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January 8, 2013
When the future of California's running attack arrives on campus next fall, several Bears will have already formed strong relationships.
Appropriately, much of it orbits around 6-foot-7 tackle, Erik Bunte.
The nation's No. 60 offensive lineman, Bunte -- who told GoldenBearReport he "can't wait to get to Berkeley" -- spent a good portion of last week's Semper Fi All-American Bowl experience hanging out with 4-star running back Khalfani Muhammad.
"I did community service with Khalfani," said the Mission Viejo senior. "He's a great guy, and I'm excited to block for him."
Added Bunte, "I love to get out and run and pull. That's why they (the Bears coaching staff) recruited me."
That's good news for Muhammad, who's expected to see plenty of passes thrown his way in Tony Franklin's new offense.
"I really like catching the ball out of the backfield," confirmed the 5-8 burner and one of four 4-Star recruits committed to Cal.
The state's 100m and 200m sprint champion, Muhammad has "talked a few times" with fellow speedsters Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs and calls future backfield-mate Brendan Bigelow, "a beast."
Not surprisingly, Bunte has also struck-up a relationship with J.D. Hinnant.
Both brainy linemen (each sport a GPA above 3.5), the pair "met last summer at a leadership camp" and have spoken frequently since then, including texting one another the morning of Hinnant's commitment.
"He's a great guy," remarked Bunte of the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Hinnant, "so I'm glad he's coming to Cal."
Given his professed interest in "high-character" guys, Sonny Dykes is pleased they're all headed for Berkeley.