March 28, 2000
Berkeley - Cal added some maturity and some muscle to its league-leading defensive unit on Tuesday when Tom Holmoe announced the Bears had signed linebacker Marcus Daniels from West Los Angeles JC to a national letter-of-intent.
The Bears found Daniels (6-1, 235) after being alerted by former Golden Bear wide receiver Na'il Benjamin that Daniels had enough credits to graduate from junior college this spring and enroll at Cal as a sophomore. Benjamin is a childhood friend of the Daniels family.
Many schools that were interested in Daniels believed he had another year at junior college. Among the colleges that had expressed interest in Daniels were Michigan, Washington, San Diego State, San Jose State and Louisville.
Daniels combines 4.6 speed in the 40 along with an aggressive style of play. He posted 80 tackles, including five sacks last season.
"Marcus is a big, physical player who can run and we think he'll contend for playing time right away," said head coach Tom Holmoe. "We also feel fortunate that he'll have three years of eligibility with us."
Daniels originally attended Hamilton HS in Los Angeles where he played fullback and middle linebacker. He then took off a few years to enter the work force before coming back to West L.A. JC and resume his football career, some 40 pounds heavier than his prep days.
The Bears will begin spring football practice on Monday, April 3 at 4:15 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. The Bears will generally practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, along with Saturday mornings (although Cal will not practice on April 22). The final scrimmage is set for Saturday morning, April 29 at the Oakmont Polo Fields in Santa Rosa.