Arizona is adding some beef to its offensive line.
Former Cal lineman Freddie Tagaloa intends to transfer to the UA and could arrive as early as next month.
This past season, Tagaloa started the first seven games of the season for the Golden Bears at left tackle before being moved to a reserve guard spot. After the season, he stated his intention to transfer.
Tagaloa, listed at 6-feet-8-inches and 330 pounds, will have to sit out the 2014 season and possibly the 2015 season as well. Since he is transferring from within the league, the lineman will have to appeal to just sit out a season if Cal coach Sonny Dykes does not approve the transfer.
Dykes said at a news conference on Wednesday that he would not approve any transfer of a former player to another Pac-12 school.
If he’s cleared to play in 2015, Tagaloa could fill a position of need for the Wildcats. Both of the UA’s starting tackles, Mickey Baucus and Fabbians Ebbele are juniors and will graduate after the ’14 season.
Tagaloa was a three-star recruit out of high school and chose Cal over offers from the UA, Arizona State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and others. He played as a reserve as a true freshman for Cal under current UA offensive line coach Jim Michalczik.
He prepped at Salesian High School in Los Angeles. The UA has verbal commitments from three Salesian products for the 2014 class in linebackers Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware and cornerback Rodney Carr.
Tagaloa is the latest example of UA coach Rich Rodriguez dipping into transfers to help stock the talent for the Wildcats.
Others to transfer from another Division I school to Arizona include: quarterback Connor Brewer and receiver Cayleb Jones from Texas, Notre Dame receiver DaVonte Neal and Tagaloa's former teammate at Cal, linebacker David Wilkerson, who will be an invited walk-on at the UA.
Brewer, Jones, Neal and Wilkerson all sat out this past season.