Feb. 10, 1998
Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced today that the Bears have added to their current football recruiting class with the signing of linebacker Tully Banta-Cain from Sunnyvale to a national letter-of-intent.
Banta-Cain, from Fremont HS, is a 6-3, 220-pounder with 4.69 speed in the 40 and projects as an outside linebacker for the Golden Bears. He played a number of different positions as a prep, including tailback, tight end, defensive end, linebacker and kick returner. In 1997, he earned first team all-league (SCVAL) honors as a outside linebacker, after being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. Offensively, he gained over 700 yards as a running back. While some consider him a sleeper because he didn't concentrate on just one position in high school, he is a prospect with a major upside because of his athletic ability and speed.
"We are pleased to add a player like Tully Banta-Cain on our defense," said head coach Tom Holmoe. "He's a player with great explosiveness and we think he could emerge as a blue-chipper as a collegian."