It started with a steak dinner on Saturday night, as California hosted its final official visit weekend of the year. Traditionally, commits come out of the final Sunday meeting with the head coach (and there still may be those), but with a pair of tweets from Bears coaches -- quality control assistant Brian Hamilton and quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo -- that tradition was broken, as Poutasi Poutasi pulled the trigger and committed mere hours after receiving an offer from Pac-12 foe Arizona.
Aptly enough, Poutasi's pledge was presaged by the aforementioned brace of tweets, one from Tuiasosopo -- with whom Poutasi has already formed a strong bond, given their shared Island heritage -- and one from Hamilton, who added the hashtag: #thenamesoniceyousayittwice, giving up the game.
Poutasi joins fellow offensive line commit -- and fellow visitor -- Michael Saffell, who he played against during the Polynesian Bowl two weeks ago in Hawaii, as the Bears' only two offensive line commits of the class.
The top offensive guard prospect in the 2017 class, Poutasi had previously been a Louisville commit, and had heavily leaned towards Utah, before finally committing to Cal, and new offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.
Poutasi is a grinder up front, and a load to move, at 6-foot-3, 275. We'll have more on his commitment after the official visit, but before that happens, read up on what he thinks of Greatwood and his relationship with Tuiasosopo in our in-home visit recap.