The California Golden Bears offered offensive lineman Michael Saffell back in July and immediately jumped to the top of his list. Earlier today, the talented center decided to pull the trigger and committed to the Bears.
"Cal is a great school, a great program and it's just a great all around fit for me," Saffell said. "Sonny Dykes is a great coach and I'm really excited to play for him. I took my official visit over the weekend and I was tempted to commit then.
"I was really blown away on my visit and the win over Utah was incredible. Throughout this process, I've been very careful and tried to take things slow and do all my research. After talking with Coach Dykes and Coach Jones though and listening to their expectations and seeing their coaching style up close, I knew Cal was the perfect fit for me."
Saffell also visited Cal over the summer and has a connection to the program.
"Dominic Granado, one of the centers at Cal played here at Edison," Saffell said. "His dad coaches here too so I've been hearing a lot of good things about Cal. I'm really excited to be a Bear right now, I put in a lot of hard work the last year to have a chance to play for a Power 5 program and to be able to play for a school like Cal that combines both academics and football, it's a great feeling."
Saffell is a talented kid and plays with advanced technique for a young lineman. He has trained with former San Francisco 49er great Jesse Sapolu for years and it's evident in how he plays. He has all the tools needed to be a big time center in college including smarts, toughness, physicality and athleticism and is equally strong as a pass protector and run blocker.
To see Saffell in action from earlier this season, check out his senior highlights below: