2022 Cal football transfers find new homes
Congrats to many of the Bears on earning their degrees!
Several Cal transfers have found new homes in the portal. Here’s an update as to where these players have landed.
Offensive lineman McKade Mettauer to Oklahoma
Mettauer has found a home in Oklahoma, a school that probably isn’t hurting for talent but could use a bruiser like Mettauer on the inside. The Cal junior transfer will certainly compete to be starting guard, although it could depend on whether Soooner guards Marquis Hayes and Chris Murray return as well.
This could also be a head start for Oklahoma coach Brent Venables to try and land Mettauer’s brother—Mabrey is a 2024 quarterback who already holds dozens of Power 5 offers.
Everett Johnson is likely next man up for Cal at guard, but this is a position of immediate need for the Bears. The transfer portal might be the next stop for depth.
Running back Christopher Brooks to BYU
After an initial report that Brooks transferred to Purdue, he decided to stay closer to home and picked the BYU Cougars, who nearly made a Big 6 Bowl Game. Brooks (who rushed for over 600 yards this past season) will likely battle Lopini Katoa for the starting spot, but it could be a similar situation to the one Brooks had at Cal.
Brooks will also get a third chance to beat Stanford in four years—BYU closes the season in Palo Alto.
Cal will have a lot of competition for the starting running back spots, with Damien Moore the favorite. But Chris Street, DeCarlos Brooks and Ashton Stredick all figure to factor in as well.
Wide receiver Nikko Remigio to Fresno State
Remigio will get a chance to star in another Cal coach’s offense, as Remigio hooks up with Jeff Tedford in Fresno for his final year of eligibility. Remigio caught 38 passes in both 2019 and 2021 for Cal. In a more vertical offense, he could get a chance to shine, similar to how Makai Polk did in Mike Leach’s offense this past year.
Defensive end JH Tevis to Indiana
After 3.5 years at Cal, Tevis is on his way east to Indiana to get his business degree. As we’re all aware, it can be quite an odyssey to get into Haas (and then make it work with a football schedule), so this move makes plenty of logistical sense. With most of Indiana’s depth chart at defensive line graduating, there should be ample opportunity for Tevis to plug and play.
A host of young linemen in Ethan Saunders, Jaedon Roberts and Darius Long figure to compete for playing time, but expect the redshirt freshmen like Derek Wilkins, Akili Calhoun, Kaleb Elarms-Orr and Myles Williams to enter the fray.
Tight end Gavin Reinwald to Rice
Reinwald reunites with his former tight ends coach, as offensive coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo reached out and got his old recruit after he decided to graduate and move on from Berkeley.
With Jake Tonges moving on and Collin Moore graduating, the Cal tight end group will be young in 2022. Jeremiah Terry, Keleki Latu and Elijah Mojarro will all be up to compete for the available snaps.
Cornerback Chigozie Anusiem to Hawaii
Anusiem was one of the tougher stories of 2021, as he was passed up on the depth chart by Lu-Magia Hearns, Isaiah Young and Collin Gamble mid-season. With the writing on the wall that his playing opportunities would be limited, Anusiem opted to transfer.
Anusiem did get to graduate from Cal before departing!
There are still several Golden Bears present in the transfer market:
Jake Tonges (who just declared for the NFL Draft, instead), Evan Tattersall, Jaylen Martin and Trevon Clark (CORRECTION: Clark is declaring for the NFL Draft). We’ll keep you up to date when we have news on their future homes.