6-3/255 Corona Centennial defensive end Garrett Hughes has had the University of California at the top of his list for most of the year and after a successful visit for Cal's 43-17 victory over UCLA in Berkeley, the big future Bear decided to make the call for Cal after taking another week to think about his future and talk to his family.
"I decided to commit to Cal and I'm going to be a Bear," said Hughes tonight.
"I called Coach Howard and I told him that me and my family talked it over and it was clear that Cal was the best place for me.
"Coach Howard said he was really happy that I committed and that he thinks I can be a great player for Cal and he looks forward to coaching me."
Hughes considered waiting on his decision but ultimately felt he'd seen enough from his favorite to make the call now.
"Boise State and UCLA were the others recruiting me the hardest but they wanted me to finish my ACT first. I'm taking it in a few weeks but since Cal was really my choice, there was no reason to put it off."
Beyond Hughes' relationship with Howard, Cal's academic reputation and proximity were big selling points for the big defensive end.
"I'll be able to play in California for a great school and a great program and my family will be able to see me play.
"I love everything about Cal," said Hughes.
One of the big factors in Hughes longterm interest in the Bears was his "He told me I had a great game and to keep it up."
Hughes has paced the Huskies so far this year with 40 tackles, three sacks and a recovered fumble through six games this year.
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