Heralded linebacker recruit Cecil Whiteside has yet to report to Cal’s Summer Bridge program and his eligibility for the upcoming season is in question.
Coach Jeff Tedford said Whiteside is still back home in Newport Beach “tending to some academic issues.”
All of Cal’s other incoming freshman and transfers reported on June 25 as scheduled to participate in the Summer Bridge progam (which prepares incoming students for Cal) and go through summer workouts. It is unclear if Whiteside will resolve his academic issues in time for the 2010 season.
Whiteside is ranked as the No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 38 overall player in the country by rivals.com. He’s part of an incoming linebacker class rated No. 3 nationally by rivals. If eligible, Whiteside is expected to compete for playing time immediately at outside linebacker.