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Cal recruiting keeps rolling

12/17/2012

Sonny Dykes hasn't had to do anything on the field yet for California, but the Golden Bears' new head coach pitched a perfect game this weekend, as Cal earned verbal commitments from all three of its official visitors.

Four-star offensive tackle Erik Bunte (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) committed on Sunday, while the junior college visitors -- defensive ends Sione Sina (San Pablo, Calif./College of San Mateo) and Kyle Kragen (Pleasant Hills, Calif./Diablo Valley College) -- both joined the class on Monday.

Sina is a four-star prospect who earned offers from BYU, Kansas, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas A&M and UCLA, among others.

"He had a bunch of really good options, but that was his dream school from back in high school," San Mateo assistant head coach Tim Tulloch said. "He has a great opportunity to get a great education and play in the Pac-12. He was excited to be a part of it."

Tulloch said he expects Sina to rush the passer, no matter what kind of defense Cal winds up utilizing under Dykes.

"He's a guy who is physical at the point of attack with the run and can be a rush guy," Tulloch said of the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Sina. "He can cause some havoc as far as turning a corner against offensive tackles or running backs."

Tulloch has been on the Bulldogs staff since 1997 and is very familiar with Northern California. He said he has been impressed with the way Dykes is beginning his head coaching career in the area.

"They are doing a good job and I expect them to continue to do that," Tulloch said. "Once they get that defensive staff solidified, they'll have even more experience. I'm excited to see what those guys do. Coach Dykes did well at Arizona and did well as a head coach at Louisiana Tech."

Sina finished this season with 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Kragen was productive this past season as well, as the 6-foot-3, 245-pound end took over for USC signee Morgan Breslin at Diablo Valley as one of the more feared pass rushers in the conference. He registered 65 tackles and 14.5 sacks.

The three recruits give the Golden Bears 20 verbal commitments in the 2013 recruiting class.