A day after 4-star athlete Koa Farmer flipped from Cal to Penn State a whopping 15 months after committing to the Bears, Sonny Dykes and Co. were back to the recruiting drawing board, still badly in need of reinforcements in the defensive backfield.
Those appear to still be on the way, but Cal did manage to address yet another need position for the worst defense in the history of Cal football on Sunday, picking up a commitment from one-time Fresno State commit John Porchivina.
The 2-star Casa Grande High linebacker had been committed to the Bulldogs since the middle of December and ultimately chose the Bears over the likes of New Mexico, UNLV, and Fresno State.
The 6'0", 210-pounder becomes the first linebacker commit for the Bears, who've lost a ton of depth at the position during the offseason with Johnny Ragin III transferring to Oregon and Chad Whitener rumored to be transferring to Oklahoma State, plus Khairi Fortt forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.
The Petaluma native also becomes the 16th commit overall for Cal, which still has some work to do if it expects to bring in 20+ in its 2014 class with less than two weeks to go before signing day.
Porchivina had a monster senior season for a 13-1 Casa Grande team that reached the NCS Division II Championship in 2013 with 87 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and three interceptions on defense, plus was named his league's back of the year after rushing for 2,000 yards of total offense and 25 touchdowns. There's a chance Porchivina, who the Bears are bringing in as a linebacker, could also get a look at the Bone position.