The news wasn't all bad yesterday as Cal lost a tough battle for the Pac 10 championship in Los Angeles to USC. The Bears received word that one of the best punters in the nation had committed to Cal.
3 star Camarillo High School punter Bryan Anger
has been Cal's top special teams target this season. With backup punter Taylor Kunzi
graduating this year and junior starter Andrew Larsen
with just one more season of eligibility, the coast is clear for Anger to have a long term impact at the position.
"I might redshirt the first year since I'm not sure I'll be able to take over right away," said Anger. "They said they're looking forward to me coming in and doing a good job."
Rated the 5th best punter in the nation by Scout.com, Anger had an impressive 42.1 yard average for Camarillo, with a long of 66 yards. At the nationally renowned Chris Sailer Kicking Camp, Anger stood out with a 4.9 average hang time, an average higher than many pros, along with a pr of 5.2 seconds. He's also busy adding directional kicking to his repertoire. Sailer identifies Anger as the top high school punter in the nation.
Anger cited a couple reasons for his comfort level with Cal, inspiring his commitment.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Alamar," said Anger. "We talk every week. I was closest to him of all the coaches that recruited me. It was definitely more of a personal relationship with Coach Alamar than with the other coaches from other schools during my recruitment."
A strong student, Anger sports a sterling 4.1 GPA and 1690 SAT with a recent retest he's expecting results for soon.
"The education at Cal was also one of the biggest factors. It's one of the best educations you can get being the top public school in the country," noted Anger.
Anger visited Cal unofficially on three occasions, the latest being the Cal-Oregon
"It was awesome," said Anger. "I've been to USC games, too and I enjoyed the Cal games much more. The game day's just a lot better.
Anger's season came to an end this weekend as Camarillo ended a disappointing season at 4-7. The talented athlete also stood out at receiver for Camarillo, leading the Scorpions with 612 yards and a sterling 16.5 average per catch with many coming from USC QB prospect Samson Szakacsy
and Oregon were among the programs offering scholarships to Anger during his impressive senior campaign.
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