BERKELEY -- Shurod Thompson returns to Cal's full-contact camp with seven more offers, two more…
CAMP: Four-Star Backer Pays a Visit
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL PART 2: Familiar Names, Plus Name That Mekari
MORE Camp Notes
FULLERTON, Calif. -- California was the first offer for Rialto (Calif.) linebacker Lokeni Toialoa and now, 12 more offers later, he's the No. 1 linebacker in the 2016 class and a four-star prospect. He's not about to big-time the Bears, though, and on Sunday, he came out to Fullerton College in his Sunday best – a ‘BERKELEY KNOWS' shirt.
"I felt it was appropriate," he smiled. "They were my first offer, so of course, they're pretty special to me. I wanted to come out. I'd only met coach [Rob] Likens prior to this day, and I wanted to come out and meet the whole coaching staff, and familiarize myself with them."
Toailoa said that all of his 13 offers are "pretty equal right now," but what stands out about the Bears is the education.
"What stands out to me are the academics, how it looks, getting a degree from Cal," said the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder.
The Cal offer started a cascade almost immediately for Toailoa.
"I got my second and third the following week, on the same day. I got Washington and Colorado, back-to-back," he said.
What did the Bears see in him back in Februay?
"I'm not really sure, to be honest with you, but I do know that they were the first to take a leap at me, and actually reach out and offer me."
That meant a lot to Toailoa, who Cal likes as a "run stuffer" at middle linebacker, though he'll be playing a bigger role this coming season for Rialto. Basically, he'll just be given the ball and told to hit things, and that's just fine with him.
"I played tight end last year, but we had a running offense, so all I did was block," Toailoa said. "This year, we're changing our offense up. My brother's not playing quarterback anymore. We got a quarterback transfer from Rancho, and we're going to try and get me involved on offense, too, not just defense -- running the ball, everything."
On Sunday, he met linebackers coach Garret Chachere and new defensive coordinator Art Kaufman, the hiring of whom signaled to Toailoa that the Bears meant business.
"They don't like losing. I like that they're going out and trying to get guys to turn their program around," Toailoa said. "I talked to the linebackers coach and the defensive coordinator for about five minutes. They seem pretty straight forward, they know what they're doing."
BearTerritory.net Recommended Stories
BSB: Cal Lands Top Prospect Lorenzo Hampton
Lorenzo Hampton, Jr., may have a football body, but the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder's NFL dad didn't want him getting hit for a living. Football's loss is Cal's gain, as the Bears baseball program landed…Read More
Rivalry Week on Scout
Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!Read More
ANALYSIS: Chopping Up the Big Game
BERKELEY -- A full game notebook plus analysis of Cal's 38-17 loss to Stanford in the 117th Big Game. Why did the Bears go to Luke Rubenzer in the third quarter? How many of the called-back touchdowns…Read More
Penalties, Turnovers Cut Cal Down in Big Game
BERKELEY -- Cal falls for the fifth straight time against Stanford, with a marked lack of ball security on the part of the Bears, who coughed up five turnovers.Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More