VISALIA, Calif. -- Terrell Newby had a very close relationship with former California running backs coach Ron Gould. When he found out that Gould would not be retained by the Bears' new head coach, Sonny Dykes, he all but dropped Cal from his final list.
"They were totally out of my recruiting process once he was gone," Newby said on Friday. "But, when coach [Pierre] Ingram came by, he started making a push."
After a two-hour in-school visit from new running backs coach Pierre Ingram, Newby was intrigued by Cal once again, mainly due to the energy that Ingram brought.
"He's a cool dude. I like him. He's a young coach – like, 20-something – so he's bringing something new to the program, and that's what I'm looking for."
Newby will make his official visit to Berkeley on January 18, thanks in large part to the hard sell from Ingram.
"It's an easier offense; I know they used to run the pro, but he was basically saying that I'd fit in easier," Newby said.
In his three years coaching running backs, Ingram has produced two 1,000-yard rushers at Louisiana Tech, a fact of which Newby is more than cognizant.
"It says a lot," Newby said. "I don't know much about Louisiana Tech, but I know their offense is powerful, and it's something that I'm going to be able to fit into."
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