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Johnson Completes the Triple Play for Cal Commits This Weekend

April 15, 2018
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6-4/275 defensive tackle Brett Johnson joined fellow Arizona preps Braxton Croteau and Ryan Puskas as new Bear commits today, verbally committing to the Bears late this afternoon.

"The program's awesome. The area's awesome. The academics are incredible and prepare you for life outside of football," said Johnson.

The 3 star DT also excels on the mat, wrestling heavyweight for Desert Vista. With Cal's history of elite wrestlers manning the trenches for them, like longtime NFL stars Jeremy Newberry and Alex Mack, the Bears value the fundamentals and strengths that wrestling skills add to Johnson's  game.

"The entire Cal coaching staff really praised what wrestling does for players," said Johnson, who called Cal's wrestling/football legacy "awesome."

The cardio involved staying fit for wrestling had Johnson's weight around 250 but said he's now tipping the scales at @275 and plans to play at 290-300.

When Johnson visited earlier, he had a chance to get a sense for defensive line coach Tony Tuioti's coaching style when they sat down to meet.

"Coach Tuioti and I had a one-on-one meeting going over the defense and schemes and I saw him coach up his d-linemen in the same room a bit later, going over plays," said Johnson. "I feel like I fit in really well there and our defense has some of the same principals."

Desert Vista's defensive line coach Larry Davis had high praise for the Bears' latest commit.

"I'll tell you what," said Davis. "I've been coaching 22 years and I've seen a lot of kids and a lot of athletes at various levels, but I'll tell you, Brett Johnson last year -I named him 'Greatness.'

"I was a All-WAC nose guard at UTEP and went to Canada and played in NFL Europe and I can tell you, I've never met a kid as driven and as competitive as Brett Johnson. He's hungry to learn and eager to please, which is a coach's dream to have a kid that determined. He's a competitor and a natural leader. His actions speaks volumes and he makes everyone else around him better. 

"His strength is that he's very explosive off the ball. His first step is uncontested. He has a lot of power and he's very disruptive. I think he's got a lot of upside, too, in terms of continuing to get better with his hands.

"He's relentless. The engine never turns off and when you have a kid that's 6-4-260 pounds that plays like that, the sky's the limit."

 

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Johnson Completes the Triple Play for Cal Commits This Weekend

oskirules
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"Relentless", like his coach said. Welcome to Cal.
Go Bears!
Rushinbear
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oskirules said:

"Relentless", like his coach said. Welcome to Cal.
Go Bears!
Quick off the ball.
kad02002
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Wow, great hand/feet coordination from those highlights.
TomBear
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A couple of things strike me quickly about this: One, his coach's collegiate and professional experience give his remarks a credibility that is very encouraging. The comments he gave are perfect for what you want in a up and coming defensive lineman. Second, his experience with wrestling means he understands leverage, speed, and quick reactions. And his film simply confirms what you would expect. I like this commitment.
BearNIt
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Good weekend on the recruiting front. Welcome to the Bear Fam.
CalGrad95
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This is awesome!

When's the last time we had a NG who could completely dominate the LOS?

Mebane?
Big C
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CalGrad95 said:

This is awesome!

When's the last time we had a NG who could completely dominate the LOS?

Mebane?
And before Mebane, how far back does one have to go to find another top DT/NG? It hasn't been a position of strength for us, that's for sure, compared to, say, LB, where it's pretty easy to rattle of 5-6 top ones.
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Just an observation. I've been on Twitter for maybe 4 years. I rarely tweet. Maybe 30 tweets in that time. I'm only on there for fast news updates and Cal football. It may be my imagination but I've never seen so much "buzz" in those 4 spring seasons around Cal football recruiting, even before this weekend's flurry of commitments. So many prospects posting about their awesome visits. Kudos to the coaching staff!
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