Cal has their seventh commit of the 2017 recruiting class, and their second of hopefully many linebacking commits. Da'Quan Patton joins Jaylen Griffin as a Golden Bear! Patton took his official visit to Berkeley and immediately committed afterwards. The Trinity Valley Community College prospect from Austin will bring the Bears needed stability up front.
At 6'2 and 215 pounds, Patton plays the stud linebacker position in the junior college ranks. Here's more from Ryan Gorcey.
Patton more than takes care of business. Since he was young, growing up in Topeka, Kan., he's had a knack for service. Every Sunday growing up in Topeka, he would help to feed the homeless.
When he spoke with BearTerritory on Monday, he had just gotten off work.
"I'm helping at the nursing home, cleaning dishes and serving food," Patton said. "I was looking for something, and I figured, hey, I might as well do that. They were in need of people, so I went up there and they said, 'Yep, we can use you.'"
And now, so can the Bears.
"They see me as a rusher, a big-time playmaker, using my speed," he said.
Take a look at his tape. Let us know what you think of Patton's potential in the comments!
If Cal is expecting to have any long-term success in the Pac-12, they need to upgrade their linebacking stable, fast. The Bears are out of bodies due to transfers (Michael Barton and Hardy Nickerson), graduation (Jalen Jefferson) or retirement (Jake Kearney). Only Ray Davison and Devante Downs can be counted on from last year's rotation, with many young and new faces expected to join the fray this year. Patton will hopefully be one of those players who can help stabilize things up front.
Welcome to Cal Da'Quan! Go Bears!