Bears Add Arizona DB

California snags its fifth post-signing day defender in all-state defensive back A.J. Greathouse, son of former Arizona all-conference running back Art Greathouse.

California added its fourth post-signing day defender on Friday, getting a commitment from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton cornerback A.J. Greathouse.

Our Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell said of Greathouse: “Has good cover skills but I was very surprised to see how physical he was in the run game. Great family bloodlines.”

Those bloodlines include his father, Arthur, who played running back for Arizona from 1986-90, earning four varsity letters and being named second-team all-conference in 1988.

The 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back joins defensive tackle Chris Palmer, College of San Mateo linebacker Jake Kearny and Wake Forest defensive line transfer James Looney as post-signing day additions to Art Kaufman’s defense. The Bears’ new defensive coordinator was named one of the top coaching hires of this offseason on Wednesday.

Greathouse had intended to commit to the Bears when he got his late offer on June 15, following a quick morning performance at the Bears’ non-contact camp, but had to wait for his ACT score to come back, which it finally did, and he was promptly accepted into Cal, after graduating with a 3.1 GPA.

Last season, Greathouse had two interceptions, one pick six returned 45 yards and 60 tackles for the Huskies, earning all-state honors. After not receiving a Division I offer, he signed with Mesa Community College, but his intentions changed when the Bears came calling. He will be able to come in right away and play this fall.


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