CAMP: Room to Grow

2015 inside linebacker Jacquese Steen has only received interest from two Pac-12 schools, but the Bears got the first up-close look at the young defender this weekend, and so can you with our EXCLUSIVE video.



BERKELEY -- So far, only California and Arizona State have scoped out Oakland (Calif.) Skyline linebacker Jacquese Steen, but if he puts on any more performances like the one he did this weekend in Berkeley, that could very well change.

The 6-foot, 219-pound 2015 inside linebacker was one of defensive coordinator Andy Buh's chosen few defenders to get an individual workout during the three-day camp, and made the most out of the opportunity.

"They think that I'm big, I'm fast. I'm really powerful, and they like the fact that I'm young, I have a lot of room to grow," Steen said. "He taught me a bunch of things, like form and flexibility. He's keeping me low in my base, getting my stance right."

Steen grew up watching the Bears, and while he only plays a little bit of fullback on offense, almost all of his favorite Cal players from years going to games with his uncle are running backs -- Jahvid Best and Isi Sofele.

Last season, Steen tallied 82 solo tackles and 170 total stops, but perhaps his most impressive number is his 3.8 GPA, though he makes a point of noting that he got a 4.0 last semester.

"I'm looking for a good academic school, a good environment, and how comfortable I feel in a school," Steen said. "I'd like to feel like the coaches care about me. I want to go somewhere, where I can succeed academically and athletically."

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