Cal Commit: Mika Kane

Mika Kane

<p>Kamehameha HS defensive tackle Mika Kane ended the speculation last night by verbally committing to Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford and DL Coach Ken Delgado during their in-home visit in Honolulu, HI, according to his mother, Jonalinn Kane.</p>

The 6-3, 280 Hawaii Defensive Player of the Year (at both public and private schools) has been heavily recruited this off-season, with offers coming from Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, BYU and Colorado, among others.

Kane mentioned his comfort level with the coaching staff, the team, and the Bay Area as major factors in his decision. Mrs. Kane noted that they were very happy about their son’s commitment to Cal, and have especially developed a strong bond with the coaching staff.

“I can’t say enough about Coach Delgado and Coach Tedford, said Mrs. Kane. “We really feel like our family and Mika have established a real good relationship with them. Coach Tedford also played quarterback on my brother Joe’s (Kaaekuahana) team at Fresno State, so they go way back.

“We’re also very happy that Mika will be pretty close to home. We love the Bay Area and this will give us extra reason to come visit and see Mika play. I lived in San Francisco for a year and my husband went to school in the Bay Area before we were married.”

According to Mrs. Kane, her son was offered a scholarship to the University of Hawaii also, but they understood that Mika had plans to play in a bigger program.

“We are so relieved to finally have this decision made. Now we can put away this pile of recruiting letters and focus on Cal.”

Kane has been frequently referred to as an expert run-stopper who draws and fights off frequent double-teams to free up his linebackers to make plays. That description probably sounds familiar to Cal fans, as Kane is one of just a few players slated to fill that performance niche just vacated by four-year starter Lorenzo Alexander up the middle. That can’t happen early enough for anxious Cal fans.

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