Sonny Dykes isn't wasting any time in filling up the coffers of this recruiting class. Cal landed two local defensive linemen that will be able to contribute immediately and hopefully provide quality depth that looked as if it could be sorely lacking in 2013.
"It's great to be able to play for Cal," said Kragen. "I grew up a Cal fan, going to their games since I was little. My grandpa has had tickets for like 30 or 40 years."
Cal got in on Kragen's recruitment late in the game but once they did, they moved quickly.
"After the previous staff left and before the new coaches came in, I got a call from Ben Steele, Cal's defensive grad assistant. "He said they were interested in me and that the new staff would pick things up with me soon.
"So far, I've gotten to know Ben, the other GA, Tag McCurdy and Coach Dykes, mainly. He was there the whole recruiting weekend.
"He's really funny and really easy to talk to. He's the most comfortable coach to talk to that I've ever met. You can tell he's just a great coach.
Kragen flipped his commitment from Illinois to Cal, and it didn't take much to sell him on the merits of the Bears. Kragen hails from Pleasant Hill and attended school last year at Diablo Valley College. At 6'3, 255 pounds, Kragen registered 14.5 sacks and compiled 17 tackles for loss. 247 Sports ranks Kragen as the 177th best JuCo prospect, the eleventh best JuCo weakside defensive end, and the 60th best JuCo prospect in California. Kragen enjoyed offers from Buffalo, Houston, Illinois, and others.
Kragen will get in the mix this spring, as he will join Jared Goff and Matt Anderson as an early entree and enroll this January.
Here are his video highlights. You can view all of his highlights on Hudl.
Sione Sina is one of the top defensive linemen in the JC ranks in the country," said Scout.com/FoxSportsNEXT west coast recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman. "This is the type of recruit you want to bring in, with this recruiting class -- one who can help out on defense right away."
Sina hails from the College of San Mateo and also figures to be in the mix to play right away. At 6-4, 250 and running a 4.7 40, Sina figures to be one of those rush DEs who can get to the QB. 247 Sports ranks him the 109th best JuCO prospect, the sixth best JuCo weakside defensive end, and the 30th best JuCo prospect in California.
Sina picked Cal over BYU and Washington State, enjoyed a host of offers from schools like the Oregons, UCLA, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Pitt, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and Utah. Sina has three years to play two, tallying 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and piled up six sacks his freshman year. Here you can find Sina's video highlights on Hudl.
Like Kragen, Sina is slated to join the Bears this January.
Former defensive line coach Todd Howard was definitely aiming to fill in the ranks this season with some JuCo talents, so he definitely deserves kudos here for building relationships here that allowed Dykes to close the deal.
Welcome to Cal, Kyle and Sione! GO BEARS!