Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez credits former Cal coach Jeff Tedford with an assist.
“Coach Tedford called me. He’s a good friend of mine,” Rodriguez said. “He said, ‘Hey, a really good linebacker who played for me is maybe interested in transferring to Arizona.’”
That linebacker, David Wilkerson, ended up in Tucson.
Wilkerson, who is paying his own way as a walk-on, could be a key addition when he gets eligible in the 2014 season. His college career has been interrupted by injuries, but he’s a former four-star recruit who showed flashes at Cal, starting three games in 2011, when he made 17 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and four sacks.
He was granted a medical redshirt for the 2010 season and missed last season because of an ankle injury. Wilkerson has been dealing with a shoulder problem lately.