Valentino Daltoso took a risk when he turned down several Division II scholarships for a walk-on spot with the Oregon football team after he graduated from Boise High in 2016.
Daltoso redshirted for the Ducks in 2016 and showed enough promise to earn a starting position at right guard in Oregon’s 2017 spring game.
A scholarship offer came next, but it wasn’t from the Ducks.
Daltoso recently accepted a full-ride offer to play for Cal, reuniting with Steve Greatwood, who coached the offensive line at Oregon until he was fired along with head coach Mark Helfrich at the end of the 2016 season.
Cal head coach Justin Wilcox — a former Boise State defensive coordinator — hired Greatwood in January to coach the Bears’ O-line.
“With the new coaches and everything, it was a little more fluid situation (at Oregon),” Daltoso said. “They made it clear they wanted me to be there, but when a new coach comes in, they’re still figuring out stuff.
“Cal had paper on the table, and it was something that I couldn’t pass up.”
Because Daltoso was an unrecruited walk-on at Oregon, he will not have to sit out a year and will have four years of eligibility remaining with Cal.
The 6-foot-5, 308-pounder said he plans to be in Berkeley by July 3 to begin preparations for the 2017 season.
“It is definitely a situation where I can go in and compete from Day One,” Daltoso said.