California received its 12th commitment of the 2015 class late Monday night, appropriately kicking off Big Game Week with the commitment of athlete Evan Rambo out of Pasadena (Calif.) La Salle.
Rambo, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver and defensive back, was a dual-threat quarterback last year for Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei, throwing for 963 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 569 yards and 10 more scores, while tallying 51 tackles and four interceptions at safety.
Rambo visited Berkeley in mid-October, getting a chance to reunite with old friend Bryce Treggs and his father – former Cal star Brian Treggs.
This year, Rambo has stayed almost exclusively on the defensive side of the ball, as he’s only rushed twice for two yards and caught six balls for 108 yards. On defense, Rambo has 36 tackles – including 25 solo stops – with two picks and four passes defended. He’s also returned two kickoffs for a total of 44 yards. He’s said that he’s equally comfortable playing on both sides of the ball, but he will be coming in as a defensive back.
Rambo only started playing corner two years ago, but has improved greatly, and his length is something that the Bears covet in a secondary that’s largely responsible for an FBS-worst passing defense.
While on his visit, Rambo said that he felt Berkeley and the Cal football program provided “a caring environment … everybody just loves being around here.”
Cal was Rambo’s first Pac-12 offer, and he chose the Bears over an offer from San Diego State and interest from both UCLA and Washington State.
Rambo becomes the second Bears commit at defensive back, joining three-star Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala corner Malik Psalms, who stands at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds. Cal has just three defensive backs taller than six feet on the current roster.