Dream Come True for Tongilava

After taking official visits to his two finalists -- California and Washington -- Orange (Calif.) Lutheran linebacker Aisea Tongilava makes the call for the Bears. Plus, HIGHLIGHTS!


After hosting Washington on Monday night for an in-home visit, all signs pointed towards Orange (Calif.) Lutheran linebacker Aisea Tongilava heading up to the Pacific Northwest to join Chris Petersen and the Huskies. He had just come off an official visit to Seattle. Then, at 8:11, California head coach Sonny Dykes threw up the Bat Signal for a commit, and what followed was the fulfillment of a dream for the three-star linebacker.

Tongilava tallied 70 tackles last season, including 3.0 TFLs. He also tallied five sacks, six quarterback hurries and one interception returned for 10 yards, while defending four passes, forcing four fumbles and recovering four for the 7-4 Lancers.

Tongilava visited the Bears officially two weekends ago, surrounded by commits Luke Rubenzer, Tre Watson, Vic Enwere, Kennedy Emesibe, Dominic Granado, Quentin Tartabull and Darius White, and came away impressed.

"I loved it at California, it was a great visit," Tongilava said after his visit. "It's a beautiful campus, and I really like the recruiting class that is coming in. They have some great dudes and great athletes and it would be cool to be teammates with those guys in the future.

"I like the coaching staff a lot and the academics are incredible as well. It's hard to pick out just one thing that stood out; honestly the whole visit was a highlight for me. What I keep coming back too though is just how great the guys on the team and the recruits are. If I chose Cal, I would surround myself with some very good guys that are smart and dedicated and that's big for me."

Tongilava joins Granado, White, Noah Westerfield and John Porchivina as recent official visitors to pull the trigger after seeing Berkeley. Porchivina will play on the offensive side of the ball, making Tongilava the second linebacker to commit, though Westerfield will be used as a rush end in the 4-3 alignment and an outside linebacker in 3-4 looks from Art Kaufman's new defense. Early-enrollee Devante Downs is also expected to play a role in the linebacker corps.

Tongilava's commitment makes 18 for Cal's 2014 class.

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