RECRUIT REACTION: Cardinal Direction

The son of two former Stanford athletes, Ben Humphreys and family found themselves in a strange position on Saturday as the Bear Raid debuted.

It's no mystery where Ben Humphreys' athleticism comes from. Both his parents – Wendy and Brad – were college athletes.

Wendy played volleyball, and Brad played football, and the two met on campus. Which campus? Stanford.

So, when the Humphreys sat down in California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on Saturday, Brad would have been excused if he didn't root, root, root for the home team.

"My dad was like, ‘That was the first time I've ever rooted for Cal, and I didn't mind it,'" Humphreys laughed.

Humphreys – a four-star 2015 wide receiver out of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei -- was awestruck by the Bear Raid offense in the 44-30 loss to No. 22 Northwestern, especially its speed.

"That ball was moving so fast. Those Northwestern players were dropping like flies," Humphryes laughed. "That was pretty sweet. It was pretty cool, because I've seen a couple of those guys play before, like [wide receiver Bryce] Treggs. We played against him my freshman year. It was cool to see some Orange County and L.A.-based guys on the team, and playing."

Humphreys is the No. 34 wide receiver in the 2015 class, with interest from the Bears, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and his parents' alma mater, but the Cardinal parentals aren't pushing him in any direction.

"No, not at all," Humphreys said. "It's definitely my choice."

And if that choice is Cal, at least Mom wouldn't bat an eye.

"I've been to a game there before, for Big Game. That was about it. My mom was always telling me that it was the best public school in the world, which is true. It's in the books and everything," Humphreys said. "That was about it. Seeing it yesterday, it really got to me."

Humphreys got to campus around 2 p.m., and spent the day in Berkeley, seeing the campus and all the other sights.

"We walked like two miles around campus, and it was a great college town," Humphreys said. "Then, we got a chance to just walk around campus before the game, and it was really pretty great. It was a great school. I could definitely see myself there." Top Stories