Signing Day Capsule: Semisi Uluave Commits

Cal nabs another four star to help round out the 2015 class, getting a Signing Day commitment from offensive guard Semisi Uluave, one of the top offensive linemen in the West region, and a high school teammate of Kanawai Noa.

On National Signing Day, California pulled more than a rabbit out of its hat. The Golden Bears swung a commitment out of four-star offensive lineman Semisi Uluave out of Honolulu (HI) Punahou, less than a week after he made his final official visit to Berkeley.

"I've made it no secret that academics are really important to me. Well, Cal is the No. 1 public school in the world." – Semisi Uluave

The Skinny on Uluave from Mountain/Island Analyst Doug Kimmel: Semisi Uluave looks like an ideal guard, with the ability to play any spot on the line, though it's likely that he'll play on the interior. He moves his feet well, keeping them chopping the whole time, does a good job with his hands and showed good strength. Uluave's initial punch was usually enough to stagger his defender.

Uluave is what you are looking for in an offensive linemen. He has a nice frame, can play four positions at the Power 5 level, and is incredibly smart. Uluave has sound technique and ideal strength. Put him in a good strength and conditioning program for a year or two and he could emerge as an All-Conference caliber guard.

Landing Uluave would be a huge way for Cal to close out. It looks like they are primarily going against Texas Tech and Oregon. With Kanawai Noa locked up, the Golden Bears have a decent shot with the four-star linemen.

BT’s Take: Talk about finishing strong. After losing Nick Buchanan and Johnny Capra to Florida and Utah, respectively, the Bears picked up their second four-star recruit in as many weeks to cap off the class, and that somewhat takes the sting out of losing Nick Buchanan. But, Uluave is more than just a salve. Kanawai Noa’s high school teammate is one of the most highly-regarded linemen on the West Coast, and is arguably an upgrade from Buchanan. Score another recruiting win for Pierre Ingram, here. One more thing to consider: Uluave has said that he intends to take his LDS mission before arriving at the college of his choice. The real question for the Bears is if he decides to put off that mission. If he does, he can help very, very soon.

Sonny's Take: “Semisi is your prototypical offensive lineman. He’s big, he’s athletic. He plays tough and nasty. We’re very fortunate to have him come to Cal. He was a very heavily recruited student-athlete. He fits Cal with the academics. He’s interested in a lot of different thing that Cal has to offer. He’s a tremendous athlete and has a tremendous upside. Really think he can become a heck of a football player.”

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