Central High football lineman Zeandae Johnson commits to Cal

The Fresno BeeJune 28, 2014 

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Central's Zeandae Johnson celebrates the win over Edison at the end of the game on Nov. 22, 2013.

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Central High School football defensive lineman Zeandae Johnson spent Saturday in Berkeley where he was offered and, shortly after, committed to Cal.

Johnson said that Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, defensive line coach Fred Tate and newly appointed defensive coordinator Art Kaufman were all present when the offer was awarded.

Johnson, who stands just over 6 feet 3 inches and weighs around 220 pounds, plays both sides of the ball for the Grizzlies, but said he was told that he'll line up at defensive end when he eventually suites up for the Golden Bears.

"My willingness to work sets me apart from the rest," Johnson said. "It's just an honor to become a member of the Cal football family."

The Cal offer was his second, to go along with Idaho, but more are sure to come as this commitment will more than likely open up the floodgates.

Central coach Justin Garza said he expects Johnson to have a big season this fall: "He is a great kid and teammate. He's put in a ton of work this offseason and is still growing into his frame. We have high expectations for him."

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