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The younger brother of 49ers guard Joe Looney will be playing football in the Bay Area, too.
Cal coach Sonny Dykes announced Wednesday that defensive tackle James Looney has signed a financial aid agreement with the university and joins a 24-player 2014 recruiting class.
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“We are excited that James is joining the Cal football program,” Dykes said in a statement. “It is critical that we continue to recruit and develop players in the trenches to improve on both sides of the ball. James will help us do that on the defensive line and is also an excellent student that will fit into our program nicely both on the field and off.”
James Looney (6 foot 3, 275 pounds) played six games as a true freshman at Wake Forest in 2013 and was a projected starter this season. He had three tackles, a half-sack and a fumble recovery. He will have four years to play three seasons at Cal.
His brother, Joe, was a fourth-round draft pick from Wake Forest in 2012. Looney has spent the past two seasons as a 49ers backup on the offensive line. Looney and LaMichael James are the only players remaining on the 49ers from the 2012 draft class.