Trip Report: Chad Whitener

Chad Whitener

Mansfield (Texas) linebacker Chad Whitener focused on building relationships with his future California teammates during his official visit.

Already familiar with California and new head coach Sonny Dykes, Mansfield (Texas) linebacker Chad Whitener got to focus on building relationships with his future teammates during his official visit.

"I just went up there to help recruit. I talked to a lot of the commits I haven't talked to," Whitener said. "It was just like a big get together."

Hosted by defensive back Damariay Drew, the three-star recruit spent time with fellow guests Cameron Hunt, Ray Davison, and Darius Allensworth among many others.

But Whitener's role as an active advocate for the Class of 2013 might be coming to a close, based on the weekend, as Cal added three new commitments.

"From what I've been hearing, we're pretty good on the recruiting class," Whitener said. "Terrell Newby, who is committed to Nebraska, is the one guy we're going to keep going after."

Whitener also got to discuss his role in the Bears' new 4-3 defense under coordinator Andy Buh. "He expects me to compete during fall camp. He needs me to come in ready to go," Whitener said. A natural middle linebacker, Whitener will be challenging Nick Forbes and Hardy Nickerson for that spot.

The visit reinforced Whitener's connection to the program and Dykes, who had recruited him at Louisiana Tech before accepting the Cal job last December.

"They actually offered me there. I liked him a lot, but I didn't want to go to Louisiana Tech," Whitener said. "With him coming to Cal, it really worked out perfectly."

Dan Greenspan writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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