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Football: Bears go to Texas to pluck linebacker

Chad Whitener, a three-star inside linebacker prospect from Mansfield High in Mansfield, Texas, has made an oral commitment to Cal, according to several recruiting websites.

Whitener picked the Bears over Colorado State, Rice, SMU and Louisiana Tech.

According to Rivals.com, he is 6-foot-1, 235 pounds. Rivals also credits him as having made 195 tackles as a junior in 2011, although Scout.com says that number should be 130. In any case, a lot of tackles.

Whitener is the fifth recruit in the class of 2013 to give Cal a commitment, the third from out of state.

Here’s a video highlight reel of his junior season.

Jeff Faraudo