June 9, 1998
With the start of fall camp only two months away, the Cal football team added some depth to its offensive line with the announcement by head coach Tom Holmoe that Robert Truhitte has signed a scholarship offer from the school.
Truhitte, a 6-5, 290-pound offensive tackle, comes to Cal after spending the last two seasons at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.
He was considering coming to Cal as a walk-on, but was offered a scholarship last month by the Bears after line coach Monte Clark reviewed his JC films and was convinced that Truhitte had the type of talent to immediately contend for playing time this fall.
Truhitte drew some recruiting interest from Purdue and Hawaii during the spring, but was not offered a scholarship by either school. He was offered a full scholarship by Connecticut and several other Division I-AA schools in recent months, but elected to play at Cal.
"Robert is a guy who somehow slipped through cracks in the recruiting process, but he has a lot of talent and we're thrilled to have him join us," said Holmoe. "When we reviewed his films, we saw a player that can help us right away. If he develops quickly, he could contend for starting duties this year."
Truihitte originally prepped at Santa Cruz HS where he was a two-sport standout in football and basketball. He redshirted his first year at Cabrillo JC while rehabilitating a shoulder injury in 1995. He came back to earn second team Coast Conference honors as a freshman in '96 and then led Cabrillo to a 10-1 record and a national No. 5 ranking last season while earning first team all-conference accolades.
Truhitte has gained 75 pounds since his time at high school and has tremendous natural strength with a 440-pound bench press.