One of the state's first players to commit was Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee who announced for Cal in early January. We just had a chance to check out film on the future Bear and there is no doubt the standout tackle is one of the best lineman in the entire West region.
Rigsbee, 6-6, 260 pounds played left tackle, center and defensive end a year ago but we love his upside as a tackle at the next level. The lineman has a great frame, is very quick off the ball and really finishes his blocks well.
We like to use the term, 'playing through the whistle' to describe those lineman who aren't content with just blocking their guy, they want to physically maul them until the whistle blows and that's Rigsbee's style. He has long arms, good feet and is an excellent pass blocker to go with being a physically dominant run blocker.
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The crop of offensive lineman in-state this year could be one of the best in recent memory and Rigsbee should be mentioned among the best of the best. Physically he has all the tools and when you combine it with the mean streak he plays with and how well he has been coached (father coaches at Butte JC), it's safe to say the Bears got themselves one heck of a prospect.
Despite his early commitment, schools are still going after Rigsbee.
"Oregon and UCLA have both offered," Rigsbee said. "I'm also hearing from schools like Michigan, Arizona, Washington and Colorado to name a few. The Oregon offer was intriguing because that's a school I've always been interested in but I'm definitely solid with Cal.
"I've been a Cal fan since I was a little and have been going to their camps since I was a freshman. I love the staff and the tradition and I'm not planning to look at any other schools or take any official visits to any schools other than Cal. The only way I would look around is if something happened with the coaching staff at Cal but my commitment is solid and I'm looking forward to being a Bear."
Rigsbee said he again plans to camp with the Bears this summer and will also attend the NIKE Camp at Stanford in May.