- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
California landed a big offensive tackle over the weekend, as all 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds of Erik Bunte (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) committed to the Golden Bears.
"I committed because Cal is the right fit for me," Bunte said via text message. "It felt like a home away from home."
Originally a verbal commit to UCLA, Bunte and the Bruins went their separate ways recently, and the four-star tackle found his way to the Golden Bears. Despite a coaching staff that is still in flux, Bunte said he was comfortable enough with Cal's new head coach to make a commitment.
"I loved the new coaches a lot -- especially coach Dykes," Bunte said. "All of the position coaches may not be hired yet, but that was not a factor for me. I trust in his decisions and I think his success at Louisiana Tech speaks for itself."
Bunte is the second offensive tackle to commit to Cal's 2013 recruiting class, and adds to a class that hasn't faltered at all following the firing of former head coach Jeff Tedford. While Dykes and his staff were undoubtedly excited to welcome Bunte into the mix, the offensive tackle was likewise excited to settle on his future home.
"I'm feeling relieved," Bunte said. "Finally I get to feel like I have a home and I am just ready to get in the weight room and get at it."
Bunte said he is finished with the recruiting process and completely set on heading to Cal next season. He is commitment No. 18 for the Golden Bears.