Chinedu Udeogu brings power and size to the Cal defensive line on National Signing Day

Chinedu Udeogu spurned Iowa State and Wake Forest, and stayed true to his commitment to come out West and play for the Golden Bears, signing at 10:45 AM EST.

After his official visit to Cal on Jan. 29, Chinedu Udeogu re-committed to the Bears, following courtships from Iowa State -- where his older brother, Oge Udeogu, signed to play offensive line this past December out of the City College of San Francisco -- and Wake Forest. A lot like his brother, Udeogu is just big all over, and that's helped him dominate at the high school level. He's got long arms, a broad chest and is bull-strong, but, watching his senior film, it's apparent that he's lacking in finer technique. He needs to get his pad level down, sink his hips more, and with his length and strength, if he can get more leverage, he's going to be tough to stop. As it stands, he's got a good burst, good top-end speed and a good change of direction, but is very raw in spots. It's easy to surmise that he would play on a team without returning experience at the end position, but given that Cal does have at least a little bit of depth there, with Cameron Saffle (8 games), Noah Westerfield (4 games in 2015, 12 games in 2014), DeVante Wilson (2015 starter) and Kennedy Emesibe (2 games) bringing back at least some experience, he won't be needed right away, especially with youngsters Trevor Howard and Udeogu's official visit host, Russell Ude, waiting in the wings. 

Udeogu is versatile, playing stand-up end, playing with his hand in the dirt and, given his size, he could even move to be a defensive tackle at some point, and he would be a very athletic one, at that.

His hands are a bit of a non-factor now, he doesn't have a ton of pass rush moves, and he's still a bit stiff overall, but if he can loosen up, and add more moves to his already-considerable power, he's going to be very effective. Definitely a developmental player, to be sure, but one that has a very high ceiling, particularly because he's got good footwork. He also sows very good tackling technique, wrapping up and rolling his target to the ground, as well as trying to punch the ball loose while he's tackling. This is a player who could cause a lot of turnovers once he's polished up.

"Chinedu's a tall, rangey young man that we want to come in and give us some push off the edge," said defensive line coach Fred Tate. "He's got good quicks. He's got good length about him, and we feel like he can come in and maybe give us an immediate situational-type player, in terms of rushing the passer."

Born in Chicago to Nigerian parents, and going to school in Maryland, Udeogu is truly a world citizen, and that's one of the reasons he chose Cal. Top Stories