Brothers in Arms

Edward Tandy and fellow Cal linebacker commit Chad Whitener struck up a friendship during their unofficial trip to Cal in September, and now, they're going to be playing in the same defense.

Edward Tandy became the third linebacker commit in the 2013 class for Sonny Dykes and the California football team on Friday, and the Bears are likely getting quite a diamond in the rough, according to West Coast Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman.

"I saw him as a sophomore, when no one knew who he was, and the best two players I saw that night were sophomores, he and David Maka," Huffman says of Tandy. "I could never understand why he didn't get more heavily recruited."

Bears defensive coordinator Andy Buh loves Tandy's speed and his nose for the ball.

"We talked a little bit, and he actually coached a former player from Tustin -- Matt McCoy -- and he said that I reminded him a lot of Matt McCoy," says Tandy. "He went to the Philadelphia Eagles, got drafted in the second round out of San Diego State, and he said that I reminded him a lot of him, how I work really hard, love to hit and just fly around to the ball. That's what he said he liked about me."

Tandy and middle linebacker commit Chad Whitener formed a strong bond during the pair's unofficial trip to Berkeley on Sept. 28 for the Oregon game, and Whitener was one of the first people Tandy told about his decision.

"He texted me this morning," Whitener said. "I was happy. He'd been talking about committing ever since the Oregon game ... After the Oregon game, we were hanging around with the players and started talking and we just kind of hit it off. We've been texting ever since."

That relationship will only help down the road, as the two play side-by-side in the Cal defense.

"It's going to work out really well, I feel like," Whitener said.

"He was really excited to be my brother-in-arms and as part of the same linebacker corps," Tandy says of Whitener. "He feels like we could have something great at Cal, and he and I are just ready to get at it." Top Stories