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Sunday, November 18, 2012
ILB Whitener monitoring Cal's situation

By Damon Sayles

California completed its season with a 62-14 loss to Oregon State, a 3-9 overall record and a five-game losing streak. Questions are now focused on whether or not head coach Jeff Tedford will keep his job.

As Cal makes decisions, linebacker Chad Whitener (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield) said he will wait patiently and prepare accordingly. Whitener, a three-star inside linebacker, said he will continue to monitor the situation with all of the coaches on staff -- including Cal linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson -- but for the time being, he remains a Golden Bears commitment.

Whether or not Whitener, the No. 53 inside linebacker in the class of 2013, will remain a firm commitment hinges on Tedford’s future.

“If Cal loses their coach, I won’t be a solid verbal,” Whitener said. “I will talk about taking visits to other schools, but I will remain committed through that whole process to Cal.

Whitener’s recruiting right now is taking a back seat, as the 6-foot-1, 240-pound tackling machine is focused on leading his team in the Texas Class 5A playoffs. Whitener, who has more than 300 tackles in his last two seasons, has Mansfield in the second round of the playoffs, and the Tigers will play Euless (Texas) Trinity on Saturday.