The commitments are coming fast and furious for the University of California, as the Bears fielded two big commitments today following their official visit weekend, with Chino Hills High School wide receiver Jack Austin joining Buhach Colony offensive tackles as the newest Bears in their 2013 recruiting class.
Austin was an early commit to perennial BCS bowl program Boise State in June, however the opportunity to combine furthering his career in an exciting offense in a Pac 12 program with pursuing a degree second to few in the classroom, the 6-3/210 receiver decided that Cal was ultimately the better fit as he committed to the Bears on his official visit this weekend.
"I think the comfort level began for me last Tuesday when Coach Dykes came over for a visit," said Austin.
"He laid it out for me and said if I wanted to come up for a visit and check out the program first-hand, I was welcome, but that if I didn't, it would just reaffirm my decision to Boise.
"That right away made me feel comfortable, that he wasn't just trying to sell me but that he wanted me to make a decision that was best for me so I really appreciated that.
"From there, the ball really got rolling at Cal."
Beyond his newly-developed comfort level with Cal head coach Sonny Dykes along with his new position coach Rob Likens, the value of a Cal degree took primary importance to Austin, a 3.5 student at Chino Hills.
"The academics at Cal speak for themselves," said Austin. "The resources -both academically and athletically- are unrivaled.
"The combination of the the academics, the new offense that Cal will be running really helped me make my decision.
"I've been told more times than I can count how graduating from Berkeley with a Cal degree†will set you up for life. That was one of the main factors why I even visited Cal in the first place this late -how outstanding the academics are there."
Austin was struck with how scenic and historical†the Cal campus was on his visit -a surprise to many who expect the university to be more urban in nature.†
"I could really see Cal as my new home," said Austin. "I'd never seen the Berkeley campus before and I didn't realize how beautiful and historical all the buildings were there. It's a very beautiful place to live and go to school and I really appreciate that type of architecture and the style of the campus. That really stuck out to me."
Another factor weighing in Cal's favor with Austin's quick decision was how similar Cal's new Bear Raid offense under Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin would be to the fast-paced offense run†at Chino Hills.
"Coach Likens is a really solid guy and I know I'm going to enjoy being coached by him," said Austin. "He explained their new offense and how he sees me fitting in there.
"I feel really comfortable in their offense since my team my senior year ran a no-huddle offense, so I'm looking forward to that."
At 6-3/210, Austin fits the mold of athletic and long receivers the Bears have been pursuing of late in this class and the 3 star receiver sees the match being a perfect fit for him.
In his All-League and All-CIF senior season, Austin racked up 78 catches for 1,128 yards on the year in garnering numerous accolades.
"I was blessed with some nice postseason awards and I met my goal in reaching at least a thousand yards in receptions. That made my senior season a lot of fun.
"I'm definitely looking forward to being at Cal," concluded Austin.
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