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Cal officially announced on Wednesday night that it has signed junior college defensive ends Kyle Kragen (Danville, CA/Diablo Valley College/San Ramon Valley HS) and Sione Sina (Elk Grove, CA/College of San Mateo/Monterey Trail HS) to National Letters of Intent. Both will enroll at Cal in January of 2013.
While at Diablo Valley College (2011-12), Kragen earned first-team All-Mid-Empire League and team MVP honors on the defensive side of the ball as a 2012 sophomore, recording 14.5 sacks to lead the league and break the single-season school record previously held by USC standout Morgan Breslin.
This season, Kragen totaled 65 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, while leading DVC to a season-ending East Bay Bowl victory. Kragen had 76 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and six fumble recoveries as a 2011 freshman at DVC after using his greyshirt season in 2010. His 83 tackles as a 2009 senior to earn honorable mention All-East Bay Athletic League honors highlighted his prep career.
"Kyle is an exciting and relentless player who plays with tremendous effort all of the time, uses his hands well and is a terrific pass rusher," said Cal head coach Sonny Dykes. "He's also a great fit for Cal academically and socially. It's a great situation."
Sina notched 28 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks last season after registering 38 stops, 8.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks as a 2011 freshman. His top prep season came as a junior when he recorded 51 tackles, 4.0 sacks, four passes defended and three fumble recoveries.
"Sione is a guy who is coming off a knee injury but we think that he will rehab really well because he's such a good athlete," Dykes said. "He's a versatile player who is capable of playing several positions and has a tremendous upside."
Kragen and Sina are the first announced signees of Cal's 2013 recruiting class. The midyear junior college transfer signing period for prospective student-athletes enrolling for 2013-14 that began Wednesday continues through January 15, 2013. The 2013 National Signing Day that kicks off the regular signing period is on February 6.
The Bears are also expected to bring in three midyear enrollees from the high school ranks in quarterback Jared Goff (Kentfield Marin Catholic), the No. 2 kicker in the country in Matt Anderson (Danville San Ramon Valley) and wide receiver Dannon Cavil (San Antonio James Madison).