As you might have noticed, the California Golden Bears could use some linebackers. Cal currently holds the commitment of one linebacker in Cameron Goode, and he's still openly taking visits to schools like Vanderbilt and being aggressively pursued by Nebraska. Goode will take his official to Cal this week, where the Bears should know where they stand after this weekend.
But Goode isn't the only linebacker taking a trip up to Berkeley this week. Enter Ole Miss commit and top JUCO linebacker prospect David Luafatasaga; both Rivals and Scout are reporting that Cal will be getting a visit. Luafatasaga could be the instant impact player the Bears so desperately need to upgrade at the position. Luafatasaga was not planning to redshirt with the Rebels, and you can see why. He's got the wheels to be a true disruptor at the collegiate level.
Luafatasaga hails from Arizona Western College, but is originally from Hawaii. He has offers from a bunch of Pac-12 programs. Ole Miss is quite a distance from the isles, and you can see that Luafatasaga is looking for a program closer to home. He would have three years to play two. He recently paid a visit to Utah this past week, and now Cal is up before Ole Miss gets the final visit. If he chose to flip, the Utes and the Bears getting two out of the last three visits has to put both Pac-12 programs up there.
4 star LB David Luafatasaga breaks down his recruitment and official visit to Utah with @scooterstevens https://t.co/UVxOe3NktQ— Brian Swinney (@BSwinneyScout) January 19, 2016
If there was a flip, I'd give Utah the slight edge over Cal because of their defensive acumen (especially recruiting the Pacific), but Cal's ability to make headway in Hawaii in recent years could help change the situation.
If the Bears can get the flip next week, it would be a huge late recruiting coup and be huge for a Cal team in need of defensive recruiting victories. The Bears need a serious influx of talent at every position, and Luafatasaga could be a part of the immediate solution.