Puka Lopa, Defensive End From Grant, Commits To Cal

via media.sacbee.com Vei Moala and Puka Lopa could be teaming up again in blue and gold.

Cal's defensive line of the future got another boost when Puka Lopa made his pledge to the California Golden Bears, according to Ryan Gorcey of Bear Territory. Lopa is the Grant High School (in Sacramento) teammate of nose tackle commit Vei Moala, his teammate and best friend, and it seemed that all that kept Lopa from making was that elusive Cal offer. Lopa chose Cal over Oregon State, Washington State, and San Diego State. He is expected to make the announcement tomorrow morning at his high school. Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee confirms this story.

In terms of rankings, Rivals considers Lopa a three-star prospect, the 34th best strongside defensive end in the country and the 46th best prospect in the state of California. ESPN has Lopa as a three-star prospect and the 138th best defensive end of this class. Scout has him at three stars as well and the 56th best defensive end overall.

With few slots remaining in the 2011 recruiting class, it had been rumored Lopa will greyshirt the 2011 season, similar to the situations of Chris McCain and Cecil Whiteside last year. According to Jim McGill of Bear Insider, Lopa managed to turn that greyshirt into a 2011 offer, so if Gorcey's news holds true, he will be part of this year's class.

Welcome to Cal, Puka. GO BEARS!

Here is the only highlight video of Lopa courtesy of ESPN. After the jump, an interview with Lopa and Moala, where they talk about their Cal connection midway through.

Grant Edison 002.MPG (via masskicksass)


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join California Golden Blogs

You must be a member of California Golden Blogs to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at California Golden Blogs. You should read them.

Join California Golden Blogs

You must be a member of California Golden Blogs to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at California Golden Blogs. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker