After a pair of classes lacking in offensive line depth and talent, offensive line coach Jim Michalczik was tasked with creating depth and infusing talent into a position group that had usually been a strength of the team prior to his departure and 2-year stint with the Oakland Raiders in 2009.
With the commitment of Corona Centennial offensive tackle Cameron Hunt at Nike's The Opening camp in Beaverton, OR, the Bears' new aquisition fits Michalczik's wishlist to a T.
"I really like Cal's academics," said Hunt. "A degree from Cal can set you up for life.
"I love their staff, too, especially (Head) Coach (Jeff) Tedford and Coach Michalczik. I'm real
comfortable with them and they're great guys.
"The atmospere at Cal and in the San Francisco Bay Area is great, too. That's what I love about Cal."
The 4 star Hunt participated in the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp at San Pablos's Contra Costa College in May where the 6-5/275 lineman stood out with nimble feet, agression and athleticism -a trio a traits not found in many lineman big enough to play at the next level. His performance earned him camp OL MVP.
Afterwards, Hunt had a chance to visit Cal, where the Bears especially got on the talented lineman's radar.
"I felt like I had a really good camp up there," said Hunt. "That kind of catapulted my recruiting.
"Coach Michalczik said he really likes athletic lineman a lot and that's pretty much what I am. He likes my aggressiveness and the mental aspect to my game, too, and that I never give up and have a good motor."
Hunt is the 7th commitment of the Bears' 2013 class and the first offensive lineman to commit so far.