Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive lineman Casey Roddick becomes second Cal commit of Sunday, following Adrian Martinez

Just minutes after 2018 quarterback Adrian Martinez committed to California, the Bears staff got another call -- this on from offensive lineman Casey Roddick.

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In early October, California center commit Michael Saffell -- fresh off of his pledge -- said that his No. 1 target in the coming months would be Casey Roddick.

"The one guy that I've told [quarterback commit Chase Garbers] that I have a good relationship with, and I'll be recruiting pretty hard is Casey Roddick," Saffell said. "Roddick, Aaron Banks, we didn't talk about all the names, but we're going to call tomorrow, and get some names down, and get a plan together. Casey and I met through the Nike Opening and other camps, and we hooked up through Twitter, and we've been talking through Twitter during the season and stuff like that. From those camps, we became friends." That friendship has now borne fruit, as the Bears received a commitment call from Roddick at noon on Sunday -- less than an hour after 2018 quarterback Adrian Martinez of Clovis (Calif.) Clovis West made his commitment.

Roddick had hoped to make his commitment before the start of his senior season at Southern California powerhouse Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, and had the Bears in his top five, but an offer from Utah shook things up.

During his official visit to Berkeley on Sept. 14, Roddick told BearTerritory that the visit was blowing him away. He was surrounded by almost the entire 2017 recruiting class, including Buena Park (Calif.) receivers Taariq Johnson and Jeremiah Hawkins, defensive end Gabe Cherry, cornerback Michael Onyemaobi and cornerback Je'Quari Godfrey of Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, as well as Martinez.

Roddick said during his recruitment that he favored the "intellectual brutality" of a school like Berkeley, and by the end of October, he had moved his visit to Salt Lake City from Halloween, to this weekend. Colorado, the Utes and the Bears were going hard after him, but in the end, the Bears won out.

"Roddick is a true road grader who just manhandles opposing linemen at the H.S level," said Scout's West Coast Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. "He's a very strong kid, plays through the whistle and does a nice job getting to the second level as a run blocker.

"We've always been impressed with Roddick's feet, mobility and athleticism for a such a big kid. He measured out at 6-4, 355 pounds at the Opening Regional but moves around the field like a much smaller lineman, is an adept pass protector and we love the way he finishes his blocks. He shows a lot of positional versatility and should be a very good college player." Top Stories