, but kids are generally part of the (very) nearby downtown Austin scene. More like North Berkeley or El Cerrito or even Berkeley Hills to the rest of Berkeley. Round Rock is more suburbia.


Fair enough…Lamorinda to Berkeley then. 14 minutes from Westlake to Darrel Royal Texas Memorial Stadium and 16 minutes from Miramonte or Acalanes to CMS.


It is a 13 minute drive from Westlake HS to the Museum of the Weird in downtown. It is a 9 minute drive from Westlake HS to the Whole Foods mothership, the original store and world HQs on 6th and Lamar. They have a "Namaste Therapies" and a Hawaiian poke place a block away from the HS. It is definitely Austin, not Amarillo or Lubbock.
The difference is that it is Texas football.
calumnus
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Rushinbear said:

calumnus said:

91Cal said:

calumnus said:

91Cal said:

Cal Junkie said:

calumnus said:

Bearly Clad said:

Good teams are built in the trenches. Angus wasn't getting it done on the field or on the recruiting trail. I'm hopeful that Bloesch can get the ship turned around because with no hyperbole our season depends on it.

More importantly though, congratulations to you and your family Tyler! Welcome to The University of California! We're happy to have you and expect big things on and off the field! Go Bears!


The Texas connection for OL is helpful. Plenty of kids from Austin would appreciate Berkeley.
That's good insight. We may want to put some effort into recruiting athletes whose hometown bears some ideological resemblance to our beloved and freewheeling Berkeley.

TBH Westlake to Austin is more of a Danville/Alamo to Berkeley…any locals please feel free to correct me.

Westlake is a terrific pipeline with Mangum from there. Also Note that Madsen, Jackson Brown and Rutchena are from the Danville/Alamo area among many other great Golden Bears.

Welcome to the family Tyler and family! Go Bears!


It is in the Austin city limits, it may be an affluent part of town, but kids are generally part of the (very) nearby downtown Austin scene. More like North Berkeley or El Cerrito or even Berkeley Hills to the rest of Berkeley. Round Rock is more suburbia.


Fair enough…Lamorinda to Berkeley then. 14 minutes from Westlake to Darrel Royal Texas Memorial Stadium and 16 minutes from Miramonte or Acalanes to CMS.


It is a 13 minute drive from Westlake HS to the Museum of the Weird in downtown. It is a 9 minute drive from Westlake HS to the Whole Foods mothership, the original store and world HQs on 6th and Lamar. They have a "Namaste Therapies" and a Hawaiian poke place a block away from the HS. It is definitely Austin, not Amarillo or Lubbock.
The difference is that it is Texas football.


Obviously, the cultural fit anywhere depends on the kid, but no matter his personal outlook, the fact he grew up in the heart of Austin at a minimum means that Cal and Berkeley will be less of a cultural shock than it would be for kids who played football elsewhere in Texas.
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