The University of California received some positive news with the commitment of 6-3/230 De La Salle (Concord, CA) High School linebacker Victor Egu today.
Rated 4 stars by ESPN, Egu chose the Bears over an impressive offer list that included Oregon, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Washington and a host of other schools.
The Spartan senior has led his De La Salle squad to a 10-0 start this year after starting on last year's state championship team. Egu has 34 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble so far this year while sharing the field with future D1 teammates Michael Hutchings and Austin Hooper.
Egu had the chance to visit Cal in the spring for Junior Day in April and watch the Bears scrimmage at Edwards Field.
"It was really cool at Cal," Egu said. "I like the defense's intensity and they're a great group of guys. Plus my old teammate Michael Barton's there and he said he likes it a lot."
As for what did it for Cal, proximity, education and coaching sealed the deal for the Bears.
"I chose Cal because Coach (Kenwick) Thompson can really develop me as a linebacker and Cal's close to home and a great education, too, said Egu, who's a strong student taking several AP classes currently.
"Now we're trying to get (Austin) Hooper and (DJ) Moffitt, too."
"It was great news that Victor committed," said frosh linebacker Barton. "I'd say his size and strength are big parts of his game. The kid's huge and his physicality and speed are great.
"He's fast for his size and he ran track with me last year (including the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay)."
ESPN has the following evaluation of Egu:
Egu is very effective as a run stopper with the mobility and playing strength needed to take on and defeat blockers when moving through traffic in pursuit of the football.
He plays like an inside linebacker but has the size and athleticism for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition and it appears his frame is very capable of adding bulk over time. He is a strong wrap tackler. He comes to balance in space, showing the punishing finish which doesn't allow leaky yardage after contact.
His outstanding athleticism suggests the potential to do a variety of job successfully as a special teams player. Playing from an off alignment, we see an excellent downhill run defender. His initial quickness and key and diagnosis reaction skills get him off the mark to the football. He is quick to recognize blocking schemes and attack the inside run. Egu does a great job using his hands to ward off blockers while demonstrating the ability to move through traffic. He can turn and change direction when in lateral pursuit and shows outstanding range.
Although he needs to gain experience as a coverage defender, his outstanding playing speed along with the ability to make tight turns and change direction indicates potential as a zone and man coverage defender. His instincts and nose for the football allow him to make plays all over the field and his motor and intensity are what we look for when evaluating the linebacker position. Egu has the size and playing speed to earn early playing time at the BCS level of play.
Stay tuned for more from Egu later.
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