Paramount offensive lineman Chris Borrayo intended to take his time, making his decision on his future program after taking official visits to Cal and Nevada on the 18th and 25th but in the end, the aggressive 3 star OL saw all he needed to see in Cal and committed today†following Saturday's in-home visit with new Cal offensive line coach Zach Yenser and OC Tony Franklin.
"Actually I committed today to Cal," said Borrayo, enthusiastically. "I talked to Coach Yenser today and he was really happy."
"Coach Yenser and Coach Franklin came by my home yesterday for a visit. It was a great talk we had on Saturday."
A 3.4 student, academics are a priority for Borrayo and his family and Cal's standing as the number one public university in the country held a lot of weight for the 6-5/285 Borrayo in his decision.†He plans to major in either criminal justice or kinesiology at Cal.
"Cal's academics were one of the main reasons I really liked them," said Borrayo. "That's what got them on the radar for me in the beginning."
With Cal's coaching staff turnover, particularly on the OL with Yenser being hired so late in the process, many feared the Bears would be behind the 8 ball in recruiting what is thought by most at their most important position of need. But new head coach Sonny Dykes and all his coaching hires have hit the ground running, quickly establishing rapport with Cal's commits and holdover recruits as well as getting in on dozens of new ones in short order.
"The new coaching staff, I thought was going to be a problem for me at first with the whole change but I've had a chance to get to know them and I like them a lot.
"Coach Yenser has a coach's personality but he's a people person," said Borrayo. "I feel really comfortable with him."
Borrayo had a chance to get to know the staff much more in-depth last weekend, spending several hours in the Cal coaching staff suite during and following the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Carson, with seven Cal coaches in attendance.
There were also several Cal commits and recruits there and having the chance to get to know them better only solidified Borrayo's comfort level with the Bears.
"I got to talk to some of the guys like AJ Hinnant and Cameron Walker and some others," said Borrayo. "They were pretty cool guys, pretty chill."
Borrayo will be taking his official visit to Cal next weekend on the 18th with a group expected to total 8-10 players.