Mike Costanzo, a 6-3, 270 pound offensive lineman from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista was offered by Cal three weeks at the Bears Junior Day and committed to the school yesterday afternoon.
Costanzo is a talented lineman who earned 1st team all-state honors from Cal Hi-Sports a year ago. He plays on both sides of the line but projects as an offensive guard in college.
"As soon as they offered him at Junior Day, Mikey knew that's where he wanted to go," Costanzo's mother Cindy, probably the only human allowed to refer to him as Mikey, said. "There were just so many positives about the school and our whole family just fell in love with the place.
"It's close to home and a we're a very tight family. Cal is really playing well right now and Mikey just loved Coach Tedford. Coach Tedford told him at Junior Day that he felt Mike was a natural born leader and he hoped that the way he handles himself would rub off on the rest of the team. When one of the top coaches in the country tells you something like that, it really makes an impact."
Costanzo's dad played for Nebraska in the early 70s and the family also checked out USC and Oregon on unofficial visits before selecting the Bears.
"He's done with this, there won't be any official visits to other schools," Cindy said. "One of the main reasons why he committed so early was to get this out of the way and focus on school and football. He loves Cal and won't be taking any other trips, he's 100% committed to Cal and Coach Tedford."