Jalil Embraces His Role

When San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic DT Mustafa Jalil verbally committed to Cal in April, it signaled a new direction for the 2011 Cal football recruiting class. Jalil is in the midst of his fourth trip to Berkeley this weekend for the Bears three-day camp, and he is doing his best to recruit the top Cal targets also in town, namely Sacramento (Calif.) Grant DT Viliami "Tiny" Moala…

Mustafa Jalil (6-4, 300), aka Moose, has been the biggest proponent of the 2011 Cal football recruiting class. While he wasn't the Golden Bears first verbal commit of the class, he has certainly been the most influential. His commitment gave Cal a significant boost early on, and the four-star recruit is doing his best to keep boosting the class.

He has stated from the get-go that he would recruit Sacramento (Calif.) Grant DT Viliami Moala, aka Tiny to come with him to Berkeley. He hasn't wavered, as he spent most of his time with Moala on Friday – the first day of Cal's three-day camp.

"I'm trying my hardest," Jalil said about recruiting Tiny.

Jalil and Moala spent most of Friday afternoon with each other before the camp begun. The two went through defensive tackle drills during the first session then spent the early evening in the coaches office playing XBOX and hanging out with other top recruits.

Moose with Tiny after the conclusion of the first camp session on Friday.

But Tiny isn't the only Grant prospect Jalil was talking with. "Shaq [Thompson] and everyone else like Cal too," added Jalil. "If they all come it would be great."

Grant safety James Sample, Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Tee Shepard, and North Carolina prospects Jeremy Reynolds and Antoine Pozniak were some of the others that toured Cal with Jalil, Moala and Thompson after the afternoon practice.

Jalil embraces his role as a "recruiter," and he believes with the right pieces, Cal will be a national player in the coming years.

"I'm one of the first members of this class, it's a duty I have to take on my shoulders," Jalil said. "If me, Vei (Moala), and the all the guys come up, we could win a national championship."

He says schools are still recruiting him via e-mail. But he says he continues to love Cal more and more after each visit, and has no plans to visit any other schools or camps.

"Schools still hit me up on my e-mail, but I can't do it, I tell them I'm with Cal," said Jalil. "I was going to go to the USC [Rising Stars] camp, but I decided to come here hang out with the boys and family, and then get ready for summer football.

"It's my fourth trip to Berkeley, I love it. Every single time I come here, I love it even more. I love my decision, and I can't wait for my fifth trip up."

While Moala and his Grant teammates left Cal Friday evening, Jalil is spending all three days at the camp continuing to do his role.

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