July 31, 2000
Berkeley - Cal head football coach Tom Holmoe announced today the addition of two new recruits who have been added to the Golden Bear roster for the upcoming season.
Defensive end Louis-Philippe Ladouceur, a 6-5, 250-pounder from Pointe-Claire, Quebec in Canada, will arrive next week as part of Cal's freshman class. He will be joined by Jeremy Drake, a 6-0, 215-pound safety from Mt. San Antonio JC. He will be a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining.
Ladouceur is an excellent all-around athlete who has a wealth of potential as he gains weight and strength. After growing up in Canada concentrating on hockey and soccer, he turned to football at age 13 and began to develop quickly. He accounted for seven sacks last season while at John Abbott College, which compares to a prep school in the United States. He attracted the Cal coaching staff's attention after they reviewed his game tapes late last spring. He was also recruited by Michigan State, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Miami, before deciding to come to Cal.
"L.P. has a good upside because of his athletic ability," said head coach Tom Holmoe. "He's going to get much bigger and he has more maturity than your normal freshman, being 19 years old. I wouldn't be surprised if he contends for starting status by the time he is a sophomore, if he develops like we think he will."
Drake earned second team Mission Conference honors as a safety at Mt. SAC after making 67 tackles and one interception. He was the only freshman to start all 11 games for Mt. Sac and was planning to return to the school this fall until the offer was made by the Cal coaching staff in late July.
An excellent all-around athlete who was the Marmonte League Offensive MVP while helping Wilson HS to a 14-0 mark as a senior in 1998, Drake is expected to move right into Cal's playing rotation this fall.
"Jeremy is a solid player who provides some insurance for our defense," said Holmoe. "Our safety position is a little unsettled with Nnamdi Asomugha coming off an injury and our others players lacking game experience, so Jeremy will have a chance to compete for immediate playing time."
Drake is a physical player who has a good combination of speed (4.55 in the 40) and strength. He redshirted the 1998 season while at Cerritos JC and thus has three years to fulfill three seasons of eligibility.