California head coach Justin Wilcox on Monday announced the addition of three players to the program: Junior punter transfer Steven Coutts, Oregon lineman Valentino Daltoso and junior long snapper Alonso Vera. All three have signed financial aid agreements.
A native of Boise, Id., Daltoso started at right guard in the Ducks' 2017 split-squad spring game after redshirting his true freshman campaign. His former position coach -- Steve Greatwood -- left for Berkeley after not being retained by Oregon's new coaching staff, following the firing of Mark Helfrich. Daltoso, a 6-foot-4, 310-pounder, was a three-year starting offensive lineman at Boise High School from 2013-15. Daltoso was a second-team All-State selection as a 2015 senior, while also earning all-league first-team offensive line and second-team defensive line honors in the Southern Idaho Conference. He was also a three-time All-Conference All-Academic team member.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1778714-beyond-the-commitm...Cal is short on offensive linemen, with 10 scholarship linemen in school now, and two (Poutasi Poutasi and Michael Saffell) coming in this fall.
Coutts comes to Berkeley from Louisiana University, after stops at the University of Queensland and Citipointe Christian College. A native of Brisbane, Australia, Coutts received his bachelor's degree in economics from Louisiana in December of 2016 and will be a graduate transfer at Cal, with two years of eligibility remaining.
Coutts posted a combined average of 43.3 yards per punt during the last two seasons at Louisiana, earning first-team Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana honors after averaging 44.1 yards per punt in his second season as a 2016 sophomore. As a freshman in 2015, he was named to the Sun Belt's All-Newcomer team.
Coutts spent his prep career at Citipointe Christian College in Brisbane, Australia, where he played Australian Rules football and rugby.
The Bears' current starting punter, Dylan Klumph, had the second-highest punt average in the Pac-12 last season (44.8 ypp), but also had the third-fewest punts in the conference (50), with only Kyle Sweet of Washington State (32) and Kent Austin of UCLA (44) punting fewer times.
Vera, who checks in at 5-foot-11, 225 pounds, was the long snapper for all 11 games as a 2016 sophomore at Long Beach City College for a California Community College Athletic Association co-championship team for the second year running. Before his year at Long Beach, Vera played at Division II Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pa., playing in nine of 11 games at long snapper. Vera prepped at Carson (Calif.), reaching the City Section finals as a senior in 2014. Vera was named Carson's Special Teams MVP as a prep senior.
Cal has a pair of long snappers on the roster in Grant Gluhaich, a redshirt sophomore out of Morgan Hill (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep, and Utah State transfer Garrett Frum, a redshirt junior. Gluhaich has not played in his first two seasons at Cal, but is listed as the starter on the preseason depth chart. Frum is entering his second season after not playing in 2016. Frum transferred to Cal after a single season as a 2015 redshirt freshman at Moorpark College where he was successful on all 110 of his snaps – 62-of-62 punts, 38-of-38 PAT, 10-of-10 field goals. Frum began his collegiate career with one season at Utah State as a 2014 true freshman, but did not play.
In addition to today's announcement Cal also added transfer sophomore quarterback Brandon McIlwain from South Carolina and freshman defensive lineman Siulagisipai Fuimaono to the program in May.
"We feel like all of the players we have added to our program this spring will give us more depth and have an opportunity to contribute at positions of need," Wilcox said.