Emesibe Pulls the Trigger

Three-star defensive end pledges to the Bears, and re-sets his official visit as he speaks first with BearTerritory, moments after the commitment.

California was the first school to offer three-star defensive end Kennedy Emesibe back during last spring, and just three weeks before he was scheduled to take his official visit to Berkeley, the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder picked up the phone and called Garret Chachere to commit on Sunday afternoon.

"I just see people around me committing, picking the school they want to go to, and I just felt like it was time for me to do the same," Emesibe told BearTerritory minutes after getting off the phone with Chachere and head coach Sonny Dykes. "Cal was just showing me the most love, and I figured I'd show them some love back."

The Bears' defense had the worst season any Cal defense has ever had last year, but Emesibe only sees room for improvement.

"They had a rough season, but most people don't see the fact that they had the youngest squad out of all of college football, they had the most starting freshmen out of all of college football and they had the most injuries in college football," Emesibe said. "They had 14 season-ending injuries. If you take away those factors, I feel like they're a good team, and not just that; their starting quarterback, he broke records while losing games. Imagine a healthy squad. They have a god coaching staff and all that, and I feel like they'll get the program turned around."

Emesibe – who boasts a 3.5 GPA with three Advanced Placement classes -- will be making his official visit up to Berkeley on Jan. 31. His family is big on education, with both parents having gone to college, as well as all of his older brothers. He chose the Bears over Mississippi State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV, Washington State and Yale.

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