San Diego Cathedral Catholic athlete Jordan Genmark-Heath commits to Cal after official visit

Cal hauls in an international athlete in San Diego (Calif.) Cathdral Catholic's Jordan Genmark-Heath.

Three-star athlete Jordan Genmark-Heath of San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic has become the third Don of recent vintage to commit to California today, following a pair of linemen in defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil and offensive lineman Alex Crosthwaite.

Genmark-Heath will play safety for the Bears, sources say, a position which is in need of depth.

Genmark-Heath chose Cal over offers from Boston CollegeOregon StateUtah (which visited Berkeley this weekend, during Genmark-Heath's official visit), VanderbiltSan Diego State and Washington State, among others.

A member of Scout's Preseason Hot 100 (at No. 76), Genmark-Heath was born and raised in Sweeden, where only about 4,000 youth in the entire country play American football. As a member of the Swedish National Team, he became the youngest starting quarterback in the history of the U19 team, taking his first starting snaps at the age of 15. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is certainly larger than many of his peers, but he's also a bit older, owing to his family's travel. Genmark-Heath moved to the United States for his high school freshman year, along with his step-father, giving up soccer after that freshman year and picking up basketball. He's also an avid lacrosse player. That versatile athleticism gives him good side-to-side range and closing speed in the defensive backfield, though he played quarterback for the Dons last season, after sitting out six games due to transfer rules. He's still new to the game, and a bit raw, but his speed and strength will make up for that in the early goings. As it stands, he probably isn't a play-early type of prospect, but once he does get his feet under him, he's going to be an important piece in the defensive backfield, part of a class that includes Je'Quari GodfreyMichael Onyemaobi and Tyriq Hardimon.

This season, Genmark-Heath has carried the ball 12 times for 50 yards and two touchdowns, has caught five balls for 151 yards and two more scores, and on defense, has racked up 28 tackles in five games, with one interception and three passes defended. He's tried his hand at punting -- hitting his only boot 49 yards -- and at the return game, where he's returned one kickoff 10 yards and two punts for 26 yards, with two fair catches.

The Bears were Genmark-Heath's highest-profile scholarship offer in mid-February, after San Jose State, Cal Poly and Dartmouth. The cosmopolitan atmosphere and international appeal of a Berkeley degree played a large role in Genmark-Heath's pledge.

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