Cody Creason is surrounded by blue and gold. The Folsom (Calif.) offensive lineman has recently seen his quarterback Jake Browning -- with whom he's played football since the two were in seventh grade ("Playing with him again would be awesome," Creason said) – pull down an offer from the California Golden Bears, and his head coach -- Troy Taylor -- is a former Cal quarterback. On Monday, Creason was pulled out of class to get another dose of Bear: a Cal offer from offensive line coach Zach Yenser.
"It was great," Creason said. "My coach texted me and told me to call the O-line coach, and he had been getting a hold of me on facebook, too, so he just called me and said, ‘I want to offer you a scholarship.'"
The offer from the Bears was the second scholarship offer for Creason, who also pulled down Utah and Washington State offers on Monday.
"It was a pretty good day," Creason laughed. "All of their offenses are great. The only one I've been to is Cal, because we normally go there for football camp every year, and that's a great school, a great stadium and a great campus."
Creason doesn't know much about the Utes and Cougars, save for the offensive similarity to Folsom, but, he says, he's heard that "they're both great."
"My friend's uncle is the head coach at Utah," Creason said.
Creason is long, lean and athletic at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, and has played both basketball and baseball at the high school level. In fact, right now, he's in the midst of quite a season for Folsom on the hardwood.
"Our first playoff game's Wednesday, and we're 27-2, so we're pretty good," Creason said. "I played baseball last year, but I'm not going to play this year."
Creason – who was Junior Varsity MVP last season on the baseball diamond as a first and third baseman – intends to spend the spring instead preparing for his senior season and hitting the weight room.
As it stands, Creason maxes "around 300" in the bench press and 395 in the squat.
As far as Cal is concerned, though Creason has seen plenty of Berkeley, he's set to visit again during spring practice with his family, but he's not sure if he'll be back at the team camp in June.
"We're going down to San Diego for our first game, so there's the question about, if we can only afford one, we'd have to go to the San Diego game," Creason said. "But, I'm pretty sure we're still going to the Cal camp."
Cal likes Creason's attitude on the field, as well as his 3.5 GPA.
"They like my athleticism and the mentality that I play with," Creason said. "I finish every block. I never take plays off."
As much experience as Creason has with the Bears, though, they're not a prohibitive favorite, but it is safe to say that they're the program he's most interested in.
"Oh, yeah," Creason said. "But, I've never really been one of those college football fans who follows one team. I just enjoy all of it. I always watched Cal and Stanford and all of that."
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