Manteca (Calif.) defensive end Justin Kakala commits to Cal on Junior Day

California's Junior Day ended with a bang, as the Golden Bears added Manteca (Calif.) defensive end Justin Kakala to its 2018 recruiting class.

Hail wasn't the only thing falling from the sky in Berkeley on Saturday, as California found a commitment drop into its lap in the midst of Junior Day. 6-foot-4, 270-pound Manteca (Calif.) defensive end Justin Kakala, brother of McDonald's All-American women's basketball player Loretta Kakala -- herself bound for Louisville -- joined J.H. TevisNick AlftinAdrian Martinez and Omari Harris (all who were in attendance) as the fifth member of Cal's 2018 class.

A member of the Sacramento Bee's All-District Large-School team, Justin Kakala was a key piece in the Buffaloes' run to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title this past season, racking up 56 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and a team-leading 11 sacks. He even added a touchdown in a playoff win over Los Banos, blocking a punt and returning it for six.

Kakala, a stout run-stopper, chose the Bears over an offer from Colorado.

“He’s freak of nature. You can’t teach someone what he can do naturally,” head coach Eric Reis told the Modesto Bee in November. “He has always had that potential, which can be a bad word sometimes, but we’ve seen the productivity out of Justin. We need him to have a big game. We need him at his best.”

Kakala is the third commit under new head coach Justin Wilcox, all three on defense (Tevis and Alftin being the other two), and all three from the greater Bay Area. All five of Cal's commits are from either Central or Northern California.

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