The California Golden Bears stay local in their latest commit. Atonio Mafi got his Cal offer today at a junior camp, and was quick to make his verbal to the Bears soon after that!
It has always been a dream of mine to play for the Golden Bears and it is about to come true! #Committed pic.twitter.com/AZz2r96Wl5— Atonio Mafi (@mafiatonio) June 12, 2017
Thank you God for your blessings on my family!!! ☝ Words can't express our gratitude and excitment to receive an offer from CAL #GoBears pic.twitter.com/JYR6s217Zu— Atonio Mafi (@mafiatonio) June 11, 2017
Mafi plays along both the offensive line and the defensive line in high school. It sounds like the coaching staff wants him to start his career as Cal’s elusive nose tackle in a 3-4 system.
he's gonna man the nose for us. https://t.co/xutywqLD3C— Nam Le (@AGuyNamedNam) June 12, 2017
At 6-3 and 350 pounds, you can tell Mafi puts in the work to thrive. He’ll have to trim a bit for the collegiate level, but the strength is already there. A look at his tape.
@mafiatonio in the squat rack today. ️ pic.twitter.com/KVf5kVaACX— Serra Football (@serrapadresfb) March 15, 2017
Mafi got offers from Air Force, Hawaii and San Jose State before Cal pounced to land his commitment.
Now four of seven’s first Cal commits hail from the Bay Area (with another additional two hailing from Northern California) in Mafi, Nick Alftin, JH Tevis and Omari Harris. Justin Wilcox stated that regionalism would be an important part of his recruiting strategy, and so far it appears that’s where the Bears are making their early hits.
It does seem to make sense logistically too. Thanks to this local approach, so far a lot of these Cal commits have chatted about it being their dream to play in Strawberry Canyon, which makes sense. They grew up watching Cal. It has to be easier getting them to commit to Cal!
Welcome to Cal Atonio! Go Bears!