It's a sweet 16 for Cal on a Thursday night, as the Bears just landed their 16th commit of the 2018 cycle, and this one comes locally, The Bears picked up Colt Doughty, linebacker out of College of San Mateo. Doughty played his high school ball in nearby Los Gatos, and will come in as a three years to play two recruit.
— Colt Doughty (@ColtDoughty) September 22, 2017
Doughty's recruitment went incredibly quick, with an offer this morning and a commitment in the evening. There was no waiting around for the San Mateo linebacker, who joins Omari Harris and likely Evan Tattersall at the linebacker position in the 2018 class.
Doughty already has the size to jump in and play next year, as the Bears leave a hole with the graduation of Devante Downs and Ray Davison. At a listed 6'3" and 235 lbs, Doughty does what the Bears want out of an inside linebacker in their 3-4 system. He plays downhill to fill holes, he can drop in pass coverage with a handle on zone leverage, as seen in the second clip of his highlights below, he reads the guards well to find the hole, and he's a sure tackler.
Statistically, Doughty has been a standout. As a freshman, he recorded 81 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 3 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT and 2 pass breakups. Three games into his sophomore campaign he's recorded 21 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and an interception.
Tony Tuioti and recruiting assistant Benji Palu appear to be responsible for the recruitment of Doughty, and they appear to have gotten a guy to help fill the big role that Downs and Davison will leave next year.