Bears Get a Surprise Commit

Staff Writer
Posted Jan 21, 2007


On one of the final recruiting weekends of the year, the Cal Bears picked up a commitment from another player that caught Cal recruiting fans by surprise.

John Tyndall was one of the most productive players in the state in 2006. The Pacific Grove (CA) High School FB/LB put up some of the most complete stats you’ll ever see on both sides of the ball.

As a running back, Tyndall compiled a Monterey County-best 1552 yards and 27 tds on the season.

At linebacker, Tyndall continued his extraordinary production, with an area-best 141 tackles on the year.

“My trip was great,” said Tyndall. “Zack Follett was my host. He’s a real cool guy –and he’s huge. I liked everyone else I met, too. We just hung out and had a good time.”

Cal Running Backs Coach Ron Gould spearheaded Tyndall’s recruiting. Initially he was looked at as a linebacker but will come in at Cal as a fullback and special teams dynamo.

Tyndall’s Head Coach at Pacific Grove –Buck Roggeman couldn’t say enough about his star player.

“It feels great to have a kid like John get to play at a school like Cal,” said Roggemann. “As great a player he is, he’s even a better person. John is one of the most humble people you’ll ever see. As good as he is on the field, you’d think he’d have a big ego but it’s just the opposite. The more he accomplishes on the field, the more he deflects praise to his team.

"His commitment to Cal was the culmination of four years of hard, hard work. It’s a dream come true for John to play at Cal."

Tyndall had the postseason accolades to back up his coach’s pride as Tyndall led his Pacific Grove squad to 3 straight league titles as well as the CCS CIF championship game before falling to Seaside.

Tyndall was named All-MTAL Defensive Player of the Year as well as All-League on both offense and defense. Tyndall was also named Monterey County Offensive Player of the Year, All-CCS at linebacker and Small Schools All-State.

Tyndall is expected to be the only fullback brought in for the Bears in 2007.


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