Cal added the 21st member to its 2016 recruiting class on Monday, as three-star defensive end Chinedu Udeogu made the call for California over his other finalist, Rutgers, and nearby Maryland.
“I talked to the coaching staff. I'm going to Cal-Berkeley,” Udeogu told our Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn before he publicly announced. “I felt like it was the place I could be most successful on and off the field. It is where i felt most comfortable. The people there are great. I really enjoyed spending my time with the coaches. Not to say I didn't feel comfortable at other places, like Rutgers, but I just felt the most comfortable at Cal, and I felt the most welcomed there.”
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1573655-chinedu-odeogu-tal... The Bears are losing veteran defensive ends Jonathan Johnson, Kyle Kragen and Puka Lopa, next year, along with defensive tackles Trevor Kelly, Mustafa Jalil and David Davis, so bringing in a big body like Udeogu – and the four other defensive linemen in this class -- is going to certainly help rebuild a pass rush that surpassed last season’s sack total by the midway point of the season.
“They always tell me great things,” Udeogu said about how Cal will use him. “They tell me I'm going to be playing defensive end there. I talk to the defensive coordinator and he tells me they are going to have me playing defensive end there. They have a few guys committed there that will be playing defensive tackle, but they said I will be playing defensive end there.”
Udeogu visited Berkeley back in September, and has been trying to decide between Cal and the Scarlet Knights ever since.
“It was definitely relieving,” Udeogu said. “I was very happy to finally be able to make my decision. It was a long time coming. I'm very relaxed and very happy that it's over. I've been thinking about this a lot, and I'm happy the decision is finally made and I can commit to the school that I want to go to.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end becomes the 21st member of the class, and the fourth defensive end.
“I'm going to work as hard as possible and be the best person and player and I can possibly be,” Udeogu said.