By Jeff Faraudo
Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, the man credited as a key to the Golden Bears' highly rated 2012 recruiting class, has been hired by Washington, the Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian announced Monday.
Lupoi, who attended De La Salle High and played for Cal, was named defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator at Washington.
"Coach Lupoi is a terrific young coach and a dynamic recruiter," Sarkisian said in a statement. "He will have an immediate impact with our team both on the field and in recruiting."
His departure from Cal could have an impact also on the Bears' recruiting. The Bears' 2012 class, due to sign letters of intent on Feb. 1, is rated as the best in the Pac-12 and as high as No. 10 nationally.
Many of the top players in that group, including safety Shaq Thompson of Grant High in Sacramento, have indicated Lupoi was a major reason they picked Cal.
Thompson, tweeted, "I have A lot of thinking to do." And wide receiver commitment Jordan Payton said on Twitter he will seriously look at other schools.
The Bears were awaiting possible word on Monday from Pleasant Grove High-Elk Grove defensive end Arik Armstead, the No. 2 overall prospect in the country according to Scout.com.
Lupoi, named Rivals Recruiter of the Year in 2010, was the youngest full-time coach in Cal history when he joined the staff at the age of 26 in 2008.
Cal had no immediate comment on Lupoi's departure.