California added the third commit of its 2018 class on Friday, pulling Stanford legacy J.H. Tevis into the boat during an unofficial visit. The Atherton (Calif.) Menlo defensive end made 125 tackles last season, and is the son of a former Cardinal offensive lineman (Mike Teeuws), and the nephew of another (John Teeuws).
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1758192-stanford-legacy-ta...Tevis told head coach Justin Wilcox this morning that he wanted to commit, but wanted to do it to his face, so he drove up and, between the end of Pro Day and the start of the Bears' open practice, he officially pulled the trigger. Before all of that, though, he made sure to stop at the Cal Student Store, to get his father a "Papa Bear" t-shirt. Tevis will be deleting his Twitter, and completely shutting down his recruitment.
Tevis was the Northern California sacks leader, with 22.5 last fall, and a staggering 50.0 tackles for loss.
The Bears were Tevis's first and only offer, and he has a 3.6 grade point average. As he began setting up visits and meetings with Ivy League schools -- his brother is attending Dartmouth -- he thought to himself, 'What am I doing?'
"That's pretty much how it went," Tevis said. "I realized that all these visits I may go to are just not necessary, because Cal is my future school. I just had visits, basically, I had visited up there a couple of times, and I've met all the coaching staff, and I've put in a lot of thought about it, just about my future, and I've just been focusing on what I want, and I just, after meeting the coaches and seeing the school, I just can't imagine a better fit for me and my future."
Tevis -- who has spent a year abroad in France with his family, and speaks both French and Spanish -- received his offer from Cal almost exactly one month ago. He played quarterback as a freshman, before his French excursion, then came back and repeated his sophomore year in the States, switching to the defensive side of the ball because of his size -- then 6-foot-2, 175 pounds. He hasn't looked back, and now, he's 6-foot-5, 225, and while he's a little-known commodity, he is a violent, persistent defender, who hits like a freight train.
Tevis has played both with his hand in the dirt, and as a stand-up rush end (a position the Bears are bringing back to their defense). He plays with superb leverage, and can change direction very well, especially in the open field.
Tevis sheds blocks well, uses his hands to chop down on the ball when pursuing a ball-carrier and shows good closing speed. He sheds blocks with ease, and certainly shows a single-minded focus on bringing down the ball carrier, allowing would-be blockers to bounce off of him.
We'll have more with Tevis, who spoke with BT about his year abroad in France, his fluency in Spanish and French, his Stanford family and more. In the meantime, the rain on Friday didn't dampen his spirits, and when that was brought up, he swiftly shifted to a cheerier subject.
Is the San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty defensive end now Tevis's No. 1 target?
"I think he's, I mean, you talked to him. I think he's pretty into Cal, isn't he?" Tevis said. "I'd be surprised if [...] I'd give him, max, a week, what do you think?"