Cal earns commitment from rising 2023 3-star linebacker
After an official visit to see the Golden Bears, 3-star Mountain Ridge (Utah) linebacker Cade Uluave had seen all he needed to see.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound inside linebacker announced on Saturday his commitment to California. He chose the Golden Bears over interest from UCLA, Boise State, Duke, and Fresno State among others.
COMMITTED!! Very blessed and extremely honored to be a Bear!! @CoachSirmon @CoachATaylor3 @MWCherrington @BenjiPalu_Cal @CoachMeifu @Coach_Matthews_ @JackPay17 @mtridge_FB @MRHSSentinels @adamgorney @bangulo @CalRivals pic.twitter.com/Rv1vm3mMSo
— Cade Uluave (@CadeUluave) June 11, 2022
Uluave took an official visit to see Cal last weekend. He was also in town to see the Bears on an unofficial this past March. He took an official to UCLA in May, and that was expected to be Cal’s primary competition for his services. In the end, it was Cal, his first Power Five offer.
Cal has been in on the rising linebacker for a while now.
“All the conversations with coaches were very positive and encouraging,” Uluave told 247Sports after his visit. “I mostly talked with (defensive coordinator) Peter Sirmon. He mentioned to me how versatile their inside linebacker position is. The inside linebacker, or the Mike as they call it, can line up as a defensive end and can even line up on the center. Coach Sirmon said that’s why he’s recruiting me because of my versatility. As for playing time as a freshman, they have had a lot of freshman play in the past and they could be the case for me. Of course it’ll be hard but they said it’s a good possibility.”
In 11 games as a junior last fall, Uluave played both ways for Mountain Ridge. He totaled 54 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two fumble recovers. He also ran the ball for 806 yards and 15 touchdowns, adding 10 catches for 104 yards and another score.
Uluave is rated as the 72nd-best linebacker in the 2023 class and the 11th-ranked prospect from the state of Utah, per 247Sports. His pledge gives Cal its third known commit for the 2023 cycle. You can view his highlight tape below, via Hudl: