Signing Day Capsule: Cameron Saffle

Our Brandon Huffman goes way in-depth as he analyzes the abilities of new Cal signee Cameron Saffle, and projects where he fits in Cal's new-look defense.


"The big part about my game is technique. That’s the thing I’m best at, is my technique. I can read shoulders like no other." – Cameron Saffle


The Skinny on California commit Cameron Saffle from Brandon Huffman: Saffle was on his way to being one of the top linebackers in the West in the 2015 class before an ACL injury his sophomore year slowed him down. He came along nicely as a junior and senior and he showed no major ill effects of the injury. It did take a little of his fluidity away and now he’s more likely to be a pure pass rusher with the occasional drop into coverage, instead of being more of a pure cover linebacker. He’s also put on more weight and gotten thicker to allow him to be utilized more as a pass rusher in college. He’s a likely redshirt candidate to continue to develop physically and put on the weight to play that spot in the Pac-12. Coming from the vaunted Skyline program, he’s been well coached and is already really fundamentally sound with a high football IQ. So it’s just a matter of him putting on the necessary weight to be an effective pass rusher in college and making that jump from rushing against Washington high school competition to Pac-12 tackles.

Saffle won two state and three KingCo titles during his time as a prep. Saffle had productive junior and senior season. As a senior, he was named one of the Seattle Times Players of the Year, second-team Associated Press Washington 4-A All-State, All-County and Team Co-Defensive MVP, leading the squad in sacks (8.0, -39 yards) and tackles for loss (5.0), while adding 39 tackles. He only played in seven of 10 games. He was the Seattle Times KingCo Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and an All-County and first-team All-KingCo District selection on defense as a 2013 junior after ranking second on the team and in the state with 13.0 sacks.

BT’s Take: Saffle certainly is one heck of a communicator. Beyond his work with special needs students, Saffle got the ball rolling in his own recruitment by contacting defensive line coach Fred Tate. The two are a perfect match, as both are outgoing and loquacious. But, of course, personality doesn’t win games. Motor, though, does, and Saffle certainly has that.

Sonny's Take: “Cameron is someone who still is developing physically and has great potential and a big upside. He’s explosive, athletic and runs well."



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