Sunday, August 16, 2009

YouTube Dance Star Has a Few Moves on the Field, Too...

A YouTube search of Cal freshman Isi Sofele yields some pretty impressive footage from high school.

There's some pretty good stuff of him playing football, too.

Forget the clips of Sofele running circles around the competition at Cottonwood High in Salt Lake City. The top Sofele highlight is a video of him dancing shirtless for his little sisters and cousins while visiting family in Arizona.

"I was just playing around with my little sisters, trying to make them laugh," Sofele said. "My little sisters thought they were funny and put it on YouTube. I just had to put on a little show for them."

Sofele may put on a show for Cal fans someday, and possibly sooner rather than later. Of all of the Bears' incoming freshmen, Sofele has stood out the most so far, mostly because of the explosive speed coming from his compact 5-foot-7, 170-pound frame.

Sofele played running back in high school but is working with the wide receivers so far at Cal. He also is expected to make an impact on special teams, although Jahvid Best is penciled in to return kicks and Syd'Quan Thompson will handle punt return duties this season.

"You see a lot of explosion, a lot of quickness," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "He's very talented, can catch the ball, can run with it, can do a lot of things. He plays at a different speed."

Tedford said there's a possibility Sofele could contribute as a true freshman.

been scared off by Sofele's lack of size, but he still received a handful of offers from major schools, ultimately picking Cal over Utah and Washington State. The Bears have almost their entire receiving corps back from last season, but Sofele still has earned a handful of first-team reps during the first week of training camp.

"I don't care what people say anymore about my height. I've heard that ever since Little League," Sofele said. "Obviously, I got here with my height. It's not an issue. It's how big your heart is."

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