CONFIRMED: Bears Net Wake Forest Transfer

Younger brother of 49ers offensive guard Joe Looney -- James -- will transfer from Wake Forest to Cal for the 2014 season.

UPDATE 3:06 PM: Cal has officially announced that Looney will join the program as a defensive tackle.

"We are excited that James is joining the Cal football program," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "It is important that we critical that we continue to recruit and develop players in the trenches to improve on both sides of the ball. James will help us do that on the defensive line and is also an excellent student that will fit into our program nicely both on the field and off."


According to a report by CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler, California has landed a defensive line transfer from Wake Forest in the person of defensive end James Looney.

An independent source confirmed the transfer to BearTerritory, and said that Looney is currently appealing to the NCAA to try and play immediately, rather than sitting out for one season. Regardless of the result of that appeal, he will have four years to play three in Berkeley.

A former three-star prospect out of Lake Worth (Fla.), Looney committed to the Demon Deacons back on Nov. 12, 2012, and enrolled early, participating in spring practice. The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder recorded three tackles and 0.5 sacks as a true freshman last season, and is the younger brother of former Wake Forest offensive lineman and current San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney.

Defensive line was a concern for Cal head coach Sonny Dykes following spring football, with the uncertain status of true sophomore Jacobi Hunter and the still-in-progress knee surgery recovery of redshirt junior Mustafa Jalil.

Neither Hunter nor Jalil participated in contact drills this spring.

Additionally, Sione Sina did not participate in any contact over the course of the spring as he continues to recover from an ACL injury, David Davis was unable to join the team in the spring because of issues having to do with transfer units (he'll be in fall camp) and both of last season's defensive tackle starters -- Viliami Moala and Deandre Coleman -- are gone, with Coleman signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Moala reportedly joining the Baltimore Ravens, though that signing has not been confirmed.

Out of high school, Looney had offers from Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Marshall, Minnesota, South Florida, West Virginia and Wake Forest.


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