California has now added four players to its 2016 recruiting class this week, the latest being Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls defensive end Russell Becker.
Becker was an unknown coming into the Golden Bears’ Sunday post-grad camp, and surprised the staff with his size and strength.
A backup varsity offensive lineman at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds out of Maple Grove (Minn.), Becker chose to attend Fergus Falls, where he added two inches and 60 pounds, becoming a starting defensive end. 20 of those pounds were added between his freshman and sophomore season.
Blessed to keep going at Cal pic.twitter.com/h6fzZg4SrO— Russell Becker (@Rustyboiii) June 17, 2015
This past season, Becker recorded 24 tackles in eight games of action, tallying a team-best 5.5 sacks for -30 yards, and 10.5 tackles for loss overall. He forced two fumbles and recovered one, returning it for 60 yards.
Following Becker’s performance at Sunday’s camp, he returned to Berkeley for an unofficial visit on Tuesday, after which he committed. He will have three years to play two.
After his sophomore season at Fergus Falls, Becker will enroll at Berkeley early, in time for spring football, 2016.