Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds linebacker Paul Scott commits to Cal

Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds linebacker Paul Scott stays home and commits to California, where he's visited three times since the summer.

After visiting Berkeley for California's win over Texas, a visit which followed a dream offer from the Bears, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds linebacker Paul Scott has committed to the Golden Bears.

Scott, coming from the hardscrabble Mack House, where more than 90% of the student population is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, and where, as of 2013, the school had a 513 Academic Performance Index score (out of 1000), was floored during his first visit to Berkeley back in June. It was a visit that inspired him and now, he's a Golden Bear.


"It gives me a lot more motivation. I like the bigger schools, and bigger schools like that, they're almost within my reach. I can get it," Scott said at the time. "I just have to work even harder both in school and on the field."

Scott, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound outside linebacker, is the No. 12 outside backer in the state of California, with offers from the Bears, East Carolina, Fresno State, Hawaii, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming and others.

He has visited Cal two more times since his first visit this summer, including that game against Texas, and he's currently setting up an official visit that he will take with his mother.

Scott is the second linebacker in the class, following Cedar Park (Tex.) Trinity Valley College's Da'Quan Patton. The Bears are keenly feeling the departures of Hardy Nickerson and Michael Barton thinning the ranks this year, as well as the injury retirement of Jake Kearney, but Cal will return Aisea TongilavaHamilton Anoa'iDevante DownsDerron Brown and Ray Davison next year, as well as freshman Cameron Goode, who is redshirting this year.

Graduate assistant Carlos Alvarado helped to close Scott, a good athlete who's physical at the point of attack, with good quickness and instinct, our Head of Recruiting, Brandon Huffman said.

"He's got the frame to add another 15-20 pounds and probably plays at 215-220. Loves to hit and solid in pass coverage," Huffman said.

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