Football: LB prospects picks Bears over UW

A good night for Cal football recruiting.

Linebacker Aisea Tongilava of Orange-Lutheran High announced via Twitter on Monday night that he has picked Cal over Washington.

A 6-foot, 210-pounder, who originally committed to San Jose State, Tongilava is rated as a three-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.

With barely a week left before national signing day, Cal also picked up commitment Sunday night from one-time Northwestern pledge Noah Westerfield, an outside linebacker/defensive end from Wakefield High in Frisco, Texas.

Scout rates the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder as a three-star prospect while Rivals gives him two stars.

The Bears lost Saf/OLB Koa Farmer to Penn State last weekend, but now have landed three defensive players since Art Kaufman came on board as defensive coordinator.

Jeff Faraudo


  1. Does Sonny realize he’s not recruiting for a junior college program???????

  2. Coming off a 1-11 record, we’re going to have to count on some of these guys who aren’t as highly touted to step up when the time comes. These two/three star guys will rarely develop into an Alex Mack type of a beast, but if they’re good team players with their heads screwed on straight, they can work together to turn this program around. We just have to hope that Dykes is picking guys that fit his system.

  3. Is the Bears recruiting class ranked #3rd in the P12 yet? Sonny said it would be. :)

  4. PS – haves talked to 2 buddies with UCinn ties re: Kaufman- one is a big alum there who eats/breathes/sleeps Bearcat football- very knowledgable- the other has a kid on the D there. Both gave underwhelming comments on Kaufman, one said “mediocre” the other essentially “meh”.

    Has to be significantly better than Buh, right?

    Juancho – will we pro-actively come up with the 2014 version of a “Buh”, or will we let it play out and see what materializes during the season?

  5. I think we should set a date a certain number of days before signing day (I don’t even know when that) that is to make an individual estimate of where Cal’s recruiting class will be ranked in the Pac-12. Juancho, our leader, can set the date and time that posted estimates need to be made by and the publication (such as Rivals) that Cal’s Pac-12 recruiting ranking will be decided on. Also, as a tie-breaker, posters have to list the number of 3 stars players that Cal will sign (Juancho can set rules for in ranking the JC players and any other rule he wants).

  6. The Kaufman hire seems to be helping big time, even if he can’t recruit. Obviously he was let go for some other reason. This kid looks tough. Great get

  7. This is good news. We just need another DB & Safety and we’re good. I wouldn’t put too much into the HS star ranking system. Some develop, some don’t.

  8. Dan to be fair to Dykes he meant we would be ranked 3rd among Northern California Colleges in the Pac 12 and being new he thought UC Davis was in our league. in a sense they are… but they shouldn’t be.

  9. When did Juancho morph from Zach Kline worshipper to blog leader?

  10. OK. I’ll be the first to predict how Cal will do in recruiting this year. I predict we’ll finish 9th in the Pac-12 in recruiting, per Rivals.com, which is where we are now ranked by them. We’re too far behind USC to catch them. Finishing 9th will only be three times higher than Sonny predicted. Hope he turns out to be a better coach than a predictor of his recruiting class this year.


  11. He’s a self-appointed blog leader, though I think he did drop out from that position based upon the switch in blog providers. But I have not problem in him “leading” us; It’s an honorary role, anyway.

  12. According to Tuberville, who fired him, he was let go to get a coach with midwestern ties for recruiting. Considering Tuberville has hired him three times, it doesn’t seem likely he was fired for not being good at his job.

  13. Retweeted by JF:

    @LarsHanson: Corona (Calif.) Centennial RB Tre Watson telling me “Yes more then likely” he will stick with his commitment to #Cal. Visited UW recently

  14. Where our class will end up being rated?
    I’ll post a guess next week. It won’t be three. But. It’ll be way, WAY better than you’d expect from a team coming off 1 and 11.
    As mentioned by others, they’re not 4/5 stars. But they got game and they’re academically qualified for life at Cal.

  15. when Sonny said top 3 in conf, he meant pac-12 north. We can be behind Stanford and Oregon. We have a chance to jump UW, which will get us in top 3

  16. I don’t think we are headed to top of anything in the Pac North either…We also trail Oregon State and even WSU based on the latest rankings. Oregon State took several good kids right out of the Bay Area. Schools with 1-11 records can turn their recruiting around in short order, but it usually involves changing the coaches that got you there.

  17. Not too concerned about ratings. Right now we need to plug some holes. A decent showing next year will build momentum. The Bear will abide.

  18. Juancho and any other fellow recruiting geeks:

    Over/Under 1 on Leniu and Griiffin

    Me: over.

    I am optimistic about this class!

  19. Covina I self-appointed myself as blog leader fair and square a long time ago.

    Who is Kline?

  20. Saw our cathedral b ball recruit on the train this morning sporting his Cal sweatshirt. Looks like a nice kid.

  21. Getting Sonny off the hook by saying he referred to “Top 3” in the North, is BS. He either should know better or is simply stupid to not know everybody refers to the league as a whole when referring to matters relating to it.

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