Time for a two-fer! The Golden Bears picked up two big commitments over our bit recruiting weekend to help strengthen our offensive and defensive lines. Picking up players here is critical to establish our presence in the trenches to help our team win more games.
First up, let's take a look at the offense! Offensive line coach Zach Yenser started it all with a bit of a mysterious tweet...
Coach Sonny Dykes confirmed this to be a commitment-related tweet by posting his usual excitement over scoring a new commit:
The Bears were Buchanan's first Big Five-conference offer out of the 20 he held coming into the weekend, and called Berkeley a "win-win" situation due to the academics.
Buchanan may be listed as a tackle, but his build says guard. He has very stout arms, and a low center of gravity, with big legs and a powerful lower half. The barrel-chested lineman has run the triple option for the past three years, but this season, ran a "downhill, power, no-huddle offense," he said back when he received his offer.
Beyond securing a recruit to the ever-important offensive line, Buchanan is a great get for the Bears thanks to the value he places on academics. It's not just talk, either, as he sports a 3.3 GPA.
Grabbing Buchanan alone would be great, but it's been a productive weekend for official visits, as the Bears got a commitment on the other side of the line in the form of a much-needed pass rusher.
The Cal Family also welcomes DeVante Wilson, who flipped his commitment from Washington State as he felt like he rushed into that decision. Just because you rush the passer, doesn't mean you have to rush everything in your life! Though he committed to USC out of high school, Wilson spent the last year playing at Riverside Community College and is trying to join the Bears ASAP, according to Twist's brother-from-another-mother, Ryan Gorcey:
Wilson will provide help right away, as he will ink his scholarship agreement with Cal on Dec. 17, JuCo Signing Day, meaning that he'll be in spring ball and ready to help out a thin defensive line that will still be missing Scarlett, who had ACL surgery back in November.
Wilson will have two years to play two, starting next season, and finished his sophomore season for the Tigers with 36 tackles, three sacks, 12 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery in 12 games.
The Bears are in dire need of a pass threat, so grabbing one from the JuCo ranks is big for Dykes and defensive line coach Fred Tate.
Welcome these new Bears and I'm sure Twist and Avi will force Nam into doing some tape breakdown in the coming weeks!