Jalil gave Tedford a solid verbal commitment late Monday afternoon after spending the day touring and visiting the Berkeley campus. Originally, he gave an oral pledge to San Diego State last November.
"Why not," Jalil said when asked about choosing Cal over SDSU now. "Obviously, the degree is second none, and after what [DL] Coach [Tosh] Lupoi told me about my position…I visited USC, UCLA besides San Diego State. I didn't feel the love like I did at Cal."
Lupoi is pegging the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Jalil to play strong side defensive end. A spot he understands and desires to play. "He wants me to fill in for Tyson [Alualu] at strong-side defensive end, I love that spot," he added. I am familiar with defensive end. I play nose tackle but [Cal's defense] is the same defense as my high school."
"Nothing against them," Jalil said of the Aztec program. "But I came up to Cal on junior day and I fell in love with this place. I wanted to come back to this place. I told my parents how much I loved it and scheduled a trip for spring break for them to come with me.
"We got in Sunday, and we are going to leave Wednesday. It was a long seven, eight-hour drive up from San Diego. We were tired so I hung out at the Claremont [Hotel] most of the day. Today, we got to meet all the coaches. [My parents] fell in love with Cal too.
"When I committed to San Diego State, I didn't tell my parents. My heart was there. I wanted to be part of their rising program and help them win a Mountain West title. But I fell in love with Cal. I told Tedford I wanted to be part of his family about two hours ago (4 p.m. PT). When I committed to [SDSU], I told them over the phone. When I committed in [Tedford's office] I was crying like a baby (chuckling)."
But Jalil immediately had to shift gears and display a different emotion – maturity.
"I gave [SDSU WR] coach [LeCharls] McDaniel a phone call," said Jalil. "Here, I'm just a 17-year old kid and had to tell him I wasn't going to go to his school."
Jalil wasn't considering many schools save the Aztecs and the Bears. He says Washington was recruiting him the hardest, but only Miami was a strong possibility. "I always had Miami in the back of my head," he added. "But it wouldn't give me the same benefits from a Cal degree. Miami would be a cool place to be for four years, but Cal would be with me my entire life."
The Hurricanes were recruiting him but hadn't offered. Jalil was planning to camp at Miami in June with the hopes of earning a scholarship offer.
He will camp at Cal in June, and he plans just one official visit – and endless unofficial visits – to Berkeley.
Jalil takes the SAT in June. He plans to major in business.
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