With the departure of Michael Barton and the injury retirement of Jake Kearney, California found itself in need of a linebacker this spring, and defensive coordinator Art Kaufman solved that problem, getting a commitment from American River College freshman Jordan Kunaszyk, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder who made his official visit late last week.
“They’re happy. They’ve supported me from the beginning," Kunaszyk said. "They just want the best for me, and they want me to be happy, and to see myself be happy. They’re glad with the place that I chose, and I’m 100 percent committed. I’m all-in, and ready to go. I’m ready to get down there in the summer and start.”
A JuCo Freshman All-American, Kunaszyk said he gained 45 pounds between his junior and senior years of high school, but at 16, was still too physically immature, and one unit short of being a full qualifier, so he enrolled at American River. This February, he had several Division I offers, but didn't feel right signing, so he waited, and the waiting paid off. He added the Bears and the Buffaloes to UNLV, Southern Miss, Fresno State, Texas State and New Mexico.
Kunaszyk tallied 118 tackles this season -- first among all of California junior college players -- and added three sacks for 25 yards, one forced fumble and three pass breakups. His 10.7 tackles per game were fifth in the state.