Cal football has secured the transfer of San Diego State safety Patrick McMorris. McMorris announced his commitment to Cal via his personal Twitter on Saturday.
McMorris will come to Cal as a fifth-year, having played in San Diego for four seasons and retaining an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The safety came into his own for the Aztecs during his standout junior season, when he led the team with 90 tackles and four interceptions. He was a first team All-Mountain West selection and was named as Mountain West Co-defensive Preseason Player of the Year ahead of his senior season.
McMorris’ senior campaign was not as statistically prolific, but he remained a key piece in the accomplished San Diego State defense that ranked 16th in yards allowed per game. He earned his second consecutive first-team All-Mountain West selection at the conclusion of the season.
The incoming defensive back is the younger brother of two Cal athletes: Malik McMorris, current Cal football graduate assistant and former fullback and track and field athlete, and Hakim McMorris, current second team All-American for Cal track and field.
Given Daniel Scott’s departure from the team for the NFL draft, McMorris is set to instantly assume a significant role in the Cal safety unit. Scott, who led Cal’s defensive backs in tackles and interceptions last season, leaves a significant void in the Bears’ secondary that McMorris will hope to fill.