German offensive tackle Jasper Friis commits to Cal

Cal scored its first offensive line pledge of the 2018 cycle on Monday, as German national Jasper Friis announced his commitment.

California added a sizable commit at a position of need on Monday morning, with Munich, Germany native Jasper Friis, a 6-foot-7, 290-pound San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas offensive tackle. Friis told Bears coaches he was ready to jump in the boat this morning, and then later officially announced the commitment via Twitter.

"I always wanted to play at a University in California and I think that the balance between football and academics is perfect in Berkeley," Friis told BearTerritory. "I am also really convinced that the coaching staff will be building something great the next couple years and I wanted to be part of that." The son of a German father and a Brazilian mother, Friis finished last quarter with a 3.7 grade point average, and is aiming for a 3.8 to finish out his junior year.

Friis grew up in Germany, and played soccer as a youth, before discovering American football by way of "Friday Night Lights."

In 2013, he started playing club football in his neighborhood in Munich, and began watching NFL games, sometimes having to watch via his phone, due to the limited number of games broadcast overseas. He moved to the United States after his 10th grade year, and scored his offer from the Bears after just one season of high school ball. He'll certainly have the chance to smooth out some of his rough spots, and develop, under the tutelage of offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.

"It was really good to know that you can have the opportunity to be coached by someone, who has produced the most athletic college football offensive line when he was in Oregon," Friis said. "A lot of great players were coaches by him, like Kyle Long, Jake Fisher, Max Unger and so on. I feel like I can develop a lot with him as a coach."

The commitment is a long time coming, for Friis. He told his father in Germany, during a spring break trip back home, that when Greatwood visited his school, that's when he'd pull the trigger, but his affinity for Cal goes back even further. Before he even left Germany for California, a childhood friend of his came back from a visit to Berkeley with rave reviews. It was then that he first knew he wanted to go to Cal.

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