Ben Hawk Schrider has come home, and Cal defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter likes what he sees.
Schrider, a Berkeley native, is a senior transfer from Tennessee Chattanooga, who began his college career at Richmond after playing prep football at Saint Mary’s High in Berkeley.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound outside linebacker/defensive end has impressed DeRuyter with his play off the edge. In the video above, DeRuyter expresses his eagerness about seeing Schrider in live action during the Bears’ scrimmage on Tuesday.
Schrider is likely getting a longer look right now because starting defensive end Luc Bequette is taking reps at nose guard while the Bears await the arrival of Siu Fuimaono and Aaron Maldonado, the two leading candidates for that position who have yet to appear at practice due to “personal reasons.”
Schrider played 22 games (13 starts) the past two seasons for Chattanooga, totaling 61 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss. He had 3.5 sacks last season.
He is immediately eligible to play for Cal this fall after graduating in May with a degree in social work and a 3.68 grade-point average. He was a two-time Southern Conference All-Academic selection.
Schrider played 12 games as a freshman at Richmond in 2015, totaling 12 tackles.
At Saint Mary’s High, Schrider earned first-team all-state honors as a senior.