The California Golden Bears have their third recruiting commit of the 2018 class, and their first of the Justin Wilcox era. J.H. Tevis got the early Cal offer, and the 6’5, 225 pound defensive end from Atherton (Ca.) at the Menlo School pulled the trigger!
Exited to announce that I am Committed to Cal! I am so grateful and fired up to be apart of this program. Thank you to all the Coaches! pic.twitter.com/lDP1lKa9lM— JH Tevis (@jh_tevis) March 24, 2017
What might be exciting for Cal fans is that Tevis is a Stanford legacy, and it appears he’s done with his recruitment after getting the early offer. His father Mike Teeuws and his uncle John Teeuws both played for the Cardinal.
Here are Tevis’s Hudl highlights.
Tevis told head coach Justin Wilcox this morning that he wanted to commit, but wanted to do it to his face, so he drove up and, between the end of Pro Day and the start of the Bears' open practice, he officially pulled the trigger. Before all of that, though, he made sure to stop at the Cal Student Store, to get his father a "Papa Bear" t-shirt. Tevis will be deleting his Twitter, and completely shutting down his recruitment.
The Bears were Tevis's first and only offer, and he has a 3.6 grade point average. He received his offer from Cal almost exactly one month ago. Tevis is a little-known commodity, but is a violent, persistent defender, who's played both with his hand in the dirt, and as a stand-up rush end (a position the Bears are bringing back to their defense). He plays with superb leverage, and can change direction very well, especially in the open field.
Tevis has played at left guard most of the season as well, but his specialty is to find a quarterback and put him on the ground. From Terry Bernal of the San Mateo Daily Journal:
Having played quarterback at the junior-varsity level as a freshman, Tevis got drilled enough by opposing rushers to know, in terms of sacking, it is truly better to give than to receive.
“After being a quarterback, getting hit and being sacked, I kind of fell in love with that particular play,” Tevis said. “Every tackle is great as well, but every time I saw the quarterback dropping back, I know how it feels … and I know it does not feel good to lose those yards, and also lose that advantage. It just sets the [offense] back. And it’s fun to do.”
Welcome to Cal JH! Go Bears!