BTC: Bears Snag Second of the Weekend

Noah Westerfield came in to his weekend visit to Berkeley knowing he would likely commit. We get the first word with the new Bear in this special Beyond the Commitment.

With as quick a tongue and as fulsome a vocabulary that Noah Westerfield has, it's a bit of a surprise that his favorite class at Frisco (Tex.) Wakeland isn't English. Just about everything else, though, is game.

"I'd probably say history, and I think earth and space science," Westerfield said, moments after committing to California, following his weekend official visit. "That's not one of my better classes, but I like it. History is probably my favorite class to take, but then math is kind of fun – pre calc is my math class this year, but in the past, algebra, I was pretty successful in that. Government is a fun class, because my teacher is also one of my coaches, so he really knows how to teach us and get it across. I can see myself learning more about that – probably not doing a job with it, but just learning more about it."

Westerfield speaks quickly. If you don't catch on to what he's saying the first time, there isn't another conversation train coming along in a few minutes. You'd better keep up.

"I talked to the academic advisors – Shanna, a great lady – and we talked about a lot of things, but I'm probably going to major in business," Westerfield says. "I just want to know how to make money, how to take care of money, and I want to minor in biology or some type of science so I can know about the body – like physical therapy – because my ultimate dream is to open my own gym, know the business side of it and the athletic side, as well."

Lofty dreams, to be sure, but first things first: College football.

Westerfield knew coming in to the official visit weekend – after Northwestern had pulled his scholarship offer when he decided to visit Berkeley – that he would likely wind up a Golden Bear, but he wasn't about to let his hand show.

"I kind of went in with the mindset that this was going to be it," Westerfield says. "I still wanted to see it and experience it and just be a part of it. Pulling the trigger when I felt right, it was when I got to experience everything."

And, so he did, right down to the T-rex skeleton in the Valley Life Sciences building.

"I took about three pictures," says Westerfield. "It was pretty awesome, man. It's the most complete set of bones for a T-Rex, in that place. I took a picture for my earth science teacher, so he'll be excited about that."

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