Mohler Makes It Three For Cal

Mohler Makes It Three For Cal

With the dominant majority of the Cal linebacking corps headed for graduation in the next 1-2 years, the importance of adding experienced depth to the Bears' roster is clear. The Bears took a step in the right direction this week, receiving a commitment from one of the top JC linebackers on the West Coast.

6-3/225 orange Coast City College linebacker Shaun Mohler gave the Bears their 3rd commitment of the season Sunday when he gave Cal linebackers Coach Kenwick Thompson the word that he was committing to Cal.

"Coach Thompson came down to OCC a couple weeks ago and had a chance to see me work out. He said he liked how I worked and gave me a call a couple days later to offer me," said Mohler. "He was really excited when I called to commit last night. He said I'd be a great fit with the Cal family.

"My family was really excited, too. I had some other good offers (Nebraska, Colorado, along with recruiting attention from a number of other strong programs), but Cal is the place my family really wanted me to go. It doesn't really matter who else might offer. I was going to go to Cal anyway. They were my #1 school.

"I watched Cal a lot in high school," said Mohler. "They always played USC well and they're a great program. They're excellent academically, too."

The Bears will be getting an incredibly strong athlete in Mohler. Prior to being tested later today, Mohler has benched an impressive 20 reps at 225 -an accomplishment most offensive linemen can't boast of.

"I'm looking to get 22-25 today when I'm tested. I've run a 4.62 forty and I've been working hard so I hope to get in the 4.5's today," said Mohler.

While being on the light side his freshman year at OCC where he played at 200, Mohler has added 25 lbs to his 6-3/225 frame while maintaining his speed. The 4 star Mohler hopes to continue to add strength and speed as he continues to work out heading into next season. The additional weight should be a definite boost to Mohler's already strong productivity.

"I love to hit," said Mohler. "I get to the ball and pursue really well. Diagnosing plays, making the reads and making tackles would definitely be some of my strengths.

"But I know there's always something more I can do to get better and I'm really motivated to be the best that I can be and the best at my position. We work out 6 days a week and I'll continue to do whatever I can to get better."

A 3rd Team JC All-American as well as All-State and All-Region, Mohler put up impressive stats in 2006, leading his Pirates squad with 108 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.

Although he was aiming to graduate in December with a full summer school load this summer, Mohler has been advised by his academic counselor that he'll need the full year to finish his UC coursework.

Mohler is slated to play weakside linebacker for the Bears in 2008.

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