Antzoulatos Makes the Call For Cal

June 1, 2018

The Bears made a nice pickup today with a commitment from 6-2/220 Chaminade (West Hills, CA) High School All-State outside linebacker Blake Antzoulatos.

A fan favorite for his aggressive playing style, Antzoulatos joins Arizona LB commit Ryan Puskas in what is sure to stack up as a top linebacking corps for Cal's 2019 recruiting class.

Having visited in January with his family and again during spring practice in April, Antzoulatos had a strong idea of Cal's football and academic culture and a good feel for the environment -two factors that aided him in his decision.

His strong relationship with the Cal staff was the clincher for the talented LB.

"I have a great relationship with the Cal coaching staff, especially Coach (Peter) Sirmon," said Anzoulatos. 

"I felt really at home there on my visits. And I really like their defensive philosophy and how they use their linebackers so that was really appealing to me, too."

The productive LB came into the weekend offers from Utah, Oregon State, Boston College, Air Force, Harvard and more, with recruiting attention from UCLA and Stanford.

As to the firmness of his commitment, Antzoulatos noted that his decision was final.

"Other programs had their opportunity to recruit me and be considered in my evaluation," said Antzoulatos. "But I felt like this was the right time for me to commit and I'm a man of my word. The Cal coaches committed to me and I committed to them and I'm anxious to get up there and be a Bear.

Antzoulatos's hard-hitting style is reminiscent of former Bear Jarrot Willard -a Cal fan favorite from the 90's. He led the state as a junior with 150 tackles last season, including 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in his All-CIF 1st team season

Stay tuned for more from Antzoulatos and more today...

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